Your Pink Angels Pink Pop Up Boutique

Your Pink Angels Pink Pop Up Boutique

Come shop, network and listen to LIVE music while encouraging cancer survivors. Meet some of your Handmade Philly members who will be vending at this event.

Boutique featuring shoes, jewelry and custom made items, clothing and more.

Sun October 27, 2013 3-7 pm
Soup Factory Studio
6143 Germantown Avenue

A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to cancer focused organizations.

Indigo Bleu Design & Culture Center

In the Fall of 2013, Philadelphia-based marketing and management firm, Indigo Bleu Design Concepts will launch their most new brand project the Indigo Bleu Design & Culture Center (IBDCC).



Conveniently located in the Parkside section of West Philadelphia, IBDCC, will serve as a creative anchor for the shared use of established and up and coming artists, designers, and the surrounding community. Located at the tip of West Philadelphia’s Centennial district, IBDCC will be a centralized location for creation, social and professional networking and the celebration of the Arts and Culture.

As launch pad for creative professionals and independently operated entrepreneurial firms IBDCC will feature a shared co-op workspace, office suites, design studios, and an open layout gallery/event space.

Indigo Bleu Design Concepts provides business development services, professional coaching and mentoring, design and marketing services to start ups and non-profits.

By providing diverse leasing options on work and office space and networking and retailing opportunities for tenants, IBDCC hopes to serve as enriching resource to its tenants, enhance the vibrancy of the Parkside area by revitalizing the Arts scene and hosting public Arts & Culture events and activities and increase the revenues generated for and through Philadelphia’s creative sector.

Tenants will enjoy the following amenities:

  • Flexible and reasonable leasing options
  •  A secure work space with 24 hour access
  • A convenient location with access to public transportation just 15 minutes outside of Center City
  • Onsite event space and catering services
  • Discounted tenant-rates to event space rental
  • Free Wi Fi
  • Free lot and street parking

Please note: Spots in the co-working space start at 300/month (utilities included) and office spaces start at 500 + utilities.

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.

Artists’ Garage Sale At The Mt. Airy Art Garage!

Find Your Heart’s Delight At Our Upcoming Artists’ Garage Sale At The Mt. Airy Art Garage!

FINAL Garage Sale (new)

With the arrival of Spring, garage sale season is upon us and here at MAAG, it’s no exception. So, on Saturday, May 11, from 10 AM-3 PM at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave., we’re holding an Artists’ Garage Sale and inviting all of YOU!

Our artists are looking to lighten their loads and clean out their spaces—all to your advantage! There is something for everyone, art lovers, parents of budding young artists, schools, and artists alike. If you’re an artist, especially those working on a budget, this is the place for you. Perhaps you’d like to start an art collection, or maybe you’re a parent who needs to restock your kids’ crafts, or an art-lover looking for a good deal. Regardless of your incentive, these deals will not disappoint!

Most items will be priced to sell, ranging from only $1-$30 (for that extra special original piece), so be sure to stop by. Just look at the array of items that have already come in:

  • Original artwork/Original glass work
  • Paints
  • Tins and storage boxes/ Art containers and display boxes
  • Sculpture stands
  • Art magazines and books
  • Tools
  • Drawing materials, inks, sketchpads
  • Frames/Canvas
  • Letterpress supplies
  • Handmade paper
  • And much more…

They say, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and, in this case, it truly applies! With materials and supplies priced this low, it would be foolish to miss out. So, bring your appetite for an aesthetic deal and get ready to find a deal that’s bound to please!

The Mt. Airy Art Garage’s Artists’ Garage Sale runs from 10 AM – 3 PM on Saturday, May 11 at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave., Philadelphia PA 19119. Admission is FREE and all proceeds will support the Mt. Airy Art Garage. All leftover art/supplies will be donated to schools in need that are participating in our current Rain Barrel Project.

Abington Friends Craft Show

Abington Friends has a craft show each December, and this year was the first time they decided to go handmade only.  How nice!  If you’re not familiar with Jenkintown, it is a little tricky to find the school, however that morning there was a mascot dog waving folks in.

Open free parking was available, and the craft show is in a fairly new building on the ground floor.  Instead of a large open room, the booths were set up all up and down the main halls of the building.  All was on the ground level.There was a large selection of crafts in over 50 booths.  I saw crochet, jewelry, decorations, candy, totes, pottery, and baby items in the mix.  A luncheonette section, where one could buy food and sit down to enjoy, was located centrally.Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes of MKC Photography in Philadelphia had a table that showed several different crafts all in her one booth.  A creative artist indeed!  I first noticed a resin pendant that pictured a pink hydrangea, one of my favorite flowers.  It was encased in a silver bezel and strung on a ribbon. 

Next, there was an illustrated height chart made from vinyl with a sticky back that could be moved several times.  I thought that was a great idea to be able to move the chart if needed.  If that wasn’t enough, Michelle designs her own cloth and sews them into pennants, or buntings as they are sometimes called.

