We always celebrate the holidays at my parents house and our good friends, Mark and Michelle always join us. This year, we had several new additions: my good friend, Lia, Aunt Anna from Israel, my sister’s boyfriend, Jim and my new sweet little nephew, Niko (son of Jim)! It was the best Gomelsky Christmas yet!
Here are the highlights of our celebrations.
Thank you to DeeDee at Hunt & Gather in San Francisco for including me in the Winter Show! It was a great night kicking off the winter event with my dreamcatchers, art, jewelry, bath and body, great food, friends and DJ!
Two dreamcatchers, Kensie and Maureen, found new homes in San Francisco and Canada! We continued the show with a pop shop all weekend. A huge thank you to my dear friend, Carrie, for always being so supportive. She drove up from Livermore (over an hour away) to see me and make some holiday purchases.
It was a great weekend and I’m happy that my dreamcatchers will be there until the Spring Show in March! If you’re in the bay area and are interested in purchasing one, please visit Hunt & Gather in San Francisco and ask for DeeDee Nicky. They will hook you up!
Hunt & Gather is located at 1108 Irving St. San Francisco
JoJo is finished! This was an experiment, the first 2-in-1 double dreamcatcher. The size is in between a medium and a large, measuring 8” in light faux suede cord, white and neutral colored feathers with glow-in-the-dark beads and agate center.
I am so excited to announce that Dream Catch Repeat will be one of the makers at the Pop Shop at Hunt & Gather in San Francisco the first weekend in October! If you're in the bay area, please come and visit! I'll have dreamcatchers in all sizes, along with various necklaces, all within a wide of special prices (think holiday shopping!)
Located on Located on Irving at 12th, in the Inner Sunset neighborhood, Hunt & Gather is a a community creative space for workshops, pop ups and art shows, supporting local artist and businesses.
For more info, check out Hunt & Gather
Hope to see you there!
This morning, on my morning walk to the Marina, a seagull with a broken wing crossed my path. I couldn’t ignore the fact that his left wing was dragging on the ground so I followed him. I flagged down an employee in the Marina area and she said she’d report it. Somehow, I didn’t believe her (there was no urgency in her response) so I kept following him and stayed with him until help arrived. Which wasn’t soon - it was surprisingly very challenging to find the correct number for injured birds. I googled, called, emailed several rescue services but they were either too far away, or only rescued marine life. Finally, after 40 minutes, I was able to talk to someone and they dispatched help. They weren’t sure when they would arrive - could be 10 minutes or 3 hours. But I vowed to stay with my little friend, who I’ve now named “Swifty”. Swifty and I became friends and I followed him around as he walked the park, picked at garbage and relaxed on a sunny patch on the grass. He even inched a little closer to me, which made me smile, thinking that he trusted me to help! Finally, I got a call that Officer Romero arrived to help take Swifty away! He caught him quickly and gently and wrapped Swifty in a towel before putting him in the truck for a bird rescue where a vet will check him out. There was even another seagull around with a busted wing (though not as bad as Swifty’s), so I’m glad I was there to help rescue two birds!
This lovely two-toned girl is going home! A birthday gift for my beautiful, dear friend, Marie. Here's to all of her wishes coming true!
On Friday, March 30, we said goodbye to our beautiful grandma Tamara Aleksandra Bashmakova. She was a doctor when she was younger, a singer/dancer when she was older and a diva, always. She loved to be surrounded by beautiful things, loved to perform and sing for people and if you were lucky, you got to hear her. We will miss her generous spirit but thankful it lives on in our memories that we will cherish forever. Dosvidanya, grandma, we love you so much.
I just got back from a fun trip to New York, where I joined my sister Victoria at her stay at the Four Seasons, Downtown. We were there for 3 nights (courtesy of Breitling, thank you very much) and then I slummed it for two nights at her apartment in Brooklyn Heights.
