Saturday was a packed day. First, Seattle Chocolates Grand Opening Party then Holiday Bazaar at the Bellevue Club, and finally to the dog park.
There is something about the holidays that is purely loving. I love going to the mall during holiday shopping. I don’t mind the crowds so much. I just like to watch everyone mill around, frantically, thoughtfully, happily. I love it because everyone there is shopping, but at this time of year, you know that they are looking at that sweater, that card, that cool new gadget with someone they love in mind. They are searching for that item that will inspire smiles, illicit gasps of surprise and joy, and burst hearts with love. Maybe I am being a little romantic, but I really encourage you to stop for a minute and take a breath this holiday season and just watch. Think about all the love that is being tossed around and allow yourself that moment to smile at how beautiful people are and how beautiful they make our world.
The Bellevue Club Holiday Bazaar was the official beginning to my holiday shopping season. I have been keeping notes on potential holiday gifts for loved ones for a few months, but this was the beginning of getting a few things for a few friends. The event was full of creativity, unique local vendors, and sparkle and glitter. There were products ranging from earrings to sweaters to candles to paintings to books to stuffed handmade Santas (I bought one of those). They even had a choir singing from atop the gymnasium and hot apple cider and crafts for the kids. How perfectly merry!
Here are a few of my favorite booths I stopped by:
I love this one because I think that Rachel Kim, who runs the online retail store, has some real pizzazz and a great business sense. She picks out great clothing to sell because she knows her customer. The stuff here is unique and young and all about living in the city and having a good time. I wrote a post about VueSociety earlier this month as well make sure to check it out for a Veteran’s Day promo code!
He had beautiful paintings. My favorite was of a vase of red flowers (poppies I think). But everything he did was absolutely amazing. He describes his work on his website here “I like to paint colors. They talk to my mind and soul. Sometimes they are beautiful and perfect; sometimes they take time or other colors to become brilliant; sometimes they don’t talk to me. I try to capture the brilliance. I paint the best when I let the colors go and not try to control them. When I paint, I realize I am able to let my soul describe how I see the world. I like that. I see the world, light and colors, as brilliant and magnificent.” Make sure you check his page out, but you have to see his work in person too.
I spent a while talking with Amy Clem, who designs and creates these pieces of jewelry. I even tried on one of her necklaces. The name, Dirty Pretty, comes from the idea that steel is so industrial but by crafting it into something with such character it becomes something beautiful. On the home page of the site it is described as “urban whimsey for your mind, body, soul.” I loved this because it was all so unique and impressive. Unfortunately, you’ll have to take my word on this one since her website isn’t up yet. But it says “coming soon,” so I would keep checking back with anticipation as her work is more than worth it.
These pieces caught my eye from across the room and then drew me in until I was kneeling looking at the detail in every piece displayed. They were comical, weird, moving, and full of some sort of emotion. They are hard to describe but there was something about these pieces that just screamed creativity without being deliberately alternative about it. There is so much individuality in these pieces that there is literally something for everyone. And they were all made on pieces of recycled wood. Essentially, they were paintings combined with photos sealed together. They put emphasis on color and lack there of. You can also check out their etsy site and read more information to see where they will be showing their craft next. As a side note, they also make hats and ties. Remember, literally something for everyone.
Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten to keep you updated on my adventures at the North Pole and the status of my elf-hood. In fact, today I have an interview with two head elves to see if I qualify to become an Elf. I am planning to report news of my experience Friday. That will surely be something that you don’t want to miss!