Valentine's Day isn't just for lovers....gifts from local Etsians

For the cat lover. Card by DeborahJulian

I never liked Valentine's day as a single person. To me it was just a reminder of how single I was and all those thoughts of why am I alone...boo hoo.  Now that I am married there is pressure to do something on Valentine's Day.  And when we do celebrate I feel as though I am being obnoxious to those who don't have anyone. Ok obviously Valentine's doesn't work for me either way.  However coming from a family of 5 kids, my sisters and my parents would always send Valentine's to us.  As an adult living in the same city as one of my sisters, I would find a Valentine gift at my door that morning. It always made me smile or laugh and feel loved.  Valentines are for everyone, not just lovers.

Here are a few gift ideas for your friend, your sister, your brother, your child, your parent....all from members of Etsy New York.

for the friend who is always late, Vanilla Green Tea clock by Newyorkclocks

There are so many gifts to choose from the Etsy NY Team. Just go to etsy.com and in the search box type etsynyteam.

Get shopping, you have 7 days!

Tracey Toole

http://www.etsy.com/shop/traceytoole

http://traceytoole.blogspot.com/

Around the Corner: Craft Night at Etsy Labs

Looking for a good, crafty time?  Craft Night at Etsy Labs is where it's at!  Located within Etsy Headquarters in Brooklyn, NY, you will find a wonderful, creative space dedicated to weekly craft workshops and open craft nights where you can even work on your own project.
Photos courtesy of Etsy Labs
Yummy materials, books, and tools are available for your use -- I dunno about you, but I seriously salivate at the sight of buttons, glue guns, scissors, and just about anything art & craft related.

Previous Craft Nights have included projects such as Glass Ornament Painting, Stenciling Postcards, Stitching Pet Portraits, Etching Jewelry, and even making homemade jam.
Photo Courtesy of KimmChi
So come join the fun!  And since the Etsy Labs is a favorite hangout spot for the {NewNew}, maybe  we'll see you there!

Who: You!
*Not in the NYC tri-state area?  Join the party online at the Etsy Virtual Labs
What: Craft Night at the Etsy Labs
When: Mondays from 4 -8 pm
*Always double check the Craft Night Schedule first (some holidays it is closed)
Where: 55 Washington Street, Suite 712, Brooklyn, NY
Cost: Free!
Craft on,
Virginia
Virginia Kraljevic
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An Ode to Irving at 92Y, a {NewNew} Photo Montage

American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Irving made his 10th appearance at the Poetry Center of the 92nd Street YMCA last week. After reading from a new work-in-progress, Irving answered questions from the audience and offered signed copies of his most recent novel, published in the fall, Last Night in Twisted River.

To celebrate Irving's appearance on {NewNew} turf, I have created a photo montage of {NewNew} products that relate (however loosely) to his work.

Irving achieved critical and popular acclaim after the international success of The World According to Garp in 1978. Garp, like A Prayer for Owen Meany, and A Widow for One Year, are set around Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. So, too, are these New Hampshire-inspired earrings by {NewNew} member MilkMade.

These classy red and brown milk caps from the H. F. Morrill Dairy in Concord, New Hampshire are, like all MilkMade earrings, made from vintage, unused cardboard milk bottle caps that have been covered with a non-toxic sealant.

Some of Irving's novels, such as The Cider House Rules, A Widow for One Year and A Prayer for Owen Meany, have been bestsellers and many have been made into movies. Irving won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1999 for The Cider House Rules. Perhaps this films was seen by the little movie-going monsters in myzoetrope’s watercolor illustration Monster Theater.
5” x 7" signed and dated print on Epson Velvet Fine Art paper (similar to watercolor paper). The colors print quite rich and reproduce the detail and subtlety of watercolors very well. Shipped with care in a bend-proof mailer.

"Nothing in life is easy for Irving's characters," wrote the Canadian author Robertson Davies. "In his novels the still, sad music of humanity rises to the orgasmic uproar of a rock band." It is true, too, that nothing comes easy for the young woman in this photograph by ApertureAgog. Titled Lady Lightening and taken in Williamsburg, the juxtaposition of the two graffiti pieces plays like pop art in film noir. Sadly, this graffiti is now gone. We have to give up this street art much like a well loved character in a recently finished book! The memory remains, however, and those characters travel with us, just like the graffiti in ApertureAgog's photo. Thanks to this {NewNew} artist, the photo remains to commemorate the street art, just as a book remains to retell a favorite story.
Print maintains clear details and vibrant colo8” x 10” photograph printed on premium quality, matte, acid free, archival paper. Matted to 11” x 14” white mat.

John Irving participated in the wrestling program at his boarding school both as an athlete and, later, as an assistant coach. He often features wrestling prominently in his novels. Below, you will find a unique and whimsical pouch by lapistolera featuring an iron on print of a Mexican wrestler. This photo is an original piece of art in and of itself and was taken by the artist during a trip to Mexico.

This small bag had so many uses! You name it, this pouch delivers! Coins for laundry, check!, a lipstick tote, check!, a mini first aid kit, check!

The Cider House Rules, a 1985 novel by Irving, follows Homer Wells, an orphan who works in an apple orchard in Maine. {NewNew} artist ardent1 has an Apple Seed Ring that reminds me of all things apple!
Available in sizes 6, 7.25, or 8.25. Height is 1 cm. This is the first ring ardent1 made. She stitched apple seeds together and cast them. She was thinking about having a child and wanted to meditate on seeds and fertility of all kinds. Price is for silver, also available in gold.
Apples, of course, are the best place to end our discussion of Irving! He wrote about apples and visited the Big Apple on Monday. The {NewNew} is a group of artists living in or around that very apple (the New York metro area). Thanks for visiting Mr. Irving! Next time, take a piece of New York home with you by purchasing a handmade souvenir!


Thanks for reading! -Kathryn