Thursday, March 31, 2011

A warm hearty roar....

The Dandy Lion welcomes Jessica Franzen from Milwaukee, WI!
Come and check out her beautiful Native American inspired pieces, ranging from $12 to $38.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New Hours!

Hey guys!
Starting tomorrow we will be going back to our spring/summer hours,
which are: Tues-Thurs 11-7
Fri & Sat 11-8

More handmade jewelry, art, and kids spring clothes on the way this week!
Stop in sometime soon and have some coffee with us!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

More fun inspiration!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Just In!

A warm welcome to Marty May of Sacramento, California!

Many more designs in store! :D

Born in Florida, Marty has been on the move since she was 18. She formed her Press & Stitchery during her years in LA to compensate for her fruitless day job. It was an instant hit! Now her Etsy shop is her primary means of income, while boutiques around the country bring her independent line of handmade messenger bags and wallets to the hearts of so many excited souls.

Now residing in Northern California, Marty lives an adventurous life of backpacking, cycling, music and merrymaking in her free time away from her sewing machine, silk screen press and giant fabric cubbies. All of her goods begin as brainwaves and are brought to life by her two capable hands.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Just In!

Just in! Amazing prints and cards by Brooke Weeber of Portland, Oregon!

Perfect for the love in your life!

Brooke is an illustrator who brings whimsical, nature-based scenes to life. Her complex pieces combine animals with instruments, ribbons with clouds and always feature her iconic subtle color palate and playful aesthetic.

Brooke finds her inspiration from various natural landscapes as well as Greek and Native American culture. She started drawing when she was a young thing, but started focusing on it in high school and later in college. After receiving her BFA in painting from the University of Oregon in 2003, Brooke flew her native Northwest for the big city, where she focused on her other passion - professional baking. She received a degree in Professional Pastry Baking at the French Culinary Institute of New York in 2005 and worked as a high-end cake decorator immediately.

Craving more trees and more drawing space, Brooke packed up her apartment and re-rooted herself in Portland in 2009. She's been cranking out pieces ever since and has had shows locally at Mississippi Studios, the Farm, and Tribute Gallery. She's pleased as punch to be on her bike, thinking of pictures and what kind of cake to make for her next friend's birthday.

Stop in and see her stuff soon!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Ohio Valley Creative Energy

Happy sleepytimes, all! Its late, but we are so stoked on this amazing cause we just had to share immediately!

Ohio Valley Creative Energy is a non-profit organization that is proposing an Arts & Education center to be built, and sustained by converted energy from the Clark-Floyd landfill in Southern Indiana. If this center is constructed, it will be the first community & commercial landfill gas development partnership in the US!

So we can take our waste...and recycle it, to make art! This is blowing our minds with excitement! We are hopping on board now in anyway we can to support- you should too!

The mission of Ohio Valley Creative Energy is to educate the public about sustainability through the creation of art and the exploration of innovative design.

About The OVCE Arts Center

The proposed OVCE Sustainable Arts & Education Center will be located near the Clark-Floyd landfill in Southern Indiana and will be powered by its excess methane. This renewable energy source, along with other alternative energies, will initially be used to power clay, glass, and metal studios and eventually will grow to include a gallery, a greenhouse, and an education center.

OVCE has partnered with the Clark County Commissioners and Hoosier Energy to develop the first community & commercial landfill gas development partnership in the US at the Clark-Floyd Landfill. Hoosier Energy´s 2 MW electricity generation project provides “green’ energy for over 1200 Southern Indiana homes.

Their Vision is to transform the local ecology of the landfill through an eco-vention, or an artist initiated project that will involve the entire community in turning a landfill into a resource for our community. In doing this, they hope to inspire each visitor to consider and recognize their individual ability to have a positive impact on the earth, in our community, and the health and well being of all.

We Must be the Change we Wish to See in the World. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Saturday, March 12, 2011


We sure are excited!
As Always, libations will be available from NABC.
Hope you guys can make it! xoxoxo

Thursday, March 10, 2011


More lovely earrings, necklaces, and headbands
by Gleeful Peacock of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
So darling! Perfect for spring!

Help feed the hungry!

The youth group of First Baptist Church New Albany is raising funds and awareness for World Vision, a non-profit organization that feeds hungry people around the world by participating in a 30 Hour Famine.

The youth group will be fasting the night of an art show they are hosting, where all proceeds go to this cause.
They need our help!
If you are interested in donating a piece or pieces of your art, or if you have any questions, please contact them at:

Gallery 813 World Vision Benefit Art Show
April 29th, 2011
First Baptist Church New Albany
813 E. Spring St.

Art can be dropped off at the Dandy Lion, and we will get it to these dandy people!
Deadline for art donations is April 23rd.

