|Kevin Loughran of House Jewelry, makes artisanal switch-|
plates and doorbell covers, as well as other accoutrements
for the home
This year’s ACC show was no exception. And for once, Old Man Winter took a breather and allowed me to attend the event in heels and a delicate top instead of snow boots and an overcoat. The crafts were absolutely amazing.
Over 600 booths filled the vast auditorium near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Everything from textiles and art to jewelry, pottery and furniture was displayed to elegant effect. I always prepare myself to experience sensory overload. Over the years, however, I have become accustomed to the sheer magnitude of what American crafters create out of their vivid imaginations. So it was nice to overhear a woman exclaim to her companion upon experiencing the show for the first time that she was “overwhelmed” by all there was to take in. Exactly. Her comments brought back fond memories of my first time or two attending this fabulous event. I smiled at the memory.
In celebration of the unusually mild February temperature, I pulled on a pair of BrazilRoxx jeans, handcrafted with copper studs and glittering embroidery, which I paired with a simple lace-trimmed cotton camisole by Eyeshadow and a filmy shawl by Sterling Styles, given to me by my dear friends, Robert and Jan, who themselves are loyal attendees at this event, although they always go on the day the show is open to shopkeepers who buy wholesale. I rounded out my outfit with almond-toed platform booties from Spiegel.com, a pair of earrings with citrine and amber stones set in silver from Fire & Ice jewelers of Baltimore, and a matching necklace from Russia featuring a hand painted ceramic brooch.
|These brass and copper switchplates|
now grace several rooms in my home
Throughout the afternoon I perused booth after booth of exquisite jewelry, clothing, blown glass objets d’art and fine woodworking specimens, eventually coming upon Kevin‘s “House Jewelry” booth. Mr. Loughran was surprised and pleased by my order: eight single switchplates, three double switchplates and a half dozen outlet plates. As I munched on a turkey wrap at a nearby table, Loughran’s staff collected my pieces from their show inventory and bagged them for me. I was ecstatic that he had them all in stock. Talk about instant gratification!
|Dennis Ray shows off|
his beautiful creations
made from leaves
|I love my new necklace!|
"Sometimes your heart speaks best through your hands" ~ The Knit Cafe