Bonnie’s Pop Up Valentine Tutorial

 

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Photos + Tutorial by Bonnie Kaye Whitfield

With Valentine’s Day just a couple weeks away, you might be itching to design some handmade cards for your special valentine(s).  This tutorial will show you how to create a pop-up text card with your favorite little word or message.

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 You will need:

  • paper – both a variety of solid and patterned papers, cardstock is ideal
  • envelopes – if you plan on mailing your cards
  • self-healing mat or an old magazine
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • x-acto knife
  • glue stick (not pictured)

Bonnie_Blog1_Pic2First, take a solid-colored piece of paper and cut + fold to a card size so that it fits in your envelope.  If you are not mailing it or don’t have an envelop, then simply fold your paper and you can cut the card down to size later.

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With your card open, measure 2” from the fold on each side of the fold crease and on each end of the card, and mark with your pencil.

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You will connect your two marks on each side of the fold crease.  Feel free to make this line very light, as you will later erase it.  This will serve as the guideline for the top and bottom of your text.  You can also make the measurements closer or further away from the fold depending on how tall you want your letters, but make sure that the fold crease is always in the center of your two pencil guidelines.

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Next, begin to draw your text in block letter form, making sure that there is space between all letters and the edges of the card.  Draw your letters so that they touch both the top and bottom pencil line, with the center of the letter falling on the fold crease.   If you are using any rounded letters, make sure that they still have a solid connection to the top and bottom pencil guideline (see my “O”).

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Once you have drawn out your text, grab your self-healing mat and x-acto blade and begin to carefully cut on all the text lines except the bottom and top lines.  You are not cutting out the letters, just the edges.  If you letter has an enclosed space (like my “O”) then the center will cut out entirely.

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After cutting, you will refold your card.  One letter at time, you will slowly “pop-out” the letters by reversing the center fold crease and gently folding along the top and bottom line of each letter.

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 Lastly, when you have finished adjusting all your letters, feel free to erase any pencil lines still showing.  Take a patterned piece of paper or a contrasting solid paper and play around with folding it and adding it to the backside.  At this point you can adjust the overall size of your card if you like, allowing more or less of the second paper to show.  Feel free to glue the two pieces together – just make sure that you don’t glue down any of your letters.

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Now you can go wow your sweetheart with your new pop-up skills!  Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone.

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Bonnie Kaye Whitfield designs and screen prints home textiles + paper goods under the name, Bonnie Kaye Studio.   www.BonnieKayeStudio.com

 

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New in the shop: Sweet Luka Mo

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe are so excited to be carrying local Philly baby/toddler line, Sweet Luka Mo! AND, Art Star will be the only brick n’ mortar shop in the area where you can find the popular eco-friendly brand!

“Sweet Luka Mo’s stance on baby clothing is simple: we should wish it came in our size.

Based in Philadelphia, PA, we make modern, sustainable baby and kids’ clothes built to withstand fun times, drawing our inspiration from city life, street art, and the adventures of urban kids.

It all started with our infant son Luka and a few too many unsatisfying searches for cool clothing to put him in. It seemed finding comfortable, stylish, contemporary, gender-neutral, sustainable, and ethically-made clothing was near impossible, so we combined our design and clothing construction know-how and got down to business. What started as a small, home-based/homemade clothing line has since expanded beyond our dreams, and today we’re proud to have a line that is almost entirely professionally manufactured right here in Philadelphia, with custom fabrics made in the USA.

We proudly source high quality, eco-friendly, stretchy, soft, breathable, organic cotton and bamboo fabrics as the basis of our line, for optimum comfort and optimum play. All prints and designs are exclusive to Sweet Luka Mo, inspired by today’s youths — so messy, imaginative, and destined for great things.” – Sweet Luka Mo

Here are the pieces you will find at Art Star now.  Buy in store, or on our site here

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Organic Splatter Leggings $32-$36

Heart Fleece Pullover - Copy

Graphic Heart Fleece Pullover, $34

Roar Thermal Metallic Gold - Copy

Roar! Thermal in Metallic Gold $26-$28

Splatter Harems in Gray

Organic Grey Splatter Harems $34-$38

Black Pounce Leggings

Organic Black Pounce Leggings $32-$36

Pounce Legging in Olive

Organic Olive Pounce Leggings $32-$36

 

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Christie’s Paper Garland Tutorial

garland2Tutorial + Photos by Christie Sommers

Try this inexpensive and easy tutorial to spruce up your place or decorate for a party. Paper garland is a great way to reuse old travel maps. You can also use colored or decorative paper purchased at your local craft shop.

