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Spring has Sprung, celebrating with new window displays

Spring has Sprung, celebrating with new window displays

If you are anything like me, you are itching for the weather to change; for the blue skies to emerge from behind the oppressive grey that seems ever-present in our lives this time of year.  I was fortunate enough to get away for a week in February, bask in some sun and gaze into the many colors of Sarasota FL.  Per usual, I was filled with inspiration and the desire to bring some of that warmth and color to the store windows in hopes to brighten the days of everyone in town.  

This year my particular influence was our visit to the Marie Selby Botanical Botanical Gardens.  Though we travel to Sarasota nearly every year, this was my first time witnessing the overwhelming beauty that is their conservatory.  It is the most lush experience.  Every square inch is cascading with orchids and bromeliads of every kind, unlike anything I have ever seen. We were also fortunate enough to visit during the Marc Chagall exhibit with paintings that have never before been on public display.  It was a very moving day, and I wanted to bring a piece of that memory home with me to share. 

Marie Selby Botanical gardens with marc chagall stained glass

 Waterfall of orchids at Marie Selby Botanical Gardenslarge leaf at Marie Selby Botanical Gardensamazing flower at Marie Selby Botanical Gardensorchids at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Now - how do I filter that experience into a window setting?  I knew I wanted to replicate the cascading and climbing effect that was so stirring inside the conservatory.  So the first thing I did was pour through the supplies I already had at the shop.  I am very big on creating something from almost nothing, as well as recycling props in inventive ways to conserve precious work time and material resources.  I found a bag of flowers that I had created from coffee filters and paperclips back in 2013.  I think I have now used these flowers in possibly 4 window displays.  :)  Every time they have an incredibly different feel.  I decided they have worked so well in the past, lets give them an update!

The only new piece for this window was the creation of the "botanical" leaves.  I really wanted to keep a very painterly feel for the entire display, so I decided to watercolor more coffee filters to accomplish a cohesive look.  *side note - if you every build window displays - coffee filters are so great!  they are durable, easy to color, easy to construct sculpted shapes with, don't seem to yellow in the sun (the flowers have easily spent a cumulative 6 - 8 months in the bright sunshine over the course of four years) and the best part, they cost basically nothing! 

adorn jewelry canandaigua spring display window detailadorn jewelry canandaigua spring 2017 display window left

I built the "vines" to create the "botanical wall" with those coffee filter flowers and leaves on a few lines of white Christmas lights.  Overall pretty simple, yet I think quite effective.  I love the feeling it evokes.  

adorn jewelry canandaigua display window right spring 2017adorn jewelry canandaigua display window night

Here is the contrast of the day vs. night.  The glow of the tiny lights through the leaves is magical in person.  I'm sorry my glare-ridden photos don't do it justice.  You will simply have to come and visit me so you can see it for yourself ;)

adorn jewelry canandaigua, spring 2017 display windows 

XOXO ~Erica

April 06, 2017 by Erica Bapst
Vivid Bridal Romance; A Styled Photo Shoot

Vivid Bridal Romance; A Styled Photo Shoot

Recently I was invited to bring a selection of my bridal jewelry to a styled photo shoot for Buffalo/Rochester Indie Weddings.  It was very snowy day filled with an incredible group of ladies with great spirit and enthusiasm for their businesses. Please familiarize yourself with each of them, I have included all of their info at the bottom of the page.  I could have never accomplished anything like this without these wonderful, talented women!  Each business offers something that is sure to brighten your day!  

Today I want to share the fruit of this beautiful collaboration. Each piece of my featured jewelry is available online (while supplies last in the case of the rhinestone jewelry) I have included the links to the items below each photo.  

