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BKLYN DESIGNS + Call for Exhibitors

January 15, 2008

I can’t believe that it’s about that time again – Spring design shows! Yippee! BKLYN DESIGNS 2008 is scheduled to take place on May 9-11, 2008 and they’re looking for exhibitors at BKLYN DESIGNS + which is the cash and carry market for small design accessories. Interested exhibitors should submit an application as soon as possible indicating that they’ll be offering products either made and/or designed in Brooklyn. Click here to learn more…

Events + Markets

Boston Small Business Meet Up: Design Salon

December 6, 2007

I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve replied to over the past few years asking me if I know of any small business meet ups in Boston for women. I’ve heard of a few initiatives, but nothing has made much progress because either group leaders kept canceling, or the attendees weren’t getting much out of the meet ups and decided to drop out. I mean, it’s nice to connect, but what good does this do long term if people don’t have something more regular to look forward to keep them fueled and on track? And topics. It’s not enough to show up and exchange business cards. You need a topic so real voices can rise up and be heard, advice can be thrown around the table, and ideas can churn.

Boston Small Business Meet Up: Design SalonBoston Design Salon was founded by Boston cermacist, Jill Rosenwald.

Many have asked me to start a group either in New Hampshire or Boston, but with my schedule, I can’t do it on a regular basis. And I’ve always felt bad about this. But it seems now I don’t have to worry because business ladies now have a home – a flock – and it’s called the Boston Design Salon.

History: A while ago a group of lady designers in Boston started meeting together once a month to share business stories, tips, network and drink wine. Calling themselves the Boston Design Salon, the group was formed by local ceramist Jill Rosenwald. Their goal for 2008 is to continue meeting monthly, grow out the group, and have a topic or guest speaker/s for each meeting.

The next Design Salon meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 11th @ 7:00 pm and the guest speaker will be Jill Shah of SoLUXE who will cover Network Marketing. The event will be hosted by Kelly Smith Harris of Etcetera Media at The Pink Comma Gallery. The location is 81B Wareham Street and it’s on the block between Harrison and Albany in the South End. Please call 617.833.0330 if you need directions.

Details: 12/11 Agenda: Network Marketing. Network Marketing is a sales model that has been around the block, but is seeing new life as modern day shoppers seek to find shopping venues (and products) outside of traditional retailers and etc. Jill Shah will facilitate a discussion on her latest business venture, SoLUXE, which is a network marketing retailer that sells personalized and custom paper and home goods through a national network of independent sales consultants. Topics include: What is Network Marketing?, The Business Model, Product Fit, Recruiting and maintaining a sales force, Creating Momentum, and Building a Network Marketing Business: Financing, Marketing, Growth. And cookies. Did I mention cookies?

In addition and in the spirit of the holidays, they’ll also have THE FIRST ANNUAL DESIGN SALON COOKIE EXCHANGE! Instructions for the exchange: Bring 1-3 dozen of your favorite holiday treats. We’ll set them all out, eat them and then go home with 1-2 dozen.

There’s no fee to attend, and I know for a fact that these ladies would welcome newbies with open arms because they asked me to spread the word on decor8 if it’s something I’d support – and I do – so I’m spreading the love. Just bring your business card and some cookies. That sounds easy enough, right?

Ladies can RSVP to Jill Rosenweld: mcrae2 AT aol DOT com.

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Events + Markets, Shopping + Products, Travel

SoWa Holiday Market {This Weekend!}

December 6, 2007

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.

SoWa Holiday Market {This Weekend!}Some vendors include: Figs and Ginger booth, Minka Jewelry,
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.

SoWa Holiday Market {This Weekend!} Motley Home will have a booth too! I hope they
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!

Sowa Holiday Market
12/8, 10-8
12/9, 10-6
Cathedral High School Gym, 74 Union Park Street (South End), Boston. Rain or shine. $5 admission. Free Parking at 500 and 540 Harrison Ave. Directions here.

Have fun!

(image from sowa holiday market)

Events + Markets, Shopping + Products, Travel

December Arts + Crafts Markets {Boston + Providence}

November 29, 2007

Shop Indie Boston! I really look forward to all the fun summer and winter craft events that spring up each year. Last season I selected the best of the best events happening in Boston + Providence and this year is no different, another round-up! And yes baby, I know it’s cold outside – but neither snow nor sleet prevents Boston locals from a few good sales. Here’s a quick view of events going on (starting tomorrow!) around town. Please feel free to print this handy guide so you’ll have it on you during the month. Have fun!

Not in New England? See the last paragraph of this post for a GREAT link just for you.

December Arts + Crafts Markets {Boston + Providence}
Crafts at the Castle
11/30, 10-8
12/1, 10-6
12/2, 10-5
Hynes Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B, 900 Boylston St. (1st floor), Boston.
Rain or shine. $18.00 for adults. $15.00 for seniors. Children under 12 are free.

Holiday Artisian Fair at The Eliot School
12/1, 11-5
The Eliot School, 24 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain.
Free Admission.

NEW! Paper & Chocolate Event with Albertine Press & Taza Chocolate
12/2, 1-6
561 Windsor Street, Somerville.
Tastings, factory tours, letterpress demonstrations, artisan chocolates,
handmade books, holiday cards and more.

Celebrate Newton! Arts + Crafts Festival
12/2, 10-4
Newton South H.S., 140 Brandeis Rd, Newton Center.
Free Admission.

