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The Craft Fair Expirience

“Believing is doing and doing is getting it done.”

Last week I sold my jewelry at a craft show for the very first time!

It was a valuable experience that awarded me with great practice, some lessons learned and positive feedback. Plus I was thrilled to donate 15% of my sales to the Children’s Miracle Network!

Here, in short, was the series of events that lead up to my big day:

  • I signed up for the Craft Fair (5 weeks away) YAY!
  • I find out the next week that it has been bumped up two weeks – YIKES!
  • Weekend before the fair – Sickness ensues, I’m bed ridden and I give up on being able to get everything together for the fair.
  • Tuesday evening after work I’m feeling better but am overwhelmed by all that needs to be done. I call my amazing man and he gives me the most encouraging and motivating pep talk. I get off the phone with a huge smile on my face and dive into planning and prepping.
  • Wednesday –  after work my supply order arrives and I hunker down at my desk with a pot of Chai, a 6 hour playlist of TED talks and get to work until the wee hours of the morning.
  • Thursday – I work ALL NIGHT long beading, assembling, designing, brainstorming for the display and hand stamping the gift boxes. I did take a 4:30am coffee break 🙂
  • Friday – Show time! I thought up and rounded up the items for my display around 6:00am, got another cup of coffee, checked in at work and was set up at the fair by 7:45am

By the time my shop was set up, I had made my rounds greeting the other vendors and sat down at my table, I was beyond tired. I was in such a state of excitement and pride in my accomplishment that I just reveled in the moment.

The day pasted by quickly as I savored each conversation, each interaction with customer or passersby and appreciated how happy it made me to share my art, my craft.

The most pivotal take way from the event is focusing on believing is doing and doing is getting it done. It may sound silly and oversimplified but I needed to believe in myself. Believe that I could get it done no matter what it took. Once I got it in my head and I hit the ground running – there was no stopping me. My Dad taught me at a young age to never give up and I know how hard it would have been to let myself down by throwing in the towel.  I am so thankful for my guy for believing in me and picking my spirits up. He is such an inspiration to me as he runs his own business and always works as long and as hard as he needs to to get his work done without complaint. He’s amazing and I’m a lucky girl.

All of the pieces that were not sold and more will be up on my Etsy shop by the end of the week! 

Some late night/early morning delirious designs

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Trying to keep my desk from looking like a bead explosion

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Finishing touches

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Beaded and Leather ID/Security Badge/Name Tag Lanyards

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More leather lanyards and a few necklaces

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Late night

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A happy (and exhausted) Crafter!

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Summer 2012! The Bucket List

Every summer I do my best to squeeze every bit of joy from the long, warm sunny days. I make a calendar of all the weekends of summer and fill it with fun activities and adventures. This year I made a bucket list to go along with my calendar so whenever I have free time I can make a check off the trusty bucket list! I’m excited to share these adventures with you and hope to inspire you to create your own and maybe spark some ideas.

THE BUCKET LIST

1. Wind Surfing in Hood River

2. Zip Lining in Southern Oregon

3. White Water Rafting

4. Learn how to row in a racing boat at Dexter Lake

5. Bicycle Booze Cruise

6. Surfing on the Oregon coast

7. Bike ride picnic

8. Where the Wild Things Are themed Party

9. Hike Kentucky Falls

10. Make and fly kites

11. Float the McKenzie River in an inner tube with friends and beers

12. Make homemade bread and jam

13. Volunteer

14. Find a drive-in movie theater

15. Go fly fishing

16. Try rock climbing (even if it’s at a gym)

17. Go canoe camping as much as possible

18. Grow garden full of all the veggies and herbs

19. Kayak and surf in San Diego

20. Go berry picking at a U-Pick farm

21. Go sand boarding at the dunes

22. Morning yoga practice on the deck

23. Keep up with work-out routine

24. Bike commute

25. Practice sewing

26. Play more Tennis

27. Spontaneous trip to the beach

28. Play in as many Sunday softballs games as I can

29. Make sun tea, herb berry ice cubes and popsicles

30. Have a water fight

30. Send postcards to friends I haven’t heard from in awhile

31. Go to a first Friday art walk

32. Ride my long board (skateboard) more

33. Go Skydiving

34. Go out Salsa Dancing

35. Go Go-Carting

36. Make my own sushi

37. Go wine tasting

38. Go backpacking

39. Summit Diamond Peak

40. Festivals: Sasquatch, Oregon Country Fair, Eugene Celebration

41. Focus on AquarEye (Become a better blogger, keep shop updated, do more DIY projects, go to flea markets, work on new jewelry styles and techniques. Keep it original and fun)

42. Savor, enjoy, and appreciate every moment

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SASQUATCH! Festival Camping: Packing List

SASQUATCH is next weekend and festival season is upon us! I am bubbling over with excitement.

