Monday, June 25, 2012

On the Road - Smith Street Sunday Funday

For the second year in a row, I was Carroll Gardens bound for the Smith Street Sunday Funday. Grace Napoleon of Folk Couture and I traveled in together. We both had been very busy making new items for the fair and were excited to be out and about on a sunny Sunday. This 8 block long event always has a great combination of handmade items, import items, live music, and even a cheese eating competition from Stinky's Bklyn.  One of the benefits of doing this show is indulging in local food. I started the day noshing on a scrumptious almond croissant from Provence en Boite and enjoyed a delicious plate of tikka masala and rice from Bombay Dream for lunch. It was a yummy funday indeed!
Smith Street Sunday Funday
Candy Colored Clown - Twitch and Whiskers
Folk Couture is Pure Genius!
tikka masala magic from Bombay Dream
One of my favorite go-to accessories is a patterned head wrap with vintage-inspired black, maroon, and tan flowers. Every time I wear it, I feel like I have instant good hair day. I bought it last year at the Brooklyn Flea from Chika Michieli of Mercato Style. As soon as I found out she was at Smith Street, I made a bee line to her booth. I was so excited to see her head wraps in spring/summer colors and new patterns. She also offers adorable onesies with appliqued flowers and bunnies with pom pom tails. Chika's mix of colors, fanciful prints, and easy-wear designs make her pieces a must have. I left with a pretty purple and green floral head wrap for the summer ahead. Visit her website to get one for yourself!
Mercato Style

head wraps galore

for somebunny cute in your life
It's always great to have a fun neighbor at a street fair. I had the pleasure of meeting Linda of the cleverly named A Tee Grows in Brooklyn. I was instantly drawn to her shirts with brownstones, stoops, cornices, and doorways. It was no surprise when I found out that she has a  background in architecture. Iconic Brooklyn images like the Cyclone and the Brooklyn Bridge grace her high quality tees and make the perfect gifts for the Brooklyn-phile in your life. I picked up a brownstone t-shirt for Thom and he looks amazing in his new gray T! Check out A Tee Grows in Brookln's website to see their whole line of men's and women's shirts.
Linda of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Brooklyn beauties
Thom's new brownstone shirt (center)
I went on a making spree recently, inspired by my new favorite material: vintage advertising pinback buttons. Their bright litho colors, kitschy logos, and iconic imagery look striking when paired up with Bakelite buckles, brass stampings, and rhinestones. At the end of the school year, one of my teacher friends passed to me an old chessboard and it worked as a great new backdrop for these pieces. A fun variety of pinback button necklaces, one-of-a-kind necklaces, rouge compact lockets, brooch necklaces, Thimblism necklaces, and game piece rings went home with Carroll Garden cuties.
vintage pinback button necklaces - many went off to happy homes
looking magnetic Tail Bait
mom in bunny Thimblism
daughter in dice Thimblism necklace - It's a family affair!
The Bee's Knees rouge compact locket - robin's egg radiant
Garland of Eden - vintage brooch necklace
I will be putting new pieces in my Etsy shop in the weeks to come. Keep your eyeballs peeled! My next show is the Greenway Open Market in Boston on July 7th. In the meantime, like Twitch and Whiskers on FB to see new pieces and to find out about promos. Hope to see you out and about!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

On the Road - Arts Fest Beverly and Other Adventures

This past Friday, I loaded up the car after school and headed up to my friend Stacey's place in Hull, MA. It served as the perfect home away from home for the weekend because on Saturday I was participating in Arts Fest Beverly.  Grace Napoleon of Folk Couture was also staying with her for the weekend since she was exhibiting at the Arts Festival in Cohasset. It was nice to be greeted by two friendly faces after the long drive in. On Saturday, I got up bright and early for the show. Cabot Street quickly became lined with tents and amazing artists. I was set up in front of the beautiful St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish and the day proved to be a bit chillier than expected. My first customer  saw me a-shiverin' in my shorts and quickly retrieved a polar fleece blanket for me to borrow. Her kind gesture kept me warm for the day.

