Friday, December 3, 2010

Last but certainly not least, Sharif Pendleton at Crafty Balboa Holiday tomorrow!


Hi. I’m Sharif Pendleton, a Philadelphia based multimedia artist. As such, I have always worked in a multidisciplinary way – rarely sticking to just one medium or method to create. While I have extreme admiration for artists who master their craft, I have always felt more innovative when I challenge myself to learning and using new methods and materials. In that way I have always been a “Jack of all trades”. It is out of this notion that Masters of None was born.

Shairf will have lots of laser cut goodies at Crafty Balboa Holiday tomorrow!
11am to 5pm
315 South Broad Street

The Colony By Jay McCarroll at Crafty Balboa Holiday!!!

The Colony by Jay McCarroll

hello folks! welcome to the colony. what is the colony you ask? well...think of it as a hive of sorts. it's like a beehive where ideas are thunk up and super cute products by super talented artists and designers are available for your purchasing pleasure. in other words...the website is the hive and the designers are the worker bees and the products are the like the honey, but much less sticky of course and the whole shebang is called "the colony". oh.. and i'm the queen bee :). the colony has just begun to form so keep checking back to watch the hive grow and to see what fun stuff will be swarming around.

The Colony by Jay McCarroll will be at Crafty Balboa Holiday tomorrow!
11am to 5pm
315 South Broad Street

Elissa Kara will be bringing her hats to CRAFTY BALBOA HOLIDAY tomorrow!


I love making hats!!! I love color,fibers and the whole creative process involved! I love every aspect of it! I love talking to people about what they want for a hat and then creating their vision. I work with a variety of fibers including some of my own hand-spun and hand dyed fibers/yarn.I crochet all my hats and no two are exactly the same! I make hats for men,woman and children. I am from Philly and love that I help keep my community warm!

Elissa will be at Crafty Balboa Holiday tomorrow!
11am to 5pm
315 South Braod Street

RENEW Jewelry, TOMORROW, At Crafty Balboa Holiday!

RENEW Jewelry

I am inspired by vintage jewelry because of its unique and delicate qualities. There is an emotional connection when you buy a vintage piece. I love the details of the old craftsmanship and the imperfections caused by age

RENEW Jewelry on Etsy

RENEW Jewelry will be at Crafty Balboa Holiday TOMORROW!
11am to 5pm
315 South Broad Street

TrickGo At Crafty Balboa Holiday TOMORROW!!


TrickGo is owned and operated by a handful of full time college students. We started TrickGo in 2007 selling handprinted t-shirts to our friends, all out of a tiny freshman dorm. In 3 years TrickGo has grown into a small Philadelphia based collective with a clothing company, boutique, and gallery.

All shirts at Crafty Balboa Holiday will be  $20 and they will have a ton of ample stuff on sale as well!

TrickGo will be at Crafty Balboa Holiday tomorrow!
11am to 5pm
315 South Broad Street

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Heidi Roland will be at Crafty Balboa Holiday, will you?


Just when you think you have seen it all, an accessory line is born that forges a fashion frontier and breaks the boundaries of feminine adornment: heidiroland daring earrings

Original photographs front and back, heidiroland photo earrings capture striking images of our phenomenal world and the attention of onlookers. With an exciting fusion of abstraction and realism, these daring earrings are reinventing the disposition of women’s accessories.

Historically, women’s adornment has been confining rather than self fulfilling. By contrast, heidiroland caters to the independently spirited. Fearless inside and out, heidiroland’s courageous fashion direction originates from a woman whose vision and attitude are just as strong. This Philadelphia designer has been inspired by the dynamic city in which she lives, seamlessly merging fashion and art. These earrings have turned the heads of the fashion world and re-invigorated accessory adornment.

A bold commitment to innovation drives all of heidiroland’s earring collections which include original photo earrings, hand-painted leaves and stunning feathers. heidiroland collections are featured at boutiques across the nation and on women across the world.

Heidi Roland will be at Crafty Balboa Holiday this Saturday!
11am to 5pm
315 South Broad Street

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Bird Queen Designs At Crafty Balboa Holiday!


BirdQueen Designs, LLC, is Original, Affordable, Adorable and durable handmade plastic jewelry that is meant to make a statement wherever you go.