A. The line-up is AMAZING

B. The Gorge is an incredible venue with beautiful views

C. This will be my first time camping at a festival!

I can’t wait to see:

• The Cave Singers
• Honey Honey
• Alabama Shakes
• Gary Clark Jr.
• The Civil Wars
• Of Monsters and Men
• Silversun Pickups
• Dear Tick
• Vintage Trouble
• Metric
• Trampled by Turtles
• Santigold
• Pretty Lights
• Tenacious D
• The Roots
• Beats Antique
• Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires
• Unknown Mortal Orchestra
• Pickwick
 
 
I wanted to share my packing list for the weekend with you. This is definitely not a minimalist approach. This is more then I ever bring camping with me and I usually prefer to just bring what I can fit in a backpack. BUT I’m thinking it’ll be fun to have a nice set up, be comfortable and the right tools to be well fed, rested and hydrated to have a great experience without being burnt out.  Hopefully it is useful!
 
 

Camp:

  • Tent and Rain Fly–  I’m looking at large two room tents for some privacy and ease. Something like this. Any tent works!
  • STEAKS! It gets super windy out there making steaks for the tent essential. Don’t forget the hammer!
  • Tarp – for under the tent *Make sure the sides don’t stick out past the tent or fold it under to not allow water or condensation to slide under the tent.
  • Bedding – pillows/sleeping bags/sleeping pads – *Tip* If your planning on sleeping with  a special someone, most sleeping bags can zip together! I think we’ll just bring sheets and blankets though beacause our sleeping bags are rated for much colder temps
  • Lantern or LED Battery Lights for camp at night (no campfires!)
  • Garbage/recycling bags
  • Flag – <CRUCIAL> to identify our camp. Connect a glow stick to the top
  • 2 plastic crates  (i.e. milk crates) for storage and tables -These are great for packing and camp. Pack dry food, cooking stuff and other supples in them to organize the car and they double as night stands, camp tables and chairs.
  • Towel
  • Cards, Dice, pingpong balls, a Frisbee and any other games and activites
  • Headlamp  <CRUCIAL>, especially for night trips to the port-o-potties. My friend also has a small light on a necklace so she is never without it.
  • Zip Lock Bags
  • Wash basin (i.e. large stainless steel bowl) – For washing dishes and myself
  • Sponge
  • 5 Gallon water dispenser cooler BRING LOTS OF WATER

Extras (The nice to have stuff if you have room to bring them):

  • Air Mattress – Not crucial, but it is 5 nights and I thought it would be awesome to make the tent like home with a bed, night stands, lights, sheets, pillows and all. Sleeping pad does the trick though and is probably better for your back.
  • Shade Structure and Tapestry, scarves and clips/clamps to hang – This again, is not essential but is wonderful for those long sunny mornings at the camp. Be sure to either steak it down soundly or lower it when you leave for the festival so it doesn’t blow away with the wind!
  • Camp Chairs are nice but coolers and crates work too!
  • A foldable/portable table. Not essentail but great for beer pong.

Food:

  • Camp Cookware – I have a set for backpacking that is small light and includes everything you need – You can find it here
  • Utensils
  • Stove – The boy has a backpacking stove that will work great. It is essentially this – a single burner with fuel.
  • Pocket Knife
  • Can opener
  • Cutting Knife
  • Cutting board
  • 2 bowls
  • 2 small coolers – one for food, one for drinks *Also double as benches! *Tip – it’s a good idea to seperate some ice in a zip lock from the rest of the ice in the cooler to keep it clean for drinks.
  • Cast iron skillet
  • Small grill – I’d like to get what I call a “scoop-a-grill” like this one
  • Charcoal and lighter fluid
  • Coffee maker/filters – We use something like this.

