30 March 2012

ETSY BESTeam Feature

It's been a busy couple of weeks for us here on Planet Joy! We completed the Earthsong Scarflette and shipped them on time for Earth Day distribution to 30 A-List Celebrities! 
Earthsong Scarflette
Also I completed re-dying some silks for the Santa Fe Opera House Gift Shop and a fast trip to San Francisco (through the driving snow and rain) to meet with our Summer Art Festival "booth buddy" on Sunday and now we seem to be back to a less frenzied pace, so I'll take a moment to introduce you to some of my Besties on Etsy! 

Make sure to check out Debbie & Amanda's newly rebranded shoppe Yankee Burrow Creations The new banner is lovely, and it's great to see this creative and loving mother/daughter team honing their creativity. You'll find their shop has a terrific variety of handmade and vintage items available - something special for everyone! My favorite find this week is this gorgeous matinee length African inspired necklace! The texture of the ceramic, glass and wooden beads has me mesmerized!
Earthy African Inspired Necklace
Stay abreast of the latest happenings online with Debbie & Amanda & Yankee Burrow Creations

Next up is Absolutely Kismet, focusing on home decor, crafting and jewelry accessories, you will be inspired to accessorize yourself and your home with the delightfully colorful accessories. I fell in love with this trendy Tangerine Shell Necklace, which is not only stylish at 17 1/2 inches, but has an ultra-convenient magnetic clasp! Wouldn't this look terrific with white this spring and summer??
Tangerine shell necklace
Keep up with Absolutely Kismet online

I have to say that the fantastic plush toys made by veteran toymaker Isobel of Coldham Cuddlies are in a word - ADORABLE. Not only can you find one of a kind hand-made toys of heirloom quality, but you can also send your well loved plushies to be restored -- that is customer service. Check out this adorable coyote, he's so dapper, but watch out for that spunky tail of his!
Dapper Uncle Chuck
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As part of my BESTeam commitment, I will feature several of the fabulous shops and talented artisans who comprise the team. What is BESTeam? It's The Boosting Etsy Shops Team and our goal is to give support to each other and to help promote each others' Etsy shops through blogging, Facebook and other social networks. If you are an Etsy shopowner and are interested in learning more about BESTeam, please visit the team page on Etsy or have a look at the BESTeam blog

19 March 2012

Opening Day at the Grants Pass, Oregon Farmers Market & Summer Festival Schedule

Link to Google Map
The weather report called for rain, but the sun was shining as I embarked north to the Farmers Market. Last Saturday  was our first time to set up at the Growers Market located at 4th ST & F ST , behind the Post Office in Grants Pass, Josephine County, Oregon this year. It was great to see familiar faces of both vendors and customers again. The farmers are selling onions, squash, greens and plants for your garden. If you get a chance to come to Oregon, the farmers markets are a must! The earth is plentiful here in the great Pacific Northwest!
Spring Romance Collection
While it's still too early in the season for my favorite flower vendors to be selling. But new spring scarves and flowers plus Joyflower's Vintage Romance Collection is now available at the Farmers Market and in my Etsy Shoppe. Joy's hand painted silk flowers and fancy vintage lace and ribbon are perfectly on trend for spring and summer weddings.
Cabbage Rose with AB Rhinestone Bakelite Brooch and Murano Glass Bead
If you get a chance to come to Oregon, the farmers markets are a must! The earth is plentiful here in the great Pacific Northwest!

Our Summer Festival Schedule is lining up, we will be in Grants Pass on Saturdays weather permitting in the month of March and April. 

May 5,6 Livermore, CA 
The Livermore Rotary Wine Festival is in Historic Downtown on First Street from P Street to Maple Street and on Second Street from N to K Streets. 

June 2,3 in Foster City, CA
The Foster City Arts and Wine Festival takes place at Leo Ryan Park at the corner of Hillsdale and Shell Boulevards. Free admission and free parking at Parkside Towers

July 28, 29 Alameda, CA
27th Annual Park Street Art & Wine Faire is Alameda's biggest event. The annual street festival takes place every year on the last weekend of July between Encinal and Buena Vista Avenues. 

September 8, 9 Mountain View, CA
Mountain View Annual Art & Wine Festival is considered one of America's top art festivals, art lovers will pour into Silicon Valley's epicenter for this "Cultural Community Celebration". An authentic and moveable feast for the senses. Exceptional handcrafted work by 600 of America's top artists and craftmakers. Stellar live music on stage and street throughout downtown. 

October 6,7 Tigard Oregon
Celebrate the Gifts Festival at Calvin Presbyterian Church is a screened invitational fine arts exhibit and sale featuring local and regional art and fine craft. This show has been a part of Calvin's Stewardship program since 2008. It creates an environment which recognizes the talents of the artists in the church and community, and also raises funds to help local missions. 

18 March 2012

Saturated Pastels for Spring

Colorful spring flowers are the inspiration for our Spring 2012 Collection. These florals go beyond your average garden party print. There is nothing as soft as silk against your skin.
They are modern and complex ranging from a soft-focus painterly effect to sharp and bold graphic florals. It's all about mixing prints this season, mix it up and have fun with it!
Soft pastel dogwood flowers on a pale robins egg blue and lime green lattice are juxtaposed while a slash of black enclosing stylized peacock feathers adds a modern touch. Wear this pretty satin trimmed shawl with white linen trousers and a solid colored camisole or with your favorite LBD.
Coral or peach is always flattering to wear near your face. Note the vintage caged agate chain on the limited edition Spring Scarflette above.  Can you imagine this paired with white linen or denim or to brighten up your day to day business attire?
Butterfly Peacock Feather Ruana
This dreamy hand painted silk chiffon ruana inspires over-the-top style decorated with colorful peacock feathers combined with butterfly wings. I call it "Spring Fantasy"

Softly feminine, draped and embellished, it's all part of the luxe spring style we're seeing this year. You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain if you add a pop of color to your style. It's so easy to do with a colorful silk scarf for your day and evening looks!
Pink and turquoise chiffon is uniquely embellished with gold hand painted Egyptian Peacock.
This is a casual wear-with-everything silk mesh scarf featuring hand-tied fringe, white sprinkled with lime and turquoise is particularly pretty and will easily transition from spring to summer.
This painterly washed out silver satin devore would not be out of place at a summer garden party. We love this lime green and pink color combo - sexy and demure at the same time!

Shop for the latest eco-couture fashions by Joyflower on Etsy or shop the classic Natura Collection at Joysilk.com

06 March 2012

Presenting "Earthsong" Hand Painted Silk for Earth Day 2012

Joy Hand Painted Silk is thrilled to be launching the Earthsong Scarflette on Earth Day 2012. 
Here is a brief slide show I created to show the process of creating the collection at Animoto. Showcasing the hand painted silk that is the focal element of our newest exclusive accessory and which I am crafting for thirty environmentally-conscious A-Listers, including Tom Hanks,  P!nk, Leonardo DiCaprio, Dave Matthews, Woody Harrelson,  Drew Barrymore, Ellen DeGeneres, Sting, Barbra Streisand, Courteney Cox, Cameron Diaz, KT Tunstall, Jeremy Piven, Bill Maher, Adrian Grenier, Kate Bosworth, Rosario Dawson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Daryl Hannah, Orlando Bloom, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Hartnett, Alicia Silverstone,  Mark Ruffalo, and Edward Norton.
Click here to reserve your Earthsong Scarflette.

At Planet Joy, we respect the earth, with non-toxic dyes and limited edition production runs, always with an eye towards conservation of natural resources.
More info on this event in association with The Artisan Group