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Find unique gift ideas at Art to Wear and More

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.

Details: www.sactextilearts.org.

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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

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* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

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