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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!


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.


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

marquis market

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.


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!

asheville art museum

my setup

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


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:

smiling rock box

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.

gentleman's shaving kit

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

annie singletary

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:

annie singletary


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


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


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.


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.

sweet peas


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!


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:



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:

karen newgard

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:


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.



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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some things i wouldn’t mind getting for christmas this year.

The MUSE Tooled Leather Wide Mahogany Violin F-holes Belt - ContrivedtoCharm
Rose Statement Cuff Bracelet, Orange Floral Collage, Wrist Corsage, Repurposed Vintage, Eco Friendly Jewelry, Gifts for Her Under 50 - beevintageredux
medium cotton zip pouch - Mustard Market Weave - SlideSideways
Great Men Thru History - 10x8 Print - PerfectCursive
Ceramic vases, home decor, modern white set of three organic minimal bottles - juliapaulpottery
Geometric Triangle Tote Bag -Choose Your Strap - Grey, Brown and Mustard Gold - Messenger Bag - Leather Strap Foldover Hobo Bag -  (no3) - MondayMorningStudios
Little Woodland, limited edition giclee print - EloiseRenouf
Cerulean Crackle Large Coral Serving Bowl - Textured White Porcelain Modern Dining  Centerpiece Platter - elementclaystudio
40 UNDER 40: CRAFT FUTURES silkscreen poster - lfop
Wood Oak Leaf and Acorn Necklace with  Silver Chain - Neogranny
Cupcake Stand MINE SALE - amandambarr
Things That Are Long LETTERPRESS POSTER 11x14 - 1canoe2
Satchel Leather bag Cross Body for Men and Women  - Sand dune full thickness leather bag - sizzlestrapz
Decorative pillow cover, cushion cover, pillowcase, home gift - 18x18 Grey, Brown, Black- ships 10 days after order - NewMomDesigns
Custom-Made Pottery Birdie Nesting Bowls - 4-6 Weeks for Delivery - tashamckelvey
Yellow Flowers Necklace - Recycled China - Material and Movement - materialandmovement

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

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i have met or seen so many talented artists this past weekend in north carolina! here’s a sampling of some of my favorites.

Feathers Notebook-GRID-Moleskine Cahier Notebook LARGE - MeagansMark
Decorative Porcelain Vase Tree with Bird  MADE TO ORDER - MuddyHeartPottery
Art Print- Cardinal Bird Painting- Print From Original Watercolor and Ink on Paper - cleverfigstudios
Kitty Bean PRINT - missmarjorie
return of kitty squid - listing for ONE squid - canoo
Bicycle mason jar mug with handle (Two) - etchville
On A Quiet Day. Original, one of a kind, painting on reclaimed, recycled block of wood. Two colorful birds on abstract yellow background. - MoniHill
SALE  Alphabet Nursery Art Baby Girl The Alphabet Mix' 8x10 print - holdfastprintworks
Charm Necklace "The Nester" - Petit Baby Acorn in Tow with Vintage Suitcase - Neogranny
HAndmade Ceramic Pocket Flask in Creamy White and Rust - Pottery - Hand Built Stoneware - LaPellaPottery
Fawn Family Necklace w/ 2 babies - FigsAndGinger
vintage singer sewing machine kit illustration print - anopensketchbook
summer nights and starry skies - handmade teal blue sparkly metallic nickel free post earrings - EverSoLovely
Small Wool Hedgehog - Wool Felt Woodland Plush Toy - peacegoodsshop
Feather Silhouette Ring - audreylaine
OWL PRINT - Barred owl giclee print - red beige neutral home decor - SweetMess

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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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this weekend is the annual Art Star Craft Bazaar at Penn’s Landing! i am SO excited to be back as a vendor again this year. i’m also really pumped to see the work of the following talented artists and crafters- check out my preview etsy treasury below to get pumped too!

Art Star Craft Bazaar is Saturday and Sunday, May 12th & 13th from 11-6pm.

‘art star craft bazaar 2012!’ by exit343design

Chicken & Pig Hand Towel - BetsyOlmsted Silver Philly Skyline Necklace - BathtubJungle
Pear Girl Nesting Doll Note Card Set of Five - bubbledog home is... framed x-stitch art NEW 8X10 size - ChezSucreChez
Patina Earrings - cefische I Miss You So Freakin' Much Letterpress Postcard - HuldraPress
tiny clay houses on a bench - claychickadee Donut earrings : pink sprinkle frosting - inediblejewelry
Medium Green Wisps Cotton Zip Pouch with Pintucked Detail OOAK - LePetitHoot Vintage glass unscented soy candle - melostudios
A set of 10 assorted handmade fabric covered buttons made of Japanese linen - Namoo Letterpress Pattern Card - justajar
DRUNK letterpress printed coasters- set of 10 PACKERS colors - amandamello Sprinkled Pink Donut Plush - mypapercrane
Wood Oak Leaf and Acorn Necklace with  Silver Chain - Neogranny Bless This - spreadthelove

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

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