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30th Street Craft Market NOW Feb 23rd!

Cheers to all of you who got TOO MUCH snow last weekend, around these West Philly parts the snow was slim pickins, still we went sledding in Fairmont Park, where it was a little deeper. In anticipation I made a new prototype dress for L, with more to come for the masses. valentines 007

The lovely Emily of VIX Emporiums Craft Market was postponed because of the anticipated snow and will now be on February 23rd. It’s our first event of the new year and we  can’t wait.  We’re vending 30th st craft market postponedwith such a talented crew, you can see all of their profiles here. Hope you can join us next Saturday for the first 30th Street Craft Market, inside the historic and bustling 30th Street Station.


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~this moment~ Pouring New Sidewalks

A Friday ritual.-from soulemama– A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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October 5, 2012 · 1:00 pm

Summer Days

Summer is upon us, nothing better than waffles, greek yogurt and berries for every meal! The blueberries & strawberries are from the farmers market. But the mulberries are fresh picked from a tree near our house. I love wild city fruit trees! The waffles are adapted from  Moosewood Restaurant “New Classics”

Whole Grain Waffles

Mix 1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour, 1tbs baking powder, 1/2tsp baking soda, 1tsp salt, 1/2 c corn flour, 1/2 oats, with 2 eggs, 1 1/2 cups milk (I used unsweetened soy), 1 tbs vegetable oil & assorted fruit chopped if you like. Put in your waffle maker & presto, delicious healthy breakfast, lunch & dinner!

These are great for hot summer days when cooking just seems awful, our plug in waffle maker cooks well but doesn’t give off much outside heat.E also loves making waffles like no other… hopefully with some cherry “lollypops” too.

Hope you’re staying somewhat cool during this mini heat wave we’re feeling in Philadelphia. Now to find an open fire hydrant 😉

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GO WEST! Craft Fest this Saturday!

We’re getting ready for our first fair of the season, which just happens to be the Fest the we organize. GO WEST! started last April when Emily Dorn from VIX Emporium and I got our heads together and decided we needed a venue for our local West Philly folks. There are many wonderful fairs in Philadelphia, but none in our neighborhood and if you know anything about West Philly you know we like to keep it close! Our initial Fest was in Cedar Park across the street from VIX and for the winter we chose the Rotunda, a hop, skip and a jump away. We chose a diverse section of local vendors with unique, affordable, handmade products.

This April 14th we’re so excited to have it at The Woodlands, a historic mansion & cemetery from 11-5pm. The space where Fest will be is easily viewable from the road and the 40th St trolley hub. It’s a lovely large lawn dotted with flowering trees. The cemetery is in view across the path and the Hamilton Manson is up the hill.  We are huge cemetery buffs, and this one is really very beautiful, the right mix of grand and humble. I could go on about cemetery’s like this one in Copenhagen where everyone goes to picnic, or the one in Apalachicola where some of my family’s buried, covered with Spanish moss, or last my childhood favorite attached to Abington Meeting where I grew up. We’d look at all the old names on the low graves, all alike and feel sad about the babies. Sometimes if I was there toward evening I’d run along the path getting more and more freaked out till I was past the bushes on the edge. But usually it was a peaceful spot to go and think and dream.  But I digress…

This Saturday is promising to be full of fun! A complete vendor list is on our blog, and in addition to all the talented diverse selection of vendors we have vegetarian sandwiches from Black Orchid Food, and entertainment, Jay Sand of All Around This World Music will be performing for your & my children’s delight at 1pm. Sour Mash, olde timey favorites will be playing also, and Tangle will present tinycircus, an aerialist extravaganza at 3pm, not to mention wandering jugglers performing throughout the day! Vendors will include different types of jewelry,  paper goods & home goods, terrariums & aeriums, fashionable clothing for kids (ahem) and adults, soap, beauty products & candles, toys & dolls, and the Woodlands own honey & CSA information, the A is for apiary 😉

We’re looking forward to a good turnout and lovely warm weather! Hope to see and talk to you all in person there!





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Joking Around at the Magic Gardens

{this moment} – A Friday ritual from SouleMama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

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~this moment~ Chinese Bakery Cake, the best kind of sharing

{this moment} from Soulemama– A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

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