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First Place, Jewelry at Allentown Arts Festival

I had the honor of being awarded First Place for Jewelry at the Allentown Arts Festival in Buffalo, New York this year. Woohoo!  

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Events for 2018!

I’ve updated my Event page for art shows, workshops, readings, etc. for 2018.   Upcoming art shows, workshops, and appearances: Beading workshop at Dansville Artworks, Dansville, NY, March 3, 2018, 11am-2pm Author Reading and Signing at Card-Carrying Books & Gifts, Corning, NY,

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The Celtic Fire Festival of Lughnasadh

I wish everyone a blessed and fruitful Lughnasadh!   Lughnasadh is a Celtic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season that was historically observed throughout Ireland & Scotland. Source: The Celtic Fire Festival of Lughnasadh

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Storied Stones: Mythology Around Carrowmore | National Heritage Week 19 – 27 August 2017

Source: Storied Stones: Mythology Around Carrowmore | National Heritage Week 19 – 27 August 2017

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How to Talk to Artists at Art Festivals- The Do’s and Don’ts (Warning: You’ve probably been guilty of at least one of the don’ts…) | the Year of Living Fabulously

How to Talk to Artists at Art Festivals – the Do’s & Don’ts (Warning: You’ve probably been guilty of at least one of the don’ts…) I visited the Cherry Creek Arts F… Source: How to Talk to Artists at Art

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Pagan Beltane Fire Festival is celebrated in Edinburgh | Daily Mail Online

Some day I’ll make it to this!   Thousands of spectators gathered on Calton Hill in Edinburgh to watch drummers, fire dancers, physical theatre and a large bonfire at the annual Beltane Fire Festival. Source: Pagan Beltane Fire Festival is

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Brigid’s Blessings on the Celtic Fire Festival of Imbolc

On Imbolc Eve Irish & Scottish women would clean and prepare their household for Brigid’s blessings during the night.She was said to visit virtuous houses. Source: Brigid’s Blessings on the Celtic Fire Festival of Imbolc

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Watch a Hungarian Masked Monster Parade | Atlas Obscura

They’re either scaring away Old Man Winter or the Ottoman Empire. Source: Watch a Hungarian Masked Monster Parade | Atlas Obscura

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The spookiest ancient Irish myths and legends surrounding Halloween | IrishCentral.com

Samhain, the ancient Irish festival that became Halloween as we know it, was an important date in Irish lore. Source: The spookiest ancient Irish myths and legends surrounding Halloween | IrishCentral.com

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Falling Leaves Native American Festival

I attended my first powwow this weekend. I had a fantastic time! . To be honest, I was a bit concerned about the reception my jewelry would get. I do seedbead weaving, but not in a Native American tradition. I

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My Locations at the DragonCon Art Show

Labor Day Weekend is Nerdigras in Atlanta, Georgia! 80,000+ geeks and sundry nerds descend upon 5 downtown Atlanta hotels and have a geekfest. I will, as always, have my beaded jewelry and photoprints at the Dragoncon Art Show, located in the Hyatt, two

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Posted in Art, Jewelry, Photography

It’s Art Show Season!!!

It is indeed the time for the flowers to bloom and the art shows blossom all over the area. My first show will be May 14th, and I’ve applied for shows all summer long, and more in the Holiday season.

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Beltane: Britain’s ancient festival is making a comeback – Telegraph

As numbers slump at modern music festivals, traditional gatherings such as Beltane are more popular than ever, says Victoria Lambert. Source: Beltane: Britain’s ancient festival is making a comeback – Telegraph

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7 Viking festivals to let loose your inner warrior

What’s summer without a goblet of mead and battle reenactments? Source: 7 Viking festivals to let loose your inner warrior

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Up Helly Aa!!!

Up Helly Aa is an annual celebration in the Shetland Islands of Scotland, honoring their Viking heritage with fire and ceremony. It’s a bit mad, a bit dangerous, and a lot of fun. Some day I shall make it to

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Pittsburgh Irish Festival

Are you in the Pittsburgh  area? If so, come check out my booth at the Pittsburgh  Irish Festival at Sandcastle! All sorts of activities and concerts are here, including Gaelic Storm. And Guinness! Can’t have an Irish Festival without Guinness,

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Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

  I am no stranger to Ren Faires. I’ve worked as both performer and vendor at the Italian Renaissance Festivsl at Viscaya in Miami (sadly now kaput), and Hoggetown Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida. I have attended many others over the

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Getting into Art Shows

So, you are an artist.  You have some stuff on consignment at a couple local shops, you have a website, and perhaps you have even had a private showing at a friend’s house.  But what if you want to get

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Slieve Gullion, Giants Lair, Ring of Gullion, County Armagh

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Best laid plans eh? We set out for Slieve Gullion pretty early in the morning but on arrival found that not only was the drive around the 9KM “Ring of Gullion” closed due to tree felling,…

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