Posts Tagged ‘crafty balboa’

This year has been a whirlwind- I can’t believe the holidays are just a few weeks away! exit343design took a bit of a backseat over the summer while I tended to things in my personal life (eight weddings, moving, etc), worked on a couple of time consuming freelance projects for friends (wedding invitations!), and worked on adjusting to the 9-5 life (first time ever in my life!) . However, I’m BACK. And I’m kicking off my art show season THIS SUNDAY  by returning to the the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market at the Historic Roebling Machine Shop (675 South Clinton Avenue) from 10-5pm. Here’s the official poster with all of the details:

2014 Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market

The weekend before Thanksgiving, Yardsale Press and I are headed up to Kingston, New York to be first time vendors at the Hudson Valley Hullabaloo, an event organized in part by our friends at Wishbone Letterpress. I’m not going to lie- I’m pretty pumped to be a part of this show! As makers themselves, the organizers have really come up with an excellent event for all ages. In addition to 50+ artists and craftspeople, there will be a photobooth, a Tintype photos (!!!), a DIY gift-wrap station for dressing up your purchases, plus booze + snacks from local vendors. Hootie hoo! We’ll be there both days (Saturday, November 22nd + Sunday, November 23rd) at the Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center in Kingston, New York. The event runs from 10-5 on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday. Here’s the official poster with all of the info:

Hudson Valley Hullabaloo

 As of right now, I’ll have two weekends off (Thanksgiving and the following weekend) and then it’s back-to-back shows in Philadelphia. The weekend kicks off on Saturday, December 13th as a returning vendor to Crafty Balboa in South Philly! It’s been a while since I’ve been back and I’m pretty pumped to be a part of such a talented group of vendors! The show is at the SS Neumann Goretti High School at 1736 South Tenth Street in South Philadelphia from 11-5pm. The first 50 customers get a free tote bag filled with goodies and handmade swag!


The next day, Sunday December 14th, I’m headed across town to vend at the ever-popular R5 Punk Rock Flea Market. It’s held twice a year at the THE PUNK ROCK FLEA MARKET-DOME at 461 N. 9th St. in Philly. It’s held the whole weekend, but with different vendors each day. Come see me on Sunday from 10-5pm!

Philadelphia Punk Rock Flea Market

My final show of the season is a particularly exciting one this year- I’ll be running my own three-day pop-up shop at the Voorhees Town Center in Voorhees, New Jersey! It’s called ‘Shop Up Pop Up’ and it’s a unique event that’s running from November 14th up until the weekend before Christmas (the weekend I’ll be there!). I’ll be setting up shop with all my standard exit343design gift-able goods, but since the space will allow it, I’ll be bringing along some extra special products that don’t normally make the rounds with me! In addition to my work, I’ll be splitting the space with The Chocolate Clinic, a vendor who markets themselves as a ‘chocolate curator’- I mean come on, I’m sold already haha.

So PLEASE come see me at the Voorhees Town Center at 2120 Voorhees Town Center in Voorhees Township, NJ. I’ll be there for three days holding down the fort on:

Friday, December 19th from 6-9pm

Saturday, December 20th from 3-9pm

Sunday, December 21st from 12-6pm

Shop Up Pop Up

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The weekend after I returned from Tennessee, I was a returning vendor at the South Philadelphia staple, Crafty Balboa. The weather started out kind of yucky, but both my helper Katy and I came prepared with our jackets.

Me wearing my platypusfile scarf that I got the week earlier in Tennessee 🙂

the line of tents around Passyunk Fountain . . .

my helper (and best friend of 20 years) Katy! thanks so much for your help 🙂

After the show, a bunch of us headed down East Passyunk for some grub. yay friends!

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Two weeks later, I was a first time vendor at Ardmore’s Clover Market– I’ve been a customer at the event twice before, so it was fun to be on the other side. My booth was nestled in a back parking lot area, around the corner from the food vendors . . .

 . . . and directly across from the New Hope Fountain Soda truck- how cool are those taps built in to the side of their sprinter truck?

As usual, there was a great variety of vintage goodies- i particularly enjoyed this display:

Another great item I was thisclose to bringing home with me were these social media pillows by The Pillow Works:

I’m excited to announce that I will be participating again with The Clover Market in the fall. I will be vending at both the October and November shows- you can see the details in the upper right hand column of my page. So pumped!

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crafty balboa is one of my favorite shows to do and bonus- it’s in philly! this year, i had the help of my friend katy for the one day event. here she is with my table- she looks like a floating head.

here’s some awesome stuff i came home with:

it seems every holiday i do a swap with melo studios– which is fine by me because i love love LOVE their eco-friendly scented soy candles. my favorite scent? honeysuckle, hands down. although for winter, i snagged  i also got to trade with amber phea jean– how cute is that hair clip? thanks so much for the swaps, ladies!

i fell in love with bethany amilkavich’s elegant ceramic designs. each piece was a soft, cool color with textile impressions. i picked up some buttons for a future project and these two necklace pendants. i wish i could find a website to link to more work 😦

so loving this sweet letterpress card from huldra press.

i loved this coaster set from wishbone letterpress SO much, i got one for myself and for my friend caitlin!

the last two photos are works by my friend bryan from yardsale press– how awesome is that soft pretzel ornament? he made it for the 2011 holiday ornament show at nice things handmade in philly (which, by the way, i now have work there! woo!).

