Realms over the holidays

November 26, 2014

If you’re in town and want to see what Realms is up to, here’s where we’ll be.

The Festival of Lights is a really special event; it’s a show put on each year by Amy Gould in her stunningly decorated Victorian home across from the Armory (510 North State Street). Some of my favorite artists will be there selling their work. I will be bringing lotions, gift baskets, barrettes made from repurposed vintage jewelry and glass assemblages. The dates are Friday evening, December 5 from 5-9 PM and Saturday, December 6th from 11 AM-5 PM. This is by invitation only, so this invite is your entry in.

Festival of Lights

11th Annual Festival of Lights

Going on right now is the Allied Arts Festival. This year it’s in a great location — across from the entrance to the mall on Bakerview, in the shopping center with the new Burlington outlet (4145 Meridian). It’s a nice building with lots of windows and natural light. There are several wings with small groupings of artists that make the whole experience more intimate.

arts and crafts festival

presented by Allied Arts of Whatcom County

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Festival of Lights

December 18, 2008

Linda's Sue's felt ornaments

Linda's Sue's felt ornaments

The snow fairies held off long enough to have a very successful Festival of Lights. The art was amazing. And the artists were warm, welcoming and wonderful. We had a great time trading and buying — my house is full of new objects, all lovingly made by hand — including a sweet felt Santa made by Linda Sue.

the sweetest bunny on the planet

the sweetest bunny on the planet

I fell in love with this bunny.

Linda Sue's elves and imps and beautiful waifs

Linda Sue's elves and imps and beautiful waifs

Luscious flowers (my camera doesn't do the red justice)

Luscious flowers (my camera doesn't do the red justice)

Elaine makes these delicate decorated bottles and boxes. Her husband has drilled holes in the backs of some of the bottles , which she has turned into nightlights.

the most beautiful, feminine boxes, nightlights and decorated bottles

the most beautiful, feminine boxes, nightlights and decorated bottles

Karin puts together these wonderful collages — part funk, part industrial, and part just plain wonder.

Collage pins and magnets -- fantastic

Collage pins and magnets -- fantastic

And Ed, holy moly, well the glass screams for itself.

Ed's glass lawn art

Ed's glass lawn art

And I forgot to mention, the whole atmosphere at Amy and David’s house is wonderful, with the girls and Atlas (one amazing dog) running around. And besides being a good sport, David makes a mean white bean chili.

The girls got Daddy to play dress-ups

The girls got Daddy to play dress-ups

One of my favorite crafts fairs of the season is coming up December 12th & 13th. The Sixth Annual Festival of Lights is happening at Amy Gould’s home, in the W.W.U. neighborhood, 510 North State Street, across from the Armory.

Festival of Lights invitation

Festival of Lights invitation

This is a special show, with unique items you won’t see anywhere else. One of my dear friends and true artist, Linda Hoofnagle will be there. She works primarily in felt. For a sneak preview of some of the pieces she’s been working on, check out her blog, All I Ever Wanted, at http://ifeltit-poppiespoppy.blogspot.com/.

Amy's house, 510 N. State St., location of the upcoming Festival of Lights

Amy's house

Friday’s hours are 5-9 PM and Saturday 11AM – 5 PM. I’m making a passel of mini-lotions for stocking stuffers. Sure hope to see you there.