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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!

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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.

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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:

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.

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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.

Potbellies

loved these bird ornaments by Potbellies!

Object Adapte

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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wayyyy back in May, I had the opportunity to play hooky and attend The National Stationery Show at the Javits Center in New York City. this industry event features the best of the best in stationery, paper goods, and gift items and is not open to the public. fortunately, friend and colleague Matt of Pittsburgh’s Alternate Histories hooked me up with a pass to come in and scope out the show (thank you thank you thank you Matt!) Bryan of Yardsale Press also procured a pass and we spent the day roaming around, checking out the awesome work, and chatting with friends and vendors about their NSS experiences. I picked up a ton of fun catalogues, cards, and other paper paraphernalia- I am hoping to one day be a vendor at NSS and was gathering inspiration. I took so many notes, wrote down so many names of companies, but honestly? there is just too much to type and I don’t want to bore you with lists. instead, I took photos of some of the coolest things I picked up by some really talented designers and printers. here is my photo recap of NSS 2013:

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as I quickly learned, there’s a million ways to layout a wholesale catalogue. the above photo is a stack of some of my favorite examples.

Becki from Everyday Balloons told us about a scavenger hunt that anyone could participate in- all we had to do was pick up a game board. thanks for the tip, Becki! we had a great time hunting down the squares to fill in our “bingo” cards, provided by Legion Paper:

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each pack of bingo cards came with two boards with shaded in images and a list of participating vendors. at each booth, you picked up the full color pieces to fill in each board. here’s all of the colored pieces:

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this is the list of participating vendors and what type of paper they used to print their full color pieces, along with the bingo “chips” to use when properly playing bingo:

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here is some of the other cool, paper-nerd swag I came home with, grouped by kind:

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Studio on Fire is a company out of Minneapolis who made these amazing promotional coasters that came in an equally beautiful printed box. talk about a striking presentation- and the guys at the booth were super nice to boot!

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I picked up some other cool coasters as well- my favorite is in the bottom right-hand corner, a fun alternative to a traditional business card. sadly, i don’t remember who made it 😦

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speaking of business cards, these were some of the most unique/colorful/memorable business cards I picked up, counter-clockwise from the top left: hello! Lucky, Belle & Union, L2 Design Collective, Studio On Fire (again!), Katharine Watson, Wishbone Letterpress, The Regional Assembly of Text, Fugu Fugu Press, and Ladyfingers Letterpress.

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we stopped in to see our friends from Black Heart Letterpress, who were sharing a booth with the Ladies of Letterpress. the ladies of the letterpress were handing out these fun artist trading card packs featuring cards by Ari Press, Les Bois Letterpress, Creativity Cards, Noteworthy Paper and Press, Grey Moggie Press, Steel Petal Press, Pressbound, 12 Fifteen, and Bowerbox Press, in addition to Black Heart.

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stickers! even better- cat stickers! the nerd cat is from fancy seeing you here and the bottom two stickers are from these are things.

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i like these fancy postcards: counter clockwise from the top left: Vicki Latimer Roan, Rifle paper company, Vicki Latimer Roan, ink meets paper press, and Dinara Mirtalipova.

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 . . . and finally, here is a bunch of random cool things that don’t really fit into any particular category! clockwise from the top pinata printed toy: Bench Pressed, Dolce Press, Fig. 2, The Regional Assembly of Text, Egg Press, ilee paper goods, Fifty Five Hi’s, “seed money” from ?, The Paper Cub Co, and Hammerpress.

while walking the show, Bryan and I spoke with a whole bunch of alumni from the Trade Show Bootcamp program. everyone had overwhelmingly positive things to say about the crash course in trade show prep! typically, TSB is held on the West Coast, but this year, organizer Katie Hunt of Kelp Designs decided to bring a stationery-specific version to the east coast. after returning from NSS, we both quickly applied to the program and this weekend we are headed to Washington D.C. to attend Paper Camp! I’m so excited to meet all of the attendees and soak up the trade show knowledge 🙂

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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.

muddy heart pottery

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

clever fig

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.

meagans mark

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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my setup

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?

perla anne

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.

neogranny

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 🙂

katie coleman

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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On Mother’s Day weekend of this year, I was a third time participant with Philadelphia’s famous independent craft fair, Art Star Craft Bazaar. Held every year at Penn’s Landing, the show is curated and run by the ladies of Art Star Gallery & Boutique, on 2nd Street in Northern Liberties. Also every year, it gets more awesome! This year, my booth was in a cluster next to the Seaport Museum.

