Posts Tagged ‘travel’

i had every intention to catch up on blogging this summer and already, in the blink of an eye, it’s gone! it was a busy couple of months packed with fun, friends, family, travel, and more. the fall/winter show season is quickly approaching and i’ll have some schedule announcements coming soon, along with posts about new products. however, before I get to that, i wanted to do a mini-summer recap about the places i got to visit, the fun things that went down, etc- both for your entertainment and my sanity.

it all began in May, the weekend after Art Star Craft Bazaar at Penn’s Landing. my partner Nick and I headed down to D.C. for a fun weekend of catching up with two of my good friends from my grad student days at Penn State University.



Ashley and Mark officially introduced us to Cards Against Humanity, a game I would purchase immediately after returning home and subsequently play with various groups of friends all summer long. they also got engaged shortly before our weekend visit, so we got to chat all about plans and are looking forward to their Big Day in 2014.



in early June, I dragged Nick up to New Hampshire to visit another couple of friends from my undergrad days at Rowan University. Chris and Courtney took us on a tour of their town, then showed us all around Portsmouth, NH + Portland, ME. we got to see so much in such a short amount of time, the weekend flew by! here are the highlights of the places we visited:

Earth Eagle Brewery: we can’t speak highly enough of this “nano brewery” in Portsmouth that is tucked away in the back of a brewing supply store. the size of a living room, this experimental brewery specializes in small batches of fun brews- all sold in tasting glasses for a $1 a pop. we had a blast hanging out in what felt like some kind of secret beer club. I really wish this business model was legal in Pennsylvania!

Gus + Ruby Letterpress: I had been dying to visit this store for a while- I follow their Instagram feed and I love their style! this Portsmouth stationery storefront is chock full of fun and elegant printed matter- cards, art prints, gift wrap, and more.

East End Cupcakes: I’m a sucker for a good cupcake and this Portland bakery was featured on Cupcake Wars. done and done.

Shipyard Brewing Company: we took “the tour” which was not so much a tour as a video played in a room. one of the worst brew tours I’ve ever been on- however, there was one saving grace: about 45 minutes of free beer tasting. also in Portland, ME.

Pinecone + Chickadee: Portland’s own handmade and vintage store. P + C runs the annual Picnic Music + Arts Fest that took place in August (and that I vended at) so I had to stop in! Such a nice mix of products- they also have a whole case of vintage cameras!

in all, we had a great weekend being tourists in New England. a couple of weeks after we left, Chris proposed to Courtney so we are also looking forward to their Big Day in 2014!



the following weekend, I headed down to the Outer Banks with this whole gang for a week of relaxation, pool time, and helicopter flying. yes, helicopter flying- this photo is us on the beach with my friends Gary and Evan at the helm of their octocopter. it’s pretty incredible and they recently started a business doing aerial photo and video for real estate and more- check out their portfolio here.

as it was my first time visiting OBX, we did some touristy things like checking out the Wright Bros. museum and memorial- it was pretty cool!


the summer of 2013 was pretty much the summer of all of my friends getting engaged. my friend for 20+ years (Katy) threw a backyard party to celebrate her engagement to her high school sweetheart, Jason. we all had a blast- here’s a photo of all of the bridesmaids with the bride sporting some Kate Bingaman-Burt diamond Tattly tattoos:




for July 4th weekend, I headed to West Virginia with Nick and my family. we had a relaxing weekend complete with ATV riding, a spin out in the boat on the local lake, and BBQ. i also met this owl friend:



the rest of July was a blur of beach trips, day job work, intramural kickball games, and studio time. at the end of August, I headed back up to New England with Bryan and Hilary of Yardsale Press to vend at the Picnic Music and Arts Fest.



it was a short, but fun trip- I got to see a life size chocolate moose named Lenny, eat an infinity pretzel at In’Finiti Fermentation & Distillation, meet a corgi named Isabella, and chow down on delicious fries from Duckfat in Portland.



I had to do a speed-through tour of the show, but I did manage to snap a couple of pics of some of my favorite items. from left to right: stamps by fishcakesoboy, totes by bybethany, and felt heart pins by migration goods. I also picked up some sweet Heisenberg earrings from Sleepy Mountain and dropped off a ton of my plush paisleybirds with Amy of Pinecone + Chickadee!

in all, it was a fun and busy summer. I can’t believe that September has passed and October is here! like I said, stay tuned for some show announcements, some new product features, and a few other random updates in the works 🙂

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happy 2013, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to sit down and compose a formal post aside from my etsy treasury tuesday features. after running the successful Hurricane Sandy relief fundraiser, traveling for holiday shows and oh yeah, the actual holidays, i’m getting a chance to reflect on the flurry of the last few months of 2012. it was packed with three wedding photography jobs, travel for fun & family (florida + west virginia) and travel for business (north carolina + pittsburgh), shows in philadelphia, friends, family, and a new kitty.

first up- at the end of October, Nick and I flew to Florida for a long weekend to visit with his family and do some sightseeing. it was also my first time ever being in the sunshine state!


we got to spend time with his siblings and see their home in Miramar. our time with them was split between catching up, lounging in the pool, chasing geckos, sightseeing for alligators in the Everglades, and more activities in the sun. i’m not going to lie- getting a suntan in October was pretty awesome!

after our time in Miramar, we got to be tourists in South Beach. what beautiful town! the Art Deco buildings and decor everywhere was just amazing- just like the weather. we stayed just off the main drag so that we were able to walk the entire length of Ocean Drive from start to finish.

