Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday at the Torpedo Factory AND MORE

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

There'll be traffic for coasting
patience for toasting
and digging out in the snow.
There'll be scary mall stories
And tales of the gories
of Christmases long long ago......

Maybe NOT the most wonderful time of the year? ;)

Everyone is over scheduled, financially extended and and just ready for the whole thing to be over. Even those that might not celebrate these year end holidays are effected by traffic jams and endless commercials for thoughtless, disposable gifts.

How does one DO the holidays differently? Of course, I suggest buying from local merchants, and especially handcrafted goodies. I have several events coming up that will help with these ends.

Black Friday, November 28 

I *know* everyone loves a good deal! At least I know I do. So, this week, I will be hosting a very special, different kind of Black Friday. Yes, I will have sales (spring skirts and large purses 20% off) and door prizes (reach into a stocking a find out what your prize is) but I will also have an environment of good cheer and relaxation. Sip some wine, have a munch and pick out *thoughtful* gifts made by hand, crafted with recycled materials or just plain one of kind fun hats.

For more information, you can check out the Facebook event by clicking here.
Pack of goodies from AMEX that I will be giving away!

Small Business Saturday, November 29

Started in 2010 by American Express, Small Business Saturday is a counterpoint to the traditional Black Friday at 'big box' stores. It has gained national and even international momentum as people push to support local, small business. In an urban, diverse area such as Washington DC, there is no end to small businesses to support.

Old Town Alexandria is home to dozens and dozens of locally owned businesses, such as boutiques, restaurants and bars. Personal services, such as salons and spas are also very common. And, when you visit the Torpedo Factory, each and every one of the artists selling their work is a small business owner.  

For Small Business Saturday, I will be continuing the relaxed shopping atmosphere of Black Friday, but will also by giving away Small Business swag provided by Amex. Reusable bags, buttons and stickers to show support for the movement will be given away.

Likewise, in the spirit of community, I will be hosting a mini trunk show by talented ceramic artist  Marcel Artes Deolazo! Marcel is a talented ceramic artist and illustrator. He works in a bold graphic style of heavily textured line drawings that turn reality on their side. Meet Marcel from 3 to 6pm and select from tea cups, jewelry and illustrations. More on Marcel can be found at

For more information, check the Facebook event by clicking here. 

 Downtown Holiday Market

In its tenth year of festive vending, the Downtown Holiday Market just keeps getting better and better each time. I have had the privilege to participate each year, this one included. I will be in Space 56 from Friday, December 5 to Thursday, December 11. Right now, about a week and a half out, I'm working hard on hats, fingerless gloves and little bags. Hope to have a great stock to show you all!

The Market runs 26 days with over 150 vendors total. Local artisans goods, imported fine crafts, hand made chocolates and more abound. If you can't make it while I'm there, you should go *sometime* during those 26 days! 

For more information, check out the Facebook event here or official website here. 

Del Ray Holiday Market

An annual neighborhood tradition for many, the Del Ray Holiday Market was expanded several years ago to three weekends in December. There are different artists each weekend, so many people come to see each one. I will be selling the final weekend, December 19-21. This is a great chance to fill in the gaps on your shopping list. The wonderful thing about this show is the vendors donate a part of their sales back to the DRA, so when you support them, you support the organization.

A great way to keep up with all the events, shows, sales and more is to like my Facebook page. OR, follow me on Twitter. Or both. :) I try not to spam on email too much, so I leave it up to folks to find me too. 

Last year, I wrote a post about thinking outside the (big) box for gift giving. While some of the dates might be incorrect for 2014, all the hints and tips are still good to keep in mind. Worth a read, if you are trying to break free from the mall.

Are you tired of reading all that? I'm tired having written it all, now I have to go live it! :D Afterward, I'm looking forward to going to NY to see my family for the holiday and eating many cookies. Especially while sitting in comfy pjs in the middle of the day. What about you? What are you looking forward to?

