Thursday, December 03, 2009

Blue Genie show opened tonight!

Saw a preview of the show this morning while adding items to my booth, looks really great this year! My friends and family will love the handmade local gifts they get this year, just like every year :-)
The opening party was tonight 6-10, and starting tomorrow/Thursday the 3rd show is open 10am-10pm EVERY DAY through the 24th. Shop early for best selection, artists will be continually re-stocking throughout event but with handmades and one-of-a-kinds if you love it, get it when you see it.
Thanks for your support, and have a safe and happy holiday season!! Xo jna

Monday, November 30, 2009

9th Annual Blue Genie Art Bazaar: Dec 3-24th

I am very excited to be participating in the 9th Annual Blue Genie Art Bazaar, a FREE 22–day Art Show & Sale featuring 100+ Artists!

December 3rd through December 24th, 2009
Open at 10:00am Daily

  • Sunday through Thursday 10am to 10pm
  • Friday through Saturday 10am to Midnight
  • Thursday December 24th 10am to 6pm

Monarch Events Center (at Lincoln Village)
(512) 371-1711
6406 North IH–35, Suite 3100
Austin, Texas

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New independent fabric store Common Thread

New independent fabric store in Austin, Common Thread grand opening tomorrow 9/24 @ 701-E So Lamar Blvd in 78704

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Made some soap!

Just cut bars of milk soap I made w/@fetosoap last week, they're great, super-rich and luxurious! Thanks Lisa! Check out her soaps + lotion sticks :-)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Blue Genie Art Rummage Garage Warehouse Sale Sept 19-20

The Blue Genie Art Rummage Sale Extravaganza

Saturday/Sunday 10am-6pm Sept 19-20

We are bulging at the seams. Come help us celebrate 10 years of Blue Genie Art with our first ever rummage sale. We are cleaning up our shop and making super cheap deals on all sorts of stuff.

  • Original artwork
  • Materials
  • DIY projects
  • Plastic 8' columns
  • Molds
  • Lighting
  • Random weirdness
  • Much more!

We're behind the Goodwill, right next to the Blue Theater
916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 4

Complimentary refreshments all day

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Swap and Sew + Sweets: Saturday, September 5th noon-6pm

WHAT: Swap and Sew + Sweets: A Clothing and Craft Supply Swap + Yummy Bake Sale
WHEN: Saturday, September 5th, 12pm-6pm
WHERE: Space 12 - 3121 e. 12th St. 78702 (
WHY: Have fun, get crafty and support the Space 12 Community Center and the Austin Public Library Youth Services "Sew What?" program.
HOW MUCH: $5 suggested donation

Clean out your closets and your craft supply drawers and come participate in a community swap! Bring any unwanted clothes - both adult and kids clothes welcome, and crafting supplies like fabric, thread, yarn, notions, buttons, etc. etc. Get rid of stuff you don't want and go home with new stuff that you love. Any suits or professional clothing and accessories left over at the end of the day will be donated to Dress for Success, a non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged women get dressed up for job interviews. Any crafty supplies left over will be donated to "Sew What?", an Austin Public Library Youth Services program. Everything else will be donated to a local charity shop. Bring your sewing machine or knitting needles or embroidery hoops or whatever and spend the afternoon hanging out with other crafty types fixing up your swap finds, having fun and sharing ideas. It is also a great way to recycle and upcycle! In case you get hungry, we will have an assortment of amazing treats available for you to buy and snack on. Donate a can of food and your treat is free! We will use part of the $5 suggested donation and bake sale proceeds to help buy new sewing machines for the library program.

