Posts Tagged ‘plush’

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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Saturday, April 21st was day one of spring’s Chatty Crafty event. I got to incorporate some of my antique-ing finds into my booth:

One of my favorite things about traveling to shows outside the area is seeing new faces- and I definitely saw and met plenty of them! One of my neighbors was Sally of Sew Few – her upcycled, handmade clutch bags and purses are unrivaled- immaculately crafted and all one-of-a-kind.

She explained that her family owned an upholstery business, so she has access to all of these amazing upholstery samples to create her unique, boutique quality bags. I am so lucky to be able to count myself as a proud owner of one of her creations:

One of my other neighbors happened to be the only other person from Pennsylvania at the show. Matt of Alternate Histories was super friendly and loaned me one of his Ikea sign holders- thank you so much, Matt! His work is definitely unlike any that I have ever seen- he retools historic photographs to include science fiction inspired minutia. Although I couldn’t think of a space left on my walls for his intricate creations, I did get to come home with some of his quirky greetings cards:

Candice from Cordial Kitten was in Chattanooga- I met and traded with her back in September 2011 at Renegade Chicago. She split her booth with Sally Harless of sadly harmless – both their work meshed so nicely together.

I came home with another kitty by Candice, this time in 2D form:

The kitty is pictured with work by Leslie of Off the Map. Her collages of tree and bike silhouettes paired with bold colors and maps are just gorgeous and can be personalized by state and or city. Here’s a photo of just some of her setup:

In addition to talented artists, there was a decent selection of vintage items at the show.

The Green Door Trading Company had a very colorful arrangement going on.

Katie of Vintage Love hauled so many goodies to the show- i love the setup!

Out on a Limb (above) was a booth with a very interesting story behind it. Andrew and Robin Scharff are devoted parents seeking to expand their family of four to include a fifth member- an adopted child from China. All of the money raised from sales at Chatty Crafty and on their etsy storefront go towards their dream of adding to the family. Pretty inspirational if you ask me! Best of luck, Andrew and Robin!

If you know me, you know that I’m mildly obsessed with plush food- I think I mention that fact in every blog post that features plush food- whoops! Anyhow, as a result, I fell in love with the work of Brian and Cre Willis of Seven Feathers Tribe– not only do they have cute felt junk food, they have a whole assortment of felt veggies and fruit:

Check out this doggy who sought shade in my booth- so big and shaggy and cute!

How amazing is this silkscreen print by Josh of arcade death?! I’m always excited to see fellow printmakers, but it was particularly exciting to meet Josh and talk shop- he comes from a traditional printmaking education background as well. If you’ve made it this far in the post and you’re a printmaker, this is your open invitation to nerd out with me any time!

These little illustrated magnets by Little Red Afro are so fun! I picked up a tiny cupcake with a moustache, obviously:

The mounted felt moustache is courtesy of Heather from squackdoodle. The letterpress gift tag and happy birthday cards are by Beth of Quill and Arrow Press– her work is chock full of beautiful, contemporary patterns. I also adore these envelope cards:

I love these eclectic plush creations from Canoo, based out of Asheville, NC.

I was blown away by Celia Barbieri’s Button Florist booth- a fusion of colorful flowers, buttons, and ceramics? It was a dream come true! I spent way too long perusing her creations and took way too many photographs of each bouquet.

I am also so lucky to be a proud owner of one of her beautiful bouquets:

Finally, I met Janae Easton, another artist who traveled from afar to be at the show- all the way from Florida! Her colorful renderings are just my style- bright and full of patterns. We even have similar birdy styles! Her storefront is called platypusfile.

She still uses the gocco process to make her cards and prints- awesome! I came home with an adorable tote, card, and handmade infinity scarf by Janae- thanks so much!

Thank you so much to Lynda from Chatty Crafty for having me- I didn’t know what to expect before I arrived, but I met so many talented artists and really fell for the town of Chattanooga. I should mention that while I didn’t do much sightseeing, I ate at some top notch restaurants over the weekend. Urban Stack, a highly recommended burger bar, was packed when I walked there for dinner on Saturday night. I also enjoyed a meal at The Blue Plate right on the green where Chatty Crafty was held. Before I left Tennessee on Monday, I indulged in this delectable donut across the river at Julie Darling Donuts– YUM.

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no owls allowed! just adorable plush birds.

First Robin of Spring Felted Wool Soft Sculpture Bird Upcycled from Felted Wool Sweaters - mmwolters Plush Bird - Yellow "Little Bean Bird" with grey floral wings - Banjoflannel
Felted Birds - Robin (FR1-4) - ytang Chickadee - Holiday (or anytime) Ornament - BirdNerd
Wholesale Lot of 6 Felt Bird Plush Toys Softies Stuffed Animal Woodland - lovahandmade Kestrel stuffie . organic - birdmafia
Cardinal Bird,  Hand Sewn, Stuffed Animal - PoofyDove Bird Softie - Sky Blue - Justineellis
Sweet White Bird Plushie - ApplesauceLLC Plush Spring Bird Pillow. Woodblock Printed. Customizable colors. - LauraFrisk
Pooping Birdie Plushie Toy Stripe Wing - ChiChiDee Little Love Bird Sweet Handpainted Softie - LittleFridayDesigns
Little Chick - soft toy - violastudio penelope paisleybird bird plush. - exit343design
block print chickadee stuffie - artgoodies Pink Felt Baby Bird Plush Toy - 3FishAndALadybug

