While some big box stores have had holiday stuff out since August, here at Three Stone Steps we try to wait until after Halloween to show off our fine metal art holiday wares. While we’ve been selling this adorable recycled metal art angels wholesale, we’re bringing them out at markets and they’ll be on the website soon.
Friday Photo: Sidewalk sellers
In additional to selling our metal art online and wholesale, Three Stone Steps peddles its fine wares at markets (and bazaars & whatever else they happen to be called). And, when traveling, markets are always on the top of the list. (I wrote about the solidarity I feel with market vendors the world over in this piece.)
Today’s photo is of three sellers in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. While I generally have a 10′ x 10′ space, shelter, tablecloths, and a (somewhat) coordinated set up, these women are just making do. And, I can only hope that each had tons of sales!
Friday Photo: Metal art harvest
Here in (most of) the northern hemisphere it’s harvest season. And if you’re looking to hang on to the growing season a just a bit longer, why not plant adorable recycled metal garden stakes?
You can buy one for an inside planter or enough for the back forty here.
And, so you know, we’ve updated our find page with most of our live events until the end of the year. If you’re in Baltimore or Washington, DC, we hope you’ll visit.
Friday Photo: How Excellent.
Among Three Stone Steps‘ most whimsical pieces of Haitian metal art are three little sun head people. Yes. I said sun head. I always think of them as a male-female sun head couple and the third wheel, but I suppose you could think of them as a happy little sun head people family in any sort of permutations: a mother, father and little sun head daughter; two sun head mothers with a sun head son (a sun son); a single sun head father with two sun head daughters. I think you get the picture. Please feel free to play along!
The person behind these sun head people is a talented artisan named Excellent. Bernard Excellent, to be exact. And, I don’t need to point out what a great name that is.
And, if you’d like to see Mr. Excellent’s very non-sun head head, here it his (along with the rest of him):
Have a great, sunshiny day!
Friday Photo: Coming soon
Here at Three Stone Steps, we’re always excited for the arrival of Fall. There’s much to love about crisp air and sweater weather. This coming season we’re especially overjoyed because we can finally-finally! show off our great new bags from Uzbekistan, made from used camel hair and wool kilims.
While we’re not quite ready to show you the bags, which will be available both online and at our our live events, we can leave you with some detail from one of the bags. (Given the handmade and upcycled nature of the bags, each is unique.)
And, they’re coming soon!
(very belated) Friday Photo: To Market
In addition to online and wholesale, we here at Three Stone Steps peddle our metal art and other fine (ethical) finds at markets. And, when we’re out and about, we visit markets and feel a secret solidarity–or a I so feel you pain– with market vendors everywhere.
And, with that, I leave you with a photo of two women, who I don’t know but feel like I could, who sell vegetables at a market in Khiva, Uzbekistan.
And, speaking of markets, you can find us tomorrow, Sunday, at The Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar. Find Three Stone Steps in the west lot.
Friday Photo: More metal art flowers for the summer (and beyond)
In last week’s Friday Photo, we here at Three Stone Steps highlighted metal art flowers that would (almost) live forever. If you’re looking for outdoor or garden art (or even inside slightly sculptural pieces that you can stick in a planter) check out these wonderful flower garden stakes.
Sort of happy making for a Friday, yes?!
Friday Photo: A midsummer’s metal art
It’s almost August and here in the mid-Atlantic. Lots of harvesting has begun. If you still want some outside flowers to view, you might want to consider a piece of Three Stone Steps‘ metal art from Haiti, which can be used inside or out.
This grand sunflower piece is one of our favorites and keeps you in summer flowers all year long:
Just a note for this and all metal art pieces you keep outside. The piece has been coated with a clear spray enamel and shouldn’t “age” for a year or so. (I’ve had reports for almost two years in the Baltimore-area.) If you want, you can let your piece rust, or you can keep it looking new by using a regular old clear spray enamel, probably found in the spray paint section of your favorite hardware store.
Friday Photo/s: Metal art menorahs for 2013
From the metal art made in Haiti department: 2013 marks year three (already) of Three Stone Steps’ fabulous recycled metal menorahs. And, every year I wonder how they could possibly be any better than the year before. (Yes. I’m proud of my Hanukkah/Chanukah babies.) And, every year, I think that that year’s menorah is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. (Ok. Within reason.)
This year, there are two. (Really four, since there are the unpainted versions of these two.) They are variations on a theme, so to speak. And, for retailers, you can find the wholesale catalog for these (and for Three Stone Steps’ other holiday goods) right here.
And, if pomegranates and some mythical birds aren’t your thing, how about a menorah with a flowering tree and chickens?
Friday Photo/s: Still not over Uzbekistan
Here at Three Stone Steps we focus on metal art from Haiti. But sometimes we stray. And, sometimes there are buying trips far afield. In this case, we went on a vacation/big birthday/buying trip to Uzbekistan. While I’ve been back for not quite two weeks, I’m still not over it.
There are many photos of many, many beautiful things. Far too many to post here. But, since this is a Friday Photo/s post, here are some amazing textiles to get you to the weekend.
Anywhere else, this beautiful suzani and this doorway would stand alone. But in Uzbekistan, there is beauty to spare, so you have this ancient tiled wall and a gorgeous textile.
Amazing ikat fabric found in Bukhara.
And, here are two intrepid suzani sellers from a market outside of Samarkand who followed me into the parking lot. Three Stone Steps owns the one you can’t really see.
Speaking of markets, please visit us throughout the season at the fantastic Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar, most Sundays. (Ok. I won’t be there this weekend.) If you want to check out where you can find Three Stone Steps live, just click here.
And, for those not in the area, we’ll try to get some of these amazing finds up on Three Stone Steps‘ site sooner rather than later.
Have a great weekend.