Friday, July 25, 2008

Heated funkiness @ Artscape!






Some of the Art Cars on parade at Artscape. So Cool! Makes me want to make my vehicle into an art car. Almost... but to read more about art cars and how to make one, check out www.artcars.com.
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Thanks to all my new customers and admirers in Baltimore! I had a great time a few weekends ago, even in the heat! It was truly a fantastic experience and I am so flattered to be a part of it all.

As it was DIY@Artscape's first year, I was even more happy to be in on the ground floor. There was a huge amount of talented designers and crafters. My tentmate's jewelry was so cute and pretty...I had to get a pair of earrings. They are so simple and lightweight, I have been wearing them non stop! Check out cutie Nancy's designs at www.nancynelsonjewelry.com.

I do have to apologize that I haven't posted this before. I got totally and completely focused on the Del Ray Artisans Art Camp, which I ran last week. I have been finishing up a ton of things for it ever since, while also trying to make some new stock for Saturday....



Ballston Art & craft Market is this weekend, again!

In case you are trying to make it for the first time, here are the details:

What: Ballston Arts + Crafts Market
Where: Welburn Square, Arlington, VA
When:Saturday, August 9, 10am-4pm
Metro: Ballston stop, between the metro and the mall, easy!
Website: www.ballstonarts-craftsmarket.blogspot.com


Above is a photo my very talented friend Stacy took of our booth in June. She will have fun hand painted frames, lifestyle shadow boxes and sweet jewelry. And, some new stuff too!

Hope to see you there~Jen

Green Tip~ Recycle Right

I had to do some recycle picking to get glass containers for the art camp. It made me realize that tons of people are recycling- almost every house had a bin outside it. However, I also realized that most people aren't doing it correctly. I only found one bin that was completely 'correct' and it only had two beer bottles in it! When I got back home and cast a discerning eye on my own container, I could see a few things we are doing wrong.
Some of the common mistakes are: leaving lids on bottles, not rinsing the containers, and putting non-recyclable materials in the bins.

From the Alexandriarecycles.org website, these are the basic steps to follow for general recycling:
* Empty and rinse all beverage containers and metal cans.

* Remove all caps, tops and lids.

* Flatten plastic and aluminum beverage containers and metal cans.

* Do not use plastic bags to hold recyclable materials.

Each jurisdiction has different guidelines for their programs, so please check with your local government to find out what can and can not be recycled. In Alexandria, where I live, we are very lucky to have single stream pick up. This means that everything we recycle can be put into one bin, not separated out. It has been found that this type of system encourages and increases the participation levels in the community.

Even if you don't have single stream in your neighborhood, take a moment to educate yourself about the procedures. Why bother doing something, if you aren't going to do it right? ;)

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