Jazz Fest New Orleans 2014 Chat Noir Poster & Tees Sunday, Jan 12 2014 

Each year I design something for New Orleans Jazz Fest and have a large collection of designs on shirts and posters. I stayed with the Chat Noir Theme having gotten a lot of good reviews of that design so here is 2014 Chat Noir Jazz fest, shirts and posters sold world wide on the web by Fig Street Studio

via Jazz Fest New Orleans 2014 Chat Noir Tees from Zazzle.com.

Jazz Fest New Orleans 2014 Chat Noir Print
Jazz Fest New Orleans 2014 Chat Noir Print by figstreetstudio
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Weddings Made Easy Tuesday, Dec 31 2013 

After 20 years of performing weddings I have developed a lot of good advice for couples beginning to plan on getting married. Over those years I have done over 2,000 weddings give or take 100 more. Most of that advice can be found on a blog I keep at Blogger. It is not organized well but there is the search function to find things. I will try this year to use WordPress in a more organize fashion, beginning with the post on the Wedding Planning Checklist. That needs to be the first step. Along with getting a notebook or binder to keep you information in one place. Remember too it is a couples effort, not a one person activity, but one can be the lead information gatherer as long as the information is shared. Go to my blog and get the list now to print out and use.

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2013 in review Tuesday, Dec 31 2013 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Notes From A Cajun Wedding Thursday, Jan 13 2011 

New Orleans is a favorite spot for weddings. Tradition has it South Louisiana could really put on a celebration for a wedding out doing even Mardi Gras.

Harnett T. Kane, a New Orleans journalist and author of, “The Bayous of Louisiana”, published in 1943 by Bonanza Books of New York,  wrote, “The more I saw of this place and people, (Louisiana)  the more I came to appreciate them.”

Mr. Kane once attended a Louisiana wedding and found: “Only one other South Louisiana institution can match the Mardi Gras in its semiregulated horseplay, and that is the French-style charivari.”

Kane said he was once surprisingly invited while visiting in Cajun Country to a charivari. A hurried man knocked at his door and asked if he wanted to see a charivari. On the way Kane was told that an old businessman after his first wife passed away married a young girl, and had returned with her from a private wedding in New Orleans. As usual a charivari developed spontaneously by men in the community. Kane said they stopped in a crowd on the road a short distance from the couple’s home. A loud procession went to the couple’s house but the noise grew louder upon reaching the home. For about 2 hours, the charivari noise went on out side the house. The rules were the group had to be invited in, the noise would go on until the invitation was given.

One man knocked the door of the old businessman’s home. After several discussions the husband came out. He knew the rules; there would be no end to it until the bride as well as the groom joined in the charivari. Reluctantly the husband fetched the bride.

They were urged to kiss and the husband then asked the question expected by the crowd. “Quoi vous voulez, mes bons hommes?” (What do you want, gentlemen?) The leaders of the charivari group, told him they wanted wine, beer, cake, sausage, cheese and whatever available, and they’d even wait for him to go get more food. “Entrez!” called the leaders. Thus the charivari begins. For the next hour music played, food was eaten and toasts made. “Que le Dieu benit les maries!” (May God bless the married ones.) “Que le Dieu benit les noces!” (May God bless the nuptials.) Eventually charivari ended and the couple left in peace. Only one celebration per marriage is allowed but for a Cajun any reason is good enough for an another party.

For further reading on Louisiana Cajun Customs of marriage and the actual marriage celebration see: Pouponne et Balthazar: Nouvelle Acadienne by Mme. Sidonie de la Houssaye; Librairie de l�Opion, Nouvelle-Orleans: 1888 a retelling of the “Evageline” story by a Louisiana Creole author of the time period. See also Cajun Country by Barry Jean Ancelet, et al. Paperback / Published 1991 ISBN: 0878054677.

