Spring Colors Have Sprung!

 March 20th is the first official day of Spring. After yesterday, I really feel like the season is here already! It was 60!! Yeah!

Here are a few items that continue to get me in the mood with their bright colors...

Bright & spring-like...complete with April showers that will bring May Flowers. I love this print. Michelle has great prints in fabulous colors!

Is it me or is neon everywhere right now? Maybe I'm just looking for it. Anywho!  Hook And Matter has an entire shop section dedicated to neon necklaces. They are all fabulous! (Hello, Neon Wishbone!)

Full confession - this clutch was my inspiration for this post. Love it! I like anything that makes traveling easier & chic at the same time. Plus, check out the back strap for holding it. Great idea. It makes me think of the grass in the Spring. New & bright! And very soon littered with Easter Eggs!

{KOOKLA SAMPLES by Kookla Makeup}

I don't know about you but I think these look delicious! It makes me think of the first outdoor happy hour of the year...for some reason...maybe that is saying too much about myself...Anywho! What a great way to try several lip glosses & find your favorite.

Get out there & enjoy this early Spring!

Kerry :: kbatty.etsy.com

Is it really the end of December already?

8x10 print by MyZoetrope

Wow - what a year it has been! I can honestly say that 2011 has been one of the most exhausting, and rewarding years of my life. Even though it was 11 months ago, it seems like just yesterday that I joined
this lovely group of crafters, artists and designers I now call my NewNew family! In this short time I have met some of the most talented people in all of New York! Each one of you has taught me something great, and for that I am so very thankful!

Here's a recap of what I've been up to over the year (not including any of my day job festivities).

February - Joined the {NewNew}. I am forever changed.

April - Sold at my first ever street fair, and I was hooked. I quickly booked up my weekends, effectively writing off my favorite weekend pastime of lazy Sunday brunches.

May - Joined the {NewNew} board of directors as a Co-Director of Marketing alongside the talented Jason from Merrimack and Monitor.

June - Quickly learned how dependent the Williamsburg Flea is on the L train running. Goodness I hate weekend subway construction!

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Unedited photo, by me

July - Headed to Colorado for a wedding and fell in love with the beautiful scenery!

September - Sent to France on a street style fashion photo project for Samsung Camera. You can check it out here. I even get my own feature!

October/November/December - Opened up An Etsy Artist Assembly at the Dekalb Market with nine other talented NewNew team members and sold at a market every available weekend I had. Needless to say, I AM EXHAUSTED!

With 2011 being such a big and demanding year for me, I'm hoping 2012 brings a little relaxation (well, at least in January!) and a lot of fun.

Small grey hand crocheted bow-tie by D.S.Lookkin

I'm sure all of you have had equally as busy years so, go ahead, put on your best heels or bow-tie and celebrate what's to come in 2012! Happy New Year to you all!

Kelley// www.kgudahl.etsy.com

Crafts in Chelsea sneak peek-a-BOO

I  really love Halloween.  When I was a kid and the teacher would ask our class what our favorite holiday was, all the other kids would ooh and ahh about Christmas leaving me, alone, to be the defender of the Great Pumpkin and the most awesome of holidays, Halloween.  So of course, as I was browsing the shops of the artists and craftspeople participating in Crafts In Chelsea III I was excited to see items to make you go EEK!
A Scary Plant by PurtyBird $150
Orange Monster by PurtyBird $23

Five creepy eyeball flowers crane forward in a menacing stare.  I wonder what makes this garden grow?  To find out you'll need to stop by PurtyBird.  Perhaps the Orange Monster will let you in on its gardening secrets if you ask nicely.

Ghost Stories by Myzoetrope $8
Boo Scare byKudulah $15

Last years event drew record numbers and helped to fund arts programs for PS11.  You do not want to miss this event, get out of your mason jar and join the fun along with Kudulah and Myzoetrope.  Grab a friend and say hi to the folks at ApertureAgog and RawToastDesign.  Shop over 100 of the best local New York area artists and craftspeople vending their own unique jewelry, pottery, clothing, fine art and other handmade goods.     
Robot Pirate by
RawToastDesign $15
Purple Creatures Photo by
ApertureAgog $30
This event is run in conjunction with PS 11's annual Fall Festival – an indoor event that includes food, arts and crafts, games and more for New York City children.
Stop by and say hi to me and some
of my friends when you're at the show

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