I hope you guys are up for more trip photos! I wanted to share another favorite place from my weekend in Chile last month. Los Dominicos, a handmade market with 150 different craftspeople, was our first stop in Santiago. We wandered around in awe. There were leather goods, shoe makers, weavers, basket makers, sculptors, potters, and more! This little village oozes with authenticity. I was inspired. To support more craftsmen, and be more thoughtful of what I buy and who I buy it from.
Los Dominicos feels like an oasis away from the busy city of Santiago. Little container gardens, and plants are woven into the village. This darling woman was washing her painting palette amongst the geraniums (in a gingham smock, of course!).
One of my very favorite studios (seen also in the top photo) belonged to Elisa Muñoz Méndez who makes baskets and weavings.
Here's one of the leather good stalls, filled with stools, purses and bags.
Another shot of Elisa's shop. I couldn't get enough of her wee studio stuffed with the most charming clutter and beautiful pieces of art!
This little textile shop was a favorite!
More baskets by Elisa. I bought one and am now using as a fruit basket in my kitchen.
You can shop some of the goods from Los Dominicos in this online shop.
Have any of you been to Los Dominicos? What did you think? Where's your favorite place to shop handmade?
My online flower arranging course is now available for 2014! You can register right here. The classes are 4 weeks long. You provide the flowers and you'll need a camera as well (an iphone works fine!). Each week you'll learn to make a different arrangement and then upload it to a class forum for feedback and to learn from other students. You also have full access to me for questions about floral design whether it be career, education, or assistance along the way while making arrangements. I've had some amazing work come out of these classes, including some students who've made their own wedding flowers! I will share more of their work soon but you can see some in these posts:
Right now we have registration open through April of 2014 with later sessions opening up soon. You can read more about my background with floral design right here. Go here to sign up for the course. If you have questions about the course feel free to email me at chelseafuss(at)gmail(dot)com.
While I was staying in Buenos Aires last month, I took a quick four day trip to Chile with my friend Jen who came down from Portland to meet me. We were visiting another friend who had moved from Portland to Chile a few years ago and now lives in Santiago with her husband and three darling boys. She showed us all around to her favorite places in the city.
One of my favorite spots in Santiago was Santa Lucia Hill, a park built on the remnant of a volcano. I loved hiking to the top and seeing the gorgeous view of the city. While in Chile, I was particularly struck by the landscape design. I loved seeing so many rambling geraniums which grow so much larger of course than they do here in the Pacific Northwest and the geraniums here at Santa Lucia were particularly stunning, as they rambled over rocks and trees.
A fort and a castle were built on the hill and are also fun to wander through.
I am loving these new candles celebrating Scandinavia. Made from four simple ingredients, including organic beeswax, the candle recipe was created 60 years ago to make candles for Danish churches. They are available in three different scents including forest, sea and cosiness.
Just flipping through the website made me want to spend the winter in Scandinavia. I love this section that talks about Hygge. While in Sweden one winter, I noticed shops, cafes, and even convenience stores had lanterns lit at their entrances all winter long! I remember walking into a Swedish house on a cold winter day with candles burning, fresh treats in the oven, geraniums in the windowsill, and lanterns lit on the porch and felt so inspired to embrace winter! Now I light candles all winter long to get myself through the dark, rainy Portland weather. I can't wait to try out these candles! See more here.
I got home from my trip last week and suddenly made the transition from spring to fall. It was lovely to arrive home to a suprisingly sun-dappled portland dotted with orange and yellow leaves swirling in the breeze! To celebrate this lovely season, I've gathered my favorite fall posts from the Frolic! archives. I hope you enjoy! Oh and if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, here are my favorite spring posts.
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