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we packed so much fun, food, and sun into a couple of days, so here’s a list (in no particular order) of the highlights and places I’d definitely recommend if you get to visit South Beach:

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1. Ocean Drive Art Deco architecture– After checking out the visitor’s center, I learned that at one time, these gorgeous pieces of history were facing demolition during an economic downturn. Thankfully, there is an organization called the Miami Design Preservation League dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the area. The photo in the top left is of a hotel called The Carlyle– it was featured in the movie The Birdcage! In addition to being cool to look at, each of these places has an outdoor cafe- all the better to relax with a drink and people watch.

2. The Delano Hotel– We went here on a whim after seeing a brief travel spot on this place and HOLY COW- it was incredible. Why yes, they do have a private orchard with enormous hammocks, poolside cabanas, and the most luxurious ambience. I didn’t take any photos because it was a) dark and b) we were trying not to act blown away and be touristy, so here’s one of the pool that I ganked from google images- the manicured trees are part of the orchard:


3. Big Pink restaurant– Om nom nom nom. This place has a funky diner feel with a large and varied menu. We went here after a late night on Ocean Drive and it was perfect- breakfast for Nick, lunch for me, and everything was delicious and not terribly expensive like most of the area.

4. The Wolfsonian Museum– Since we spent much of our time on the beach, imbibing on Ocean Drive, and sampling local grub, I really wanted to balance it out with a least a little bit of culture. With our limited amount of time, we visited the nearby Wolfsonian, a museum that’s part of Florida International University. It is a unique space that recognizes and celebrates art and design mostly from the time period between the height of the Industrial Revolution and the end of World War II. Their website puts it best by saying, “. . . its unrivaled collection of modern material culture and its multidisciplinary approach to looking at objects as both agents and expressions of change.” One exhibit they had on display called Politics on Paper: Election Posters and Ephemera was particularly interesting as we saw it right before the election. They were showing old television commercials from past presidential elections on loops; it was a depressing reminder at how far America hasn’t come in regards to many social and economic issues.

5. Art Center/South Florida– We were strolling the Lincoln Road shops (an outdoor mall) and happened upon this incredible facility. I could barely control my excitement while walking through- a gallery and art space smack dab in the middle of a tourist shopping mecca? What an awesome way to make fine art accessible to everyone! I took a whole bunch of photos with my phone- here’s some photos to get an idea of what the artist studio spaces look like:

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the artist studio spaces are offered via long-term and short-term residencies. Many of the studio spaces also doubled as small galleries- here are closer photos of some of the studios I took a peek at:

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I really wish I had better quality photos to include – so much of the work I saw there was just fantastic! Miami is really lucky to have this facility for not only their artists, but the public as well 🙂

6. Puerto Sagua Restaurant– Looking to try local Cuban food? This hole-in-the-wall is your chance. Authentic food at a great price right in the heart of town.

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back in August, i headed to West Virginia for a long weekend to hang out with my family and check out some local attractions. as usual, i took a bunch of photographs of our adventures. one day, we headed to nearby Weston to tour the famous Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, a historic mental facility that runs historic architectural tours. it’s akin to Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentary, with a psychiatric twist. it was constructed between 1858 and 1881 and is the largest hand-cut stone masonry building in North America. it is one of the original asylums to adopt the Kirkbride plan, an open building format developed for mental asylums.

this is the view from the front porch (originally part of the doctors’ quarters).

we had a great tour guide who was really engaging and knowledgeable. check out that getup!

in addition to the tour of the buildings, they had various exhibits to peruse with artifacts from the hospital and the area. one particularly interesting room was filled with drawings and writings from some of the patients.

each wing had this hand stenciled floral pattern wallpaper in varying colors.

these are cigarettes left behind by television-famous ghost hunters . . .

in addition to our tour of the Asylum, we hit up some antique shops in nearby Buckhannon. i picked up some amazing antique steals in a closing antique store:

how awesome is this Charley Harper print? every time i look at it i see something new!

i posted this photo to instagram, wishing i could bring the cain’s drugs sign home . . .

