Come on out to the Downtown Art Market-shop local-shop small
Most everyone is still in full on Christmas shopping mode and shopping local and buying from small business is a great way to spend your dollar.Consider a gift of art-buying small and local means you will get an item made with care and attention-and the human element that has become extinct at the big box stores.
Tierra Verde Handmade Soaps will be there this Saturday with lots of soap(think stocking stuffers) also, you will find a variety of other unique handmade items from blown glass, to paintings,leather goods, hand carved and painted gourds,jewelry,luminous sculpture,prints and photography. It’s a great place to find something unique and handcrafted.
You just never know about the profitability of a show. Yesterday, I participated in the loveliest show, and while there were some elements that could have led to a meager turnout it was instead a smashing success. It goes without saying the weather was not optimal early that morning the windchill was 1 degree as we left out to travel the hour to Lamesa. Roads were passable, but still patchy with ice.I wondered how many people would be willing to get out in this kind of frigid cold + add small town to the mix and one couldn’t help but wonder about turnout.
Upon arriving at the show location I was met with a small, but intimate and cozy space that was beautiful,inviting,clean and hospitable. While there were only 5 artists all the works were top notch and each unique-no duplicates.
There was a lovely small room with Warm Apple Cider and snacks available for vendors and customers alike.(*note-a small area with snacks and chairs is a great place for husbands to gather and tell stories while the wives shop-a great idea!) Music made for a warm relaxed atmosphere for customers and vendors throughout the day.
Then right on cue the customers arrived and there seemed to be a steady flow throughout the day, not the kind of crowd that was a standing room only type of crowd, but the steady flow of in and out. Practically each and every customer visited each table making a purchase from each artist- many obviously thinking of loved ones on their Christmas list.
It was such a well thought out venue with the comfort of vendors and customers in mind. The marketing was effective and despite the cold weather, and many of the local events that were scheduled being postponed due to weather the town of Lamesa turned out and graciously supported the vendors. It just goes to show that as a vendor you should never discount the profitability of a show-big or small,good or bad weather.
Thank you to Amy Cerka and her sweet mother for the hospitality, and a wonderful event.
All stocked up at the Tornado Gallery – 19th and Buddy Holly
Tierra Verde Handmade Soaps are now in stock for your Christmas shopping pleasure at the Tornado Gallery 19th and Buddy Holly just in time for the First Friday Art Trail on December 6. In stock, are a variety of the round soaps from the “Naturals” line-Fir Needle, Lemongrass with Calendula,Orange Honey Drizzle with Oats, Tea Tree, Frankincense and Myrrh, Chef’s Soap, and Olive Oil and Goat’s Milk. Also, there are a variety of swirly soap ornaments in Spearmint,Cool Mint,Fir Needle and Star Anise, and for a limited time-Aromatic Cedar infused with Lavender. Aromatic Cedar is reputed to repel moths while Lavender gently scents drawers, sweaters, and linens.
Also this Friday, the Tornado Gallery will host a variety of artists; Baron Batch,John Chinn,Brittany Ross,and Tyler Thompson. Also featured, are the in house artists Lee Ware,Bren Merritt,Tony Greer,Melissa Jones, and Benna Ellis. The weather outside might be frightful,but it’s warm and delightful at 19th and Buddy Holly. Park you care and take the trolley.
I am getting so excited,the Homespun Artisan Showcase is right here upon us-this Saturday December 7, 2013 from 10-6 at the Del Paso Museum in Lamesa Texas. I’m afraid the weather might be a bit of a challenge,but so far I plan to be there.
I’m working this week to tie up loose ends so that things will be all ready to go. I’ll have lots of soap from the “Naturals” line,aromatic cedar with Lavender, hand balms, swirly ornaments and more.
We’re Celebrating Small Business Saturday with 25% off all soap in the “Naturals” line throughout the day. Support local small business and support your community=simple as that!
Why shop small?
“You get your coffee here.
You get your haircut here.
You find that certain thing you were looking for, here.
But actually, you get so much more.
When you shop at these small local businesses, you support all the things that make your community great.
The money you spend here, stays here. In this place you call your neighborhood.”
For the past couple of years I’ve had some regular custom orders for Christmas soaps. I really enjoy them, it’s fun to get away from the regular label. I always love the ideas that other people have for labels. Custom soaps are a unique gift with personality-each label is a collaboration between you the customer and myself. So fun!
Shimmery pine cones will hold a card with a description of each different soap.
Beautiful, yet rustic pine cone garland
Snowflakes will tie the garland in with the table top and give it a wintery theme.
I haven’t worked a market in a very long time and I knew I was going to have to tie a dark brown burlap table cloth into a Christmas theme. I had no idea what I was going to do until a week before the show,seriously,just as panic was setting in I stumbled upon the pine cone idea. I needed to work with things I already had on hand in order to keep the cost down. I just don’t have a big budget for display items. Of course, I had things like glue,glitter,printable business cards,ribbon,twine and cedar pickets(I’ll save this to show you on another day) etc. I chose to make almost all of my display items and spent just a few dollars on snowflakes(just a couple of bucks worth) and galvanized buckets. The galvanized buckets were the most expensive market display element I purchased,but I bought them knowing I could use them over and over with different displays to hold soap and other products. I viewed them as more of an “investment.”
My overall theme is rustic Christmas. Pine cones will hold a description of each kind of soap. I gave them a bit of shimmer with silver glitter. Across the front of my table I will have a swag of pine cone strung on hemp twine with ribbons in between each pine cone-very simply yet rustic elegant. Tossed about among the pine cone sign holders and buckets of soap will be a few snowflakes to tie it all together. Simple and low budget. I hope it will all look as nice as I have it planned in my head. I’m planning to use this same set up in a couple of weeks for a show in Lamesa, so I’m actually getting a lot of bang for my buck-and when the shows are over the garland and shimmery pine cones will decorate my house for Christmas too.
Tierra Verde Handmade Soaps-All Natural Hand Balms
Tierra Verde Handmade Soaps All Natural Hand Balms with Beeswax 1oz.
I had a few tins left for hand balms, so I made some up for the Homespun Artisan Showcase coming up in Lamesa on December 7. I thought it would be nice if they were ready for stocking stuffing, so each hand balm comes tucked away in this cute muslin drawstring bag that I hand stamped with a cute leaf motif.
I have learned so much making all these swirls for a fun Christmas idea. I always appreciate a chance to do something over and over as the repetitive process allows me to really get to know and become familiar with the idiosyncratic nature of soap. I learn everyday about how to do something better or differently. I also know that with anything new there is a slightly frustrating time in which the learning curve can get the better of us if we let it. I remember years ago when I was starting out,I thought that if I used an essential oil like Sweet Orange to scent my soap it would smell heavenly just like out of the bottle,boy was I naive. I almost gave up on essential oil blending, but perseverance paid off and now I can blend with much more confidence. Color is new to me, and so I’m still learning so much about it-rate of usage, how easily or not easily they dissolve,which colors morph or disappear, which ones work best with oil or water-there’s always so much to learn.
Some of these fun swirly soaps will be heading to the Homespun Artisan Showcase in Lamesa, Tex-Dec. 7th.