If you live in the area and do not have plans to attend the SoWa Holiday Market this weekend, well kids I’m here to change your mind. The event promises to be a great one with indie artisians galore, yummy foods, and a festive atmosphere and let me tell you… As winter approaches (we already have snow), I can’t think of anything better to do than to shop indoors for handmade products.
Bumble Belly Designs and Curly Girl Design.
Being a girl who has spent many a winter in Germany, seeing winter-y events pop up in Boston excites me because in Germany, weather doesn’t stop anyone from having a good time – it’s one festival after another. And sure it’s cold and blah blah blah but it’s also a lot of fun to grab a coffee, walk in the snow, and escape the frosty air indoors at a beautiful market like this one. I really enjoy shopping online but for me, there’s nothing quite like a little human contact and wintertime in the northeast can be long and depressing if you don’t get out and meet the locals. So if I haven’t convinced you to attend yet, then you may want to take a look at the vendor profiles here – lots of unique items, most of whom I’ve never heard of, like My Sunset Road, Bumble Belly Designs, Swirly Designs, Happy Art Studio, Minka Jewelry, Sew Cuties, and Curly Girl Design who plans to open a local storefront in Belmont on December 15th called Marmalade. We need more stores in Boston, so congrats Curly Girl Design.
bring along some of their Jonathan Adler pottery, it’s hard to
find in Boston and they have the largest collection.
The SoWa market kicks off on Saturday morning and runs all day from 10-8 and again on Sunday from 10-6. And if you can’t make Saturday but want to join the fun on Sunday, then you’re in for a treat because the Bazaar Bizarre will be in town on Sunday (another awesome event) and it’s within walking distance of the market so you can hit them both. I’m excited they are both happening on the same weekend, more goods to look at, more indie artists to support, more more more! And since I support the independent arts, decor8 is also a sponsor! Yeah!
(image from sowa holiday market)
Still looking for more drop dead gorgeous fabrics for decorating your home? No problem. Our friends at Purl have stopped by to offer decor8 readers a 10% discount valid until 12.13.07. Fill your shopping cart and enter decor (no 8) when you check out to receive your insta-savings! Thank you so much Purl – we love ya!
Looking for inspiration? Examples of Purl textiles in use here at Oh Joy!
(images from purl soho)
All you sewers out there will *heart* this offer from Contemporary Cloth. But first let me start by stating how typing out that word, sewer, sends chills right through my body because it looks on paper like the same word that has to do with a conduit carrying off waste products. I’d like to skip using the word altogether and go with seamstress, but since most of you aren’t making your living through sewing, it wouldn’t be the best choice either. Perhaps I should just address you all as Sew Queens. Yes, much better.
(But really, isn’t sewer such an ugly word on paper?) So for all of you SQ’s out there listen up, if you need fabric for projects this is the best time to scoop up and save big over at Contemporary Cloth. They are offering decor8 readers 25%* off until December 12 simply by entering the code decor8 upon checkout. I’m thrilled because I see lots of things that are so affordable, like Katie Jump Rope, Chocolate Lollipop, Kaffe Fassett, and Henry Road remnant packs to name a few.
By the way, have your ever done a keyword search on Flickr? I’m sure you have, it’s so amazing what you can find sometimes. Try Kaffe Fassett for instance. There are so many out there who use his fabric to create some of the most beautiful things, it’s inspiring to see his patterns used in such creative ways.
*Fiberartist’s works are 10% off, everything else is 25%.
Psst: With every order placed, Contemporary Cloth donates 1% of their net sales to St. Herman’s House of Hospitality.
(images from contemporary cloth)
Did you think for a moment that I’d forgotten about Take Five Tuesdays? Oh no, not one bit. In fact, I look forward to writing this each week, having a dedicated column has helped give me a little structure and though I love the wild world of blogging on a whim, it is fun to play magazine editor a little and be responsible for a weekly feature. I’ve been finding so many amazing artists on Etsy lately that I’m having a hard time selecting only 5 to showcase on Tuesdays. I could easily feature more, which is exciting because the well is hardly close to running dry. Here are my picks for this week, I hope you find something pretty that calls out to you! :)
South Africa and her delicious blockprinted designs. I’ll take the
Pink Stamens and the Floating Flowers please.
objects with attention to detail and craftsmanship. Simple, clean, modern.
So many perfect little things to look through in her shop.
surreal artwork is quite intriguing. It’s as if you can hear tales being whispered
by candlelight to New England children many years ago as they await father
to return home from sea. They’re quite interesting to look at, telling a bit of
a story the more you examine the details. Learn more about artist Sarah
and her inspirations on her blog.
like these original 1960′s and ?70′s wallpapers, transforming them into lights,
boxes, wallets, and more. Flower Power done right.
Get your little woodland friends, a few houses, and some fruit
right here at Woodmouse in LA.
Please click on the Take Five Tuesdays link below for my previous Etsy finds.
(images from etsy artists linked in this post)