Austin’s We Make Stuff Festival

Bringing Art, Music and Culture to Austin

On September 19th, Austin artists, musicians, vendors, fashion designers and other creative types will band together to bring the We Make Stuff Festival to Austin. From 7 pm to 12 am, the 21 and older crowd can gain access to a unique arts and crafts festival. This definitely isn’t your mother’s crafts fair!

The Scoot Inn at 1308 E. 4th Street is the place to be for this one of a kind art show, party and festival. The organizers have designed the event to speak to the many facets of creativity in the city. One of the cornerstones of the festival is the music. Local rock bands Hollywood Gossip, Lost Werks and Panjoma will provide entertainment starting at 10:30, 9:30 and 8:30 respectively.

The event will also feature a fashion show centered on designs by Tara Tonini, Jinxedaposed Clothing and Malissa Long, among others. Accessories by Dainty Daisy Creations and handbags by *Annemarie* will also be part of the event. The models themselves are also part of Austin’s creative and alternative scene. Ruby Joule, Coco Lectric, Goldie Candela and Pearl Lux of the Jigglewats (a team of burlesque models) and Varuca Assault, Barberika, Mona Littlemore, Miss Amerikill, Horrorshow, Maya Mayhem and Moko Loko of the TXRD Lonestar Roller Girls roller derby team will serve as models.

The true heart of the festival will be the vendors. The vendors are local artists, crafts people and designers who will be offering everything from re-imagined vintage jewelry pieces to handmade clthes made from recycled fabric. Nepenthe’s Bathtime shop will be selling their novelty and artisan bath and body products (like their popular cupcake shaped soap). Ape Gear features original designs for people of all ages with original artwork applied to shirts, pillows, one sies and artwork prints.

Another popular vendor, offers colorful digital prints, handmade books, journals and artisan glass. Diamonds and Guns is a jewelry maker that will be at the festival who takes old illustrations and adds them to metal pieces. These vendors just scratch the surface of the wide variety of items that will be available for sale at this unique festival.

In addition to buying unique crafts and clothes, you can also make your own at the festival. The Team Etsy Austin booth will have “I make stuff” t-shirts as well as make and take projects. You can silk screen your own design at the Under Pressure booth.

Another of the evening’s main events will be the skateboard art contest. Attendees are invited to judge custom skateboards by artists like Jason Silver, Tom Cox, Anne Genung and many other local artists. The winners will receive gift baskets with local items, art supplies and a place in future gallery showcases. All of the proceeds from We Make Stuff will go toward Art from the Streets, a non-profit, volunteer driven art class program.

Packing Jewelry for a Vacation: Get the Tips

If you have a fun vacation coming up, then you shouldn’t leave home without your fashion jewelry. Traveling with costume jewelry is an excellent way of staying chic and ensuring you don’t lose your most valuable heirloom jewelry and diamonds. You don’t have to bring dozens of outfits with you and you can easily create new outfits or transition the same outfit from day to night with the help of some carefully chosen accessories. Just because you’ll be living out of your suitcase for a while doesn’t mean that you have to lose your sense of fashion. No matter if you’re planning a trip abroad or you’re seeking adventure close to home, pack the accessories ahead of time. And check out these tips for packing jewelry for travel.

Decide what jewelry to bring
Although it can be tempting to bring your entire jewelry collection with you on vacation, you don’t really need all of it. If you have fine pieces of jewelry that cost a fortune, it’s better to leave them at home to avoid the risk of theft and loss. Pickpockets and con artists often target tourist areas, so it’s better to be on the safe side. Don’t travel with gifts from family members or heirlooms, because you should enjoy your vacation and not worry about losing your accessories. Their place is in the jewelry box. If you insist on taking accessories with you, then settle for a curated selection that includes items that go with every outfit.

Invest in a jewelry travel case
When packing jewelry for vacation, you need a secure and convenient place to store them, otherwise, they’ll get tangled – in other words, a jewelry travel case. Jewelry cases are like cosmetic pouches, the only difference being that they have separate bars for the earrings and rings. When you have a dedicated case for your fashion accessories, packing for vacation is a lot easier. Besides bars, there are holes and inserts for all your personal ornaments. The organizer doesn’t have to be expensive. Look for a compact case that has a hard exterior, because the last thing you want is to have your sparklers damaged. Hexagonal boxes are great for protecting travel jewelry since they have a secure lock and key.

If you’re a DIY fan, then…
Take into consideration these methods for safely packing fashion accessories:
• Use drinking straws – necklaces are difficult to untangle. The thinner the chain is, the more tangled they get. Use drinking straws to prevent a mess. Insert half of the necklace into the straw and the plastic will keep the chain in place.
• Make jewelry cards – don’t throw your earrings all together. Keep them organized with index cards. Just pinholes through the index card and insert the earrings. You won’t get frustrated from dangling and tangling.
• Buttons keep earrings organized too – the buttons act like earring cards, keeping the ornaments together and preventing loss. Insert the earrings into the holes. Make sure that the holes aren’t too far in from the edge because you’ll have difficulty getting the jewelry through.
• Get your pillbox organizer – although it’s meant to store and organize tablets, it can be used to store small pieces of jewelry like rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. The pill boxes are connected, so everything will be in one place.