Handmade Philly Member Feature: Danni M

Danni Morinich, a member of Handmade Philly was given the opportunity to create a soap for The Italian Market Visitors Center. She lives in the neighborhood, she was not only honored to be asked, but so pleased at the result.

If you’re in the neighborhood for the Italian Festival Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th, stop by and see how she worked with the Italian Market Visitors Center to create a soap with an appearance that pays homage to the originators of the market in fragrances that are a nod to the importance of food in the market.
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These gems make perfect gifts for the tourist, the foodie or those who still call Philly home while taking up residence elsewhere.

This soap is available exclusively at the Italian Market Visitors Center 919 S. 9th Street (Just south of 9th and Christian between Montrose Street and Salter Street (215) 278-2903.

Niesha Kennedy-Robinson is a lover of things handmade. Besides being a wife and a mother, she is the owner and operator of Wee Bit Trendy, a small online shop that provides Handmade Faux Treats for Baby. She loves DIY (why buy when you can DIY), and doing PR for Sharp with Art Group and West Park Arts Festival

Handmade in Philly with Love

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Buying local handmade goods shouldn’t be limited to just Farmer’s Markets and other Food vendors. Why buy products that are mass produced without tender love and care?  You can find quality handmade items right here in our lovely city of Philadelphia.

Spring is a great time for craft shows and fairs, art exhibits and installations.  Before this year is over, support a Philadelphia creator by buying locally.  There is a great market for crafted items right around the corner, right in your neighborhood.  From clothing to jewelry to baby items to portraits even cups and plates, that is made right here in Philly.

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The Handmade movement is only growing and getting better as time goes.  Join the movement buy supporting your local artist.  When you do, you are helping a little girl get theatre lessons, a little boy get his team jersey, helping a mom and dad buy groceries and a family pay a mortgage.

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Almost everything you can purchase retail, you can purchase handmade, from home goods, to clothing and shoes to gifts, the next time you have to buy something, think handmade.

Niesha Kennedy-Robinson is a lover of things handmade.  Besides being a wife and a mother, she is the owner and operator of Wee Bit Trendy, a small online shop that provides Handmade Faux Treats for Baby.  She loves DIY (why buy when you can DIY), and doing PR for Sharp with Art Group and West Park Arts Festival.

Go West Philadelphia Craft Show

The historic Woodland Mansions and grounds was the setting for the Go West Philadelphia Craft Show this past April.   The property was originally owned by William Hamilton in the 18th century.  The mansion has been redesigned several times and is partly opened to the public.  The grounds have an old cemetery on them with very pretty landscaping.

The craft show was sponsored by VIX Emporium, a west Philly boutique specializing in handmade items.   It was a beautiful sunny day for the craft show.  There was some parking inside the grounds and it was also accessible by public transportation.   The grounds are adjacent to a cute neighborhood which probably generated foot traffic on such a pleasant day.

There were approximately 35 booths selling handmade items such as clothing, bath and body, jewelry, pottery, prints, t-shirts, candles, etc.  Some sellers used tents and some did not.  I was there during the earlier part of the day and, although there were quite a few folks walking about, I believe many of them were sight seeing and not necessarily shopping.  I spoke to several sellers that described the sales as slow.  However, this could have changed later in the day.

One of the booths was managed by Molly Landergen of Telegraphic Tree, a seller of art and herbal teas.

Molly mixes teas from different herbs from a supplier that engages in organic, sustainable farming.   She displayed many teas to choose from, each listed with ingredients that may possibly help certain conditions.

It was fun to sniff all of the different tea aromas and to read the cute labels of each mixture.   The teas were nicely packaged and would make cute little gifts also.

As an attendee, this was really a pleasant trip that combined a craft show with lovely grounds and an interesting historic house.  As a prospective seller, I would want to hear from the sellers that were there last April to learn more about their experiences.   On any pleasant day, I would recommend strolling the area to enjoy the landscape.

by Diane Olivia

Design Curator: Two Documentaries for the Artsy Christmas List

Christmas is coming, chestnuts are roasting over an open fire, and the shopping craze has begun. If you want to add something to your Christmas list or need a gift idea for the art lovers in your life here are two documentaries worth buying.

Mad Men fans who have fallen in love with Don Draper and the three-martini lunch will love Art & Copy. The world of advertising is not just the face of every manipulative salesperson, but the brains of brilliantly creative minds.  George Lois, Mary Wells, Dan Wieden, Lee Clow, Hal Riney and others featured in Art & Copy were responsible for “Just Do It,” “I Love NY,” “Where’s the Beef?,” “Got Milk,” “Think Different,” and more. This documentary is not just about advertising, but about inspiration and a dynamic impact on culture and society. Starting from the “creative revolution” of the 1960’s, film director Doug Pray exposes some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time.