MassArt Annual Sale
12/3-8, 10-7
MassArt, Tower Building (lobby), 621 Huntington Ave. (corner of Huntington Ave. and Evans Way), Boston.
Rain or shine. Free admission.

The Arsenal on the Charles Vendor Fair
12/4, 10-2
3 Kingsbury Avenue, Watertown.
Free Admission.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts December Sale
12/5-6, 12?8
12/7-9, 12?6
SMFA, 230 The Fenway, Boston.
Free Admission.

NEW! Design Nearby at the pinkcomma Gallery
12/7, 5-10
Pinkcomma, 81b Wareham Street (South End), Boston.

MIT Sloan Craft Fair (sorry no link)
12/7, 9-6
Lobby of the Tang Center, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA (entrance on Wadsworth Street).

Fort Point Holiday Sale

12/7, 4-7
12/8-9, 11-5
Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center Street, Boston with additional studios open throughout the neighborhood.
Rain or shine. Free admission. Free Parking.
{NEW! They also have a brick and mortar holiday store open for the season on weekdays until 1/4/08.}

RISD Alumni Art Sale
12/8, 10-5
RI Convention Center, One Sabin Street, Providence.
Rain or shine. Admission is $7; children under 14 or current RISD students (with ID) get in free.

Sowa Holiday Market
12/8, 10-8
12/9, 10-6
Cathedral High School Gym, 74 Union Park Street (South End), Boston.
Rain or shine. $5 admission. Free Parking at 500 & 540 Harrison Ave.

Bazaar Bizarre
12/9, 12-5
Cyclorama (Boston Center for the Arts) at 539 Tremont Street (South End), Boston.
Rain or shine. $1.00 Admission.
{Tip: Arrive early for the best selection. The line wraps around the block and booths are known to sell out fast.}

UPDATE: This event will not take place this year. Sorry for any confusion! Wears + Wares Final Market of the Year
12/16, 11-5
Downtown Crossing on Summer Street in the lobby of 101 Arch, Boston.
Rain or shine. Free admission.

Month Long Markets

Craftland Show
12/1-12/22 – daily
Wednesday 11-6, Thursday 11-8, Friday 11-6, Saturday 11-8, and Sunday 11-6.
235 Westminster Street, Providence.
Psst: There’s a meet the artists free event on December 13, 6-8 PM.
Rain or shine. Free admission.

The Harvard Square Holiday Craft Fair

12/9-11, M-F 10-7, S 12-6, Su 11-7
12/16-18
12/20-24
First Parish Unitarian Church, on the corner of Mass Ave and Church in Harvard Square.
Free Admission.

Psst: Not in Boston or Providence and feeling a bit left out? No worries! For a complete list of indie markets taking place all over the world visit the Indie Craft Fair Guide. If you are a market owner, don’t forget to list your event on their website because I see this site as only growing and becoming THE source for indie markets in the future. I’m spreading the word the best that I can – it’s a great site – so tell all of your friends!

If I’ve missed a venue for Boston or Providence, please comment below with the scoop. Please share this with a friend by clicking the envelope icon below this post – spread the word – shop Indie. :)

(image from the SOWA website)

Events + Markets

Woonbeurs, Anyone?

September 28, 2007

Is anyone out there attending Woonbeurs this weekend in Amsterdam? I’m dying to see how it goes…

Woonbeurs, Anyone?
I was going to take the train over, but oma’s funeral is tomorrow and we’re having a big family dinner on Sunday so I’m staying here for the weekend. I’d love to hear about it, so if you blog it or have photos in flickr, please let me know! It looks like a lot of fun, with hands-on workshops, lectures, and lots of good displays for home decorating and design.

(image from woonbeurs)

Events + Markets

Three Potato Four

September 20, 2007

A thirst for vintage? Love a little old mixed in with the new? I was so excited to hear from Three Potato Four, I really appreciate that they took the time to write in about their online store. Especially since they offer fabulous vintage and new finds for (mostly) the home. Can that vintage pear jar be any sweeter?

Three Potato Four
Their selection is out of this world, the Zakka-esque products that have are so pretty, and the vintage finds, like the large vintage pulldown map (below), is simply the best. What a great way to add loads of color and interest to a wall if you rent and you’re limited by what you’re allowed to do in your space. Forget wallpaper and paint, this map stands alone. And it’s a fun conversation piece, guests like to look at maps and talk about where they’ve been. I love stories like that.

I recall seeing an image in a past issue of Domino magazine, a homeowner/designer had a map on an entire wall in her kitchen. I can still see her lovely face and the outfit she was wearing, and I know exactly what her place looked like (her bedroom was very green), but I can’t recall the issue or her name. Can anyone help me here? I’d love to show you because it’s a great example of how maps as a decorative touch really work! I had a massive world map on my wall when I had my own place (before getting married), I’d marked all the places visited in my lifetime and I also marked the top 5 destinations that I hoped to travel to someday. I think having a map around is a great reminder that we really are tiny specks on this planet and there is so much more out there – it’s quite humbling. I love globes as well, but you already know that about me from this post.

Three Potato Four
Aren’t these vintage circus mugs from Ireland so charming? Perfect for those with a mug collection. I wish Three Potato Four much success in their new shop, and thank you again for writing in!

Psst: They also carry plates by Snowden Flood.

(images from three potato four)

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