NoLA Rising has a long history of distributing artwork at no cost to the New Orleans area. After hurricane Katrina, it was a guiding mission of Rex to replace street signs and paint signs of hope for those who had returned to the city. One person made a movement of dozens of artists.
For the fourth installment of New Orleans’ It’s Yours, Take it, Rex would like to continue the practice of a holiday art swap. For the third year in a row, artwork has been created and sent in for a toy for art swap to raise toys for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. The premise is simple: Someone brings a brand new toy in a box to donate to children and they get to take a piece of art with them. The toys are then donated to the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program for their annual distribution.
Last year, we again had well over 120 toys donated for the cause and had a small garrison of Marines there to support the cause.
The exchange will be Saturday, December 11th from 12:00 to 3:00 pm at the HiHo Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave, New Orleans.
Wow, it’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is this thursday! That means only four weeks until Christmas ~ have you started your shopping yet? Even if you’re one of those super organized people who shops all year for your Christmas gifts, you may want to pick up another gift or two in the next couple of weeks. After all, shopping is part of the fun of the holidays. The last couple of years my fun holiday shopping has been all online and I love it that way. I can take my time in the comfort of my own home and peruse the many, many beautiful things to choose from while sipping whatever my beverage of the moment might be. Shopping online doesn’t mean forsaking local merchants either and I’ve compiled a few of my personal favorites here for y’all.
This cool in the extreme NOLA Sacred Heart scarf handcrafted by Mags of Art by Mags is at the top of my list. Meaning – I want one! It’s also a perfect gift for anyone who loves NOLA as it’s age and gender neutral. It would even rock on Fido for those chilly early morning romps. And it’s made of eco-friendly bamboo-cotton. The sacred/flaming heart is Mag’s original design and can be purchased in several colors.
Sweet Olive Soapworks soaps are hand-made with love right here in New Orleans using locally grown organic ingredients. They have a wide variety of soothing soaps to naturally and sweetly scent your skin such as the All Natural Absinthe Soap, The All Natural Ponchatoula Strawberry Soap, the All Souls Soap which is sage infused with activated charcoal for spiritual cleansing and Ms. Antoinette K-Does Red Beans and Rice soap. I’m wanting to try the Moon Brew described as “Ruled by Artemis, goddess of the moon, mugwort stimulates the natural rhythms in women and is said to enhance prophetic dreams. Immerse yourself in the pagan goodness of this mugwort infused soap with a blend of rosemary, lavender, and cypress essential oils to relax your body and soul.”
These lush soaps are perfect stocking stuffers and hostess gifts. After all, what woman doesn’t like a little pampering in her bath?
Nothing is more deliciously decadent and soul-satisfying than fine chocolate (IMO) and Sucré more than fits the bill with their array of chocolaty delights. The New Orleans Collection marries chocolate with flavors native to the city like bananas and rum, pecans and chicory and serves them up beautifully in their signature turquoise box. This is definitely on my Christmas wish list ~ (would someone tell my husband, please?)