The experience created by the Buffalo/Rochester Indie Weddings community along with these photos is sure inspire you for your big day.  I hope you can join us on March 26 for a unique bridal show experience.  For more info on the bridal show please visit their site. http://buffaloindieweddings.com  Enjoy! #partyonbrides  :)

Rochester Indie Weddings Bridal Show at Westminster Rochester Indie Weddings Member, Erica Bapst Designs, Adorn Jewelry and Accessories, Canandaigua NY

Modern Romance bridal earrings and Wrapped up in Lobe Bracelet by Erica Bapst Designs, Model: Olivia Staley. Photo: Natalie Sinisgalli Photography, Venu: Inn on Broadway, Hair: Special Occasion Hair Design, Dress: Lovely Bride Rochester, Makeup: Sunnless 2 Go
Modern Romance Bridal Earrings On Model Olivia Staley
Golden Gem art deco inspired bracelet on model  Emma Pratt, photo by Natalie Sinisgalli Photography, flowers by Buds & Blooms 716, headpiece by B in a Bonnet
Golden Gem Bracelet by Erica Bapst Designs. Photo: Natalie Sinisgalli Photography, Dress: Lovely Bride Rochester, Flowers: Buds & Blooms 716
Golden Gem Bracelet by Erica Bapst Designs, Styling: Rochester Indie Weddings, Venue: Inn on Broadway, Photography: Natalie Sinisgalli Photography,  Wardrobe: Lovely Bride Rochester NY, Hair/Makeup: Special Occasion Hair Design, Makeup/Nails: Sunless 2 Go, Floral: Buds & Blooms 716, Rentals: Revival Vintage Rentals, Invitations: Louelle Design Studio,  Model: Olivia Staley
 Golden Gem bracelt in black by Erica Bapst Designs, Model: Olivia Staley, Photo: Natalie Sinisgalli Photography, Dress: Lovely Bride Rochester, Handmade Wedding Invitations: Louelle Design Studio, Hair: Special Occasion Hair Designs, Makeup: Sunless 2 Go, Venue: Inn on Broadway, Flowers: Buds & Blooms 716, Furniture and Prop Rentals: Revival Vintage
Golden Gem Necklace by Erica Bapst Designs, Model: Olivia Staley, Photo: Natalie Sinisgalli Photography, Hair: Special Occasion Hair Design,
Golden Gem Earrings bu Erica Bapst Designs, Model: Olivia Staley, Photo: Natalie Sinisgalli Photography, Hand Made Wedding Invitation: Louelle Design Studio, Venue: Inn on Broadway, Hair: Special Occasion Hair Desing, Makeup: Sunless 2 Go, Dress: Lovely Bride Rochester
Classic Cubic Zirconia Bracelet from Adorn Jewelry and Accessories, Photo: Natalie Sinisgalli Photography, Flowers: Buds & Blooms 716
Classic CZ bridal bracelet from Adorn Jewelry and Accessories, Model: Emma Pratt, Photo: Natalie Sinisgalli Photography, Venue: Inn on Broadway, Furniture Rental: Revival Vintage Rentals, Flowers: Buds & Blooms 716, Dress: Lovely Bride Rochester, Belt: B in a Bonnet, Hair Special Occasion Hair Design, Makeup: Sunless 2 Go, Styling: Buffalo / Rochester Indie Weddings 
Classic Cubic Zirconia bridal bracelet from Adorn Jewelry and Accessories, Model: Emma Pratt, Photo: Natalie Sinisgalli Photography, Furniture Rental: Revival Vintage Rentals, Hair: Special Occasion Hair Design, Makeup: Sunless 2 Go
Magnificence rhinestone bridal earrings from Adorn Jewelry and Accessories, Model: Olivia Staley, Photo:  Natalie Sinisgalli Photography, Dress: Lovely Bride Rochester, Furniture Rental: Revival Vintage Rentals, Venue: Inn on Broadway, Hair: Special Occasion Hair Design, Makeup: Sunless 2 Go, Styling: Rochester Indie Weddings
Styling: Rochester Indie Weddings, Venue: Inn on Broadway, Photography: Natalie Sinisgalli Photography, Videography: Julia Hart Video Photo, Wardrobe: Lovely Bride Rochester NY, Hair/Makeup: Special Occasion Hair Design, Makeup/Nails: Sunless 2 Go, Floral: Buds & Blooms 716, Rentals: Revival Vintage Rentals, Invitations: Louelle Design Studio, Accessories: B In A Bonnet, Jewelry: Adorn Jewelry and Accessories, Models: Olivia Staley & Emma Pratt

