Thursday, November 24, 2016

We're coming to Chico early this year.

We will be selling our work at 
The Christmas Faire of Chico
at the 
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds
Friday-Sunday   Dec. 2-4
Fri. 12-7, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5
Free admission & Free Parking
Festival Food 
Live entertainment by local musicians
We'll have a lot of new Mixed Metal Jewels to show
Hope to see you!
Happy Holidays

For the last 37 years or so we've been traveling to Chico, CA to sell our jewelry at an event called the Bah! Humbug Arts & Crafts Festival. The first BH was up in Paradise at a school gym, then for 10 years or so it was at the old Montgomery Wards store on 2nd street in Chico across from the downtown parking lot where the farmer's market takes place. After that it floated around and settled in whatever building the organizer, Steve Rooney of Cyrcle Productions could find. Sometimes in the same location 2 years in a row but usually in a different building each year. Usually the BH took place for the two weeks before Christmas, we participated for 6 to 11 days depending on how much energy we had, what our stock of jewels was like and how the weekends fell. For a number of years though we have been in Chico selling our mixed metal jewels right up until about 3pm or so on Christmas Eve, an annual ritual. 

We only recently found out that the Bah! Humbug is not going to happen this year. We're not sure about it's long term future. We were able to find another venue though, The Christmas Faire of Chico at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds which has actually been going on for longer than the Bah! Humbug, since 1974. We started doing the Christmas Faire in 1976 and did it for a number of years, and did it and the BH both for some time, but at some point switched to doing only the BH, we could only do one Chico show because of fairs in other areas and it worked better for us. 
In some ways we are sad to see it go, it was a different and slower pace than most fairs that we do and we enjoyed having the time to spend talking with a lot of our Chico customers, many of whom are also friends. We could also each take time to go out into Chico and meet friends for lunch, shop and explore Bidwell park and other places because one of us could stay and handle the business. At some fairs that we do we have so many people at our booth that even with both of us there it is sometimes hard to handle. 
CHANGE. We are not unhappy about only doing 3 days in Chico this year instead of 6 or 8, it will certainly be easier on my old body. We are also happy that after the Christmas Faire we will have over 5 months before our next show, the Los Altos Rotary Art Show on May 20 & 21. That is the longest stretch of time between shows since we first started doing them in 1971. My gosh, maybe we'll take a vacation. 









Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Mixed Metal Jewels in Sacramento



The first two collages of images are pieces that have just been finished, I took pictures of them this morning and just finished putting the collages together a few minutes ago. We will have all of these jewels at the Sacramento Arts Festival which starts on Friday morning. A  couple of pieces in the bottom collage have already found homes but most will also be at the Sacramento Fair. We are looking forward to our annual selling visit to the Sacramento convention center. We've been very happy about the very rainy October we've been having here on the coast but are glad it will pause for this weekend, looking like nice weather. Hope many of our area customers get to stop by and look at our new work and say hi. Looking forward to a great show despite the crazy election stuff that is happening.












Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Art Festival in Sacramento is Coming Up Soon

We showed and sold our work at the Kings Mountain Art fair over Labor Day Weekend. It was a very successful show for us as it always is. It's consistently our best fair for sales. We are busy making jewels now, getting ready for the upcoming Sacramento Arts Festival, our 2nd best show each year. When we are down to two shows sometime in the next few years it will be Kings Mountain and Sacramento.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Off to Sell in Salem, Oregon soon





















We last did the Salem Art Fair & Festival in 2012 and before that, the first time was in 2009. We apply each year but only get selected every once in a while. Competition, especially in the category of jewelry, is quite stiff.  It's a great fair and we are looking forward to being there and also to the vacation time we have rewarded ourselves with afterwards, in Portland and then in Bandon on the southern Oregon coast. We have been working quite steadily and will have a great selection of our mixed metal jewels. Hoping for good weather and lots of visitors to the fair.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

New Mixed Metal Jewels for Los Altos

Have been working hard finishing new jewels for the show in Los Altos this weekend. Not going to take much time to write but wanted to get a collage of images up before we left tomorrow morning. Will try to upload another collage of more new work.during our time in the bay area. Hope to see some of you in the park in Los Altos.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Asymmetrical Earrings

We are getting ready for our first art fair of the year in Los Altos on the 14th & 15th of May. We are looking forward to being there and showing our new work to all of our Bay Area customers.

For quite a few years we have periodically made asymmetrical earrings, a few pair a year. But in the last couple of years we have started creating many more pairs. Carlie always makes more earrings than Jima does and all of these designs in the picture to the left are her creations. We have been getting a great response  to the asymmetrical sets from people who like our jewelry. Not everyone can relate but many do and they have been selling very well and we have been enjoying the process of creating them and developing new ideas.

A lot of the designs are based on symmetrical sets we have made in past. We have to find a way to make each earring different but in some way have a balanced relationship. A fun game to play. Some of the earrings in the picture have been sold but some will be at the Los Altos show along with others we will make in the almost 5 weeks we have left to work before the show. I plan to post pictures of new work twice more before we come to Los Altos, once in about two weeks and once just before we leave for the fair of the best of the last pieces that we finish just before leaving.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Our last selling event of the year in Chico

We'll be leaving in the morning for our 36th year of selling our mixed metal jewels just before Christmas in Chico, CA. Above are a few of the new jewels we've finished in the last few days. We will probably have the best selection of jewels that we have ever had at a Bah! Humbug festival of crafts. We are looking forward to seeing all of our Chico friends and customers. Looks like it may be a rainy time between now and Christmas, we're bringing rain coats and umbrellas. Go to our Show Schedule page to find out place and time details for the Bah! Humbug Festival.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Driving in the rain to Davis

Well, if the weather reports are correct, we will be driving in the rain from the Mendocino coast to Davis, CA tomorrow. We hope that it pauses when it's time to unload our fair display from our van into the Davis Art Center, where we will be selling our mixed metal jewels for 3 days. Above are a number of newly finished pieces that I just took pictures of a little while ago. We are looking forward to connecting with friends and customers and hopefully making some money this weekend.

The little silver piece that says Words in the picture. I was sitting at my work bench a couple of days ago thinking about putting words in some of my jewelry designs, something I've thought about for several years but haven't followed through with doing. I was trying to think of some amazing word to put in metal and nothing was coming to me and then I just thought, well, what about words? Seemed interesting and offbeat and I wondered why anyone would want to buy it but went ahead and did it and here it is. Hopefully I'll think of some other words and ways to use them in jewelry pieces, we'll see. Stay tuned.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Mixed Metal Jewelry at the Sacramento Arts Festival

These are jewels that we have just finished, I spent part of Sunday taking pictures so I could get another collage of images that we will have at the show up on the blog. There are still more new pieces to be finished, some interesting ones that I will try to get images of and post before the show.
We are very happy about the rain that we just got, the plants in my yard are very happy too. Hoping for more (after the Sacramento show). It's windy city here on the coast today, I was walking around Ft. Bragg today putting up flyers for the Caspar Community Center's upcoming events and it was a challenge to keep them from flying away.