You will need:

*paper….at least the thickness of printer paper, newspaper may be too thin.

*a sewing machine set to straight stitch, threaded in color of your choice

*scissors OR (rotary cutter, straight edge, cutting mat)

*a paper punch (I used a Fiskars 1/2″ paper punch) You can get creative with a vast assortment of paper cutter shapes found at your local craft store in the scrapbook section. Don’t go with anything smaller than 1/2″ because it will be difficult to feed through the sewing machine.

Supplies

Start by cutting your paper into strips. I cut mine into 1″ strips. Just be sure your strips are larger than your paper punch shape.

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Go nuts punching out your shapes.

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Do a little math to find how many circles you will need to make the length of garland you want. In my case (2) 1/2″ circles equals roughly 1″ of garland.

With your sewing machine set to straight stitch & threaded in the color of your choice, begin feeding each circle under the presser foot.  The feed dogs will take it from there. Have a pile of circles very close by and place one circle right after the other without overlapping.

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Before you know it you will have yards and yards of garland!

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To store: you can carefully wrap around a piece of cardboard until you are ready to use..

Enjoy!
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Christie Sommers is the designer and maker behind West Oak Design. She handcrafts small batch and one of a kind goods for home, women, and kids in her Wyndmoor, Pa studio. www.westoakdesign.com

 

 

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Clover Winter Market 2015

We will be popping up our 10×10 shop at the upcoming Clover Winter Market! We hope you will come out to visit us + around 50 other vendors selling handmade, vintage, and antique goods.
CLOVER MARKET 2015The 23rd Street Armory is on 23rd Street between Market + Chestnut Streets.   There is a $5 door fee (kids under 12 get in for free)…..But may we suggest you purchase a VIP Pass for $20?  This gets you some awesome stuff including admission at 9am (a whole hour to shop before the general public arrives), and a swag bag of goodies + coupons donated by vendors!  There is a coupon to use at our booth too!

Here are some of the goodies you will find in the VIP Swag Bag
CLOVER VIP SWAGPurchase VIP tickets OR 2 for 1 tickets HERE

Visit www.theclovermarket.com for more information

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Upcoming Exhibition with Genevieve Geer of Le Puppet Regime


Le Puppet Regime by Genevieve Geer
Stained Glass Marionettes + Sculptures
“You Never Know Who’s Pulling The Strings”
February 13th – April 12th
Opening Reception: Friday, February 13th from
6-8pm

We are thrilled to announce a solo exhibition with Philadelphia artist, Genevieve Geer of Le Puppet Regime.  Genevieve makes brilliant stained glass marionettes of tattooed showgirls, circus freaks, Siamese twins, mermaids, strong men, minotaurs and more.  Each piece has movable limbs so you can contort and pose your puppet in any way you choose.

We first stumbled across Genevieve’s unique work after she applied for our 2014 May Art Star Craft Bazaar.   We had never seen anything like it before and it isn’t often that we come across cool stained glass work!  Her application definitely gave us goose bumps.  We were even more smitten after checking out the work in person.  Not only does she make marionettes, but she also makes larger sculptural wall pieces and a line of jewelry.

Her exhibition at Art Star will include her popular marionettes but also some more of her larger sculptural pieces.  The show will differ a bit from our typical exhibition.  Though the larger pieces will remain up throughout the duration of the show, the marionettes will be available to take home the day of purchase.  We will have a back stock to replace pieces as they sell.  The show will open the day before Valentine’s Day, so bring your date to check out the show, mix and mingle with the artist, enjoy a beer + snack and pick up a one-of-a-kind art piece for your special someone!

