Flower of the Day – August 7, 2012

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Flower of the Day – August 7, 2012

  “Friendship is love without its wings”
~ Anonymous

“Under the Spotlight,” Lily, Favorite Produce of Oregon, Orenco Station Farmers Market, Hillsboro, Oregon, Copyright belongs to the photographer: Louise Edwards, L&L Photography, L&L Images, © 2012 All rights reserved.

Flower of the Day – August 5, 2012


Flower of the Day – August 5, 2012

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Anthers and a Stigma,” Lily, Orenco Station Farmers Market, Hillsboro, Oregon. Copyrights belong to the photographer: Louise Edwards, L&L Photography, L&L Images, © 2012 All Rights Reserved.

Flower of the Day – August 2, 2012

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Flower of the Day – August 2, 2012

“Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.”
~ Lydia M. Child

Candy Canes in the Summer

Candy Canes in the Summer,” Dahlia. Orenco Station Farmers Market, Hillsboro, Oregon. Copyrights belong to the photographer: Louise Edwards, L&L Photography, L&L Images. © 2012 All rights reserved.

Flower of the Day – July 20, 2012

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Flower of the Day – July 20, 2012

We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
~ Joseph Campbell

To Change,” Farmers Market Orenco Station, Hillsboro, Oregon. Copyrights belong to the photographer: Louise Edwards, L&L Photography/L&L Images.

Flower of the Day – June 16, 2012

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Flower of the Day – June 16, 2012

The trouble is not really in being alone, it’s being lonely. One can be lonely in the midst of a crowd, don’t you think?”
~ Christine Feehan, Dark Prince

“Pick Me!” Orenco Station Farmers Market, Hillsboro, Oregon

 

 

Great Scott! Its Feathers Galore!


This past weekend at the Orenco Station Farmers Market , I came upon a unique relatively new vendor to the market called  Fancy My Feathers. The brain child of two designers Heathyr Croasmun and Gina Du Bois, who creativity use feathers as embellishments in their designs which range from earrings, hair clips, and shoe clips, to long feathers clips for the hair, to tea-cup hat hair pieces, to other forms of art. Each piece is a handcrafted original; unique, with no two items being the same. The commonality each piece embraces – a unique feather. All types of bird feathers are used depending on the product. All pieces are environmentally friendly.

When I finally discovered an opening among  the crowded outside their booth, I jumped at the chance to squeeze myself in to see what all the fuss was about. All I could see – feathers! Like great Scott! There are so many feathers. And cute tea-cup hats embellished with fancy to subtle adornments on the sides. So many feathers and wonderfully designed pieces of jewelry.  Adorable! I inquired, if I might take a few photos of their work, and immediately was given the spiel, “well, we don’t like people to copy our work.” I totally understand that one. No problem. The thing we artists have to realize, is – there is always some slime ball out there who is going to try to copy our work. Whether it is the use of our photos, copying our photos, or copying the designs of Fancy My Feathers, it happens.  It has happened to me, horribly I might add. And could sadly happen to these girls. The one piece of advice I give them now, which they likely already know is: Copyright! Copyright! Copyright! And Trademark, Trademark, Trademark! This will help you if you’re concerned with people copying your work. I hope it doesn’t happen, like I hope it doesn’t happen again to me, but if it does to me at least now, I hold the copyrights to all my photos and articles I write.  After I assured the girls I had no intention of copying their work I merely wished to feature them in my blog for the weeks segment, did they become more relaxed and proceeded to show me with great enthusiasm, I might add, their line of merchandise.

I was immediately enamored with Gina, as she explained to me about the feathers and how the treatment measures required before being used according to Oregon State Laws and other standards for using feathers for art purposes. To how they go about working with their designs. Once the feathers have been through the cleaning and drying process, they are hand chosen to become their next pieces of art. While some of their products may look similar, no two are the same. This is because no two feathers are alike. Rather like fingerprints.

Enlarged Hair Clip/Brooch

While, I have seen other vendors carry items made of feathers, none have come even remotely close to those made by Gina and Heathyr. Most are cheaply put together, with the feel they would likely fall apart after one use. Not so with products from Fancy my Feathers!  Feathers used for Fancy my Feathers designs are meticulously placed in a particular item with care and precision and made with the finest feathers and materials possible.  Every item is solid.  These girls don’t mess around! They have a fantastic product unlike anyone I have seen, and of superior quality. Yay, we have a winner. They exude the “Wow Factor” so important in a business. And these gals have nailed it.

