On Saturday, I drove to Ft. Worth for The Experience by Funky Finds. Let's start with a little background info - Ft. Worth is a city - it has a cowboy heritage, but it is not a small, country town - it's a CITY. This show was located at the convention center in the museum district - probably less than 5 miles from the downtown high-rises. I turned the corner into the parking lot, and this is what I saw...
What the heck?! Then my next thought was "Oh no!" I'm incredibly allergic to horses - swell up, turn blue and die kind of allergic. I decided to be brave and check it out a little further. Apparently, in addition to art, it was a big horse weekend in the city.
The horse show was in the building next door to the building where I was going - thank goodness! As I pulled around to the front door, I saw the sign telling me I was in the right place... I think.
Alrighty then, this should be interesting. Guns and art, hmmmm...
"Well thank goodness for that!" I thought, "What kind of art is this?" I knew I had to be in the wrong place. The people milling about did NOT seem to be the crafty type I was expecting to see. But, as I BRAVELY and QUICKLY walked past this area, I saw the sign I'd been looking for - woo hoo!!
It was A-MA-ZING!! Too much fun! Lots of local artists with some wonderful treasures. I limited myself to cash only, but I got lots of business cards so I can hunt people down on etsy. YEA! I got so excited that I didn't take any pictures once I got inside. Anyway, here are some of the things I ended up buying.
I wanted about 100 of these tiles and jewelry dishes, but I restrained myself. Rachel Bates is the artist, and she was so friendly. She's going to be participating in another show on Dec. 3 - 4 at The Firehouse Gallery in Ft. Worth. You can also check out her stuff here and here.
I walked by this booth about 28 times before I finally convinced myself that it was ok to fight through the crowd and buy these FAB-U-LOUS earrings! My favorite colors! I'll be adding a matching necklace to my Christmas list. :-) Check out Heidy's other jewelry (it was all so gorgeous) here.
Finally, the other table that I was stalking was of Yvonne Wilson. I love! love! loved! her work. It was charming and clever and wonderful - just like Yvonne - very sweet lady. I bought these two turkey prints, but I know I will be going back to her website and etsy shop for other pieces. I had to stop at the Goodwill on the way home for some frames which I painted that night! My photo doesn't do these justice, but they will have a prominent place in my Thanksgiving decor.
CUTE!! Then, as I reached for the car door, I noticed this not so cute...