With all the hot weather we’ve been having in Boston and the east coast, the vendors getting ready for the Manchester by the Sea Arts Festival were not just a little worried. Chuck Hayback, organizer of the yearly summer event, assured us all would be fine. It’s always a little cooler on the coast and he was sure people would come out to enjoy the day.
The sky was darkening as I left Framingham at 7 am. Is rain better than sizzling heat? Maybe, maybe not. My canopy is not rainproof. By the time I arrived in Manchester, booths were already popping up on Main Street. I wheeled the Toyota RAV, filled with crates, tables, sandbags and canopy, to the Community Center for check in.
Good. I’m still in Reed Park, where I have enjoyed the harbor view and sea breeze for the last three years. Since I’m late, the parking in that area is full, but I find an illegal spot at the end of the row of cars and put on the emergency lights. Lugging the gear into the grassy spot goes relatively easily and I find, to my surprise, a Newton comrade, right next to me. She’s a printmaker who I show with at Newton Open Studios. Yay!
After parking the car offsite and walking back, it’s time to put up the canopy, minus my tall husband who is not available. Fortunately, Lynda and my other neighbor lend a hand and we get the thing up. It’s still raining, but I overhear that it is going to clear. There are a lot of sailors in the area, so I trust they know the signs.
The skies cleared, the sun came out and the breeze stayed to keep us cool all day. 20% off spurred sales. What a day!
An exciting craft show and open marketplace is being held in the South End every Sunday. Paternostri is getting ready by producing new fabulous jewelry and organizing the display. Outdoor displays are much more involved in the city when you put up a canopy and weight it down with sand bags, so as not to endanger any people in the crowd. Gusts of wind can pick up a canopy and send it hurling! My husband can’t wait to help me haul the 100 pounds of sand to the show…
In addition to that, I’m planning to add a third 2′ by 4′ folding table, so that I can arrange them in a U shape for better shopping. Then, of course, what do you cover the tables with? A trip to Sew-fisticated in Framingham should provide enough material to sew covers that fit over the tables. Get out the sewing machine…
I’m adding more stone samples to that so delights children. After all, it is how I developed my love and appreciate of the natural beauty of this earth!
Coming up this weekend is the Newton Open Studios event that takes place in artist studios all over the city. Pick up a map and chart your course for an entire day or even two days. Bring your friends…it’s free!
I’ll be bringing Paternostri to Studio 29 at 29 Vineyard Road, very near The Centre. I have many earrings and necklaces this year, inspired by larger stones from Africa and other far flung countries!
Other artists at Studio 29 are host Lynda Goldberg with paintings and mono prints, Jennifer Parmenter with her jewelry collection and Phyllis Gordon with hand painted silk scarves.
Join us for viewing, purchasing or libations during your trek across Newton!
Going to all the open studios and craft shows this Spring has been inspiring. Craft Boston was particularly good this year, but not well attended. Today, I went to the open studios at Fountain Street in Framingham and the energy there was electric! Hopefully, New England is waking up from its overly long and cold winter and is ready to visit artists of all kinds, both fine and craft.
Paternostri will be unveiling new jewelry at Studio 29 in Newton Centre this May. (see the calendar) I have big chunky necklaces of beautiful stones with studded with Hill Tribe silver. Some elegant earrings and pearl bracelets.
This summer, I’ll be at SoWa in Boston’s South End (500 Harrison Avenue), where I’ll put up a tent and display my jewelry in the marketplace along with many other vendors, including food and beverage vendors. It’s a popular destination for many Bostonians. Vendors are there each Sunday throughout Summer and Fall, so check back for the days I will be there.
Carol Stoltze and I went down to the Best Little Bead Show in Dedham yesterday. I came back very satisfied with my purchases, having discovered a new stone vendor, Africa Gems from New Jersey. Good prices for large blue green Apatite, chunky Amethyst and aqua Chrysacolla.
Some discoveries are always to be found in Jaspers and Agates! They are becoming my favorite stones. New (for me) Aqua Terra Jasper, Moss Agate, lentil shape blue Tiger Eye and dark red Jade. Some faceted Green Agate caught my eye as well as an unusual white striped Carnelian. What treasures to behold! Along with the ever beautiful Hill Tribe Silver nature themed charms, I’m excited to see what will come out of these beads.
It’s easy to spend a lot of money fast and come home with loads of rocks. In my first two hours at the Tucson Gem Mall, I had enough to weigh down my bag considerably. Even though I only purchased from several vendors that day, they each had enough on display that browsing the beads can take upwards of an hour. Thanks to the USPS for their Fit it and Ship it boxes. I send one heavy medium box for about $10 and it arrived the day after I got home.
The second vendor I visited was from India and specialized in silver and gold filled findings. Their Hill Tribe silver from Thailand was extensive. The price of silver has increased this last year, so some of the tags were a little disconcerting. Never-the-less, I came out with several hundred dollars worth of silver.
The third vendor was from Illinois, and specializes in mid-east vintage beads and findings. I’ve seen this vendor at the Marlborough Gem and Jewelry Show. He sold me rough agates and hand-made glass discs. The last vendor was a company from California. The rep was an older sweet person. He quoted prices to me that were more than half off the tags and I responded by hauling away a bundle. I especially like the natural turquoise, onyx, quartz peridot and aquamarine gems.
I made it to two other venues on other days and found luscious pearls and other gems! Already, I can’t wait until next year when I plan to spend more time searching out the unusual and high quality that only Tucson can offer!
I expect to find unusual stones and pearls to use in Paternostri jewelry. One of my favorite stones is jasper. It is a diverse rock coming in many colors and varieties. Ocean Jasper is especially interesting. It’s smooth quality and clear color patterns are unique. Another nice stone is Peruvian Opal, with colors of pink, green or blue. I’ll be looking for nice shapes and cuts. Pearls are a best buy in Tucson. I will be searching for large coin size pearls and keishi briolettes as well as pearls in unusual shapes and colors.
Here is an excerpt form the show’s website:
“For two weeks every winter, the world meets in Tucson as it becomes a bustling, international marketplace of buyers and sellers at the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase.
The “Gem Show” is much more than a single event at one location. Rather, there are thousands of participants and attendees at more than 40 sites around town. Dozens of shows take place at the same time – in giant white tents, at hotels and resorts and at exhibit halls.”
There is a laboratory on the west coast that sells wholesale face and body products to businesses for resale. I was intrigued by this company’s philosophy and bought several samples over the last year. Finally, I decided to take the leap and purchased a limited supply of the body butter that I found was one of their best products and the best cream I’ve had. Even though the natural scent of the cream was pleasing, I did some experimentation with essential oils and came up with a blend that I think makes this the best butter around for the price. In addition, I designed a label and came up with some pretty packaging.
Deb’s Body Butter will be for sale at the next two shows, as long as it lasts. Come try a sample!
Next show is Celebrate Newton! at Newton South High School, Dec 5, 10 am to 4 pm. Don’t miss it! But if you do, you can come to the Newton Corner Home Show December 12 on Hunnewell Street, 12 pm to 5 pm. Jennifer Parmenter and I will be showing exclusively to our favorite customers… and that includes you! We will provide the usual delicious snacks, cookies and beverages.