It was super sunny on Saturday, so Katy and I soaked up the rays.

I also debuted my new plush kitty cats! They come in three colors and each is slightly different. Each color of kitty has a name tag with a little description about its personality. The orange cat is “Big Tig,” the purple cat is “Dr. Fuzz,” and the grey cat is “Kasey.” If you’re interested in picking one up, here’s a link to my plush kitty cat etsy listing.

On Sunday the 13th, I got to roam around the show, take photos, say hi to friends, and pick up some great items! Here are some of my favorites:

My booth neighbor was gioconda padovan, an artist who creates her own children’s stamp sets from original illustrations. Her products are super cute and whimsical- you can see from one child’s example, they’re easy to layer as well. She had a table set up for kids to test them out, which was cute entertainment all day long.

I’m psyched about this purchase, a print by Shawn Hileman of Philadelphia’s Masthead Print Studio fame. It’s currently living in my studio, naturally.

Just down the way from me was Laura of The Wind and the Sail, my booth neighbor from last year! She hails from Indiana and I cannot say enough how much I adore her work- last year, I picked up a kitty cat with a mole (just like my own cat) and a cute plush beaver friend. It was great to see you again this year, Laura!

One day . . . one day, I will buy something from Bubbledog. I love all of their colorful goods, so I can honestly never decide what I want to bring home!

I had seen a preview from Art Star about Betsy Olmsted’s work and I couldn’t wait to see it in the flesh . . . holy moly is it beautiful (and very inspiring). Who would ever want to actually use one of these hand towels?? They’re way too pretty to ruin in the kitchen!

To continue with artists from PA Dutch country (Betsy Olmsted resides in Lancaster), I picked up this sweet, springy thank you card from Ready the House, a design team based out of Lititz. Check out their etsy for some bright, locally influenced designs.

I’m so into this new coaster set by my friend Bryan of yardsale press– it’s the perfect housewarming gift!

At every show I see her at, I drool over Namoo‘s fabric goodies. This time was no exception.

Neogranny had such a colorful setup, packed with laser cut wooden embellishments.

As mentioned before, Heidi Kenney’s plushies are some of my all-time favorites. How hilarious (and well crafted) are these dirty bananas? Too much cuteness.

Courtney and Justin of Wider Awake Print & Design did such a stellar job with their first setup as Art Star vendors! I am a huge fan of their work and you should be too- make sure to check out their site and etsy storefront for colorful and quirky silkscreen goodies.

I’m a big fan of these new Overdue Industries bunting necklaces- a fresh departure from their other necklace styles.

To continue with necklaces, these chevron ceramic necklaces by Tasha McKelvey are really hip. I didn’t pick one up, but I did get this beachy ceramic dish from her, pictured below:

In the dish is a “surf and turf” pin set from yardsale press. Underneath is a silkscreen print on a wooden postcard by Melanie Linder of Spread the Love.

I always love work by Phil Barbato! Check out these new baby octopus plush- look at that rotten tooth on the back one! Too funny 🙂

Holland Cox featured a great assortment of bold, patterned clutch bags and wristlets.

Sun in my Chest’s booth made me so happy (just like their prints say) thanks to their assortment of mono-printed goodies. As I mentioned last week, as much as I love silkscreen printing, it’s always exciting for me to see older, more traditional printmaking processes at these kinds of shows.

I wish this ceramicist had a website, but alas I only found an art center profile on Tabitha Trolli, the girl who crafted these gorgeous vases. I seriously went back to her booth four times before I decided on what I wanted to purchase:

Sarah Lee Parker Textiles’ booth was near mine last year and I adored her designs just as much as I do this year. How fun are these tea towels?

It was such a pleasure to meet Becki and Chris, the creative duo behind Everyday Balloons. The pair from Pittsburgh are also silkscreen printers who do everything by hand – very admirable and very time consuming. I fell for their suite of owl prints and am so happy that I got to bring them home with me! I already have the hooties framed and ready to rock for a print/photo salon style wall I’m planning to hang soon. Not only are their prints awesome, but how cute are these business cards? I kind of want to frame these too:

Anyhow, the Craft Bazaar was a great success and I’m so lucky to have been able to participate again this year. A big THANK YOU goes out to Megan and Erin of Art Star, to my faithful helpers, my mamadukes, and to everyone who stopped in! Including the doggies who came for a drink:

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