New Botanicals Collection by Valerie Tyler Designs

This summer I’m working on a very special new collection. I’m finding it really inspiring, as it’s bringing in multiple elements such as metal, wood, green organic materials, and well…even fire when I torch the pieces.

The ferns in my garden were my original inspiration.

Which led me to create this piece. It’s made of sterling silver, with a handsawn fern. An actual fern specimen has been lacquered into a smaller sterling dome and the entire piece is backed with ebony wood.

I’ll be collecting, pressing and drying natural specimen in the coming weeks. The lacquer was a test, and while it works I’ve ordered a much better resin for slightly different effect in the domed area. Most likely the collection will have a variety of herbs, small leaves, and tiny flowers.


Cuyahoga Challenge 2010

It’s no secret that the greater Cleveland/Akron area has a truly stunning park system. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park has tons of wildlife, flora and fauna, plenty of activities, natural attractions and miles of hiking trails. It’s easy to find a trail or portion of the park near your home to visit. However, because of the parks size it’s also easy to not be aware of all the hidden gems within the park. If you’d like to discover a new trail, or explore different regions of the park embrace the Cuyahoga Challenge. Between June 1, 2010 and September 30, 2010 hike ten of twelve designated trail segments and you can then turn in a challenge registration form (like a checkoff sheet) to earn a commemorative patch designed by local artist, Chuck Ayers.
It’s an excellent way to get an overview of some very unique natural areas.

It’s a Cleveland Handmade Market Weekend

This weekend some of my lovely friends from Cleveland Handmade are getting together to throw another one of their delightful markets. You may remember one of their markets last year at either the Lake Erie Screw Factory of the Wooltex Gallery. Cleveland Handmade gives you the oppotrunity to find quality local art, including jewelry, functional ceramics and decor, wall art, and more. This summer they’re taking their show to the East side at the Orange Art Center. The event will be Sunday, June 27th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chris Zielski, of Copper Leaf Studios is one of the artists who will be at the Cleveland Handmade Market

Summer Solstice Yoga Festival

I love a good Sun Salutation. Seriously, it really is one of my favorite Yoga positions. It feels great and energizing!

Free Akron Yoga is presenting a special ALL LEVEL, FREE Yoga practice today with a special emphasis on Sun Salutations. Wear your loose, comfortable clothes and bring a mat or large beach towel. The event takes place at the Ledges Shelter in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park from 6-8 p.m. with music to follow 8-10 p.m.

Shaker Heights Arts and Music Festival

Looking for something to do today? The former craft fair at Hathaway Brown has merged this year with the Shaker Summer Solstice to form the new Shaker Heights Arts and Music Festival located at Van Aken and Farnsleigh Roads. The event is totally free and runs from 11-5 today, Sunday June 20th, with the music from 11:30-3:30.

Getting Ready for Etsy Craft Day

It’s Etsy Craft Party Day! I offered to host the Cleveland Area / Cleveland Handmade Etsy Craft party at my home and it’s now just a few short hours away.

The decorating is almost done, the kitchen and food preparations are underway, and the guests will arrive in a few hours. Here’s a few party preview photos:

We have a lot of crafting planned, such using collage materials to make wall art, cards, book marks and artist trading cards. We also prizes and samples from Etsy for being one of the top 50 parties! Therefore we’re getting some screen printers and porcelain paints to play with too.

In addition a local craft supply company, Consumer Crafts donated many tote bags and a darice mini craft vacuum for each party attendee.