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Where are the Fish in December?

And now for a Holiday Message from your local crafters at One Fish, Two Fish…

Oh my gosh, my golly.. is it really time for mistletoe and holly!? Holy reindoor poop, it is!  I suppose we may as well get happy about it.  Why?  ‘Cause there’s lots of neat handmade stuff from local artists (like us) to warm your heart and make you glad, at  easy- to- acquire- prices.  Best of all, it’s made in America, friends!

One Fish, Two Fish will have alot of new jewelry, stained glass mosaics, and upcycled glass creations to amuse you, plus some super special tongue-in-cheek cheesy wreaths and funky dioramas full of glitter and woodland creatures.  Just like when you were a kid.

Saturday, Dec. 10White Rock “Green Spot” Market – 702 N. Buckner, in a white tent in the the parking lot.

This special-edition Christmas Show will be larger than most monthly shows.  Hours are extended too, from 9:00 am till 3:00.  Come dressed warmly and enjoy all the yummy baked goods and eggy tacos while browsing all the cool booths.

Saturday, Dec. 17Deep Ellum Outdoor Market -2820 Indiana Blvd. at Malcolm X Boulevard, Deep Ellum (a few steps from the new DART train stop!)  We’ll be set up under the metal awning, not in our usual tent this time. There will be
great live music, funky vendors, and a festive neighborhood vibe.

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Fish are phenomenal

I cannot tell you how much I adore the underwater environment.  One of my memorable accomplishments was acquiring a really old fish tank from the 8th grade Physical Science home room when my teacher agreed to sell it to me for $10.  I had to first clean it out (let me tell you, years of neglect told in the strata of algae, fungus, and ultimately mildew layered into the gravel at the bottom of this rusty, square metal box) and haul it away.  I reminded myself that it was “character building,” and for once, I have my father to thank for this, it actually was. 

Now many years later, I’m still looking for ways to incorporate our fine finned friends into daily room-scapes, and I’ve come across this idea.  I call the Fish Abodes.  They are small homes for one beta fish:

Fish Abode with small denizen

 Some folks get these little aquascapes – some don’t.  I’ll admit they are a hard sell at outdoor markets, where the gusts of wind blow all of our stuff around and I cannot really set up and market my items the way I’d really like for them to be seen.  These sales are temporary – from four to seven hours long – and so we mock up one ‘fish abode’ complete with the fish, gravel, and sometimes greenery.  More often than not, if we sell any of the fish abodes, they are usually the models with the live fish.  And usually I feel it necessary to throw the fish into the deal, since there is usually a child involved who is attracted to the fish.  Seeing myself at this age, with this insane love of fish… there’s no way I can refuse.  Here’s another one: 

The neat thing about these is that you can hang them in a window, doorway, or any open space in your house – including a corner of your office.  For those who are working with feng shui, this can be a nice addition of color and life into a ‘dead’ space. 

More later, Chris