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I’m back! Let’s start the wedding recap!

I’ve been such a remiss blogger as of late! Since the wedding (one month already!) I’ve had so many things I’ve wanted to share, post-event, that it’s been too overwhelming to even begin. But last night M & I got to meet up with our awesome photographer (Sheila Addleman) and now we have all our wedding photos at our disposal on disk – it’ll be much more fun to show you wedding details using Sheila’s amazing pictures.

So where to begin?

There are so many things, I guess I’ll just jump in with an overall look at the wedding day.
It was, in every sense of the term, a do-it-yourself wedding. Every detail was created by M or myself, or friends and family, and the entire execution of the event was achieved by the loving effort of a whole army of people that descended upon my parents’ house the few days before (and after) the wedding day. I still have an overwhelming feeling of gratitude to everyone who helped with our special day! There was really just so much love present, it was amazing!

Though most of the set up had been done the day before, there were still plenty of things to do the morning of the wedding, and you could find the bride either on a ladder with a power drill, hanging up panels of fabric, placing signs down the street, giving people jobs to do, greeting people and generally running around like crazy (though not actually going crazy).

My wonderful bridesmaids arrived around 10 AM and they also helped with last-minute details. But at noon, we officially stopped helping, and went to get ready in my parents’ bedroom & master bath. Sandwiches and mimosas in hand.

Everyone did their own hair and makeup (with help from each other). I did my own make up, and Brenna – wonderful friend, bridesmaid, and fashionista – graciously did my hair in a messy bun with little wispy sections framing my face, topping it off with my custom-made fascinator. I loved my hair!

M and I did a quick “first look” and then we headed down to the local park to take the wedding party pictures. Sheila did such a wonderful job!

She kept us moving and totally put us at ease. The shots she captured were on the casual side, but dreamy, which was perfect for the overall vibe of the day.

The wedding ceremony itself was perfect. My mom officiated (which was risky I know, but she is a professional and kept it together the whole time, haha), and she used just the right balance of humor and sentimentality.

I thoroughly enjoyed looking out over our gathered friends and family and seeing lots of eyes being dabbed (even the men!).

After the joyous conclusion to the ceremony, we set our guests loose for cocktail hour, and entertained them with live music. Our next door neighbor is a musician, and we knew from the start that we wanted his jazz trio to play at our wedding – vibraphone, bass & drums. They were so much fun, and everybody loved having live music!

There were entertaining details strewn throughout the yard and inside the house. We built a photo booth wall especially for this day, and people loved it (we got so many great pictures)!

And instead of a guest book, we had a “wishing tree” for people to write notes to us on paper leaves.

And we hung up a huge fabric panel, on which we hung ribbons clipped with over a hundred photos of M & I, from baby pictures up to just weeks before the wedding.

The dinner we served was just brilliant. Our very talented caterer, Drew Pritchard, is a long-time friend and current housemate, of my older brother. He’s an amazing chef and skilled banquet organizer, and again, we knew from the start that we wanted him to do our food. And he didn’t disappoint! Everyone was raving about how good the food was.

Lots of wonderful things were said during the toasts, and I almost lost it when I wanted to thank everyone for being there and how special and meaningful each and every one of our guests are to us. Luckily M jumped in before I totally broke down – we’re a good tag-team.

The cake was a work of art that my master-baker Uncle Bill created for us – a three tier cake (1 layer white w/ bavarian creme filling, and 2 layers of carrot cake w/ cream cheese filling) with blue hydrangea blooms between the layers, and airy whipped frosting with a simple dotted design. And my ceramic birdies topped the cake, of course.

The rest of the evening was spent dancing under string lights and paper pom poms, with our IPod as DJ. Lots of people stayed late into the night. M and I left just before it was clear that the party was over 🙂

Overall, a perfect day.

More to come! I’ll go more in depth on all the details soon.

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Market Recap

So yesterday was my first experience as a vendor at the Fremont Sunday Market. What a day!

