Thursday, July 12, 2012

On the Road - The Greenway Open Market and SoWa Open Market

A steamy spray from the Rings Fountain greeted me last Saturday at the Greenway Open Market in Boston. This was my second time selling at the Greenway this season and I was very excited to be book-ended between two of my favorite craftanistas - Wendy Baker of Bendywho and Grace Napoleon of Folk Couture. Being next to my fabulous friends made for a day of great conversation and laughs along the promenade. I brought with me dozens of new pieces to share at the market, including lockets, statement pieces, and circus-inspired necklaces.
The Greenway Open Market
The Rings Fountain
Wendy of Bendy Who and Grace of Folk Couture
small rouge compact lockets
Hot to Trot
While perusing all the handmade goods along the Greenway, I stopped in my tracks when I saw a fantastic print chock full of brightly colored cats. My inner crazy cat lady couldn't help but stare at the cluster of felines with glowing eyes. Upon further scrutiny, I discovered dogs, rabbits, and even monsters chomping on power lines. The artist behind this bright bevy of beasts was Marc Roulstone of marcartshop. Marc offered prints, cards, magnets, buttons, and even whimsical wooden robots at the market. His use of bright color and twists of humor make his work the perfect gift for those who are young at heart. Visit marcartshop online to see his full line of products including tote bags and fantastic graphic t-shirts.
Marc Roulstone of marcartshop
Marc's menagerie
march of the wooden robots
In the afternoon, Grace and I enjoyed delicious grilled chicken and pulled pork sandwiches from The Dining Car food truck just steps away from our tents. While waiting for our food, I had a chance to chat with the owner, David Harnik. With years of experience as Director of Catering and Baking for L’Espalier and Sel de la Terre, it was no wonder that the food was out of this world. The generous sandwiches were piled high with fresh ingredients and kept us energized for the rest of the day. Check out The Dining Car online to see their menu and to find out where you can catch them next.
My favorite customers at the Greenway had to be two friends who enjoyed digging through my suitcase filled with REcap bracelets, made out of used Crayola marker caps. They looked adorable with bursts of color around their wrists. A nice variety of pieces went home with happy customers, including a pair of Dale Evans and Roy Rogers necklaces. The BEST part of the day was trading necklaces with Wendy of Bendywho. I got to take home a gorgeous fuchsia and orange floral necklace with bold blooms and Wendy got a petite rouge compact locket with brassy chick and ring of rhinestones hidden inside. It was definitely a win-win trade and I've already gotten tons of compliments on my new necklace full of baubles and blooms.

REcap friends
Happy trails to Roy and Dale
Trades with definitely "no backsies"
The next day, Grace and I set up for day two of our Boston extravaganza at the SoWa Open Market. This time, we did it boutique-style and set up a Twitch and Whiskers and Folk Couture shop under one tent. I always love showing with Grace because her clothes made out of clothes and my jewelry made out of stuff make for a perfect pairing.  
SoWa Open Market

The Twitch and Whiskers and Folk Couture Boutique!
Folk Couture dresses in fun summer colors
novelty tin lockets - ribbit!
Early in the day, Grace came running into our booth holding a giant geared heart. She enthusiastically turned the parts in a Rubik's Cube fashion and I watched in awe as the heart morphed into different shapes. Soon after I met the geniuses behind the gadget. Cyndi and Chris of carrythewhat? are gurus of 3D printing. At their table I got to toy with a fun variety of geared hearts in different sizes, puzzles, models, toys, and all sorts of incredible geekery. I learned a little bit about the technology they use and the magic behind the Open Source community. Definitely check carrythewhat? out in person to get your hands on one of their hearts or visit them online and on Etsy to see what they're up to.
Cyndi and Chris of carrythewhat?
a robot invastion

Grace and I enjoyed our day chatting with both locals and tourists at the Greenway. Grace introduced a new line of Folk Couture shirts at the show and they were a big hit! I sent into the world some of my favorite upcycled pieces, including a faucet handle necklace and mermaid magnet necklace.
Looking tops in a new top by Folk Couture.
A Little Genius
Looking fabulous from head to tail in a mermaid magnet necklace.

I really enjoyed my weekend in Boston! Since I am on school vacation, I will be taking advantage of my time off and will be going on a few adventures in the months to come. I hope to return from my trips with new stories and inspirations.

I have just two more show this summer season (fall and winter dates to follow soon).

Come see me at the new Dogwatch Artisan Market on Thursday, August 2nd from 4-8 pm (during the Concert Under the Stars series in Fairhaven, MA).
And I will be returning to The Greenway Open Market on August 4th.
Like Twitch and Whiskers on Facebook to see pics of new pieces and to learn about promos and contests and visit our shop on Etsy.

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