More top picks from the craft booths at the first weekend of Jazz Fest

New Orleans Jazz Fest’s funky spirit is alive and well in the craft tents. This weekend’s lineup of art work, decorative accessories, jewelry and home decor is worth a detour from the music stages and food booths. So add shopping to the list of don’t-miss events at the Fair Grounds.

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How to soothe irritated and dry eyes. Times-Picayune

I have always been able to use any kind of makeup, without worry about eye irritation. I had no idea how lucky I was until my three-year-old daughter passed her pink eye onto me.

Since then, my eyes have become so sensitive that makeup, if not properly removed at night, can leave my eyes looking infected the next day.

So I dialed up Dr. Ginny Kullman, an ophthalmologist at Ochsner Medical Center, for help. Here are her tips for keeping your eyes pretty, not puffy, irritated and red.

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A turret condominium in a New Orleans mansion is one family’s castle. Times-Picayune

When Libby Love and her toddler son, Tyler, moved from Austria to New Orleans in 2007, they lived down the street from a mansion with a turret. “I thought it was a cool house and wondered who lived in it,” Love said.

So when a for-sale sign went up, Love, a yoga teacher, thought it would be fun to check it out. She found that the Lower Garden District mansion had been divided into condominiums, with the turret its own home, a sort of “vertical shotgun,” Love said. The three-story condo seemed just perfect for her and her young son.

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Chairs to brighten your pool and patio. Times-Picayune

One strong decorative element can liven up the design of an entire pool or patio area. These colorful, weather-resistant chairs provide stylish additional seating outdoors during the spring and summer, and can then spread a little sunshine indoors during the offseason.

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Bringing back the bar cart. Times-Picayune

In the swinging ’60s, bar carts were all the rage. Cocktails on wheels, what could be better? As time lapsed, the serving trolleys were more typically used as a forgotten side table or additional bathroom storage. With summer here, why not return the cart to its original grandeur? Stack up your favorite snacks and beverages, and roll it out to the patio or pool. When the party’s over, it goes back to serving as handy shelving.

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