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Posts tagged ‘Fall Festival’

Nurturing Creativity

Hope you locals/visitors made it out to Fall Festival today.

The art booths, live music, and loads of activities sure captivated audiences of all ages for the two-day festival and was a huge success…thank goodness the rain held out.

Fall is an excellent time to reconnect with members of the community.

The festival had a terrific line-up.

The spectators were great considering Bend is a relatively small town.

A rare treat for anyone interested in the humanities, arts and culture…and Upcycle.

Added yet another interesting layer to the festival for me was seeing in person Cynthia Lucas and Jenna Rose–the two NW Portland designer brains behind Bella Sisters.

I am so inspired by their Vintage textile creations and the amazing quality and special characteristics embellishments incorporated to their reclaimed cashmere/high quality wool clothings and re-designs of their upcycled making.

Look for The Bella Sisters line of jackets, sweaters, and new designs–made almost entirely from recycled materials–at First Thursday or Portland Saturday Market.

Another excitement for me was Flood Clothing‘s newest one-of-a-kind stylish hats made of upcycled tee and men’s polo shirts: New Style, Sun Drops, Neon Tropic, Heart of Gold, On Hold…just to name a few. Be sure to check out TheSteps Jacket, its latest clothing line. You may find Flood at Portland Saturday Market too.

Here meeting Ingrid Ostheller of Ingrid’s Creations was an added bonus.

Design is not an artifact.

It’s a process.

Talking to Ingrid is like attending a master class in creativity.

I love to decipher the nuances that make the imaginative/creative persona that she is.

Now comes the fiber art finale…Best of Jury winner Reiko Archer’s nuno felted, wearable-art scarves

and beautifully landscaped wall panels

by Rei Garden

Truly an inspirational weekend…hearing Patricia Bennett Wilson shared some of her blind Grammie’s music and tales…Imagine how the world could be, so very fine and happy together.

Never imagined how wonderful and wholesome this children’s book could be. The story is great alone or used with the CD that accompanies the book.

Thanks to my girls for getting me to the festival. So much fun. It was truly, madly, deeply amazing!

I really enjoyed myself at this festival–shopper’s delight with a plethora of unique world items for sale

and was glad I got to take part in one of Central Oregon’s long standing traditions.

Do you have a Fall Festival in your neck of the woods?

Did you embrace the vitality of Fall?  Most importantly, how do you make most use out of  all the newly acquired creative ideas?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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The Art of Tightrope Walking

trying to stay in balance.

The point raised yesterday was that I did what I needed to do. Despite my annoyance that I hadn’t done any of the things I thought I wanted to do, I did do the things that needed to be done.

And that, some days, is a massive achievement.

When I woke yesterday, I didn’t think Hey today I will start to conquer my phobia about driving or climb the butte.

Life doesn’t really work that way.

I don’t often achieve what I thought I wanted to, but as collateral benefits, I do the things that actually need doing, like taking the girls to meet up with a friend at Fall Festival

So when I got up this morning, after another restless night and poor sleep, I thought, let’s just take today one moment at a time.

One minute,

one hour at a time.

Life happens in increments.

Blossom Merz from Wolf Creek, OR, aka Weaving Monk, has been weaving for 15 years.
His gorgeous capes may be seen and purchased at Etsy too.

Sometimes I need to do the little things first.

So, a new day every day.

I don’t do the whole motivational stuff.

That’s something I may hang onto.

A mountain is never climbed in one leap, in seven league boots.

It’s climbed in slow, steady steps…with rests and basecamps and time to enjoy the scenery, smell the roses.

In this path, I can’t see anything of the road ahead.

I have no idea what road I am traveling on.

I know where I am headed, true, but not where I am on the journey.

Sometimes it’s important to stop worrying about Am I there yet?

Remember, every day a new start…

The Bank of the Cascades Fall Festival presented by The Source Weekly offers the perfect opportunity to spend a day of distraction in downtown


soaking up some culture. (The must-haves: Best of Jury winner Reiko Archer’s nuno felted scarves by REI Garden, upcycled vintage jackets by Bella Sisters, stylish repurposed hats by Flood Clothing…and glorious felted & knitted hat designs by Ingrid Ostheller will be in separate posts over next couple of days.)

I was surprised to run into the inlaws, my nephews-in-law Joel, Cory & his girlfriend’s gem.

There are a variety of performances/family activities for visitors to choose from.

Gourmet Oktoberfest fare to complete the ultimate Oktoberfest Experience

And don’t worry about a babysitter, bring the kids to Fall Festival!

Workshops designed especially for children abound, taking place throughout the weekend.

These events will engage the kids with hands-on fun,

and themed activities

While you’re in town for Fall Festival tomorrow

don’t miss these other opportunities to improve your experience

and round out your weekend.

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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