While the hours run out on the countdown to Christmas, there are still plenty of treasures to find at the 2011 Blue Genie Art Bazaar.
Open until Christmas Eve, this Bazaar has filled every available wall and square foot of floorspace with brightly-colored handmade creations that you have just got to see to believe.
From paintings to earrings, dolls to perfumes, there is literally something for everyone at this year's extravagant Blue Genie Bazaar.
We've picked out a few of our favorites, but there is so much more to see. And all of it is for sale.
These dynamic modern plates are the handiwork of Austin-based Modplexi.
As their name implies, their designs employ look-at-me shades of plexiglass, combined with the perfect amount of pop art kitsch. Right above this happy beer gal, several repeated images of Farrah Fawcett smiled back at us.
Based out of San Antonio, Wesley Harvey is a master of creating kitschy ceramics that can alternately surprise you and overwhelm you with their cuteness.
This display of expertly crafted dinnerware and kitchen finery is both beautiful and functional.
Available through the Moxie store of East Austin, these pop art portraits are a few of artist Kayci Wheatley's designs.
Specializing in vintage, retro and generally rad designs, you'll find a plethora of hand-drawn beauty all over the place.
Doesn't Morrissey look so dreamy even as a 2-D figure?
We were pleased to find that, of all the animals this year's artists could have chosen, the squid was the most heavily represented.
Kristin A. Hogan's Squid Friends collectible creatures are made from various re-purposed fabrics and measure about 18" from tentacle to tip. They will not ink on you.
Who wouldn't want one of these loveable visitors from the deep?
What's better than awesome zombies and furry animal friends? A combination of the two! Based on the Japanese Kawaii style of adorable, huge-eyed animals, the hats, toys and stickers from Nom Nom are every cool kids' dream.
These subtle creations are courtesy of Ant Farm Industries, a local design house that specializes in old school, interactive 3-D. Their hanging portraits show familiar shapes that spring to life when you don a pair of their 3-D glasses (which double as their business cards).
Austin metalsmith Lisa Crowder is a promising young jewelry designer working primarily in silver, gold and enamel.
Her creative, asymmetrical approaches to necklaces and earrings will delight lovers of subtle, elegant and slightly off-beat jewelry designs.
These are a few of the friendly, warm ceramic creations of Austin artist Michael Merritt. These bug-eyed honeybees on this oddly shaped vessel really caught our eyes.
Buddha Hill is the name of Kathryn Davis' Hill Country workshop where she handmakes collectible wool felt artisan dolls.
Each of these beautiful creations exudes a personality and a warmth that fits their tranquil forest theme.
Illustrator Graham Franciose has such a distinct look that you won't be able to pass by these prints without stopping to admire them and smile.
Big or small, somber or cute, each of these softly colored pieces tell a spectacular story just waiting to be imagined.
Jewelry-maker Christine Terrell of Adaptive ReUse considers herself a "reckless recycler," being drawn to items that others would consider junk.
Using brightly colored and highly designed decorative tins as her materials, her delicate sketchbook necklaces are actually tiny collected sheets of tin that have been bound with spiral rings. Each necklace is a marvel in miniature recycling.
These archaic looking photos are glimpses into the beauty of the "broken, busted and rusted" remnants from small town Southern life.
Brown's Arm is a storehouse of this classic memorabilia, finding new ways to preserve these memories by combining them with smart, contemporary design.
A perpetual traveler in life, Ornamental Things' Natalie Tischler finds inspiration along her journeys. Her jewelry reflects that spirit of adventure.
Vintage-inspired and " a little bit steampunk," these highly-wearable baubles are the right amount of archaic, exotic and collectible.
With his series of iconic Austin images, photographer Jake Bryer gives you a new way of appreciating the sights of this city you already love.
By layering textures and colors upon black and white images, he essentially "paints" altogether new works. The result is an eye-catching, mind-altering look at our most familiar scenery.
Besides having one of the coolest names in the show, Austin photographer Darla Teagarden also has some of our favorite images from the show.
Teagarden has an Old World aesthetic that lends itself to dark and brooding images that tell just enough of a story to pull you in to the world of the artist and linger on afterward.