refer a show and get a free orchid necklace

mount dora 026Rich and I are always thankful for all of our wearable art clients.  As many of you know, we will be heading on a road trip this summer to Michigan to do some art fairs and shows.  all of them recommended by customers.  We have several places we would like to travel and see the local sights, try the local flavor and enjoy the local peeps.  However, it gets very busy trying to keep up with y’all on the jewelry side.  So…

Recommend a show that we decide to do and show up and get a free Orchid necklace. Not that I am a rules person but…

1.  Must give me name, location and contact details.

2.  It has to be a show we are not already booked on.  I have all the orchid society shows in Florida covered already.

That’s it, simple.



Celebration farmer’s market


Next batch of orange peel jewelry is ready and selling fast!

Late fall I debuted my first batch of orange peel jewelry.  I love this creation as, to me, it is a truly organic representation of Florida natural elements.   Not only is it sustainable but it is an important economic stimulator in my area of Florida, readily available in many backyards.  (neighbors…please stop leaving the rinds on my doorstep)  This is a labor of love and very time consuming as it can take up to 4 months.  Add in the chaos of me trying to keep up with the organic orchid bloom jewelry and the hair accessories and it is even harder to get it all done than I could of imagined.  I am please to say yesterday I had it all out for sale at Mulligan’s.  Bright, juicy, succulent colors for spring and  summer!  One new style dancing waterfall and lots of new color combos.  2 of the colors sold out in waterfall.  Bold, beautiful, wearable art that will definitely get you noticed.  Plus new style necklace plus earrings mixed with orange peel and olive pit and also peach pit and acai.  We are expanding into more organic nuts, blooms and seeds that now include orange peel, bombono, coquilla, olive pit, peach pit, and acai.

Please enjoy the pictures below and be sure to see us this weekend at one of these locations to scoop them up before they are sold out:

Fort Pierce Jazz Market Sat 8-1pm

Melbourne Farmer’s Market Sat and Sun 10-3pm – new weekly location for us

Celebration Farmer’s market Sun 9-3pm

Orchid facts

I get many questions every week from my orchid jewelry fans out there.  Everyone thinks orchids are so hard to grow but understanding them is the key I think.

Orchids are very unique different plants. The structure of the flower makes orchids different from all other plants. Each orchid flower has 3 sepals and  petals that alternate around the middle of the flower, while some of these pars are modified and not very  easily recognizable. In the center lower petal of an orchid flower is the lipt. In the center of the orchid flower is a club shaped column and this is a combination of male and female reproduction organs all in one location.  On a lady slipper, or bellatullum as it’s technical name is,  as an insect crawls inside and crawls out, the plant pollinates itself.

The word orchids is Greek for testicles. Theophratus, the father of botany, gave these plants that name because he thought their orb-like roots resembled parts of the male anatomy they were named after. Medieval herbalists believed that eating orchids produced desire among women, because the flowers resembled female sex organs, and increased the likelihood of giving birth to a son.

Orchids are the second largest natural order in the whole world of botany – being very diverse. There are thousands of varieties of orchid species and over a hundred thousand hybrid orchids. There are over 25,000 species of orchid in 700 genera. They make up the largest family of flowering plant and comprise nearly a seventh of all plant species. Some orchids are extremely rare and hard for gardeners grow. These sometimes produces magnificent, showy flower that in some cases bloom only once every few years. Others are common, and easy to grow. For instance,there are over 3500 dendrobiums and over 1500 phalenopsis.  There are orchid flowers that can be found with a very wide range of characteristics, with orchids existing in nearly every color and shade. There are many variations in size and shape of orchids.

Mediterranean OphrysOrchids produce a dazzling variety of flowers. Species from Australia look like bearded hillbillies and bug-eyed donkeys. The Mediterranean Ophrys resembles a female wasp and gives off an odor that attracts pollinating male wasps. The Guatemalan tiger orchid has a bee platform that looks like Santa Clause.

The smallest orchid blooms, from the cloud forests of Venezuela, are small enough fit on the head of a pin, and largest orchid flowers are over a foot across. The plants of some species are over 100 feet long. One species from Malaysia and the Philippines produce plants that weigh over a ton and produces 10,000 flowers each blooming season.

The Javanese dendrobium produces a bloom that lasts of for only five or six minutes. The flowers of most orchids however are very long-lived, lasting for several weeks or several months. Some produce a heavenly scent, some smell like rotten meat and other produced blooms that look spiders, slippers, bumblebees, buckets dancing ladies and have been named accordingly. Some flowers have developed custom tubes that are form fitted for specific species of moth.

The dendrobium orchid, which is collected by the truckload in the Kachin Province of Myanmar is used in Asian and Ayurveda medicine and in some places is more highly valued than ginseng. There has been some discussion of cultivating the orchid commercially and making medicines with it.

star orchidAn unusual species of white orchid—the star orchid—found in Madagascar holds nectar at the extreme end of a foot-long spur. Darwin postulated in the 19th century that there must be a species of moth with an 12 inch proboscis that could reach the fluid and pollinate the flower. Even though he was scoffed at by other scientists 40 years later a night-flying hawk moth was discovered in the island with a 12 inch tongue.

Hundreds of new orchid species come to light every year. The search is fueled by a lucrative market for new species and the willingness of orchid hunters to search remote jungles for new species.
Did you know Vanilla comes from an orchid that was introduced to Europe by the Aztecs?

Most orchids are from the jungle and this exotic background is part of what makes them very attractive to buy. Orchids are found on every continent except Antarctica.