BirdQueen Designs is a handcrafted jewelry company based in Philadelphia, PA. Most designs are scanned and reproduced from original Gretchen Diehl drawings and paintings.
All pieces are made out of ink-jet shrink film and coated in a layer of clear acrylic for maximum durability.

Bird Queen Designs will be at Crafty Balboa Holiday this Saturday!
11am to 5pm
315 South Broad Street

Made with Awesome at Crafty Balboa Holiday this SATURDAY!

Evan Ferstenfeld and Roni Lagin met in the Fall of 2008. A chance encounter of Roni recognizing Evan after a Ben Folds concert prompted a successful partnership that has held strong through the ages. Their appreciation of wearable art on torso fabric along with the rest of the world's exasperation at two people talking about t-shirts for hours a day helped their friendship turn into a burgeoning new business enterprise. Evan Ferstenfeld's current "real" job is working in an ER saving lives through processing endless paperwork, and Roni Lagin is a graphic designer. 

Made with Awesome will be at Crafty Balboa Holiday this SATURDAY!
11am to 5pm
315 South Broad Street 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Amy B. at Crafty Balboa Holiday this Saturday!


I was trained as a metalsmith but never cared much for solder. These days I have a major cut on laser cutting.

Amy B. Jewelry on Etsy

Amy B. Jewelry will be at Crafty Balboa Holiday this Saturday!
11am to 5pm
315 South Broad Street

Zucchini and Co. at Crafty Balboa Holiday!


I am a printmaker and doodler, and owner of Zucchini & Co.  I adore fonts, letters, and words. I also love the smell of linoleum and the  touch of all kinds of paper. The eponymous Zucchini is my 6-year old doxie, I love her very much and she sits and watches me craft and drink coffee in the morning. I'm just the "& Co." part of the deal.

Zucchini and Co. and her adorable calenders will be at Crafty Balboa Holiday this Saturday!
11am to 5pm
315 South Broad Street

Phil Barbato at Crafty Balboa Holiday this Saturday!


My name is Phil. I make monsters and draw and paint occasionally.

Phil Barbato on Etsy

Phil Barbato and his monsters will be at Crafty Balboa Holiday!
Saturday, December 4th.
11am to 5pm
315 South Broad Street 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Typsy Gypsy Tees


Typsy Gyspy tees is a family run screen printing company that specializes in hand draw designs. We started printing tee shirt for two reasons. My job as an art teacher at Moore Collage of Art and Design lead me to screen printing. When my boss called me and asked me if I could teach a screen printing class, I had to say yes even though screen printing was not something I had done before. With little time to learn, my husband and I set up a studio in our basement and began practicing. Soon we were working as a team; I was designing the work and He was perfecting the art of preparing the screens and printing.

At the same time, my five year old son was in desperate need of some cool tee shirts that would express his love of natural history and bizarre sea creatures. The average retailer only offered cutsy designs for kids his age. The ferocious beasts that he obssessed over in ocean textbooks were no where to be...

Typsy Gypsy Tees on Etsy

Typsy Gypsy Tees will be at Crafty Balboa Holiday this Saturday!
11am to 5pm
315 South Broad Street

Metropolis Soap at Crafty Balboa This Saturday!

Metropolis soap comes from simple ingredients. First we select 100% vegan oils like vitamin-rich coconut oil, luxurious sunflower oil, and moisturizing shea butter, which all are a part of our time-tested recipe.  We choose our oils for their skin-loving properties, as well as their ability to create a hard, durable soap that will last. Next the oils are mixed with a carefully measured amount of distilled water and sodium hydroxide, which causes the chemical reaction that makes soap! The oils and water are blended together and once the ingredients have officially made soap we add our own specially formulated essential oil blends. These blends are created for their aromatherapy properties as much as their scent abilities! The soap batter is then poured into our handmade wooden molds and colored with mica powder. After 36 hours the soap logs are released from their molds so that we can cut each bar by hand and set them on our curing racks. After a 4-6 week cure process we test each batch to ensure quality and safety (we have a lot of soap in our home!). Once the batch is proven up to our standards, we release it for sale.