“Meet Gina De Bois (Left) and Heathyr Croasmun (right), Proprietors of Fancy My Feathers!”

Steven Tyler eat you heart out, as you would die to own some of their products; especially those made with their creative flare for feathers including their long feather hair pieces or long feathered earrings, concomitantly with your ability to pull off wearing feathers. A wonderful marriage of product and spokes person. Since Steven is likely not available, darn, you will likely have to serve as your own spokesperson.  But know this, your items are a wonderful and a must have addition to anyone’s accessories. These feathered goods are fabulous. Not only are the items celebrity quality, they are for everyone and can make anyone feel like a star. I sure did when I put that cute little black teacup hat on.

Each item is very versatile;  if you love feathers these are a must have to embellish any outfit, or accessory including shoes, handbags, and hair attire. From long feather earrings and hairpieces, each item is unique and one of a kind. No two are alike. That sparked my appeal, that, and the fact the items are so well made and attractive. And not merely the hats, this holds true for all the items they make. But, is especially true are the mini hats. These are not your mothers or grandmothers hats, my friends; these are but tea-cup hats which clip on to the side of one’s head. They’re made in a variety of colors and patterns, and of course feathers, feathers and more feathers, and tiny lace veil. These pieces, including the hats not only will be awesome to see on one of the many actors and actresses, they will make anyone feel like a star. Can you tell I like the hats? Seriously, these items are all a must have for anyone wanting to add a little spark to their look, that is extra special.

              

“Earrings and Hair Feathers For Hair”

“Close-ups of the Multipurpose Hair Clips/Brooches”

After talking with the girls for a bit, they were more than happy to have me do a piece on them for my blog. I’m thrilled to feature their products as much as possible, and  their creators Gina and Heathyr. They truly have a great product and I love promoting it as I share their passion so much I purchased three hats and two hair pins, one of which is for me while the rest are being shipped to Australia, for my nieces. Yes your products will now be international. Yay you! One of the best qualities about these items are the prices. These knock out pieces of bling are very reasonably priced, running from 3 dollars to roughly 22-25 dollars for the hats. Depending on which hat you choose. It depends on the embellishments used.  All pieces were well worth the cost. And don’t quote me on the prices as they tend to vary. Just because I didn’t see anything over 25 dollars doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. You will have to check with Gina or Heathyr regarding pricing.

‘Head Bands and Brooches/Hair Clips

“Wreath for a Wall”

These young ladies were such fun to talk with and share with me their wonderful handcrafted items each with a flair for feathers. Their work is superb. I can’t say enough wonderful things. Beautiful designs, some simple some challenging and others very eclectic, and creative and each containing at least one feather.

The feathers are all from local birds in Oregon and have been cleaned and processed according to Oregon State Laws, and are simply unique.

In addition to carrying feather hair pieces, earrings, and feather clip-on hair pieces, they own the market on snap feathers for shoes adding a spicy piece of bling making a pair of ordinary pumps or stilettos look like a million dollars, or at least a thousand dollar pair of Milano Blahnik shoes. You have gotta love the shoe  and boot clips!

Close-up of the Detailed Hairbands”

The head bands are brilliant as well. So, I couldn’t resist, I had to buy at least one item for myself.  This red hair clip or brooch below. I plan on wearing it as a brooch for a black sweater I have. I might even go wild and where it in my hair. I love it. I have a rule about red. Red is for accessorizing not for clothes unless you are a model or star – Red is for shoes, boots, handbags, wallets, hair adornments, gloves, wallets, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, you get my drift. Red rarely looks good on anyone unless you have the right body and right complexion. Most of us are human and have a hard time pulling off red. Red is luxuriously sexy.

      

This is the up and down side of the hair clip I purchased. I loved the red color for the reasons I gave above, which I will use as either I hair clip or clip to hold my sweater together at the waist.

This lavender piece  below is wonderful. I bought it for my niece Gemma who also lives in Australia. She will love wearing it because it came from her favorite Auntie – Louise, who lives in the US.  Sorry Cecily. I should have picked up more. I loved the hats I really wish I would have purchased another one of the black ones with the black embellishments and feather with a tint of green and blue in it. Kicking myself. I think I will have them make me one. I will be purchasing more of the hair/brooches though.

      

More hair products, each embellished with a feather. These wonderful blue colored clips are multipurpose hair piece/ brooches. I love the black on in the corner with is made from a frilie feather, like ostrich. I don’t know my feathers so I am in all likelihood wrong.  So don’t quote me.

