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earlier this month, my partner and I headed out to the Valley Green Inn + Wissahickon Valley Park with Carolyn and John, two locals who have had many great memories in the park, making it a great location for their engagement session. as we walked around, they told us all kinds of stories associated with different locations. in all, it was a beautiful day and it was great fun watching them warm up in front of the camera. we’re looking forward to their nuptials in April! want to see more photos from the shoot? check Carolyn and John out on my flickr.

valley green inn

 

the ring

 

the gaze

 

giggles

 

duo

 

mizfam photo

 

wissahickon

 

wissahickon valley park

 

mizfam diptych

 

mizfam photo

 

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Originally, this post was going to be a last minute plug to encourage folks in the Philadelphia area to come check out a brand new craft show happening this weekend! However, the weather seems to have a different plan – therefore, the upcoming 30th Street Craft Market has been POSTPONED and rescheduled for Saturday, February 23rd! Please please PLEASE come out and support local artists- perhaps pick up a belated Valentine’s gift? how about present for Saint Pat’s? Hope to see you there!

CRAFT-MARKET-POSTPONED

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philadelphia-themed wares that don’t have to do with sports teams or the
TV show ‘always sunny in philadelphia’- believe me, it was tough to find some!

Philadelphia / Philly Silkscreen Limited Edition Art Print - 16x20 hand screenprinted by Hero Design Studio - HeroDesignStudio
Liberty Bell Cookie Cutter - CupcakeSocial
Philadelphia Skyline - postcards, set of 5 - rachelink
PHILADELPHIA Letterpress Neighborhood Coasters (Pack of 10) - moontreepress
Philadelphia Vehicle Set - papercraft kit - GrandCircus
Philadelphia, PA - PHL - Kraft Jet Set Journal and 4 Area Code Notes - jetsetpaper
Philly Pretzel Adult T - Gray - TwoPaperdollsShop
Philadelphia Pennsylvania silkscreen tote bag liberty bell - exit343design
Philadelphia Landmark Pillow - Blue & Tan - BrickAndMortarDesign
philadelphia neighborhood map - peacefultraveler
Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia Indie Music - michelemelcher
Vintage TWA Airlines Luggage Tag - Philadelphia, PA - PHL 1953 - pumpkintruck
Pretzel Pendant - OnceUponAShop
PHL - the5050company
Large Philadelphia Reclaimed barn wood screen printed wall hanging - sheepshead
Bike Philadelphia no.2 Archival Print - OffTheMapArt

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

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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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Wayyyyy back in June, I was a vendor at the thirteenth annual InLiquid Art for the Cash Poor held at the Crane Arts Building in Fishtown, Philadelphia, PA. I’m not sure why it took me this long to blog about the event, but alas, it did. I met some awesome people and came home with some great items so I couldn’t just skip a post about it! Reviewing these photos got me excited for the upcoming fall show season 🙂

one of my neighbors was burning sphere, hand crafted glass jewelry by Philly native Sara Schuenemann. small world- i actually made my sweet tooth print for her tooth-themed auction fundraiser back in 2009!

my other neighbor was Diane Koss, of cutesy but not cutesy fame. i’m a fan of her plush, but i fell hard for these mugs!

across from me was the print-dominant display of artists represented Paradigm Gallery.

i can’t find a website for her, but printmaker Megan Amendt’s studio called Ryeworks was one of my favorite booths by far. her ethereal etchings are so detailed and unique that i fell in love. i stood there for SO long deciding what to get- here’s what i ended up with:

how cute are these cacti by the maple ridge?

love these illustrated porcelain earrings by Cara Long of Sweet Mud Clay Works.

early on, i ventured outside to check out the other vendors when i happened upon THESE CUTIES from Street Tails Animal Rescue in Northern Liberties. the black and white pup is named Bongo! ahhh! i wanted to bring him home.

while we’re on cute pups, check out Duke reppin his brand! look at that mug!

simple and well-crafted barnyard inspired pillows by Eric Fausnacht.

innovative upcycled bike tube earrings by stitch prism.