Traditions are still made in many weddings in New Orleans and the local favorite Pirates Alley wedding tradition first thought to be done by a local pirate who now haunts the Alley. You can have one too, just contact Jerry Schwehm at http://www.figstreet.com/weddings

Buy Local Made In USA Art Wednesday, Jan 12 2011 

While Christmas shopping last year I went into several places that sell art, frames, prints, and art supplies. I spoke to several people there who were buying some art. They said the prices were good and they could use the art to decorate their home. I asked if they considered buying from an artist and they all said the prices would be too high?? I informed them about buying American art from American artists. Then about my art, made, painted, done all in America by a local guy, me. My prices went from $10 and up with framed prints at $50 and up. I also have canvas prints from $150 and up. They were surprised. I think the big stores just brain wash people into thinking the art they sell is cheap when most local artists have very reasonable prices. Unique and limited edition art that could increase in value.  I urge each of you reading this to buy local. Buy American art,  buy here in the USA and avoid those cheap prints done in China. We need to support local art. It is reasonably priced, helps the economy and local people.  See my art at the below links and help a local artist in America.
LINKS TO AFFORDABLE AMERICAN ART:



How To Save Money, Frame Your Print Yourself

After years of selling my art I have learned a few tricks to getting good looking frames at a reasonable cost. Too often clients tell me they love the inexpensive prints I sell but having them framed is expensive. I tell them, ” get the frame first.” Many art and craft stores have seasonal frame sales. Frames come in standard sizes, 8×10 and 11×14, some have mats in them too. I have been able to find 11×14 frames with a mat for as low as $15 on sale at many discount, import, and crafts stores. I also find “postcard size” collage frames 4×6 with one, two, or more places to put a 4×6 print in them. Clients can also use the greeting cards I sell 5×7 as small prints framed with a mat.

First shop for a nice frame knowing what size prints are available, 4×6, 5×7, 8×10, 11×14. Be sure to know when the sale goes on and look for a frame with a mat. I also get discounted pre-framed prints and remove the store bought print and put in its place my prints. Above is a photo of an off size painting I did for my daughter, framed in a frame I found at a discount store with an existing food print at half price. The painting fits perfect into an existing frame and was $12.

Framing a print need not be costly when you keep in mind to get prints to fit a standard frame. Look for frames first, on sale, then frame your print yourself.

Water Meter Lid Fleur De Lid Jewelry from New Orleans Wednesday, Jan 12 2011 


Zazzle now has jewelry,beautiful sterling silver necklace.I’ve added a lot of my art. Sterling silver chain is 18″ with 3″ extender and lobster claw clasp. Necklace arrives in a special black felt bag. Finished with UV resistant, waterproof, glossy coating over the art. New Orleans jewelry now sold at my Zazzle shop. Stop in and see all the necklaces at http://www.zazzle.com/figstreetstudio/necklaces

“Where Yat”, Water Meter Lid Fleur De Lid Jewelry from New Orleans http://ht.ly/3CtS7 #Yat #watermeter #neworleans

Web Page Gadgets for Blogs Saturday, Jan 8 2011 

Although I have a limited knowledge of HTML and the web it is still a task to understand the terms and things to get images and art into my blog. I am trying to use the help provided by Zazzle to see if it works here so my Zazzle Shop at http://zazzle.com/figstreetstudio would be imported here so people can go direct to it to see some of my art.  But it seems the easy to follow instructions do not work well as below is supposed to be a little window with links to my art. So here is the page you can go direct to it with out the not working below gadget.

http://www.zazzle.com/figstreetstudio

The above gadget was supposed to create a flash window where art appears but it failed to work. The individual gadget seems to work one print at a time. See below:

Replica French Quarter Street Name Murals Are Hand Made Friday, Nov 20 2009 

People ask about my replica tile murals found in the New Orleans French Quarter and how they are made. It is a long process. The originals are Spanish tiles given to the city of New Orleans in 1962. Some are falling apart. As the designs are public many artists take pictures of them and frame them for sale. I felt making a replica in ceramic tile was a neat idea. First I began by taking many pictures of several of the murals and bringing them to my studio where I could clean them up taking out pealed spots and blemishes. Using a photo software I fixed the colors and added my studio name at the bottom. The end result is a nice image I copyright as it took a lot of work to make those images and are not the originals but replicas. From there I have to properly size the image and cut it into small squares to fit on tiles. This is difficult and takes a lot of time to get the detail so it fits properly together. The smaller individual images are then fitted to special tiles that are made with a special risen and the images heat set at high temperature to make an individual tile. The several tiles then are fitted together to make a mural. On occasion I am also asked to personalize the design with a name or street address which follows the same process above. If you have a request e-mail it to info@figstreet.com and I may be able to make it for you.
Currently I have available Rue Chartres, Rue Borbon, Rue Orleans, and Place D”Arms. I can do the other street names using the same process but first would need to go fetch photographs of them to start the process.
Here is the link to the web page with the various ones available in several sizes- http://www.cafepress.com/figstreetstudio/4855160

All images sold and designed by Fig Street Studio are copyright and cannot be used, downloaded, or reproduced without permission. I mention this here as in the past someone took my fridge magnet images and re-made and sold them in violation of copyright laws.

An elegant tile backsplash need not be expensive — Monday, Oct 5 2009 


An elegant tile backsplash need not be an expensive design element in your kitchen or bath. The homeowner can do it yourself easily by purchasing the art designed tiles offered by Fig Street Studio. Sold on the web for 9 years many families have purchased the tiles and applied them to the area behind the kitchen sink using supplies and additions found in all home stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot. Each store also sells the necessary glue and grout to mount the tiles and fill in the spaces between them. Using the white tile borders sold at those supply stores also allows the home owner to frame the art tiles. The studio will also do commission work and make a tile backsplash for the homeowner to match the kitchen or bath decor.
Mounting Tiles on Wall- Using a common Type 1 ceramic tile adhesive, clean the wall first with a good cleaner and be sure the wall is sound, not peeling or falling off. The tiles are 4.5 inches and light enough not to sag. For stronger adhesion use a non sagging mortar. Can use TSP ‘Trisoduim Phosphate’ solution and clean the wall then rinse thoroughly.

Review the many style tiles sold at Fig Street Studio here- http://www.cafepress.com/figstreetstudio/397643

 

 

 

Rangia Cuneata Clams of Lake Pontchartrain Saturday, Jul 25 2009 

Prehistoric peoples of the Gulf Coast ate large amounts of the Marsh Clam and left garbage heaps full of them behind. Early European settlers in New Orleans found the Lake Pontchartrain clam shells could be used for roads and driveways. Growing up in Lakeview the service alley at my old home would get regular dumpings of fresh shells and often other things would be found in them like arrow heads and even bullets.
I never tasted the Lake Clams, Rangia Cuneata, but the local Native Americans did a lot as we find shell middens all over the area from them leaving behind the white calcium rich sun bleached shells.  Like most wild caught seafood they need to be cleaned well to get the dirt out. Like we purge crawfish before boiling. They are boiled and the water changed to clean them out and remove a muddy taste.  Some others grill and cook with other foods. They are considered too small for commercial eateries but locals still dig and boil them especially in Virginia and Mexico.  A local dish is made called, “arroz a la tumbada”,  a rice and seafood soup.
Growing up these small clams benefited the local economy as many material trucks would carry them for construction. That was until the dreding was banned and now we use gravel which is heavier and more costly. Eating the local clams could now benefit the local economy. Local restaurants should give them a try.

From USGS at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2002/of02-206/env-issues/clam-abundance.html :

“From 1933 to 1990 Rangia cuneata clam shells were harvested in Lake Pontchartrain. According to 1980’s estimates, these shells had a gross annual value of $34 million and were used for the construction of roadways, parking lots, and levees and in the production of cement ( USACE , 1987). Forty-four percent of the Lake was opened to shell dredging. Dredging operations were prohibited around the shoreline, bridges and gas pipelines. Shell dredgers used a large suction device to draw up shells, sediment and water, creating trenches 1.5-2 m wide and 0.5-1 m deep. The shells were removed and the sediment and water were discharged back into the Lake ( USACE , 1987). This slurry produced a localized increase in turbidity. Despite the economic value of the shell mining industry, dredging in Lake Pontchartrain was banned in an effort to improve water quality.”

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