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the holiday 2013 season was a busy one for exit343design! I was fortunate enough to be accepted to a few shows that I had never before vended at in towns I had never before visited. I kicked off my holiday season full of traveling in November at Craftopia in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. it was held in this cool refabbed artist space called the Hope Artist Village. the day was SO busy and I had no helper, so I really didn’t get to walk it and take any photographs. I did get to run around in a mad dash at the end – here’s some of the cool vendors I saw with photos lifted from their respective sites:

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elizabeth benotti has awesome patterned ceramics.

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i purchased some snow sports themed holiday ornaments from Michelle Phaneuf.

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marc art focuses on adorable animal inspired prints and home goods.

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i also came home with a bag full of goodies, including: the simple and graphic holiday cards on the left are from Weehah!, a fun stationery company from Massachusetts. the earrings in the middle are by my kind and friendly next-door booth neighbor, Kim Young.  the sea glass necklace on the right is by Beach Girl Glassworks– i picked up one in silver AND in gold 🙂 in all, Providence was cool and Craftopia was a huge success! I hope to be back there in a future holiday season.

the following weekend, I trekked out to Columbus, Ohio to both attend a show and vend at another. that Saturday, I checked out Columbus staple Craftin’ Outlaws. I unfortunately didn’t get accepted to it, but after walking the show, I could see why- there were SO many talented printmakers there! some of my favorite vendors included:

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LOVED these Ohio shaped soaps by Stinky Bomb Soap! check out their online shop for a whole array of brightly colored, uniquely shaped soaps.

yao cheng design

these hand-painted ornaments by Yao Cheng really made me wish we had gotten a larger Christmas tree this past year.

AJW Creations

true to personal form, I gravitated towards these fascinating ceramic shapes by Adam J Waddell. not only was his work unique, his booth presentation was great.

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also true to personal form, I zeroed in on these beautiful and subversive prints by Mute and Gold.

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these Ohio specific creations by Igloo Letterpress were great! the show had so many different items showing off Ohio pride.

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remember those talents printmakers I was talking about? Jody of Flytrap Studios was definitely one of them. I’m smitten with her printed patterns on scarves, clothing, and this awesome 2014 tea towel!

Cynthia Vardhan

I got a sweet deal on this simple bid vase from Cynthia Vardhan Ceramics.

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Jasen and Katie of Fizz Creative were very friendly and super talented to boot! Their modern, designer-ly style is really eye catching. I enjoyed their colorful branding of their respective home locales. If you’re from Michigan, Ohio, or Erie, check out their Etsy storefront right here.

Heidi Kenney

I was so excited to see some work from Heidi Kenney (aka my paper crane) at Rivet’s booth. Look at those rain drops! Eeee!

After a nice afternoon wandering the show, I made a quick pitstop at Wholly Craft, one of the stores that carries my work. It was so cool to see my work in the wild!

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Look, look! Those are my buttons, prints, and cards!

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I picked up some awesome greeting cards from Wholly Craft’s extensive stock. The wedding card on the left is by The Social Type and the baby card on right is by L2 Design Collective.

That night, I hung out with the Pittsburgh creatives gang (the talented folks behind Alternate Histories, Garbella, strawberryluna, and Everyday Balloons) and had a delicious dinner at Knead. I also popped in to a few awesome local stores- be sure to stop in an say hello to Gregory at Fringe and check out Tigertree, both on North High Street, the next time you’re in Columbus!

The next day, I squeezed in some breakfast at Skillet, a unbelievably delicious farm-t0-table restaurant. I was there 15 minutes before they opened and watched 6 other people dash in when the minute hand changed to open. Check out this house made cinnamon bun- it was so decadent:

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If that doesn’t make you drool, I don’t know what would!

After breakfast, I set up shop at the Columbus Craftacular at Schiller Park Community Center. It was the debut of my full background display, courtesy of Bryan from Yardsale Press. I also made a new sign for the front of my booth and a new tee display:

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What a great show! It was a great mix of vendors, many whose work I had never before seen. Despite some ugly weather outside, it was a pretty decent turnout. Here’s some photos of work by just some of my talented neighbors:

Artistic Flair

Deb from Artistic Flair was my next-door neighbor- she makes these fun glass ornaments and other glass goodies.