Other:

  • 4 Festival outfits, 2 travel
  • Sleeping clothes – I’m anticipating getting dirty and if it does rain it’s best to not track a day of filth into the sheets.
  • Warm non-bulky layering clothes
  • Camera and extra batteries – I’m bringing disposable cameras and my digital point and shoot
  • Sunglasses  <Crucial>
  • Water Bottle <Crucial>
  • Ear plugs – super necessary for that dub step tent that blares all night!
  • Rain jacket or poncho- Just in case, this IS in Washington
  • Boots and Sandals – broken in, and very comfortable for walking
  • Hat and Jewelry
  • Emergen-C – I never travel without it and great for hangovers, re-hydreation and an extra boost!
  • TP – *Tip: Carefully pull out the cardboard roll and tug the first sheet out a bit. Squeeze the roll to close the gap and put in a zip lock bag with the first sheet sticking out of the top. This makes a great TP dispenser so you don’t need to worry about unrolling it.
  • Dry shampoo – I think I’ll try it. Something like TIGI’s Bed Head Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo and Conditioner. Baby powder works great as well.
  • Dr. Bronners soap – The does-it-all biodegradable soap!
  • Deodorant/toothbrush/tooth paste/chapstick and any other personal items
  • Phone car charger – A solar charger is even better!
  • Ground cloth/blanket – For sitting on in the festival grounds
  • Watch – My watch face is on a necklace so I’m not late for the shows I want to see
  • Bubbles
  • Cleansing wipes – A LOT – to freshen up or to be your shower. I like these and the Berts Bees ones for my face
  • Small gift boxes with earrings and business cards – I’m going to make some gifts for awesome people I see and spread the AquarEye word!
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sun Screen!
  • First aid kit including: Ibuprofen, band-aids, Aloe Vera, wrap, bandages and disinfectant

I’m still working on the food list. I’d like to prepare our own food as much as possible. In the past couple years I’ve really gotten into gourmet, healthy camping and backpacking food. I’ll share some of my recipes and what we are bringing in the next post. Recipes will include: Super Charged Acai Bowls, Pantry Salmon Pesto Tortellini, and Camp Fajitas!

Am I missing anything? Was this helpful? Let me know, I’d love to hear from you!

Looking for festival outfit inspiration? Checkout this post!

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Cinco de Mayo

I’m so excited to burst with love for my Mexican heritage! The 5th of May was not an especially festive day in our household while growing up but in the past couple of years I have made it a celebratory day of Mexican culture along many other Mexican-Americans. Though Cinco De Mayo is not the Dia de la Revolución (November 20, 1910), it is the day in 1862 that marked the monumental Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla during the French-Mexican War which lifted the spirits of the Mexican nationalists and came to symbolize unity, hope and pride. Here’s a little snid-bit of history for ya:

“Certain that success would come swiftly, 6,000 French troops under General Charles Latrille de Lorencez (1814-1892) set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. From his new headquarters in the north, Juárez rounded up a rag-tag force of 2,000 loyal men—many of them either indigenous Mexicans or of mixed ancestry—and sent them to Puebla. Led by Texas -born General Ignacio Zaragoza (1829-1862), the vastly outnumbered and poorly supplied Mexicans fortified the town and prepared for the French assault. On May 5, 1862, Lorencez drew his army, well provisioned and supported by heavy artillery, before the city of Puebla and led an assault from the north. The battle lasted from daybreak to early evening, and when the French finally retreated they had lost nearly 500 soldiers. Fewer than 100 Mexicans had been killed in the clash” 

– History.com

This year, I am making my family recipe tacos from scratch for a bunch of friends. I can’t wait to sip mojitos, blast mariachi and reggaeton music while dancing salsa and cooking up a beautiful meal to share.

Goodies: Some sweet vintage Mexican pieces for sale on Etsy, a fun DIY decoration for your fiesta from the Free People Blog and one of my favorite reggaeton songs!

*Click to see image larger and let me know if you’d like the link to any of the items for sale*

Click the Photo for instructions to make this fun and festive garland

ahhhh “El Amor” This song brings me back to a club in Arequipa, Peru dancing Salsa in the early morning hours. This song seemed to re-energize the dance floor with smiles.

¡Saludos!

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Setting the Stage and The Thrifty Gals’ Guide To Summer Festival Style!