I saved my personal favorite items for the very last – the tea-cup hats – made in a variety of designs and colors. Most of the colored hats were sold by the time I reached their booth. No problem, there were plenty of other choices. And I preferred black anyway.

These mini hats are about the size of your hand or fist, and clip easily in anyone’s hair and look absolutely amazing!!! What immediately captured my eyes were the tiny hats embellished with among other things lace, beads, ribbon, and feathers. These hats are straight from the hat era of the 20s and 30s updated for 2012, to a smaller hat that clips on to the side of ones head. Metal clips are adhered to the inside of the hat on both sides which keeps the hat gently in place.  It was fun to pick out the hats I did for my nieces.  What I loved about them is that they are lightweight even given the embellishments and clip easily in the hair without the feeling it is going to fall off. Gina had one in her hair. I was so excited, I should have had her turn to capture a photo of her wearing her clip in her hair. She told me that she always wears them. I also should have had her turn to model the hat. Again, excitement.

These are simply the best! The hats come in all colors and leopard prints to solid colors, each embellished with feathers made for the hat. Brilliant! And absolutely adorable. While they look a bit fancy, they are multipurpose hair pieces that can make any bad hair day look fabulous. Apart from jogging or going to the gym, these trendy mini-hats can be worn anywhere and everywhere. I loved them so much that I purchased these three hats I am showing, for my nieces who will absolutely love them. They will be the talk of the horse races in Queensland, Australia. Surprise! Your hats are on their way after I stop gawking at them. Okay, since my nieces read my blog, they are now aware they will be getting new hats to wear to the races. They will have to figure out among themselves who gets which one. They are all so cute, so maybe you will have to do some trading. Just know that the purple hair clip is for my Gemma.

“Close-up of the Pink Ribbon Hat”

These hats simply clip on to the side of your hair are about the size of your hand or tiny fist, and depending on the embellishment some can cover the side of the head like a mini version of a 1020s of 1930s hat; the look – simply divine. I can’t tell you how much I loved each of their products. As I have repeatedly stated,  I purchased three hats for my Aussie nieces who will die when they see them and most certainly will be the talk of the horse races when they arrive dressed to the nines adorned with their posh mini-hats. Everyone will want one. I am still kicking myself for not purchasing one for myself.  I may have to revisit that booth, or check them out on Facebook.

A close up of the “Black Hat.” My favorite of the hats. If I were to keep one, which I am not, this would be the one I would choose.

The hat fits on the upper side of one’s head, and is roughly the size of a ladies hand. Back of the hat has a short veil which comes down along the ear.  You can hold the hat cupped in one’s hand. The best part about these hats are once you put it in your hair, you don’t have to worry about it falling out. Two nice sized clips are fitted on the underside preventing the hat from slipping or falling off. Simple push the clips and the hat is removed. Perfect!

A close up of the “Round Black Hat” below

All my girl friends will be envious. Sorry ladies. While I did think of you while I was there, most of you visit the market and could have picked one up if you wanted.

I believe Gina and Heathyr have a wonderful future ahead of them. I wish them all the best.  Keep in mind each item is an original hand-made piece for which no two are the same. Yet another reason these items will be so hot. These two girls are sitting on a gold mine. If they are at the market this weekend, I think I will be picking up another hat and a few more of the hair clips/brooches. These products are a must have for anyone who wants to have a little something, something going on or represents the “Wow Factor” perfectly. These hats are the new must have’s for everyone’s seasonal accessory list.They are perfect in all four seasons.  While they are still working out the kinks for a webpage and blog you can find them and more samples of their work  on Facebook or via email.

Thanks to Gina and Heathyr for allowing me to include Fancy My Feathers in my weekly write-up. And I hope others out there will stop by your site or see you at the markets, and fall in love with your hats and other feathery items as much as I have. Thanks for following us in return, we appreciate it.

Cheers!

L&L

Who Brought the Money?


The weather in Portland this time of year is generally in the high 70s to mid 80s with an occasional not so nice day. As the summer greets the area in July the temperatures are generally in the 80s most days with an occasional 90+day tossed in for fun. August is generally a repeat of July with warmer days and the occasional 100+ day tossed in just to make sure you are paying attention. So, imagine if you will, when in June the temperatures are in the mid to low 60s with an occasional 50+ added in the mix, just so Portlander’s can complain. And let me say they do complain. Myself included. It is ridiculous, having cold horrible weather. Did the weather gods not get the memo that is summer in the northern hemisphere? And to think this entire week I will be dressed in my winter woollies as the temperatures will not surpass 60. Maybe next week it will finally arrive. Summer. We can always hope.  It is rainy and cold. We apparently didn’t receive enough rain this winter and spring, we must contend with more. Note to the weather gods, we received plenty of rain this winter and spring. Thank you. Can we please have summer.

