Here is the first look at how I spent my summer vacation. I became a jewelry designer. There are over five hundred pieces in the collection to date. This is the Music series. I scoured the flea market world to find vintage pins and attached them to genuine leather, sherpa and rabbit fur.
These bracelets are available for sale with price points of $55, $65 and $75. I am in the process of photographing everything and adding tags to them so that they can be sold locally and on-line. Kind of playing that by ear. I am artist first and designer, of course, and (I guess) businesswoman now, too (using intuition as my guide).
I am in love with these bracelets. Not sure how easy it will be to part with them since they are all one-of-a-kinds. Handmade and infused with (lots of) love. <3
$55 . - STEVE MILLERSTEVE MILLER (BACK)NFS . - MONKEES #2MONKEES #2 (BACK)$65 . - LED ZEPPELINLED ZEPPELIN (BACK)$55 - JOURNEY #2JOURNEY #2 (BACK)$55 - SPRINGSTEENSPRINGSTEEN (BACK)$55 . - 38 SPECIAL38 SPECIAL (BACK)$55 . - JOURNEY #1JOURNEY #1 (BACK)$55 . - FOREIGNERFOREIGNER (BACK)$55 - THE WHOTHE WHO (BACK)$55 - HENDRIX #1HENDRIX #1 (BACK)$65 . - BOWIEBOWIE (BACK)$55 . - BOB MARLEYBOB MARLEY (BACK)
As of today, I am back at work. Here are my most recent summer on-location #ootd pictures.
It was the summer of my dreams – beautiful weather, incredible people, creative juices flowing…. It was and is everything I could possibly desire.
So, not really a conclusion. It’s just another beginning. A renaissance! Today is a continuation of a fun, blessed life. I just had to get up a lot earlier and spend less time with my cat. #catsnamedpablo (yes, that’s a thing). <3
shop owner Erica J. Gilmore#ootd #selfie Marc Jacobs sunglasses, BCBGMaxAzria top and shorts, Nine West booties, Coach crossbody
The former Johnny Appleseed’s furniture store (3402 Old State Road, Erieville, New York, 13061) is now The Shoppes at Johnny Appleseeds. The brainchild of Erica Gilmore and her husband Patrick, it is an over fifty vendor facility, with artisans setting up individual shopping experiences creating little vignettes throughout this amazing space.
It is a still-life lover’s dream. Charming folkloric visual merchandising at every turn. The vendors are not there hawking their wares. You are left to enjoy the process of discovery. Vintage clothing, handbags, jewelry, greeting cards, home decor including furniture and housewares, candles, art (Wendy Harris is there!) and even bird houses.
The Shoppes at Johnny Appleseed reopened in the spring of 2017 as a retail space for crafters and artisans alike. We are excited to offer such a unique venue and are always looking for talented people to continue to grow with us as we build a future at this historic Central New York location.
There is a restaurant as well, the Apple Kitchen, and they serve apple crisp! <3
Wednesday-Saturday, 10-5 Sunday 11-5
Apple Kitchen Hours:
Saturday, 11-4 pm
Sunday, 11-4 pm
They have various sales and events – pet adoptions on weekends via a liaison with Wanderer’s Rest and more! You can stay informed by linking to their Facebook page. <3
Current list of vendors –
The Apple Kitchen • Alexandra’s Attic • The Heckled Hen Antiques • Decorative Edge • 13 South Metal Signs • Wendy Harris Fine Art
I visited with four friends in their tents on Montgomery Street yesterday. They are all participating in the AmeriCU Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival, which continues today from 10 am – 5 pm. The festival occupies and includes four streets around Columbus Circle in downtown Syracuse, New York.
Tandy Leather is my new favorite place on Earth. It is only five minutes away from my house by car (6700 Thompson Rd., Syracuse, NY 13211).
I have been there twice in the last two days (I’m working on a leather project that is consuming me – so excited about it!).
I can’t believe the store has been here this whole time and I had no idea. I just love, love, LOVE this place! The smell of leather hits you full-on as you enter. It is intoxicatingly provocative. OMG!
There are all sorts of hides and also smaller pieces in different colors and textures depending on the scope of one’s project.
There are dyes, as well, and tools, and accessories to purchase, like rivets, eyelets and snaps. Also hardware for keychains, wallets, purses and such. The prices are incredibly reasonable too.
Tandy sells various crafting kits – to make wallets, moccasins and purses. Regularly scheduled leathercraft classes are usually free with the purchase of a kit. See the website for more details.