Sunday, February 17, 2013

Bye, Bye.

Hi crafters. This site is now closed. The Ballston BID has decided to cancel the Saturday Arts Market and merge some artwork with their Thursday Farmers Market.

It has been wonderful working with you all - artists and supporters. Here's to more crafty adventures in the future. If you have any collaboration ideas or crafty questions, please email me at


Monday, October 15, 2012

Thanks, Folks!

That's it folks. Another craft season at Ballston has come to a close once again. Thank you, thank you to all of the amazing people who have made our sweet community market one of the coolest destinations for the best crafters in this area. Period.

The wonderful Ballston BID, Kelly & The Shooshan Company, teh Piedmont Group the artists, the musicians, the shoppers, the supporters and whoever else is reading this post right now - THANK YOU. Here it is. Sweet. Simple. To the point. There would be no Ballston Arts Market without you.

Please enjoy some photos from our last market of 2012. Now, here's to a bigger, brighter and even craftier 2013!!

Penny & Paul keeping things warm

awesome display by Sarah Cecelia

 Red Prairie Press - LOVE it

Grey Moggie Press - Here's to 2013!

green all the way with Becca & Mars 

more of Fast Snail's fantastic designs

Snowday Designs colorful plushies

collars, collars & more collars by Furtastic

Market fave Snakehead Run - We love 'em!

the guys of Threesound

Creative Capes hard at work

Halloween fun with Peace, Baby! Batiks

Stay classy, Arlington.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

he Richmond Craft Mafia's Handmade Holiday Extended Deadline!

Hey everyone! One of the best Holiday shows in the area, The Richmond Craft Mafia's Handmade Holiday has extended their crafty deadline. You have until Monday (tomorrow!) to send in your applications. And trust me. You want to send in your applications. Our buddies at the Richmond Craft Mafia know how to put on a helleva kick-ass craft show.

What: The Richmond Craft Mafia's Handmade Holiday
Date: Saturday, December 8  
Where: ArtWorks in Richmond's Manchester Arts District  
Fee: $75

Apply right NOW!

Friday, October 12, 2012

FINAL Ballston Arts Market of the season - TODAY!

Wow. I can't believe the FINAL MARKET OF THE SEASON is TODAY! Where did the time go? Seriously.
Although, bittersweet, it's gonna be a fantastic day full of beautiful autumn weather, free stuff, music and crafts!  So, get on over to the Ballston Arts Market celebration from 10am - 4 pm!

We'll have:  
  • TWO LIVE BANDS starting at noon: Snakehead Run & Threesound!  
  • FREE admission 
  • FREE Ballston Arts Market tote bag to early visitors  
  • FREE raffle to win an artisan basket worth $250  
  • FREE demos by select artists 
And let's see ... what else. Oh, yah. Only the best local art around - 35 artisans all in one place displaying and selling their hand-crafted goodies.

Now's your chance to get a jump on your Holiday shopping at the FINAL Ballston Arts Market of the season TODAY, Saturday, October 13th from 10 AM - 4 PM! 

Second annual Last Chance Holiday Craft Show December 8th!

There are so many great Holiday crafts shows this year! Here's another one to add to your crafty roster:

What: Second annual Last Chance Holiday Craft Show
When: December 8th from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Faith Community Church, 5315 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214

They are looking for quality, handmade work in a variety of media. All crafts must be handmade by the seller and no re-sellers allowed.  This year's show will have live music, an excellent food vendor, free craft activities for the kids and free parking.

Applications can be found HERE and are due no later than midnight October 26th.  Vendors will be notified of acceptance by November 2nd.

There is no fee to apply so what are you waiting for?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Falun Dafa Association - October 13th!

We at the Ballston Arts Market LOVE all kinds of arts -- visual, musical and performing. This Saturday, visit with the Falun Dafa Association of Washington D.C. and find out more about Shen Yun 2013.

Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts was established in 2006 with the mission of reviving 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture.

Stay awhile and discover new forms of art at the FINAL Ballston Arts Market THIS Saturday, October 13th. Then, enter to win the Artisan Gift Bag, which will include 2 FREE tickets to this performance! 

Exhibitor Map - THIS Saturday, October 13th!

Holy craft. I can't believe the FINAL Ballston Arts Market is this Saturday! Where did the season go? Check out the map for the awesome artisans we have lined up for October 13th! See where your favorites will be exhibiting for the last time this year.