This being said, all of the signs of summer are here. The market we attend each week is booming, the flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, kids running around as classes are over until September – summer is here. This past weekend the market was busy with more people than last year, even given the questionable weather, which mind you was on the cusp of raining. It becomes frustrating as I pack my hat, scarves, and any extra warm clothing I can shoove in my handbag, which has grown to the size of a small suitcase, in order to also allow room for my camera, to go anywhere. This past Sunday was no exception.  I packed myself up, Lloyd and I headed to the market. I wore at least three layers of clothing. I fit right in. The markets in Portland attract an often eclectic clientele which dress in anything from near nothing to being bundled up with so many layers one can barely move, which adds to the fun of shopping for produce and whatever else excites one about shopping at the market. This past Sunday we were finally in the mood to buy plants for our patio and front porch where we like to sit outside and enjoy the summer warmth. Who brought the money?

So, please keep in mind, each Sunday morning you will find us at the market – we never miss a day, not even if it is pouring down rain. So one would think we would be ready with money in hand to buy our produce and other items (plants), in case the vendors don’t take a card; this past Sunday no different. We forgot the cash. No problem there is a cash machine handy to help those of us non-planners get cash. That is unless the cash machine is broken, which it was (I swear it is every week). This creates a bit of a problem when one has all of their plants ready to go to the car and oops, no money. We look at each other like the other should have it. Well, it would have been a disaster not to mention an embarrassment and disappointment to leave behind the items we had picked out. We were nearly living in that situation, when this delightful man who sells plant hangers and squirrel feeders leans inwards and whispers “you know that you can buy tokens at the information desk.” No kidding!  Who knew one could simply buy tokens at a token booth for use at the markets. Where have we been? We have come to the market for the past five years….. I never noticed anyone buying their produce with tokens before, but interestingly enough each vendor accepts these tokens, our problem was finally resolved. While Lloyd went to secure our tokens, I thanked the nice man.  I could now relax and began mission number one to snap a few photos, while we made our way around the market checking out who was there, chatting with a few friends we happen to run into, eat (Lloyd loves to eat from the Bohemian stand and loves their fresh gnocchi. (Bohemian Gourmet Food) I pass on the food offerings as A) I don’t eat food with gluten, and B) I generally eat before we come to the market, so that I don’t pig out on the gluten-free desserts, newly available at the market this year. Must stay away from the dessert booth. Mental note to self.

I love lavender. The fellow above made its way home with us to sit on our porch and made the air around us smell of fresh lavender.  For those times when we can enjoy our porch. Last year we sat out on the porch two time. Twice, because it rained the entire summer. This year I am determined to sit out there if I have to wear my layers – hat, scarf, and blanket if necessary.

Bows that are as bright as sunshine for every girls hair. These are very cute. I actually purchased some last year as gifts. I noticed that two vendors seemed to be selling these it looked like. I could be wrong. The booth was too crowded for me to find out for sure. I will check in case anyone is interested in buying some. I can post this next week. They are about three dollars apiece. Last years prices anyway.

Freshly grown organic herbs and vegetables.

Hand woven baskets. I keep looking at these baskets. I may end up with one for Lady Morgana, our little girl kitty. She is a bit too big for her basket bed now, even though she gets in it each night. How, I have no idea.

The wool products shown here are from sheep and alpaca and some silk. What makes these items different from others around is that the wool comes from a local farmer and is is spun on a spinning wheel.  I featured this vendor in a blog last summer (See archives August 2011). The yarn is then used to either knit or crochet these remarkable products from hats, gloves, scarfs, and shalls (which are extraordinary, shown below), potholders, and various stuffed toys.

My favorite place at the market apart from people watching and taking photos of the people is the flower vendors. I love shooting photos of the wide selection of flowers that come through the market. All are grown locally from nearby farms and brought to market each week. It is fun to watch as summer temperatures change so do the varietals of flowers.

Typical flower arrangements that make any room or patio look lovely. You will pay between 7 and 15 dollars for the flowers. Most are 10 dollars. Very reasonable. The number of vendors this year has increased thus the prices are very competitive. I would buy some each week if I weren’t allergic to most of them. This is in part why I love to shoot flowers; it is the only way I can enjoy them. Plus if we had flowers, I am sure our cats would love them too. Best remained in picture format.

