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crafty balboa this saturday!

CraftyBalboa_AprilShowers_Poster_2013come out for some crafty goodness this saturday, april 27th in south philly. peruse the wares of 45 amazing vendors and discover the flavors of the avenue…. hope to see you!

welcome, spring.

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Yes, it’s officially spring but we’re still getting four inches of snow today in bucks county, pa. In a way, it’s working for me because there’s no sunny, spring-like weather distractions.  March has been tough because the flu brought me down a few weeks ago, so there’s lots of catching up to do in order to be ready for the deluge of spring shows that begin mid-april.

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Clover Market with kick off the season on april 14th in ardmore, pa.  I can hardly wait, it’s always an amazing event and there’s a great new slew of artists and vendors as well as old favorites retuning for the season.  Check out the pinterest board of the spring sellers here.

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If you’ve not already subscribed to be on my mailing list, make sure you do so!  i’ll be sending out my newsletter in early april with my complete spring schedule.  Still waiting to hear from a few shows, but SO many great ones already booked!

Hope to see you soon…

Life as a House.

Today we are selling my grandparent’s home, a house that’s been in our family for over 87 years. Built in 1925 by my great uncle, Harold Howie, my great-grandmother purchased it from him after the premature death of my great-grandfather, and lived there with her three children (one being my grandfather). My grandfather ultimately bought it from ‘Gigi’ soon after he and my grandmother (who lived across the street) were married. They raised their two children there (my mother and uncle) and remained in the house until his death seven years ago and my grandmother’s passing last Thanksgiving.

At Easter, our extended family took the opportunity to gather at the house and had a toast under the portrait of ‘Gramere’ – raising our glass to past memories and new beginnings.

In walking through the house, I took pause to reflect on every minutiae, previously gone unnoticed or taken for granted over a lifetime of sleepovers, family gatherings and long distance visits.

The decorative beams in the dining room hand-hewn by my grandfather, ‘Capt. Bob’, a consummate woodworker.

The remains of the basement ‘checkerboard’ floor from my Mom’s first boy/girl party that she and my Grandfather meticulously painted together…

My grandfather’s ‘graffiti’- once obscured and unnoticed, now in plain sight.

The old-fashioned, heart shaped lock on Capt. Bob’s backyard studio.

This carved declaration, like initials on a tree, inside the handmade cedar closet.

Now, in the wake of the sale, we’re all slowly coming to terms with the reality of the passing the deed to a new young family with children. Soon, they will find their own details to love. I treasure mine that much more.

I love you, Gramere and Bob.

Art Star Craft Bazaar recap

Last weekend was the 9th annual Art Star Craft Bazaar at the Great Plaza on Penns Landing along the Delaware River in Philly.  This was my first show in attendance as well as participation and it lived up to all of my expectations right down to the amazing two days of beautiful weather. Sunday was Mother’s Day, so there were a lot of families in attendance making a day of it. Music, food, amazing handcrafted wares, what nicer way to spend time together?

I was fortunate enough to have the amazing Xina, who helped  me out both days. We figured out that her hair matched my ‘new’ curtains!

Surprisingly, I sold only one ‘mother’ of  my vintage dictionary pendants. People were gravitating toward the more unusual words like ‘enigma’ and ‘gracious’ which was a nice change.

This guy hung out in our booth both days- our lucky mascot.

These friends each bought a vintage multi-chained joey necklace.

I debated over buying this awesome card from Blackheart Letterpress for my Mother-in-Law, but decided to go with one of their safer options.

We had really nice neighbors, Everyday Balloons, who drove all the way from Pittsburgh to sell their cool screen printed products. It was their first Art Star too.

The unifying theme of Sunday was Moms and sisters buying companion joey wraps. There was a lot of spirited debate over who got which one.

Now, a quick scramble to replenish inventory and to prepare for this Saturday’s Trenton Avenue Arts Festival!

Clover Market this Sunday…

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This Sunday, May 6th, is the second Clover Market of spring 2012, in Ardmore, PA.  If you’ve never been, Clover is an upscale vintage outdoor market that features original art, antiques, vintage jewelry & clothing, artisan crafts, and handmade items. Oh, and they have some awesome food to boot. The Market is held one Sunday/month in the spring and fall.

With next weekend being Mother’s Day, I’m focusing on Mom-inspired goodies with images like these cool sepia illustrations from a vintage Ladies Home Journal dated 1927. There’s something about them that’s irresistible, retro and modern at the same time.

I love this dramatic lady who I paired with a stunning but earthy vintage carved celluloid beaded chain- she reminds me of Isabella Rossellini…

Instead of giving flowers instead how about one of these adjustable rings in colorful florals and botanicals (yes, I did threw in another sepia illustration). They are chunky and vibrant and remind me of candy!

A vintage dictionary word necklace makes a great gift for just about anyone- everyone has a word they identify with. It’s petite and layers easily with other pieces or be worn solo.  I make these with copper and resin and original vintage papers from dictionaries. I cluster them with few vintage beads or charms alongside for color.

What word would you use to describe your Mom?

Stop by on Sunday and say hello…

Bust Craftacular.

Tomorrow’s the day!  Up before the sun to drive to NY and get set up for show’s open at 11:00. Xina (who helped me at the Folk Fest) will also be on hand at my table so that is a good thing. I’m excited about the event (first time for a show in New York) and some of the new stuff that I’m bringing for the sale.

Belt buckles made with vintage yearbook photos. Hadn’t made these in a while, always a favorite of mine.

Assorted necklaces with vintage chains and findings and bright vintage papers. Love these vintage plastic drop beads so much.

Multiple vintage goldtone glass beaded chains and antiqued brass pendant with a vintage landscape illustration. This is one large, long necklace.  The chains are stunning- the black beads remind me of eyes and I also love the sparse illustration that I took from a vintage science book.

Back to work, still putting things together for tomorrow…

‘Hens Teeth Rare Gifts’ trunk show

I’ll be at Hens Teeth Rare Gifts in Doylestown, PA tomorrow night (12/1) from 6:00 – 10:00 pm with all of the latest joey goods for everyone on your list.  I’ll have lots of new designs on hand that feature mixed metal vintage chains and findings, copper wrap bracelets, rings, belt buckles and classic joey glass pendants and word necklaces. More preview images here.

They will also be holding their Holiday Open House so it should be very festive including libations, food and 10% off the entire store.  Sounds like a fun night- and the perfect way to shop local for the holidays! Hope to see you…