Thursday, February 6, 2014

On the Road - SoWa Holiday Market - Boston, MA

Here we go...the final holiday show recap from 2013! What better way to end the holiday season than in Boston? I was thrilled to be a part of the 10th Annual SoWa Holiday Market. It was my second time returning to the Benjamin Franklin Institute for this two day extravaganza. The gym and hallways were lined with talented artists and designers from all over New England. I came to the show with many new pieces, including Hob Knob rings, constructed out of vintage guitar knobs, rhinestones, and Bakelite poker chips. Once the doors opened on the first day, there was a buzz of holiday excitement in the air.
love the holiday buzz
Twitch and Whiskers at SoWa Holiday Market 2013
Hob Knob rings - turn up the volume

For many of the artists at the show, it was their last hurrah of the 2013 holiday season. Behind those beautifully handcrafted goods and tired grins were heaps of heart and hours of dedication. It made me proud to be part of a group of folks who make the holidays merry and bright for others. Hellos from friends (old and new) made the two day show a breeze. You know what else kept me going? Decadent Union Square Donuts. YUM!
John McCarthy (epic beard) and Crystal Popko of Popko Shop
Abby Berkson of Abby Berkson Ceramics and Carrie Wagner of SepiaLepus Illustrations
Jen Gubicza of Zooguu and Lisa DeMio of Red Staggerwing Designs
Stacey Caplinger of Creative Hands Boston and Heather Parker DeSimone of LeetieLovendale wear a "Shmoo-o" (duo of Shmoo) rings
Union Square Donuts? Yes, PLEASE!

Lianne and Paul Stoddard, the dynamic duo behind Swirly Designs work absolute magic with polymer clay. This clever husband and wife team combine their creative super powers to make a whimsical world of ornaments. I was lucky to be next to them at the market because I got an up close look at their finely detailed, limited edition pieces. Think Christmas and beyond, because they offer new ornaments for each season. Their winter collection has a flurry of snowmen with brightly wrapped gifts. Spring will bring you glittery bunnies atop of cream colored eggs. Summer sparks with a patriotic Fourth of July owl. Fall, my favorite time of year, creeps and crawls with Halloween witches, devils, and pumpkin heads. From their delicate dusting of glitter and crimped cupcake papers to their characters' curious expressions and carefully painted features, you will love every detail of Swirly Designs. Visit Lianne and Paul's website, blog, and Facebook page for more information. Start your collection today!
Lianne and Paul Stoddard of Swirly Designs
Owl be home for Christmas...
Christmas cheer for your tree
Hiya pumpkin!
The weekend at SoWa Winter Market provided a steady stream of holiday shoppers. It was wonderful seeing so many return customers from the Boston area and meeting new people at the show. I was excited to send home lots o' handmade goodies including protractor necklaces, Vari Vue necklaces, blinking doll eye necklaces, and kitschy pinback button necklaces. Fun 'n Games rings continued to be the holiday stocking stuffer favorite of the season. 
fabulous friends in Twitch and Whiskers
baseball Vari Vue necklace - home run!
Fun 'n' Games rings
eye catching blinking doll eye necklace
vintage pinback button necklaces
Many thanks to SoWa Holiday Market for ending my holiday season on such a high note. What an unforgettable show! There are great shows ahead for 2014. You can catch me at the SoWa Winter Market on February 8th, March 1, and April 12th. February 8th features a specially themed SoWa Wearables Market. Don't miss out!

My spring and summer show schedule is starting to shape up. Until then, swing by Twitch and Whiskers on Etsy and Facebook for updates. 

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