This event is part of a weekend long craft-a-thon. Here are some other crafty events that you might check out that weekend:

  • Saturday, September 5th, 7pm-9pm
    Handmade Nation Booksigning at Domy Books with Faythe Levine, Jennifer Perkins, Kathie Sever, Whitney Lee, Magda Sayeg
  • Sunday September 6th, 12-5pm
    -Mini Craft Bazaar featuring 10-12 booths outside Alamo Drafthouse South
  • Sunday September 6th, 2:30 and 5:30
    -Screenings of Handmade Nation at Alamo South + Q&A after each showing with Faythe Levine, Jennifer Perkins, Kathie Sever, Whitney Lee, Magda Sayeg
  • Sunday, September 6th, 2pm-7pm
    -Make Out Session (A DIY project free for all) at the United States Art Authority (2906 Fruth, next to Spider House) (
  • Sunday September 6th, 8pm-10pm
    -After party at Austin Handmade (2009 South First Street)

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Handmade Nation coming to Austin the weekend of Sept 5-6

From my friend Rachel (average jane crafter):
"Handmade Nation (and director, Faythe Levine) will be coming to Austin the weekend of Sept 5-6. There will be loads of crafty happenings that weekend, so stay tuned for info.

Tentative plans include a book signing/part at Domy books on Sat. evening, two screenings on sunday and special crafty events Sunday afternoon at Alamo on South Lamar (where the screening will be held) as well as Q&A opportunities with Faythe.

There is a small number of special edition VIP tickets for the 2:30 screening. These tickets include a sweet swag bag chock full of goodies and more.

You can get info for the VIP tix here:

Tickets for the later screening that day and non-VIP tix for the 2:30 screening will be on sale soon.

And the Sublime gals will be posting more information about the whole weekend soon.

It's so great to have this film finally coming here! I was able to travel to Portland back in April for the screening there, and it was a total blast. It was such a great way to celebrate the DIY community and connect with other creative folks in the community. Please help spread the word!"

I have been looking forward to seeing this, and am thrilled they arfinally coming to Austin!

Friday, July 03, 2009

Sparks is closing

Got a message in my Inbox today that Sparks Cards & Gifts, founded in 1989, is going out of business. So of course they are having a sale to clear out all inventory and fixtures starting Sunday, July 5th (closed on the 4th of July.)

"All regular merchandise 30% OFF
All Seasonal Merchandise 50% OFF
Escalating Sale Prices in the coming weeks!
Fixtures and Equipment Priced to Sell!"

Hours: M-Sat 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Sparks Cards & Gifts
1014 W. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78703

Also: Moxie Austin Designers Co-Op closed in June (aftr 5+yrs) 2110 So Lamar in 78704. RIP.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Baby Hiro

Haven't been posting much as I've had my hands full with a new baby! One month old, he was born the morning of the HAW show (May 2nd). Thanks so much to Rachelle and Kristin for covering for me, and to all our family and friends for your support :-)
- Photo taken at 3:09 PM on June 03, 2009 - uploaded by ShoZu

Monday, April 27, 2009

Handmade Austin Women Annual Spring Show this weekend May 2nd + 3rd

Handmade Austin Women 4th Annual Spring Show
May 2nd and 3rd, 2009

It's the weekend before Mother's Day!
Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm

Handmade Austin Women presents the fourth annual Spring Show on May 2nd and 3rd, the weekend before Mother's Day. Handmade Austin Women are dedicated to unique design, and the highest quality in handcrafted work. We organize our show to promote the profound benefits of sustaining women artists at work here in Texas. We support Austin's cottage industry and the growing character of our local, independent economy.

Handmade Austin Women are pleased to announce the 2009 lineup:

*musical entertainment

A family-friendly musical marionette matinee begins every other hour on Saturday. Live music plays on Sunday. Both days we offer complimentary tea and coffee service. Additionally, the Ginko Studios gardens will be open for viewing. Our show grounds are handicapped accessible, but call ahead for special-access arrangements.

For information, (512) 293-9505 or see us online at:

Handmade Austin Women
Spring Show 2009
Hosted by: Ginko Studios
Located at: 800 Gullett St.
Austin, TX 78722

This event is supported in part by Women and Their Work. Please visit for more information.