Please help us help the hungry!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Heya! Wanted to share with you some amazing pieces we just got in,
by prettyzombiegirl (Renee Pfeifer).
This is a lovely upcycled pendant, all vintage pieces!

This is also an upcycled necklace- all pieces are vintage, except the locket itself! It is quite lovely- perfect for holding your favorite herb or potpourri - i'd put some lavender in there myself!

And lastly, this vintage inspired mirror necklace is hauntingly beautiful! We love the spooky image :O

More from her, coming very soon!
We hope you can come check them out sometime in the near future :D

Monday, March 7, 2011

New Albany has new energy

March 7, 2011

LADD: New Albany has new energy

NEW ALBANY — New Albany is evolving. Public art has become more prevalent in the downtown, drawing more locals and outside visitors to our community; bringing more publicity. The river front is alive with music and other events. Dilapidated buildings have been refurbished through private investors and nonprofit sector assistance. On Sundays it is now sometimes difficult to find a parking space in front of your favorite restaurant. Used to be a person could count the number of people working down here on two hands, and those that lived down here on one. You didn’t always need all your fingers.

Today we see a new and different community. New Albany is evolving. During the recent holiday season, a grass roots movement started. It is simple in its concept and certainly critical to the survival of the local business community.

New Albany First is this community’s answer to the growing competition as cities across the metro-area and state refine their efforts to keep the local dollar within the confines of their communities. NAFirst is this town’s first organized, organically grown “Buy Local/Buy Independent” program. It grew out of a $300 investment that produced 5,000 fliers that were distributed to 40-plus locally owned businesses during the last holiday season. That flier described the impact a single dollar spent with a New Albany business has in terms of creating jobs and leveraging other dollars spent locally. Three months later, those flyers are still sending out their message.

The response to that initial offering has proved that there is an interest and the desire to see this type of program in New Albany on a larger scale. This is a town of entrepreneurs. It is a hidden industry in this town. Entrepreneurs need to be supported. This program does that. The local entrepreneur industry without question brings in people from across the metro area and probably from outside that area as well. The more we become known for these locally grown businesses, the more successful New Albany will be, and the more outside dollars will come into, and stay, in New Albany.

Because of the response to that flier, a group of citizens came together, developed a plan and consequently have created a budding new nonprofit organization that, if funded, will cover the City of New Albany, and spread the word about the importance of buying locally first. For the first time that I am aware of, New Albany actually has a volunteer-based organization that has been built from the ground up, not the top down. That alone ensures success.

The energy is there, the planning has been done, the volunteer board is in place and it already has a potential membership base waiting to pay dues, once they know it has a chance to succeed.

The first thing someone is going to say is, don’t we have enough nonprofits in this town? The second question will be: Shouldn’t this organization or that one already be doing this? To the first question I’d respond that a viable community can always support a growing nonprofit sector. In fact, such growth is a key sign to the outside of a fit and vital community. A successful community is one that learns to work with and lean on its nonprofit community; especially in tough economic times. A business looking to relocate into New Albany will take such growth into consideration when it comes to making a location decision.

To the second question, I respond, “All things evolve.” Right now, just as the downtown has evolved from empty and vacant spaces to a vibrant and growing district, the nonprofit community is doing the same. Organizations that can’t are being replaced by ones that can. Those organizations need to be supported. Sometimes we need to forget the old ties that bind and recognize that things do change. We need to support those new things, while finding ways to keep the energy of the old and transferring it to the new. While that can be painful, sometimes what is painful is necessary.

New Albany First will be a communitywide organization. It will be THE Buy Independent, Buy Local program for New Albany.

When the time soon comes, both local independent and corporately owned businesses in this town should give serious consideration to how they can support the goals and mission of this new important organization.

Mike Ladd is executive director of the Urban Enterprise Zone Association

see it here:

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

ATTN: Zine Submissons!

Submissions for the Alpha Leonis

Hiya everyone! How's about that sun?!? WE'RE LOVING IT!
Hope you are too :D.
This is a post geared specifically to all you creative ones-
We are currently in the kitchen cooking up a bi-monthly magazine/catalog that highlights our boutique, interests, and the causes we stand for (those specifically promoting the well-being of our earth and humanity).

As part of this endeavor, we are scouting submissions of all types from any and all local/non-local artists that would like to be involved.
We are looking for:
graphic ar
pictures of fine art
(by independent artists)

no more than 5,000 words per entry.

Please include a description of the inspiration
and/or reason for your creation, as well as anything else you would like to include about your work and yourself as an artist. We love hearing about you!
All submissions due by May 15th!

If this sounds like something you or someone you know would be interested in- spread the love! And please send any inquiries to:

Thank you in advance- and have fun!!!!