This past weekend, Em and I took our first trip of the season down to Saturday Market. From every direction, bright rainbows of color welcomed spring and announced that summer is just around the corner. I had intended to do a very different post, but there were beautiful things everywhere, and I just had to share a few of them.
I love “functional art” – art that does something besides sit there looking pretty, which is why I am so drawn to pottery and glass-work. The vibrant colors of these cruets pop with life.
Saturday Market is a treasure-trove of sparkly adornments, but it’s a safe bet that Steven and Eileen Boss have the only “Jewelry & Hand-made Bows” (as in arrows) booth combination you’ll find anywhere.
Every time I go to the Market, I stop by Li’s Portraits and watch this guy for a few minutes. I’m fascinated not only by his talent, but by the speed at which he does his work. You can get a black & white portrait done in fifteen minutes!
These up-cycled cup-n- saucer bird-feeders hit the sweet spot between adorable and kitschy.
I am a Toucher. I touch everything. Put me in a fabric store and my hands run up and down nearly every bolt I pass, searching for just the right feel. So the silk scarves and sarongs in the Deja Vu Nique booth drew me in like a mouse to cheese.
The process for making these is so cool! Remember that photo-sensitive paper that you used to make sun-prints with when you were a kid? (Well, I do.) The fabric for these is printed using basically the same principle – sun-sensitive dye is applied to silk and then left in the sun to develop. Afterward, the dye is permanently set with heat. The colors in these fabric creations are beautiful.
My personal favorite thing at the Market is an offering from bee-guy David Hargraves: Beeswax Herbal Cream. Not as flashy or colorful as his hand-dipped candles, his Beeswax Cream is a life-saver – absolutely wonderful stuff and a household essential for us! Just a little bit goes along way, and it keeps your hands soft and supple even during bone-drying winters. David’s Beeswax Herbal Cream sells at the Market in 1-oz jars, but he makes up 3-oz jars of the stuff for Mr. B and me because we love it so much. A big jar lasts us about a year, give or take.
Musicians: Take note 🙂 you can apply this beeswax cream on dry hands and play just a few minutes later. It doesn’t mess with your essential callouses, and it leaves no sticky or greasy residue.
The Market is full of color, life and vibrancy, but the best part of the day for me was spending a little time with these two. (Aww.)