Stoke Creativity With Local Arts & Craft Shows

More than 100 vendors participated in the seventh annual Mama’s Minerals Craft Fair.

The enthusiasm and originality of exhibitors warmed my soul as I strolled through the displays on Saturday.

The sewing of Linda Pearl and her emphasis on upcycling caught my fancy. She showed pictures of the red polka-dotted blouse sleeves (now the lining) for a red and brown bag created from a suede skirt.

“I need to get this into an etsy shop,” she declared. Turns out she already has Koskies Kiosk, a shop that opened in February on Etsy.

©2012 Linda Pearl, red suede upcycle bag

Another Etsy shop owner, Kayde Solomakos talked with me about Monkaface Designs, her business inspired by her child.

I made a mental note to consider Etsy as one of my marketing outlets.

Patti Farley, friend and fellow committee collaborator (we serve on the Montezuma Ball committee) debuted her jewelry with great success.

Patti Farley, Mama’s Mineral Show 2012

Her “boot scoots” caught my eye, but it was the introduction of Pugg’s® that I thought brilliant.

©2012 Patti Farley, Heart Pugg

Of course, I could go on about vendors who offered classes (some of which I long to take), vendors for a cause (Disclosure: I now possess a cute Flat Bonnie  so I can bead it) and vendors with fine craftsmanship, useable items and no way of contacting them after the show.

For those who know my love of beads, there’s no surprise in the fact I supported a fellow bead buddy who’s committed to having fun. To satisfy her love of beading and present something a bit different, Vicki Goss of Bead Me Senseless creates doilies. I’m the proud owner of this doily by Vicki.

©2012 Vicki Goss, bronze tone doily, 8 inches

If you haven’t enjoyed local art, I encourage you to do so. The ideas you’ll generate are amazing. My creative buzz prompted this post, a couple of necklace designs and some additional drawings of projects I hope to begin shortly.

In fact, I’m already forward to next weekend’s Lavendar Festival in the village and the International Folk Art Festival in Santa Fe.

Sigh. One minor problem. How much time do you think I’ll have to set aside to act on these ideas?