Pleasanton Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show

Today, I returned to the Alameda County Fairgrounds for the Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show. This was my first time back since selling my cards at Artist Alley this past summer.

Once again, I was on a mission to see what artists were creating and how I can incorporate them into my own ideas. The only downside was that there weren’t a lot of paintings or photographs of landscapes to be shown unlike the art festivals in Mountain View, Lafayette, or San Carlos.

However, I did find some interesting exhibits that ranged from unique household items, to gifts in time for the holiday season, and of course my favorite sport logos.

Out of all the booths I’ve seen, the one I enjoyed the best was called “WeHaveACapforThat!” The artist, Linda Cullen, used bottle caps from glass beer or soda bottles and put different images inside such as sport logos, college logos, pop culture, photographs, etc. Plus they can be used as a necklace or a keychain hook.

This was definitely without question the best booth I’ve ever seen because it’s gave me great ideas on what projects I can create. One idea is based on a set called Wine Charms, where you can take about five bottle caps and create a particular theme such as “Bay Area Sports,” which they sell for about $40.

Another one is to take two teams and split them into rivals known as “A House Divided.” Another idea is to take one team and create a collage using different variations of the same logo. If I do plan to buy some of there bottle caps, I could make my own collage based on what the imagination would strike.

No matter what art & wine festival, flea market, or swap meet I go to, inspiration will always be waiting for me to be found for the next project I work on!