Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! Our shop will be closed for the month of January while we are away down south, searching for new and exciting things to bring to you all. If you want to follow on our journey follow us on instagram. During the month of January L and I will be participating in Fun-a-Day, a terrific art a day project for anyone to do! Since we'll be traveling we figured the easiest thing to do would be photography, so you can see our Southern Vacation from the eyes of 5 and 37 in Febuary at the opening at Studio 34 in West Philly. We're excited about the trip but also about coming home and starting new (small) beginnings in our jewelry and clothing! Happy New Year everyone, see you soon!
Christmas Trees and Holiday Vending
Here we are in the thick of holiday vending, it's a fun and exhausting time for us. Making and making, shipping and vending all the while trying to balance the magic and simplicity of what Winter's Solstice and Christmas means to our family. Two weekends ago (was it really that long!) we took a bit of a breath, and ventured to New Hope to a Christmas Tree Farm that my old friend from high-school runs and has been in his family for 3 generations. Tuckamony Farm is a simple and wonderful place to get a tree. While wandering around in all sizes of trees we saw wild geese flying over head, hawks and some cardinals. It was a huge event for L, my budding birdwatcher. For the past 3 years they have had an Arts & Crafts Pop-Up shop that has a wonderful variety of local makers. This year they invited us, and we were so pleased. The shop is open on all the weekends leading up to Christmas.
Last weekend we had a great time at the first annual Superfantastic Craft Bazaar at the Philly Free School in South Philly. Elissa from Nice Things Handmade (another high-school friend) partnered with The Free School for the event. It was a festive event, with face painting, great vendors, kid made crafts and face painting.
On Sunday we were at Winterfest, put on by Art Star at the skating rink at Penns Landing. We had quite a fun time there too despite the lack of customers due to the snow. We arrived just before the snow started and what a snow it was! It was a beautiful spot to be, a real winter wonderland with decorated trees, ice skating and a lodge with pine cone painting crafts, winter games, smoked turkey legs and (my new favorite drink) milky chai with Snap. We went ice skating, and hung out in the lodge painting pine cones with elves (seriously!) We shared shipping container space with Chez sucre chez and Black Heart Letterpress, both wonderful artists fine folks. We're planning to go back again, just to ice skate and shop right after the holidays. We just can't get enough of the turkey legs (and Snap chai).
Now to this weekend! We'll be having another snowy vending experience (slightly more inside) at The Punk Rock Flea Market tomorrow in Northern Liberties. We're excited to take turns vending and perusing the finds while L is off with her GrandDad at the Nutcracker. In the past it's been a busy day with wall to wall crowds and we hope tomorrow won't be an exception.
Sunday is the GO WEST! Craft Fest at the Rotunda. We're so excited for this event! We have brand new jewelry, and cozy dresses just for the event. We've been working tirelessly to bring you a fantastic handmade fest full of the quality and affordability you've come to expect from GO WEST. We've gotten a lot of press and have put out a ton of fliers around Philadelphia. We love that the Daily News called us "one of the friendliest festivals around"! Check out a post I wrote "checklist for GO WEST!" Hope to see you there. Don't worry though, even if you can't make it to anything this weekend we still have one more weekend left for holiday shopping check out our events page and our etsy shop will be open till the 18th for mailing out before Christmas.
Gifts in the Galleries
Emily, my GO WEST! Craft Fest partner and proprietress of VIX Emporium has teamed up with the Penn Museum to put on this Craft Market, the old meets the new. We're excited to be vending for 2 days starting tomorrow and hope to check out some of the Galleries while we're there. I'm most intrigued with the Vaults of Heaven exhibition and the Tlingit (Native peoples of the Pacific Northeast) collections.
Now back to the Craft Market. In anticipation of this weekend I made a sneak peek of some of the vendors from etsy. VIX Emporium has been doing terrific vendor profiles as well!
Hope to see you in the Galleries!
Final Fall Clover Market
After an overwhelming success at the first Clover Market in Chestnut Hill, we're back in Ardmore for the final Clover of the season. These markets are always a treat to vend. I snapped some pictures last weekend of some things I would love for our home. The majority of these vendors will be in Ardmore this Sunday, so come check them out!
Love this simple frame around the chalkboard.
Many vintage children's books!
Fancy and colorful mason jar cozys from the awesome folks at Rogue Theory.
Upcycled planters from old toolboxes.
Soy candles in reclaimed glasses and cups from Melo Studios. I should have just bought these last Sunday, the folklore teacups would look so perfect on our holiday table. Luckily they will be at the Market this Sunday!