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loved these bird ornaments by Potbellies!

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rustic upcycled piggy pillows by Objet Adapte.

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I stocked up on holiday greeting cards from Annette Lasker! How freaking cute are these woodland creatures? The perfect cards for any winter holiday! And those kitty coin purses! A maker after my own heart haha.

Hen Pen

I also added to my holiday card collection with these by Hen Pen Designs.

Tulane Road Pottery

This year, we trimmed the tree with these tiny ceramic stars by Tulane Road Pottery.

Debris Mercantile

I met the super nice duo behind Debris Mercantile; they make wooden and up-cycled home goods like this beer carrier which I am now using to tote six packs to parties 🙂

HevVin Designs

Even though I wasn’t born in 1971, I fell in love with this OOAK tote by Jamie of HevVin Designs. It’s been getting quite a workout since I came home with it!

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earlier in October, I was a vendor at Ardmore’s popular Clover Market– the second one in a fall season of four shows. this weekend, on Sunday, November 3rd, I’ll be back in Ardmore for the final Clover Market of the season! if you haven’t been before, check out this post for a sneak peak on some awesome things to expect this month.

in October, for the first time ever, Bryan of Yardsale Press and I split a booth! it was only a matter of time, I think- we do so many of the same shows. anyhow, our booth was chock full of colorful silkscreen prints and more. we will also be in the same booth in November’s market- come by and say hello!

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my new Christmas card made its debut in October. you can pick one up here.

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IMG_3101i LOVE Bryan’s new doughnut print! i picked one up for my studio.

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 Bryan’s vending machines saw a lot of action, as usual!

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i stopped in Bee Vintage Redux’s booth and found this beautiful fall-inspired necklace.

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Reclaimed, a candle company had a variety of nice candles, but I really liked the candles poured in vintage cups.

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I’m really into these cotton scarves by Red Prairie Press, but can’t decide which one I like the best!

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there are many antique and vintage dealers at Clover each month, but I really liked Lackluster Co.’s merchandise variety and arrangement. you can even shop their inventory on Etsy!

I couldn’t leave empty-handed – I came home with some adorable guinea pig buttons by Bubbledog and a beautiful print of Valley Green Inn by Paul Carpenter:

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hope to see you at Clover Market in November! it’s the first show of my official craft season 🙂

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i had every intention to catch up on blogging this summer and already, in the blink of an eye, it’s gone! it was a busy couple of months packed with fun, friends, family, travel, and more. the fall/winter show season is quickly approaching and i’ll have some schedule announcements coming soon, along with posts about new products. however, before I get to that, i wanted to do a mini-summer recap about the places i got to visit, the fun things that went down, etc- both for your entertainment and my sanity.

it all began in May, the weekend after Art Star Craft Bazaar at Penn’s Landing. my partner Nick and I headed down to D.C. for a fun weekend of catching up with two of my good friends from my grad student days at Penn State University.

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Ashley and Mark officially introduced us to Cards Against Humanity, a game I would purchase immediately after returning home and subsequently play with various groups of friends all summer long. they also got engaged shortly before our weekend visit, so we got to chat all about plans and are looking forward to their Big Day in 2014.

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in early June, I dragged Nick up to New Hampshire to visit another couple of friends from my undergrad days at Rowan University. Chris and Courtney took us on a tour of their town, then showed us all around Portsmouth, NH + Portland, ME. we got to see so much in such a short amount of time, the weekend flew by! here are the highlights of the places we visited:

Earth Eagle Brewery: we can’t speak highly enough of this “nano brewery” in Portsmouth that is tucked away in the back of a brewing supply store. the size of a living room, this experimental brewery specializes in small batches of fun brews- all sold in tasting glasses for a $1 a pop. we had a blast hanging out in what felt like some kind of secret beer club. I really wish this business model was legal in Pennsylvania!

Gus + Ruby Letterpress: I had been dying to visit this store for a while- I follow their Instagram feed and I love their style! this Portsmouth stationery storefront is chock full of fun and elegant printed matter- cards, art prints, gift wrap, and more.

East End Cupcakes: I’m a sucker for a good cupcake and this Portland bakery was featured on Cupcake Wars. done and done.