ornate ceramic bud vases by Stefani Threet.

my friend Aaron Weber of Fine Arts Dept. crafted these magnets from found paper.

gorgeous ceramic coasters by Mikal Brutzman of Micari Arts. so happy to own these!

local glass artist Penelope Rakov had an array of her jewelry on display, as well as boxes of glass ends/extras to sift through. i picked up these four seaside colored glass bits to frame them in a small shadow box.

amazing rustic looking upcycled candle sticks from Recycled Rowhouse! it’s hard to tell in the photo, but the stems are a cream color and the bases are a vintage mint green. i am a HUGE fan of their work.

thank you to InLiquid for another great year!

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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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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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a while back, i was posed the question: if i had to write a travel guide about Philadelphia, what places would I include? as a lifetime resident of the Philadelphia area, i surprised myself by not being able to answer right off the bat. while i have favorite museums, spaces, and restaurants, i think one of the best aspects of the city is the plethora of cultural activities. if you follow my blog, i post about the art and craft shows i do in the area on the regular. while i won’t be posting weekly like my etsy treasury tuesday feature, i do want to begin including information about other great Philadelphia staples.

first on tap: The Clay Studio‘s annual Mother’s Day clay sale. every year, this Olde City gallery/school/studio space cleans out its leftover inventory from students and teachers alike at rock-bottom prices at the First Friday prior to Mother’s Day in May. even though i’m a printmaker, i am a total sucker for pottery and have a growing collection of pieces, in part due to this great fundraiser. check out what i came away with this year- my total tab was $25!

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it has been a whirlwind couple of weeks! i vended for the first time at Go West! craft fest, had a print show with Bryan Sculthorpe at Nice Things . . . Handmade in South Philly (that is still up until next week if you missed it!), drove to Tennessee solo to participate in Chattanooga’s Chatty Crafty, sold my wares at the annual Crafty Balboa: April Showers fair, started a new “etsy treasury tuesday” feature on this blog, and have spent many hours in the studio. however- this spring/early summer season is NOT over yet- i still have new work to debut, new shows to vend at, and even a solo gallery show across the country! here’s the deal:

THIS SUNDAY, May 6th- I will be a first time vendor at Ardmore’s Clover Market! you may remember some past posts about it, as I have been to a couple of their past markets as a customer. This show is really well curated and features a wider range of goodies than your typical craft show. The weather is supposed to be beaut so it’s a perfect way to spend a Sunday! 10 – 4pm at 12 E. Lancaster Ave- my booth will be tucked away in a back parking lot off of Cricket Terrace, so please make sure to come find me and say hello! Also of note- there is free parking everywhere in Ardmore on Sundays! BOOYA.

NEXT WEEKEND, May 12 & 13, I will be at Penn’s Landing for another edition of the biggest craft show in Philly- Art Star Craft Bazaar! I am super excited- this show is just great, no two ways about it. It is both Saturday & Sunday, from 11-6pm. My booth is number #102- you can check out the map here and see that I’m right off of Walnut, next to the Seaport Museum. Another fun fact? Rowan alumni are dominating this year, accounting for four vendor booths! So be sure to stop in and see Yardsale Press, Wider Awake, and Brainstorm, as well as me- we were all born out of the same messy print studio in South Jersey. BOOM.

On May 14th, my solo gallery show Memoria will be opening in Reno, Nevada at their city’s McKinley Arts Gallery East location.  The month long show features work from my thesis exhibition at Penn State in 2010. The body of work featured is definitely a departure from my standard colorful, illustrated silkscreen prints; rather, it’s focused on my family’s history of mental deterioration through imagery and process. The above piece will be shown, alongside 11 other works. I unfortunately will not be able to make it to Reno to see it, so I’m hoping they will send me some images I’ll be able to post!

FRIDAY, MAY 18 FROM 6-9PM I will be participating in Main Line Art Center’s One Night Stand, an event for members and artists ages 21-35 to sell their work to people of any age 🙂 I will be manning my table for the evening selling framed prints and framed original Polaroids. I’m excited to participate and see some new faces! Main Line Art Center is located at 746 Panmure Rd. in Haverford, PA.