These plush toys are so sweet, and the wands! The perfect gift for some wonderful imaginative play. All from Hello Bluebird in Reading, Pa. I love this shop! It's a great mix of handmade gifts (our jewelry is there) and a toys from eeBoo. The owner Alex has a wonderful eye and the shop is a dream to be in. If you're in Reading you have to stop in, it's impossible to leave without something fabulous.
Here are some sneak peeks for Clover Market on Sunday. We'll be in booth #72 with these and a whole lot more. Hope to see you there!
Clover Market is Sunday, Nov 3rd from 10-5pm at 12 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, Pa
This weekend promises to be very full and very fun. Halloween weekend is always a great time here in West Philly. Before kids we got dressed up and went to lots of parties, and now with kid we still do that, but get to go trick or treating too! This weekend promises no less and a lot more with two fairs and a wedding in between. On Saturday is the East Passyunk Fall Fest.
Considering I saw it advertized on the top of the PECO Building downtown, I think we're in for a treat. Elissa Kara of Nice Things Handmade, organized the vendors and did and terrific job. We'll be next to VIX Emporium and Krista Peel Jewelry. We're excited to hang out in South Philly tomorrow and luckily L decided to be a flower girl for Halloween because we'll be packing up quickly at 4 and heading to our friends wedding reception.
Sounds like a full weekend...? We'll be up early on Sunday for the debut of Clover Market in Chestnut Hill. We're very excited to participate in this new Clover with such a great selection of vendors. One of my favorite local coffee company's ReAnimator will be there, so I'll be sure to be caffeinated! We'll be chatting it up at #35.
Did I mention we have brand new things..?
Sterling Silver Post Earrings!
Pinafore Dresses with Flannel Reversibles.
Upcycled Baby Sweaters!
Hope to see you all at one or both of these fantastic Halloween weekend events!
New Styles for Fall...!
Hello Fall, I'm glad you're here. It's our favorite season, soup, apple picking, crisp walks through the city , sweaters and the best knitting weather. Exciting change and settling into comfortable routines always seems just right in the Fall. I'm hopeful the weather will actually turn into that wonderful season soon! If you've missed us here please check out our instagram for what we did this summer. Here's a little bit, it seems so long ago now!
We're back now (although going to a family reunion on the Florida gulf this weekend), uh oh Hurricane Karen.... and are excited for many weekends of vending. We had a great time at GO WEST! Craft Fest our first show in September and wearing my organizer hat I couldn't have asked for a better day or a nicer crowd. Check out our events page for all of our upcoming shows later on this month!
Now, we have some exciting new jewelry that is up on Etsy and will be available at all of our forthcoming fairs. First off Belt Buckles! For a while now we've wanted to expand our market into something a little "butcher". With Mike's new found love of his tile saw and grinder, belt buckles seems like the perfect way to go.
Once we started shopping for findings and epoxy it seemed like sterling silver post earrings would be another wonderful addition to our line. Simple and lovely they really take small bits of the plate to a heightened beauty.
We have some plans for rings and hair accessories that we'll be debuting soon. In the meantime stay tuned for new kids dresses, warm for the fall and winter beyond. I promise I'll be back soon!
Vacationing - Cape May
If you've been following along with our summer plans on instagram you'll know that we've been doing plenty of vacationing and thrifting since our last fair at the 30th Street Craft Market. Our latest was Cape May, NJ to meet up with family and share a week together near the beach.
Cape May is our favorite place on the Jersey Shore. Many houses are beautiful and historic, the beach is friendly and right there and there are lots of things to do when you want to get off the beach too. There's a tiny boardwalk with ski ball and photobooth pictures, "the mall" a walking plaza with restaurants and shops, mini golf, all in a 5 block area. We love Historic Cold Spring Village, a wonderful, relatively inexpensive living history museum just outside of Cape May. L and her cousin loved walking around learning how people lived in the "old times". We've gone 2 years in a row and there's always something interesting to learn, plenty of games to play and an ice cream parlor.
The Cape May Zoo is another terrific place to go. I'm not a huge fan of zoos but I really liked this one a lot. There was a good amount of space for the animals, who seemed pretty content, especially the baby snow leopards who were unbelievably adorable. It was all outdoors with much of the area covered with wooden walkways so you saw the animals from a platform, it seemed much less obtrusive. Did I mention it was free? Just a donation for parking.