1. Fast Snail
2. Becca & Mars
3. Nikdapooh Designs
4. Maki Uchida Designs
5. Holland Cox
6. Jean-Louis Monfraix
7. Jillory
8. Burnt Creative
9. Peace, Baby! Batiks
11. Grey Moggie Press
12. Creative Capes
13. Red Prairie Press
14. Steven L, Miller Words & Images
15. Sarah Cecelia
16. Becca Kallem / Duck Drake Studio
17. Jon Wye
18. U.S. Wood Toys
19. BoxBoy Demented Decoupage
20. UglyKittyReduex
21. Noctiluna
22. Sharp Shirter
23. Penny & Paul
24. FUlun DaFa Association
25. Tree to Art
26. Furtastic Collars
27. Twisted Oak Press
28. Tres Jolie Designs
29. Snowday Designs
30. Bette's Bags
31. Mary Ellen Larkins
32. Melissa Lew
33. Jules' Jewels
34. Warped

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Two Bands - October 13

Since THIS SATURDAY is our final market of the season, we have TWO BANDS performing!

 - From  noon - 2 PM jam with local favorite jug band, Snakehead Run

 - Then from 2:30 - 4 PM, catch some rockin' vibes with Threesound.

See you this Saturday, October 14th for awesome crafts and kickin' music!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Furtastic Pet Collars - October 13

Attention pet lovers! The Ballston Arts Market has got you covered! Furtastic will make their debut at THIS Saturday's Market with tons of handmade collars and leashes for your furry best friend.

They even have ties for the more cultured of doggies.

Catch Furtastic at the FINAL Ballston Arts Market of the season THIS Saturday, October 13th.

P.S. The ties look great on cats, too!

Monday, October 8, 2012

This SATURDAY is the FINAL Market of the Season!

Oh, wow! I kinda have mixed feelings. Although I am looking forward to THIS Saturday's Ballston Arts Market, it makes me a little teary because it's the final show of the season. So, let's go out with a bang! Check out some more of the kick-ass artisans we have lined up for this Saturday's Market.

Red Prairie Press

Duck Drake Studio

Grey Moggie Press

Nikdapooh Designs


Bette's Bags

Jon Wyw]e


BoxBoy Demented Decoupage

Penny & Paul

Mary Ellen Larkins

Twisted Oak Press

Hope to see all Saturday, October 13th for the FINAL MARKET OF THE SEASON!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Etz Hayim Artist Holiday Expo

And here's another fun show to add to you Holiday roster -- the Etz Hayim Artist Holiday Expo! This year, the event will be on Sunday, December 2nd and be held in their newly renovated building.
What: Etz Hayim Artist Holiday Expo
When: December 2nd from 11:30 to 4 pm
Where: Congregation Etz Hayim, 2920 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington
Fee: $65

I particpate in this local art show every year and have a blast. They are still looking for a couple of more crafters. Contact Laurie Effron at from more info and an application.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

UglyKittyRedeux - October 13

Let's heat it for Market favorite, UglyKittyRedeux! Artist Renee Lavinsky returns to the Ballston Arts Market with her handmade jewelry, housewares and stationery, all made from recycled and reclaimed materials.

By night, Renee is a crafter-extroidinaire, but by day, she is a full-time Environmental Scientist-extreme, so she knows the importance of recycling, reclaiming and reusing.

From earrings to tie tacks, UglyKittyReduex has it all! Check out her lovelies at the the FINAL Ballston Arts Market of the season on October 13th!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Lyon Park Holiday Craft Fair

Hey crafters! Each year, my neighbor and friend, Jeannette, puts on a really fun and successful craft fair in Lyon Park (Clarendon). She is still looking for some awesome artisans to join this season. And, yep. I'll be there selling the piggies.
This is a small craft show, but the neighborhood always comes out and supports it. Wanna participate? Here are the details:

Where: Lyon Park Community Center (Clarendon)
When: Saturday, November 17
Cost: $40 (I think that includes table.)

Email Jeannette at for more information and an application!

Penny & Paul - October 13th!

Let's hear it for Penny & Paul -- a brand-new artist making their debut at the Ballston Arts Market on Saturday, October 13th!

Autumn is here and winter is on its way, so it's time for cozy hats and and warm baby booties! And Penny & Paul have a bunch of cool, colorful designs for you to choose from for yourself and the little ones in your life.

Check out Penny & Paul at the FINAL market of the season on Saturday, October 13th.  

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Halloween Shopping at the Ballston Arts Market

It's October. You know what that means. Halloween shopping at the Ballston Arts Market! Check out some of the awesome Halloween-themed items our artist have created with All Hallows Eve in mind!

Fast Snail

BoxBoy Demented Decoupage

Peace, Baby! Batiks

Creative Capes

Twisted Oak Press


Jon Wye

Check it out at the FINAL Ballston Arts Market of the season on Saturday, October 13th!