See the Buffalo / Rochester Indie Weddings "Vivid Bridal Romance" Styled Shoot in it's entirety here -> http://buffaloindieweddings.com/rochester-indie-weddings-styled-shoot-vivid-bridal-romance/

Check out all who contributed to this styled shoot.

Models: Olivia Staley & Emma Pratt

Web Sites:

Styling: Rochester Indie Weddings

Photography: Natalie Sinisgalli Photography

Jewelry: Adorn Jewelry and Accessories

Videography: Julia Hart Video Photo

Wardrobe: Lovely Bride Rochester NY

Hair/Makeup: Special Occasion Hair Design

Makeup/Nails: Sunless 2 Go

Floral: Buds & Blooms 716

Rentals: Revival Vintage Rentals

Invitations: Louelle Design Studio

Accessories: B In A Bonnet

Venue: Inn on Broadway

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March 18, 2017 by Erica Bapst
Inspiration Mash-Up.  Putting together the new window.

Inspiration Mash-Up. Putting together the new window.

I can't believe four months have passed since my last blog post.  (so much for that resolution of keeping up to date on the postings ;) lol. 

Since the last time we spoke I guess a lot has kept me busy.   I enjoyed some time off with my family, worked dilligently on updation my bridal selections and I officially launched my new Ginkgo Collection, (I hope to post more about that soon.)   For today though, I want to talk to you about my new window - which I am loosely titling "Mary Poppins visits Roseland for the Relay for Life's Carnival for a Cure"  I know, I know.....it's a bit of an odd concept. (And the event is actually being help at the Civic Center on April 29 - I liked the fantasy of bringing roseland back for the event ;)  

When I first told my husband, I think he thought I was nuts....but in the end, I think visually it all works.  Here is the journey as to how I arrived at such a strange mash-up of ideas :)

(I apologize in advance on the length of this post - I really wanted to include all of the inspiration and process of making that went into this display)

About a month ago I was approached by a Relay for Life committee member about this years event.  They were hoping for downtown businesses to decorate their windows in purple and incorporate the theme "Carnival for a Cure" to help spread the word and celebrate their cause.  

Sounded like fun! - but then I got stuck.  

Creative block........ ugh - the worst.  

My hope was to have the window all put together before I went away with my family to Florida.  That soooo did not happen.  I had no clue what to do. We went away and the windows had to stay the same until we returned.

There is something wonderful that happens when you step away from everything, just relax and take your mind off the things you toil over.  Somehow, inspiration strikes and all the pieces seem to magically float together.  We were fortunate enough to experience a great many things on our trip, but three things specifically served as the springboard to my imagination that finally solved the puzzle of what to do about this window.  

Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions

The first to start the influence was visiting the Herrmann's Royal Lipizzan Stallions home outside of Sarasota FL.  The story of these beautiful horses is an amazing one.  You should check them out if you don't already know.  My daughter was extremely taken with them during the "Airs above the Ground" practice.  The image of the distinguished animals danced in my head for days.

 

Later in the week we visited the Ringling College or Art and Design  - at my daughters request.  Yes she is only 9, but she has been dead set for years that she wants to attend this school to become a Disney animator (specifically Pixar) Every time we visit Sarasota, she has to go and visit "her future school".  This time a kind student personally took her through the animation classroom halls and she had the chance to check out a traditional animators desk.  Here I started to think that I needed to create a window that needed some whimsy and perhaps a nod to my daughters love of animation. Her sense of aspirations was very inspiring to me. But I still had not quite had the full "ah-ha!" moment.  