Metropolis Soap Co. is not only vegan-friendly, but eco-conscious, too! Our products contain no palm oil, which contributes to deforestation and causes many orang utans to become homeless! Metropolis Soap Co. takes a strong stand against animal cruelty. Our products are NEVER tested on animals…just Mr. Metropolis! We are proud to be certified Cruelty-Free by P.E.T.A.

Metropolis Soap will be at Crafty Balboa December 4th, 2010.
11am to 5pm
315 South Broad Street

Girls Can Tell at Crafty Balboa Holiday!


Girls can tell is a Philadelphia-based creative illustration and screenprinting business run by Sara Selepouchin. Every item features Sara's original illustrations and diagram designs, and most items are printed by hand, one at a time, in a smoke-free studio. Any items not printed in-studio are printed by independent artists with responsible business practices who are simply amazing at what they do and the services they provide. You can learn more about the girls can tell printing process here.

Sara's degree in architecture and years of mechanical drawing experience, along with her love of nice useful things, are the primary inspirations behind girls can tell. The belief that surrounding yourself with things that make you smile is totally important what it's all about.

Girls can tell is proud to offer hand screenprints. It is important to note that each has slight variations, to make one of a kind awesomeness. Due to the nature of hand silkscreening, lots of factors effect how each individual print turns out. The aim of girls can tell is to make lovely, amazing prints and only ship the best, but not every print is exactly alike or completely legible - that's what makes each one awesome and one of a kind.

Girls Can Tell will be at Crafty Balboa Holiday this SATURDAY!
11am to 5pm
315 South Broad Street 

Monday, November 29, 2010

Phea Jean at Crafty Balboa Holiday!


phea jean was created to cater to the fashion forward customer. Each piece is handmade and one-of-a-kind. By combining non-traditional fabrics and unique designs, rocking a phea jean original allows you to stand out in a crowd. phea jean incorporates vintage and upcycled materials- taking the old and mixing it with the new. As we all know and have experienced, our day-to-day moods are ever-changing; whether you are feeling edgy and rock 'n roll, or feminine and sophisticated, there is a style to suit you. phea jean takes pride in pleasing our customers. Our willingness to listen and work with our customers to create custom pieces sets us apart. It is our hope that each phea jean customer will feel inspired to experiment with her (or his!) own fashions and lead an exciting, creative lifestyle.

Amber Zaraza is the designer behind phea jean. She is first and foremost an artist and has been designing and sewing for over 10 years. phea jean came to life in 2004 while Amber was obtaining her BA degree in Fashion Design in Los Angeles, CA. Having brought phea jean back to the East Coast, Amber is currently continuing to work passionately on making her business a success.

Phea Jean will be at Crafty Balboa Holiday!
December 4, 2010
11am to 5pm
315 South Broad Street

Mushmina at Crafty Balboa Holiday!

 The dream of creating Mushmina, a company with a social mission, began with two sisters living and traveling in Morocco and Mali. In these countries artisans often work in their homes and have very few opportunities to generate income. They also have limited bargaining power in the local market and limited access to international markets. Despite these challenges, the artisans are full of ideas, spirit, and vision. They are the reason we started this company.
Our mission: Through the design and promotion of beautiful artisan products Mushmina creates a way to employ and empower people, particularly women. By purchasing our products you are adding a beautiful piece to your wardrobe and at the same time you are helping to support artisans and their livelihoods.

How we work: Mushmina focuses on building relationships and collaboration in order to promote mutual benefit. As Mushmina grows so do opportunities for women and artisans to promote their craft and support themselves and their families.

Our model: We believe that creating a profitable business is a sustainable path to economic development. We also believe in supporting capacity building through training and development. Mushmina is part of the international association, The Soukna Design Collective, and donates 5% of our profits to creating design workshops in the developing world. 

Mushmina will be at Crafty Balboa Holiday!
December 4, 2010
11am to 5pm
315 South Broad Street

Five days 'til Crafty Balboa Holiday! Check out vendor Nicole Rae Styer!

I am a Philly based designer!
All my items are one of a kinds made by me.....every item is unique, embellished with funky vintage lace...layers of frilly girly lace to add depth to the garment!  You will be the talk of the party for sure in ONE OF A KIND N.R.S WEAR!

