Monday, September 10, 2012

Around Town with Tansy Dolls - the Belmont Street Fair!

Happy Monday, everyone! What were you up to this weekend?

In between Tansy Dollin' it (embroidering some sweet new faces, choosing new hair color combos) my family and I set out to the annual Belmont Street Fair here in SE Portland.

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It's the Belmont Street Fair!
 Did I mention that Portland comes alive in the summertime? It seems like every weekend there's something fun (and generally free) to do with the kiddos from music festivals, street fairs, neighborhood parties, movies in the park...you get the idea.

I thought I'd give some props to some local artists whose work & booths stood out to me this weekend. Here we go!

Here's a pic of Beth from Green Grin and her sweet handcrafted plushie toys & hand warmers! Seriously, how adorable is her booth? And do you see the lil' sign on the bottom right hand side that says "Made in Cutelandia"?!!


Oh yes, I think Beth and the ladies at Tansy Dolls would get along just fine. To view more of her amazing critters you can go to SpiralandSprout.blogspot.com

Next, I ran into the remarkable talent of Darla and her awesome Recycled Glass Garden Sculptures:

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Darla and her glass sculptures

Here she is with her daughter (and my daughter Stella too) I wish I had a better pic, but her sculptures are incredibly vibrant and beautiful.

We then had a pitstop at the play area for kiddos, and lo-and-behold we ran into these fun people:

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hmmmm, what do we have here?
You guessed it - it's a bike-powered cotton candy machine! hah! You didn't guess? Ah well, I suppose you should check out www.snowsaw.com to check out another cool invention from Ben Yange. He built this machine to raise money for Laurelhurst School.

After some more browsing, we came across KatMariee. I remembered her booth from last year because I purchased a beautiful green pendant from her.

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katmariee poses with her beautiful artwork

Here's a link so you can see a close-up of one of her gorgeous pieces: katmariee.etsy.com She also keeps a nice blog of her adventures-in-painting here.

And last, but certainly not least, we talked with the lovely Rebecca from Handfull. She designs "free-spirited eco-wear for kids" and they are incredibly soft to the touch as well as super cute! Stella is posing next to her favorite - the artist's palette hoodie.

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Stella chooses a fave

If you'd like to support a local Portland crafter and have some seriously cute duds for back-to-school, check out her shop! www.handfullkids.com

Well, that's it everyone! As you can see, the bike lot emptied out, so that meant it was time to go.

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The "parking lot" at the fair

We took a nice walk home under the sunset with a whole lot of love for this beautiful city of ours.

xoxoxoxoxo,
Lesley

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