 I just got word that I will be a returning vendor to InLiquid’s Art for the Cash Poor 13! This year, in addition to the Saturday and Sunday dates, they’ve added a special Friday night preview from 5:30-8:30 that I will also be participating in 🙂 Anyhow, the show is on June 9 and 10th from 12-6. I feel like I say this about every event, but this is seriously one of my favorites of all year- there is an abundance of talent, great raffles, sometimes a photobooth, yummy food trucks, live music, and OH YEAH- it’s sponsored by Philly Brewing Company and they usually run “an all day, all you can drink” wristband special which is my jam! Art for the Cash Poor is at the Crane Arts Building at 1400 American Street in Fishtown. Click here to read my post about last year’s event.

Finally, I’ve been releasing new prints quietly at shows and on etsy, so here are a couple of pics:

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hey all! lots of new things coming down the pipeline for the spring- i’m still applying to shows, but i do have a few coming up very soon- and you can always check out what’s new on the right hand side of the page. first up- 

this will be my first time participating at the Go West! Craft Fest, put on by VIX Emporium (where I also have some of my wares in stock). this year they’ve shifted the venue to The Woodlands at 4000 Woodland Ave. in West Philadelphia. apparently, it’s a home to a historic mansion and cemetery as well- so come out for mix of art and history. the show is a one day thing on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 11-5pm.

. . . then, directly following the craft fest, my friend and fellow printmaker Bryan Schulthorpe of Yardsale Press and I will be having an opening for our joint show at Nice Things . . . Handmade  on East Passyunk! it will feature a selection of new silkscreen prints from both of us, as well as some of our older work. so please join us on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 6-10pm at 1731 East Passyunk, Philadelphia, PA 19148. (we’ll have snacks and drinks, too!) thanks so much to Elissa for this wonderful opportunity 🙂

the following weekend, i’ll be heading south to participate for the first time in Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Chatty Crafty! i met organizer Lynda Buckels when i vended at the Indie Craft Experience in Atlanta last year and she was very persuasive 🙂 the show is at The Chattanooga Green at Ross’ Landing on both Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 from 10-6pm daily. i’m headed down a little early to check out the area, so if anyone has any tips or recommendations for the area, let me know!

in may, i’ll be a returning vendor to the Philadelphia institution known as the Art Star Craft Bazaar! this is one of my favorite events each year- so many talented artists in one place 🙂 this year’s show is still at The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on both Saturday, May 12th and Sunday, May 13th from 11-6pm. here’s hoping for sunshine and blue skies!

since this spring will be a busy one, i’ve been plugging away at some new work. here’s a preview of some new prints/product i have- even if you don’t make it to a show, they’re always for sale in my exit343design etsy store🙂

last weekend was my birthday (goodbye 25, helloooo 26) and my boyfriend took me up to vermont for the weekend to escape the st. patty’s madness (did i mention my bday is the 17th?) and attempt to snowboard in the unseasonably warm weather.

well, we did manage to hit the slopes on saturday, although it was a struggle, what with everything melting in the sun . . . it was fun though, and the views were beautiful. thus far, mount snow is the largest mountain i’ve boarded.

it was a great weekend of sun, snow, and delicious food 🙂 before we headed home on sunday, we took a slight detour to check out the Brattleboro area. on the way, we hit up some clearance sales at snow sports stores in Dover, like Invasion Board Shop. we also happened upon some awesome antiques stores- i picked up a mini picnic basket for show displays at Tallulahs Antiques and we found a fun gift for his friend at Twice Upon a Time. we also picked up some delicious food to cook with . . . which leads me to my last few updates. i’ve added more links to my social networking repertoire. you can now:

follow my boards on pinterest: http://pinterest.com/stephaleph/

follow my random photos/reblogs on tumblr: http://thehappysqueegee.tumblr.com

follow my new food blog on tumblr: http://iamfatnotpregnant.tumblr.com

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