I am elated to finally present my first blog post and to introduce what will become a project that will fuel years of passion and ideas into action. Before I get into the content, I’d like to lay the groundwork of what has taken so long and what it means to me. I’ll get into my purpose and the importance in another post. Get ready! It’s about to get real verbose in here (you can always skip to the pictures).

The truth is that I have been grappling with the confliction that has barricaded each stint of progress while planning this blog. I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am indeed passionate about a cultural force that brings much satisfaction, expression and creativity on an individual level while having damaging effects on the environment with an industry that under values and mistreats its workers to feed a insatiable drive for consumption and waste.

Fix: Recycled, Surplus, Fair-Trade and Handmade Fashion!

I have also been torn with taking photos of my personal style. I am a behind the camera kind of girl with a deep love for photography. That being said, I am ridiculously uncomfortable in front of a camera and have this amazing ability to appear completely unnatural and awkwardly un-photogenic. Other reservations have been contiguous with the concept of vanity. I have a difficult time being in front of a mirror and the idea of taking, editing, and working with photos of me is something that I long thought would be difficult for me to do whole heartedly and with the earnestness that I expect for the quality of content that I’m after.

Fix: Recruit my beautiful friends to help and get over my qualms and build some confidence!  It’s not about me; it’s about personal expression, creativity, imagery, design, art and the magnificence of the human machine.

Then there is the question: When am I going to have time for all of this? I have been apprehensive about throwing another ball of fire into my juggling routine – I am blessed with a full time job, an amazing and supportive boyfriend, fabulous friends, a jubilant dog companion, an online business, and a whole host of activities and projects that keep me busy and active.  In another couple of months I’ll be throwing school into the mix which will make for a vivacious whirlwind of productivity.

Fix: Blog about it! Write and capture snapshots of my lifestyle and what consumes me, excites me, and keeps me going strong.

Lastly, what has been the biggest hurdle of all was not having a quality camera or blog design that would meet my standards of how I imagined the look, feel and overall experience would be for the reader.

Fix: Stop making lame excuses and make do with what I have! The layout maybe cookie cutter, the photos may not be of striking quality but this is a work in progress. I will be constantly growing, evolving, progressing this space and that may just be the most beautiful and natural element about it!

So here you have it – My first post! I’m ready to get my foot in the door to the astoundingly dynamic and diverse world of style bloggers.  I have put a lot into this one and I will do my best to keep my content rich and alive, vibrant and fun, inspiring and thought provoking, danceable, laughable and energized! If you read my ramble, wow! Thank you! If you stuck with where your eyes were drawn – I certainly don’t blame you.

THE THRIFTY GIRLS GUIDE TO UNIQUE SUMMER FESTIVAL STYLE

I love festivals. I love the freeform community that is built over a couple of days. It’s as if the energy that each person emits jolts everyone collectively and unites with the buzzing vibrations to create an electrification of togetherness that is marvelously invigorating. A byproduct is a culture of acceptance that radiates through the crowds. I love dressing creatively, dancing freely, exploring new music and relaxing with good friends having a picnic with a cold beer and taking in the grooves and energy of all the people enjoying themselves with a big smile. It’s a fun chance to be creative, expressive and free to be a truly unique person in a sea of others. How great is that?

I’ve put together unique outfit inspiration for your viewing and idea brewing delight. All items are $35.00 and below from Etsy and are all recycled or handmade and support small businesses! Hope you enjoy. If you have any questions, comments or feedback please share! All items were and may still be for sale on Etsy. If you are interested in a purchasing an item or 10 please email me and I will let you know if it has already been sold or send you the link to the item in the Etsy shop. If it has already been sold I can send you other suggestions or search tips.

Etsy is a seemingly endless source of recycled and handmade fashion. There is a great chance you’ll find your perfect festival outfit – Happy treasure hunting!

*Click to see full size*

Leather and Lace

Tropical Colors and Flora

American Spirit

Scout (Love the earrings and harmonica necklace!)

The Raver

Fresh  Comfort (Lot’s of accessory pairings could go here!)

The Mermaid (Check out those crochet leg accents! Saw similar in free people.)

The Gypsy Soul

The Festi Fairy

Classic and Feminine

Coastal Country

Forest Chic

City Rocker (My favorite!)

Avant Garde (Amazing leggings!)

The Artist

World Traveler

I could have gone on and on and on. What was your favorite?

Stay tuned for posts on DIY summer accessories, packing lists for festival camping, summer bucket list ideas and much more!

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