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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!

 

 

Sidewalk Sale and Fall Art Market - El Paso Art Shows

 

 

 

The show season is beginning to pick up for this fall.   Two new ones have been added and I'm participating in each, along with other artist freinds.

 

The first is the SIDEWALK SALE on October 16 at Placita Santa Fe, in El Paso, TX.  It is a combination of artisan handmade artists and shop owners.  The "official" time is fom 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., but there will be some ready to go at 10:00, including Nina Eaton with her photography, Candy Mayer with her art and me with my handmade jewelry in our "pop up" tents with out handmade art.  Here's the information:

Fall Fun: Photos and Jewels - October 24, 2020

 

UPDATE:  UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO A HUGE UPTICK OF POSITIVE COVID-19 CASES, THE FALL FUN: PHOTOS AND JEWELS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELED.

 

 

If you are in the El Paso area on October 24, stop by Nina Eaton's open garage at 506 Shadow Willow for "Photos and Jewels!"  Stop by and say "Hi!".  It has been way too long since we have seen many of you.  You can also start your holiday shopping - or just pick out something for yourself.  Nina will have a wide selection of her photography available, not only photographic prints but coasters, note cards, calendars, postcards and other beauties.  I'll have a selection of my handmade earrings, necklaces and bracelets, many are new, created in the last couple of months while sheltering at home.  Halloween and Christmas jewelry will be on sale.  

Holiday Art Crawl - El Paso

 

 

On December 14 and 15 is the first annual Holiday Art Crawl right here in El Paso.  Four west side artists are opening their homes/studios for two days of shopping for unique handmade Christmas gifts for a friend, a relative, a loved one . . . or yourself.  Guest artists will also be found at most of the homes.  Food and beverages will be available (including my almost-world famous sangria at Nina Eaton's house).  You can also register for a chance to win a door prizes at each location.  So, mark your calendar and come join us at the Holiday Art Crawl!!

 

I'm thrilled that Nina Eaton has asked me to be the guest artist at her house.  I'll have a wide variety of handmade jewelry from my Shadow Dog Designs shop, mostly earrings and necklaces, but a few bracelets as well.  Everything is one of a kind with the exception of a few Christmas earrings.  Nina will have a wonderful selection of El Paso photography and gift items.  I have purchased several beautiful items from her over the course of a couple years, including, most recently, custom photo coasters of our sweet dog, Seamus (:  Here's a link to her online shop:  Nina Eaton Photography

 

El Paso Artists Studio Tour 2019

 

 

 

The 12th Annual El Paso Artists Studio Tour will soon be here.  Over 40 artists at 19 studios will participate, bringing unique art to art lovers . . . and also food, drink, and in some instances, entertainment.   The Studio Tour takes place over the course of two weekends:

 

  • El Paso’s  Westside and Upper Valley is Saturday, April 27 (10 am - 5 pm) and Sunday, April 28 (noon - 5 pm).

  • El Paso’s East, Central, Downton, Northeast and Mission Valley is Saturday, May 4 (10 am - 5 pm) and Sunday, May 5 (noon - 5 pm).

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