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Spring 2013 Beehive Bazaar

bb smallerThis weekend (or the next!) would be a good time to be in Utah… especially if you love handmade goods.

Set your sights on springtime, and the handmade goodness of the Beehive Bazaar Handmade Art and Craft Fair, May 9-11th and May 17-18 at the Riverwoods. Striding into it’s 10th year, the Beehive Bazaar continues to shine as the premiere and most unique handmade art and craft fair in Utah. Hailing from Happy Valley Utah, aka Provo, the Bazaar showcases the works of more than 70 independent local and national artists and crafters. A savvy shopping experience that is truly unrivaled anywhere in the state.  Enough said, eh?

For the geographically challenged— Instagram (@beehivebazaar or #beehivebazaar) is a fun way to stay abreast of the goings on these upcoming weekends! Take a peek at what’s hot and happening in handmade in the beehive state!

Check out the extensive ‘Bees and Hives’ pinterest board we’ve been happily pinning away on.

Why are bees and their houses so cool?

Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and is enjoying this Boxing Day! It’s snowing like crazy outside my window,  and we’re all feeling a little giddy about it.

We managed to get some family pictures taken right before Santa came and here is what we learned along the way about going for a great family picture:

family no filterWe set up a traditional shot, all of us standing in front of the Christmas tree… it was so boring, I could hardly look at it myself (unfiltered version). We decided to change it up…

brothers in bowtiesThis was the facilitating picture, the boys playing around between the serious shots (with Instagram filter), it gave me a great idea…

I love AMC’s Mad Men (no secret there), so I wrangled those teens and the spouse right into the Mad Men cover photo look. I found serious and sassy easier to capture then trying to get everyone smiling- and more fun too.
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pic prepPrepping the people…

mad men family pictureWith the help of a few props- a fedora on the little man and a NY Times in the daddy’s hand, vintage pattern dress and fur, we capture the Mad Men look as best we could. Another must, in my opinion, is the use of filters- I used Instagram (alters photos and makes them public) and the Be Funky app on the iphone (alters photos but doesn’t share them) to create this look. I believe it was the ‘Vintage 2’ filter on Be Funky that got us this look, with the brightness also altered.

kidsJust the kids, only altered a bit (brightness and exposure) in iphoto.
orton filterWith the use of the ‘Orton’ filter on Be Funky- much more interesting, if you ask me.

 

With the family picture checked off the list, and Christmas all wrapped up, it’s time to get out and enjoy winter. It’s a week of skiing for me- teaching skiing at Park City Mountain Resort, hopefully a few powder runs mixed in too. Have a great, relaxing week!

mod podge, pinterest and instagram your way to successful gifts

I contributed to an article for a local paper, about simplifying the holiday season with home made gifts, the article is pack with ideas for getting crafty and using your thinking cap to gift it up this year. I’d like to expand those ideas with a personalized flair- and I don’t mean a monogrammed sweater.

While making gifts can be stressful and time consuming for some, it can also be a stress reliever for the budget-minded gift giver. Here are a few personalized, simple ideas on how to create a memorable handmade gifts, no sewing (needles) involved this time!
A few examples from around our house…

This little love note (above) has been around awhile (Q is now 16). It’s about the size of a business card. I don’t recall how it came to be but she always has it hanging somewhere in her room. It’s a trimmed picture then added illustration with pens and markers– a daily affirmation everyone can appreciate. Why not laminate a tiny love note to be kept in a wallet or backpack– a frequent reminder of a loved one’s awesomeness.


This is a piece of salvaged wrapping paper from last Christmas, I believe M (our 12 year old) saved it and framed it herself. Simply a trimmed up picture and some kind words, it’s been on her night stand all year long.


A friend of mine made this box a few years ago- a plain wooden box (can be purchased at any local craft store), craft paint, collaged vintage-looking picture clippings, modge podge and a bit of rick rack– all coming together to create a keeper. Add some personalized pictures and words for the perfect gift.
**There enough silly/inspiring/random/funny quotes flying around Pinterest, pictures of friends on Instagram and Facebook to cover a box like this over and over again.


Another friend of mine gave this me after a trip we had taken to New York. Isn’t remembering a trip the next best thing?

One of my favorite, most useful gifts ever is this personalized yardstick, given to our family by my sister. So simple but hands down the best.

Many of the words on the back of the yard stick go back to childhood memories, living in New Hampshire and Rhode Island when we would rush to open the front door first thing in the morning- yardstick in hand- to measure the overnight snowfall. Based on the results… we would either begrudgingly put on our school clothes OR hurriedly climb back under the covers with the radio on and pray that school would be cancelled. It often was cancelled and we would collectively cheer with delight. My mom would dread the cheer and the upcoming day of chaos- the tremendous soggy, snowy mess that ensues when 6 kids are home from school for the day and at least 12 inches of fresh snow lay waiting to be played in. Of course I found this all out later, first hand, when I became a mother.

Great lines from the yardstick:
“Ahh, just a dusting”
“What, that’s it?”
“Just enough for sledding.”
“What? You call this a blizzard?”
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”
“The snow cat’s broke!” (a line from Snowball Express)
“My back’s going to be so jacked up tonight…”
“Winter Wonderland!”
“Lock in the hubs”
“School has got to be closed.”
“Where are the chains?”
“Now, THIS is winter!”
“Time for a snow fort”
“It’s the Motherlode!”
“Shovel off the roof!”

One of my goals this year is to put my creative cap on and see if I can come up with something a clever as the ideas shown here. Working on it… but I can’t give anything away!