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Elysian Fleas & Po-Boy Fest This Weekend!

This has been a crazy-busy week. Last night was the free encore screening of "Handmade Nation" at the Big Top - I didn't get it together to blog about it before it happened, sadly. But we had a small crowd come out to catch the movie and do some early holiday shopping, and I got to take in the Rock Art Circus show that's on display right now at the Big Top. It's pretty cool if you haven't been by to see it yet. Can't remember how long it's up but you should check it out before it comes down. Lots of really interesting and edgy rock/music themed art and craft.

Today is a day off for me, more or less, as Fae and I have a friend in from Louisville who is staying with us tonight, and I'm going to drive her around and give her the abridged disaster/sight-seeing tour. I really need to be working on holiday ornaments for a wholesale order, but our friend is only here til tomorrow, and it's important to spend time with her. So ornaments will wait.

Saturday, I'm slated to vend at the Elysian Fleas market from 11am - 5pm. Right now is saying there's a 70% chance of thunderstorms, though, so I'm not really sure what that means for the market. If you recall, last month there was some confusion around the Elysian Fleas market due to rain, resulting in them ending up having two markets two consecutive weekends. I was hoping for no rain this month to mess things up, but I guess we'll see. I'll keep ya posted.

If it does happen, I'll be there with all my wares, in the lot at 527 Elysian Fields between Decatur and Chartres. (Look for the big sign!) It's a fun, funky little market that mixes in real flea market fare with vintage, hand-crafted and recycled stuff of all kinds, including several artists and crafters. There's also food by Woody's famous fish tacos, Crepes a la Cart, Beaucoup Nola Snoballs and drinks by Abita Beer and the official Elysian Fleas cocktail: handpressed Canes Elysee sugarcane juice spiked with Old New Orleans Rum. There's also live music by Washboard Rodeo and vagabond band Debauch. So cross yer fingers for better weather forecasts!

Then on Sunday, which also happens to be my sweetheart Fae's birthday (yay!), we'll be set up on Dante Street with the New Orleans Craft Mafia and a host of other crafty folks at an unofficial Po-Boy Fest market. See all the details in the flyer to the right. I'm looking forward to being able to watch/listen to the Saints game at noon while selling my wares, and Fae is looking forward to eating as many po-boys as possible for her birthday! Some of our Craft Mafia gals will be vending at the official Po-Boy Fest, on Oak Street (Unique Products, Bayou Salvage/Nola Salvage), but most of the rest of us will be set up in the front yard of Mafiosa Emily (of Sweet Olive Soap Works), just a few doors down from Oak on Dante. Stop by if you want to get out of the crowds and do some holiday shopping, or just want to say hello and wish Fae a happy birthday!

And yes, I will do a recap of our cruise last week... I just haven't had the time yet. Perhaps later today. It was quite an adventure. But I'll tell ya all about it soon. If you catch me in person this weekend, you'll get to hear even more. Hope I see some of y'all out and about!

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