Sunday, November 24, 2013

Wild Arts Festival 2013

I went to the Audubon Society Wild Arts Festival yesterday.  It's always a treat!  Some of the most amazing art and crafts are there, everything has to be from the natural world or paintings and photos of nature.  They also have several rescue birds to show to people.  I am not sure this owl was in a good mood. :-)

But he's cute, isn't he?

Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore".

One of my favorite vendors is a couple who's company is called "Made in Paradise" from Vashon Island in the San Juan islands that makes vases and lamp bases of stones.  Aren't they cool?

And a pair of potters that make the most amazing things!  Their company is named "Fired Up Ceramics".

I love the spotted bowls.

A pretty hawk, but I forgot to ask what kind!  A Red Tail Hawk? (ETA - It's a Peregrine Falcon - I just saw one on Jeopardy!)

Isn't this Kestrel cute?  I'm sorry I didn't photograph more of the art and crafts but I was also meeting a woman from Vista House to scout for more items for the gallery - and she was showing me the items she's picked out, so I was a bit busy to take photos.  

Before we went to the show we went to lunch at Besaw's - started in 1903.  

I asked my sister to join me, then asked Shirley if she wanted to come, then she asked her brother and his wife, then her best friend and her husband and pretty soon we had a party of 8!  :-)

When I got home it was sunset and I'd seen Mt. Hood all pink so I 4-wheeled up the hillside behind the house hoping to snap a photo of it, but it wasn't pink anymore, so I snapped the sunset.

That is Portland, Oregon way out there.

I thought I'd show you that all the leaves that were on the oak and chestnut are already down and blown away.  We are having our famous East Winds, gusting to 76 mph!  It's cold too, at 46 in the day and mid 30's at night.  Brrrr!

My one purchases was a stone vase, it's on the left, the one on the right I got last year.  The light one is granite, the dark one is "chocolate jade".  I'd seen a poor little rose freezing outside, so I went out and cut it for my new vase, along with some rose hips.

I hope the rose opens!

I've never heard of chocolate jade, have you?  It was found in the Snake River in Wyoming.

Our son and DIL are off for the afternoon and we have the boys.  I think we need to take them for lunch and a chocolate sundae!!  :-)  Thanks for visiting!  Did you have a good weekend?  ((hugs)), Teresa :-) 


  1. WOW!!! (again :) Thanks for such a wonderful post, Teresa! I am smiling at you! The birds, the art, your commentary, the SUNSET PHOTOS, and your happy family and friends. Perfect! I am having a good weekend as well, but focused on organizing things around me...and catching up with blogging, too.
    Gracie xx

  2. Wow, I'm with Gracie! What a get gathering you had and fabulous wild art festival. Love the owl and birds. Owls are my favorite! Great photos of sunset too.

  3. What a wonderful event. I love the birds too. I really enjoy art shows. This is such a nice post, full of happy things. Your new vases are really interesting. Enjoy them and stay warm! Thank you for the birthday wishes. :)

  4. I love seeing those birds. How beautiful they all are. My favorite is the owl.

  5. Beautiful pictures of the birds and crafts! The owl does not look happy at all. I love the picture of the barn and the sunsets. I don't get to see many sunsets as I work evenings/nights. But I did get a great one yesterday. I will have to post it.

  6. Goos post with fun photos. Sunset photos are lovely. The stone vases are unique. Nice day out for a run around afternoon for us after church. Went to Colony Pub in Aurora for lunch then to Aurora Colony museum to visit with my fav author, Jane Kirkpatrick. Bought 2 of her books and she signed them. I have enjoyed that museum for years. Nice to have husband with me, he read and looked at displays in museum then meg up with me. Just in time to take a couple photos of Jane and me. Now its snooze time for a bit since a bit weary. Have a good week and stay warm. It's cool here but not as windy as the gorge.

  7. You do such fun and interesting things! I loved the stone lamps too! And the pottery! And the birds!! I love your two purchases too. Your photos of the sunset and barn were spectacular!
    We had a pretty uneventful weekend. Went out to dinner last night with my brother and sister in love, and today to Sam's Club and just puttered. I did a lot of crochet, and sewing. It was pleasant!
    xo Kris

  8. Love that owl, but all the birds are a treasure. There is just something special about owls though. Your sunsets are beautiful. They are such a fleeting thing, one moment here, the next moment gone. It is amazing what some people can come up with just from searching for their supplies in nature. Those lamps are uniquely different. I don't think I have ever seen anything quite like that before. My weekend was fairly quiet and that was just fine with me. Have a good week.
    (((HUGS))) Susanne :)

  9. What a fun visit to the Audubon society Teresa and a fun lunch with your firnds and your sister. I also loved the vases. Very interesting. Hope you had a wonderful weekend . Loves :)

  10. what gorgeous birds Teresa and some lovely handmade goodies too, chocolate jade sounds perfect to me. Your sunset photos are beautiful. I have the day off today and you can guess where I am driving to.......?;0) x

  11. It looks like you had a wonderful time Teresa! Your owl pictures made me giggle :-) Absolutely LOVE the sunset photos, so beautiful! Have a lovely week xxxx

  12. Hello Teresa, What a lovely art show.. and such interesting art too... Wonderful fun to have family and friends to lunch with,, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Hugs Judy

  13. Beautiful birds! I always love posts that include birds, farm animals or wildlife in them:) Pretty crafts too! Good thing I wasn't there or I would have been sorely tempted. Cold and windy here too--but not as much wind as you of course! LOVE the sunshine:)

  14. Great post Teresa! Love the birds, the amazing Portland sunset, the vases, well just everything! But my favorite is the ceramics. Such happy, happy colors. They made me smile. Glad is was a good weekend for you my friend.

  15. I think I remember this art show from last year, it sure has amazing things to see. I think I would have loved a few polka dot bowls, how fun! Love your vase and I am sure that poor rose is happy to be inside out of the cold weather.
    Hugs to you Teresa.


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