Shipyard Brewing Company: we took “the tour” which was not so much a tour as a video played in a room. one of the worst brew tours I’ve ever been on- however, there was one saving grace: about 45 minutes of free beer tasting. also in Portland, ME.

Pinecone + Chickadee: Portland’s own handmade and vintage store. P + C runs the annual Picnic Music + Arts Fest that took place in August (and that I vended at) so I had to stop in! Such a nice mix of products- they also have a whole case of vintage cameras!

in all, we had a great weekend being tourists in New England. a couple of weeks after we left, Chris proposed to Courtney so we are also looking forward to their Big Day in 2014!

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the following weekend, I headed down to the Outer Banks with this whole gang for a week of relaxation, pool time, and helicopter flying. yes, helicopter flying- this photo is us on the beach with my friends Gary and Evan at the helm of their octocopter. it’s pretty incredible and they recently started a business doing aerial photo and video for real estate and more- check out their portfolio here.

as it was my first time visiting OBX, we did some touristy things like checking out the Wright Bros. museum and memorial- it was pretty cool!

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the summer of 2013 was pretty much the summer of all of my friends getting engaged. my friend for 20+ years (Katy) threw a backyard party to celebrate her engagement to her high school sweetheart, Jason. we all had a blast- here’s a photo of all of the bridesmaids with the bride sporting some Kate Bingaman-Burt diamond Tattly tattoos:

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for July 4th weekend, I headed to West Virginia with Nick and my family. we had a relaxing weekend complete with ATV riding, a spin out in the boat on the local lake, and BBQ. i also met this owl friend:

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the rest of July was a blur of beach trips, day job work, intramural kickball games, and studio time. at the end of August, I headed back up to New England with Bryan and Hilary of Yardsale Press to vend at the Picnic Music and Arts Fest.

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it was a short, but fun trip- I got to see a life size chocolate moose named Lenny, eat an infinity pretzel at In’Finiti Fermentation & Distillation, meet a corgi named Isabella, and chow down on delicious fries from Duckfat in Portland.

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I had to do a speed-through tour of the show, but I did manage to snap a couple of pics of some of my favorite items. from left to right: stamps by fishcakesoboy, totes by bybethany, and felt heart pins by migration goods. I also picked up some sweet Heisenberg earrings from Sleepy Mountain and dropped off a ton of my plush paisleybirds with Amy of Pinecone + Chickadee!

in all, it was a fun and busy summer. I can’t believe that September has passed and October is here! like I said, stay tuned for some show announcements, some new product features, and a few other random updates in the works 🙂

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april and early may was a busy time for craft shows! as usual, when i had a helper, i wandered around each event documenting some of my favorite work. the season started on april 14th at Ardmore’s Clover Market. my boyfriend Nick was my helper for the day and i unveiled my Main Line Tote, inspired by the railroading history of the area:

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check out Yardsale Press’ popular print on a tshirt, exclusively sold through Philly’s own Art Star. i picked up this sweet summer drink print by fellow printmaker Masthead Printshop.

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it was awesome to meet Kim of Dollhouse Fossils– it turns out she lives around the corner from my studio! her multi-media works depicting homes and domestic environments are awesome and really different from other work i’ve seen at art shows. Christine Shirley’s are so nice; her elegant floral bags are perfect for spring and summer travels. i was especially excited to see the work of meeralee– her original watercolor illustrations are intricate and playful. how cute is that fox illustration?

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bee vintage redux was there with some new, awesome vintage statement necklaces. i don’t remember whose booths the other two photos are from, but how cute is that cat with coffee? if only i drank coffee . . .

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the following weekend, i spent a chilly day in West Philly at the Go West! Craft Fest at Woodlands Cemetery. check it out- one of my prints was hanging out at the handmade peanut butter table!

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love that beautiful cherry blossom tree at the cemetery! Black Heart Letterpress was a couple of booths down from me; they recently unveiled some new letter pins that are really fun. i also love their witty breakup card featured above.

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mellifera candles had a really nice setup featuring their beeswax candles. i picked some up during the holiday Go West! for work gifts.

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it’s always exciting to see other printmakers at shows, so it was cool to see the work of Lisa Imperiale of Imperiale Prints. i love the patterns on those bug silhouette blocks! i stopped in to see my friend Jess of Frosted Treats to see what new jewelry she had- how fun are the PB+J friend necklaces?

