Love is in the (cold) air

Come celebrate the season of love! The Artist Mercantile in St. Paul is throwing a pre-Valentine’s Day event in February. The Jewelry Trunk Show and Soirée takes place on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7–8.

trunk show at artist mercantile

On Friday from 11am–1pm, take in a lunchtime jewelry trunk show, and while you’re there enjoy samples of fabulous chocolate truffles. The mother-daughter team of DeDesigns Jewelry will show their vintage-inspired collection, which is made from materials such as gold filigree, silver, crystals, and rhinestones.

On Saturday from 7–9pm, you can again find the jewelry of DeDesigns and chocolate, plus you can sample some wine. The evening will also highlight my mixed-media shadowboxes, as well as the work of Sarah Wash, who works in acrylic, pencil, watercolor, and Mod Podge. Both my and Sarah’s collage work will be up at Artist Mercantile through March 8.

Spread the word and come share the love!

DETAILS

Friday, Feb. 7, 11am–1pm
Saturday, Feb. 8, 7–9pm
The mixed-media work of Christy Johnson and Sarah Wash will be on display through March 8.

Artist Mercantile
24 West Seventh Place
St. Paul, MN 55102
The Artist Mercantile offers a wide variety of Minnesota-made art and gifts that are perfect for any occasion.


This weekend : Cleveland Bazaar

I’m headed to Cleveland, OH, this week for this weekend’s Cleveland Bazaar. It’s on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15, at 78th Street Studios in the SmARTspace on the first floor. We’ll be there from 10am – 9pm on Saturday and 10am – 6pm on Sunday. Among the 100 crafters you’ll find at the event will be yours truly, redshoes26, as well as Larissa Loden and Colette Paperie.

Welcome to Ohio Sign - State Icon by redshoes26

Welcome to Ohio Sign – State Icon by redshoes26

Below are the details of the event. It’s my last show of the year, so come out if you’re in the Ohio area! After this weekend, I’ll be busy making new things in my studio and taking a well-deserved breather. It’s been such a fun year, and I really appreciate all of your support. Thank you, and have a happy holiday!

Cleveland Bazaar (West Side)
78th Street Studios, SmARTspace (first floor)
1301 West 78th St., Cleveland, OH 44102
10am – 9pm Saturday, Dec. 14
10am – 6pm Sunday, Dec. 15


Help MN Makers Succeed

hamms event

Join redshoes26 design in supporting HAMMS (Help A Minnesota Maker Succeed), which is organized by Becky Sturm of StormSister Spatique and 3waybeauty and Sairey Gernes of Irely Intimates and TowelTopper. The HAMMS event is a one-day shopping celebration of unique Twin Cities-based artisans and crafters. Mark your calendars for April 20. I will be showing my State Icons and sharing a booth with the always fabulous Larissa Loden!

Held in the former Hamm’s Brewery shipping dock on the East side of St. Paul, Minnesota, the event will house a number of “mini shops” that will offer a collection of items, including beauty and grooming products, leather goods, cosmetics, letterpress products, artwork, jewelry, lingerie, pet products,and home accessories. HAMMS will be a fun, intimate shopping experience designed for men, women, and their four-legged friends.

DATE & TIME:
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

LOCATION:
Former Hamms Brewery
713 East Minnehaha Avenue (top floor)
St. Paul, Minnesota 55106

For more info about HAMMS, visit www.hammsevent.com.


Austin, here we come!

Will you be in Texas this weekend? If so, come find me in booth #52 at Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market in Austin! Info below. My next-booth neighbor at the show is the one, the only, Larissa Loden Jewelry. That makes this even more fun!

Off to pack…my flight leaves in a few hours!

Renegade Craft Fair poster


What didn’t fit : redshoes news annual gift guide

Some of my favorite local entrepreneurs share an object or an offer they think would make a fantastic gift for someone on your holiday list. In addition, they also give props to a local person or business they swoon over. Want a deal on the items you’re about to read about? Several of them offered discounts for readers of my monthly email, redshoes news. Want in? Then subscribe here! Just one email a month, always packed with fun updates, profiles, and news & event details.

But read on for some of my favorite local businesspeople and their cool gift ideas. And happy shopping!

ANGEL BOMB DESIGN + LETTERPRESS

angelbomb design + letterpress, the airship, todd thyberg

GREAT GIFT: The Airship, a digitally enhanced letterpress graphic novel
PRICE: Chapbook $150; deluxe hardbound, slip-cased edition $350
DETAILS: This limited edition graphic novel features modern tech fused with vintage letterpress tech. It’s great for techno geeks and letterpress aficionados.
FIND IT: www.angelbomb.com and Minnesota Center for Book Arts
LOCAL CRUSH: Worker B lotions. They’re local and one of my clients, and the products are amazing.


