Friday, September 27, 2013

Re-Covered Treasures 2013 Holiday Bazaars

Hi All!

I am sooo excited to announce that Re-Covered Treasures has been accepted into 3 juried Holiday Bazaars this year (and awaiting to hear about a 4th)!

Our first bazaar will be the Eastlake Holiday Bazaar & Raffle on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 - from 9am to 3pm.  Located at Eastlake High School, 400 228th Ave NE, Sammamish, WA.  I found this bazaar by accident last year and LOVED it, so I am SUPER-excited to be able to participate in it this year!!  FYI - all the businesses that participate (including Re-Covered Treasures) are required to donate a raffle item to help support the PTSA and school ... so stop by and grab a raffle ticket (there will be a LOT of neat raffle items!!).

The second bazaar we'll be attending is the Tahoma Band Boosters present A Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 16th, 2013 - from 9am to 3pm.  Located at Tahoma High Senior High School in Covington, WA.  I haven't been to this bazaar, although I did attend a technology conference there and had a great time - so I have high hopes for the bazaar!  There is also a raffle at this bazaar - so another chance to win items from Re-Covered Treasures and the other vendors!

And our final bazaar for this year will be the Skyline High School Bazaar on December 7th, 2013 - from 9am to 3pm.  Located at Skyline High School, 1122 228th Ave SE, Sammamish, WA.  A great location and the perfect time to get holiday-related gifts!! - And yet another raffle and chance to win items from Re-Covered Treasures and other vendors!

Please feel free to stop by and say hello to me if you come to any of the bazaars!  I'd love to chat with you and find out what you think of our booth and of the bazaars in general!

Now I'm off to begin working on all the ideas I have for upcycled items to sell at the bazaars!

TTFN (that's ta ta for now)!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fiber 19 Rocks!

Hi All!

I just came back from a fabulous 3 day weekend near Port Townsend, WA with the Fiber 19 gals.  I had SUCH a wonderful time!  The ladies are fabulous artists - and I am so honored to be allowed to attend their retreats! 

View from the ferry - facing Kingston with the Olympics in the distance - what a beautiful sight! 

I took the ferry over from Edmonds to Kingston --- such a fabulous night!  I caught a ferry with perfect timing to see the sun set behind the Olympic Mountains.  If you've never been to the Seattle area - a ferry trip is a must do!

Coming up to the rental property at Camp Beausite

We stayed in Camp Beausite, which is a Kiwanis Club camp that is available for rent off-season.   We provided our bedding, clothing (of course), and food, and they provided the beds, tables, and house (at least 6 bedrooms with 2 beds each room plus at least 3 bathrooms..maybe more - I didn't really explore all that much - I was too busy being an aspiring artist!).

The 3 pink-background crocus paintings - perhaps a tryptic?

I spent my time working on improving my silk painting skills and ended up with 4 paintings of crocus - all are similar, but different at the same time.  I can't wait to do more experimentation with recycled silks!  

Three of the painting have a pink background, my fourth painting has a blue background. Each one was painted on a piece of approx. 4"x8" silk.  They were really meant to be tests of a couple of techniques and of working with recycled silks (and they certainly tested me!). 


My paintings along with some of the various dyed items, fyi - the 4 smaller, brightly-colored silks ( to the right of my paintings) were dyed with the left-over paint/dyes from my paintings.
The other thing I worked on during the retreat, was  eco-dying - LOVE IT!  One of the artists  offered to teach us the basics (Thanks Deb!).  We had a blast collecting different items to try dying with (and also learned that some of the items would be stains rather than dyes - the simplest explanation is that stains just sit on the surface of the fabric, while dyes change the chemical make-up of the fabric). 

The results of our experiments were fabulous, - and so easy to do!  It's even safe enough for kids to do too (because it simply requires vinegar, steam, and a bit of time). 

All of my dying was done on recycled silk scraps.  Some of the materials we used to dye with included: purple carrot, beet stems, madrona bark, onion skins, fuschia flowers, and a lovely periwinkle flowering shrub (that made a gorgeous grey-blue color) which I believe is a member of the Ceanothus family of plants.

If you get the chance, I highly recommend going on a retreat of any kind!  It was lovely to relax and not have to worry about the daily grind.  I feel revitalized and I am inspired to try so many new ideas in art!  Now I just need to get the rest of my life to cooperate!  Wish me luck!!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Farmer's Market Update

Sorry Friends!  I had to back out of attending today's Farmer's Market at the Bothell Country Village. Rainstorms and items made out of World Globes are not a good combination!! 

I'm sure most of the food-based vendors will be there (bless their hearty souls!) so please don't let the rain hold you back from attending!   I was told that the late-summer and fall fruits should be available - and they are always so much better than what you can get at most grocery stores!!

I have one more Farmer's Market to attend there - the first Friday in October.  Hopefully the weather will be a little more cooperative then!!

Thanks for your support!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

And The June and July Winners are......

The winner of the June drawing for a lovely Mother of Pearl pendant necklaces is:
Emily O'Dell - Congratulations Emily!!! 

July's winner receives a prize of a pair of gorgeous Mother of Pearl hair-clips! The winner for July is Linda Schmidt - Congratulations Linda!!

Emily and Linda visited Re-Covered Treasures at one of the Farmer's Markets (Bothell Country Village, or North Bend) and signed our guest book.  Thanks to all of the customers who entered to win!!  Also, please forgive me for not getting to this earlier - it's been an incredibly busy summer (with LOTS of learning opportunities for me - I am finding that as hard as I try, I just can't get the hang of being a super-mom, super-wife, and super-business-owner all at the same time). 

Be sure to stop by our booth at Bothell Country Village this Friday the 6th of September (or Friday October the 4th) - those two dates are the last two Farmer's Markets we'll be attending this year.  If you do stop by and see us, please say hello and sign our guest book - You could be our next winner!

You can also sign up by sending me an email at

I'm currently looking into craft and holiday bazaars - so you may see us at one of those this fall or winter.  If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear about them!