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i stopped in to see Amy of b.goods– these rock/paper/scissors pins are great for a friendship gift. it was nice to meet Dana Wyatt, the artist behind Spruce Avenue. her colorful illustrations are perfect for summer! i was smitten with the parakeet tea towels. i also snagged this awesome Maker’s Mark print for Nick- it’s his whiskey of choice:

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the whole table of ceramic cups by Wynn Bauer was visually commanding- what a great setup! this west philadelphia tote bag by kathryn kelly workshop is classic.

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in the beginning of May, i headed to Brooklyn, New York for the BUST Spring Craftacular in DUMBO. it was really great to come to New York and see a whole bunch of new, crafty faces! i unveiled my new tee shirt display and came home with a Mail Chimp monkey friend 🙂

my neighbor was the talented Periodically Inspired– her brainy tshirts and goods are featured in the Big Bang Theory TV show’s web shop! so cool!

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miniature rhino’s booth was primarily centered around embroidered goods, but i was struck by the cyanotype pillows- it’s a process i rarely see. Life with Tigers‘ bucket of severed leg catnip toys was priceless! what a clever idea for a cat toy. Ink and Sword illustration shared a table with the catnip toys. i thought that the cards were by them because Ink and Sword had some adorable animal PSA posters, but the cards are also by Life with Tigers. check them both out!

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the weekend after BUST, i set up shop at the annual Art Star Craft Bazaar at Penn’s Landing. my friend Karina came to help me out- thanks so much! i also had the super talented Phea Jean as a neighbor which is always a pleasure. it was a bit windy, but overall it was a great weekend to be outside.

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Ukiah Carbone-Gambon doesn’t have a proper website (yet!) but his printed paper goods were quirky and funny.

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wear liberty sells limited edition tee shirts inspired and influenced by Philadelphia. i picked up a sweet Philadelphia shirt.

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i see Tadpole Creations at a lot of shows and am already a big fan of their matryoshka dolls- how adorable are these pirate versions? they also sell kits to make your own at home. the USB Typewriter booth was so packed with people i was only able to snap the above photo of their display.

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The Knotty Owl’s wooden jewelry and coordinating displays were a nice combo of a rustic feel and modern shapes and colors. nestleberry, a print outfit from Vermont, made really nice homegoods and kitchen wares.

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Stevie Lynn jewelry had a whole bunch of these bold, laser cut pendants based on organic shapes.  i am a big fan of Moxie House Papergoods and was swooning over this simple “thanks a bunch” card. another neighbor of mine was Boutique Textiles. her booth featured a lot of printed home goods like pillows and table runners, but i was drawn to the above watercolor painting.

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of course, there were many irresistible items and i couldn’t come home empty handed. the coasters on the left are by Typothecary Press. it was really nice to meet Megan, the master mind behind the Reading-based  letterpress company. the cat tshirt on the right is by some of my favorite silkscreen printers, Everyday Balloons.

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i fell in love with this geometric clutch bag by Red Osa Bags. i love the design of it- it’s essentially a large bag that folds over with a magnetic fastener. the bright orange goldfish is an older style from Stevie Lynn jewelry. the bunny rattle is from one of my favorite plush makers, Laura from The Wind and The Sail and made a great gift for a one year old. the card is my annual purchase from the hilarious Laura Berger. the soft pretzel pin is a new style from b.goods– i think i’m going to wear it as a necklace instead.

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the end of 2012 was a whirlwind of holiday prep and holiday craft shows. i was fortunate enough to be able to take some time off of my day job and head south to vend at the IAMarket in Fayetteville, NC, The Big Crafty in Asheville, NC, and be a returning vendor at Handmade Arcade in Pittsburgh, PA. i also got to see some friends and family; all in all, it was a great trip!

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on my way down, i stopped to see my friend Oates in Durham- we went to lunch at my favorite burger joint to date, Bull City Burger! we even had the same great server as our last visit- thanks so much for a delicious lunch, Shadoe! after lunch, i trekked down to Lumberton to stay with my friend Anne-Claire; she was my roommate during my college study abroad trip to Italy and I hadn’t seen her in six years. we had a blast catching up and hanging out at the local pub Candy Sue’s.

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after our fun night hanging with the locals, i busted a move up to Fayetteville for a IAMarket at the Marquis Market.