Artist Statement: Genevieve Geer’s stained glass characters are articulated, modern day people, captured in an ancient art. They are holy in their medium, hearkening back to saints and sinners in churches everywhere, but they are living contemporary tales. Instead of stained glass as static object, well placed, well lit, and coveted as an architectural asset, these pieces move themselves to center stage. By pulling the characters out of the allotted window frame, Geer begins to force a reassessment of this medium. Further, by articulating each creature and character, the audience can no longer dismiss the work as sparkly background noise. They must look at each piece and divine it’s story, what it is and where it comes from.

The Artist’s process is painstaking and involved. The first steps are drafting a basic line drawing on paper and transferring the cartoon to glass, using hand mixed powdered glass paint that is then kiln fired. Cutting the glass, coppering, soldering, drilling and piecing together the final figure allows for variations and deviations at every turn, often resulting in creatures that stray from the initial drawing by happy accident. “Powdered glass paint is a medium unlike any other–one can have a general idea of what it will do, but sometimes it’s better than me, it knows what will look best, and when that happens, if I am smart,  I lift the brush quickly off the glass, let it dry and get it in the kiln.”

Geer is constantly feeding her work, researching embroidered textiles and antique dishware patterns, ukiyo-e woodblock prints, contemporary couture fashion, Russian movie propaganda posters, illuminated manuscripts, and contemporary illustrators like Yuko Shimizu.

ABOUT THE ARTIST Genevieve Geer is a Philadelphia based artist working in glass, metal, wood and textiles. Originally from Massachusetts, she attended Parsons School of Design for Illustration and The Museum School in Boston for Animation. She moved to NYC soon after graduating and worked as a freelance prop fabricator over the next few years. When she relocated to Philadelphia in 2007, she began to experiment with a new medium, hot glass. She started out as a manager of a local public access glass studio for a year before taking an apprenticeship at Wheaton Village in New Jersey. There she developed her blown glass skills, but was also introduced to casting, kiln forming and flat glass techniques. After two years she returned to Philly and she and her husband built a studio in their Kensington home. In 2012, after seeing a stained glass show by the artist Judith Schaecter in Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary, a spark was lit and Genevieve began to research and experiment with stained glass. In this one medium she found a meeting place for her training in illustration, animation and hot glass. Her company, Le Puppet Regime, came into being soon after, and features articulated, movable stained glass characters and scenes.

Visit  http://www.genevievegeer.com/ for the artist’s full portfolio.
Find a selection of her work at our shop + on our website.


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Art Star at Winterfest

Art Star at Winterfest

We are excited to announce that we opened up a 2nd Seasonal location within The Lodge at Winterfest this year! For those of you that came last year, it is much different and even better! Instead of having rotating craft vendors, we just have one big Art Star shop that is within a 40 foot shipping container, which is along the perimeter of The Lodge.  The other difference this year (from last) is that our store is accessible from within The Lodge (which is one of the huge heated tents) with giant sliding doors that we will keep open. It is warm, cozy and inviting with a fireplace inside (super excited about that!)

Inside The Lodge at Winterfest / photo courtesy of DRWC

Right next door to us is beer and food.  Throughout The Lodge are cozy couches, fireplaces (mantels from the Divine Lorraine Hotel) and much more.  This year is a HUGE improvement from last year (which we all thought was pretty amazing anyway) so just wait until you see it! We encourage guests to make a day (or night) of it and enjoy all that Winterfest has to offer: ice skating, good food, booze, beer, arcade games, pool, the firepits + fireplaces, etc.  PLUS you can get your holiday shopping done at Art Star!  We are fully stocked with gifts to give everyone on your list this holiday!

Outside of The Lodge (photo courtesy of DRWC)

DRWC is the fantastic non-profit behind all the development you are seeing along the waterfront, including Spruce Street Harbor Park and Winterfest.  They are an incredible group of passionate people and we feel so honored to be a part of these projects.  If you see any of the DRWC staff walking around, please thank them. They’ve worked so hard to make Winterfest amazing for you to enjoy! And we really think you will!

