Last minute but lovely: Arts in the Park

On Sunday, I spent a lovely day out in the park with dozens of other local authors, artists, and artisans.  The annual Stittsville Arts in the Park show was supposed to be in June, but got rained out.  Sunday was the rain day, and boy, was it the total opposite.  We had a bit of cloud off and on, but the humidity was gone, the temperature was great, and there was a light breeze.  I got to meet loads of people and I think everyone was in such a great mood because of the weather.

The show itself was a success, too.   There was a ton of great local talent, and the kids area had some delicious lemonade for sale.  The park was pretty busy for most of the day and I barely had time to sit down.  I’m very much looking forward to next year’s show.  Watch for details!

Lavender Swarovski Pearl Hair Pins
Lavender Swarovski Pearl Hair Pins, made during a quieter moment.
Drakestail’s set up at the park!

Stittsville Arts in the Park this Sunday!

We’ve had a fairly quiet summer for shows, but we just got a last-minute confirmation that we’re in the Stittsville Arts in the Park this Sunday!

You may recall that we were there last year, and it was a gorgeous, sunny day.  There were loads of artisans, authors, and I’m very much looking forward to going again this year.  If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to snag myself a spot next to the taco truck again. 🙂  Entry is free.

Here’s the Facebook Event Page, if you’d like to follow it as well.

Arts In the Park
Village Square Park (Stittsville Main Street @ Abbott)
Sunday, August 14th, 12pm – 5pm

See you there!


Peridot three ways: great outfits inspired by our new peridot jewellery

I love to toy with the website Polyvore from time to time.  It’s a fun repository of fashion, home items, and accessories, and I could spend hours just flipping through to see what’s there. Each of us created a new piece of peridot jewellery for the August newsletter, so I thought I would have fun with them and create some matching outfits!

Peridot and pearl necklace

If you know us at all, you know we have a serious love affair with pearls.  This first set is built around a two-strand necklace with tiny peridots and butter yellow pearls.  Wanting a classic look, I went with an a-line polka dot dress that would make the peridot pop, and then accessorized in the sunny butter yellow that matched the pearls.  Top it off with a fun fascinator and some cat’s eye sunglasses, and you have a perfect look for an afternoon out or a fun date! Pearl and Peridot necklace inspired outfit

Peridot Swirl Necklace

The second set is built around a funky necklace with three short twists of peridot set into a silver chain.  One of the first pieces I found was the skirt, and I loved the geometric pattern at the bottom.  I thought it matched perfectly.  From there, the rest just fell into place, and I ended up with a spectacular outfit that would be great by day with a jacket, and great for cocktails without.I’m always a big fan of versatility, and this definitely fits the bill.Twisted peridot necklace inspired outfit

Long peridot drop earrings with iolite briolettes

The third set is built around a pair of long drop earrings with tiny faceted peridots and a pair of tiny faceted iolite briolettes.I went a different route with this set, after finding the dress, which includes both greens, to match the peridots, and blues, to go with the iolite briolettes.  I thought I would accessorize with the pale indigo blue of the iolites, and bring out the green with a little green shrug.  This ultra-feminine outfit would be perfect for a brunch, tea, or some warm-weather window shopping.
Peridot and Iolite earring set

Which collection is your favourite?  How would you wear our jewellery?  We’d love to get your opinion!

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