Quite an eclectic group of people from the neighborhood and some that actually drive specifically to this market each Sunday to purchase local products.

I had to do a double take when I saw this grass species, which is actually papyrus offered for sale by a local nursery that features native plants but also grows a few exotic species you may not find anywhere else in the area. The papyrus was special for me as we saw a lot of growing in Egypt.  I was reminded of our trip to Egypt and specifically Saqqara where we went to a papyrus factory and saw first hand how the papyrus was made into paper. It was a fascinating process that takes several days before ending up with dry paper that is tough enough to write on. We actually purchased a (extra large) large papyrus painting, which is now framed and hangs in our living room. The Egyptians make wonderful paintings on this paper. Ours papyrus tells the story of a married man and woman painted with gold, silver, and bronze flecked paint with turquoise, pink and a few other colors, and the story is told of their love for each other on the hieroglyphs in the scene. We had our names added in hieroglyphs at the top of the piece which made this piece very special.

You know you are at a market when you can buy Elk burgers and fresh fish not far from one another.

These planters caught our eye as we had seen several people in the neighborhood who have them, but never figured out where they purchased them. They are made in Australia by a girl named Mia, and sold by vendors in certain areas of the US and elsewhere. The plants literally grow upside down. They are beautiful. We purchased one of the terra cotta pots in the large size, which we had potted with a Martha Washington Petunia. Beautiful.  Our mission of purchasing plants was a tremendous success.  If anyone is interested I can get the information from the vendor this weekend. It seems that every vendor we stopped at were out of cards.

This planter was our other purchase. We have one very similar hanging on our porch but I wanted another one to match and offer more privacy from our neighbors.

Wooden hanging baskets up close. We have one hanging on our porch. They are three-tiered and nicely block the view to our neighbors porch. Love them.

This concludes our Sunday experience at the market with a few tokens remaining for next time. The hood strawberries are ready. Can’t wait. So, with plants in hand we made it home; the plants waiting to be hung. A job for Saturday. Now if the weather will recognize that it is summer, then we will be in great shape to sit outside and enjoy our flowers. I am hopeful the weather will at least give us one day this weekend to enjoy our porch. Keeping my fingers crossed.  Until next time.

Cheers!

L&L

Sunday Market May 20th, 2012


Sunday Market – May 20th, 2012

The day, Sunday, and what can I say, the weather sucked. Rain. The temperature was mild, but rain, rain, and more rain. That said, Lloyd and I bundled me up and we zipped as fast as we could around the market gathering produce, at mach speed; imagine speed shopping in a crowded store as I grabbed and held on to the produce and my camera, while, Lloyd pushed me around in Delores. It was a challenge. Finagle the produce, my camera, and occasionally hollering stop, so I could quickly re-finagle the goodies held in my lap and grab a  few quick shots, all without getting the camera extremely wet and tossing our wares on the ground. I can only imagine what we looked like. I didn’t much care at the time as we (I was) were on a die-hard mission to capture photos of the market. Surprisingly we weren’t the only ones out in the rain, as the market was hopping with people doing basically what we were doing without the camera and Delores (my chair). Some actually strolled along slowly, no particular mission in mind, and no doubt to watch people, and people like us. What can I say?  I covered up with a red blanket, stuck out like a red stain on white carpet, so the damage to me, and the camera was minimal. Lloyd received the brunt of the rain, as he failed to dress for the occasion. My only real issue despite being covered was, water tends to pool in flat areas, like my legs. And riding around in Delores, well, my lap was a rain catcher, with a camera poking its lens out for the occasional shot. I must say, in the end it was well worth the comedic act performed at the market, as I was able to capture some pretty great shots. That and the torrential rains didn’t really happen until we finished shopping. Rain damage was minimal. We actually wandered out later in the day for some more photos (a discussion for another time). What we missed out on was purchasing any new plants. We didn’t want to get the inside of the car muddy soil mixed with rain.

We refrained from all plant purchases until Memorial weekend, (I can’t believe this coming weekend will be Memorial weekend.) where has the time gone. The year is nearly half over, and I still have trouble writing 2012. Whatever is going to happen when 2013 rolls around. I guess pray for the fact that we all made it to 2013.  And by this I mean, we lived through the hoopla behind December 21, 2012. So here’s a cheer for the weekend, rain and sogginess at best. Our morning at the market.

