Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ballston Holiday Artist Boutique - THIS Thursday!

I can't believe the Ballston Holiday Artist Boutique is only two days away. This Thursday, swing by the National Science Foundation's first-floor atrium (Stafford Place Entrance) for some holiday shopping and cheer. Here's a sample of the handmade goodies from our exhibitors you will find:

Fast Snail Greetings & Design

Green Hot Mama

Melissa Lew


Freund 'n' Friends Photos

Bette's Bags

Two Belles Southern Pound Cakes

Mary Ellen Larkins

The BumbleBee Studio

B. Hall, Baker

Artsy Fartsy
bLuGrn design
EHL Creations


Reinvented Elegance

See you this Thursday!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Pound Cakes & Whoopie Pies!

Did you know we will also have gromet food artisans at the Ballston Holiday Artist Boutique? Get your sweet-tooth fix THIS Thursday at the National Science Foundation first-floor atrium from 11:00 AM - 6:00 P

Two Belle's Southern Pound Cakes returns to the neighborhood to join us at the Ballston Holiday Artist Boutique. Because a good pound cake is a work of art. Sold in slices (for only $2.00!) and whole cakes (for your holiday parties!), these pound cakes are baked by fantastic southern gals who know their pound cake.

And B. Hall, Baker will also be on hand to debut some brand-new flavors. Come sample the pies, buy some on the spot and then order a bunch of these little delicacies for your Holiday parties.

Yum! Yum!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Artsy Fartsy Recycled Plastic Jewelry

Plastic never has been so fun! Artsty Fartsy's unbelievably colorful jewelry is made from genuine recycled plastic that artist, Susi Dupris, finds everywhere, from detergent bottles to credit cards.

Artsy Fartsy creates earrings, necklaces, bracelets and even flower-shaped plastic brooches, all prettier than the next.

Artsy Fartsy just wants us all to "Make your statement by wearing "BLING" that's GREEN!"

Catch her green, upcycled jewelry at the Ballston Holiday Artist Boutique THIS Thursday, December 2nd at the National Science Foundation from 11 AM - 6 PM!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Upcycled Tee Shirt Hats!

Looking for some unique clothing for the kiddos in your life? How about a handmade, upcycled adorable hat?

Made from repurposed tee shirts, Green Hot Mama's accessories are soft, stretchy, breathable, washable and oh-so-green!

Available in different sizes and colors, see these fashionable and environmentally friendly accessories in person at the Ballston Holiday Artist Boutique on December 2nd at the National Science Foundation.

Craftermath Tomorrow!

Now that you've got your fill of turkey and stuffing, it's time for some Holiday shopping! Don't forget about Craftermath tomorrow. This show is going to kick some serious butt!

The first annual Craftermath show is on THIS Saturday, November 27th from 10 AM - 3 PM at West Potomac High School.

See you there!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Love You to Death

From bLuGrn design comes the "Love you to death" LG Sterling heart skull necklace. Measuring approx. 0.75" x 0.5", see this piece (and much more!) in person, and then buy it for yourself at the Ballston Holiday Artist Boutique on December 2nd at the National Science Foundation from 11 AM - 6 PM!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Ad in the Sun Gazette

Hey! Check out our ad for the Ballston Holiday Artist Boutique on page 22 of this week's Sun Gazette!

Thanks StayArlington

Thanks for the shout out on your e-newsletter and website, StayArlington. Shop 'til you drop indeed at the first annual Ballston Holiday Artist Boutique!

You'll find bags, jewelry, photography and even pound cakes and whoopie pies! Everything on your holiday shopping list will be all in one place this season at the National Science Foundation on December 2nd for 11 AM - 6 PM. All you have to do is step inside.

Come join us for a sip of Martinelli's and the best 100% handmade art in Arlington!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Meet Us at the Market - In December!

Don't forget! The Ballston Holiday Artist Boutique is coming up on December 2nd! This is an exclusive event, which will include 15 handpicked artists. Similar to the Ballston A&C Market, just more compact and inside. But we're here for the same mission: To further the exposure of both alternative and traditional arts and crafts in the DC area.
This brand-new endeavor will be held on Thursday, December 2nd from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM in the National Science Foundations’ beautiful atrium, which is right across the street from Welburn Square (4201 Wilson Boulevard). We think this time will be opportune for NSF employees and visitors to do some holiday shopping.

Holiday season is just around the corner. Look to your right to see our talented list of exhibitors.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Reinvented Elegance

Reinvented Elegance is a beautiful mix of media. Artist and designer, Joyce Wagner, loves nature-inspired jewelry; pressing, decoupaging with flowers and leaves; and concocting mosaics from river glass, seashells, recycled tiles and broken plates. Basically, artist and designer, Joyce Wagner, love to create art.