And then....we surprised little one with a day at Disney on her birthday.  As we passed through "Main St USA"  and waited to meet Mary Poppins, the full spark hit me!  That ultimate charm and fictional turn of the century nostalgia we were suddenly immersed in could so easily be fused with our little city.  It was then that I realized we needed Mary Poppins to visit Canandaigua to participate in the Relay for Life Carnival for a Cure. In my mind the event was naturally being held in our collective nostalgic memory that is the long-lost Roseland Amusement Park.  

I went straight t work when I returned to work on Thursday. First things first, I needed to gather my inspirational references. We already live and work in a real life "Main St USA" so that part was already taken care of ;)  After visiting Herrmann's Royal Lipizanns I knew the centerpiece needed to be the white stallion carousel horse I remembered from Roseland's carousel (1909  PTC #18 - Thank you to Carousels.org for having such an extensive history on this work of art as well as detailed images of this beauty.)

Carousel horse that used to be at Roseland

Next, I needed Mary Poppins references - specifically from the chalk drawing fantasy scene.  This would bring in the animated whimsy I wanted to capture while also fitting in the fantasy time-capsule of 1909 as well as the carnival and carousel aspect.  

  

Let the fun begin!  I always start a window with a general concept sketch to try to figure out the scale and general placement of the big elements I wish to incorporate. 

Window concept sketch

As with most creative endeavors, the final product strays a bit from the initial sketch, but every idea needs to start somewhere!  From here I began construction of the carousel horse.

carousel horse sketch starting to paint the carousel horse

working out the details of the carousel horse carousel horse after being cut out

I used a large sheet of white faced corrugated cardboard (thanks to my Father-In-Law for the cardboard) to create the painted horse.  From sketch to full cut out this took roughly a full day to complete.

Next up, create the paper Mary Poppins inspired dress.  Of course the one main difference is for this event...she needed purple accessories instead of the original red :)

The dress is constructed entirely of coated paper dropcloth, some white tulle I have used in many of my windows over the years, staples, ribbon and a touch of hot glue.   Also I finally had the perfect opportunity to use this great antique hat my Mother-In-Law gave me several years ago! (yes in the first photo, the dress is surrounded by complete chaos...creative processes are truly messy sometimes - I am currently dealing with that aftermath so I can get back to work.)

mid way through paper dress construction antique hat finished mary poppins inspires dress in purple

The next item to construct was the paper petal wisteria that would become the backdrop for the carousel horse.  To me wisteria feels so magical, so it seemed like a good flower to add to the purple scheme.  I always love the amazing wisteria that is outside the YMCA that I pass walking to and from work.  Now I must admit however, this part of the project I developed a love/hate relationship with.  I think it took me close to two full days to construct these flowers.  The good part is they will keep and I can use them in another window some day......but for now, I do not wish to cut or string another petal for some time.....I think it took about 700-800 handmade petals to complete the look.  I really wanted more, but simply could not spare any more time on this part of the project.  

paper wisteria petalsfinished handmade paper wisteria plant

After this is was time for my little cartoon bluebirds to be painted on the windows to pay homage to my daughters love of animation. It's funny, with all the work that went into this window, these easy little cuties I think are the part that makes me smile the most. Sometimes it's the little things :)

outlining the painted bluebirds

Finished cartoon Bluebirds

You can see in the background here, I drew from the Mary Poppins fantasy carousel for the inspiration of the outlined architecture. The last of the details was making the purple pennants, stuffing some flower baskets, blowing up the balloons and putting it all together. After a six day process, I'm ready to get back to what I'm really supposed to be doing - making jewelry!

Thanks for reading through this lengthy journey :)  I hope to see you soon. 

XOXO

~E

finished carousel horse window finished Mary Poppins Window

Full effect of the finished window.  Mary Poppins Visits Roseland for the Carnival for a Cure.

 

 

 

April 07, 2016 by Erica Bapst