Making America Great Again! (not a political commentary)

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Are you sick and tired of hearing blowhard politicians ranting about how he or she is going to “bring America back” and “make it great again”?  I sure am.  For one, my idea of what makes a country great is probably not the same as that guy/gal thinks it is… so we’re not even talking apples to apples.  Of course we all love America, but some of us think the best cure is from the roots up and not from the top down.  But when do speak of produce, I know exactly where to find it – at the Farmers Markets.  And I am super excited that it’s THAT TIME AGAIN!

If you’re a crafter who sells your work at shows, this is probably the second most exciting  time of year for you (following Christmas!)  Not only is the weather warming up, the flowers and trees are all in bloom and the days are suddenly (magically) longer by an hour… AND there’s the official beginning of a new round of farmers markets!

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Here in East Dallas, we have enjoyed the wonderfully curated White Rock Local Market and watched it grow from a twice a month affair to an eight time a month market, changes in venue and even a change in name!  (to Good Local Markets)

Now there’s also a new couple of shows on the block that we’ll be checking out – The Marketplace Casa View –  and hoping that theybring good things to an area of town that is in need of some uplift and on the brink of some serious revitalization efforts by neighbors and businesses (Ferguson Road Initiative and Greater Casa View Alliance).

The shows are sponsored by an independent organizer for the benefit of the churches and the hoods themselves, and will be occuring twice monthly from 9am – 2pm: first Saturdays at St. Pius X Catholic church at 3030 Gus Thomason Road, and same times every second Saturdays at Ridge Point Fellowship at 11440 Ferguson Road.

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So when you wake up on Saturday or are out and about on Sunday – remember to stop by a friendly local market; pick up some fresh basil and tomatoes (and coffee, and eggs, and bread!) and stroll past the craft vendors.  We might have a perfect bangle bracelet or planted pot for you and a gift for your mom’s birthday.  You will have something one of a kind, and also support your local, American neighbor.  Isn’t that what keeps America strong?  Well, that and zombies.  Of course.

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One Kitten Journeys forth… into the bold new world of handmade Craft!

We love crafts.  We love local.  We love crafty local cats.  So we figured, who better to showcase our amazing new wares than our newest kitten, Ozzy!  He of the black fur and slightly malevolent attitude.

Let him be your guide through some of the wares.  If he looks a little bewildered, it’s probably because there are so many new artists… or because he’s a little bit hungry.

ozzy likes to read

Call me Black Bart!  Carved books by Letter Lounge

ozzy in the window

Through a window darkly… the only way a black cat can…window by Kim and Russ Aman

me eat plants now

Oh yes, I was right… he was getting hungry.  Plants in concrete pots by Concrete Notions.  Also pick-n-pot option; find an empty pot and a plant that you like.  We’ll pot it with the gravel of your choice.

ozzy likes girly things bags

What?  No, Ozzy, there is NO food in those gorgeous leather handbags by Luna and the Cowboy!

got my snake

Patty Haskins catnip snakes are Ozzy’s favorite.  Too bad the video didn’t take because he was having a BLAST!  Had to buy this one for him.

ozzy finds out something in a book

“Um, I just read that you guys are going to do something to my kitty bits?!”

Sorry, but the truth is sometimes painful.  I guess the “V” was the clue….

See you all soon!  Saturday April 5… here:

10242 E. Northwest Highway

Dallas, TX  75238