It feels like I haven’t blogged in forever. I’ve been so busy getting ready for my biggest market of the spring/ summer season, the Spring HandMade Market, that I haven’t had time for much else. It doesn’t help that it rained for days and days and days after a fairly calm early spring. A friend told me over the weekend that we passed the average rainfall amounts for the month of May in the first two days of the month.
I don’t think I’ve ever done a rainy day outfit, actually shot in the rain, before. So at the end of a week so rainy we had a road bridge guardrail collapse and both of our piers by the beach flood over, I decided to rectify this and use the gloomy weather to challenge myself to take some photos in less than ideal conditions. Plus, I couldn’t risk waiting another day and letting those beautiful crab apple blossoms go to waste!
Necklace street vendor in Panama
Ring Blue Ridge Notions
All photos by me.
I thought this ethereal, marble print fabric was perfect for winter the first time I saw it, almost a year ago. Through spring and summer I kept looking at it, excited to design a dress when the right season came around – but that pined for design never came to me. Nothing I could think of seemed right when I tried to picture the finished dress. When winter came, desperate and defeated, ready to give up on this fabric I loved, I realized it was never destined to be a winter dress.
Once I let go of the idea that this fabric would make a beautiful, winter pastels type dress, the concept for the new Daydreamer Dress came to me so freely, I knew this was how it was always meant to be.
All photos by me.
The May flowers came a little late this year but the weather is finally warming up. Windows are starting to open in the afternoon, fresh spring produce is popping up at the local farmers’ market, and the outdoor artisan market season is in full bloom. Here are my favourite things for the month of May – all inspired by local artists and makers.
1. Travel and Wanderlust Inspired Accessories
Dawning Collective’s Spyglass Necklace
2. 1920’s & Flapper Style
BOKO’s Beaded Bag in Teal Green
3. Geometric Birdfeeders
Moore Design Birdfeeders’ Oriole Feeder
4. Everything Strawberry
Leikey’s Strawberry Brooch
5. Reminders to Stay Positive
Merchant Handcraft’s In Hoop Everything Will Probably Be Okay Cross Stitch