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NoLibs + Fishtown Holiday Shopping Spree

The annual NoLibs Holiday Shopping Spree is back and this year we’ve expanded to include our friends in Fishtown!  Mark your calendars for the largest Holiday Spree to date!

Art Star is pleased to present the annual Holiday Shopping Spree, which will be held on Saturday, December 6th  from 11-8pm and Sunday, December 7th  from 11-6pm.  The spree will take place in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia and has expanded this year to include Fishtown shops as well. 16 retail shops will be participating in the spree.  The more you shop at each location, the more you save!

Here is how the spree works:
1st Participating Store: Customer receives 10% off their purchase + a spree card w/ one sticker on it

2nd Store: Customer shows spree card  w/ 1 sticker & gets 15% off their purchase + a 2nd sticker

3rd Store: Customer shows spree card w/ 2 stickers & gets 20% off their purchase + a 3rd sticker

Once the customer’s spree card has 3 stickers, they will receive 25% off at any additional participating store that they shop at throughout the event.

Participating Shops
NoLibs: City Planter, Philly Phaithful, Ritual Ritual, Art Star, Casa Papel, Once Worn Consignment, Bloom, Swag Boutique, Jinxed at The Piazza

Fishtown: The Art Dept, Adorn Boutique + Showroom, Toile, Catch & Release Merchants, Craft Foundry, Jinxed Fishtown, Two Percent To Glory

The spree was conceived in 2006 by local retailers Art Star, Arcadia Boutique, and Conspiracy Showroom as a way to encourage shoppers to support independent boutiques in the Northern Liberties neighborhood.  Now in its 8th year, the spree has become a shopping tradition for hundreds of Philadelphians looking for unique gifts to give for the holiday season!

Each shop will be serving up light refreshments and plenty of holiday cheer!  Support your local independent retailers this holiday season!

Special thanks to friends + neighbors at Liberties Parcel for sponsoring this event!

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Get to know Mauro Baiocco, the artist behind Naughty & Nice

We are so excited to be carrying the Naughty, yet Nice line of work by Mauro Baiocco.  He first caught our eye when he participated in our May bazaar.  We completely fell in love with his work and we were curious to learn more about him.  Enjoy our little interview + be sure to check out our full stock of his paintings here.  Meet him in person at this weekend’s Art Star Craft Bazaar. He is just as charming in person as his work (I know, how is it possible?!)

Art Star: Tell us a bit about your work.  What inspires your imagery?
Mauro Baiocco: I paint silliness. I guess the best way to summarize my process is this: when i was a kid, there was a catch-all, make-no-sense TV line up every Saturday from 2:00-8:00pm called “Super Action Saturdays”. A typical programming will be something like “Plan 9 from Outter Space”, followed by “Spartacus”, “Motra vs. Godzilla” and “Valley of the Dolls” -I know! So awesome! By the end of it, I was so stimulated and exhausted I used to merge all the plots into one long movie and that’s how I remembered it: Hellen Lawson kicked Godzilla’s ass, married Spartacus and helped him liberate the world from zombie aliens (which would be a blockbuster by the way). I try to tap into that old way of seeing things when I’m painting.

AS: Are you formally trained? If so, where did you study?
MB: No formal training at all.

AS: You currently live/work in Brooklyn, correct? Where are you from originally?
MB: Yes, that’s correct. I have been in NYC for 15 years and in downtown Brooklyn since 2006. I’m originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

AS: What are some of your favorite places in NY to go for inspiration?
MB: Hands down the Metropolitan Museum. I have visited so much and still always find some amazing piece that i overlooked before and it blows my mind. And also I keep coming back to the dioramas in the American History Museum. If it is a nice day to be out, i’ll just walk around the city or sit in a park and people watch.

 AS: Are you able to focus on your work full time?
MB: I have been painting silliness full time since 2008. Sometimes I even get to pay all my bills!

AS: What materials do you primarily work with?
MB: I enjoy working with bright colors in any shape or form, and I love using vintage photographs and antique frames in my work.

