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.
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

Crafty Balboa Holiday Show

Crafty Balboa hosts a craft show in December at Broad Street Ministries, 315 Broad Street,  in Center City.  This building is a very attractive church that used to be home to the Chambers-Wylie Presbyterian Church.   This past December was a cool and crisp early winter day, and the interior was packed with crafters and shoppers.

The vaulted ceiling of the chapel was lovely and was hung with handmade decorations.  There were approximately 40 booths and shoppers were shoulder to shoulder.  Every type of craft was available — candles, scarves, ornaments, toys, cards, jewelry, t-shirts, placemats, upcycled, vintage, etc.   The main quality that all had in common was that these are not things you could find in a typical department store.   This is a great forum for buying that special, one-of-a-kind gift.  Items were selling at the low to mid range in prices.

One of the sellers here was Angela Davidson of Philadelphia.  She was surrounded by a zoo of her colorful crocheted creatures.  I personally noted squid, fish, cats, ponies, elephants, goats, and unicorns.

Angela uses her knack for color and whimsy and combines this with her skill of crochet to make these great items for gifts for the young and young at heart.  Applications for the holiday show are due in mid October.   Last year’s show was one week before Christmas and it drew a lot of shoppers.  I’m sure the mild weather helped.  Most booths appeared to be busy with shoppers.   My unofficial survey of sellers was positive, although not overwhelmingly so.

by Diane Olivia

Gift Guide: White Before Labor Day

Ah, summer! I hope everyone across this great land is enjoying summer and all its joys! Since we’re well before Labor Day, I thought I’d put together a gift guide featuring the most crisp of summers colors – white. So please scroll down to check out the great options from your fellow Handmade Philly members.

Teacup from Teaspoons & Petals

Coasters from Beccaroon

Matted Photo from Bonnie McAllister

Collage Print from 111 Collage Design

Clutch from Momo Trees

Necklace from Rachel Shoshana

Bracelet from MWM Designs

Shea Butter Soap from Mamoucha Soaps

Shawl from Elegant Crochets

Necklace from Kensington Supply Co.

Photograph from Allison Ostertag

Optician Pendant from Jen McCleary

Angel Wings from Up From The Ashes

Notecards from Mollie Dog Paper

What a great selection of white items!! Don’t forget to check out the other multicolored items available here.

~Nicole Bruno, A Stitch in Design

Gift Guide: Baubles All Around

Spring has sprung and now we’re full on into June. Since June has historically been the most popular month for weddings, what better way to celebrate than to purchase yourself some brand new baubles for each lovely event. With the huge selection available from Handmade Philly members, you’re sure to find something that strikes your fancy.

These eclectic earrings from Claire McDermott would go with almost any outfit.

Love the simplicity in EcoLogik’s necklace.

Finch and Flower’s necklace would add just a little more class to any dress.

These sweet simple earrings from Say Hi Beth would be a great topper to your little black dress.

Every girl needs a dramatic cocktail ring like this one from House of Antoinette.

Stay true to your recycling roots with these bicycle tire earrings from Please Bike Thanks.

Love this unique necklace from Lost World Relics.

If you’d like to personalize your jewelry, pick up this pendant from Singing Cat Studio and add your own chain or ribbon.

Vitique has quite a few stellar necklace options to pair with any color dress.

If your partial to pearls, pick up these great colored pearls from Dawn Boyer Jewelry.

Top off your outfit with this great bracelet from Athena’s Disciple.

Love how classic this piece is from Peaceable Empire.

Here’s another bracelet option – a bit more dramatic from Glamorosi.

And even though you may not be the bride, who says you can’t have gorgeous barrettes as well?? Pick up this lovely option from Love Honor Upcycle.

Once again the fantastic members of Handmade Philly haven’t let us down!! If you’re looking for any other jewelry options (or really any kind of gift for that matter), don’t forget to check out the numerous gift items here.

~Nicole Bruno, A Stitch in Design

Gift Guide: Baby Love

Does it seem like everyone is having babies or is it just me? Even if your friends or family are not currently expecting, there is always a niece/nephew/grand child/god child/step sister/half brother/ you-get-the-idea’s birthday coming up. And you’re in luck – the artisans of Handmade Philly have a great range of items for you to pick up for even the littlest one in your life.

This hand embroidered book from MaryJo Rosania is such a sweet gift idea which the parents will definitely love.

Talk about handy! Pick up one of these from Wrap-A-Doodle for all the new moms on your list.

Do little onesies get any sweeter? Sweet3Leaf Prints may have cornered the market.

Soft squishy letters available from Poppy & Bean are the perfect addition to any newborn’s room.

Wooly Baby has soo many options available! Check out the website for everything from hi top and low top options to almost every color of the rainbow.

