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Art Star Craft Bazaar!

Lets talk about how awesome Art Star Craft Bazaar was! We had so much fun chatting it up with all the shoppers and vendors who came by our stand. We shared it with the lovely Corina Dross, we had some of her squid necklaces and they flew off the stand, we’ll be refreshing our shop soon with that and more collaborations with her. Saturday was quite busy and E was with us so there was the fun and managing of an almost 4 year old. On Sunday though I got a Mothers Day treat, as my Dad whisked her off all day for some Granddad fun and I got to peruse the stands and vend like the olden days. It was really relaxing! Some of my favorite things were these hand towels which she also had as cotton baby blankets by Betsy Olmsted.   The prints and cards from just A jar, and their planting guide/ humor cookbook Soil Mates, I’m thinking now I should have gotten one. Lovely heirloom stuffed toys from The Wind & The Sail (wonderful evocative name too). Folklore plaques & prints from spread the love, I got a little plaque last year that says “a house is made of walls & beams, a home is made of love and dreams”. There were many other unique and lovely things, and many talented vendors I know and who do GO WEST! too.  After our success on Saturday I felt enthused to buy a few things for myself from some of the vendors. I had been eying up Giant Dwarf’s headbands since I had lost the one I had bought 3 Art Star’s ago. I was especially pleased with the purchase since she isn’t making the kind I had anymore but decided to do one last hurahh before retiring the line. I bought this dress from Sarah-Maria of Meerwiibli, she was so nice to deal with really casual and friendly. She obviously wanted me to really like the dress and not just make a sale. The last thing was a trade with Melo Studios for a necklace that looked just perfect on her. I had done a trade with her partner at the Greensgrow Festival last year for some kids clothes so it was a funny full circle thing. They both seem like the loveliest of ladies, and now I have some delicious new candles to burn, I got clover, lemongrass & bugger off citronella. Two day Festivals can be really taxing but Mike and I felt really energized afterwards. It’s wonderful to see so many different vendors coming from different places, many with kids in tow, making such wonderful art and doing what they really love. That’s the dream… It’s pretty wonderful to be working toward it.

Find us this weekend at the Trenton Ave Arts Festival & Kinetic Sculpture Derby, what fun!


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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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