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Dinosaurs or Aliens?

Every kid seems to be into dinosaurs these days.  That’s cool.  But it seems to me that dorks and nerds of my generation were more fascinated with aliens.  I’m sure it had alot to do with popular culture (which is behind all that Gen X interest in dinos, I might add); movies, books, radio… well, maybe not radio, I’m not THAT old!  I’m sure the face that I was that weird kid spending time out of the hot Texas sun in the cool corner of the public library, reading old sci-fi books written in the 50’s and 60’s had a lot to do with this alien interest for me.  (Ray Bradbury was a huge proponent of the Martian agenda, ya know.)

So all this is to explain why I am fascinated with the idea of little glowing space pods to light up your room at night; just a tiny bit of nightlight action… enough to count the eyes on that monster from Planet X who is coming to abduct you and do unspeakable things!    Here is my offering to your world, available at the next show or soon on Etsy;  the battery-powered concrete UFO nightlight!

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Fall Shows to Look Forward to!

Here is a beautiful example of *one* thing I am digging on this summer:  Glass installations by Dale Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum.  This on is located behind a wall of water, taken at night.  Wow.

In general, however, summer in Texas never fails to bum me out, even when there are loads of new ideas in my sketchbook and a nice, big new studio in which to work!  Am I just a whiny baby who can’t deal with the heat of Texas?  That would be an affirmative, my friend.  However, there’s nothing like the first crisp day to instantly lift my gloom and get me doing the Snoopy dance again!  So let’s all get on the trolly and imagine that we’re already there… in September, or better still, October!  

We’ve already got some shows coming up in those months, so if you’re a planner and you really want to find us this year. feel free to mark up those calendars! 

September 8 – White Rock “Everything” Market:  8:00 am till 1:00 pm

October 13 – White Rock “Everything” Market:  8:00 am till 1:00 pm

October 20-21 – Market in the Meadow Holiday Gift Show – Forest Meadow Junior High School,  9373 Whitehurst Drive, Dallas, 75243.  Saturday hours are 9-5, Sunday hours are 11-5

November 10 – White Rock “Everything” Market: 8:00 am till 1:00 pm

November 17 & 18 – Plano Parks & Rec 34th Annual Christmas Crafts Fair – Oak Point Recreation Center, 6000 Jupiter Road.  Saturday 9-5, Sunday  12-4

December 8 – White Rock Holiday Market: 8:00 am till 5:00 pm

Please stay tuned, as there will be more added soon!  Thanks so much.  We look forward to seeing you.

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Separation Anxiety

I am not sure if the reason I don’t have kids is because I have arts/crafts or the other way around.  I’ve heard it said that making stuff is generating a similar type of creative force… creating something instead of someone.. but surely when there is love involved in the process, one feels a certain sentimental pull towards that creation.  So it’s completely understandable that sometimes I feel a need to memorialize the moment when a certain item passes out of my hands in to another’s… like this ring I made back in the 90’s when I was trying very hard to ‘make it’ as a jewelry designer in NY. 

I still have the mold for it, but this is the only one I had cast up so far.  The nice hipster  kids that bought it were so cute and they seemed so in love; when he tried it on and her face lit up, I thought, ‘yup!’  It just fit him perfectly, and seemed like an omen that they should be together.  I hope I’m not hexing anything by saying so, but if they should read this, I do hope they stay together.  They are adorable. (of course they did look a little puzzled when I asked to take that picture, since I probably did act a little weird.)

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The Garden Tour is TOMORROW! 10:00 – 5:00

….and we are SO ready to share with you our newest creations! 
 

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Nine creative gardens in Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills and Casa Linda Estates will be showcased this year, featuring terraced landscaping, peaceful retreats, large organic gardens, water features, lavish outdoor entertaining venues, fun and funky art, and incredible landscaping, trees, and flowers. It will inspire you to work in your garden! We hope that you enjoy the White Rock East Garden & Artisans Tour as much as we enjoy showing off our gardens, homes and neighborhoods at this unique annual event. In addition to dedicated gardeners, these neighborhoods are home to many talented artists who will have their unique creations for sale in the gardens.
 

Tour date: Sunday – May 20, 2012  – 10:00AM – 5:00PM

THE POPE GARDEN – 8358 SAN FERNANDO WAY (The Fish will be here!)
Sponsored by Harry Morgan Realtors

Two plum trees and profuse blackberry bushes in the front parkway mark the Pope garden as a plant lovers’ delight; on entering, discover Japanese maples, Harry’s garnet, iris, inland sea oats and a whole host of perennials. Setting the back garden uniquely apart, a large chicken coop houses a dozen laying hens! You’ll immediately notice two sizable rain barrels that assist in keeping this garden “natural” during our extended droughts. The hardscaping is particularly striking, featuring a screened porch, a large cedar arbor, and an incredible walk-in pool with a waterfall and fire pit. The marvelous diversity and serenity of this yard and garden is an emphatic invitation to spend time lingering and exploring its many charms and delights.

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Upcoming Shows!

They are springing up on our calendar faster than those weird wild onions in the yard.  Here’s where the Fish are going to be in the coming weeks:

March 30, FridayMi Escualita Preschool, 8:00-3:00 at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, corner of Preston and Walnut Hill (see flyer below for more)

April 14White Rock Local Market – 8:00 am -1:00 pm at 702 N. Buckner Blvd, http://www.whiterocklocalmarket.com

April 21Deep Ellum Outdoor Market – 11:00-5:00.  We’ll be under the metal awning, not in a tent this time.  Located at 2820 Indiana Blvd.    http://deepellummarket.com/

May 12 – (TBD) White Rock Local Market– 8:00 am -1:00 pm   702 North Buckner Blvd., http://www.whiterocklocalmarket.