AS: Aside from Art Star, Where else do you show/sell your work?
MB: Right now I’m gearing up to open my booth in the Winter Village at Bryant Park starting October 21st till January 4th. It is a joint venture with a fellow artist friend and we decided to name our holiday shop “Gomez & Petrov” as a wink to our respective latin and Russian origins. Also, I will be participating in One Of A Kind Chicago from December 4th-7th. Busy times are a-coming!

AS: Who are some of your favorite artists?
MB: Oh God, so many I don’t know where to begin! Photography is really dear to my heart and I enjoy a really wide spectrum from Berenice Abbot to Ryan McGingley. I also have a soft spot for pop surrealism, so Gary Baseman, Mia Makila, Anne Faith Nichols, Camille Rose Garcia, Marion Peck, Elizabeth Mcgrath,  Jose Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros, Alex Gross, the Clayton Brothers, Martha Rich, I mean  I can go on and on…

 

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An Interview with Amber Zaraza of Phea Jean

First time ASCB booth mates Jamie Williams of Dop Dop Designs and Amber Zaraza of Phea Jean interview each other and find out what is in store for the upcoming bazaar! This first post features Jamie’s interview with Amber of Dop Dop Designs.  Enjoy!

How did you find sewing and what influenced you to turn your skill into a business?  I began sewing around the age of 12. I found my mothers old Kenmore sewing machine and an assortment of my grandmother’s notions and thought I could make things. I didn’t have any fabric so I cut up clothing that I got at the thrift store.  Of course I had no idea what I was doing but managed to make a very simple cross body handbag out of an old blue and white houndstooth polyester suit. I took a crystal clasp off of one of my mothers sweaters to use as a closure and wore that bag for years. I was immediately hooked! I took sewing classes in high school where I was able to hone in on my skills and really learn proper techniques. I went to college for fashion design and during that time made handbags for myself, and then friends, and soon after strangers were asking me where and how to order. So in 2005, phea jean was born, sort of by accident, but once the ball started rolling I just went with it and I love it! It’s still funny to think that I originally set out to be a bridal designer!

 Where did the name phea jean come from?  Settling on a business name seemed daunting at first- what name would I always want to be associated with and never be tired of?!  phea jean, of course, had to be it…phea (Phyllis) and Jean are my two grandmothers, both wonderful and strong women in different ways and both very dear to me.

Describe your personal style and how that translates into phea jean.
I love vintage clothing…dresses, coats, hats, etc. The fabric really draws me in, as I find the bright colors and bold patterns hard to resist. I use primarily vintage fabric because I find it so intriguing, I, too, sometimes find inspiration in vintage styles. For example, one of my hat patterns is loosely based on the cloche style made popular in the 1920’s. I also just really like unique, funky pieces. I like when unexpected fabrics are used for traditional silhouettes. I love mixing fabrics and patterns which I do in my designs. In my personal style, I pretty much go for it- wearing and mixing things that other people wouldn’t think to, but somehow (most of the time) ends up working. I never take fashion too seriously, but I want to look good. I want people to look good (great!) in my designs but I also want them to have a good time with the pieces and mix and match them together.

What inspires your work?
I am inspired by all the vintage fabric patterns and textures. I “treasure hunt” in attics, basements, estate sales, thrift stores, etc for fabric and I never know what I will bring home, so I have to let each piece speak to me and inspire me as it comes. I’m even often inspired by buttons and will sometimes start with the buttons and design around them. Everything I make is one of a kind and even though I have patterns in place, I do very little planning when it comes to the production aspect of sewing. My process consists of looking around my studio and seeing what catches my eye at the moment.
My clothing designs are definitely inspired by women, of all shapes and sizes. I really try to accommodate different body types and design pieces that will fit a variety of sizes. I want anyone to come to my booth and be able to find something flattering and leave feeling confident.

In a literal sense, I am inspired to make things that I want or need for everyday life. My head is cold, therefore I should make hats. I need a specific size/shape handbag so I’ll make it.

What items will you be bringing to the bazaar? phea jean will be bringing things to keep you warm:  Plenty of hats and scarves of course. I’ll also have my unique wrap tops and ponchos for stylish winter clothing options.