SqrlBee may have created the most adorable rattle ever. I’d have a hard time giving this to baby to actually use 🙂

Pick up this sweet T from Bud and Branch to celebrate spring with your favorite toddler.

What better way to celebrate the news with your best friend than to gift her this great opportunity from The Lettered Set??


Pick up this hilarious and cute print for your nephew who will giggle every time he sees it. Available from YouWannaTalkJive.

When you purchase this sweet baby outfit from Steel Pony, it also comes with a gift for mom!

If all else fails, there is no way to celebrate a new baby or a toddler’s birthday than with a batch of cookies from The Kitchen Witch Cookie. Yum!!

Feel free to check out thenumerous gift items available from the wonderful members of Handmade Philly!


~Nicole Bruno, A Stitch in Design

GG: Purple Haze

Purple seems to be the choice color of autumn, so deep and rich and lovely. There’s no wonder why it was the color of royalty once you see all the gorgeous items in this hue made by our Handmade Philly cohorts.

Beck’s Buttons is offering these great guitar pick earrings in a few other colors, just in case purple isn’t your thing.

This is a perfect substitution for real flowers in your hair by Bijoux by Allison.

Perk up your morning tea (or afternoon tea) with this dainty little cup by Little Flower Designs.

Can you see the hidden message? Love the idea behind this gem of a necklace by Rachel Shoshana.

Apparently I’m drawn to these barrettes by Paisley by Justine, since I featured the orange version in a gift guide earlier this year 🙂 Wearing leather in the fall goes together like PB & J.

Put your love of purple on full display with these showstoppers by Jerica’s Jewelry.

Get prepared for the chill that’s coming with this cowl and mittens set by Lemonhalf.

This versatile little clutch by Momo Trees will keep your purple wild side tucked away inside.

These perfectly deep purple chandeliers by Chandeluse will dress up any outfit in a snap.

You may just want to wrap up in this scarf and curl up inside – it looks so warm and cozy! Maybe we can convince the Blue Betty Shop to make a blanket for us…

All eyes will be on you when you sport this eye catching wire and bead necklace by MWM Designs.

Just perfect for the little girl in your life, check out this sweet purple monkey by Ang Davidson.

Speaking of a purple blanket, here’s a gorgeous one made by Spinning Sheep.

Time to add some purple to your walls with this sweet bull painting by The Lettered Set.

Hope you found a little bit of purple love in this guide! And as always,  don’t forget about the many offerings from the wonderful members of Handmade Philly!

I also wanted to just say thank you to everyone for all your encouragement and participation in my posts. It’s great to be a member of Handmade Philly, surrounded by such talented, motivated individuals. Have a great Thanksgiving (for all of you in the states)!!

~Nicole Bruno, A Stitch in Design

Gift Guide: Red is where it’s at!

One of my personal fave colors, red is in full abundance this time of year in the northeast. So many of those lovely green trees have turned a spectacular ruby red color, showing off a bit before dropping all their leaves for winter. I’d like to celebrate autumn in full bloom with a gift guide chock full of red.

This gorgeous red scarf from Elegant Crochets is the perfect addition to any fall wardrobe.

Keep it all written down and near at hand with this double duty handmade journal & sketch pad from Blue Toad.

A girl can never have too many accessories! Mels Bells offers this flower in a number of colors along with a kilt pin to adorn your favorite fall cardigan.

Get ready for the crisp chilly days and the wonderful smell of peppermint with these sparkly beauties from Mamoucha Soaps.

Lil Griffin Designs has exactly what you need to send out any Halloween notes with these festively embellished note cards.

Add a little color to your walls with this deep red snap shot of South Philly available from Chubby Cat Creations.


Of course you have a little black dress, but do you have fantastic earrings like these raven earrings from Glamorosi to pair it with? I didn’t think so…

The individuality of Philadelphia’s residences come through loud and clear on their front doors. Pick up this great photo from Allison Ostertag to liven up your walls.

111Collage Design has captured my heart with this fantastic red maple leaf collage.

Grab these dazzling hair combs from Love Honor Upcycle to liven up any outfit!

I love the Autumn photograph from Jen McCleary and am super psyched to find it in a more portable form – a lens transformed into a pendant.

If you’re into more natural jewelry, pick up this great aragonite crystal necklace from Peaceable Empire.

Although autumn means your tanks will be hidden under many more layers, this super soft version from Steel Pony would be perfect for yoga or as a base layer until it can be in full display.

Don’t forget about the many offerings from the wonderful members of Handmade Philly!

Suggestions, ideas, critiques, or feedback? Leave it in the comments! Thanks for reading!

~Nicole Bruno, A Stitch in Design

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