Monday, April 30, 2012

LLS Team in Training Artist Raffle - May 12th!

Everyone in Ballston has been so generous is the past, we have to do it again! It's Artist Raffle Time! And, our charity of choice for OPENING DAY, SATURDAY, MAY 12th is:

Team In Training trains over 1,000 athletes in the area each year in preparation for a number of marathons, half-marathons, triathlons and century rides. In return, our participants raise money for their cause.  

So, whataya say we hold a raffle for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on SATURDAY, MAY 12th? They'll hang out with us all day, share some information and host a raffle, where ALL ticket sales will benefit their wonderful organization.  

Crafty May-sellers: If you would like to donate a small item (no more than $20) to the raffle on April 9th, please contact for more info. This is completely voluntary, folks. But, if you decide to donate a little something, I bet karma will bless you from above. And I'll give you a big hug. 


Wanna get something cool, different and completely handcrafted by a local artist for Mother's Day? Well, MOTHERBORED has tons of unique, up-cycled jewelry created straight from salvaged computers.

Choose from bracelets, earrings, necklaces and more -- perfect for the mother who has it all. Check out all the geekery galore at the Ballston A&C Market's Opening Day celebration on Saturday, May 12th!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Red & Main - May 12th!

Whether you are a yeti fanatic, Bigfoot freak, monster aficionado, Cthulhu junkie or just a sucker for a cute critter, Red & Main has got you covered.

Red & Main artist, Meg, freaking loves ceramics. She  also loves animals, monsters, geekery and all things awesome. And it shows. Each one of her ceramic creatures is hand-sculpted, then fired in the kiln that lives in her guest bedroom.

Every Red & Main piece represents a unique, one-of -a-kind expression of something that makes Meg happy. They make me SUPER happy, too.

Let Meg's little creatures make you happy! See the collection in person at the Ballston A&C Market's Opening Day celebration on Saturday, May 12th!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Itty Bitty Press - May 12

Itty Bitty Press is a husband (Jay) and wife (Bri) team of designers and screen printers from Richmond, Virginia. Jay has worked in small print shops in prepress and design. Bri is a graduate of the VCU School of arts with a degree in Interior Design.

And, we couldn't be more excited to have them and their incredibly vivid, original and creative screen-printed designs join us at the Opening Day celebration on Saturday, May 12th.

Let's give these true artisans a big Ballston welcome and adorn our walls with their prints and posters.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

jem • lew: the love project | Pre Launch Benefiting Becky's Fund

Wanna support a fantastic organization, eat yummy food and look at (and buy!) pretty jewelry all at the same time?

Please come and help Melissa Lew & Jennifer Miller celebrate the pre-launch of their new collaboration, jem • lew -- scheduled to launch at a style/gifting lounge at the MTV Movie Awards!

The party is on Wednesday, May 16th from 6 to 10pm at Willow Restaurant (4301 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA 22203).

A percentage of all sales will be donated to Becky's Fund! So, join us in  support Becky's Fund, and enjoy tasty hors d'oeuvres, generously provided by Willow Restaurant.

RSVP at the jem • lew Facebook page, and please feel free to invite others!

See you there!

Monday, April 23, 2012

FREE Upcycled Giveaway from Nikdapooh Designs!

Hey Craft-lovers! We have another awesome contest for you guys! Nikdapooh Designs, one of the Market's favorite artists, is helping us get psyched for Opening Day on Saturday, May 12th.

Nidkapooh Designs and the Ballston A&C Market is teaming up to offer you this FREE upcycled light bulb vase, handcrafted especially for a Ballston A&C Market fan, like YOU!

This recycled light bulb is a wonderful vase that you can fill with water and put a flower or plant inside.

All you have to do is hop online to facebook and "like" the Nikdapooh Design page. Then, go ahead and comment on this post and tell me what you are looking forward to the most about the 2012 season of the Ballston A&C Market! (Contestants must have a USA shipping address to be eligible for entry.)

Remember, "liking" Nikdapooh Designs on Facebook is an eligibility requirement for anyone entering this giveaway.

So, what are you waiting for? ENTER for your chance to win a colorful, original piece of re-purposed artwork by Nikdapooh Designs. We'll randomly pick the winner on Monday, April 30th. Good luck!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Great Gifts for Earth Day!

Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22nd! So, in celebration, I just thought I'd mention that the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market is an environment friendly event! Instead of using all conventional electricity, Welburn Square uses solar power to keep the Market bright and our musicians plugged in.

The market is also proud to host some of the best eco-friendly artisans around! Check out which of your favorite Ballston A&C Market exhibitors are also doing their part to keep this world a greener place. Then, see you all on Opening Day, May 12th!

Herban Lifestyle


Fitbliss Organics

Fast Snail


Ashyleybug Organic Bibs & Burp Cloths

Babus Toys


Nikdapooh Designs


See you Opening Day on May 12th!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ashleybug Organic Bibs & Burp Cloths - MAY 12th!

Okay, folks. how cute are these little organic bibs and burp cloths by Ashleybug?  Perfect for drooly little ones, Ashleybug bibs and burp cloths are made from soft organic cotton with vintage designs -- all one of a kind.

Great for everyday use, they make perfect baby gifts!  All items are handmade with custom organic sateen fabric exclusive to Ashleybug and backed with absorbent organic flannel.

