Friday, November 26, 2010

Atomic Holiday Bazaar digs Kristen McGuigan, Fine Art & Photography

Atomic Holiday Bazaar video Thanksgiving crafter/artist/photographer is Kristen McGuigan, Fine Art and Photography.  Ms. McGuigan is appearing at both day shows, Sat., 12/11 & 12/12. 

She also works for an Atomic sponsor, Sarasota's Jessica's Frame Shop on 1st street. So it's a win win for Atomic! Check out her felt key chains...the perfect stocking stuffer for sure!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Lolablue, Indulge Yourself. Respect Mother Earth

The other night I did a long rambling video blog about Jamie Lovern of Lolablue who makes hand-crafted natural body products and candles.  Lolablue (Jamie) has been with Atomic for four years and I don't think my video blog really does her products justice.  I've attached the video so you can shove a fork into your eyeball due to my incessant rambling which I tried to make relatable to the products, but I need to give this lady the props she deserves!  In the future, I will try and make videos that are about a minute long.  I PROMISE!

First off, Jamie delivered a box of her delicious goodies that will be available at both Atomic day shows on 12/11 and12/12...follow your nose, she will be in the fragrant booth with her husband who I think has worked beside her at every show (nice to have a partner in crime like that!).

Lolablue offers two types of soaps - 100% Natural - pure essential oils and
97% Natural - blend of essential & phthalate-free cosmetic grade fragrance oil.

I had the pleasure of trying the Spearmint Lime Mint soap, it is pure pleasure.  Right now as I type this I have the 100% Pure Peppermint soap sitting next to me which I can smell as I type.  The soap lathers up nicely and really did leave me feeling refreshed and clean and who doesn't want to feel that way?  Well, maybe little boys prefer the opposite.

As I mentioned in the video, I also tried her Daily Bliss Aromatherapy Mister in a Clove Patchouli Mint.  I am a reformed Clove smoker (mainly because they can't be sold in the U.S.) and because it's a rotten habit.  However, the scent of a Clove cigarette is a delicious smell, reminds me of Thanksgiving hams shoved full of cloves, yum.  I have never been a huge fan of Patchouli, let's face it, that scent has been a huge cover up for most of the Dead Heads out there who probably could really use a large dose of some of the soaps I mentioned.  But I must confess, Jamie hit this scent out of the ballpark because I've been misting myself for two days straight.  Just shake and spray and tag, you are it.  Good mixture my dear, very clean, non offensive, non burning to the nose, very subtle and clean.  I love this product, can't believe I do, but I do and if I didn't love it, I wouldn't have wasted an entire paragraph on it.

I have not lit the Holiday Mulberry 100% organic soy botanical wax candle but it's 11 ounces of hand poured love.  This candle burns three times longer than paraffin wax candles.  It smells delicious and I think I am going to have to light it up tonight since I'm having guests over...don't worry Jamie, I'll buy it!

Oh, two more things, I am totally addicted to chap sticks, I try all of them and have my favorites but Lolablue's Pucker Up is awesome.  Chap stick, truly one of my first addictions (don't worry folks nothing has ever been to the point of where I'd end up in the Betty Ford clinic), but if I had to go live on an island and could only take a few things, the Pucker Up would be one of them.  Per Lolablue, her Pucker Up Natural Peppermint "is stimulating and cooling it improves concentration and mental sharpness, helps with nausea and motion sickness as well as headaches. Peppermint produces a cooling sensation and then a warming sensation, getting the blood flowing to the spot of application so LOOK OUT LIPS - PUCKER UP!"

Last but not least, her SKY CLAD Muscle Rescue 100% Natural Sugar Scrub.  Oh, praise Jamie, this stuff is delicious.  I am outside a lot.  I run a lot.  My skin needs constant moisturizing.  This muscle scrub left my skin feeling invigorated and soft and it was fun to use. 

All of her products are packaged nicely, ready for gifting for a special friend or for your special self.  I am always happy to have Lolablue be a part of Atomic!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Altruistic and Benevolent Atomic Misfits!

Atomic is sort of like the movie Ground Hog's Day, I've been doing this annually for five years.  Atomic has become a tradition for me which is kind of cool since my family really wasn't into traditional celebrations for the most part.   Two years ago, I almost missed opening up the auditorium on time.  My alarm didn't go off, I thought I was going to have to take my boyfriend to the hospital the night before and it was a long, long night.  We slept in but thankfully my friend Da'reen was spending the night and he woke us up.  I made it to the auditorium in five minutes but I would have been in deep trouble if I hadn't of packed the car the night before. 

Today I want to introduce you to some of the Atomic Misfits who give a bit back of their proceeds to the community from the sales of the lovely items they create.  The reason I brought up Ground Hog's Day is because the first person I want to write about is Michelle Sampson of Gimme Shelter, a not for profit dog rescue and adoption shelter.  Ms. Sampson has been with Atomic from the very first year, she does the work I wish I could do but don't have the courage to do.   

