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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Seeing pink

Eye-catching pillows at Claire Lynn
Modeling visors in A Touch of Italy: Ora Layne Guice (left), Dollie Phillips, me and Carla Hancock

Adam Einsohn is Under Wraps.

Exquisite sterling jewelry fashioned from hand-cut china at China Baroque.

Hal and Gladys Mossberger hold court in Company's Comin' space.

Tatermash attendant shows off some of her wares.

Tatermash sign flies high over the booth.

Photos by Paul L. Schuetze/The Times

Trends & Traditions Chairwoman Jennifer Frierson wanted to see a sea of pink when she walked into the Pink Preview Party Wednesday night.

She was not disappointed.
Starting with her fab pink mini dress with its cutout back and hubby Tannie’s pink check shirt, there was indeed a flood of pink.

Even the vendors followed suit.

For instance, Larry Moyer of Pineapple Patch, McCool, Texas, (Isn’t that a cool town name?) wore a pink and white seersucker shirt.

Rachel Johnson paired high heel pink patent shoes with her tres chic, short black strapless dress, and Rhonda Beauvais, with hubby Ernie in tow, showed off pink toenails with her black and white wrap dress.

Although Minou Olsan was stunning in spring green, she was sipping one of the Pink Party’s Pink Pizzazz cocktails.

Speaking of vendors, I bought a cowboy hat that had the top cut out to be turned into a visor at Lynn Pardini and Cheri Hamilton’s "A Touch of Italy" of Plano, Texas. It was rimmed with turquoise. It is one cute booth peddling long knit shirts adorned with bling, unusual pink leather jackets and Italian charm bracelets and more.
Among others we want to go back to:

1. Beijo staffed by independent sales rep Angela Dore of Lafayette. These are unusually-shaped patent or patent-inspired purses with unusual shapes — one is called "half-moon." I’ve bought two at craft shows in northwest Arkansas and am going to pick up a couple more here. The prices are good.

2. "China Baroque" is a firm featuring sterling jewelry fashioned from hand-cut china brought to you by Christie Gunter and Erica Northcutt of Houston. I coveted the brown English china turned into silver-encased belt buckles, but they are pricey.

3. Claire Lynn’s pillows, with "Drama Queen," "Best Friend," and "Sassy Girl" and other fun labels appliqued on them is worth checking out for great gifts. The company is headquartered in Midlothian, Texas.

4. "Just Ask Designs" being shown by locals Lauri Wallace, Noreen Dockendorf and Vicki Gorham. They hand-string wonderful jewelry and they also have some eye-catching purses.
A few more: Skip 2 My Lou, artist Janet L. Waldrop of Bullard, Texas, creates funky, fun jewelry out of vintage pieces and pins them to vintage photographs, with a story hand-written on back.
The popular "Under Wraps" from Dallas, featuring tulle, raffia and paper is back, and so is "Company's Comin" of Magnolia, Ark., selling dips and soups and other things.
Ms. Annette's & Dave's Vintage Tins owned by Dave and Annette Moore of Wisner, are wall pieces created from old wood and ceiling tins.
Shreveporter Linda McGehee, author of "The Perfect Bag," has an assortment of interesting things, including purses and patterns.

Have you been to Trends & Traditions? Have any fave booths to share with us?
By the way, Trends continues through tomorrow.


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