If you want to be outraged this Christmas watch The Art of the Steal. This documentary uniquely impacts us, because it takes place right here in our hometown. According to 37-year-old documentary filmmaker, Mr. Don Argott, Philadelphia is the thief.   His controversial documentary relays the story of intrigue, politics, and the art world surrounding an art collection owned by the deceased Albert C. Barnes.

Barnes was born in 1872 and made his fortune in business but kept his focus on collecting Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modernist paintings. In 1922 Barnes set up the Barnes Collection in a unique way. His art was not categorized by time period, school of art or artist, but by aesthetic appeal.

The Barnes Collection is worth billions, and Mr. Barnes made sure to preserve his wishes for the collection in his will. To find out what ensued, you’ll need to watch…

Elizabeth Wann {Writer & Designer}

GG: Handmade Holiday Shopping

Happy Thanksgiving everyone (in the US anyway)!!

The beginning of the holiday season is the most fun for me. I have yet to get all turkey-ed out, yet to be annoyed by all the shopping traffic and yet to be stressed that I didn’t get all the gifts I need. This is the most fun time to just peruse all the lovely items out there to see what might be the most fun present for each of my recipients. So I hope you don’t think I’m too early with this holiday shopping spree guide! Enjoy scrolling through all these great items and know, you have pleeeenty of time to pick up items for everyone on your list!

Stained Glass Mosaic Candle Holder from Earth Mother Mosaics

Phrenology Pillow from Thimbletop

All Purpose Skin Healing Salve from Lilith’s Apothecary

Vintage Pendant from Light Mosaics

Fabric Kit to make her Block Holder Books (found in the Fresh Fabric Treats Moda Bake Shop Book) from Jaybird Quilts

Scones from Kitchen Witch Cookie

Earrings from Glamorosi

Bracelet from Clare McDermott

Soaps for him from Mamoucha Soaps

Original collage from 111CollageDesign

Necklace from PleaseBikeThanks

Serving platter from Little Flower Designs

Earrings from Finch and Flower

Visor beanie from Mels Bells

Flower notecards from Allison Ostertag

Journal from Blue Toad

Many many many more items available here! Happy holidays to you and yours!

~Nicole Bruno, A Stitch in Design

GG: It’s not easy being green

With all those gorgeous handmade items available from the various Handmade Philly members, it’s so hard to pick just a few for a guide!! I know green has been used as a focus in the past but I think it’s definitely one worth going back to especially as all our green leaves start slipping away.  I’m sure you’ll agree after you’ve checked out the following items, available now (just click the picture!).

Green printed shirt from Bud and Branch

Felted Wool Mobile from SqrlBee

Green (while they’re not green in the photo, you can custom order them in green!! With any monogram you’d like! :)) monogrammed napkins from MaryJo Rosania

Chompin Broccoli print from You Wanna Talk Jive

Mung Bean Pendant from Real Fruit Jewelry

Three pack card set from Mattson

The Andrea from Steel Pony

Frida earrings from Night Owl Designs

Thank you notes from The Lettered Set

Green cloth mobile from Poppy and Bean

Sewing basket by BGartman

Stuffed owl from Crinoline

Papier mache pear from Insitu Decorative Arts

For purple, blue, white – or any other color you can think of – check out more items available here!

~Nicole Bruno, A Stitch in Design

GG: Autumn Glory

Ahh, finally the autumn is upon us! Even though the weather here in the northeast is kind of faking us out (high 70s and humidity?? where am i?!?), I promise that fall is on its way. And in preparation for this lovely season to come, I’ve gathered some wonderful items from the artisans of Handmade Philly.

Neck cowl from Lemonhalf

Fingerless Mitts from Blue Betty Shop

Autumn leaves necklace from Chandeluse

Beret from Mels Bells Cloche Hats

For the birds flying south this fall – a necklace from LaRoca Gallery

Scarf from Punk Rocknits

Tea bags print from PragyaK

Toddler slippers from Wooly Baby

Cup of joe locket from KVanvliet


Flower bath salts from Volta Soaps

Forests of the world stationery set from ReadWriteBooks

Green glass earrings from Wydinya Studio

Even if you’re not prepared to move into fall, don’t forget to check out a ton more items available here appropriate for any season!

~Nicole Bruno, A Stitch in Design

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