25 May 2010

i was a vendor at a craft fair and all i came home with was a pee stained table cloth...

.... not enough in sales to cover my booth fee, no orders for custom work. 
Just a pee stain on my table cloth. 
This weekend marked the first of many Saturdays which will be spent at the Providence Open Market under my tent, selling my wares. There were many lovely vendors for opening day yet sales were slow, hence the title to my post {the half of the title not referencing pee that is!}. It was the perfect day to get Callie {aka: my furry bernese mountain dog} under the tent to see if she liked keeping me company. Callie was well behaved {as always} and attracted many adoring humans and dogs. I normally love the attention we attract on behalf of our beautiful lady. But the adoration of one male Shar-Pei was just too much.  Though, my disappointment falls harder on the Shar-Pei's mistress. And so you don't fall folly to your male dog and his ability to lift his leg anywhere, at any time, on anything, here are some cues to being a sweet and caring master or mistress... do more than apologize while your dog still has his leg lifted. {For example, tell your dog no and gently pull his leash so he knows his behavior is not tolerable.} Offer to clean the table cloth by pouring water on it, or better yet, ask what time the sale ends and offer to pick the table cloth up and have it cleaned. Give another verbal apology. Don't walk away embarrassed without an honest effort to make up for the territorial terrorism caused by your dog. Walk away only after you have made the best of attempts to turn this situation into as positive of an encounter as it can be. Let the person who has almost literally been pissed on know that there are still kind-hearted people alive. And sometimes these lovely people are the mistresses of a male dog who is exhibiting poor judgement and who is terribly sorry.  

18 May 2010

my travels, red doors captured through a lens

While taking in our neighborhood I came across a red door and fell in love. I vowed to myself I will one day own a house and have the front door painted in the brightest hue of red I could find. I refrained from taking a picture as I live just a few short minutes away. But to give you an idea of why I am so smitten I will share some photos of others folk's doors. 

Here are some photos I captured while in Québec last autumn. 

Colorful doors, window trims, shutters and rooftops are plentiful in lovely Québec City. As are window boxes and plant pots oozing with flowers. They know how to spice things up in a place known for long, dreary winters.  

How I wonder what is behind these doors. Maybe a a lovely garden, a brick patio.....

And what do we think is behind this door? Bright furniture, pretty wallpaper, lovely book shelves....

It is fun to make up what lies behind such bright doors. I always imagine homes are rich in color, full of books and odd pieces of beautiful furniture. 

What would you like to find behind these doors?

17 May 2010

welcome spring!

I have been so very behind on my welcome spring! posts and for that I apologize. I guess it has been on my mind as I just found some pictures that I took while out and about loving the weather. About a month ago I went to New York City with my parents, brother, sister-in-law AND five nephews and one niece. It was pure craziness and will be the only trip of it's kind. Amidst all of the chaos that comes with accompanying six young children in the city we found this....
 and after carrying little ones, pushing strollers with bigger ones in them and making certain each child was holding an adults hand, this was a much needed laugh. And this is why I love New York and the fun that always surrounds Washington Square.

This reminds me that I can't wait to get back to the city and do it up properly. Take a drive there and take a leisurely, relaxing stroll around the city.

14 May 2010

it's that time of year...

....to get out of the house, enjoy the weather and buy some art!
the 22nd of May brings the start of the Providence Open Market spring season. Artists from near and far will be pulling their tents out of the depths of the garage in preparation for the spring, summer and fall madness also known as the craft show season. 

This year I was able to get myself a VIP pass to all of the New England Open Markets. What does this mean? I can show up to SoWa and Mashpee Open Markets at anytime, pitch a tent and sell my jewelry. Since I get to choose my dates you can expect to see me on those sunny, best type or open market day, type of days!

Where will you be buying/selling your handmade goods this season?

thanks for reading!