Such Beauty..... Winter Craft Show in Baltimore

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400

Green Grass JewelryIt was a warm 60-degree day in Baltimore and what better way to spend it than with a best friend, also an artist, at the juried American Craft Council show? Last year Peg and I didn't go the first day because of the ice, but it's a show we try to see every year for the fun and creative inspiration it provides.

Wood Bowls Green CraftWhat does this have to do with real estate and blogging? Let's go green! Most crafts, wood, ceramic, glass, weaving, metals etc., by nature are already green. This year, green seemed to be the theme of the show. Many booths displayed the Green Craft sign and I know this will make janeAnne very happy. Even Josh Simpson's spectacular blue glass was labeled "green." (you can see it in last year's post.)

Book PursesBook Purses Green CraftThis year we noticed there were a number of  artists with book themes. Could it be the books caught our eye because of Real Estate the Rome Way and being with my publisher of Silloway Press? There was shelving made of books, we saw clocks made out of books, we saw wood made to look like books, and we saw Caitlin Phillips' pocketbooks (the kind we ladies carry) made out of hardback books.(Hmmm…when my book goes into hardback will we have a purse made of it?) The purse idea seemed to be a good one and this was a very  popular booth. I liked the red Webster's dictionary. What would your favorite pocket BOOK be to carry on a daily basis?

Last year we saw only a few rows of the show and I think we  enjoyed the experience  more. This year we tried to cover it all and it was too much for one day. Being wonderfully busy, one day was all I could devote to the show this year. Even so, I had two settlements and a showing on one of my listings right after we left the Convention Center, and then dinner with good friends. Thank goodness for cell phones with email and caller ID!

Easter Island Metal Sculpture with Artist Dale RogersPeg and I went without a plan, we said let's wander, no direction. We could have just done books, or just done fibers, or just done wood, or just done glass, or just done jewelry, etc. As it was, we got tired and neither of us bought this year - very unusual.

It reminded me of a buyer who wants to see everything, so the agent takes them to 30 houses in a weekend, instead of narrowing it down to the best four or five.  When showing houses, you narrow your showings to... all the homes in one zip code, homes in a specific school district, all detached homes, all split levels, all homes with a pool, all homes with garages, all home with fenced yards.  You can only do this if... you ask enough questions. 

Were you prepared or did you just make a list of homes in price range and show  all?  Better choices can be made, a better time can be had, and you are more likely to make the right decision by comparing a smaller number but seeing only what you and or the buyer are interested or qualified for.

Dog with a boneI look forward to next year's special day with a special friend, but next time we will go with a plan.

This was an exceptional show and we enjoyed talking with the artists. Let's "face" it, some artists like Dale Rogers are "Like A Dog With a Bone!"    

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Michele Connors
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Oh I love the pocketBOOKS ! How clever!  It is always fun wandering thru those type of exhibits and saying--"Why didnt I think of that!! "
Glass would have been my first stop I think ...althought the wood bowls you are showing would look nice in my kitchen!

Feb 28, 2009 11:12 AM #1
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Michelle, Those pocketBOOKS were so unique. There was a small crowd around that booth.

 Last year's show (link above) I highlighted more glass. Peg is a collector of Josh Simpson.  Thanks for stopping by.

Feb 28, 2009 11:24 AM #2
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The pocketbooks immediately make me think about the purses a couple of ladies in our area make out of wooden cigar boxes.  Really cute!

Feb 28, 2009 12:23 PM #3
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Since I live just down the road in DC, I love reading your posts about Baltimore! Keep them coming!

Feb 28, 2009 02:37 PM #4
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Ann, Do you have any photos?

Lise,  Looking forward to meeting you later this month.

Feb 28, 2009 09:58 PM #5
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Margaret, I can't think of a better way to spend a warm winter day! I love craft/artisan shows. Some people are so creative and talented. What did you buy???? :-)

Mar 01, 2009 03:28 AM #6
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Connie, 'Peg and I went without a plan, we said let's wander, no direction. We could have just done books, or just done fibers, or just done wood, or just done glass, or just done jewelry, etc. As it was, we got tired and neither of us bought this year - very unusual.'

Mar 01, 2009 08:45 AM #7
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What fun! I miss all the art fairs and craft shows that were always plentiful out west...too sparse in the area where I live now...reading your blog was almost as fun as getting to BE THERE! thanks for sharing...LOVE the photos!

Mar 01, 2009 09:00 AM #8
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I so love this!  I wish I could have gone with you!  The dog is my favorite, he doesn't need to be taken for a walk on a cold, snowy morning!

Hope you and yours are well!

kk

Mar 01, 2009 03:29 PM #9
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Mara, Each year we go, we find new and fun things. Why don't you plan a trip around a couple of craft shows.

KK, With your eye for beauty, wish you could have gone with me also. You could have had a wonderful time with your camera.

 The dog (table height, notice that he is using it for his literature) is already an outside sculpture so you don't even need to let him out.

Mar 01, 2009 10:21 PM #10
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Margaret - wouldn't it have been nice to have a guide who'd show you the exhibits you'd be most interested in? That's where a good real estate agent comes in.

Mar 03, 2009 10:08 AM #11
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Sharon, Yep but that agent would have to know my likes and preferences. He/she would have to know about my book, think outside that box to find the pocketBOOK artist. That agent would have to be like you or Tami or Rob.

Mar 03, 2009 11:53 AM #12
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Margaret.....  talking to some artists can be fun and different. My grandfather was a very gifted artist, but with painting and carving. After he passed away, the town did a small gallery of his previous pieces, the ones that didn't go out to family. Overall... I especially love carvings... And it looks like you had good weather for this.

Jeff Belonger

Mar 05, 2009 02:51 PM #13
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Jeff, Wonderful that you have some of you grandfather's carvings and paintings as good reminders of this special artist.  Thanks for stopping by.

Mar 06, 2009 02:19 AM #14
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Cultivating Baltimore's culture through relative artworks was a great opportunity in real esteta development. It does not only attracts potential home buyers but also contribute in alleviating the economic stability of the place by enriching the crafts and delivering entreprenerial opportunity to the people.

Sep 16, 2010 06:34 PM #15
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Nishika, You are so right. Purchasing crafts to beautify our homes, enrichs our lives and our economy. Such talented people, many have to have second jobs in order to persue thier craft. People who love and appreciate art want/need that special real estate. Thank you for stopping by.

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