Arte Es Vida

First Fridays in San Antonio by arteesvida

The first friday of every month is the day of a popular event in San Antonio’s artsy Southtown.  There are lots of street vendors, musicians, and dancers and the local galleries stay open late and host open houses.  This month it fell on the Fourth Of July so we expected it to be great fun.  Unfortunately, it got pretty much rained out.

This guy, the owner of, had a cover for his booth and stuck it out.  That flower is made entirely of vinyl records.

I also picked up this armadillo at Inter Artisan.  They find amazing oaxacan carvings that I don’t see anywhere else.  Amalitos are traditionally in static poses, you don’t see them like this guy, turning to look at you.  Or my other current favorite in the shop, a zebra scratching his ear with his back paw.

Their prices are great and they go on buying trips several times a year, their next one is in two months and they have an assignment to find Molly a muerta Frida for her Christmas present.

This place also has fun stuff though not necessarily high artisan quality…I purchased two huge tin milagros to hang in my kitchen (pictures forthcoming).

Usually we spend hours at First Friday but this was the extent of it after the rain started.  We ended up going out to Amy’s Ice Cream and to the bookstore instead.  Happy late 4th of July!

This Saturday, San Antonians! by arteesvida
August 21, 2007, 3:52 pm
Filed under: General Info & Housekeeping, Home and Garden

*/- Turn over a new leaf this gardening season -/*
*City holds bin sale to promote backyard composting*

Starting your own backyard compost can be made easier thanks to the
City’s Environmental Services Department compost bin sale program. The
one-day sale will be held, rain or shine, on* Saturday, August 25* from
8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the following locations:

o *Wal-Mart Supercenter Parking Lot at 8030 Bandera Road*
o *Wal-Mart Supercenter Parking Lot at 16503 Nacogdoches Road*
o *Wal-Mart Supercenter Parking Lot at 3302 S.E. Military Drive*

Through this program, individuals can purchase an Earth Machine™ home
composting device for only $20 plus tax (while supplies last); the bin
retails for $80. Payment is accepted in the form of cash or check. In
addition to the sale, residents will be provided with information on
composting and recycling. This event is an initiative the City is making
to promote home composting that helps residents care for the earth in
their own backyards while reducing the amount of waste going to the

The Earth Machine™ can be used to compost fruit and vegetable scraps,
crushed eggshells, tea bags, coffee grounds and filters in to soil humus
for your lawn and garden. Composting at home can reduce household
garbage by up to 30%. Compost creates a rich, all natural soil nutrient
for landscapes, gardens, and houseplants. Compost also enhances soil’s
ability to retain moisture and can reduce reliance on chemical
fertilizers as well as suppresses plant diseases and pests.

The Earth Machine™ sale is financed with funds from the Texas Commission
on Environmental Quality through the Alamo Area Council of Governments.

Houston Center For Contemporary Craft Call For Entries by arteesvida
July 23, 2007, 11:29 pm
Filed under: General Info & Housekeeping, Linky Goodness

Came in today’s snail mail: 

 Apply now through 3.1.08 at

 CraftTexas 2008 is in the fifth in a series of juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary art.  The exhibition is open to all artists currently residing in Texas and working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and in found/recycled materioals.  CraftTexas will be on view May 24 to Aug 17 2008 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

This year, HCCC is going digital with the CaFE online application and digital jury system. 

 For application guidelines and the latest information on artist training and workshops, visit

 To apply directly go to

Last Load Of Stuff On Ebay!! by arteesvida
June 15, 2007, 9:48 pm
Filed under: General Info & Housekeeping

My last ebay lots are up (a huge lot of Somerset Studio issues and a huge lot of blank board books)….I still have stuff available for trade including some vintage buttons, and WWII era ephemera.  Drop me a line if you want to trade arty goodies!  Now that I am getting the garage cleaned out I’m starting to feel like making jewelry again!!!!

Recipe Goodness by arteesvida
June 10, 2007, 7:20 pm
Filed under: General Info & Housekeeping, Kitchen Magic

Even though I haven’t posted a recipe here in a while, I will definately continue to do so.  It will probably be, generally speaking, delicious and slightly bad for you things.  For recipes for delicious and much better for you things, check out my G.I Diet blog.

Arty Stuff For Trade by arteesvida
June 10, 2007, 7:09 pm
Filed under: General Info & Housekeeping

 Vintage cards from the 40s and 50s (mother’s day and mom’s bday cards).  I think there is 9 total

A big lot of ephemera from the 40s and 50s and maybe early 60s.  Instructions for using an old fashioned television, utliity receipts etc.

Vintage 80s postcards, mostly from Texas and California.  25 total, I think.

A HUGE amount of vintage buttons (70s and 80s I think, I don’t know much about buttons so I’m not good at dating them).  Most of them are still on their button cards.

Asian Ephemera Packs with joss paper, asian postcards, fortune cookie fortunes (will also have some Mexican ephemera packs soon!)
Trading for: mostly prefer original art instead of more supplies, I’m working on cleaning OUT.  Zines are also good.  I’m open to suggestions!

Ebay Stuff by arteesvida
May 30, 2007, 1:26 am
Filed under: General Info & Housekeeping, Linky Goodness

The cleanout continues!  Currently there are several vintage ephemera packs and back issues of Expression and Polymer Care magazine for sale.  The Bead Unique back issues already got snapped up!

Watch for more forthcoming…I have back issues of Belle Armoire and Somerset Studio including some ones from the 90s coming next!