show preview: Art Star Craft Bazaar Holiday 2018

On November 17th & 18th, I’ll be participating in my first ever Art Star Craft Bazaar: Holiday edition! The rad ladies behind the popular shop in Northern Liberties are bringing their curated holiday show to the Event Center at Sugarhouse Casino. Yes, holding an art show does seem like an odd choice. BUT, here’s why it works:

  • easy to get to via public transit from all points of the city

  • FREE parking for those with their own vehicle!

  • a temperature controlled environment (aka HEAT on a cold day!)

  • clean bathrooms for all! no porta-potties to be found here.

You can read about by Erin & Megan chose this new location here. The Event Center itself is situated on the second floor of Sugarhouse (accessible with an elevator or stairs) and is not near the gambling floor. Be sure to come early- the first 150 on each day will receive free totes of swag! There will be 75+ vendors- check out the full list HERE! Or, check out my roundup of some rad makers below- hope to see you this weekend!

show preview: Craftopia 2018

Holy cow, how is it already November?! That means holiday show season is HERE for exit343design! I’ll be hitting the road a couple of times this season and my first stop will be Pawtucket, Rhode Island for 2018’s Holiday Craftopia event by Rhodycraft! This popular event took a break last year and I took a break from it the year prior, so this will be my first time back since 2015. To celebrate, I’m working on some super special and specific Rhode Island designs for the weekend. I’m excited to return to Hope Artiste Village on Sunday, November 11th from 10-4pm. I’ll be there along with 50+ other super talented makers. See below for a roundup of some of my favorites who I’m excited to shop this weekend:

show preview: Doylestown Arts Festival 2018

In just a few short weeks, I'll be a first time exhibitor at the 27th annual Doylestown Arts Festival! I'm very excited to bring exit343design to a local town you can actually get to via exit 343 on the PA Turnpike! But for real, this two-day curated show in September is sure to be a great weekend. Come visit me in booth 22 on West State Street! The show runs Saturday AND Sunday, September 8th & 9th from 10am-5pm both days. Check out some other vendors I'm really pumped to see below:

show preview: Art Star Craft Bazaar 2017

After a couple-of-years hiatus, I'm excited to be returning to the legendary Art Star Craft Bazaar this Mother's Day weekend! Held at Penn's Landing for 14 years running, this show is one of the premiere local shows for the maker community. Megan and Erin of the brick-and-mortar store of the same name do a tremendous job hosting this show- if you're in the Philly area, come on out! I'll be in BOOTH 57 with the lovely Gretchen of BirdQueen Designs. The show runs both Saturday AND Sunday from 11-6pm, is rain or shine, features 140 vendors from all over (not just Philly!), and is FREE to attend! To learn more about the show, follow this link. To see some cool stuff by vendors that will be in attendance, look below :)

Groundswell Greetings partnership

You may have seen this over on the exit343design Facebook page, in case you haven't: exit343design is part of the Groundswell Greetings family of artists!

 Wayyyyy back in January, found Ali Moore contacted me about her fledgling project- a website featuring original stationery by Philadelphia-area artists. I'd heard of websites with curated stationery before, but Groundswell Greetings is different. For $5, you get a card exclusive to the site (seriously- you won't find it anywhere else!) that was not only designed in Philly, but printed there too! There are so many occasions to choose from, too- occasions I didn't even know I needed a card for and I'm a freakin' stationery designer. exit343design is in great company with so many talented designers and illustrators-   check out the site right here and now!

Wayyyyy back in January, found Ali Moore contacted me about her fledgling project- a website featuring original stationery by Philadelphia-area artists. I'd heard of websites with curated stationery before, but Groundswell Greetings is different. For $5, you get a card exclusive to the site (seriously- you won't find it anywhere else!) that was not only designed in Philly, but printed there too! There are so many occasions to choose from, too- occasions I didn't even know I needed a card for and I'm a freakin' stationery designer. exit343design is in great company with so many talented designers and illustrators- check out the site right here and now!

2017 spring craft show schedule

snail mail love: Easter card round-up

Sharing the snail mail love- here's a round-up of some of my favorite cards for Easter!

songs for the studio: thirty-something playlist

Today is the ten-year anniversary of my 21st birthday. It means I'm officially "in" my thirties. I believe Chelsea Handler is accurately conveying my thoughts on the matter:

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Anyhow, it's no secret that I'm a music lover and I thought that making a playlist for the occasion would be a fun way to celebrate, while sharing some of my favorite party and age related songs. Here it is- the thirty-something playlist, hosted by Spotify.  Have a great St. Pat's and weekend!