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. . . is this coming Saturday, December 17th! I really hope that you can make it- it’s my final show of the year and it’s also super local at the Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia, PA (on Broad Street, below city hall, right next to UArts). Today, i was one of the featured vendors on the website- woo woo!


seriously though- this is going to be one of the best events of the season! so many awesome vendors- and if you’re one of the first 50 people in line, you get a sweet swag tote. i contributed some handy gift tags and i know bryan from yardsale press printed his own snowflake tote bags as goodies.

finally, i will be unveiling a brand new plush that is very philly-centric- come and see what it is 🙂 the show runs from 11am to 5pm- hope to see you saturday!

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Hey all-

Just some quick updates so you know I haven’t forgotten about you!

This holiday craft season has been a whirlwind- first Handmade Arcade in Pittsburgh, then Indie Craft Experience in Atlanta and in a about an hour, I’m heading up to Jersey City for the Not Yo Mama’s Craft Fair: Holiday Edition that runs tonight and tomorrow at Art House Productions! I’ve been photographing awesome stuff every where I go and have been meeting such awesome vendors! I cannot WAIT to write about them all- I have a running list of entries to write (including Chicago in September- eek! all those weddings took over my life for a while).

If you take a look on the right, you’ll see what shows I still have coming up- including the BUST Magazine Craftacular in NYC on Saturday, December 10th (it’s a two day affair, but I’ll only be there Saturday!) and the R5 Punk Rock Flea Market in Philadelphia on Sunday, December 11th- two events that I’ve never participated in before! I’m pretty excited.

Also, the last weekend before Christmas, I’ll be a vendor at Crafty Balboa on Saturday, Dec. 17th at the Broad Street Ministry. I just took a look at the vendors who will be there this year and WHOA- Amy outdid herself with awesome-ness. Seriously though- there will be some top notch vendors that you really shouldn’t miss. AND, if you’re one of the first 50 people there, you get a free swag tote bag! BOOYA.

In other news, on Thanksgiving, I discovered my studio was filled with about 6 inches of water due to sump pump failure. I had kept a lot of stuff off of the floor, but I still had to throw out boxes of supplies, cardboard, paper, fabric, etc. Anyhow, perhaps it was the impetus I needed to clean everything up- so now, my wonderful boyfriend and I have begun completely repainting the walls in hopes to reduce the awful humidity I was dealing with in the summer. The painting/sealing process has slowed down new work creation for the time being, but I hope to be back in full swing in January!

Hope to see you this holiday season 🙂


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hey friends!

thank you SO much to everyone who made it out to this spring’s Crafty Balboa: April Showers event!

exit343 design at crafty balboa: april showers 2011.

this year’s event was a great success for me, thanks to the weather, my new square app for iphone, and some new faces in attendance. unfortunately, i didn’t get to walk around and see the other vendors but i heard a lot of positive things from those who did 🙂

i also didn’t get a chance to post anything about my trip to Richmond, VA for their craft mafia’s annual Spring Bada-Bing event! here is a photo of my table there (along with the other out-0f-staters):

i did get to peruse the show in Richmond and ended up trading with Cindy (aka the cupcakery girl) to get awesome little felt flower hair clips- i can’t get enough! click HERE to check out her shop! also, after sitting next to Ned Drummond all day and hearing about her process of letterpress on leather to adorn flasks, i ended up investing in one of them as well. click HERE to see her site and HERE to shop her store!

to see MORE photos from these events, click HERE!

in other news, i finally got to finish going through and editing the photos from my trip to SXSW in Austin in March of this year! originally, i was planning on composing a short Austin travel guide post, but thinking back on the trip, most of what we did was related specifically to the SXSW festival. however, i do have one fantastic food recommendation: Torchys Tacos. their food is unique and absolutely amazing!

anyhow, i decided to post a selection of my favorite photos from the trip. you can see the rest HERE.

when the power cut out, the gay blades freestyled.

the men hanging at Fader Fort. (click to see the animated GIF)

anna from creepoid at hotel vegas.

sean from creepoid in someone's backyard.

669 polaroid at the Cathedral of Junk in Austin.

we drove past this in texas. i obviously pulled over immediately.

coming up: new t-shirt designs, Art Star Craft Bazaar 2011, and another local wedding! stay tuned!

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greetings! first order of business- it is the end of april which means Crafty Balboa: April Showers is almost upon us! This Saturday, at Passyunk Fountain in South Philadelphia, come out and support local artists from 11-5pm. The weather is supposed to be fantastic (65 degrees and sunny! booyah!) so you have no excuse! For the most information, check it out here: Crafty Balboa April Showers

in other art news, i have rolled out my first batch of handmade monoprint pendant necklaces! 🙂

the picture only shows a small selection . . . i have also listed some on my etsy. check them out HERE.

in addition to the necklaces, i’ve been hard at work in the studio . . . the following photos are previews of goodies you’ll find at all the summer craft shows i’m participating in:

army of unstuffed plush birds.

what can i say- i LOVE hall & oates!

an updated version of my spooning awards 🙂

a spanking new silkscreen print.

in addition to new artwork i finally finished the photographs from Ashley and Carmen’s wedding! check them out HERE.

ashley and carmen at FDR park in philadelphia.

thanks so much for stopping in! i will be posting photos from events shortly, as well as new work and photographs!

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i wanted to write a quick post about one of my favorite finds at this past december’s crafty balboa event in philadelphia: hipster bingo.

upon googling the phrase “hipster bingo,” a wide variety of photoshopped print’n’play cards popped up. but why not go the extra mile and pick up a set of these beautifully designed bingo cards by philly designer paul buller? they are more pleasing to the eye, made of durable card stock, and come with a fun moustache pin to boot 🙂

pick up a set HERE.

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