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

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

CC: Spork?

A portmanteau is a word whose form and meaning are derived from blending two or more distinct words (ie. spork = spoon + fork). Our language has been overcome by these strange combinations recently but I’m sure there are tons more that we have yet to think up. So here’s your chance to make it into Webster’s! Come up with a portmanteau to describe one of the topics below and post it in the comments section for everyone to add into their vocabulary:
·         Art
·         Nature
·         Food
·         News
·         Religion

CC: It’ll rot your brain

Everyone knows that TV rots your brain. By now, we should’ve all been turned into walking zombies though, no? Here’s your chance to stop the next person from getting hooked, or at least give them a little laugh before they do. Write a disclaimer to your favorite TV show (or the one you think needs the most advanced warning) in the comments section below.

CC: Mantra, Mantra on the wall

We all have them. You might not even realize it until you catch yourself repeating it over and over, just to get you through the tough spots. So, what it is? Post a comment below with your mantra or your most used phrase that gets you through.

CC: Take a look around

Here’s another exercise to get you more in tune with your surroundings. Take 5 minutes and write down five things you didn’t notice about your immediate surroundings until now. Be quick and type up the first things that you notice!

CC: Old School Status

It’s hard to imagine a time without facebook, twitter, and every other way of finding out the status of your friends. Well, it’s time to put your brain to use! Come up with a status update from some time in history – anytime from 5 years ago to BC – and put it in the comments below. Make sure you note who you are if that’s relevant to your update.

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