- Craftsmen's Fall Classics are HERE!!
- Top 200 Shows in the US...and we're part of them!
- Downtown Edmond Arts Festival - May 1-3, 2015
- Arts and Crafts/Fine Arts Shows vs Gift Shows
- The Symbol of Love
- Quotes on Pendants: A Great Means of Inspiration and Motivation
- Sterling Silver Chains at David Daffer Designs
- David Daffer Designs Ready to Meet Its Fans at ‘An Affair of the Heart’ Festival in Oklahoma City, OK from Feb 6 to 8, 2015
- Join David Daffer Designs at An Affair of the Heart Festival from Feb 6 - 8, 2015
- Understanding the Firefighter Pendant Imagery
It is a goal of artists to be accepted into well-acclaimed, popular arts and crafts shows each year. While rankings are certainly not the "end-all-cure-all" to a successful show, it is a good determining factor in our choices when filling out applications. The “Sunshine Artist Magazine” released their TOP 200 Shows of 2015—“Top 100 Fine Art and Design Shows in the US”, and “Top 100 Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows in the US”. These rankings are determined by many factors. Everything is considered from the attendance count and public participation at the show, to the artist input about sales, artist amenities, show staff helpfulness, etc., and also the weather is a consideration. We have been privileged to participate in several of these nationally ranked shows this year.
In March, we participated in two Craftsmen’s Spring Classics that were ranked in the “Top 100 Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows in the US”. Their Richmond, Virginia show (Mar 13-15) ranked #23, and the Chantilly, Virginia show (March 20-22) placed an awesome #16!
July 10-13, we celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary (where has the time gone?!) with our wonderful friends in Michigan for the Art in the Park show in Plymouth! This fabulous show snagged a top ranking of #4 in the US! The end of July (July 31-Aug 2), we enjoyed some beach time with friends (gotta love our job!) and participated in the Craftsmen’s Summer Classic in Myrtle Beach which ranked #35 in the TOP 100.
August took us to the beautiful village of Milford, Michigan for a fantastic show August 7-9 with our Michigan buddies, and this show ranked #58.
This Fall will take us to some beautiful locations and some amazing shows. Sept 10-13, we will participate in the very fun Yellow Daisy Festival in Stone Mountain, Georgia near Atlanta. This show garnered the ranking of #5 this year!
We cover October with 6 shows in a row! Ranked #8 in the “TOP 100 Fine Art and Design Shows” (our only Fine Arts show this year) is St. James Court Art Show (October 2-4) in the beautiful city of Louisville, Kentucky. This show is set in the old part of Louisville, and our booth is in front of the very old and ornate West End Baptist Church on Magnolia Street. We think that’s very appropriate for Christian jewelry, don’t you?
October will also take us back to the Craftsmen’s group for their Fall Classics. Their Roanoke, Virginia show (October 9-11) ranked an impressive #13 this year, and their Chantilly, Virginia show (October 16-18) hopped to the top of the list as #2 in the U.S.!!! Just FABULOUS Craftsmen’s! The end of October (October 23-25), we will be back home sleeping in our own bed and seeing our friends at the Oklahoma City Affair of the Heart which ranked #17! But we won’t be home for long because October 30-November 1 we will attend the #7 ranked Craftsmen’s Fall Classic in Richmond, Virginia! I’m telling you, the Craftsmen’s shows are kicking it up this year! From Richmond, we will head on down the road to Columbia, South Carolina for yet another Craftsmen’s Fall Classic on November 6-8, and this one is ranked #36!
Our travels take us many miles, to beautiful places and wonderful people. Great shows make it even better! By the end of this year, we will have participated in 19 shows and have covered several thousand miles…….all so worth it! Thanks so much for sharing our journey!
Over 100 artists exhibit and sell their works of art at the Downtown Edmond Arts Festival each year. This year is the 36th year for this fine art festival. Come to this event in the heart of charming downtown Edmond, OK and browse through booths filled with paintings, sculpture, jewelry, pottery and more. This free event also features delicious festival food, fun activities for the kids and live musical entertainment.
Stroll through the historic streets of Edmond making your way through the artist booths, enjoying street entertainers or simply watching as the kids have a blast. Pick your favorite specialty foods such as Indian tacos, barbecue, catfish, corn dogs or cotton candy and find a seat at the tables near the music stage where you can enjoy your meal to the sounds of live entertainment.
The Downtown Edmond Arts Festival features dozens of individual artists' booths that stretch for several city blocks. Renowned Oklahoma artists as well as regional artists attend each year and bring many of their works. This is a juried show, and first, second and third place will receive cash prizes.
This will be the sixth year that David Daffer Designs has been exhibiting at this excellent fine arts show. The Downtown Edmond Art Festival was our first outdoor festival to exhibit at. We enjoy visiting and reconnecting with the many customers who have followed us on our journey through showing at arts festival across the country. If you aren’t able to attend the Downtown Edmond Arts Festival, please visit our website for a wide selection of our solid, nickel-free sterling silver jewelry. All of our jewelry is manufactured and produced in the USA.
If you spend a lot of time on Facebook, chances are you encounter different inspirational quotes every now and then. You'll also see these quotes on various media surrounding you every day--- books, shirts, posters, and more. Indeed these are simple yet effective sources of motivation and hope, and can remind you of good things in the midst of life's everyday challenges.
When you have a constant reminder of what you should be focusing on or what you need to do to feel better and be more successful, you get to have that extra push to keep on going despite tough times. What better way to enjoy this than to have your favorite quote and symbol imprinted on a pendant that you can wear around your neck all the time! You may also opt to give such a gift to someone special, especially one whom you know will appreciate and benefit from the meaningful words on the pendant.
David Daffer Designs Ready to Meet Its Fans at ‘An Affair of the Heart’ Festival in Oklahoma City, OK from Feb 6 to 8, 2015
If you visit the Firefighter Pendants section of our website, you'll notice that there are some truly spectacular designs that have been created to reflect the character and spirit of the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to battle the flames and keep our communities safe. However, if you aren't actually a firefighter, some of the imagery contained in these pendants may be unfamiliar to you. So, as a short and casual primer, here is a little breakdown of a few of the primary symbols used in the firefighter pendants.
Pendants can add styling and character into any piece of jewelry, thanks to a variety of designs and sizes available. Taken from the French term ‘pendre’ which means to hang down, these jewelry items have become popular accents for necklaces and as jewelry pieces throughout history.