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Three Ways To Lighten Your Load Before Entering The Fair Grounds At Jazz Fest

Walking into Jazz Fest last Thursday was like walking on the beach with a cool breeze wafting in from the ocean.
As I approached the Contemporary Arts area the wind swirled around me and blew sand in my general direction and then Mother nature decided to sandblast me with her white sand!  Thus transporting me to my childhood days in Arizona.  Where the desert decided to sandblast me frequently.
Okay so real quickly lest you get bored.

Three ways to lighten your load BEFORE you enter the fair grounds.

First stop, looking at your left (if you entered River Side)...
Contemporary Crafts Tents

Three Artists MUST sees for the last weekend of Jazz Fest.

Picture from Michele A. Friedman

Michele had these beautiful earrings and necklaces that captured the vibrant colors of the rainbow but what was most fascinating was the versatility of her pieces.  You could add a blueberry to your necklace or maybe a raspberry or grape colored shape but if you are anything like me, LAZY, then adding or subtracting pieces is NOT going to happen.  However, you may want the option.


Picture from You Got Mojo
If this husband and wife operation is not Wabi-Sabi I do not know what is!  They reclaim vintage car metal and make all kinds of jewelry out of it.  Need I say more?

3.  Nancy Anderson of Sweetbird Studio Tent J

My missed opportunity to actually see Nancy's pieces go way back to 2005. I turned the corner and saw beautiful seas of turquoise I could not believe my luck!  I walked into a candy store filled with varying color, shapes, and clever sayings. 

Live Like You Mean It
Rare Bird
Never Stop Loving You
and my favorite
Fire Proof
So glad to have finally met Nancy.

But wait!  There is more...

Do not...I repeat DO NOT forget to visit our New Orleans very own.

Margo Manning Tent I

Thomas Mann Tent H

John Flemming Tent G

Gogo Borgerding Tent I


I cannot NOT mention my friend

  Kiki Huston Tent E

who is located at the Louisiana Marketplace.

Whew!  That is a lot of Jewelry Artists.  Did you notice that I only listed Jewelry Artists?  No...wait...I did mention a leather artist.  
Yay!  Not all jewelry.

And the one that got away...

Betsy Youngquist Tent I

Betsy was hovering over my head even before Jazz Fest began but was buried deep into my brain and never surfaced.

Betsy has these cool Antler Eye Pendants that I did not get a chance to salivate over.

Picture from Betsy Youngquist

SO...If anyone is out there today or tomorrow I would LOVE one with an eye to see you with.  What a great Mother's Day present that would be!


Visiting any and all of these booths has got to be a sure way 
to lighten your pocket book 
and we have not even entered the fair grounds yet.

I challenge you to leave a comment and tell me what your latest score was from Jazz Fest.  Whether it is a piece of art, clothes, food, or even drink. 

 Bring it on people because I want to see!



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