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.

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

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

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…)

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FREE Santa (or Tx Jackalope!) Photo Op at Blue Genie Bazaar Sat Dec 13th and Sun Dec 14th

Santa will be at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar Sat Dec 13th & Sun Dec 14th from 10am to noon! Also, Blue Genie’s very cool Texas Jackalope (from First Night) will be there. Bring your camera, the photo op is FREE (they are accepting optional donations for a Travis County Children’s Advocacy organization, but it’s not mandatory to pay) as is the event, featuring handmade fine art and crafts from 100+ local artists and artisans, running for 22 consecutive days. Read more

Vickie's B-Day Bash Craft Book Giveaway!

My friend (and fellow Austin Craft Mafia member) Vickie is doing a HUGE giveaway contest for her birthday (today) including all kinds of different craft books including, jewelry, embroidery, sewing, home decor, etc. Here’s the link:

She has a copy of 35 of Lark Books’ best-selling craft titles to give away!

Go to her blog for details and deadline info.

Happy birthday Vickie!
xoxo jna

I am now selling a few items on the Austin Handmade site as well, they just launched in October and represent a “collection of Austin’s finest creative minds from couture to visual art. We offer affordable, well-crafted, unique items all handmade by Austin area artists.

Our products range from limited edition designer toys to one-of-a-kind assemblage art. We also offer custom jewelry, handbags, stationery & clothing.”

Very cute site and nice folks, and I really enjoyed meeting the other artists and seeing their wares in person (the Thingamagoops are really cool).