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Sacramento Center for Textile Arts hosts annual showcase featuring local craftspeople and artists

Artist and jewelry maker Anne DeStefano created this one-of-a-kind bead necklace. Her work will be featured at the annual Art to Wear and More show and sale.

Artist and jewelry maker Anne DeStefano created this one-of-a-kind bead necklace. Her work will be featured at the annual Art to Wear and More show and sale.

Photo courtesy Sacramento Center for Textile Arts

Ready to start – or finish – your holiday shopping? Here’s your chance to get one-of-a-kind gifts made by Sacramento area craftspeople and artists. (You’ll likely find something just right for yourself, too.)

This weekend, Nov. 11 and 12, the Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts hosts its annual Art to Wear and More show and sale, including fashion shows each day at 10 a.m.

This event packs Shepard Garden and Arts Center with creative and imaginative items that just happen also to be highly functional fashion. Dozens of artisans will offer their work as well as discuss how they made it. Several SCTA members use natural fibers and dyes and grow their own materials. (It’s a chance to learn about textile gardening.)

Sale hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Admission and parking are free.

“Please join us to view and purchase unique handcrafted items by our very talented local artists,” says the SCTA. “Works will include jewelry, handbags, needle arts, clothing, book arts and gift items.”

SCTA’s biggest event of the year, Art to Wear and More also features plenty of inspiration. “Connect with creative artists,” says SCTA, and perhaps discover a new passion.

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park.



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For week of Nov. 26:

Concentrate on helping your garden stay comfortable during these frosty nights – and clean up all those leaves!

* Irrigate frost-tender plants such as citrus in the late afternoon. That extra soil moisture increases temperatures around the plant a few degrees, just enough to prevent frost damage. The exception are succulents; too much water before frost can cause them to freeze.

* Cover sensitive plants before the sun goes down. Use cloth sheets or frost cloths, not plastic sheeting, to hold in warmth. Make sure to remove covers in the morning.

* Use fall leaves as mulch around shrubs and vegetables. Mulch acts as a blanket and keeps roots warmer.

* Stop dead-heading; let rose hips form on bushes to prompt dormancy.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location – and definitely indoors overnight. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they’ll bloom again next December.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Plant spring bulbs. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Daffodils can be planted without pre-chilling.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers and plant such spring bloomers as sweet peas, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Plant trees and shrubs. They’ll benefit from fall and winter rains while establishing their roots.

* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins now. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb.

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