Yesterday I promised I would give you another update on my weekend adventures—here it is! Last weekend, before my trip to Brimfield, my Mom and I made another yearly pilgrimage to the Guilford Craft Expo. The craft expo is a big artisan/craft fair full of wonderful vendors who sell everything from handmade rocking chairs to diamond jewelry. I love going every year to meet new sellers and catch up with old ones, not to mention buy gifts for family and friends. This year I snagged a beautiful handmade cutting board (from The Shade Tree LLC, a workshop that runs entirely on solar power!) to give as a wedding present. Still, there were lots of other things that tempted me. Here are my favorites:
The gorgeous jewelry made by Dana*David really belongs in the Savings & Loans category. I tried on the bottom two pieces—the ring tempted me as a wedding band, the necklace just because the moonstone was so stunning—and had serious difficulty taking them off. If they weren't both in the $1400 range, I might have taken one home . . . alas. Perhaps for a really special occasion?
The goodies over at Tanner Glass always end up in my shopping bag on the way home (not to mention the owner/artist is super nice). Last year I bought one of the key hooks you see above, this year I went home with a beautiful map-based paper weight. Although looking through the Tanner Glass Etsy shop, I wish I had seen some of the exquisite handblown multi-colored ornaments! I would love to hang one in my window and watch it shine . . .
Tami Rodrig at Happy Art Studio always has the prettiest, freshest designs. My mom bought a necklace in one of the circular patterns last year and she says she gets compliments on it every time she wears it. More lovely pieces here.
James Guggina has long made beautiful, highly colored ceramic works like these. But it's not until I saw these new more subtle bowls with simple lines that I became truly smitten. Check them out here.