Happiest of holidays to your and yours ~Jen

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Whole lotta shows going on!

Hyattsville Arts Festival
Saturday, September 13, 11am-5pm
At the intersection of Baltimore Ave and Jefferson St
Hyattsville, MD

Official website here
Facebook event

Art on Belmont
Sunday, September 14, 10-7pm
Belmont Street, Adams Morgan
Washington DC

Facebook event
More information here

Need something fun outside this weekend? I know you have lots to do- bike rides, picnics, the zoo. And, art, whole lotta art shows! Come and see me on Saturday in Hyattsville, MD and on Sunday in Adams Morgan in Washington DC.

What will you get out of it? Cool art, festival and talented music. People watching and good food. Free stuff!  And, did I mention handcrafted goodies from near and far? 

Enjoy some lovely weather and say hi to local artists. :)  Jen

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Artscape this weekend AND A CONTEST

Happiest Summer to Everyone! Hope that corn on the cob is being eaten, fireworks watched and lightning bugs caught. For me and my brethren, summer tradition includes art festivals and performances. This weekend is one of my favorites! Artscape in Baltimore is an annual festival that completely encompasses all arts~ hand crafts, dance, music, culinary and more.

What: Artscape

When: Friday, July 18, 11am- 9pm
Saturday, July 19, 11am- 9pm
Sunday, July 20, 11am- 8pm

Where: The festival takes place in the Mount Royal Avenue & Cathedral Street, Charles Street, Bolton Hill, and Station North Arts & Entertainment District neighborhoods.

Artists' Market is located on Mt Royal, I will be in space E69.

Who: Me, you?, these folks and these too


Facebook event here and here.


Some young visitors to my studio, with their summer souvenirs

I'm feeling a little nostalgic being in my 9th year of business. I've sold thousands of goods and made many people happy, while diverting fabric and materials from the waste stream. Like any mother that never sees her kiddos again, I'm feeling the need to re-connect with the fruit of my hands, if you will.

Thus, now through Labor Day, Monday, September 1, 2014, enter to win in the first ever Fusion Photo Fray: Creations on Vacation. Post a photo of you and your goodies on social media, tag Jen-A-Fusion and this will be your entry into the contest (aka Fray).

For most websites, you will have to like/join/friend Jen-A-Fusion on the following pages:


Twitter: @Jen_A_Fusion 

Instrgram: jen_a_fusion

Pinterest: jenafusion

Some rules, which might be changed, broken, amended or adhered to at any given time.

1. Photo should include enough of the Jen-A-Fusion product that it is recongizable to me, the artist.

2. Neither you, nor the product, actually have to be on vacation. You can be in your back yard. You can be at your mom's house. You can be in Antratica.  Doesn't matter.

3. This is not a Photography contest as such. There might be extra points for artistic merit, but a good old purse selfie would be just fine.

4. I may award special prizes for special situations, so do feel free to get creative! For example, think a Roman warrior might have had a carryall attached to his horse in battle? Photoshop it! Think that Marie Antoinette might have rocked one of my clutches? Photoshop it!

5. No purchase necessary. You do not have to buy a new purse to enter, nor have purchased the item. Gifts are always nice to show off.

6. Feel free to tell the story of where, when or how you bought it, if you remember. Tag the store or show. Spread the online love.

7. More to come, perhaps. I love to tweak rules and as these are mine, I can do it!

8. Questions? Feedback? Comment here (comments are subject to approval, so will not show up right away), post on my FB page, or send an email to 

So, get your phones out and snap some pics of Creations on Vacation for the first ever Fusion Photo Fray!

Enjoy your summer and eat some ice cream for me! ~Jen

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Class Acts

Happy summer! aka, heat and humidity! What's a person to do? Well, we could all crawl into bed and put the sheets over our heads in a dim and highly air conditioning room, or we could get out and create art. There might be a few other things, like running through sprinklers or getting coupious amounts of ice cream, but the art is good too.

