A Bazaar Day

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Spent a fantastic afternoon at the Armadillo Christmas Bizarre. I always love this Austin tradition, shopping for locally made, unique gifts while Austin musicians play in the background. And today was no different. The Palmer Events Center was stacked full with row after row of often handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces, which I perused while Eliza Gilkyson sang.

Went home with this from artist Jay Long: www.jaylongstudio.com

Went home with this from artist Jay Long: http://www.jaylongstudio.com

For me, it’s inspiring to see the art and the artists at the show. Their commitment to their work, from the sheer volume they’re able to create – be prolific, they always tell us writers – to their willingness to stand and sell it day after day.

Got this beautiful gift from Curious Customs: curiouscustoms.com

Got this beautiful gift from Curious Customs: curiouscustoms.com

And, with so many amazingly beautiful pieces, it’s affirming to see people’s willingness to trust their imaginations. Whether molding wire into ornate sculptures or seeing art in flattened bottle tops, some truly creative people are at this year’s show.

It holds glasses! wolfsittler.zenfolio.com

It holds eyeglasses! wolfsittler.zenfolio.com

I don’t believe all art is meant to speak to all people, but I’d be flabbergasted if you couldn’t find at least one thing there that spoke to you.

A gift for myself - a handmade journal: ionahandcraftedbooks.com

A gift for myself – a handmade journal: ionahandcraftedbooks.com

And, in true Austin fashion, the canine community was not left out. The Texas Hearing and Service Dogs non-profit, which adopts dogs from shelters and trains them to be service dogs, was there accepting donations. To say thanks, they sent me home with a dog.

But the best part of all? I now have 99% of my Christmas shopping complete! Now, what to get the sister….

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