Joyce's main goal is to make people smile by creating whimsical pieces that showcase nature’s beauty and reinvent as many things as possible along the way.

And it truly shows in her artwork. Experience the beauty of Joyce's world of creation at the Ballston Holiday Artist Boutique on December 2nd!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Fast Snail Greetings & Design

Fast Snail cards and designs are based on the original artwork of Liz Hutcheson. A lifelong artist, Liz works in a variety of media, including pen and ink, watercolor, and pastel, to create distinctive designs that are witty, sophisticated and whimsical ... all at once!

So what inspires her you may ask? Well, Liz is inspired by (in no particular order) good art and literature, travel, French, Mother Nature, as well as things that are ridiculous, unique, funny and truly beautiful in their way.

And that's why I love Fast Snail! To check out the origins of the "Snail," visit Liz's website. Then, visit Liz in person and stock up on your Holiday cards all in one place--at the Ballston Holiday Artist Boutique on Thursday, December 2nd.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Freund 'n' Friends Photos

Photography's a tricky thing. Not everyone with a point and shoot can, well, point and shoot ... especially underwater. That's what makes Gloria Freund so unique. She engages with creatures of the world beneath the waves that few of us ever see in person. Blowfish, clownfish, jellyfish--you-name-it-fish. Gloria has immortalized them all through her photography.

And while she tips her hat to the imaginative and eye-catring process of digital art, it's important to note that Gloria hand processes each photograph herself.

Swing by the Ballston Holiday Artist Boutique on December 2nd to experience the world of Freund 'n' Friends Photos for yourself.

Yah, CraftGossip!

I love CraftGossip. I love them even more when they talk about us! Check out their post about the Ballston Holiday Artist Boutique. (They called me a "mastermind" Tee hee!

They are talking about me at CraftGossip.com

Love it!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bette's Bags

Okay. Here it is. If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind handbag, purse, tote, yoga bag, diaper bag (or any other kind of bag really) look no further than Bette's Bags. Each of designer, Betty Mudd's bags are made individually handcrafted from start to finish. She makes one bag at a time so you can be assured that she put quality care and love into every stitch.
Yep. You guessed it. Find Bette's Bags at the Ballston Holiday Artist Boutique on December 2nd at the National Science Foundations first-floor atrium.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Green Hot Mama

What do you get when you combine a love of children's fashion and a socially and environmentally conscious crafter? Green Hot Mama, of corse!

Green Hot Mama turns used fabric from thrift stores, yard sales, footlockers and grandma’s attics into new hats, decorations, bibs and more. Old things are given a new, edgy, green (and safe!) life for little ones and the big ones who love them.

We are proud to have Green Hot Mama as one of our 15 talented exhibitors at the Ballston Holiday Artist Boutique. Come check out the Hot Mama's collection of children's items and get some repurposed designs for the hip kids in your life.

Friday, November 5, 2010

This Little Piggy & Jen-A-Fusion!

Now, I typically take to the blog right here to promote others, but today I thought I'd promote myself! :)

I am so flattered to be the Artist of the Month on Jen-A-Fusion's wonderful art blog. Check out my small contribution to the art community--simple, fun little decoupaged piggy banks. And then, buy a piggy bank from This Little Piggy for the Holidays!

bLuGrn design

I love jewelry. I love silver jewelry. And I love silver handcut jewelry. So, when I first saw bLuGrn design’s silver handcut jewelry, I just about flipped out. Now I own five of Lucia Hamilton’s pieces.

Inspired by our BLUE and GREEN planet, the key elements of bLuGrn design are earth, water and sky … and boston terriers.

Catch bLuGrn design and all of her jewelry creations, greeting cards and more at the Ballston Holiday Artist Boutique on December 2nd.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Have you heard about this new local show, Craftermath? If you haven't, you should really take a minute to check out their site.

Craftermath was created by the young clever minds of West Potomac Academy's Pro Graphic Studio students, otherwise known as DesignLAB. It is a handmade exhibition and fair, where independent artists, designers and crafters sell handmade alternative arts and crafts, products and curiosities.

The first annual show is on November 27th from 10 AM - 3 PM at West Potomac High School.

We support Craftermath and Craftermath supports the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market. I mean, come on--take a look at their exhibitor list!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

B. Hall, Baker's Whoopie Pies

Whoopie pies are back in Ballston!

After a small hiatus, B. Hall, Baker returns with her signature, handmade whoopie pies! And with her return marks the debut of some brand-new flavors. Come sample the pies, buy some on the spot and then order a bunch of these little delicacies for your Holiday parties.

B. Hall, Baker is also known for her delectable specialty items, like mini-pies. Yep, your choices seem endless!

So, stop by the Ballston Holiday Artist Boutique on December 2nd and stock up on your Holiday goodies.