BECKY STURM, 3WAYBEAUTY

3waybeauty

GREAT GIFT: doggystyle, a luxury dog grooming bar
PRICE: $17 for 6 oz.; $5 for 1.5 oz.
DETAILS: It’s for your pooch. It’s great for their skin and fur, especially for dogs with skin allergies.
FIND IT: www.3waybeauty.com/doggystyle and STYLEDLIFE
LOCAL CRUSH: The Elixery lipsticks. They are the first company to make a 100% natural lipstick that actually performs as well as non-natural lipstick.


DC ICE

dc ice

GREAT GIFT: Framed 5 x 7 original, illustrative, pet portrait paintings
PRICE: $200
DETAILS: Email me a picture of your animal friend, along with their personality traits, and I will immortalize them! You can be as specific as you want—request a color theme, mood, or even your pet’s name. If you would like to surprise yourself, I’ll gift-wrap your painting so you won’t be able to peek at it until later.
FIND IT: www.dcice.comAZ Gallery, and Gallery 360
LOCAL CRUSH: AZ Gallery will have a holiday shop in December. Purchasing handmade gifts here is a great way to support local artists!


JEN SHAFFER, PAINTED FISH STUDIO

jen shaffer, painted fish studio

GREAT GIFT: My new art book of Polaroid photographs, titled chairs : a polaroid collection
PRICE: $19.95
DETAILS: Many of the Polaroid photographs of chairs were taken in St. Paul, in addition to New York, California, Amsterdam, and more!
FIND IT: It comes out in November, so you can pre-order in my Etsy shop.
LOCAL CRUSH: Classic Retro @ Pete’s in St. Paul is my steady source of chair inspiration.


JULIE ANN SEGAL, METROPOLITAN INTERIORS

julie ann segal

GREAT GIFT: Interior design consultation gift certificates
PRICE: Prices range from $125 to $165 per hour, plus applicable taxes. Price depends on specific designer.
DETAILS: These are great gifts to give to someone who has just moved into a new home or who needs to remodel or refresh their space. Design consultations could include discussing ideas for a fresh new look, paint-color selection, furniture and/or accessory rearrangement, and where and how to hang art.
FIND IT: www.metrointeriors.com, call Julie Ann at 952-920-2827, or email julie@metrointeriors.com


KAROLINE WELLS, THE ELIXERY

karoline wells, the elixery, dessa lipstick

GREAT GIFT: “Dessa” lipstick
PRICE: $18
DETAILS: This lipstick shade is universally flattering, and was custom designed for Dessa of Doomtree by Emmy Award winning makeup artist Crist Ballas. Dessa has chosen to donate her portion of the profits to CARE, a charity that educates and empowers women in developing countries.
FIND IT: www.elixery.com
LOCAL CRUSH: Accessories by Post-. Lois and Katie are both art historians, and a great deal of care and attention goes into their designs. Not only that, they’re really ethical business people, and their products are high-quality and produced locally.


LOUISE HARRIS, LHORIGINALS
louise harris, lhoriginals

GREAT GIFT: One-of-a-kind pieces made of recycled aluminum
PRICE: Prices start at $100
DETAILS: The art is created from recycled furnace filters, and all of the profits are donated.
FIND IT: www.lhoriginals.comThree Rooms, and Paper Hat
LOCAL CRUSH: Project SuccessCan Do CaninesMinnesota Justice Foundation…these are just a few of the non-profits that have received donations from my profits, because they do really fabulous things for the betterment of others.


MEGAN MOORE, COMMEMORATE THE DATE

megan moore, commemorate the date

GREAT GIFT: Commemorate the Date 2013 Wall Calendar
PRICE: $30
DETAILS: Features artwork from Commemorate the Date oil paintings. It includes the story behind each painting, and it doubles as a new piece of art to display each month.
FIND IT: www.commemoratethedate.com
LOCAL CRUSH: Mother Earth Gardens. They’ve been carrying my prints and note cards for two years, and are wonderful to work with. More than a garden shop, they have a great gift selection, too. The owner and employees are so nice and helpful.


CHRISTY JOHNSON, REDSHOES26 DESIGN

christy johnson, redshoes26 design, state icons

GREAT GIFT: Set of three State Icon illustrations
PRICE: $70
DETAILS: Choose any three State Icons from my series—mix and match states and/or cities.
FIND IT: www.redshoes26design.com/shop
LOCAL CRUSH: Someday I will own a carving by David Ekdahl. His work looks simple at first glance, but when you spend some time with it, you begin noticing the incredible detail he’s put into each piece. I love the mood his carvings convey. Plus, David is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet!


Want more? Contact each entrepreneur for more information on their gift ideas.