There was a lot of down time too and it's always nice to get to make a seaside themed Etsy treasury, thinking of Cape May's glorious seaside past.
Mike did manage to scour some out of the way junk shops while we were there and found a cracked and dusty robin cream pitcher which he already has in his studio as a work in progress. Tomorrow we'll be off and making our way to Maine where we will be stopping along the way at every little place we can find. Join along on our instagram adventures and I'll try to be back here soon.
30th Street Craft Market Fun
Yesterday was the 30th Street Craft Market. It was a beautiful sunny day, with lots of the shoppers who had come out just for the fair and others who were just passing through 30th Street Station. It was fun to see where everyone was from and where they were going to. After some help loading in, once again L and her Grand dad went on an adventure, this time to the circus!
I was left to have fun just vending with Mike and was able to check out all of the wonderful goods. We where next to some lovely west Philly friends Jane Broadbent and Squidge & Bean. Jane makes beautiful and sturdy functional ceramics. Gemma makes extremely affordable luxury knitwear for home, baby and you! Knitting for summertime is a bit hard to wrap your head around she succeeded in doing it beautifully.
Every vendor at the market was incredibly talented and creative. I was excited to buy this large print of an Atlantic puffin from Laura Murdoch. She makes finely detailed drawings of fish and has expanded her repertoire to birds as well. I have always been fascinated with the Arctic Circle and historically the inhabitants of the northern Atlantic Coast and Iceland. The puffin is one of those and is such a beautiful and captivating bird. Here's more info on Puffins.
I, sadly have a quite a strong metal allergy. I love jewelry but don't often wear it because of the itchiness that ensues. Even sometimes the sterling chains make me think it will be itchy! I love to wear Mike's jewelry and use a silk cord for a tie. A gratuitous and true plug: the silver solder that Mike uses around the ceramic does not make me itch, ever! I have worn his necklaces for multiple days without taking them off, because that's the way I am, without any problem.
All that being said, I am always on the lookout for fabric and bead jewelry that suites my taste. I really admired these simple and bright wrap bracelets from carleymarley.
I love the undersea mobiles by Elissa Kara of nice things handmade on Pasyunk Ave. She makes terrific cold weather hats and as she said the mobiles are just some hats upside down, in the most wonderful way! In that way of small town of Philadelphia, Elissa and I went to the same small high school. It's pretty great that we get to be the same craft scene doing just what we love.
So many thanks to the lovely Emily from VIX Emporium for doing such a fabulous job with the Market. Looking forward to many more in the future!
30th Street Craft Market Saturday!
This Saturday is our last Market till Fall and we are very excited about it! The last 30th Street Craft Market was inside 30th St Station. It was a beautiful place to vend and we had so many new customers, many of whom were just visiting Philadelphia. It was a tremendous success for Emily from VIX Emporium who had partnered with UCD for the event. This time we'll be outside on The Porch a new outside urban space that caters to a variety of free outdoor events. The Craft Market is chock full of talented vendors, all with beautiful and unique items. I've curated a treasury of some of my favorites on etsy. Here is VIX Emporium's full vendor listing.
Another treat in store on Saturday is The West Philadelphia Orchestra, performing from noon-2pm. They are one of my all time Philly favorites, I'm so excited for them to be the background to some of my day!
Hope to see lots of Philly friends and fans on Saturday. Mike has been making delft ships and windmills all week and while I'm out of commission for two handed work I have plenty of summer kids wear ready to go. Looking forward to seeing you all!
What a fine day we had at Clover Market today! E was with her Grand dad, and with my injured finger I wasn't much help at the stand. So sweet old Mike did most of the vending today while I hunted for treasures and chatted it up with the other vendors.
Old Blood Designs and Wrong World Ceramics were sharing a booth. They make a great West Philly Team!
I saw new art by Lisa Hurwitz. I loved her paintings of little girls and boys wearing animal masks/ hats and the quietly vibrant butterflies.
I wish these tea towels weren't a little out of my reach pricewise, but I loved the succulents flowerbox from Nannygoat Antiques.
I'm a real sucker for antique petticoats and pantaloons. These are from Mae's Market.
And here we are, reunited at home with the spoils of the day. With all my looking I managed to only get two things. A vintage dress for L that I just couldn't pass up and a skirt from Sardine Clothing. I've been looking for a while at her skirts and finally found just the right one.
What a fun day! We're hoping to be back for more Clovers in the fall. Thanks to all who came out and made the day such a success.
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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Lesley Tierra: A Kids Herb Book
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