OutNAbout - Weekend in Review 9/7 - 9/9

From 106 to 65 in less than 24 hours, this sneak preview of Fall weather was the perfect excuse to get out and do a little local shopping.

Heart of Texas Arts & Crafts Show - Addison - September 2012
Heart of Texas is no stranger to arts & crafts events, but this weekend showcased something special--their first handmade only show.  We were excited to have a bit of time in our schedule to head on out to Addison and see what local talent they had gathered together.  (Please forgive the quality of photography, I was using my cellphone, a choice I am seriously regretting at this point.)

(photo courtesy of Heart of Texas)

The facility was full of local talent hosting a variety of products from chips, dips, and pastas to jewelry, bags, baby gifts, quilts, and so much more.  One of the first folks that we met was Daryoush Ababaf, an inlay on wood artist.  His detailed work with various woods to create intricate, stunning pieces of art can simply not be adequately represented in a photo.

(far superior photos of his work on his site and facebook page)

Next up was the fabulously modern and stylish Lindsay Designs.  Lindsay used to operate out of Austin, but has recently moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Welcome, Lindsay!

(Lindsay Designs fresh and funky booth display)

I love the simplicity of Lindsay's designs, but please understand that I am referencing her clean cut design aethestic and not her process, which is anything but simple.  Lindsay cuts and creates all her own glass designs to make this amazing jewelry, so each piece is truly a work of art from beginning to end.

Lastly, but certainly not least, I'd like to take a moment to give a shout out to one other vendor, Project Linus.  Project Linus is a wonderful non-profit, 100% volunteer organization providing new, handmade, washable blankets to critically ill and/or traumatized children.

(so many items to choose from)

These lovely ladies were raising funds for their organization by selling a breathtaking variety of sewn, crocheted, and quilted handmade gifts.  Also up for grabs, your own kit to sew, crochet, or quilt a blanket to be donated to Project Linus for someone in need.  Interested in participating?  Check out their website for more information about their organization and upcoming meetings.

This is really only a small sampling of the talented folks that we saw at the show.  But is there any surprise there?  We have so many skilled aritsts and crafters here in North Texas, I love that I can visit one show after another after another and still always meet someone new.


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