May 19Deep Ellum Market (TBD)http://deepellummarket.com/

May 20White Rock East Garden Tour & Artisans – I hope to be on Daytonia, our fair street, however I won’t know yet. TBD.  There are nine gardens usually on the tour, with three in Little Forest Hills (our n-hood).  Times:  11am-5pm Tickets: On Sale at Casa Linda Park and at one home in east ‘hood.  Info from last year:  Http://www.pegasusnews.com/events/2011/may/22/228143/

May 25Pegasus Market – Friday from 11-2 at Pegasus Park in Downtown Dallas.  http://deepellummarket.com/pegasus-plaza-outdoor-market.html

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Show Schedule for Spring

We’re so excited because we’ve been re-accepted into the White Rock Local Market (alternatively known as the Green Spot Market because of the gas station on that corner). 

Date is Saturday, March 10 from 8:00 am till 1:00 (might be till 2:00 if it’s a beautiful day) with a whole heaping helping of NEW hypertufa, wood, glass, jewelry and just cool things for you to use to beautiful your home and office, or to give as gifts to those deserving folks in your life.  (like teachers!)  I have a bunch of sweet little vase-lets with live plants for less than $15 that I hope you’ll squee over.  Also some larger-format table pieces that utilize driftwood from White Rock Lake.  I think that might be about as local as it gets. 

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Later in the Spring, going into summer I daresay, we’ll proudly be representing our neighborhood at the East Dallas Art and Garden Tour on Sunday, May 20!

http://www.facebook.com/lottie.minick#!/pages/White-Rock-East-Garden-Tour-Artisans/168226656563549

This annual event is not to be missed, whether you’re into gardening, art, architecture, snooping into the lives of others… ha ha, just kidding there… but truly this is one of the more interesting and edifying of the many home tours that are offered in Dallas every year.  There are nine gardens on offer, three from each of three East Dallas neighborhoods – Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills, and Casa Linda.  Since there is such a concentration of artsy/craftsy/outdoorsy folks living in those areas, the results of the tour are often very pleasantly surprising.

We’ll update the blog to let you know exactly which house you will be able to find us, with our concrete/hypertufa pots and wood sculptures.

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‘Branching out’ with new work

If a tree falls in a lake in the middle of Dallas, does anyone take much notice? I kind of do, but that’s why I’m weird.  Maybe you will too once I make something pretty out of it? 

 How about these, for instance?
 

These pieces of wood came from White Rock Lake, fished out by yours truly and hauled off to my evil lair and workshop, a mere mile away.  This is doing the lake a favor too – it does not need as many rotting branches and roots as end up there (but I leave plenty for the ducks to roost in, no worries!) I think they are just beautiful as a centerpiece, bringing nature indoors.  cau

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Bulb planters…

…a bright idea?  All I know is this:  I’m reusing old dead lightbulbs (which are in abundance in the freecycle community because they are hard to dispose of properly) and grass and sedum from the backyard = Cuteness!   Could not believe how well the plants are doing after only 3.5 weeks.  Both have literally doubled and are now poking out the top – the grass is putting on seed.  Awww, it’s happy! 

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Under the Big Top…or the 10′ White Tent from Sam’s

We snapped some pics back in October at the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market, which coincided with the third annual Zombie Walk.  We didn’t do much business, but had alot of fun watching the blood-soaked shoppers go by.  Some days you just have to go with the flow, even if it’s coming from a vein.  ewwwww!! 

We tried out our new steel pipe necklace display rack.  It’s heavy to load in, but can withstand massive wind gusts.

Did I mention there were zombies?

We’re always playing around with new ways to lay out our tent for maximum sales appeal, with a respectful nod to the weather.  (sunshine is necessary to see stained glass, wind can tangle necklaces and blow earrings into the next block, and heat can destroy just about anything, including our spirits.)

We bought a cool string of ‘blinged out’ skeletons from another vendor, and immediately used them to add some spooky sparkle to our own tent…which was looking mighty spring-like.   Is it the end of the day yet?  (my feet look like they hurt!)

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Where are the Fish in December?

And now for a Holiday Message from your local crafters at One Fish, Two Fish…

Oh my gosh, my golly.. is it really time for mistletoe and holly!? Holy reindoor poop, it is!  I suppose we may as well get happy about it.  Why?  ‘Cause there’s lots of neat handmade stuff from local artists (like us) to warm your heart and make you glad, at  easy- to- acquire- prices.  Best of all, it’s made in America, friends!

One Fish, Two Fish will have alot of new jewelry, stained glass mosaics, and upcycled glass creations to amuse you, plus some super special tongue-in-cheek cheesy wreaths and funky dioramas full of glitter and woodland creatures.  Just like when you were a kid.

Saturday, Dec. 10White Rock “Green Spot” Market – 702 N. Buckner, in a white tent in the the parking lot.

This special-edition Christmas Show will be larger than most monthly shows.  Hours are extended too, from 9:00 am till 3:00.  Come dressed warmly and enjoy all the yummy baked goods and eggy tacos while browsing all the cool booths.

Saturday, Dec. 17Deep Ellum Outdoor Market -2820 Indiana Blvd. at Malcolm X Boulevard, Deep Ellum (a few steps from the new DART train stop!)  We’ll be set up under the metal awning, not in our usual tent this time. There will be
great live music, funky vendors, and a festive neighborhood vibe.