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Christmas Open House: Nina Eaton Photography and Shadow Dog Designs

 

 

Once again this December, Nina Eaton of Nina Eaton Photography, is hosting a Christmas Open House on December 3 and 4, 2022.  And she invited me to participate in it again.  THANK YOU so much, Nina!  If you are finishing up your holiday shopping (or haven't even started yet!), stop by for a wide assortment of unique gifts.  Many of the items will make perfect stocking stuffers.  Nina will have a wonderful selection of her El Paso photography:  matted and gallery wrap prints, note cards, stone coasters, trivets, calendars, mouse pads, and other photographic beauties.  I'll have a whole host of my one of a kind handmade jewelry:  necklaces, earrings and a few bracelets.  You'll find many more designs at the Open House than are listed in my Shadow Dog Designs shop.  Additionally, the wide selection of Christmas earrings will be 10% off and there will be some deep discounts on other pieces of jewelry. 

 

Information about the Christmas Open House is found below:

Make It an Artisan Handmade Christmas - 2022 - Week 7

 

 

 

 

It is so hard to believe (at least to me - how about you?) that this is the first day of November . . . . and that we have only 5 more weeks of the Countdown to Christmas 2022!  It’s also hard to believe that Christmas will be here before we know it.  According to the ever ticking Christmas clock, there are only 53 days until jolly Santa Claus drops down that chimney and either leaves wonderful gifts or lumps of coal for deserving or not-so-deserving boys and girls.  Since Christmas is less than two months away, now is the perfect time to start your holiday shopping.  And the Countdown is the perfect place!  Remember this motto: SHOP EARLY, SHOP OFTEN!   And, most of all, please BUY HANDMADE from small indie business owners!  Since everything is handmade from the heart, we truly appreciate each and every order!

 

 

 

Make It an Artisan Handmade Christmas - 2022 - Week 6

 

 

It’s hard to believe that we’re already half-way finished with the twelve week Countdown to Christmas 2022!  Yikes!  That means Christmas is bearing down on us and will soon be here - two months away!  According to the ever ticking Christmas clock, there are only 60 days until the jolly ho-ho-ho-ing Santa and his merry band of clattering reindeer arrive once again.  Now is the perfect time to start your holiday shopping and the Countdown is the perfect place to buy unique beauties!  Remember this motto: SHOP EARLY, SHOP OFTEN!  And, most of all, SHOP ARTISAN HANDMADE to support a small indie business!

 

 

 

Western Hills UMC Autumn Bazaar - Saturday, October 8, 2022

 

 

After a two year hiatus due to Covid, the Western Hills UMC Autumn Bazaar is back this coming Saturday, October 8!  Hosted by the ladies of the church (for 30+ years now!), over 50 booths of local El Paso artists and other vendors will be there, including Nina Eaton of Nina Eaton Photography, Candy Mayer of Art By Candy Mayer and me, Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs.  Admission is free.  AND, as you can see from the information below, there are many more things going on besides shopping at the vendors booths (my personal favorites are the book sale and Grandma's Attic).  Plus there's a silent auction, door prizes and many other fun things.  All proceeds go towards UMW charities / mission projects.  Please stop by my booth and say "Hi!"  Look forward to seeing you there!

Halloween - Spooky Artisan Handmade Goodies - 2022

 

 

Halloween will soon be here, a little more than six weeks away!  It’s a favorite day / evening for many with a steady stream of trick or treaters in creepy or cute costumes, grinning skulls, Jack O’ Lantern pumpkins, spooky ghosts and other notorious beasts.  During the weeks before October 31, it’s fun to wear spooky accessories or decorate the home for Halloween. With that in mind, handmade artist friends were invited to share two Halloween-type items - whether symbolic or filled with the traditional colors or both.  You’ll see a wide variety of spine-tingling jewelry, eye-catching photography, fun party items, a cute baby gift set, an orange cat print, unique lampwork glass beads and your choice of sugar skull pincushions.  Each one of these handmade beauties, many of which are one of a kind pieces, are perfect to help celebrate that supernatural day of the year.  I hope you enjoy these choices and will visit the shops of the talented artists featured for more amazing handmade beauties, some shuddersome and some not!

