Thursday, February 26, 2009

Object D'Art Opening at The Del Ray Artisans

I'm very excited about making something creative that is not a purse!

The Del Ray Artisans is opening a new show tomorrow night that has an unusual spin. Theresa Kulstad, the curator, rigged up two dart boards. One board had varied themes, such as 'cosmic', 'organic' or 'bright'. The other board had different artistic media, such as 'drawing', 'painting' or 'textiles'. Each artist threw two darts, collecting a theme and a medium. The challenge was to create a completely new piece of art based on these words.

For me, I took the challenge a little further. I have been wanting to make wall hangings and thought this would be a tremendous opportunity for me to explore something new. The two words I threw were 'organic' and 'photography'. Although photography is an endeavour that I do miss, I did want to branch out. I took photos at a beach on Lake Michigan, in Wisconsin. Then, I printed the photos onto organza and cotton material. I used these photos and combined them with actual organic material~pressed leaves collected last fall.

I had too many components to make only one piece, so I ended up producing two works. One is single wall hanging, not too big, about 12" x 9". I also constructed a triptych that hangs vertically. I am looking forward to seeing them tomorrow at the opening!

Please feel free to come to the opening, or stop by the gallery at another time. Located at 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue Alexandria, VA 22301, the gallery is open: Thursdays, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m, Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The show will be hung until March 22.

See you there~Jen

Green Tip~Check out the stuffing in the bags at the Shakespeare~

I try, try, try to walk the talk. So, when I was home in December for Christmas, I collected all the used wrapping paper, for some unknown project at a future date. I ended up using them to stuff and fluff up the bags dropped off at the Shakespeare Theatre earlier this month. Take a peak~ you'll see some of our x-mas paper!

Other ways to re-used wrapping paper- be it Christmas, birthday or wedding:
~Shred and use to package valuables for moving or shipping.
~Line animals cages with it.
~Flatten larger pieces for blank art paper for the kids.
~Cut up into smaller pieces and use for To Do lists.
~Make your own handmade cards for next year.

Monday, February 23, 2009

CREST Madri Gras Sale- Tuesday February 24 ONLY

Wow- I didn't think I was such a electro-junkie, but take away a computer that actually works and I'm a stressed out mess. I have been having some troubles. I have been working on those troubles for TWO whole weeks. Ok, that might not sound like a lot to you, but this represents many many hours I could have, should have been working on some great new designs and products and blogging about the wonderful box of fabrics that Dynamic Business Interiors saved for me. These fabric memos are truly wonderful! I was tired of looking at the same ole' stuff and new materials always inspire an artist. Now if I can get back to them...

Today, I finally was able to log into my CREST emails. I had over 180!! This is how I found out about a very good sale they are running tomorrow in honor of Fat Tuesday. So, if you are sad that you can't make it to Brazil or Louisiana, then cheer yourself up with some cute earrings.

CREST stands for Capital Region Esty Street Team. I just joined, so don't really have much information for you, other than these ladies are serious about their art and their businesses. I can't wait to be more involved with the group. I really feel that cooperation is better than competition and these folks seem to think so too.

I was too late to include anything of mine in the sale tomorrow, but I am more than pleased to lend my support. So, check it out, or see what the Esty Team in your area might be up to.

Looking forward to better computer days ahead~Jen

GREEN TIP~ Get rid of your electronics the correct way~
Since this has been on my mind....if your computer (or DVD player or printer or Hello Kitty boom box) dies, DO NOT just throw it away! Electronic garbage, also known as e-waste, continues to be dumped into landfills, even though it doesn't have to be. Even though it should not be. Heavy metals such as lead and mercury, reusable plastics and reclaimable components can be properly recycled. Many jurisdictions offer free drop offs, sometimes perhaps only a few times a year, perhaps on a weekly basis. Waste management companies specifically dedicated to recycling are all over the country. And, major big box stores have begun their own programs.

Along with actually recycling these machines, what about the 'reuse' of the 3 Rs? If the unit works, but you don't need or want it anymore, consider donating it to charity, a homeless shelter, your next door neighbor's daughter or the elderly couple down the street. Older cell phones are re-programed for 911 calls and given to tenants in battered women's shelters. Use Craigslist or Freecycle to connect with someone who might even come and pick it up.

Also becoming more popular are electronics fund raising drives. Many of the above mentioned recycling companies will partner with charities to run these events. People bring their unwanted items and the company will pay the organization for the goods. This seems to be most common for schools, but could also benefit scouts and youth groups too.

Whatever you do, don't just throw it away. At the very least, put it on the curb with a "free" sign on it. I bet it won't sit there long!!

The following sales will be available ONE DAY ONLY -
Fat Tuesday, February, 24
So come back and buy early before the quantity discounts are gone.
Half price on this pink and brown paisley tote - (regularly $44.95)

50% off Sterling Silver and Rose Quartz 5-decade Catholic Rosary (regularly $65)
50% OFF all 8x10 photos!
Half-off hand cold forged sterling silver hoop earrings (2-inches long) (regularly $15)
All Hair Accessories 50% off the listed price!

10% off Yarn and FREE SHIPPING!
All Neckwarmers 50% off Listed price
25% off all Purple, Green and Yellow items!

Friday, February 13, 2009

I MET the Metal Purse Challenge!

Aren't they just so darn cute?

In answer to the Metal Purse Challenge, I dropped off an order last week at the Shakespeare Theatre. The newest play, The Dog in the Manger, just opened and they have a wonderful little assortment of metal frame purses. Perhaps at this posting, it might be a little late to get one for your sweetie for Valentine's Day. However, you could just get one for no special reason, like it is a Tuesday, or you just love the exquisite fabric!

Go check them out, plus some NEW lovely patchwork scarves and the usual suspects of little zippered coin bags and such.

Working on applying to many more shows, I'll update my schedule as I get into them~ because we are *sure* I will get into all of them, right? ;) ~Jen

PS Notice something different around here?? Well, I know I am always making changes around here, but there is something kinda exciting. Stroll down to the bottom of the page. See it?? Check it!!

Green Tip~ Keep your insides protected~

Me in the 'cleaner' basment

Make sure you protect and keep yourself green when doing less than clean work.
This week, I helped my aunt rip down water damaged, slightly moldy sheetrock in my Grandmother's house. To protect ourselves, we wore respirators to cleanse the air. Otherwise, we would have breathed in very gross, dirty particles. While being exposed to these elements, we could have gotten seriuosly ill. Thanks to procautions such as a respirator, goggles and gloves, we were well protected.

Read more about preventing mold on the EPA's website, which has more resources about controlling and cleaning up the nasty stuff.