Arts Fest Beverly
wrapped in the warmth of kindness
Twitch and Whiskers
Just a few steps away from my booth was Chikako Designs. Born in Tokyo and raised in the states, Chikako Mukai elegantly blends her two cultures together in handmade bags and accessories. Chikako Designs offers a wide variety of beautiful and colorful Asian prints that Chikako finds at textile shows from LA to New York. She has a nice array of bag shapes and sizes to fit different occasions and purposes. My favorite had to be her compact Hana zipper pouches, which are perfect for summer travel. Visit Chikako Designs' website to see which bag you like best and to browse through her clothes, belts, neckties, and other items.
Chikako Mukai of Chikako Designs
Yuko reversible totes
Hana zipper pouches
The visitors at Arts Fest Beverly seemed to really enjoy opening up all my tin and rouge compact lockets to discover their surprises inside. Many happy customers left with lockets, Thimblism necklaces, Fun 'n' Games rings, REcap bracelets, and a great variety of one-of-a-kind pieces. It was a busy day for me and I really enjoyed meeting lots of enthusiastic folks from the Beverly area. The night ended perfectly with a great gathering of artists at Jen Gubicza's home (of Zooguu). We got a look into her fabulous studio/home, art collection, and saw some of the magic that went into her incredible plush critters. Plus, we snacked on treats from some of my favorite food groups: Nutella, gummy, crispy salty things, and gooey cheese.
Point in the Right Direction
Lip Chick - left
Polly's Follies
On Sunday morning, Stacey took us for a jaunt around Hull before noon, when Grace would be going back to Cohasset for the last day of her show. We started off the morning with a short walk to Toast for an amazing breakfast (You have to check this place out if you're ever in the area. Best breakfast for miles). Next, we went for a leisurely drive down Jerusalem Road, to look at the gorgeous homes and scenic ocean views. On our way back to Stacey's home, Grace suggested we travel down a side road. Within a few turns of our detour, we came across the most incredible site: Leo and Marilyn's house.
one Hull of a house
Leo and Marilyn
Dozens of potted geraniums lined the well-groomed front lawn and vines snaked around curious structures of all sorts. A menagerie of metal and wooden creatures, plush animals, and knick knacks covered the lawn, porch, and back sitting area of the house. Multiple handmade wooden homes, easily three times as big as traditional dollhouses circled the house and upon closer look you would discover figurines and toys peeking out at you from behind the windows. The front of the house showcased a blue castle-like structure covered in plastic Mickey Mouse toys. Around back, we met the man himself - Leo. Three friends busily tended to the garden and were hurriedly dragging new pots of flowers onto the lawn as we approached the king of the castle. Leo wasn't much of a conversationalist and would give short answers to my questions but I got the sense that he didn't totally object to our visit. His wry responses eventually lead to one little grin before we left, which made the whole trip worth it!
big bird
mouse house
hello kitty
handmade by Leo
Soon after our morning adventures, Grace ventured back to Cohasset to set up for the show. Stacey and I decided to visit her soon after. We drove down the scenic roads of Cohasset until we got to the green where the event was taking place. The show had a lovely variety of fine arts, live music, food, and a tent filled with juried art. Grace's Folk Couture clothes were very well received at the event and her racks were pretty sparse by Sunday. While walking about, Stacey discovered Two Son Jewelry. Lisa Cutler of Vermont, creates colorful necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings out of fanciful glass beads. Stacey purchased a necklace and bracelet featuring pink glass floral beads and colorful drops. She looked dazzling!
hello from Folk Couture
Stacey in Two Son Jewelry
By late afternoon, I jumped in the car and headed back to Connecticut. On the way home, I stopped by an antique store and found the perfect 1960's dress in peach, olive, and silver. Between the show, visiting with friends, great food, and sightseeing, my weekend in Massachusetts really felt like a mini-vacation. Lucky for me, I get to do it all again next week in Brooklyn!
my weekend souvenir
See you on Sunday, June 24th at Smith Street Sunday Funday in Brooklyn, NY and at The Greenway Open Market on Saturday, July 7th. More exciting pieces are being made as we speak!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

On the Road - Festival Fete

Last Saturday, I was Cranston bound for Festival Fete Garden City. Grace Napoleon of Folk Couture and I drove up to Rhode Island on Friday night in preparation for the big two day show. The weekend weather proved to be beautiful and people were out in droves. In addition to having over 125 artists, there was a nice variety of entertainment, hands-on activities for kids, food, and even a photo booth.
Festival Fete Garden City in Cranston, RI
Garden City
Grace gets decorated by Barefoot Henna
hands on activities
Big Nazo made a BIG impact!
Apiary Designs is a family affair. Mother and daughter team Nancy White and Megan Labrecque sew handmade aprons, totes, and other fabulous fabric accessories. I had the pleasure of being next to them at the show for two days and this meant I got a front row view of their amazing array of fabrics. Quirky kitchen appliances, tattoo designs, sushi, nautical scenes, cupcakes, fruits, and florals were just a handful of the 100's of whimsical prints available from Apiary Designs. Each piece is lovingly cut, assembled, and stitched by these talented gals who have a long tradition of sewing in their family. Swing by their website and Etsy shop for the perfect gift. They really have something for everyone!
Megan and Nancy of Apiary Designs
A great blend of fabrics
aprons galore
Love these prints!
Pop art with a twist of hilarity served on a plate. That's what Joanne DeLomba is serving up. Her Mod Antique China collection showcases clever images that are heat transferred onto vintage plates. The juxtaposition of fine dinnerware with quirky artwork make these plates not-quite-your grandma's-collectables (unless you have a really cool grandma). Add to the mix her bold True Romance earrings and other worldly framed art prints and you have one amazing collection of work. Check out Joanne's website, blog, and Etsy shop for a glimpse into her eclectic world.
Joanne DeLomba
This second grade teacher approves!
earrings with pop
creature feature
It had been a while since I had been in the Ocean State, so I was excited to return with some new pieces. I created a new line called, "Garland Varieties" which were assembled out of vintage link bracelets and bead chain. Several went home with happy customers. In preparation for the show, I make a bunch of nautical themed Thimblism necklaces with brassy and silver-tone thimbles. The thimbles with jingling whale tails proved to be a popular choice at the show. A fun variety of REcap bracelets, one-of-a-kind assemblages, and game piece rings also left the fair with happy folks. Overall, I had a terrific time in Cranston and cannot wait for the next Festival Fete show!
Twitch and Whiskers at Festival Fete
new - Garland Varieties
REcap Fan
nautical Thimblisms
Spring Peeper - flew off to a new home
One of the best parts of going to other states is staying over other artists' places. Grace and I camped out at Carrie Wagner's home in Providence. In addition to being a very talented painter/illustrator for SepiaLepus, I found out Carrie is also an incredible jewelry designer. One of the pieces she shared with me was just jaw-dropping amazing. She created a stunning choker with five hinged squid lockets. Each one held a different nautical scene inside and had more underwater scenes etched on the back. I sure hope to see some of her jewelry out in the world soon. While we all patiently wait for her jewelry line, we can enjoy her SepiaLepus illustrations in the meantime. 
You can find both Twitch and Whiskers and SepiaLepus at Arts Fest Beverly in Beverly, MA on Saturday, June 16th. On Sunday, June 24th, you can visit me at the Smith Street Sunday Funday in Brooklyn, NY. Come on by and say hello!