 . . . and what happened, but i got to bring it home! it’s in amazing condition and came with its own stand. anyone out there looking to buy a vintage drug store sign?

i picked up this unique whiskey bottle- the address on the side is from Philadelphia, so i had to get it! i also fell for this set of vintage floral glasses.

my final great buy was this hand painted “men’s bar” sign. it came with the brass hooks affixed to the back, but i removed them and will definitely hold on to them.

on our final full day, we headed to Burnsville Lake and took a dip. the weather was kind of strange that day, so i got this peaceful photo of the rain rolling in:

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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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 . . . still trying to get through all my photos from my 2011 holiday show season. better late than never, right? back in mid-November, I hit the road with Nick and headed to Atlanta, GA for my first time vending at the Indie Craft Experience. we extended the trip a bit to visit my friend Oates in Chapel Hill (remember him from Jimmy Fallon last year?) and do some sight seeing in Atlanta. Chapel Hill was awesome for the brief time we were there- got some delicious food at Carrburritos and picked up some local brews for the rest of the trip. We arrived in Atlanta that night, got some grub, and freshened up for next day’s sightseeing!

On Friday, we started out by heading north on Peachtree Street getting lunch at a restaurant called TAP. In addition to impressive menu design (seriously! check their website), they had delicious food and some quirky giant animals:

After lunch, we checked out the collection at Atlanta’s High Museum and caught their Modern Masters exhibition. I was particularly excited to see this Lichtenstein sculpture!

The rest of the day was spent on the other end of Peachtree Street, hanging out in downtown. We did the ultimate tourist activity in Atlanta- ventured through the World of Coca-Cola. It was actually pretty cool- some great old advertisements and an international soda tasting room. 

We rounded out the evening with drinks at the top of the Westin in the center of town- check out the view!

For dinner, we had a fantastic southern style dinner at South City Kitchen in midtown- check out their awesome chicken and fried green tomatoes! YUM.

The next day (Saturday, the 19th) was day one of the Indie Craft Experience! The space was great- located at Ambient Plus Studio, an older refurbished warehouse building. The space wasn’t exactly what I had expected, but fortunately made it work in part with the help/graciousness of my terrific neighbors element47 and foamy wader. thanks, ladies! here is my setup from day one- things changed a bit on day two after an emergency trip to Ikea.

since i had a helper for the weekend (thank you so much, Nick!) i got to make the rounds, check out the work more carefully, and meet some great people! here are pics of some of my favorite items from the weekend:

how adorable are those little bread slices?! from migration goods.

i love the work coming out of olaria studio– i’d seen it before at art star philly and was excited to get the chance to meet/talk to creator amy mcclure. this photo doesn’t do her work justice.

funky and fun plush by jellykoe!

a bucket of staches by smit craft!

i loved the booth by the argyle academy– mike lowery’s illustrations are awesome.

beautiful work by in the clouds design- i wish i could find a link to their storefront!

fun little earrings by ibby & rufus.

check out these deutsch letterpress cards by concrete lace! (she has plenty of cards for english speakers, too)

as a lover of polaroid, i adored these tiny handmade letterpress albums by racing snail press.

yeehaw industries was my across-from-me neighbor- i’m a huge fan of their letterpress prints.

since the show was in november, it was a great opportunity to work on my christmas shopping (although i’m not completely selfless- i admittedly came home with some goodies for myself). here’s what i came home with:

after sitting across from yee-haw industries for two full days, i couldn’t resist their “cupcakes make people happy” calendar for my cupcake baker friend karina. i also picked up this quirky print by tweet design for my printer friend ellie- thanks so much for the swap, tracy!

 . . . as mentioned before i love polaroid, so i couldn’t resist this silkscreen print by designers and printmakers the knifemen.

these two were gifts for my baker friend as well- an octopus ring by my neighbor alexa of foamy wader and an illustrated octopus necklace by kristina dutton.

bright and fun hair pins by carmen of cg hecho a mano -they were a great gift for my  equally bright and fun friend katy!

at the end of the second day, i met and traded with the creator of these earrings- lynda buckels aka miss chatty crafty, one of the coordinators of chattanooga’s chatty crafty show. i’m hoping to participate in one of her events this year!

after the show concluded and we jam packed my tiny two-door car, nick and i began the journey home- but not without staying overnight at the ultimate kitsch destination: south of the border! it was a childhood dream come true. early monday morning before we left, we walked around the empty tourist trap and i took a handful of photographs. it was a great way to end the trip- here are some of my favorites:

oh, and we couldn’t leave without getting some some souvenir sombreros!

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time to play blog catch up! this summer has been so crazy busy for me . . . here are some updates on photography things i did this summer:

in may, i photographed the wedding of Peggy and Angelo. we drove all over philadelphia for this shoot- you can see the whole event here: peggy & angelo’s philadelphia wedding.

in june, i got to see my friends creepoid play at johnny brenda’s in philadelphia. here are some pics from it 🙂

in july, i spent some time at the jersey shore and visited my family in west virginia. i spent time shooting polaroid- here are some of my favorites from my trips:

at the end of july, my friends in the orange apples held a record release show at their home in bucks county. check out the pics.

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