The {NewNew} at the Union Square Holiday Market!

Ready for the holidays?  Need to get your shopping on?  Well, you will have six whole weeks to stop by one of the busiest outdoor holiday markets around -- at the Union Square Holiday Market!  Starting Friday, November 19 and going strong until December 24, pop on by to the {NewNew} booth where you will find everything from jewelry, accessories, ceramics, artwork, ornaments, and fashion wear from these local Etsy artisans:
Hand Hammered with Amethyst Hearts
PATTERN - Berry Bag
Holiday Baubles
Olive Green silkscreen printed tshirt (geometric city scape) longsleeve
Reindeer Oval Serving Platter Holiday Tabletop Hand Painted
Olive Oil Label Penny Necklace

Barred Owl Note Cards

Rusty Pups Tooth Wool Newsboy Hat - M - Janis
Leather Wallet Women's Olive Green
Find us at the south end of Union Square at West 14th Street.
Open Every Day from 11AM - 8PM
November 19 - December 24, 2010
(Closed Thanksgiving Day)
Subway: N, R, Q, L, 4, 5, or 6 Trains to Union Square/14th Street

Around the Corner: Governors Island.

So yes.  It's that time again.  I'm back with another free thing to do.  And no surprise, today I take you to Governors Island!

Yep, Governors Island, NYC's hidden treasure, is just a free ferry ride away.  Open to the public Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through the summer, this gem always has amazing things to do or see.  You can do everything from renting a bike, seeing a concert (there are many throughout the season!), checking out the galleries, to even shopping at the {NewNew}'s very open Etsy pop-up shop, The Treasure Chest.  Check out G.I.'s list of 2010 events here.

En route.
The ferry.

Lady Liberty in the distance.

Arriving to G.I.


The island is shaped like a foot!

These are just some photos of the beginning of the island, you'll have to visit to check out the rest of it!!

Until next time,

Treasures Abound on Governors Island!

Okay, so you may have heard us buzzing the word about our summer-long pop-up shop on Governors Island.  You may have also heard that each item featured in the shop is 100% handmade and/or upcycled by local artisans/members of our Etsy Street Team.  But did you know that some of the product was either exclusively made for the island shop or is Governors Island-themed?  How neat!
Governors Island Tea Towel
Claudia Pearson Illustration -- Governors Island Tea Towel (a super memento of your trip here!)
Anchor Necklace
Knit Knit -- Anchor Necklace (for the sailor in all of us!)
Bubble earring
Metalicious -- Bubble Earring (they're bubblicious!)
Magritte Nicked My Bike
May Luk Ceramics -- Magritte Nicked My Bike (for the Governors Island bicycle enthusiasts)
Shipwrecked Necklaces
J Topolski -- Shipwrecked Necklaces (for the pirate lovers -- arrr!)
Art Wallet with Crayons and NYC Coloring Book - Transportation Pattern
Windows of Agate -- Art Wallet with Crayons -- NYC and Governors Island Coloring Books (for the little ones to remember their trip!)

And much, much more!  You can stop by our Treasure Chest at Nolan Park House 6B every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until September 5th!

For more info, please visit our official site here.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Before and After: the Treasure Chest at Governors Island

Who doesn't love a before & after?  Well, I for one simply love transformations of all sorts and that is why I am going to take you on a little adventure from the very beginning of our Governors Island project to now!

Governors Island, you ask?  You know, that lovely little island just off of Manhattan -- just a free five minute ferry away.  What's there you ask?  Among the beautiful tree-lined roads and turn of the century houses, The {NewNew} and Etsy proudly present to you the Treasure Chest, a shop full of locally handmade treasures (from jewelry and home decor, to artwork, clothing, and more!).

Day 1.  We scouted the place out.

Day 2. We explored and measured.

Day 3.  We moved into to our summer home.

Days 4 and so forth.  We decorated!
And decorated...
Until finally... drumroll please...
Ta Dah!

We welcome you to the Treasure Chest - where each weekend the artisans themselves are at the shop to answer your questions about their craft, our shop, our Etsy Street Team, and even New York.

Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from now until September 5th!  Stop by and say hello!
And for more info, please go here.

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Virginia Kraljevic

Around the Corner: Wave Hill

Passing through my old neighborhood the other day, I decided to make a pit-stop and visit Wave Hill in Riverdale, NY.  Where Theodore Roosevelt's family, Mark Twain, and other notables once called home now is a 28-acre public garden overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades.  Wave Hill makes one seriously beautiful place to visit -- and it's right here in New York City!  Plus, there's a very cute gift shop and a cafe that served me the most divine latte...

FYI: Tuesday mornings -- FREE admission!

How to get here: Metro-North, Subway line #1, car, foot... click here for more info

So what's around your corner?  In the comments section below please recommend a place near you that's really neat to visit *and* either free or on-the-cheap.  Thanks!

See you next time,
Virginia Kraljevic

Sneak Peek: Spring Handmade Cavalcade

With Earth Day (April 20th) turning 40 in just a couple days and the {NewNew}'s very own Spring Handmade Cavalcade (SHC) just around the bend (April 24th), today's tutorial takes you behind-the-scenes of a SHC craft night where a few {NewNew}ers get together and try out some green craft ideas.

Q: What do plastic bags, a stack of old magazines, and a bunch of clear glass bottles have in common?
A: Fun & Free Craft Projects!

