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My 2nd Craft Show and getting ready for my 3rd!

I now have two craft shows under my belt. It was nice to support an organization that does so much for the community. The Blind Industries holiday fair was held at their training center on Northwood Drive in Salisbury, Maryland. On their website www.bism.org and facebook page the description of what they do is “…comprehensive rehabilitation and training programs along with diverse employment opportunities for blind and low vision people”. There were a lot of craft vendors there, but I was not expecting the amount of commercial vendors like Avon, Scentsy, Pampered Chef, and Paparazzi Accessories.

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I guess I had gotten used to 3rd Friday in Salisbury where you must create what you’re selling to be allowed to participate. It amazes me at the amount of creative people we have in this area and the magnitude of their different types of crafts. I bought space for two tables and surprised myself by filling them up! I realize I need a tablecloth and have bought some red burlap material. I will be sewing that up this week before I attend the Milton Holly Festival on December 13th. I’ll be in the library, which is very fitting, as I love books. I have A LOT of Christmas jewelry and think I’m going to discount it a little bit at the Holly Festival. Most people probably want to buy their holiday jewelry back in November so they can wear it this whole month. But, I have plenty that is not Christmas oriented, too. Come on out to Milton, Delaware on Saturday. It’s the 25th year for their Holly Festival and it’s so large it takes four buildings to hold everyone; the fire hall, the library, the historic Milton Theatre, and Goshen Hall. A holly wreath-making demonstration is offered at the Historical Society Museum, and a Holiday House Tour starts at 2:30 pm after the festival. I believe everything is within walking distance and located in the downtown area, but I’ve never been before. They will be handing out brochures with descriptions of all the vendors and their location. I’m really excited to be part of this festival.

Peace and Love, Phyllis

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Blind Industries Holiday Fair in Salisbury, Maryland

I’m bummed…I didn’t make it to 3rd Friday in November. BUT, I will be at the annual Holiday Fair at the Blind Industries on Saturday, December 6th with two tables. The hours are from 10 am until 3 pm, and, it’s indoors! Their address is 2240 Northwood Drive, Salisbury, Maryland. They have two buildings of vendors and free admission. The proceeds of the vendor’s registration fees benefit blind and low vision senior citizens at the Salisbury Training Center. Here is their flyer. It’s my first time attending and I’m excited!

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3rd Friday in downtown Salisbury, Maryland

I finally took my jewelry out into the world on October 17th…the world with real people walking by, looking and touching. I’ve had my website up for about six weeks, but I had not uploaded pictures of all my pieces, and being in front of a computer screen is not at all the same as being in the middle of an arts and crafts event. 3rd Friday in Salisbury is all about supporting the artisans and musicians and entertainers. They do not charge us to set up a table, but we do have to register and be approved. Not being charged a fee to set up is a BIG deal, especially when you are just starting out and nobody knows you or your wares yet.

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My dh even took off work to help transport and set up my table and lights. He contributed the tripod stands that were used to hold the lights when he was in a band, and found a copper pipe to to go overhead. Those LED rope lights kept it quite bright even when it was fully dark. I was invited to participate in The River City Arts Jam by a board member of the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council who was going by checking out all the tables. But, we are going to be camping with friends on November 1st.

My daughter-in-law bought a Halloween necklace for my granddaughter, and then her sister bought three or four pieces…but I was REALLY happy when I made my first ever sale to a complete stranger!! My granddaughter decided she wants to go with me every time I set up a table at a craft show. She had found a woman down the street who was painting on zombie faces, and loved standing there in her zombie makeup talking to the people who stopped by. There were a lot of people dressed up for Halloween in some really cool costumes. You can see my table behind the girl with the blue hat at one minute into this 3rd Friday promo video of the event.

I have started on my “Christmas Collection” for next month’s 3rd Friday…see you there!

Peace and love, Phyllis

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Taking pictures of jewelry

Let me tell you that taking pictures of jewelry is a whole other art form…one I have not yet conquered. I want you to see my jewelry like I see it and so far have not been overly happy with my pictures. I am a perfectionist, but not as bad as I used to be, thankfully. I’d hate to think I have to invest in one of those expensive cameras and then learn how to use it. BUT, if I’m going to try and sell jewelolympus stylus sz-15ry online, the pictures have to do it justice. I’ve done a little research and found out I need to make, or buy, some type of light box to set the jewelry inside for the pictures. I’m supposed to use a tripod, haven’t done it yet, and I actually do own one. I better go dig it out of the closet (after I figure out which closet it’s in). So, in the meantime, I am still going to take pictures with my little Olympus Stylus SZ-15 or my Samsung Galaxy S4 and do the best I can.

Peace and love, Phyllis

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Chakra colors versus Rainbow colors

Our bodies have energy and that energy is real. Who would not believe that? I learned about, and began studying the Chakra energy system¹ quite a few years ago. Interestingly, the colors associated with our seven main chakra energy centers correspond to the seven colors of the rainbow, or prism: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. I have begun creating jewelry with those seven colors and they are so beautiful together. My dilemma occurs because since the late ’70’s the rainbow colors began to be taken over by the gay and lesbian community. I am not gay, but have friends and family members who are, and I love them and accept them. rainbow_braceletI’ve been wearing a bracelet I designed with the chakra/rainbow colors and it looks really great with my Alex and Ani bracelets. What am I trying to say in this blog? I guess I’m trying to say that I do not want to be categorized, but you know what, every one of us, including me, categorizes people when we see them. I’ve spent years and years of my life working on myself, trying to be a more loving, kinder, forgiving, accepting, and open-minded person. So what if people look at me and my rainbow colored jewelry and see a gay woman. I do try to be happy (making a joke since I still remember when “gay” meant happy). When Gilbert Baker first designed the gay pride flag in 1978 it began with the color pink, then red, and the rest of the rainbow colors, having eight stripes. It quickly lost the hot pink stripe due to that color fabric not being readily available. It has gone through a few revisions since then and now only has six colors.  The rainbow has seven colors as do the main chakra energy centers. The gay rights “flag is commonly flown horizontally, with the red stripe on top, as it would be in a natural rainbow” ². The chakra colors begin with red on the bottom and violet on the top. I love writing these blogs because I learn so much doing the research. Blogging, or journaling, also really helps me get in touch with my feelings. Maybe this website will end up being my blog and I’ll just sell jewelry on the side! LOL.

Peace and love, Phyllis

1. Chakras      2. Rainbow flag (LGBT movement)