Siesta Key Seashell Little Piece of Paradise

One of our vendors, Jeanne Heere has an incredible talent. Jeanne calls her business “Little Piece of Paradise.” She searches for sea shells on our sugar white sand beaches of Siesta Key and recreates beautiful art. Jeanne moved to Sarasota in 1981 and fell in love with the beach and began looking for shells. She first started doing shell mirrors in the early 80’s and sold by word of mouth.

In 2012 Jeanne gave up the corporate world and was looking for a less stressful life and started doing shell crafts again. She found the Siesta Key market a perfect place to market her artwork since all the shells are hand picked from the local beaches.

Each item is handcrafted with shells Jeanne finds herself on Siesta key. She has a wide variety of hand crafted art pieces for you to enjoy! Her creations include mirrors, frames, wooden crosses, driftwood crosses, bikini star magnets, nite lights, treasure bottles, wine glass charms, lamp finials, fan pulls, and letters and other hand crafted shell treasures. Custom orders are also available!!

What about this Shell-Rimmed Mirrors?

Perhaps the only thing more beautiful than a single shell is a collection of them. To balance the composition of this heavily adorned mirror and simplify the process of arranging the shells, work in layers. I arrange the largest shells on the mirror frame first, then, working from largest to smallest, fit shells into the remaining spaces until the frame is covered.

Jeanne first, group the shells by size. Position the largest shells at even intervals around the frame, then fill in with the next smallest shells. One at a time, pick up each shell and glue it down. Layer on smaller shells until even the tiniest areas are covered.

You can find Jeanne Heere seashell art every Sunday at the Siesta Key Farmers Market from 8:00am to 1:00pm located in the Siesta Key Village at 5104 Ocean Blvd. Stop by and say hello. There are many vendors and live music for your listening enjoyment. Have breakfast on the island, visit the Siesta Key Farmers Market and then head to our voted #1 beach to enjoy your day.

Wood Artwork On Siesta Key, Florida

Wood Artwork On Siesta Key, Florida. Growing up in New York I first fell in love with the world of artworks through my first art teacher opening my eyes to the world of abstract art. Once I was introduced to Dali and Escher I knew I wanted to be an artist but I need to be unique.

 

I really first started with graffiti and designing labels for clothing or music album covers and car decals but this was just a taste of what’s to come.

I knew I wanted to leave the dreary over cast weathers of NY so the second day after I graduated high school I started my epic journey down south with only $500 and a dog and ended up in Sarasota. As soon as I put my feet in siesta sand I knew I was home and instantly fell in love with it’s environment. Soon after I started to find my new ways of artwork.

I started with palm tree carvings, personalized calligraphy, and even airbrush but it was a Halloween weekend when I was doing my favorite thing, pumpkin carving, when I thought I can do this with wood! I have ALWAYS been fascinated by woods and how they age and their maneuverability ever since a kid and when I realized I can work with both ideas I couldn’t sleep the same anymore. Endless ideas started rolling and I made my first artwork for my little boys room which might still be my favorite.

For the past two years I have been practicing my craft at home to finally have the product you see today. As I mentioned in the beginning I always try to stay unique and each artwork is one of a kind in many ways. Each one is a one of one due to the reclaimed woods I use.

Each wood will have many imperfections and knots/dents due to their source. Many of my woods are pallets and those have so many stories to begin with. My process starts with tracking down my woods and then the tedious process and breaking them apart and then a lot of sanding. Lots !!

Once I’m done with my sketching of the image I then do my cutting one board at a time with an array of blades for detail and then put everything back together like a puzzle. Once it’s all arranged and to my liking I begin my paint/stain process I have created. I use a large array of paints and use an even larger collection of stains to create a stunning creation on wood. I try to create a wood look that mimics rare woods like rainbow eucalyptus or magnolia but even cooler. Steller Wood!

I then finish them off with the ultimate coolest finishing touch, accent all of my art works with battery powered LED lights and remote-controlled. It gives the artworks a second dimension at night. Being that it’s battery powered you can hang these anywhere! No wires or outlet to find. The remote has 8 modes and even a timer as well.

Most of my artworks are sea life inspired simply because I love boating and doing them and also it is very popular down here but half of my work are custom orders. From team logos to businesses the material is truly endless. I’m proud to say I have artworks scattered across almost half of our nation now. For me there’s still nothing more awesome to see your artwork hanging on their wall and they love it.

I am living and working here in Sarasota with my amazing wife and my 3 year old boy Camden and our family dog Angus. We’re also expecting another baby boy in September! We also both work at The Cottage on Siesta Key where we get to meet people from all over and it’s a great field for me to showcase my artworks at the bar I bartend at. Like bartending at your own art gallery. Not bad!