I'm teaching several classes coming up that might seem the same, but are variations on a theme: Image Transfer for art making. I have a beginners class, an advanced class and also a methods class. Lots to learn, lots to play with!

These are the classes I will be teaching, in order of dates:

Advanced Image/photo Transfer Class

Play with different substances on which to apply the transfer. Experiment with glass, wood, fabric and plastic. Stretch and manipulate an image to create a truly one of kind look. You can attend this class if you have never done it before, I can give a crash beginner course, if you are so inclined.

Where: Scrap DC, 3101 12th Street NE, Washington DC

When: Sunday, June 22 3-6pm

Cost: $45

Register/ payment here:

Make a Photo Transfer Greeting Card with a Local Artist 

Beginner course with step by step instruction of how to do a photo transfer and create a personalized greeting card. Bring your own images and they are scanned and not harmed in creating a unique statement. 

Where: Scrap DC, 3101 12th Street NE, Washington DC

When: Wednesday, June 25 6-8:30pm

Cost: $55

Register and payment:

Photo Transfer Techniques

Come experiment with different methods for transferring photos on to fiber, paper, plastic and even wood! Several materials to test a variety of methods will be available. There is not a final concept of what you will walk away with - this class will be more about investigating ways you might transfer images for projects you will be working on. Come open to testing and finding what products to use in the future. All basic materials will be provided but please feel free to bring something special you would like to work with.

Where: Del Ray 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301

When: Wednesday, July 2 3-5:30pm

Cost: $40

Register and payment:


Where: Del Ray 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301

When: Wednesday, July 2 6:30-9pm

Cost: $40

Register and payment:

These last classes are part of the Grown Ups Art Camp!! Even as adults, we like to play and have fun, why not try a new skill? If image transfer is not your thing, maybe a dance class or drawing marathon. Sign up a group of friends as an alternative bachelorette party. Or, corporate team building. Or, mini class reunion. Or, part of a staycation. Or, getting back to your new years goals of trying something new. You don't really need a reason to get artistically messy, do you?

Check out the full list of workshop offerings and get in while there is still room!

Hope your summer has begun to take shape~ add a class or three for real fun. Happy Crafting! ~Jen

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Where in the world is Jen-A-Fusion??!!

A new apron made from a vintage dress 

Happy Spring! 

This year has brought a lot of changes here at Jen-A-Fusion! I've been focused on other things that have kept me away from this blog. I've moved a studio twice. YES, twice! So, there has been a lot of boxing fabric, moving fabric and getting rid of fabric. And, still, I have ton of fabric.

I'm on the other side of the moves and continue to shift fabric around. I have finally been able to get to back to *working* with the fabric too! All that moving allowed me to rediscover a lot of material I didn't remember I had. How wonderful, right? Like shopping in my own stash. :)

Which made me excited,  because I will be at my first outside show of the year, next weekend. I will have a new crop of aprons, purses and little bags to show off.

What: Greenbelt Green Man  Festival
When: Saturday, May 10, 10am-6pm AND Sunday, May 11, 11am-5pm
Where: Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt, MD
Website: and Facebook Event Here
Cost: FREE

The Green Man Festival is a celebration of spring, community and the earth. There are great kids' activities, music and lots of talented artists and vendors. Come and experience it for yourself!

If you aren't able to make it to Greenbelt, perhaps stop by my studio in the Torpedo Factory. I'm located on the 3rd floor, studio 320. My studio mate is a weaver with a large loom and abstract wall hangings. They are worth a look too!

Hope the new season has treated you well and that there are bright flowers in your life! ~Jen

Thursday, January 9, 2014

My Jar Runneth Over
From Talk Less, Say More Blog, click above to jump there.

Have you seen this directive online? I did, December of 2012. I thought it would be a great way to celebrate the good things that happen in life, but I often forget happened. I also thought that it would be a way to 'hunt the good stuff' everyday, find *at least* one thing that day that was positive.