Orchid love humidity.  If you are up North, try putting them in your bathroom after a shower for a splash of tropic weather…humid!  I have the most problem with phalenopsis.  They hate the weather swings and unfortunately where I live they can go from 35 to 80 degrees in 2 days.  I bring them inside during these times.  Phalenopsis also love the ice cube trick.  give them 2-3 ice cubes a week in the moss or bark.  not directly on the roots or on the plant itself.  My cymbidiums love a dose of AC in the summer as they prefer cooler weather.  Also, I find my orchids love being very near my oak trees.  I think this could be the humidity caused from the inches of mulch I add every year. as I think of more tidbits I will try to post.

where you can find me this week (4/10-4/14)…

This weeks lineup…

we have 5 shows in 5 days.
Wednesday Fort Pierce Green market 2-6pm in the Marina
Thursday Mulligan’s Vero Beach 4-8pm
Friday Fort Pierce Friday fest 5-9pm or Melbourne Friday fest will let you know later
Saturday Fort Pierce Jazz market 8-1pm
Sunday Celebration Farmer’s Market 9-3pm

Watch later as I am trying to get the new pictures of orchids I finished.  4 new color tiger earrings plus about 40 other orchid plants, I am in final stages of finishing.  Clips need to be added and cords strung.

This weekends new earrings plus lineup

Catch me Saturday 8-1 pm at Fort Pierce jazz Market

Sunday 9-3pm Celebration Farmer’s Market

New vintage hair clips

New coquilla bracelets and earrings.

Wednesday Day Green Market Fort Pierce

So, it has been a crazy week…but then again in my life when is it not?  Last minute I tried a new market new GREEN MARKET show in Fort Pierce on Wednesday down by the marina.  Very nice crowd. Runs from 2-6 but I was there 1-7pm.   I am told they have these times as many animal farms are working in the am, either milking or feeding animals.  This market is different than many of the others I do.  It is truly a green, organic, vegan friendly market.  All of the produce is homegrown. Fabulous view on the Marina that is being rebuilt with a dynamic jazz duo playing background music.  Guy had a huge bass and he could strum!

They had three fruit and veg vendors.  The new guy who had fabulous beefsteak tomatoes I took home.  Big, plump, juicy and full of flavor.  ($5 spent for 4 huge tomatoes, since I was a vendor he threw in an extra tomato, about $8 in stores).  There was also the “farmer”.  Hippie dude with dreads, not much growing for him right now.  Last for fruit and veg there was a couple all the way down the end.  They had the best variety and had everything from fresh limes to potatoes to squash.

Then there was the “goat peeps” next to us.  I took home some cheuvre goat cheese.  It was unpasteurized and very creamy.  A little thing about not being pasteurized…it is suitable for pet consumption but not human.  BS!  It was very tasty in grilled chicken with sun-dried tomatoes.  Creamy and smooth like a baked ricotta.  ($5 spent – about the same as grocery store)

I am a cheese freak and in true fashion for me I also hit the “cheese lady”.  She shaves a little bit of each wheel for you to try.  Nice experience.  I took home a 1/4 pound of asiago and some rich tasting one from Spain that I forgot the name for.  ($8 spent – would have been over $14 in stores)

Then there was an organic meat person, 5 or 6 freezers full of beef, pork, chicken and even pasta.  Stone crab claw lady as well that had an awesome cracker for the claws.  Next for food we had a spice and nut lady and also a gourmet coffee person (I think Treasure coast coffee).  You could get fresh roasted nuts, the sweet kind and also cupcakes and baked goods from two other vendors.  Oh yeah, and Joy Gourmet who I have been at many markets with, that does garlic spreads and tomato sauces.  He has awesome sun dried tomato and garlic spread that goes well on bagels, eggs, sandwiches and grilled chicken.  Full of flavor.

For food on the go there was a duo cookie up good old fashioned soul food. One of my personal faves was the Jamaican patty couple.   I see them every Saturday for 2 patties for Rich.  Some sort of little cabbage tacos with fried chicken breast.  They were busy!  Also a sausage guy, kettlecorn guy and in my opinion what every GREEN market should have a Vegan truck.  Purple and Green that served vegan friendly food.  Cute couple, again a free spirit feel to them.

For non food vendors, they have done a good job not letting in just anyone.  (But then again, I am not just anyone…lol).  There was some lady that imports handbags.  Not sure what that means but she shows just once a year at the end before she leaves.  There was another free earth spirit, reminded me of a little sprite.  She had an eclectic mix of rice and flour handbags, recycled juice market bags, painted shelves and lampshades and…shoes and books.  Apparently recycles and resells everything.  Another jeweler that sold stone type big fashion pieces and Dan the artist that I show with at other shows.  Florida style pieces.

We were there with our organic jewelry.  The crowd and vendors loved it!  Business was good and it was a thoroughly enjoyable short day.  Sold a ton of orchids and some coquilla.  Due to the wind, we did a one tent setup with the hair accessories.  Had two buyers from other markets purchase from me there.  The crowd seemed to be of an affluent nature from Hutchinson Island and Hobe sound with a nice tourist mix.  Nobody was nickeling and diming you and everyone was genuinely friendly and supportive of our wearable art.  I had heard good and bad things about this market, I will tell you only good as I did not see one negative aspect.  Run well, no drama, no stress and a good variety of vendors to choose from without any over saturation in one area.  Vendors all friendly and not territorial.  Nice to see homegrown and home raised, not just vendors pulling stuff out of a box they bought.  A little more of a “hippie” vibe…but is that a bad thing?

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