This weeks music under the rain tarp, while I didn’t get their names they played blue grass and country. It was nice to hear music along with the rain. And in all fairness    people didn’t seem to mind too much about the rain. We do live in Portland. It does rain. I am merely glad we don’t live in Seattle, where it rains most of the season, that and the horrendous traffic. Besides, a part of Portland’s beauty is due to the face we get rain. Portland wouldn’t be nearly as beautiful or green. Portland wouldn’t be Portland.  And in mu opinion, Portland is one of the best places to live. And I have lived in a few.

For those who haven’t followed my posts, on Sundays, rain or shine, we travel to the Sunday Market at Orenco Station, a small burb of Hillsboro, about 10 miles west of downtown Portland. and a few blocks from our home. The Sunday Market specializes in local vendors selling anything from food, kettle corn, honey, vinegars, gluten-free products, pastries and fresh bread, to art, pottery, jewelry, nursery plants, and bouquets of flowers, and probably other few items I have forgotten. Over the course of the summer, products and vendors change, so you never know what the market might carry that surprises you.

For me, I love to watch the people flock to the street vendors for food. Basically, I love to people watch. Today was no different, people were out eating the non-healthy as well as the healthy fast food from the variety of food vendors. It amazes me for an area that prides itself on being (eating) healthy, one can’t help themselves when it comes to market food. From what I have heard it is all good. Might not be good for you but, you didn’t hear that from me.

My other favorite thing to do at the market aside from people watch is to sit back and actually see how beautiful the market is. How so many people will come out in support of such a fabulous market which helps our local vendors, produce and nursery farmers, florists, and artisans. The market is all that and more. It is a great time for all.  This year, the number of merchants has increased considerably from last year and the choice and prices very competitive. One can find some great deals. As I mentioned we would wait until this coming Sunday to buy the rest of our plants when we bring the other vehicle. Rain plus soil equal mud, neither of which is allowed inside of the car.

I have no idea what this particular vendor was selling, me along with my camera shooed away. No kidding. Did she think I wouldn’t say something great or bad her booth in my blog? She had no idea I had a blog, for I couldn’t even get the words out of my mouth. That that by me having art featured in my blog was going to perhaps help her by all the people who read my blog. Now what they are going to see is how not very friendly or wonderful her ware are. Too bad so sad. Not for me, for her. I just tossed her under the bus.  I talk about everyone I see in my blog and if something is wonderful, I talk about that, in fact I go so far as to tell people how wonderful these people and their products are. Last year I featured one or two people in my blog. They were gracious as they realized they were getting free advertising.  I give credit where credit is due, when I can in the form of free advertising. Her wares didn’t look so special to me, but that is my opinion . But each to their own. Perhaps there is a large calling for ceramic leafs for your garden. The prices and not the lady scared me away. Just saying. And now for the awesome vendors.

The images in today’s blog are from the variety of nursery’s and flower vendors local to Portland and, all who offer beautiful flowers and shrubries. I felt right at home and the vendors all so friendly, have taken the time regardless of the crappy weather, to put together such wonderful bouquets either custom gathered while you wait, or already prepared bunches. The prices were rather reasonable generally from $5 to $10 for the small and medium sizes to maybe $15 for the large bouquets. Totally worth it. We would buy them but between our allergies and our cats, it is not feasible. We sometimes buy them in the summer for the back yard table if we are going to have guests over, but aside from that sadly we don’t. I simple live vicariously through the beauty of the photos I take. I hope you enjoy. And for more information you can check out the Orenco Station Hillsboro Farmer’s Market list of vendors.

Hanging baskets sold for between $15 and $30 dollars. Most were in the $20 to $25 dollar range. Great bargain beautiful large planters, your choice hanging or not.

I hope that you have enjoyed this weeks Sunday Market. We did, what we could about the photos in the rain.  We hope to see some of our local readers at the market. And for those living out of the markets range, I hope you at least enjoyed seeing out photos. All of our photos can be purchased on our website or by sending us an email. We can be followed on our blog, website or twitter We look forward to hearing from you.

Cheers!

L&L

Sunday Market May 13th, 2012


Sunday Market – May 13th, 2012

Last Sunday was a fabulous day to attend the local farmers market. Each Sunday, beginning last weekend until roughly September early October, the Farmers Market is held in the Parking area of New Seasons grocery store in the Orenco Station neighborhood of Hillsboro.