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the small show was packed with big talent! that’s one thing i love about traveling to shows in different states- meeting new artists and seeing different work.

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muddy heart pottery was my neighbor- i love her unique porcelain creations. her style is a great mix of the feminine and funny.

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i spent some time chatting with Lana of clever fig studios; i adore her illustrative style of painting! much of her work is done in watercolor and i came home with her cardinal print- you can pick one up too.

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i was really struck by the work of Meagan of aptly named Meagan’s Mark. her style is reminiscent of silkscreen prints, but every one of her products is drawn by hand, therefore totally one of a kind. much of her shop is comprised of decorated Moleskines and greeting cards, but she also sells some intricate embroidered pieces. i am pumped to have come home with one of her floral notebooks.

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this was the market where i debuted my cat print and cat buttons- they were a hit! thanks so much to Morineki and Sharetta for having me, to Tiffany Hill of Banglewood Crafts for the interview opportunity (you can watch it here), and to Duane for being my number one tshirt fan! hopefully i’ll be back to Fayetteville in 2013!

after packing up at the Marquis Market, i hightailed it to Asheville to vend at The Big Crafty at the Asheville Art Museum. i had no idea how large this event would be- it took over the whole space and spanned two floors!

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fortunately, i finished setting up pretty early and got to walk around and check out the other vendors.

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the smiling rock box shop was a visually impressive booth- full walls of handmade boxes containing vintage trinkets. i’m a sucker for a cool skeleton key, so i came home with this little box:

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hawks and doves

hawks and doves had an enormous display of rustic-inspired products crafted from upcycled seed bags and the like. how cute are those country Christmas stockings?

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how cute are these little stamps by perla anne? they’re the perfect gift for a kid or crafter.

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i love the simple, modern package design on these shave kits by buda botanicals.

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one of my neighbors was the talented ceramicist Annie Singletary – her pattern work on each piece is so different from other ceramicists i’ve seen. i came home with some of her gorgeous patterned tumblers:

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Robin Plemmons’ work is “balls to the wall, y’all”- brazen and fun. check out her etsy store for even more sassy sayings.

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Moni Hill was another neighbor of mine- her playful paintings are a staple in Asheville.

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i spent a lot of time chatting with Molly from Neogranny; i had seen her work before at Art Star Craft Bazaar in Philly, so it was awesome to meet her and be neighbors 🙂

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Katie Coleman, an artist from Atlanta, had a table full of original kitty themed work. i picked up this little statue and greeting card for my aunt.

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i also came home with this awesome handmade tote bag to carry all my Asheville goodies in- including this silkscreen printed scarf and card by holdfast printworks.

after a really successful day at the museum, i spent a couple of more days sightseeing in Asheville. i stayed at this awesome hostel called Sweet Peas; i’ve really had some great luck with hostels in 2012! it was right downtown and within walking distance of a bunch of great restaurants and bars.

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So yeah, great restaurants- Asheville is packed with places who specialize in delicious local food. I had a hearty breakfast on that Sunday at The Green Sage– it was packed with people, so i figured it would be a good sign- it was. After the show, I headed to the famous Tupelo Honey Cafe thanks to a recommendation from Virginia of apricot basket. the food was incredible!

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the next day, i started at Mayfel’s to have a burger for breakfast- also delicious. afterwards, i spent the day roaming the town and checking out the local shops and artist studios. some of my favorite shops that i checked out were Woolworth Walk and Kress Emporium– both are gallery shops modeled after an antique mall. each artist rents a booth or wall space and curates their own space. there was an awesome mix of artists. some of my favorites were Sarah Faulkner and illustrator Cori Dantini:

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after an afternoon downtown, i trekked down to the River Arts District. it’s an art district just outside of downtown full of artist studios and galleries. i made the loop and checked out what was open. Asheville is home to many ceramicists and i got to see all kinds of unique works. my favorite studio of the day was the #12 Curve studio, home to Maria Andrade Troya, Kyle Carpenter, Akira Satake, and Karen Newgard:

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on my walk, i ran into Celia aka The Button Florist– her studio is in the area and she showed me around. thanks so much for the tour! she also recommended a brewery down the road called Wedge Brewery. i went to check it out and had a brew. while i was there, i started talking to a guy who had a cute dog- it turns out, it was William Dissen, the owner and head chef of The Market Place restaurant in downtown Asheville. he told me all about Asheville, his restaurant, and New Belgium brewery coming to town. it was awesome to meet him- so naturally, i had to check out his restaurant that night for dinner.

it was amazing. the service was awesome, the ambiance was nice, and the food was terrific. i splurged on this amazing roasted pepper gnocchi dish:

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the next day, i headed to check out the famous Biltmore Estate just outside of town. it’s the largest Vanderbilt mansion in the U.S. the place was enormous and impeccably decorated for the holiday. it was also swarming with retirees, making it difficult to traverse. despite the steep ticket price, there’s nothing else like it and i had to visit while i was there. unfortunately, you cannot take photos inside, so i settled for some outdoor views.

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in addition to the house, there’s acres and acres of land, a winery, an inn, and an interesting museum about the residents’ lives. in all, i’m glad i went and would definitely want to return later in life with kids. however, i felt the high ticket price was a deterrent for people in my age bracket with limited disposable income.

after touring the Biltmore, i headed to West Virginia to spend some time with my family before heading to Pittsburgh to Handmade Arcade. this year’s Arcade was amazing and crazy busy- i barely had a moment to breathe, let alone walk about and take photographs. i did come home with some great gifts and handmade items though, including work by Huffalo, Pretty Debonair, Everyday Balloons, Strawberryluna, L2 Design Collective , and Hero Design Studio. thank you Pittsburgh for a wonderful time!

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another overdue post- back in November 2012, I was a vendor at Ardmore’s popular Clover Market. it’s one of my favorite local shows to do; Janet does a tremendous job filling it with a blend of local handmade + vintage goodies. this look back to last year’s shows comes just in time- a special winter edition of The Clover Market is coming to Philly this weekend! check it out on Sunday, January 27th at the 23rd Street Armory (22 S. 23rd Street) from 10am-5pm. a bunch of the vendors that i photographed in November will be there- you can see the vendor list here.

during November’s market, I kicked off my Hurricane Sandy relief fundraiser by selling prints and totebags. the response was tremendous- i can’t thank the shoppers that day enough!

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i was fortunate enough to have a helper that day, so i got to spend some time roaming the market and checking out all of the goods:

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i adore the work of bee vintage redux– her vintage jewelry is like a collage of all of the most colorful and fun jewelry your grandmother had in her jewelry box. check out her work at january’s market!

rogue theory

i’ve always enjoyed rogue theory‘s accessories, but how cute are these clutches?? i love the fall color schemes. check out their jewelry line, too- all made from colored paper:

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press no.9

I’ve written about Press No. 9 a couple of times before, but this time around, I got to chat with the girl behind the screenprints. it turns out Christina lives right around the corner from me! what a small world! anyhow, i love these vertical greeting cards- and check out her fall floral market totes:

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abj glassworks

ABJ Glassworks has many colorful and functional stained glass works- definitely more contemporary than your grandma’s floral stained glass window hanging. i love these color combos.

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boxer party outside of my booth!

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open eyes press has a selection of bold, vintage inspired housewares. love these scissor pillows- perfect for the seamstress, quilter, or crafter in your life.

black heart letterpress

black heart letterpress always has the perfect card for every occasion. check out joe from BHL at january’s market- he’s running a DIY letterpress workshop!

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charms city company had a beautiful set up- how cute is this nautically inspired whale bracelet? you can see what other charms the charms city company has to offer at january’s market.

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 . . . continuing in the nautical vein, squid whale designs makes the perfect accessories for seafaring folk.

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i love this unique mountainscape by tiny marie! she also makes gorgeous and unique clutch bags.

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in addition to “ooo-ing” and “ahh-ing” at everyone’s work, i came home with a couple of items too! i had a nice chat with a representative from the Center for Creative Works in Wynnewood. they provide studio based art class for people with developmental + intellectual disabilities. The Center set up an informational booth and shop at Clover- i picked up this whimsical floral bouquet screenprinted card. i love how free and childlike it is 🙂

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i am a sucker for ceramics, which if you read my blogs about craft shows, you probably already know. i picked up this sea colored stoneware platter by Tamara Frost of black cat pottery- it matches an existing handmade ceramic pitcher i have by a different artist.

this time around, i came home with some cool antique finds, too. i love this glass box from Milkhouse Antiques– i’m brainstorming what to put in it- any ideas?