With the exception of our arriving day, it was cold and rainy every day but I still enjoyed beautiful dinners, shopping at Century 21, The Oculus, Touring my sisters Offices at One WTC, Spa Day at the hotel and my favorite, the Met.
Here are a few highlights:
The Big Apple
I Love New York
The exceptional stay at Four Seasons, Downtown
Beautiful William Eggleston and David Hockney exhibits at The Met
I scored in Tucson! I got a box full of crystal quartz, loads of agate for special dreamcatchers, a few gifts for friends (amethyst and pendulums), a gift for myself (glass beads) and even a horn for my dad! I love the magic of Tucson and the gem stones I found!
It's that time of year again! Every year, I join my sister in Tucson, AZ for the gem shows! This time, we know exactly where to go for the best finds and I plan to full stock up on all gemstones and especially agate! I will be making a special agate collection, so stay tuned!
Every Christmas, our friends Michelle (from New York) and Mark (LA) join our family for a very Gomelsky Christmas followed by a getaway the following day. This year, we surprised Mark and Michelle with a trip and kept it a secret until we got there. It was very close, to Topanga, but felt like we were so far away. We stopped in Malibu for a very splashy lunch (with bloody marys all the way around), ocean front enjoying the sun with a little buzz. Then we hung out in the sun some more in the canyon and had a great time belly laughing and talking trash. We ended our night with an incredible dinner at Inn of the Seventh Ray, such a beautiful space, all outdoors with lights everywhere.
What a memorable, wonderful time we had that I will always remember with a huge smile of all our hilarious moments, jokes, hashtags, mooning and other nonsense!
December has been a great month! Fortunately, I made a lot of necklaces and dreamcatchers in all sizes, so there's still plenty of inventory left.
Eight dreamcatchers available in sizes from x-small to large and many dreamcatcher necklaces: beaded wrap, peacock wrap and dreamcatcher necklaces in all colors (light brown, medium brown, white, black, red).
Last Saturday, my sister and I set up shop as a vendor at Artisanal LA Holiday Market in Arcadia. It was a bit of a disappointment in that it wasn't busy, people weren't buying and we were just in the wrong market. Arcadia is predominantly Chinese and let's just say that dreamcatchers are definitely not their aesthetic. But it was a good learning experience and my sister and I had a great day talking shit and bonding. I was very happy with my space, I love the minimal design using nature, letting the dreamcatchers speak for themselves.
Tomorrow is the big holiday event in downtown Arcadia and I'm almost fully stocked! I'll have 14 dreamcatchers and 20+ necklaces on display. I will bring supplies to make more, just in case!
It's a mad scene at my house while I get everything finished... here's a peek at my table!
I'm so excited to announce that Dream Catch Repeat will be one of the 150 vendors at Artisanal LA's Arcadia Holiday Event! This is very last minute and I am hustling to stock up inventory with new dreamcatchers in all sizes and necklaces.
If you're in the Arcadia area, please come by and see us!
Here are the details from Artisanal LA
City of Arcadia Holiday Market / December 9 / 11a-6p / South 1st Street, Arcadia
Free + Family Friendly | Free Parking Nearby
Our favorite event of the year! 100+ indie makers, crafters, and chefs line the streets of beautiful Arcadia’s Downtown District for you to shop, sample, and eat your heart out. With twinkling lights, snow, a pet-friendly Santa, holiday music, and more this event is our favorite way to shop local and usher in the Holidays. Produced in partnership with the City of Arcadia and the Downtown Arcadia Improvement Association. Mark your calendars now for this special event.
A new necklace idea! This one is quite long (about 70"), so it can be wrapped around the neck several times to desired length (wrap more for shorter necklace). Two iridescent peacock feathers are secured with black and white beads.
Peacock meaning: Vision, Royalty, Spirituality, Awakening, Guidance, Protection, Abundance. The peacock is also identified with Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth. It is believed that keeping peacock feathers in the home will bring wealth and prosperity.