No one could have expected that Portland would have two weekends of gorgeous weather in a row – we did. It isn’t even summer. How awesome is that?  Lloyd and I arrived around 11:00am, the market full of life. People consumed the streets with there wares, food, some for a stroll, some full of angst, most however, were having fun collecting this weeks selection of produce, flowers, eggs, artisan wares, snack on the caramel corn, slushy drinks, freshly made donuts, among several other local street vendors.

This weekends weather, a carbon copy of last weekend, fantastic! To experience such nice weather in May is not unusual what is, are the 80 degree days. Hey, but who is complaining? No one yet, but they will soon. Oregonians, are known for their inability to decide whether they are too hot or two cold. Me, I am indifferent, as long as the weather is above 70, life is good, 80 would be perfect; any variation, I join in with the plethora of complainers.

‘Pink Tulips

The pastel pink of tulips are but one of the many types of flowers which fill the flower boxes and buckets all for the purpose of selling bouquets. They are beautiful. The one below is but one of many that are pre-made, or made to fit your preferences.

‘Beauty in a Bouquet

One can imagine with an encore of warm weather, people especially in Portland flock toward anything that remotely entails an outside activity.  Orenco Station is no different. Our little burb is home to the local Sunday Farmers Market which begins each year around the 1st weekend in May. This year the weather was fantastic making this great venue a great place to find local art work of all kinds, jewelry, handbags, Provencal table cloths, table runners, place mats, or other vendors with their flower planters and flowers to nursery items and more flowers, trees and shrubs; to a wide variety of produce and food, including, a couple of new vendors selling gluten-free products and many other venders. These are but a few of the wonderful finds you will see. One recent find is gluten-free foods, sold by two gluten free vendors. To add to the list of vendors is music. Each week a different band or artist plays live music. The market is a fun place for adults and kids alike.  And a place to fall in love with flowers.

Colored Silk’

The flower vendors are my favorite places to stop and check out the weekly supply of gorgeous and aromatic bouquets. The prices are very reasonable and the florists will gladly make up a custom bouquet to your liking.

Flames

Watercolor Painting

Concrete Forest

Mini Forest’

‘Hanging Petunia Basket I’

Hanging Petunia Basket II’

‘Herbaceous Edible Delights’

A Lady in the Pink Dress

Straw Hat’

‘Pizza Anyone?’

Carriage of Kids

Table cloths by Soleil de Provence are some of the most beautiful handmade table cloths for indoor and outdoor use including table runners, place mats, and napkin holders. Nazare Dufosse hand made table products are beautify. We love them so much we have have purchased two table cloths for our outside tables and one table runner for our dining room. Her work is very high quality, I urge anyone interested in a lovely table inside or out, she is the place to find wonderful patterns at a great price. To check out her website go here. Below is an image of for some of the various colors she offers. She offers much more.

‘Cloths of Color

‘Gluten-Free Pastries

Pastries’

GF Muffins

Gluten-Free muffins. This week the Gluten-Free pastries are from Terrapin Pastries. I have to say I gave them another try this week and everything from the brownies to the donuts, to the scones  awesome!

‘Swirls of Wood’

The beaded jewelry is from a local vendor Ilona’s Bead Werks. Here pieces are truly a work of art! They are gorgeous pieces and she was kind enough to allow me to take some photos. She has a nice display which showcases her many interesting and beautify pieces of hand crafted jewelry.

Hanging Necklace Beauties’

Blue and Yellow Magic

Purple – Blue Iris’

Sapphire Lobelia

I hope that you have enjoyed this weeks Sunday Market. We did, we bought more flowers from the nursery and one of the straw hanging flower boxes, and of course fresh honey and yes, another table cloth. They are so lovely, I couldn’t resist. Until next time. You can follow us on our blog, website, twitter, or via email. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cheers!

L&L

Sunday Market, Number 1: May 6th 2012


Sunday Market, Number 1: May 6th 2012

This was the first weekend of the Orenco Station Farmer’s Market. We usually try to visit the market each Sunday throughout the summer. It is a fun way to meet people, buy local produce, artisan products, and eat some of the local cuisine. It is a fun time for people of all ages. This years market started last Sunday and will continue at least through the Labor Day Weekend.

The kids seem to enjoy the market as it offers all types of local food from vendors and local start-up companies alike. Everything offered at the market is local either grown locally or made, or produced locally.