See Ashleybug's adorable handmade creations in person at Opening Day of Ballston Arts & Crafts Market on SATURDAY, MAY 12th!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mother's Day with the Ballston A&C Market

Hey! Did you know that  Mother's Day this year is on May 13th, a day after the Opening Day celebration of the Ballston A&C Market on May 12th?!

So, stop by the Market on May 12th to find the perfect gift for Mom. Check out some of the artwork she will LOVE to have on Mother's Day!

Sarah Cecelia

Fast Snail


Red & Main

Pocketful of Posy

Bette's Bags

Herban Lifestyle

April Alyane

Lanaypi Designs
Kosmoceratops - Art Square

Maple Creek Designs

David Jenkins Papercuttig

See you on Opening Day, May 12th!

We have a Wiener ... I Mean WINNER!

CONGRATULATIONS April G! You are the WINNER of the Ballston A&C Market / Shabby Apple giveaway!!

Thank you everyone for entering. We will have another contest to enter on MONDAY from one of your favorite Ballston A&C Marker artists! Stay tuned ...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

U.S. Wood Toys - May 12th!

These wooden pets are in need of good loving homes. They don't eat and they don't make much of a mess.

It is recommended that their new owners be between the ages of six months to four years, but they will welcome owners of all ages.

Get your own all-natural, eco-friendly wooden toy by U.S. Wood Toys on Opening Day, May 12th of the Ballston A&C Market!

Thank YOU, Participants!

Thank you to everyone who entered the Shabby Apple giveaway. We will announce the winner later today!


Monday, April 16, 2012

Sarah Cecelia Jewelry - May 12

Less than a month left to go until Openng Day of the Ballston A&C Market on May 12th! Are you getting excited?

One of the new artists who I am thrilled to have join us is Sarah Cecelia Jewelry. Known for her elegant simplicity, some Sarah Cecelia's pieces have become my go-to jewelry, like her sweet heart stud earrings and her beautiful diamond link necklace.

Perfect for a Mother's Day gift or a present for yourself, Sarah Cecelia's collection is classic jewelry at its best. Come see for yourself at the Ballston A&C Market Opening Day celebration on May 12th (a day before Mother's Day!).

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Awesome Returning Artisans!

Ya know, the Market would not be the same if our favorite artists didn't return season after season. Thanks, guys, for all of your amazing artwork throughout the years. Here's just a taste of the artisans who are back this season at the Ballston A&C Market!

Freund 'n' Friends

Bette's Bags

Jules' Jewels

Herban Lifestyle

Holland Cox

Melissa Lew


Wunder Around

Steven L. Miller Words and Images

babus toys

Nikdapooh Designs

See you on OPENING DAY, MAY 12th!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Hinckley Pottery 21st Annual Student Show

This sounds like fun! And, it's right in Adams Morgan.

More than two dozen potters will be selling their work at the Hinckley Pottery 21st Annual Student Show at on Sunday, May 6th from 11am - 5pm. The studio is located in the heart of Adams Morgan at 1707 Kalorama Road, NW.

The potters work in stoneware and porcelain and incorporate more than 30 different glazes ranging from vibrant blues and greens to ochre and rust earth tones. The show will feature platters, bowls, mugs, vases, teapots and other vessels. And, all of the pottery is meant to be used and enjoyed!

Come and meet the potters, enjoy delicious food, and find one-of-a-kind, handmade gifts for housewarmings, Mother’s Day, graduations, weddings and everyday use.

For more info, check out their Facebook event page.

Cool, right?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Big Things in Store at Luri & Wilma!!

Our Partners in Craft, Luri & Wilma, have so many fabulous things planned I just have to share them with you guys!

Okay. Where do I start? Well, first of all, here's the BIG news: Luri & Wilma are going bimonthly! Yep. Now you can get your "all-things-awesome" fix every other month. How cool is that? Their May/June issue is in the works right now, so keep your eyes peeled for that one!

Let's see. What else? Oh! They are also publishing a green guide for Earth Day. It will be just a little over 20 pages on cool, green companies. So, for all of you environment friendly DC crafters out there, if you are interested in advertising in their green issue, let 'em know you are part of the Ballston A&C Market team. They'll give you a great discount!

Love. Love. LOVE Luri & Wilma.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Shabby Apple $75 Giveaway!

We have an exciting opportunity for all of our blog readers! How would you like a fun, flirty dress  for FREE?

Yep. You heard me. FREE. NADA. ZIP. ZERO. ZILCH.

Shabby Apple, a super-chic, super-feminine online boutique wants to offer Ballston A&C Market blog readers a FREE $75 gift card. All you have to do is hop online to facebook and "like" The Shabby Apple page.

Then, go ahead and comment on this post and tell me which Shabby Apple dress is your favaorite ... and YOU could win it!! (Contestants must have a USA shipping address to be eligible for entry.)

Remember, "liking" Shabby Apple on Facebook is an eligibility requirement for anyone entering this giveaway.

So, what are you waiting for! ENTER for your chance to win a stylish Shabby Apple original! We'll randomly pick the winner on April 16th. Good luck!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sneak Peak - New Exhibitors!

Wanna little sneak peak of a few of the fresh, new exhibitors we have joining us this season? Of course you do.
 Kosmoceratops - Art Sqaured

House of Reboot

Itty Bitty Press

Phul Effect

Jon Wye

RedStar East

U.S. Wood Toys

Sarah Cecelia

Your welcome.