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

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December was crazy busy with shows- 4 shows in three weekends! The first weekend, I traveled to Jersey City for the Not Yo Mama’s Holiday Craft Show held at Art House Productions. The first day of the show was part of the city’s First Friday event and the second was a separate event. Here’s a photo of my setup:

my awesome neighbors (who are also from PA) were the husband & wife team of pop star crafts. check out their unique branch display with handmade star ornaments!

here are some other vendors whose work i really enjoyed:

these tiny crochet animals by studio llama llama bring a smile to everyone’s face.

it was a pleasure to meet and chat with fellow printmaker nicole poko of another husband & wife team of nightingale projects. i really enjoyed their work and setup!

love these cute little creature pins by fluffy goodness.

loved these pantone accessories by defenestration.

how fun are these pillows by ula nice?

i’m a sucker for moustaches! especially these by cheek & stitch.

the following weekend, i ventured to new york city (!!) for my first ever show there! i was a one-day participant in the holiday 2011 BUST magazine craftacular. it was at a great underground space in SoHo- check out the hall i was in:

the next day, i headed back to philly to participate in the holiday R5 production’s punk rock flea market. it was an incredibly successful show for me- although very very chilly in the flea market dome off of spring garden.

i eventually walked around and do some shopping. i got a sweet dr. dog silkscreen poster from illustrator max gordon. i really enjoyed black heart letterpress’ work and setup- they brought out their press for prints on site! this was one of my favorite cards of theirs:

i came home with this sweet card by kristin grossi:

i thought the catjawn! table was hilarious- here’s an image from their site:

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the weekend after i visited the clover market, i was a first time vendor at pittsburgh’s handmade arcade.

what an incredible experience! the venue was spacious, the vendors were super talented, and the crowd was abundant. it was a great way to officially kick off my holiday show season!

new trunk of new plushies!

a new basket of plushie paisleybirds! they each have names and stories 🙂

commonwealth press was my perpendicular neighbor repping pittsburgh with fun and contemporary tshirts.

check out this space! the show was at the david l. lawrence convention center right in the heart of town.

right across from me was this sweet giftwrap print station- check out those screens! the station was run by AIR- artists image resource.

i had purchased a card by L2 Design Collective in chicago- i wish i got one of these bagel cards!

some really phenomenal design by reconstructing ideas.

i really liked kin ship press‘ setup and designs. they were recently featured on fab.com too!

some playful letterpress prints from orange tabby press. gets me excited to use my own new press!

if you recall from my post about renegade chicago, i was SO excited to meet shawn smith of shawnimals fame. WELL- at handmade arcade, i got to meet another artist of kidrobot fame- heidi kenney of my paper crane! i was seriously so excited to get to chat with her. she told me about how she got started and how her partnership with kidrobot happened. thanks so much for being so friendly and down-to-earth, heidi! i love your work 🙂

so so so in love with these fabric swatches!

sloe gin fizz by nicole ray had some beautiful work, including these adorable bird stickers. i love her whimsical illustrations!

i also got to trade for and purchase some great swag. it was tough as i was manning my booth alone, but i managed to make it through the whole show and vend simultaneously. here are the goodies i got:

the truthful “butter is better” silkscreen print is by the husband and wife print team ReuseFirst. they were SUPER nice and i got to see them again in atlanta the following weekend! (that post is up next) the crying raincloud and aodrable little fortune cookie are both by heidi kenney/mypapercrane. i couldn’t resist! the hand colored etching is by my friend and fellow printmaker ellie taraborrelli– she was so gracious to let me stay the night in her home in western pa! i got to see her new studio space and meet her pup ernie. thanks so much for your hospitality, ellie!

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back in the fall, i was fortunate enough to have a little free time to finally check out the clover market in ardmore, pa. i really wanted to participate as a vendor in the fall but unfortunately had conflicts. i’m excited to see that they’re accepting applications for their spring dates- after visiting in the fall, i was really impressed and hope to be a part of it in 2012!

before i did any perusing, i indulged in a scrumptous cupcake by cupcakes gourmet. they have two brick and mortar locations in malvern and wayne and also participate in the ardmore farmers market in suburban square. check them out- they even have a daily flavor schedule!

sardine clothing creates fun and colorful clothing for all ages from tshirts and recycled clothing. you can even send in your own tshirts for a custom look! pretty cool 🙂

how adorable are these unique plushies by hotdogs & catsup??

i particularly enjoyed gabrielle lackman’s work under the name visually delicious. her colorful patterns are very inspiring! check out her cool 2012 calendar.

i didn’t get to take a photo of their work, so this image is lifted from their etsy site- but almanac industries made the trek to ardmore from baltimore! i adored their letterpress creations- you can learn more about the couple behind the bookbinding and printmaking here.

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my calendar is filling up with upcoming holiday craft shows this season! as i mentioned before, i kick off the season by traveling to pittsburgh this weekend to participate in the Handmade Arcade for my first time ever 🙂 i thought i’d post some pics from the studio and then introduce just a couple of new items that i’ll bringing with me on my trek across PA (there is more on the way, too!).

 buddy the studio cat helped me out yesterday by snoozing all over my fabric.

some christmas card reprints in progress! also- my paisleybirds are getting personalities . . .

the goldfish are all printed! as long as everything happens on schedule, they will be stuffed, sewn, and ready to swim on over to pittsburgh on saturday 🙂

check em out- spankin new hootie-hoo owls! this time around, they are all printed on soft flannel fabric in a variety of colors. each are hand printed and stuffed with love (big thanks to grandma and nick for all of their help)! they will be up on my etsy after their first roadtrip.

completely new to my shop- deer silhouette throw pillows! modeled after my popular christmas card design, these hand printed pillows are two sided- the front is shown, the back features blue polka dots.

alrighty, back to work- still many cards to print and photos to edit. be back soon.

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