Trick-or-Treat at Gifts A GoGo

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Trick-or-Treat!!! Did someone say candy? Bring the kids on over to The Streets of Tanasbourne this Saturday, October 29th!!! Trick or Treating is from 1:00-3:00. Stop by Gifts A GoGo we have lots of treats, a sugared up staff, a Halloween Giveaway and some fantastic specials going on all day!!! See you there!!!

Tari Zarka’s Vision made Reality

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“[The AAOTE team] works for the improvement of the whole…[and] towards making [their] passions into [their] full-time jobs”.

 

Originally created in 2004, AAOTE or “Aspiring Artists of the Earth” was realized by Tari Zarka. It largely focuses on products that are made in the USA, but more specifically in Bucks County, PA. They have an array of products ranging from sculptures to jewelry and even local honey. AAOTE prides itself in providing artisan products for all types of customers from the budget shoppers to the more affluent buyers. The team is composed of artisans, crafters, writers, and muses- who collectively strive to integrate what they love to do with their everyday lives. “[The AAOTE team] works for the improvement of the whole…[and] towards making [their] passions into [their] full-time jobs.”

“We are not only a place for clients to find the perfect gift or artwork for their home, but we are a place where artists can gather and inspire one another.” -Tari Zarka

 

They started out from very humble beginnings, spending most of their time traveling to street fairs and art exhibitions. In 2007, they opened up their first storefront in Pennsylvania. To sum up the ambiance of AAOTE the owner Tari Zarka stated, “We are not only a place for clients to find the perfect gift or artwork for their home, but we are a place where artists can gather and inspire one another.” In the future, they are looking to offer art classes, open studios, and other types of community building events.

Fun fact: The wooden pendants can be used for aromatherapy purposes by dropping essential oils onto the wood, which will then slowly absorb the color and diffuse the scent.

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The Art of Raku Pottery

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What is Raku pottery?

For those of us who have not been exposed to this form of artistic expression, the term sounds very foreign. The term Raku is used to describe a unique pottery technique that originated from Japan and represents their Zen philosophy, which emphasizes humility and naturalness. It was first practiced as a method of creating pieces that were to be used in the tea ceremonies.

Raku means “enjoyment”. More specifically, it represents freedom and it is more so viewed as an art as opposed to pieces of utility. The overarching belief is that the artist’s spirit will become a part of the artwork they created.

The Raku Process

The pots are first glazed and placed in a kiln at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. If the pot remains in tact after this shock and doesn’t explode, it is immediately transferred to an airtight container filled with flammable materials like sawdust or leaves. Shortly thereafter, some artists will submerge the pot in cold water to end the process. According to the Zen Masters, the Raku process represents enlightened life because it survives through the cycle of earth, water, air, and above all fire.

Adapting to Western Culture

It wasn’t until the late 1950s that the western world became enthralled with this new method of pottery and began adapting it to western culture. In contrast with the Japanese Raku designs, which are characterized by modest designs on handmade bowls, Americans tended to gravitate towards creating more vibrant bowls, vases, and sculptures. Although some stick to the traditional form of Raku pottery, molding their bowls by hand, most Americans incorporate throwing wheels.

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The Creative Force Behind Crave Jewelry

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Hi! I’m Carlie Vergamini, owner of Crave Jewelry.

“I’ve been making and selling stuff ever since I could hold a crayon for the first time and mix a pitcher of Kool-aid…”

I’ve been making and selling stuff ever since I could hold a crayon for the first time and mix a pitcher of Kool-aid, but I had never imagined it would get me to where I am today. I am the creative force behind Crave and a strong advocate for following your dreams— I’ve even got a bumper sticker to prove it.

“In high school, I made it known that I’d make a name for myself in the fashion world…”

I always knew that I wanted a creative career and I am so thankful I had decided to pursue fashion over clown college. In high school, I made it known that I’d make a name for myself in the fashion world, but university and internships exposed me to some harsh realities, which made working under someone else sound much more appealing. As graduation rolled around the corner and the right opportunity for a big girl job never showed up, I took my future into my own hands and created my own job under my own terms.

Leveraging the skills and techniques I acquired from around the world including insight from the Queen’s English leathersmith, I have created pieces that are each individually hand cut and meticulously pieced together to create not just another “thing,” but a luxurious, leathery, and limited edition statement.

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Introducing GoFloat: Unique Beach Inspired Jewelry

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Hi, I’m Danell Bachrach, creator of GoFloat Jewelry!

I juggle multiple titles daily. I’m a loving wife, mother of four angels, and an avid creator. I find that when I am creating, my life feels more balanced. My family and I have bounced around living on different islands and in various coastal areas due to my husband’s work. We’ve been from Georgia to Hawaii and currently reside in Half Moon Bay, CA. I had always been looking for something fun and special to send to my friends and family so they could experience a little bit of our everyday lives. I quickly discovered I could make my own unique gifts for them, which essentially gave rise to GoFloat. It’s so fun to put together little collections of nature that I can send off for others to enjoy.

“I am in love with the uniqueness each of my items possess…”

 

Each piece is made by me and overseen by my little crew (aka, my kiddos). They often sit at the work table with me, creating little handmade masterpieces of their own. I am in love with the uniqueness each of my items possess and enjoy sorting through the elements I’ve collected to get each one just right. As a mother, I love including my children in the business side of things and teaching them the excitement of being an entrepreneur. They are so curious about the business, asking numerous questions every time they watch me filling orders.

When I’m not making jewelry, I enjoy baking- mainly with chocolate, keeping up with family and friends who we’ve made through our travels, and just simply soaking up the sun with my family. There is never a dull moment at our home.

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Click to enter our current giveaway of our gorgeous handblown, glass necklace (shown below)

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The Streets of Tanasbourne

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The Streets of Tanasbourne Mall

The Streets of Tanasbourne Mall

Let the renovations begin!!! Behind this barricade (notice the cute white door), is the birth of our new location at The Streets of Tanasbourne in Hillsboro, Oregon!  Let’s just say it’s been months of hard work on everyone’s part to get it to this point. Making the decision to close our Half Moon Bay, California store this February, was a tough one. I loved that little store, but I knew it was time for the business to move on.  Never in a million years did I think our next stop would be amongst the big box stores! Yep, we are next to Macy’s. People ask me all the time, how do you do it all? I don’t and if I do, I don’t think about it. I run on my passion for what I do, lots of hard work, decaf coffee and cookies. I also have an amazing support team!  I couldn’t do it without them and I can’t imagine doing anything else. I’ll be posting all the stages of this renovation right up to the Grand Opening!!!

Sherri Hill
Gifts A GoGo, LLC

New Gifts A GoGo Store

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The Streets of Tanasbourne Shopping Mall

The Streets of Tanasbourne Shopping Mall

We are happy to announce, that a few months from now you can visit our new retail location at The Streets of Tanasbourne shopping mall located in Hillsboro, Oregon! We can’t wait to see the transformation of our beautiful new store! We will keep you updated! Have a great day everyone!!!!