We have another fun weekend ahead. We'll be at the Passyunk Fall Fest at the Singing Fountain in South Philly. Put on by Nice Things Handmade, it's a great lineup of vendors selling handmade goods along with a fun community Halloween get together. L is excited to join the costume contest this year (there should really be a "Best Elsa" considering the amount of folks who have, I'm sure made that costume choice this year). I'm quite pleased with the way the dress turned out. I was having some doubts when I made the arms, they are not my forte, especially when they are in sequined mesh, but I persevered and succeeded with something that's half decent I'd say! L really liked it and has been singing "Let It Go" and dancing around the house ever since. I'll be there with my pinafore dresses and skirts and Mike has some great new necklaces and painted glass earrings to show off. We hope to see some of you!
On Sunday we'll be in the Woodlands Cemetery (one of our favorite places) for the 3rd Annual All Hallow's Read from noon to 4pm. It's a not too spooky book hunt where everyone exchanges (and hunts for) spooky and fall books to enjoy. Free for everyone, bring a book or not. Thought up by Neil Gaiman my friends organized one in our neighborhood. The Woodlands will also have some "local residents" of the cemetery there to tell you their stories and there will be Weckerly's Ice Cream. too. Disregard the date on the poster (although you could certainly give some books out trick or treating), it's just my favorite one.
We've got our weekend booked with fun, first on Saturday in Haddonfield we'll be at the Fall Festival Booth 53 on Tanner St. We've heard great things about this festival and are excited to try it out. On Sunday we return for our final Clover Market of the season to Chestnut Hill, Booth 43 on Highland Ave. I'll be bringing some choice vintage women's and girls dresses and coats along with the usual handmade. We love Clover Market so and can't wait to do a little fall shopping as well! Hope to see you there....!
All those years back which seem like a lifetime (and actually is for my daughter), when I broke my favorite plate and Mike made some jewelry out of it, the first place we tried to sell it was in Old City at First Friday. I was pregnant at the time and little did we know then what an impact on our lives those necklaces, which sold immediately, would make.
I love First Fridays. I've been going since I was a teenager with my art school friends. Then Old City was a different place, with a lot of galleries and no condos, a little seedy. Exciting for us, we'd sneak wine (they had lots of it and it was free back then) and discuss the finer points of the art with all of our 16 year old insight. I'd go too in my 20s when I came back to town, I knew some of the busker and didn't have to sneak the wine anymore, I noticed the neighborhood changing. Later on when I lived here again and first started dating Mike we would always go, he had gone with his friends when he was younger too. Then he worked at a bar called Sugar Moms between 2nd & 3rd Sts so we go there after seeing all the art and hang out with the cook in the back (the front was always way too crowded). Folks had just started to vend on the street, real art that didn't make it into the galleries and crafts too. Mike thought why not, and started selling the stained glass earrings and necklaces he made.
Old City holds so many memories for us. I love that I can share that and going to First Fridays with our daughter, who last night kept saying how much fun everything was. The streets were packed with all sorts of people, looking at art in the galleries, making and selling art on the street, playing amazing music, it was fun! Weather dependent we'll be there next First Friday in November, maybe we'll see you!
I'm Wilder, mama, wife & Friend. We live in lovely West Philly, the smallest town in a big city. This blog is a little peek into the lives of we who make As the Crow Flies Jewelry & Kids, Wilder, Mike & L. To share some more of our life and ideas with you, so even if we’ve never met in person, you can get a sense of who we are as a family in this wide and wonderful world.
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