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

Advent calendar tutorial links…

In my search for a just-right advent calendar, I have been bookmarking advent calendar links, and thought I’d share some that I liked with you:

On Twig and Thistle, a magnetic calendar using watch cases and magnets, very cute!

A last minute version using paper bags from Prudent Baby

A very inspiring, more longterm project house from Gingerbread Snowflakes

10 how-to ideas from Skip To My Lou (I like this one with collected hanging presents

Using a 24-pack of soda or beer, from the reluctant hippie

From Readymade, this countdown of fabric ornaments with pockets in back!

A cute bingo advent from under the red roof

Some good ones for kids here, and more links here

An advent with 25 wrapped holiday-themed books to read from Make and Takes

The paper chain tree we made last year from the parsimonious princess

Some origami advent calendars

From Easie Peasie, a DIY Advent Calendar

A matchbox DIY Nativity scene advent calendar from Digitprop

City In A Jar’s blog on advent calendars

Bold and Herbaceous’ tumblr blog post

DIY Advent Calendar
from Randomosity Blog

Free Printable DIY Advent Calendars from style-y Apartment Therapy

A collection of 50 Cool DIY Advent Calendars compiled by Shelterness

A Christmas Book & Activity Advent from Bella Dia

TeachingMOM’s Advent Calendar post and recs for an advent of seasonal books and movies

Dana MADE It’s Advent Calendar and list for getting started

Kiddley’s Activities Advent

A post about Unique, Unusual & Special Advent Calendar Toys for Children on

Christene’s squidoo lens for a Countdown to Christmas with some great tips on getting ready for Christmas and great suggestions for your own Advent Calender.

Advent Calendars from Martha Stewart

Craft stick Christmas tree advent calendar with “origami” boxes by the Crafty Nest

Centsational Girl’s Manzanita Advent Tree

Crafty Crow post 2011 Advent Calendar Ideas!

A Give Thanks- Fall Advent Calendar from Whateverdeedeewants

For those who want a special advent calendar with gifts to use all year there are further options:

A variety of Playmobile advent calendars available at around $18 USD for children from four-years-old with adult assemble required

…And I have more pinned to my Holiday craft ideas pinterest board, which I keep adding to…

Please enjoy, and happy holidays!
Jen A

Kiyoshi Kono Yoru (Silent Night)

Sung to the tune of Silent Night, the translation is a bit different than the usual English version, but this is the one we sang growing up:

“Kiyoshi kono yoru hoshi wa hikari
Sukui no miko wa mihaha no mune ni
Nemuritamaou yume yasuku

Kiyoshi kono yoru mitsuge ukeshi
Mikibitostachi wa mika no minae ni
Nukazukinu kashiko mite

Kiyoshi kono yoru miko no emi ni
Megumi no miyo no ashita no hikari
Kagayakeri hogaraka ni”

— Translation —

On this holy night

On this pure night the stars are shining
Child who will save us, sleep at your mother’s breast
Dreaming peacefully

On this pure night they receive a message
The shepherds bow respectfully
Before the Child

On this pure night the Child’s smile
Shines brightly with the light of tomorrow
In an age of grace

Blue Genie Art Bazaar is up and running!

BGA Bazaar 2011

Hi there! and Happy Holidays!

The 2011 Blue Genie Art Bazaar is up and running, and looks fantastic! The Blue Genie folks have made this space look spectacular, it really does get better each year. The show runs every day (10am-10pm) through December 24th (10am-6pm). Everything at this show is handmade, with over 140 local artists, artisans and craftspeople represented.

As always admission is free! Make plans to visit Austin’s most creative holiday bazaar with your friends and loved ones to check things out, then c’mon back as many times as you want for those incredible one-of-a-kind gifts your friends and family picked out. The Marchesa has a cash bar, and plenty of free parking!

Here’s the skinny:

The Marchesa Hall & Theatre
6226 Middle Fiskville Rd
Austin, TX 78752
(Map or here) (website) (news story)

December 1st – 24th
10 a.m. – 10 p.m. throught Decc 23, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Dec 24!

*This is a FREE event. Go have a beer and check out the really cool stuff there! There will be DJ’s, a bar and lots of amazing goodies to choose from.

Thank you so much for your continued support, and feel free to pass on this info to friends you think might enjoy the event!

Please have a safe and joyful holiday season,