We have been a gluten-free household for the past four years  (the exception – Lloyd’s occasional beer). Love the beer, stay away from it. Had some in Belgium and Holland and that satisfied my itch for beer. I’ll continue to drink wine on occasion. More and more vendors are offering gluten-free products, this week was no exception, we came upon Gluten Free Pastries, a new vendor this year who sells a variety of gluten-free pastries and bread products.  While the word from my taster hubbie Lloyd was the pastries were good, however the bread recipe needed a bit more pizzazz. Those who eat gluten-free and have tried to make their own bread products know all to well how difficult making it, let alone finding good gluten-free bread and food is.

Luckily Portland offers great choices from several local bakeries. It is fun to see more vendors at the markets begin to offer gluten-free products. While this particular vendor offers great pastries, their bread recipe requires a bit more work in the kitchen. As I mentioned, it is a difficult task to find a great bread recipe. We always are game to check out new gluten-free foods. And when you find one you like we generally stick with it, as they are that difficult to find. We definitely will be purchasing gluten-free pastries offered here from the gluten-free pastry chef.

While these flowers above look like the real deal, they are actually head bands for girls to wear in their hair. They are hand-made from a local artist. I didn’t get a chance to see her other products as I was busy taking photos of the flowers and helping Lloyd decide which plants to buy from the local nurseries.

One of the great things about the summer markets in and around Portland are all the crafts and produce from local farmers. This year the market is focusing more toward fresh produce and fresh food as it moves faster than the crafts. I guess time will tell how that will work out. We like having the crafts at the fair as we always buy something from the vendors. Where else can you buy something local? The planners of the market should possibly rethink their business plan. The market is all about supporting local wares. And arts are a huge part of the market scene.  It seemed to me that it was a great way in which local artists can sell their wares. It seems a bit unfair to not allow them to sell their products. They are after all local and trying to make a living.

The other favorite part of the market, at least for me, are the flowers. I love taking photographs of the bounty of flowers. Most of the vendors don’t mind as long as you don’t get in the way of the customers and don’t touch anything and always ask first. While it is legal to take photos of anything being sold on a public street, it is polite to ask whether they mind. I have only come across one vendor last year who through a childish fit, after she noticed I snapped a photo of her yard artwork. It wasn’t even that great. But, I refrained. No problem. Deloris and I generally sit away from the crowds and I use my zoom lens a lot. Many times I can get close enough for some nice macro shots, most of my shots are from a distance. I also like to capture the essence of the people. This week we were rushed a bit because of our nursery purchases.

As I said, my favorite part of the market are the many flowers offered. There are usually three or four vendors, who bring in beautiful bouquets of flowers from their farms and put together unique bouquets right before your eyes, with either your choice of flowers, or from bouquets already put together. This week the flowers were largely tulips and snowballs. Look for tulips to represent one of the flowers of the day this week, they are gorgeous. Like I said, the nursery stock took most of our time this week, and I only stopped at this flower vendor. Their tulips were beautiful.

Nursery stock plants were available from three different local nurseries, as well as three local flower vendors. Had the cash machine been working properly, we would have likely bought out the stock of nursery shrubs and flowers for our back yard and front porch.

This was one of the three Nurseries selling everything from potted plants to potted shrubs and trees. Buying local is a great way to support the local economy and not as hard on the pocket-book as some of the other flower and tree places around town. The prices are very reasonable and in some instances vendors offer great bargains. We purchased a few items from the three vendors which will be the start of our late spring project of getting our porch painted and back yard ready for summer.

More potted plants from the second nursery, and the third nursery below. Each seemed to carry their own specialty items and all brought a terrific selection with great prices.

We actually purchased one of these maples for our front porch. The idea to make the area a bit more private. We had plans on purchasing more but the as I said the cash machine was down. More for this weekend.  It is probably a good thing that we didn’t buy more than we did as we had some difficulty finagling all of our purchases in the car plus Deloris. We were quite the site trying to get to the car with our plants, then shoving them in the car so they would all fit without spilling soil all over the floor and shoving Deloris in the trunk. It was a site. I thought I was going to be tied down on the hood of the car, until I volunteered to hold the fuchsia and Feathered Japanese Maple tree between my legs in the front seat of the car. That folks was our morning at the market.

We will be exploring the Orenco Sunday Market each weekend through the end of summer. You can see some of our flowers either here in our weekly write-up, or follow us on our blog site here, or website, for more choices. All of our photos are available for purchase so if you see something you like let me know by shooting me an email. You can also follow us on Twitter, and Facebook, or see us around the market. Feel free to come up and say hi.

Until next week, cheers!

L&L