Here you go folks! Here’s some fun pictures and stories from last weekend’s Haleiwa Arts Festival. This year was the 7th year that I’ve been fortunate enough to be chosen to participate in the annual festival at Haleiwa Beach Park. I always enjoy the creative buzz surrounding the festival as well as connecting with customers and friends. It’s fun to share stories and also to share my newest creations!! Although the festival is focused on showcasing artwork and hoping for some abundant sales, I think my favorite part of the festival is talking story with everyone who I haven’t seen over the year because we all just get busy with our own endeavors!
Here are some great photos from the weekend! Enjoy!
Tiffany Hervey) is expecting a little one to pop out anyday now!
One of our first visitors of the day was my good friend Tiff- she and I were roommates in a cute home in Waialua together back in 2007- before babies were even a figment of our imaginations…We both decided we were ready to make our careers happen and we were going to make them happen on the North Shore! We’ve seen each other go through some big challenges, and been supportive all the way through. I’m happy to be of assistance on her upcoming adventure of motherhood…as much as possible that is…motherhood is kinda crazy sometimes:)
Tiff arrived just as my assistant Nicole and I were finished getting our setup ready for the day. All the displays were set in place at eye level, and sturdy. My sweet boyfriend Dusty brought some lovely flowers and plants to beautify our setup, and all of my new jewelry creations were ready to be shown!
These are some of my newest styles of earrings, which include hand-forged and hammered hoops. It’s quite a process, as each piece of gold starts out as a straight piece of wire, which I then bend, solder together (using a butane torch), shape into a perfect circle, and then hammer to give texture and shine. It’s alchemy! I can also make custom earrings with special shells on them…just email me at Noe@NoelaniDesigns.com or stop by my Studio at Sunset Beach to see the latest creations, as I’m always adding more to the collection.
Many customers left more than satisfied with their purchases. It was great to see all of the returning happy faces from the previous year’s festivals. My friend Barbara (who is a wonderful photographer by the way- check out her work at www.barbarakraft.com ) purchased a few rings with her friend Pheidra and left the booth smiling, but not before I snapped a couple of photos of them in their new purchases!
I’ve been making the rings for years, but they still are not yet available on www.NoelaniDesigns.com because I can’t seem to keep them in stock!
If you would like a ring, please come by the Sunset Beach Studio to pick one out that fits you just right!
The day continued on with beautiful sunny skies and occasional cloud cover, which made for a beautiful setting. Nicole and I worked hard to keep up with all of the customers, making sure they were happy and informed, and we stayed hydrated in the heat.
Towards the late afternoon, my boyfriend Dusty came to help us take down the jewelry for the day and brought us some juice and watermelon to refuel.
Nicole and I ended up jumping in Waimea afterwards to rinse off all the grime from the day and to refresh our bodies!
That wraps up our Saturday…good fun, good sales, good ocean time!
On Sunday, Heather helped me out with setup and sales. We were busy bees!
We had a visit from Stan Matsumoto, the owner of Matsumoto Shave Ice!
Heather and I had a great time working together, hustling between customers and making sure to help everyone as much as possible. She has been working as my assistant for 2 years now and she knows the ropes, and our customers just love her:) Thanks Heather!
Once things slowed down a bit, I decided to take a walk around to see some of my fellow artist friends in their booths.
I found my good friend and fellow mommy Erin Delventhal in her booth at her first ever Haleiwa Arts Festival. Erin makes beautiful oil paintings of North Shore lifestyle images. I didn’t get a picture with her because she was busy helping a customer (yay!), but you can see her amazing work here at BackyardsStudio.com.
One of my favorite fellow sea maidens is oil painter Kimi Werner…her booth was challenging to find, but once I found her, I was in awe of her new paintings from a recent trip to Tahiti. Kimi is a world-famous spear-diver and one of the best!
Kimi and I met up after the festival for some underwater shots at Waimea Bay as inspiration for her next painting…here’s a preview of the possibilities.
Kimi and I dove for about an hour taking photos, perhaps I’ll share more photos on my next blog…
What a great weekend! Thanks to everyone who helped make it all happen, and to all of you who stopped by our booth and said hello! I hope you all come back next year! If you weren’t able to make it this year, then I hope to see you next year as well. In the meantime, please stop by one of our retailers in your area to see some of the jewelry collection, or stop by my studio at Sunset Beach to see the entire collection! OR you can always shop online at www.NoelaniDesigns.com.