Quick Papier Mache project:
Boil 1 Cup Water with 1 Cup Flour.  Pour into large bowl.  Mix until you have a smooth consistency of glue (you can work with it hot).  Take your favorite fashion magazine or newspaper, rip or cut out strips of images that catch your eye, and proceed to dip each strip into the glue, and squeeze excess out with fingers.  Now your damp paper strip can be applied to most surfaces or folded into neat shapes.  We made triangles and mini roses:

Try this idea.  Clear glass bottles rescued from the recycling bin are washed and painted.  Rolled up plastic bags are shaped into flowers and inserted for such an effect:
Magazine tear sheets are adhered together to make a fancy tablecloth.  Magazine strips are woven with wire to create a ruffle effect to adorn the table:
Fused bags (plastic bags that have been ironed between two layers of wax paper) and rolled up plastic bags can create large flower decorations like the one shown here:

Want to see more?  
Well, there will be much, much more this weekend.  Make sure to check out the Spring Handmade Cavalcade this Saturday, April 24th from 10AM - 5PM at Berry Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Over 25 {NewNew} artisans will be selling their eco-friendly handmade wares and wearables at this super cool locale!  
See you there!

Virginia Kraljevic

Fall Handmade Cavalcade Video

This was the outdoor vendor space at this year's second annual Fall Handmade Cavalcade in Beacon, NY on September 12. Despite the imposing weather, we had a great turn out! Here you can see silk screened dresses, bags and other accessories by Better Than Jam, knit bags and accessories and jewelry by Knit Knit, handmade soaps, bath salts and lotions from Beyond The Picket Fence, jewelry from Blonde Chick Studio, silk screened tees and dresses from Kimmchi, paper goods including cards and ornaments by Paper Presence and hand cut sterling silver jewelry from Caja Jewelry.

Thanks to all those shoppers, sponsors and friends who came out to supprt their local handmade community!


Find us at Renegade!

That's right - application's in the mail and acceptances came in yesterday. You can be sure The {NewNew} will be well represented at this year's Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair at the McCarren park track on June 6 + 7th - 11am to 6pm both days - MARK YOUR CALENDARS (and your brooklyn maps)!

You'll find these LOCAL artists and their handmade goods:

Allene La Spina and Molly Shoelace splitting a booth with a slew of handmade wares - from paintings to prints, cards, notecards and even some handmade ornaments, jewelry and embroidery.

Peppersprouts partners with Dirty Loves Clean with hand cut diaramas and wood cut coasters paired with vegan soaps, lip balms and bath teas.

Wonderful crafted eyepillows, pin cushions and other crafty accessories form our own Kayte Terry of LoveForever sharing a tent with treehouse.

cakehouse with her upcycled vintage fabrics into housewares including pillows, napkins, placemats and tea towels, all embellsihed with the serious llama, wiley fox or comforting cat pairs with Miniature Rhino this Renegade

LusciousNaturals bring her all natural handmade beauty aids - soaps, shampos, masks, and scrubs.

Fun house inspired jewelry from J Davis Studio - in gold and sterling silver.

Prismpop and CajaJewelry have teamed up for Renegade this year - joining bold and colorful paper arts with handcut jewelry.

Metalsugar will be on hand with yummy, sweet treats made of metal for your wearing pleasure.

And representing geekery we'll have ikyoto, Look Closely Press and PCharming combining silkscreeend tee's, plush ninja throwing stars, witty journals, and unique charm jewelry.

Sewn fantasticness in the form of skirts, bags and pants from GoMonkeyDesign.

Better Than Jam, Waisze and KnitKnit have partnered together to bring their unique silkscreened apparel and bags, creative cards and keepsake tins and needle felted jewelry and bags under one tent.

And the Team will have it's own tent! We'll have saleable items from some of our most active members including KimmChi, Wabisabi Brooklyn, Fubabee, BlueStitch books as well as some team buttons and schedules so you'll know where to find us all summer long!

more to come as we know more, where we'll be and the handmade goodies we'll have!


Decorating Gift Boxes with Vintage Holiday Seals and Beautiful Paper

Vintage Xmas Seal Box
I am a collector of many things. I always have been. Oddly however, I have these fantasies of living in a minimalist home or at least an impeccably neat one. To make matters worse, for the longest time I was also a hoarder. I would hold on to all of these little odds and ends because I liked them. Fortunately, with my new Etsy shop, The Craftarium, I am finally thinning out at least two of my collections - vintage holiday seals and pretty paper.

During the Thanksgiving weekend, I wanted to offer a holiday promotion, so I offered free shipping and unique gift packaging. I decided to collage each box with decorative papers, cut-outs, and shop labels. As I sorted through my collection of "collage-able items" (one of many collections) I found a babyfood jar filled vintage holiday seals that I picked up in 1998. Jackpot! The seals date from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.

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With a glue stick and scissors I got to work and whipped out a bunch of boxes pretty quickly. My customers on Etsy and at my trunk show really seem to like being able to give their handmade gifts in a unique, hand-decorated gift boxes.

Although I picked up my seals a decade ago, you can find vintage holiday seals on Etsy, by searching under "Vintage: tags and titles" for "christmas seals."

If you do not have stacks of pretty paper lying about, check your recycling bin, your junk mail, old books (not valuable ones!), wrapping paper stash, piano bench, or really anyplace you keep paper that you are willing to cut up. All of those Christmas catalogs that spill out of your mailbox lately are filled with seasonal images - all yours ripe for the slicing.

Then pull out your scissors and gluestick and go to town. When finished you will have festive gift boxes as unique as you and your gifts are.

Although my holiday promotion is over, I am extending it for fans of The {NewNew} blog. If you order from my Etsy shop, The Craftarium, between Tuesday, December 9 and Friday, December 12 I will waive shipping fees and include a gift box for each item ordered (while supplies last.) Just add "newnewblog" in the message to seller during checkout.

Happy Holidays!