It’s Charity Tuesday…

It’s Charity Tuesday and our donation this month helps beat the Summer heat! 

(Read more about the inspiration for our monthly donations… https://naturallysusans.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/we-were-inspired/

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Join Us at Celebate Brooklyn!’s Summer Concert Series!

We’re so excited! We’ll be among 17 local artisans selected to participate in our shop at BRIC’s Celebrate Brooklyn! Summer concert series. This is our fourth season participating in the Shop and our all-natural and organic skin care products from Bug Sprays to Facial Mists to our coveted Avocado Moisturizers will be featured with other wares including picnic blankets, jewelry, and one-of-a-kind apparel. The Shop will be open during each performance, so come by to enjoy the performances and to say hello! 

For more details, see our press release below or check out our website at http://nyhandmadecollective.org/celebratebrooklyn/


NY Handmade Collective (formerly Etsy NY Team) is back at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! with NYC’s handmade finest

Back for a seventh season, the NY Handmade Collective (formerly known as the Etsy New York Street Team), a local community of professional artisans, will again be the sole merchandise vendor for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!, the premier outdoor summer festival concert series in Prospect Park. 
From June 7th through August 12th, NYHC will give show attendees exclusive access to a diverse, all-handmade capsule market of goods made by local artists – your friendly staff during all of the shows. Come in and talk shop with any one of them to find out more about NYC and the handmade market collective, the techniques that go into producing their wares, or just to say hello!

Whether a local Brooklynite or a visitor to the borough, anyone attending BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! this summer will be drawn to supporting the NYHC artisans by shopping local and taking home a one-of-a-kind gift as a tangible reminder of the experience.

About BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!

In its 38th season, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! is one of New York City’s longest running free outdoor performing arts festivals. Launched in 1979 as a catalyst for a Brooklyn performing arts scene and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! was an early anchor in the park’s revitalization. Over its history, the festival has presented over 2,000 artists and ensembles reflective of the borough’s diversity. Most BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! performances are free.

About BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn

BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn is a multidisciplinary arts and media non-profit dedicated to presenting contemporary arts, performing arts, and community media programs that are reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, and to providing resources and platforms to support the creative process.

About the NY Handmade Collective

Created in the summer of 2007, the NYHC is made up of over 250 artists, designers, and crafters based in the metro New York area who create and sell handmade items on Etsy.com, a global marketplace for handmade goods. NYHC is a vibrant, nonprofit group of regional artisans committed to educating the community and developing the potential of its members through mentorship, market opportunities, and small business development. By focusing on selling events, clarifying the creative process, and the promotion of quality handmade goods, NY Handmade Collective broadens individual possibility while bringing people together, expanding the circle of community in our wider world. To learn more about the NY Handmade Collective visit http://nyhandmadecollective.org.

HEALTH & BEAUTY: Summertime Skin Care

IMG_2116Summer is here! And, it’s time for some fun in the sun! Also, it’s a great time to remind us of the importance of protecting our skin from overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays that can cause premature aging and skin cancer.

Whether you’re heading to the beach, going hiking, or enjoying your daily stroll, how can you protect your skin and still have fun in the sun?

Use sunscreen. Sunscreen with an SPF (sun screen factor) of 30 or higher that offers broad spectrum coverage can better protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Overexposure to rays can lead to wrinkles and premature aging, so be sun-safe and choose the appropriate sunscreen.

Similarly, wear sunglasses that offer your eyes broad coverage from the sun’s harmful rays. To protect your skin further, wear light-colored, long-sleeved clothing and hats that shield your face and body. And, seek shade. Walk on the shady side of the street, enjoy the coolness under beach umbrellas and trees, or stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day.

Your skin is the largest bodily organ. So, be sun-savvy and protect your skin as best you can. Have a wonderful Summer!

Hot off the Presses!!!

Thank you Racked for featuring our Facial Mists & Body Spritzers!

We’re so excited and can’t wait to see everyone at our Etsy New York Shop at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival!

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We’re popping up at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!

Etsy NY Team at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival 2016

We were selected to participate in the Etsy NY Shop at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! for the third consecutive season!

We’ve been gearing up for another exciting Summer concert series! The opening night benefit concert with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings is on June 8th, and our Etsy New York Shop doors open that evening!

Our Shop is open during performances which run through August. Check out the full artist line-up at http://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/bric-celebrate-brooklyn-festival !

We look forward to seeing you soon at the Prospect Park Bandshell!

We were selected to participate in our Etsy NY at Celebrate Brooklyn Shop for a 2nd season!