I shared a booth with two of my lovely & talented friends, Tiffany and Stacie, so our booth had an awesome variety of items – ceramics from me, unique fashions from Tiffany, and beautiful handmade cards and journals from Stacie.

The day started early and slowly: non-member vendors (i.e. not the regulars who come every week to sell) have to sign up at the Fremont Market desk to get in line for a spot at 7 AM (ug!). After arriving at about 7:15 and getting my name on the list, Tiffany arrived, and we headed over to Peet’s for coffee. We didn’t need to be back at the desk until 8:30 to get our assignment (members get priority before non-members), so we just hung out for a while and Stacie met up with us.

The whole process of getting a market booth was really easy (although I was totally antsy up until they called my name) and the folks who run the market were really friendly, but I am still so glad that Tiffany and Stacie were there with me. It’s always way more fun to do these things with other people!

So when we finally got our spot, we rushed into action! Setting up the cheap-o ten-foot canopy I bought from Rite Aid was not as embarrassing as I thought it would be (next to all these professional-looking vendors with their pop-up tents). Stacie was great and had 2 six-foot tables for us to use. By ten o’clock (when the Market officially opens) we were pretty much ready for the day!

our team at the market - ready to go!

I was really happy with how my table looked, especially since I spent a good chunk of time Saturday figuring things out. Everything looked very cheerful and inviting!

jadeflower ceramics display

jadeflower ceramics display

And like I said yesterday, I looked at this day as a Spring Cleaning attempt – to clear out stuff that I’ve had in storage for a while, so my display had all sorts of odds n’ ends!

The day seemed to go by so quickly. It was lots of fun to spend the day hanging out with Stacie, Tiffany and M (who came for the whole day, the sweetie!), and we couldn’t have wished for better weather! The sky was perfectly blue and clear, it was warm and sunny, and lots of people came out to the Market to enjoy it.

sunshine at the fremont market

I ended up selling quite a few things, which was certainly nice (and I made back my booth fee and then some). But I definitely didn’t sell as much as I wanted to (ain’t that always the way, though?), especially since I wanted to clear out all this stuff and it was all priced so LOW! haha oh well!
We made a few friends with some vendors around us, and everyone we encountered was really nice. All in all, it was a most satisfying day 🙂

I have visions of becoming a regular member of the market, but for now those ideas will have to wait. I’m just not ready to do this on my own yet. But I would certainly do this kind of shared booth again. It was certainly fun enough!

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Jadeflower at Fremont Sunday Market!!

One last reminder before the weekend!! Jadeflower Ceramics will be present this Sunday at the Fremont Market. So if you are in the Seattle Area, please stop by!! Sunday May 9th 10AM-5PM

That’s right! This will be a Spring Cleaning Sale for Jadeflower! I am cleaning out all my older stock and items that don’t appear in my shop. And the prices will be LOW!

$2 cups? I gotcha!
Buttons half-price? Got that too!
All sorts of single items that you won’t find anywhere else, because the are one-of-a-kind? You KNOW I got that 🙂

Please note: I won’t be bringing my large spiky pieces – this us just a sale for my smaller, more transport-friendly stock. However, if there is interest in any of my spiky guys, just let me know in the comments here, and I’ll see what I can do!

Cleaning out my studio and storage areas is the name of the game so that I have plenty of room for NEW pieces this spring and summer! Prices will be very attractive, you won’t have to pay shipping, and it should be a beautiful spring day. So if you’re in Seattle, there’s no reason not to come see me! Even if it’s just to say Hi 🙂

All the best, and Happy Friday!

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A weekend summary

We had a very fun weekend, with lots of driving for me. Here are some of the highlights I was able to capture with my lil camera.

We got free tickets to the Muse show at Key Arena on Friday, thanks to M’s awesome coworker who had the hook-up! Our seats were so great (we were in the fancy XO Boardroom in the box-seat level!) and the concert was a fantastic spectacle. Those Brits do know how to put on a memorable performance!

Complete with 50-foot moving stage towers, lasers galore, and a finale of giant balloon eye-balls filled with confetti.