Download Letter-Sized 2009 Poster [PDF] [JPEG]

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

12 Interesting ways to color/paint/dye Easter eggs!

Since Easter is soon upon us, I've been seeing lots of articles and postings recently about natural egg dyeing (using vegetables or spices). Don't think I'll get to trying that this year with my little guy, but I wanted to share this blog post @DotatDabbled (dabbled dot org blog) that I came across:
Easter Eggs: 12 Interesting ways to color/paint/dye them!
"Another Flickr Roundup for you, this time it's Ways to Dye Your Easter Eggs... come on, you weren't going to just go use a kit, were you? From cabbage to duct tape, we have lots of cool ideas for making your eggs memorable. Some complicated, some easy and kid-friendly!"

Check out the newspaper transfers! (#10 in the grid/list), plus she has a ton of links to how-to's and info.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Austin Handmade Market with Etsy Austin is Saturday Feb. 21st

Austin Handmade is hosting the upcoming Austin Handmade Market with Etsy Austin this Saturday (Feb. 21) from noon to 6pm at their location 507 W. Mary (South 1st and Mary) This will be an outdoor market offering goods created exclusively by Austin area artists and makers of things!

Austin Handmade Parking Lot
507 West Mary St. (corner of South 1st & Mary Street)
Austin 78704

Ike Needs Help...


Austin mama Kari Anne Roy's (Haiku Mama)(blog)son Ike needs help!
Rachel wrote: "By now, many of you have heard about Baby Ike here in Austin who is currently in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Dell Children's Hospital, sedated, on paralytic medications and recovering from an operation in which he received a tracheostomy. Ike's mom, Kari Anne Roy, is a brilliantly hilarious writer and a beloved member of the Austin community. She and her sweet family (husband, Steven , Maker-in-the-making son, Sam, and tenaciously adorable daughter, Georgia) have been put through the ringer this year. You can read their full story on the Ike-a-saurus web site, and be sure to check out how the "Ike-a-saurus " name came to be."
Crafter Susan Beal (Susan Stars) is generously donating all her etsy proceeds, and Rachel has suggested five ways that we can help as crafters and craft-buyers.

For more info:
Rachel's post
the Ikeasaurus site (Twitter feed)
Facebook group for Ikeasaurus

This entire project is being run on a volunteer basis and on donations of good, services, and space. Please do what you can to help Ike and his family. And give your own kiddos a squeeze.

Friday, February 06, 2009

My Book, and Love Notes From The Universe

Some fave things I'd like to share with you:
My friends Bernadette and Carrie at Slow Family Living have created My Book, one year's worth of pages that begin when you begin - on any day of the year:
"A day book, a journal, a list of gratitudes, to-dos and intentions, a place for you to put your insights, feelings, and your wishes, wants and dreams, and a tool for transforming your life, all in a completely succinct and welcoming format. The prompts are given and the space is there for you to fill in, make My Book a habit you will love and look forward to and get started on living life the way you want to live it... once you begin, it will quickly and simply become a part of your daily practice, thereby changing the way you begin, or even end, each day."
I really enjoyed Carrie's Your Best Year Yet workshop (based on this book) and am using My Book as one of my tools to keep on track...

Also, sweet Kiera is offering lovely handcrafted Love Notes From The Universe and books made specifically for that person you want to send a little extra love to!

Happy Valentine's Day to You! xox Jen

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Pre-Vday Party at Austin Handmade's New Retail Location

My friends at Austin Handmade, a gallery-retail space devoted to Austin creators of things, are hosting a Pre-Vday Celebration at their location 507 W. Mary (South 1st and Mary) for those who enjoy free Music, free Wine, Hanging Out and New Items In The Store!

Musical Performances by: Kristi Rae & Paula Jean Brown (formerly of the Go-Go's and Belinda Carlisle co-writer)
*Free Wine from local Wineries
*Hours of operation on this day will extend to 9pm!
*Vday Gifts for your loved ones

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Austin Craft Mafia in Southern Living Magazine

The Austin Craft Mafia had a nice featured spread in the January issue of Southern Living Magazine! We were interviewed at Craft-o-Rama, and appear in the regional Texas Living section.

Re-usable Oilcloth Lunch Sacks on SALE!

I have just listed some cute handmade, durable and re-usable oilcloth lunch sacks at a special price (limited time!) $14 $10! Save some money, pack a yummy health lunch. (More prints coming as I finish sewing them...) Link