Yet another item are her archival photographic prints showing her imagination and sense of whimsy.  Here is a print of ruby slippers asking a question that perhaps one may not want to answer.   Please note there is already the assumption of being a witch!  All of these photos should enlarge if clicked.The show was held on a Saturday with great fall weather, and it was fairly well attended.   I shall unscientifically note that there seemed to be more lookers than buyers.  It was a nice show to get in your holiday shopping, and there was a nice mix of handmade items for those contemplating a booth for next year.

Written by Diane Olivia

Cardinal O’Hara Winter Craft Show

Cardinal O’Hara High School is located in Springfield, PA, on Sproul Road.  They have a craft show each Spring and Fall.  I recently attended their November show.  There was plenty of open and free parking when I arrived.  The craft show itself is in the school cafeteria.  One must descend quite a few stairs to enter the show, which is something to keep in mind if you plan to transport and set up your craft display booth.  The show runs for the weekend on both Saturday and Sunday.

One of the crafters there was Handmade Philly’s own Pidge Molyneaux of MWM Designs in Drexel Hill.  She displayed some lovely artisan jewelry.   Her work is stylish and current, using crystals and semi-precious stones.  One of the pieces that caught my eye was a very elegant yet lifelike autumn leaf pendant.   The fiery red was beautifully offset by cylindrical turquoise beads.Pidge explained to me that it was a real leaf painted and sealed with precious metals.  What a great way to wear the beauty of nature!  Another lovely piece was a ceramic pendant depicting a tree, which was strung with silver and leather.  I imagined wearing it with a cowl sweater on a chilly winter’s night.   Clicking on the photo will bring you better detail.The show itself appeared well-attended, and many shoppers carried bags of goodies they had purchased.  The majority of the items for sale were at the lower price points, and very few items went over the $50 mark.  Most items were handmade crafts, there were some vintage items, and a few things that looked to be imports.  I saw home decor, paper crafts, needlecraft, photography, wood work, ornaments, soaps, baked goods, chocolates, and novelty decorations.  Many of the home items would be fitting for an American country casual style.   One of the exhibitors told me that her success was mainly “hit or miss”.  I did see more activity in the booths that either had food or the lower priced practical housewares.

All in all, it was a nice way to spend a nice fall afternoon, and because of the high traffic, it is a show that might interest a prospective exhibitor.

Written by Diane Olivia


This Saturday if you’re in the Philadelphia area come check out Northern Liberty’s latest jewelry studio, Concrete Polish.  Jeweler’s Angela Monaco, owner of Concrete Polish and Linda Smyth of  Topstich come together to bring you their original and collaborative creations. An exquisite mashup of baubles to stimulate your cutting edge fashion exploration. 716 n. 3rd st,  Sat June 4th from 6-10. Music by Guns Garcia, sweet treats, libations, friends and fun!!

Giving Hope Style: NEL and Covenant Mercies

Once upon a time there was a little girl named Roselyn who wasn’t living a fairy tale. Roselyn inherited syphilis from childbirth. Her mother died of AIDS and her father abandoned her; she lived with her grandmother. Syphilis had given her sores on her scalp and created an odor so strong other children couldn’t tolerate being around her, so she couldn’t go to school. With one simple treatment Roselyn could be cured, and the price of the cure? One venti skinny latte from Starbucks.

What does this story have to do with Philadelphia? Well, a non-profit just outside the city in Glen Mills, called Covenant Mercies, was able to pay the small sum for Roselyn’s cure through sponsorship money. Covenant Mercies is a non-profit organization, which extends compassion and support to orphans in Uganda, Ethiopia, and Zambia.

Covenant Mercies vision for orphans in these countries are as follows:

  • Enabling extended families of orphans to provide effective care through the Orphan Sponsorship Program
  • Building orphans’ homes
  • Providing adoptive homes for orphaned children
  • Providing Adoption Assistance grants for qualified families through the Orphans Fund

This vision is accomplished through the Orphan’s Initiatives program. The program consists of the orphan sponsorship program and orphan’s homes. The Orphan Sponsorship program is made possible by people who sponsor an orphaned child for $30 a month by filling out the Orphan Sponsorship Pledge form. The money goes towards medical, nutritional, and educational needs.

So, what is NEL and what does it have to do with this non-profit? NEL is my jewelry line, which incorporates only a couple materials to achieve varying creativity. The NEL design aesthetic is based upon simplicity and classic elegance combined with edge. NEL is not just about creating jewelry designs, but about raising awareness and support for non-profits. Now people like you can support this non-profit and in turn help children like Roselyn.

I’ve made a limited number of Hope bracelets for Covenant Mercies, and have priced them at a minimum of $15 with $5 of every purchase going to Covenant Mercies. Each order is packaged with either a tan or red burlap pouch tied with rope and comes with a Hope bookmark as a token of Covenant Mercies.

 But…you can donate more to the non-profit. The minimum amount you pay is $15, but you can set your purchase amount higher than $15; every additional dollar you pay for the bracelet goes fully to Covenant Mercies.
Send me a message on Etsy or email me if you would like to set your purchase amount higher for donations to Covenant Mercies. I will set up a special order for you.

{Order your bracelet here}

{Have a question? Email me here}

-Elizabeth Wann {Writer & Designer}

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