Look for the Gimme Shelter booth at both Atomic day shows on Saturday, 12/11 and 12/12, she will have dogs on hand who are in deep need of a home for a life time.  We will also have a raffle for Gimme Shelter featuring some really fabulous donated items from local businesses and from the crafters and artists in Atomic as well.  The winner will be announced after the conclusion of Atomic on Monday 12/13.

Kerry Chen of Little Miss Crafty Chick will be working the Saturday 12/11 shows with 10% of her proceeds going to benefit local non-profit animal rescues such as the Humane Society of Pinellas, Suncoast Animal League and Internet Mini Pin Service.  Look for her booth because she is going to have an eclectic and colorful array of hand crafted items for sale.


Betsy Kennedy of be jewelry  has been a part of Atomic since 2006 (year 1), originally as the Most Valuable Volunteer
"MVV" ever but she now sells her handcrafted silver-smithed jewelry at Atomic.  Betsy creates personalized to order pendants for Manasota BUDS, the local Manasota Down Syndrome Awareness group.  These pendants will not be available at the show as they are personalized, however, you can visit her website and order this very special pendant HERE.

Rose Shariati of Rose's Whimsical Garden will be at the Sunday, 12/12 Atomic show and she donates a percentage of her proceeds to Somaly Mam Foundation which is an organization established to help rescue children/adults that are working in brothels.  Somaly Mam Foundation helps relocate people rescued to safe houses where they live and are treated if they have any medical issues, as well as educate them so that when they leave the shelter they have a skill that will help them get a job and make it hopefully, easier to rejoin society.

Zim Kids returns for a second year to the Saturday 12/11 Atomic show.  The ZIMKIDS ORPHAN TRUST provides food, medical care and training for the future to 160 of Zimbabwe's neediest orphans.  The orphans, who make dolls and wire toys for their own play, regularly create extra toys which are sold at events such as Atomic with 100 percent of the proceeds of those donations returned to the children in the form of food, school fees, clothing, medical supplies, or whatever else a given child needs.
Jennifer Bement of Redheaded Stepchild Designs is donating 10% of her sales to the Southeastern Guide Dogs.

Established in 1982, Southeastern Guide Dogs’ mission is to create and nurture a partnership between a visually impaired individual and a guide dog, facilitating life’s journey with mobility, independence and dignity. Through their programs Paws for Independence™, Paws for Patriots™, and Gifted Canines™ they have more than 600 active guide dog teams across the nation and continue to add more than 70 teams annually, all at no charge to the guide dog recipient, thanks to the generous support of donors and volunteers.

Last but not least, Jen Bartolone of My Pup Roxwho will be at the Sunday, 12/12, Atomic show, donates 10% of her proceeds to Canine Castaways, a local non-profit volunteer organization that rescues dogs in need.  They are a fantastic organization; Jen adopted her dog from Canine Castaways and that is why she began making her fabulous collars!  It's a total win-win having her at Atomic and I can't wait to see her colorful table of dog collars.

I'm sure there are more benevolent Atomic artists and crafters and customers who give back to the community or Mother Earth in their own special way.  Man, that just sounded like a cheesy Hallmark card and really I should be throttled for that sentence...whatever, it's good to be good and it's nice to be nice and it's wonderful to give the gift of giving.  Hallmark, hire me.  I'm a poet, didn't you know it?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Sea of Bees, Magical Wearable Woodfolk Critters at all three Atomic Shows!

Stephanie Rivas of Sea of Bees...I couldn't be any more excited about this designer hitting all three Atomic shows this year...check out the beautiful bird ring I am wearing in this video blog.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Know No Truth, the art of Landon Richmond

Know No Truth, the art of Landon Richmond
Originally uploaded by Atomic Holiday Bazaar

Landon Richmond of Know No Truth is making his first appearance at Atomic this year, hauling his ass and his art from some far away snowy place to the sunny confines of Sarasota's Municipal Auditorium.

Landon recently entered a contest to win a gallery space for the Art Expo in New York (it's a big deal to get into this show). He has worked passionately for years on his art and I am hopeful if you are familiar with Landon's art or are new to it and like it, maybe you will take a few seconds to vote for him and help him win a spot at the NY Art Expo.  You don't have to sign up for anything, it's a simple mouse vote click and you'll be on your merry way. 

Here is the piece he submitted to the Art Expo:

Also if you are interested in learning more about Landon, here is a short 7 minute movie filmed by the very talented Joe Martino based around the creation of this painting, and who Landon is as an artist which you can watch here: KNOW NO TRUTH VIDEO.

I really dig Landon's illustrative nature of the dark side melded with the living flesh of the day to day.  You'll find him at all three of the Atomic shows this year.