Compared with the concert, the rest of the weekend was pretty low key 🙂
I fired a bisque load in my kiln, which now needs to get glazed. I made an Anthropologie-inspired set of mugs for M and me. I love their Monogrammed Mugs, but wanted to see if I could make my own version with a different font. And since I don’t plan to sell these on my Etsy site, I don’t feel guilty about it 😛

Also from that kiln load was a set of bowls I DO plan to put in my Etsy shop, but they’re not quite ready yet. I made these super cute little bowls, which I glazed in Celedon Green, and put shards of glass from a Sapphire Gin bottle at the bottom (such a gorgeous blue color!). I’m not quite happy with them yet, so I think I’ll be firing them one more time before they go in the shop.

And for Easter I made Hot Cross Buns for a breakfast treat – so yummy, chock full of raisins, lemon zest, cinnamon and nutmeg, topped with a sugar glaze. And I read about the interesting history of the Hot Cross Bun – there is more to this pastry than the song you learn on the recorder in 5th grade.

M had to work on Easter, but we were still able to get to my parents’ house for a lovely dinner in the evening. All in all, it was a great weekend.

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PHS Concert Choir leaves for Russia!

Way back in November, I wrote about the Puyallup High School Concert Choir and their plans for a historic trip to Vladimir, Russia. At that time, they were still gearing up for the trip, doing lots of concerts and raising money to fund the tour. Now, seven months since the school year started, they are embarking on their amazing journey! They fly out TODAY from SeaTac Airport for a double-digit hour plane ride.

I am so excited for them (and for my dad, the director of the choir) as they have this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

I actually get a lot of hits on my blog searching for the PHS Choir Russia Tour, so I thought I’d give an update. They have a full website dedicated to the Russia Tour, which you can find here:

http://phsconcertchoirtour.webs.com/

It has lots of info – their full tour schedule, photos, videos, a blog, an interactive forum, and more. Please check it out!!

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Artwalk Recap

I should have given an update on how the First Thursday artwalk went…on Friday…but I didn’t get around to it, haha.
Better late than never!

Anyways, we had lots of people come through the space, which was great! It was lots of fun, chatting with people, drinking wine and sparkling oj. By the end of the evening, most of my business cards that I had put out had been picked up, so I hope that folks check out my Etsy site!

Here are some pics from the space:

Jadeflower Ceramic Sculptures

Mixed Media Paintings by Annette Melton

Enoki Designs Jewelry - by Kimi Haraguchi

Another view of my Spiky sculptures

The amount of foot-traffic we got through the evening was very encouraging. Now that the warmer weather is approaching, many more of the artwalking crowd will come out. Kimi and I hope to continue doing the First Thursdays in this location, along with other artists who may rotate in or something. In any case, I’m going to make this an monthly event for Jadeflower Ceramics! So on the first Thursday of each month, you’ll know where to find me 🙂

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Artwalk TONIGHT!

Tonight is the first Thursday of the month – and most Seattlites know that First Thursdays are the time to go out and see some art…for FREE. Many (if not most) museums in the area open their doors to the public for no charge, and it’s also the time when local galleries and artists’ studios are open to the art-curious.

Pioneer Square is the hot spot for the First Thursday crowd. The area is loaded with galleries and private studio spaces, and the open-air plaza is filled with vendors, artists, crafters, and on-lookers.

This month, I’ll be showing MY ceramic sculpture at a location right in the thick of it – at the Statements Distinctive Tile & Stone Showroom. This is a beautiful space, and I’ll be sharing it with 3 other artists, who really just want to get together for a good time, have people see our art, and have a little wine!
So if YOU are in the area tonight, you should come check out the artwalk! The Statements venue will be open around 4:30 PM for the art-crowd, but many places are open for walk-throughs as early as 1:00 PM (and generally goes until 8 or 9 o’clock).

I’ll be at 314 Occidental Ave South so come on by!

Check out my Portfolio page for a preview of some of the works I’ll be showing tonight!

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