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THIS SUNDAY, April 13th, is the season opener of The Clover Market! The first show of the season is in Chestnut Hill 🙂 Here is a sampling of some fellow makers who will be in attendance!

clover market april 2014

SEE THE WHOLE TREASURY HERE.

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THIS SATURDAY, April 5th, I will be a returning vendor at Richmond, Virginia’s Spring Bada-Bing! This year it is at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery from 11-5pm. This week’s treasury features a handful of vendors who will be there. Hope to see you there!

spring bada bing 2014

CHECK OUT THE TREASURY ON ETSY RIGHT HERE.

Hello all! 2014 has been quite a whirlwind for me so far- I apologize for being  M.I.A! In February, I started in a new position at my day job and it’s been overwhelmingly busy. The learning curve is slowly beginning to fade and I’m getting used to my new schedule, while wrapping up some fun custom projects I’ve been working on. I still have posts in the works about the end of my holiday season in 2013- I took so many photos of great artwork, I have to share them! Better late than never has basically become my life mantra at this point. Two weeks ago I ventured to Austin, Texas to vend at the first ever Renegade Craft Fair: SXSW Edition and it was a blast! Can’t wait to post about that trip as well . . .

Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market 2014

Anyhow, my official spring season is kicking off this weekend in Trenton, New Jersey at the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market. It’s my first time at this event- come out and say hello this Sunday, March 30th from 10am-5pm! There should be all kinds of goodies from NJ and PA alike.

Spring Bada Bing 2014

The following weekend, I’ll be trekking down to Richmond, Virginia to once again be a vendor at Spring Bada-Bing! It’s been a while and I’m excited to be back 🙂 Check out the vendor list righttttttt HERE.

the clover market

During the spring season of the Clover Market, I’ll be splitting a booth at two dates with Yardsale Press. My first appearance will be on opening day, Sunday, April 13th, in Chestnut Hill. I’ll also be returning to Chestnut Hill for the June 8th date as well. Sorry, Ardmore! Too many spring time weddings on my schedule to make it to the other dates!

Go West Spring 2014

On Saturday, May 3rd I’m headed back to The Woodlands in West Philly to vend at Go West! Craft Fest. It’s been a year since I’ve vended at this popular event by VIX Emporium- come out and say hello!

Art Star Craft Bazaar 2014

 . . . and finally, to round out the spring season, I’ll be a returning vendor at Philadelphia’s popular Art Star Craft Bazaar at Penn’s Landing. As always, it’s on Mother’s Day Weekend (May 10th and 11th) from 11-6pm both Saturday and Sunday. ASCB is a huge event and certainly one not to be missed!

where did March go?? this month has been crazy- two weeks ago I went to Austin and had a great time vending at the Renegade Craft Fair! this coming weekend I’ll be kicking off my official spring show season at the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market in New Jersey this Sunday- hope to see you there! in the mean time, enjoy this road-trip themed treasury:

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see the whole treasury here.

Renegade Craft Fairfriends + followers! tonight I will begin the long trek to Austin, Texas to be a first time vendor at Renegade Craft Fair’s SXSW extravaganza! come out to see me and my friend Bryan of Yardsale Press hawk our screen-printed wares to the good people of Austin and beyond. we will be set up at The Palmer Events Center from noon to 8pm on Thursday, Friday, AND Saturday- March 13 + 14 + 15th!

check out www.renegadecraft.com/austin for more information! hope to see you there!

feeling uninspired this week for treasury tuesday, so I simply found some cool things I wouldn’t mind receiving for my birthday in a month. 

see the whole treasury right here.

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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:

elizabeth benotti

elizabeth benotti has awesome patterned ceramics.

michelle phaneuf ceramics

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

marcart

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

craftopia

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:

stinky bomb soap

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.

mute and gold

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

ohio02

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

Flytrap StudiosFlytrap Studios

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.

fizz creative

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!

wholly craft

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

greeting cards

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:

Skillet Columbus

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:

craft show display

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.

Potbellies

loved these bird ornaments by Potbellies!

Object Adapte

rustic upcycled piggy pillows by Objet Adapte.

Annette LaskerAnnette Lasker

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!