What item is perfect for gift giving?  The scarves are a great gift and an easy way to spruce up any outfit. At $35-$45 you really can’t go wrong.

What other artists at the bazaar are you excited to check out?  Considering the shows are our only chance to do our holiday shopping I am excited to see and support all the other vendors!  First thing, I’ll be hitting up my booth mate dop dop designs for a housewarming gift. I’m also a huge fan of miss millie and will be dropping hints to my partner on which of her latest work I need to have. I’m interested to see the coffee drip cones from Melissa Weiss Pottery and the jewelry by Maureen Duffy.

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An Interview with Jamie Williams of Dop Dop Designs

First time ASCB booth mates Jamie Williams of Dop Dop Designs and Amber Zaraza of Phea Jean interview each other and find out what is in store for the upcoming bazaar! This first post features Amber’s interview with Jamie of Dop Dop Designs.  Enjoy!


How and when did dop dop designs develop into a business?
Where does the name dop dop come from?

The name dop dop comes from my youngest son, Kiefer.  When Kiefer was nearly 1, he didn’t say many words, but he sure loved flip flops. Having difficulty speaking, he would always call them dop dop’s.  As time went on, he would say dop dop whenever he was happy.  So, eventually, dop dop came to mean “all things good”.   My design focus started with an emphasis on aprons due to Kiefer’s acid reflux and my need to protect my clothing during feedings. There were a ton of cute burp cloths and baby coverage, but nothing for me.  So, I started designing aprons that were durable, easy to care for and pretty without being over the top. Therefore, I felt it only right to immortalize Kiefer’s role (and sweetness) in the development of my brand,  In July 2011, dop dop designs became a legitimate business.  Three years later, here I am expanding my products and hoping to transform your kitchens.

Describe the dop dop style.
My style is fresh, and clean but with an element of whimsy. Specializing in kitchen accessories,  I like to merge utility and practicality with a dash of happiness and turn the things that we need into the things that we want.  dop dop designs is all about versatility, quality, easy care, and pops of color.  I put the extra care into production so that you don’t have to.


What inspires your work?
As for inspiration,  I am totally inspired to create a comforting haven at the dinner table where my family and yours can reconvene at the end of each day.  Life is full of fast paced activities, dinner  shouldn’t be one of them.  Even when my children are getting mac n’ cheese for dinner,  I love how they feel like it’s the most special thing ever! Simply using a cloth napkin and a place mat transforms the everyday into an occasion.   Many expected and unexpected events can become inspiration.   Inspirational things (for me):  sounds and smells of the ocean, walks in the woods, running water in the shower, blooming flowers,  80’s/90’s industrial music (oddly enough),  old photo albums, and canning.

What items will you be bringing to the bazaar?

dop dop designs will be bringing a slew of items to the ASCB November 8th and 9th.  As always, full and half aprons in fantastic fabrics will be available,  potholders (deluxe and mini grabbers),  reversible placemats, double-sided deluxe napkins, linen napkins,  reversible table runners, and market tote bags made of vintage tablecloths~ perfect for any excursion.   All items are made of 100% premium cotton and handmade in Chester Springs, PA.


What dop dop item is perfect for gift giving?
All of my items are the perfect gift for anyone who has recently moved into a new home or apartment, an avid cook, anyone who has recently remodeled their kitchen, or someone who loves to create intimate dining spaces.  dop dop designs’ potholder gift sets are the perfect hostess gift,  placemats and napkins are the perfect gift for the new homeowner, and a fantastic one of a kind market tote would please anyone with a heart!

What other artists at the bazaar are you excited to check out?
I am so excited to be a part of the ASCB this fall, not only as an artist/maker, but as a shopper!   I’m a big pottery fan and love giving pottery as gifts….so, I’m looking forward to Little Flower designs for those needs.  As a sewer, can’t wait to see Group Hug Quilts!!!  Big quilt fan and love their work!  For my nieces, I am sure to be hitting up Dahling accessories.  AND, of course, I am looking forward to Phea Jean.  Nobody works vintage fabric like Amber.  Can’t wait!

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