Nicole Rae Styer will be at Crafty Balboa Holiday!
December 4, 2010
11am to 5pm
315 South Broad Street

Friday, November 26, 2010

Two Paperdolls at Crafty Balboa Holiday!


A colorful nod to the neighborhoods that make up the City of Brotherly Love!
We are letterpress lovers and designers who work and play in our studio in suburban Philadelphia.

C'mon, you know you want to sing along!
Two Paperdolls 

Two Paperdolls will be at Crafty Balboa Holiday!
December 4, 2010
11am to 5pm
315 South Broad Street

Meet Stevie Lynn Jewelry at Crafty Balboa Holiday

This brilliant red balloon pin was inspired by one of my favorite 80's songs. It is hand cut,filed, and fashioned with a red a white striped string.

I am a fun loving jeweler who likes to experiment with all types of materials. All my designs are original and come from my imagination. Each piece is cut, filed, and assembled by hand.

This pink plastic deer is the miniature version of the original "Oh Deerie Me" deer necklace.
 Stevie Lynn Jewelry on Etsy

Stevie Lynn Jewelry will be at Crafty Balboa Holiday!
December 4, 2010
11am to 5pm
315 South Broad Street

Hoodwink at Crafty Balboa Holiday

This is a beautiful scarf that has been hand dyed on 100% silk twill. There are many layers of amazing subtle color and designs. One of a kind!
Hello! I am graduate of Tyler School of Art with a major in Fibers. I am also currently a graduate student at Drexel University to receive my Masters degree in Fashion Design.

I make many handmade items including bags, clothing, accessories, and housewares. Living in the city has made me focus on styles and designs geared towards the city life but can also be used everywhere. Lots of comfy hands free bags; Great for biking, shopping, or an everyday carry-all.
Lots of my clothing is made from scratch, but I also make reconstructed clothing out of clothes that would otherwise never be worn again. (Reduce, Re-use, Recycle!)
So adorable! Children size slippers based on All Star sneakers
Pastel Pink, Yellow, and Blue with Orange detailing. Acrylic and cotton.
Hoowdwink on Etsy

Hoodwink will be at Crafty Balboa Holiday!
December 4, 2010
11am to 5pm
315 South Broad Street

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Overdue Industries at Crafty Balboa Holiday


These 4x6 inch planners feature about 80 weeks of hot, planning action - which for all you math-magicians out there, is roughly a year and a half if you use it non-stop. (Or if you are like me, it should last you a good 5 years or more - because I always put them somewhere dumb and don't find them again for a few months.)
We take discarded old storybooks (lots of the ex-library copies) and give them new life as journals, jewelries and other fun gifts. We use as much as we possibly can from the books we chop so that they can be enjoyed for years to come, just in their new guise!

Our slogan is Renew Your Books! So inside each journal, you will find our own 'check-out card' just like in library books of days gone by. We've stamped it with the date the journal was made and we will stamp it for you on the date you purchase it.

Set of FOUR awesome matching coasters made DIRECTLY from the pages of a vintage story book!   
Overdue Industries on Etsy

Overdue Industries will be at Crafty Balboa Holiday!
December 4, 2010
11am to 5pm
315 South Broad Street

Bathtub Jungle at Crafty Balboa Holiday!

Hilarious elephant head-n-butt post earrings! Be the coolest cat in town with this fantastically sassy fashion trend. I always get a ton of comments whenever I wear my cow butt earrings :)
Bathtub Jungle previously known as Maggie Wood Designs.
Maggie is a Philadelphia based jewelry designer. She takes inspiration from everyday and antique objects, with the mission to glorify the ordinary and add a little spunk to the jewelry world. She enjoys making people smile. On a life's mission to extract beautiful objects from their everyday settings, changing ordinary to extraordinary in a wearable way.

Watch out for what's in your bathtub! Bathtub Jungle presents a new line of layered silhouettes in celebration of our new etsy shop name!             
Bath Tub Jungle on Etsy

BathTub Jungle will be at Crafty Balboa Holiday! Be sure to stop by and say hello!
December 4, 2010
11am to 5pm
315 South Broad Street