If this is a dream, then you are the most beautiful apparition.

Seen on the side of a bridge during my morning walk. Street haiku.

Recent work

Stuff I’ve made recently…

New flap bags!

Productive weekend in studio, made some flap bags with adjustable straps, and magnet snaps! Finished these in time to avoid the rain 🙂 Preparing for Blue Genie Art Bazaar, November 24-December 24.

I had a bag of similar size in olive canvas I used for years, which finally wore out after 15+ years, and I realized since I found this size/bag so useful, it might work well for others. There is a back shelf pocket, a pen pocket in the side gusset, a patch pocket inside on the lining, and the strap is adjustable (from 50″ to 30″) so you could wear it on a shoulder or cross-body, and so it would fit people of different sizes. There is a snap tab at the top of main compartment, and two magnet snaps to close the flap. I’ve worked out the pattern after making a few, so I’ll be making more asap. Road-testing one now to make sure I’m happy with design.

Blue Genie Art Bazaar Nov 24-Dec 24 2017

I am proud to say I’m participating in the Blue Genie Art Bazaar again this year! Open 10am-10pm Friday November 24 through December 24th. Come check it out! Second year at 6100 Airport Blvd, across Airport Blvd from ACC Highland Mall campus at Denson Dr. Look for the big blue genie sculpture on the roof!

Blue Genie Art Bazaar giveaways and calendar of events

There is an online calendar with a list of events during the art bazaar:
New this year is a free art sweepstakes – they will be giving away 2 paintings by Rory Skagan and a sculpture by Blue Genie. They will also be giving away free reusable tote bags on Tuesdays to any customer with their purchase! 

The Blue Genie Art Bazaar will again be hosting Make-A-Wish Mondays, artists socials, and live music, so check out the calendar to find out what is going on each day!

Flower pins!

Vinyl flower pins with embroidered centers. Big size (4 inches across). Really liking the gold ones 🙂

Blue Genie Art Bazaar 2015: Nov 27-Dec 24


I am thrilled to be participating in the 2015 Blue Genie Art Bazaar! It’s the 15th year for this special event, and it’s been amazing to see such growth (now over 200 local & regional artists!) and improvement every year. So very proud to be involved!

Here’s the skinny…

Event info: Featuring all handmade artwork & gifts, with over 200 local & regional artists represented! – a portion of proceeds goes to Make-A-Wish® Foundation. Full bar with snacks! Free admission and parking. Cash & cards accepted.

Location: The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, located just off Interstate I-35 and E Koeing Ln (RM 2222) in the Lincoln Village shopping center.

The Marchesa Hall & Theatre (map)
6226 Middle Fiskville Rd
Austin, TX 78752

Open Daily: Nov. 27th-Dec. 24th, 2015 at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre

Hours: 10am-10pm daily (closes 6pm Dec. 24th)

Cost: FREE admission & parking

Parking & Public Transit: There is ample free parking spaces available with immediate proximity to the show. There is also a bike rack near the entrance for cyclists and the closest CapMetro bus stop is: SW – Highland Mall/Middle Fiskville.

Refreshments: Drinks and snacks are available at the bar, cash and credit accepted.

Kids & ADA: The bazaar is a fun and family-friendly event, everyone is welcome! Strollers and wheelchairs are accessible, but the aisles may be crowded during high traffic times. Bathrooms have ADA stalls and a changing table available. Young children should be supervised by an adult at all times.

Shopping Bags: Due to the bag ban in Austin, we recommend bringing your own reusable shopping bags. If you forget, we will have other bags available for a small fee.

Time to make the donuts. If I am not at my studio, I am on my way there!
xo jna

Birthday Sale!

I’m having a birthday sale in my etsy shop! Use the coupon code BIRTHDAY10 at Checkout for 10% off. Please share! Code is good through February 28th.

Adding to my etsy shop, and lightning hopefully only strikes once


The metal roof where the lightning hit


The light switch plate shattered and flew across the room, and this switch looks kind of scorchy

I’ve been listing items on etsy today, with more to come!

The Blue Genie Art Bazaar was good for me, thank you all so much for your support! I sold most of what I had there. I wish I’d been able to make more, but I’ve been out of production due to lightning striking my studio. I’m totally serious, lightning struck my studio. The wiring isn’t quite fixed yet so no overhead light or outlets working. I have to say I feel really very lucky there wasn’t a fire, no one was hurt (my kids were terrified!) and the damage is just around the studio. Ironically I had been working on some pieces with lightning bolt appliques before the storm. Hmm…

I had some surge protectors, not very good ones (a friend gave me one of these Tripp Lite Isobar Surge Protectors after the incident). It was a pretty direct hit (see the photo of the metal roof there on the left, and the scorchy light switch near the point of entry) and I did lose a color laser printer and a wireless base station.

I had just enough hang tags for the stock I had, and display stuff already printed out.  And fortunately all my sewing machines and my favorite shop lamp are ok, I can run them with extension cords until the wiring and the lights are fixed up. January is always a good time to refocus and set some goals, now that I’ve recovered from the holiday busy season, and I have some purging and organizing and cleaning to do before I can hunker down in the studio.

Happy New Year!


In a Metallic Mood

I’ve been working with metallics, found a lovely oxen grained silver, gold (Finally! Who knew it’d be so hard to find in the weight I wanted!), pebbled bronze, and brushed bronze. Made a convertible wristlet (strap can be snapped to side or top D-ring), shown in silver.

SIlver Metallic Wrislet

SIlver Metallic Wrislet

Also, using up little pieces, as shown in this brushed bronze/silver combo zippie.
Dot Donut Metallic Zippie

Dot Donut Metallic Zippie

I’m making stuff for the upcoming Blue Genie Art Bazzar (November 28-December 24th), which is coming up fast! Back to sewing and making donuts. xoxox jna