 

 

Oldies But Goodies - Unique Artisan Handmade Gifts

 

 

Whenever someone says “Oldies But Goodies,” most people think of old songs (especially from a jukebox - remember those?), vintage cars, lots of items on the Antiques Roadshow or, possibly, themselves (after . . . *ahem* . . .  a certain age).  However the term, “Oldies But Goodies,” also refers to items in our artisan handmade shops that have been around for longer than the artist who made it would like.  Whenever something is created and then listed in our shops, we always think it will sell right away.  Some do.  But, for whatever reason, some beauties sit there . . . and sit there . . . and sit there some more. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that particular item - not at all!!!  It just hasn’t found that forever person to give it a forever home.

 

I asked artisan friends to share two items from their handmade shops that they considered “oldies but goodies.”  Many of the items are one of a kind creations and would make a perfect gift for a birthday, an anniversary, for Christmas, or just because . . . I hope something catches your eye and that you visit the shops of the artists below.  And that many of the “oldie” items find a loving home.

 

 

 

Hot Summer Fun - Artisan Handmade Gifts

 

 

It’s hard to believe that we are already through a good part of the first week of June with most of the scorching summer still ahead of us - even though it’s not yet “officially” summer (June 21 at 3:14 a.m. MDT this year).  Up until the last few days, summer here in the Desert Southwest has been relatively mild.  BUT the triple digits have finally set in and the AC seems to run continuously.  As everyone says:  at least it’s a dry heat!  June is usually our hottest month.  And then the monsoon season sets in where we get most of the 9” of rain that is normal for this part of the desert.  Everyone is praying that the rains do start soon on schedule, normally at the end of June.  For the past several years, a big storm has shown up on the 4th of July where we can enjoy Mother Nature’s fireworks - and then the scheduled fireworks once the storm blows through, all from the comfort of our upstairs porch.  Hope that happens again this year since it’s quite spectacular.

 

 

 

Nina Eaton Photography and Shadow Dog Designs - Christmas Open House

 

 

This coming Saturday and Sunday (December 4 and 5), SHOP LOCAL by joining Nina Eaton of Nina Eaton Photography and me, Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, at the annual Christmas Open House at Nina's house, 506 Shadow Willow Drive, El Paso (in the Upper Valley)  If you are finishing your holiday shopping (or haven't even started yet!), need a stocking stuffer or want to pick up something for yourself, stop by for a wide assortment of unique gifts.  Nina will have a wonderful selection of her El Paso photography:  matted and gallery wrap prints, note cards, stone coasters, trivets, calendars, mouse pads, and other photographic beauties.  I'll have a whole host of my mostly one of a kind handmade jewelry:  necklaces, earrings and bracelets - many more designs than are listed in my online shop.  Additionally, the wide selection of Christmas earrings will be 20% off

Christmas Open House: Nina Eaton Photography and Shadow Dog Designs

 

 

Nina Eaton of Nina Eaton Photography, is hosting a Christmas Open House, and she invited me to participate in it.  THANK YOU so much, Nina!  If you are finishing up your holiday shopping (or haven't even started yet!), stop by for a wide assortment of unique gifts.  Nina will have a wonderful selection of her El Paso photography:  matted and gallery wrap prints, note cards, stone coasters, trivets, calendars, mouse pads, and other photographic beauties.  I'll have a whole host of my mostly one of a kind handmade jewelry:  necklaces, earrings and bracelets.  You'll find many more designs than are listed in my Shadow Dog Designs shop.  Additionally, the wide selection of Christmas earrings will be 20% off. 

Fall Art Market - El Paso Art Show

 

 

Be sure to mark your calendars:  the FALL ART MARKET is being held next weekend, October 30, 10:00 a.m. -  5:00 p.m. and October 31, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  The Fall Art Market features over 20 local handmade artists with a a wide variety of items:  painters, glass artists, jewelers, repujado, textiles, mixed media and more.  It's hosted by Pam Schuster at her Design Studio, a wonderful new venue, located at 5536 Westwind Drive, El Paso, TX.  I hope to see you there!

 

 

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