We’ll be among 17 amazing artisans including Brooklyn OwlTraceyToole Designsbe in the momentBugged Out, and Prairiefunk. Check out the concert line-up and come by our shop when you’re there!

Special thanks to Celebrate Brooklyn! for the continued partnership!

And…YES!!! Chaka Khan is performing on opening night!!!

Our Products will be at Better Than Jam Governors Island Summer Pop-Up!

Better than Jam Governors Island

 

Celebrating it’s 5th year, Better Than Jam pop up has a new location on Governors Island!

WHEN: 11am-4pm Saturday and Sundays
11am-5pm Friday and Mondays
May 23rd-September 27th

WHERE: 410A in Colonels Row on Governors Island

WEBSITE: www.betterthanjamnyc.com/governorsisland

For the 5th year, the Bushwick Brooklyn boutique, Better Than Jam, will be hosting a collective of local designers at its summer location on Governors Island. The Brooklyn shop of all locally handmade products will be taking the ferry ride over, and bringing with it the creations of New York’s most talented designers, artists and crafters. From May 23rd through September 27th, house 410A (the first brownstone in Colonel’s Row, on the north side of the island), will be filled with the work of talented people, who have created some amazing and original products. Catch some of them select Saturdays 2-4pm, demonstrating their skills, during a free workshop!

“So excited for the big move,” says Karin Persan, owner of Better Than Jam. “The last two years, and our first, were in Nolan Park. We’re happy to have this new location to transform. We have a lot of new local designers participating this year too. Can’t wait to see their creations, mixing with this historic site, and the beauty of Governors Island.”

For example, Vanessa Lee of ResetReality, will be illustrating a series of bird postcards, specific to the species found on Governor’s Island. Brianna Paquette of Ministry of Cultures plans on making Governors Island themed D.I.Y. sewing kits. Bugged Out will be printing t-shirts, totes, and onesies with an original “I Gov NY” image. And both Quick Brown Fox Letterpress and Black Lamb BK have designs in the works for Governors Island greeting cards, prints, and posters.
In coming to Governors Island, Better Than Jam hopes to create context around artisanal processes and inspiration. Better Than Jam’s gift shop will complement and add to the Island’s growing popularity, allowing visitors to take home a tangible memento from their Governors Island visit—a souvenir that was designed and crafted nearby with the island in mind.

About Better Than Jam
Established 2010 in Bushwick Brooklyn, a neighborhood rich in history and brimming with an artistic community, Better Than Jam showcases a variety of clothing, jewelry, accessories, and artwork created by some of NYC’s most talented artists and craftspeople. It brings to the forefront local accomplished designers that make 100% handmade and high quality items at a fair price.

Short History of Governors Island
The Native Americans of the Manhattan region referred to the island as Pagganck (“Nut Island”) after the Island’s plentiful hickory, oak, and chestnut trees. In June of 1637 it was purchased by the Dutch and was called Noten Eylan . In 1664, the English captured New York, and took the island, however, the island switched hands between the British and the Dutch over the next 10 years until the British regained exclusive control of the island for the “benefit and accommodation of His Majesty’s Governors,” and officially it became Governors Island in 1784. Defensive works were raised on the island in 1776 by Continental Army troops during the American Revolutionary War, and fired upon British ships before falling into enemy hands. From 1783 to 1966, the island was a United States Army post. From 1966 to 1996 the island served as a major United States Coast Guard installation. On January 19, 2001, 22 acres of the Island was proclaimed a National Monument, and in 2003, the remaining 150 acres of the island was transferred to the State of New York for a nominal fee of $1.

A Summer with Etsy NY and Celebrate Brooklyn!

It was an amazing Summer with my Etsy NY team and Celebrate Brooklyn! This Summer’s concert series at the Prospect Park Bandshell opened with an electric performance by Janelle Monae. And, performances by Jack Johnson, The National, Nickel Creek, Nick Cave, St. Vincent, and many other talents drew fans from near and far.

Our Etsy NY shop, stocked with local, artisan merchandise that included our natural, organic skin care products, garnered rave reviews. The season flew by! We look forward to seeing you again next time!

 

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Some more of our facial serums / perfume oils and other skin care goodies are en route to Governors Island!

Better Than Jam’s Governors Island, NYC Boutique

Nolan Park House #16

(Mon/Fri: 11am-5pm, Sat/Sun: 10am-6pm)

Roll On Moisturizers & Natural Perfumes

Roll On Moisturizers & Natural Perfumes