Tuesday, May 27, 2008

First Sunday Arts Festival

Two of the kinetic sculptures at the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival, May 17, 2008, Philadelphia, PA. Funnnnn!

Summertime living...a cool drink by the water...a relaxing meal at a cafe...casually strolling around town....all in Annapolis!

That, plus, talented local artists and various musicians all in a quaint small town setting. This coming Sunday will be my return to the First Sunday Arts Festival, which I am looking forward to. We are wishing for the best weather, but don't always know what to expect at this time of year... So, here are the stats...

What: First Sunday Arts Festival

When: Sunday, June 1, noon to 5pm

Where: West Street, Annapolis, between Church Circle and Calvert Street

Who: Me, you and a long list of fun others, including my good friend, Jewelry artist Leah Sturgis

Website: www.goweststreet.com

**UPDATE** Saturday, May 31~ Weather is calling for severe thunderstorms, with possible hail this afternoon, so I won't be there... sorry!
Also, if the weather is good, I'll be at the Western Market on Saturday, May 31. Info:

What: Western Market
Where: 18th Street in Adams Morgan, in front of the Marie Reed Community Center
When: Saturday, May 31, noon until dusk
Website: www.dcwesternmarket.com

I've been working a ton on some really great new bags- bright yellows, mellow greens and fun turquoise are all gorgeous! Come check them out this weekend and I'll see you there~Jen

Green Tip~Scan instead of copying.

I often want to have a record of things I have to mail off, such as bills, applications, or other documents. However, I don't have the space to store these copies, or even the time to file them. Plus, the paper, ink and energy is mostly wasted, as I don't usually need the copies again. So, I scan the documents now. I still have a record of the information, which I can view at anytime, or print out if needed, but it doesn't create waste.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Old Town Arts and Crafts Festival

WOW! I'm a little jet lagged right now, so please bear with me! I just got back from a week in Las Vegas. My favorite cousin was getting married and I had to be there. Plus, it is Vegas, Baby, so you gotta love it. The top photo from our room at the Flamingo, overlooking the Bellagio fountains and the Strip. It was a great view, day or night. The bottom photo is my sister and I, hangin' with the King at the wedding reception. You never know who is going to drop by in Vegas. Although it is one of the most un-earth friendly places I've ever visited, all in all, I had a great time. And, I'm back now and getting ready for a full weekend show coming up. I can't believe it is already here!

The Old Town Arts and Crafts Festival is put on by the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau each year. This event not only showcases the wonderful talent and craftsmanship in the area, but allows you to find out more about volunteering opportunities in the community.

What? Old Town Arts and Crafts Festival

Where? Market Square
301 King Street
Alexandria, Virginia

When? Saturday, May 10, 1pm to 5pm AND Sunday, May 11, 10am to 5pm

Who? Everyone, especially people looking for great Mother's Day gifts.

Why? Although it is not as big as the 8 acre Bellagio water works, Market Square has a very nice fountain as well.

Website? More general info at www.alexandriavolunteerbureau.org

This two day show gives ample time for you to come down to Old Town and hang out. in addition, stop by a local restaurant and get a bite to eat. Many now have outdoor seating open and the weather should be nice!

See you there!~Jen

Green Tip~ Wrap it green

Earth Fact~According to Business Week, 5 billion dollars worth of gift wrap is thrown away each year!

When wrapping up gifts, save waste (and money) by re-using gift bags, tissue paper and ribbon. Use fabric, such as a silk scarf for a mother's day gift, or a baby blanket for a shower gift. Re-use boxes that you have received, and use shredded paper as filler. Wrapping up in used newspaper isn't as tacky as it used to be. It is GREEN!

Or, buy specific re-usable gift wraps, such as www.reusablebags.com/store/wrapsacks-reusable-gift-assorted-starter-p-470.html or, www.luckycrow.com or www.wrapsacks.com. The Wrapsacks website lets you track a bag as it gets re-used and passed around. Cool to see where the bag travels.

Perhaps I should start making these! ;)