Nakatsu by JNA Designs Quality Handbuilt Goods for your Beautiful Life Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:02:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Blue Genie Art Bazaar giveaways and calendar of events Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:02:49 +0000 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! Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:15:58 +0000 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 Tue, 13 Oct 2015 19:07:11 +0000 2015BGAB_poster

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! Thu, 05 Feb 2015 19:41:25 +0000 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 Fri, 09 Jan 2015 23:35:21 +0000 IMG_4997

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 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:40:02 +0000 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

Blue Genie Art Bazaar! November 28 thru December 24 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:24:19 +0000 I will be participating in the annual Blue Genie Bazaar, now in it’s 14th year!

The 2014 Blue Genie Art Bazaar opens at 10am Friday November 28 at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre. The show will continue to be open 10am-10pm daily until Dec. 24th. Please note, we will be closing early at 6pm on the last day: Dec. 24th, 2014

Shopping at the bazaar is a great way to buy hassle-free holiday gifts and support local artists. The bazaar features the work of more than 130 local and regional artists, offering a wide variety of imaginative and beautiful handmade gifts such as paintings, photography, prints, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, accessories, glassworks, ceramics, and more you can’t find anywhere else.

Note: Due to the bag ban in Austin, remember to bring your own reusable shopping bags. If you forget, they will have other bags available for a small fee.

Hours: 10am-10pm (closes 6pm Dec. 24th) more bazaar events
Where: Marchesa Hall & Theatre in Lincoln Village at 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin TX 78732 (across from Highland Mall on Middle Fiskville Rd) Directions
Cost: FREE parking and admission! Ample parking space available with immediate proximity to the show, and a bike rack near the entrance for cyclists. The closest CapMetro bus stop is: SW – Highland Mall/Middle Fiskville.

2014 Poster

Elaine’s Leather Thimbles! Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:36:34 +0000 I am in love with Elaine’s leather thimbles. 2 layers of soft goat leather, so comfortable. My flower pins are hand embroidered vinyl, with a glovers needle and one of these thimbles they stitch like a dream. I got mine locally at walker hall (near 12th/Lamar) where they were a little cheaper than on Amazon.

Large vinyl flower pin

Snap Vinyl Key Rings Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:59:18 +0000 keyring_catI’m making snap keyrings again! These are really durable (I’ve gotten years of use from mine!) and stylish key rings in sparkly vinyl with heavy-duty metal snap clasp and split ring. You can use the snap clasp to clip your keys to a belt loop, purse handle, or another set of keys. Current available in Silver, Bronze, and Teal Cascade.

Blue Genie Art Bazaar 2014 Call for Artists! Deadline August 24 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:37:53 +0000
Blue Genie Bazaar 2014

Interested in applying?

The Blue Genie Art is accepting applications for the 2014 Blue Genie Art Bazaar. This year they are renting an additional 3167 SQ FT, so there will be room for a lot more artists!
Have you ever thought about participating in the Blue Genie Art Bazaar? Prospective Artist Info | Apply Online -before August 24th, 2014!