Moose Blossom

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“I love to create, and to me, the ultimate freedom of expression is a blank canvas or a

block of clay to capture whatever emotions your imagination gives it.”

– Daniel Boulud

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Hello again, everyone!

I have spent the last few months tirelessly working on my very own Etsy shop! I’ve been working with clay for the last two years, and I finally ended up with enough things to start up a little side business. It’s been a fun journey so far, and I can only hope it gets better with time!

I went with the name Moose Blossom, after the nickname I was affectionately given by my husband when we were in high school.

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So far I’ve ended up with several fun spiraled pendants. Each one ends up looking completely different from the others, which makes it extra fun! I’ve had a few custom orders from people that turned out to be lovely mixes of colors.

On top of them just being colorful and truly fun to make, I can add fun things to them to make them even better. It’s been a real process to find things that really work with these. Especially my steampunk pendants, since the gears are pressed into and baked right into the pendants. I’ve also been creating sets of gauged earrings to match and go with some of the pendants, which is also quite a process.

The gauged earrings I’ve been making have just been so much fun. It took me such a long time to get them to turn out correctly. Now I can get 0g and 00g rolled out on the first try most of the time. I’ve gotten pretty good at twisting them into fun shapes and adding fun dangles, charms, etc. to them. I’ve even got a few pairs I wear myself, and I’m totally in love with them!

With the careful direction of my 5 year old, I’ve also been making time creature charms. I’ve done everything from griffins and unicorns, to Orcas, baby pythons, and even pet rocks. These are by far my favorite things to make. Even if you mess something up, they end up cute. Though they are quite small, they are also time consuming to create. My daughter, of course, is there for every second it takes me to make these little guys.

There are several other fun things in my shop! Feel free to take a look at:

MooseBlossom at Etsy!

Feel free to enjoy 5% off of your order with the code:

lemonbuck

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

All photos are mine!

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Another Year at the Renaissance Festival

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“I could never really imagine myself doing one thing,

and I’m pretty sure that I’ll end up doing four or five different things.

I want to be a Renaissance woman. I want to paint,

and I want to write, and I want to act, and I want to just do everything.”

– Emma Watson

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Renaissance Festival is my very favorite event of the year. I spend every single minute of free time I have attending it. Here in Minnesota, the Fest runs from August 22 to October 4th, on the weekends. Every time I go, I see something new, and I fall in love with it even more. This year I really got comfortable using my camera, and nearly every day I have gone, it has just been my camera and I. Going on my own gives me the freedom to meet new people, and get photographs that I might otherwise not be able to get for fear of abandoning my friends or family.

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But don’t think I don’t love taking my family. I took my daughter and my mom to the Festival. Collette got to enjoy a few rides, and loved seeing all of the animals and people. I’ll also be attending this last weekend of the Festival with Collette. No doubt enjoying a few more rides and some good food.

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Of course, going on my own, never means I’m alone. I have many friends who work at the Festival. This year I spent a lot of time visiting my friend Jessica (above photo). I also made lots of new friends this year, including some of the traveling shop owners that I never had the time to converse with while having friends or family with me. There were also shows I got to watch that I didn’t normally get to attend, as well as just sitting and people watching, or hanging around the petting farm. Photographing the sheep makes me really happy for some reason. They are so cute I can barely stand it.

When the ponies from the pony ride get turned out into their small pasture to graze and rest, I like to sit in the shade and watch them happily devour the grass. It’s so freeing to be at the Festival on my own.

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The shows I’ve enjoyed the most this year are the Fandazzi Fire Circus, and the Washing Well Wenches. I don’t normally get to stop and watch those ones, but I made it a point to enjoy them this year.

I highly recommend the Fandazzi Fire Circus to anyone attending the Festival for the last weekend. Their 4:30 show is completely worth it. Lots and lots of fire! Their show is passion filled, with an amazing band, playing undoubtably the best music at the Festival. It not only pulls you in, but it holds you there. It’s fantastic, and I cannot believe I have missed out on their show as much as I have. Katy Solko is absolutely breathtaking dancing with a flaming hula hoop. So please, take the time to see this one!

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The Washing Well Wenches is a raunchy show about two “cousins” who “wash” clothes. Their idea of washing is just smacking articles of clothing into a pool of water. Thus soaking the people in the front of the crowd. It’s raunchy, since both are “looking for a man” and they tend to search for him in the crowd. They also make men do silly things for flowers to give to their lady friends. Nothing but fun and laughter from these two! This show is also very worth it!

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Well, that’s all for now! I’ll be attending the last weekend, and will hopefully get some more photos!

If you’re going, look for me! I’d love to photograph you. :)

If you’re interested in seeing the rest of my Renaissance Festival photos:

Go here!

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All photos are mine!

Thanks so much for reading!