Thursday, September 22, 2011

Atomic Saturday NIGHT show CANCELLED.

The Saturday, 12/10/11 show has been cancelled.  Atomic Holiday Bazaar will continue on with its usual day shows scheduled for Saturday, 12/10/11 and Sunday, 12/11/11.

There are numerous reasons as to why the evening portion of the show has been cancelled, here are the top three.

I was hopeful to find a local Sarasota entity/human/organization to co-brand the evening portion of the Atomic show.  I presented my idea to several people in town, strangely, (at least to me) no one seemed to be able to grasp the concept.  I made a feeble effort to meet with some other people but scheduling conflicts and day to day life and work got me side tracked.

I was hoping I could find someone who would share the workload and share auditorium expenses (only expenses related to the hours for the evening show) and I would split the door proceeds down the middle with them.  This could have been a wonderful monetary opportunity for someone who could not really afford to rent the auditorium  -- since the city won't let anyone rent the building for half a day.  I thought this concept could work for someone who wanted to raise money for a charity during the holiday season or to simply be an event promoter and have an off the beaten path type of party, which incidentally would have included the fabulous Atomic indie crafters.

Also, managing the evening show in addition to running two fully loaded day shows has really taken a toll on my personal creativity and it will be nice to actually perhaps make something again with my two hands instead of being glued to the computer.

Lastly, a very good friend of mine is getting married on 12/10 and I am really hopeful that I can make it to her wedding reception after working the day show on Saturday.

As Scarlett Atomic O'Hara said, "after all....tomorrow is another day.  So perhaps next year I'll try and throw another evening Atomic party.  Until then, can't wait to see all of you at the Atomic day shows on Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th!

Hugs and Stitches,

Adrien Lucas

Friday, September 16, 2011

B'sue Boutique's "Sari Ribbon Party Blog Hop....You're Invited!"


Recently I met B'sue online, I was looking trolling through YouTube and stumbled upon her jewelry video how-to's.  She instantly captured me with her down to earth style in front of the camera, her sense of humor and her wonderfully amusing large cats who make an occasional appearance.  More importantly though, she shares her knowledge of jewelry design and shows you in video how to do-it-yourself. 
When I read her "About" page I found out we were both from Ohio and she worked at the Rogers Flea Market for years...one of my most favorite places to shop.  What I also liked about her "About" page was her complete honesty about the nature of her work and how she got there.  We could all learn a lot from B,Sue (and yes there is a story to her name) in more ways than one!
Oh, also, she has a wonderful jewelry supply online store.  Her inventory is affordable and a wonderful place to go if you are like me and may need a certain strange piece to fix a vintage jewelry piece.
She is having a contest that ends next month and I told her I'd share her post with my Atomic peeps.  The info regarding the contest is below...or you all can simply jump over to her website!  Cheers!

We've had a number of challenges with Five and Dime Style at B'sue Boutiques, but this is our VERY FIRST blog hop!  The date is Friday, October 14th.    The rules are VERY simple:
1.  Your entry must be a piece of jewelry, and it must have some sari ribbon in it.   That might be:
a cuff you have woven out of it
a necklace with a neckline treatment that incorporates it
a cuff wrapped with sari
bezels tied with sari
sari ribbon accents on chain
flowers made of sari
....those are just a few ideas.   You do what you want.   YOU ARE THE DESIGNER.   But it can't be a jacket, a purse, a decorator item......IT HAS TO BE A PIECE OF JEWELRY.  And it has to be sari ribbon (although you can also incorporate other ribbons into the piece, as well).  That means it will be a:
bracelet
necklace
ring
brooch
earrings
or....hair jewelry will be accepted.
The sari ribbon and components do NOT have to be purchased from B'sue Boutiques, but of course, I'd be lying if I didn't say I appreciate your patronage.  LOL
The sari is found here at B'sue Boutiques
http://www.bsueboutiques.com/item/Sari-Ribbon-7550  don't worry if the inventory is showing low....we have LOTS more.   Just let me know!  I'll fix it.
2.  YOU MUST HAVE A BLOG.   I'm not going to be able to sponsor photos on my blog---except Meep's!  
To be honest, if you don't have a blog, maybe this is just the impetus you need to get one started.  If you sell your work, you are really remiss if you aren't using a blog to feature your work and talk about it.   It's a valuable asset.  Many blog formats, like BLOGGER, are free!  They are also simple to set up.  
3.  When you commit to being a participant, I will save your name and your blog URL to a Word document.   The day before the hop (13th) I will post the participants and their URLS here at this blog.   Everyone who has signed up will have the responsibility to come and get the list and post it on THEIR blog, along with their photos and whatever they want to say about their entry, on their blogs EARLY AS POSSIBLE on October 14.
Having the list on your blog with your entry is ESSENTIAL for the hop to work.   That's what a blog hop is, you hop from blog to blog to look at the entries.  So if you don't post the list, it won't be fair to the rest.  ;-)
As much as possible, you will want to leave a comment about others' blog hop entries, when you visit their blogs on that day, too.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Atomic Holiday Bazaar Seeks Sponsors

I am inviting you to join me this year as a sponsor of my 6th annual Atomic Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th, held at the historical art deco Sarasota Municipal Auditorium.

If you are not familiar with my show, Atomic Holiday Bazaar is an indie Arts &Crafts’ fair featuring hand made 21st century crafts. Indie craft fairs have popped up everywhere across the nation with shows such as the nationwide Renegade Craft Fair, and the Chicago, DIY Trunk Show. Six years ago I decided to create Atomic in Sarasota for people like me who walk a little off the beaten path and didn't want to do their holiday shopping at large department stores. Atomic is not your granny's craft show and is known locally for its unique, affordable and slightly irreverent atmosphere. Here is a link to a video from SNN Channel 6 shot a few years ago to give you a better understanding about all things Atomic: ATOMIC 2009 NEWS CLIP.

Sponsors of Atomic Holiday Bazaar are recognized in the community as leaders who openly value resources and labor, as evidenced by your support of independent artists and crafters in our community and afar. Atomic crafters join the shows this year from as far as Guatemala, numerous states in the U.S. and the entire state of Florida. Each day 1200 people walk through the door to shop at Atomic; last year the ATM machine was cleaned out twice to an amount of $10K which was spent at the shows; that's an amazing statistic considering the economy the past few years.

I work tirelessly on this show through an extensive Friends list on Facebook and have grown vendors and shoppers from diverse geographic areas. I use any and every source of online social media to ensure Atomic is saturating the advertising market.Please consider joining current sponsors the Sarasota Herald Tribune Ticket, Mommy Magazine, Anything Arts, Sarasota Music Scene, Jessica's Framing Studio, Clothesline and the Suncoast Quad Squad roller girls in supporting this unique community event.

I sincerely appreciate corporate and individual sponsors and hope your generous commitment can be added in helping to continue a community holiday tradition supporting indie-artists. I am also interested in sponsor-in-trade agreements, if you have a cool idea that you think will compliment both your business and the Atomic shows, I am all ears! Please contact me if you have any questions regarding the upcoming Atomic shows and ask me to shoot you a listing of the Atomic Sponsorship Levels.