You can find me and my “Wood Artwork” every Sunday at the Siesta Key Farmers Market from 8am to 1pm located in the Village at 5104 Ocean Blvd. My website www.stellerartworks.com

Where To Buy The Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil On Siesta Key

Where To Buy The Best Extra Virgin Olive Oil On Siesta Key? Welcome to Olive Branch and more, a different way to taste Italy! My name is Pino and my family and I moved from Italy to Sarasota in 2012. We’ve been doing various farmers markets since 2012 in the Sarasota,Tampa,and Fort Myers area.

My family and I return every summer to our region Puglia, Italy where we come from, to ensure the quality of our superior Extra Virgin Olive Oil. In the great Castel del Monte area, in the centre of Italian Mezzogiorno, the tradition of a family keeps going on: their deep love and care for olive trees is vital for the production of “green gold”, the extra virgin olive oil, a natural product created on the red soil of Apulian Murgia, thanks to the shining sun and the preservation of the stone, ancient secret of former times. After over one century, in order to continue an old tradition that is still alive, several generations defended and protected Tenuta Levante oil mills.

From tradition to innovation, going through the quality certification of the Apulian “green gold” cultivation and production entire process: the refined extra virgin oil. All of our oil is made using hand selected olives for the first cold pressing. We only use one kind of olive, the Coratina Olive, which is typical of our area, and it s full of antioxidants and polyphenols; our olive oil is not blended, it’s monivarietal and does not burn at high temperatures.

In addition to our oils, we offer six different varieties of balsamic vinegars from Modena. We also offer a variety of delicious spreads, made in Abruzzi, a region in the South of Italy, and three mixed Spice packs: Spicy Garlic, Garlic Rosemary, and Tuscan Pesto.

In addition, we sell Rustic Bread, baked by a local bakery. Most of our breads are vegan, and they all are natural, GMO free and no preservatives. We love to talk food with our customers and having all these products gives us the possibility to suggest, teach and improve our customers cooking skills.

I have attended a five year cooking school in Italy, and I love to share my recipes, witch we offer with many of our items.

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You can find us every Sunday from 8am to 1pm at the Siesta Key Farmers Market located in the Village of Siesta Key, Florida located at 5104 Ocean Blvd.

Please contact us at your convenience should you have any questions. We look forward seeing you very soon.

Where To Buy Affordable Tunisian Towels

Where To Buy Affordable Tunisian Towels? The Siesta Key Farmers Market is a great spot to buy these incredible towels. The market is open every Sunday from 8am to 1pm on the beautiful tropical island paradise of Siesta Key, Florida.

The Fouta Spa is the home of a traditionally hand loomed Fouta towels! Both Isabella and Michael, have been importing their unique product for over seven years here in America, working exclusively with Artisanal Weavers in Tunisa.

The Fouta Spa booth with Isabella and Michael Crider will have hundreds of towels for your viewing and purchase. Who is The Fouta Spa? Let’s share a little bit about them. Their goal is to ensure the integrity of this centuries old, eco-friendly and hand loomed unique product. Though many have tried, particularly in Turkey and India ( China is getting there too … ) the time honored tradition of looming and natural dyes has proven impossible to duplicate.

Fouta towels have become the standard of excellence for decencies throughout the Mediterranean (In Turkish Baths), in Europe and now in America. Thanks to its absorbency, durability (Tight Woven) and versatility they are the new generation of bath, beach and pool towels.

Home of the original “Fouta” towel, where tradition meets luxury. All of our 100% cotton, hand loomed “Fouta” towels are traditionally hand made in Tunisia, as they have been for centuries.

Thanks to their extraordinary durability and versatility, the “Fouta” has emerged as the new generation of beach and bath towels, here in America and Europe!

Eco friendly and tight woven, the more you wash them, the softer and the more absorbent they get! AKA “Hammam” or Turkish spa towels, they have been used in Turkish baths around the world for generations.

Though many have tried, particularly in India and Turkey, the time honored tradition of “looming” has proven impossible to duplicate.

Come visit us all year long at the Siesta Key Farmers Market every Sunday 8am to 1pm at 5104 Ocean Blvd. Siesta Key Village and begin living the eco friendly Fouta lifestyle.

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“Love my Foutas and hope to purchase a few more when in Siesta Key next year. My sis loves hers too!”
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“I bought several foutas at the Minnesota state fair this year. I bought the typical size as well as the smaller and one large square. I love them and I am finding more uses all the time!” 🙂 – Katie L. Minnesota

“I had a guest this weekend who LOVED your towels! See you this weekend in Dunedin! – Tracy Lynn