Monday, December 1, 2008
In case you weren't able to make it, my trunk show at A Show of Hands was so fun! I got a chance to get to know some of the customers and help them find some great winter hats, both from my collection and from other artists carried at the store.
Time is coming up for one of my favorite shows of the whole year. First, just the fact that it is inside is so wonderful! As I do many, many outside markets, to be inside during the first weekend of December is just such a blessing. Second, I get to be surrounded by talented and creative souls, some people which I only get to see once a year at this time. I *always* get beautiful gifts from my fellow artists that people love.
There is also a baked sale of *yummy* homemade goodies, with the proceeds going to a local charity. I always bring something to sell there, but end up buying a bunch of treats too. I just can't resist chocolate...
What: Del Ray Artisans Fine Art and Fine Craft Holiday Market
Where: Nicholas Colasanto Center, 2704 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria
When: Friday, December 5 7-9:30pm
Saturday, December 6 10-6pm
Sunday, December 7 noon-4pm
In addition to this event, on Saturday, December 6, the Del Ray neighborhood will celebrate "Holiday on the Avenue". This includes a tree lighting at 6pm right next tot he gallery, Santa leading a procession down Mt. Vernon Ave, open houses and special sales all down the street. Check out the Del Ray Business Association's website for more information.
Looking forward to seeing the Del Ray Community this coming weekend~Jen
Recycle your gift wrapping or use recycled paper to wrap gifts this year.
Robert Lilienfeld, co-author of the book Use Less Stuff: Environmental Solutions for Who We Really Are, notes that if every family reused just 2 feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet. (From National Geographic News website)
When I was young, I would take a long time to unwrap my gifts,making sure not to rip the paper and taking the tape off. I would smooth out the paper and fold it up to save to re-use. (I didn't keep the tape!) My family would get so upset and lose patience, waiting for me to *finally* open their well thought out present. I was broken of this habit by the time the green movement swung around again this time. Sadly, I don't have much re-usable paper to wrap with this year. However, there are some wonderful, creative options to spread green cheer.
First, you can make an effort not to use as much paper and wasteful wrapping this year. Try to utilize re-usable 'wrapping'. For example, use that throw blanket you were going to give to Grandma to wrap up her robe.
For the green thumb, check out Blooming Wrapping Paper from Uncommon Goods. The handmade paper is embedded with wildflowers that will grow when the paper is planted and watered.
For the artist, wrap up in beautiful ethnic looking wrap, printed on 100% post consumer waste paper with soy based inks. From The Green Life, their website has a huge selection of earth friendly, usable gifts for everyone.
This article has compiled many of these tips and much, much more, including instructions for making your own wrapping paper. So Martha! Christmas Recycling, Making Earth Friendly Gift Wrap
Whatever you do, please make sure that you *recycle* your used paper!