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i also snagged this fun milk container from mouse trap vintage:

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thanks for reading! i’ll be shopping this Sunday the 27th at Clover Market- maybe see you there 🙂

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the last three weeks have been busy with back to back to back shows in the philadelphia region! here’s a round up of some of the talented artists i met and great art i saw at each event 🙂

on September 29, i was a second time vendor at Vix Emporium’s Go West Craft Fest at the Woodlands in West Philly. it was a brisk fall day and plenty of families came out to see the art and entertainment! above is an image of my booth setup and some cuties who showed off the plush owl and cat they went home with.

i came home with these sweet polaroid camera buttons- i love them so much and i can’t find the artist who made them anywhere! the back of the packaging looks like it reads catkowski.etsy.com, but i couldn’t find the shop. if anyone knows, please let me know! i’d like to give credit where credit is due 🙂

i couldn’t decide which photo i liked better so i included both! these gorgeous blue bowls from Anne-Marie Gincley are the perfect size for a side dish like rice, pasta, or edamame. i also traded with Emily from Vix for one of her delicate birds nest necklaces under her etsy persona precious meshes.

Chase Brown was at the last Go West! and i adore his ceramic flask pieces. i brought one of the smaller ones home to use as a bud vase. thanks so much for the trade, chase!

the following weekend, i headed over to Penn’s Landing to participate as a vendor at the Old City Seaport Festival at the Philadelphia Seaport Museum. vendors had to arrive so early to set up that i got to see the sun rise on the Delaware River:

the day was beautiful and many Go West! artists were also there. i met Virginia Evans and her husband of Apricot Basket, whose photographs and stationery are great! be sure to check out her etsy store. anyhow, the Seaport Festival was a well attended family event that seemed to be a great time for all who attended.

the following friday, i headed down to Main Line Art Center for another edition of their One Night Stand event. i participated back in May, but if you missed my post about it, it’s basically a Friday night art show/sale featuring young artists from the area. here’s a photo of my setup and of the space near me:

there were some returning artists . . .

(prints by Gillain Pokalo and sugar skulls by Emily B. Snedden Yates)

 . . . and there was a whole bunch of new faces! my neighbor was the ultra-talented painter Anna Kocher:

one of my favorite setups of the night was the work by Claudia Eckel, a painter whose primary subject matter is cats!

the ceramics by Bethany Rusen were also stellar:

later that weekend, i headed back down to Lancaster Ave. to participate as a vendor at Ardmore’s Clover Market! it was a perfect fall Sunday and people came out in droves early in the morning! the wind did kick up a bit, but my booth managed to stay in tact. whew! here’s an image of the setup, along with some new items i’ve had out on display this fall craft season:

there were many talented returning vendors that i’ve written about in previous posts, but i did manage to scope out some cool finds i’d never seen or posted about before. i also noticed that many artists and antique vendors had very elaborate setups that were just stellar in terms of arrangement. so inspiring!

the top left features a display by Creekside Antiques– i came home with two of those skeleton keys. the bottom left is a vendor i’ve written about before- Press No. 9. how cute is that tote bag? the right features two gorgeous necklaces by Reagan Hayhurst; i loved her setup and her work!

recognize these flowers? i posted about my own ventures making them this past summer for my boyfriend’s family’s beach house. The Painted Home was selling their own version of the craft with giant spiral flowers and stems made of actual twigs! very cut stuff, ladies.

i’m not exactly sure whose booth this was from (perhaps funretro?) but i loved the packaging of these keys.

Milkshake Crafts had a really cohesive setup and i loved these small art panels! how adorable are those Russian dolls? the handmade jotter books were also cute.

my favorite display of the whole show was hands down the work of Made by Liddy. i will be posting separate photos on my “show setup” Pinterest board. the whole look was cohesive and professional and i was totally blown away. it also helps that i’m a sucker for hand drawn type on chalkboards!

as you may have noticed from my Seaport Fest photos, I’ve been setting out a dog bowl at my outdoor shows. i’ll leave you with two satisfied pups who came for a drink. thanks so much to everyone who made the fall season a success!

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