7 truths about being a #bosslady

1. Be prepared to say farewell "free" time . . .

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2.  . . . and say hello to becoming a multi-tasking champion!

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3. Oh, did I mention how many hats you need to wear?

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4. Learn when to say "no" or you will quickly get burnt out.

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5. Your life becomes a series of lists on lists on lists.

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6. There might be naysayers and people who try to drag you down . . .

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. . . but you should know to listen to this guy:

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7. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it!

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wedding paper collection for 2017!

Hey all! If you hadn't already noticed, I did manage to get everything listed from the Lovesick Expo in the "shop" section of my site. I also re-organized the shop to *hopefully* make it easier to peruse- greeting cards are now broken down by occasion and much more! I just wanted to share some of the designs I'm most excited about this year- I hope you like them! All can be completely customized for YOUR big day! Pricing and additional information is available if you follow this link.

POST-LOVESICK PHILLY 2017

Whoa, what a whirlwind! The long-awaited Lovesick Expo has officially come and gone and it was  an amazing day! THANK YOU to the amazing staff of Lovesick and World Cafe Live, the talented fellow vendors, and most of all, to the wonderful couples who stopped by to see my work and make a button with Nick!

If you are checking out my website for things you saw at the show today, have no fear- I will be working hard in the next couple of days to add ALL of it- koozies, tote bags, invitation suites, save-the-dates, new cards, and button sets!

Have any questions about things you may have seen at the show? Feel free to drop me a line at: HELLO@EXIT343.COM

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show preview: Handmade Arcade 2016

This weekend, I'm headed west to the Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh's largest craft fair! It's been a few years since I've participated and I'm glad to be able to go back. I know that Pittsburgh and Philly are supposed to have a rivalry, but I genuinely love the city with three rivers. Here's some vendors I'm excited to see- come out on Saturday to see it in person or click through each photo to shop online!

DIY Thanksgiving decor ideas

Searching for easy ways to jazz up your Thanksgiving table this year? Look no further than your local craft store! For these two projects, simply nab a thin paintbrush and white acrylic paint. 

R E P U R P O S E  Y O U R  

H A L L O W E E N  P U M P K I N

 I didn't have a chance to carve my pumpkin, so I hung on to it for Thanksgiving. If you carved yours, post-Halloween is a great time to find some deals on pumpkins at your local produce market!  MODIFICATION: If you don't trust your freehand paint skills, a stencil would work for this as well. Also, if you mess up, acrylic paint is easy to wash or peel off for a do-over!

I didn't have a chance to carve my pumpkin, so I hung on to it for Thanksgiving. If you carved yours, post-Halloween is a great time to find some deals on pumpkins at your local produce market!

MODIFICATION: If you don't trust your freehand paint skills, a stencil would work for this as well. Also, if you mess up, acrylic paint is easy to wash or peel off for a do-over!

U S E  F A L L  L E A V E S  F O R  D I Y  N A M E T A G S

 I happen to live next to a bike trail that is covered in fall leaves. It was easy to scavenge for the perfect, extra large leaf! I found that the drier the leaf, the more prone it was to stay flat.  MODIFICATION: If you don't trust your freehand paint skills, I would suggest getting scrapbook letters, arranging them on the leaf, then spray painting to be a reverse stencil. Actually, now that I'm typing it, I'd love to see it as a metallic gold leaf with show-through text! 

I happen to live next to a bike trail that is covered in fall leaves. It was easy to scavenge for the perfect, extra large leaf! I found that the drier the leaf, the more prone it was to stay flat.

MODIFICATION: If you don't trust your freehand paint skills, I would suggest getting scrapbook letters, arranging them on the leaf, then spray painting to be a reverse stencil. Actually, now that I'm typing it, I'd love to see it as a metallic gold leaf with show-through text! 

show preview: Indie Craft Experience Atlanta 2016

I am excited to return to Indie Craft Experience's Holiday Shopping Spectacular on Saturday, November 19th and Sunday, November 20th. It's been five years since I've vended in the Peach State; one of the things I'm most excited for is to see some new-to-me vendors! I perused the vendor lineup and here's some of the folks that are on my must-shop list. If you can't make the show in Atlanta, click on the photos to shop online!