I set out to do this for the whole of 2013. I put out an antique milk jar on a shelf at eye level, in the kitchen, next to a spot I walk by about 200 times a week, so I  would see it EVERYDAY. I cut stripes of brightly colored paper so all the good things had a happy place to live on. I was mindful during the day to search out the good stuff in my everyday life. I would try to jot the one thing down at night. I made up a rule for myself: at least one thing per day. Not just when good things seem to happen, but *everyday.* I was set. I was ready for The Hunt!

Some days it was so easy. 'Long lunch with an old friend', 'Worked on the project for a new client', 'Spa world', 'Made some yummy homemade soup', 'Met my friends' new baby!', 'Delivered project to client' are just a sampling of the types of things I would write down. Even as I walked and talked though my life, I might think "this will be my thing for today". It was working. The jar started to fill with happy, colorful life. I was hunting -and finding- the good stuff.

Early in the year, I had a particularly great day where six fantastic things happened. I was overwhelmed by having six individually good things to write down! Was this too good to be true? Was this a look at things to come in the future? Could my life be counted on to create many more than one good thing a day? 

The answer was no.

Some days, it was all I could do to find one thing. During stressful periods, it was down right hard. I fakebook like a pro, but I felt that this would be lying to myself to fudge my 'good thing'. I remember one day that I wrote down "Nothing truly bad happened today" because that was the silver lining I could find.

I hit a rough patch in July, right as the heat of the year was ramping up, I was winding down. I had a sudden break up that left very little mental energy to Hunt. I listened to "Summertime Sadness" by Lana Del Ray more times than was healthy, wanted to wear red and have big hair (humidity obliged).  I felt that I tried, but just didn't care about the project anymore. How many times can one be 'happy' that she got through the day without crying? So, I loosened my hold on my rules and didn't force myself to find one good thing per day. 'Got through the meeting without yelling at anyone', 'Didn't cry today', 'Only played sad songs for one hour' were a sampling of the good things from this time. The fill line in the jar leveled out and stayed pretty stagnant for a while.

Looking back, this was the most pressing time to be practicing hunting the good stuff. When you can't see it right in front of you, you have to dig a little deeper to find it. That's what I should have been working on. But, I just didn't care.

As time flowed, I came back around to The Hunt everyday. I let it slide if I forgot for 3 days straight, but might triple up if things were going my way. The project didn't feel oppressive and false, but a positive thing again. I was more relaxed about it and felt it becoming more natural. I have always been a 'let's look at this another way' type of person, so I just had to tap into that, especially in a productive way. 

End of the year craziness ensued and there was little time to even jot one line down, but I continued through the end of the year. I didn't remember the part of the directive that stated you should read all the awesomeness on New Years Eve. For some reason, I thought it was that you should read one of the good things from last year each day of the next year. So, when I went away for New Year's Eve, I didn't bring all my papers with me and actually didn't figure this out until I just looked for the photo above.

My jar runneth over. L-R, current year's jar, last year's jar and little happy bits waiting to be documented

I came home thinking I would read one slip of paper a day. I wanted to transfer the little bits into a different jar and use the same one for the current year, trying to fill it up more this time. However, when I moved the paper, the jar I selected, the only one I could find that was seemed remotely big enough, was not, in fact big enough. As I planned to slowly empty this container, it didn't seem important that they didn't fit.

Later, it struck me as poignant that when viewed by one standard, the larger jar, my life last year didn't have as many good things as I would have liked. Viewed from a different standard, the smaller jar, my jar runneth over with good things.

My universe is small, my reach quite literally the people I hug. My jar can be as big or as little as I make it. I just have remember that no matter what size, no matter how 'few good things', my cup will always run over with the good stuff I will continue to hunt, because I will make it so.

Ready to join The Hunt?

Happiest New Year ~Jen