Holiday Market with Rally

This year feels so special here in Philly as I'm co-hosting a holiday market with Rally and a curated group of some of my favorite artists and designers here in Philly.  Since living in Philly these last couple years the creative community has been so welcoming and encouraging, it feels wonderful to be celebrating the holidays with such a talented group of women!   The event will be held in the beautiful Rally space, Thursday, December 7th from 7-10 pm.  They'll be light bites, drinkies, and a raffle benefitting the People's Emergency Center.  If you're in Philly stop by for some lovely gifts and support local! 

Before the event I thought I'd share a little bit about each of incredible women who are  participating.  You can click through to each of their websites to see more of their work.  Hope to see you at the event if you're in Philly! 

Philly Love Notes 

Scientist, traveler, supporter of the arts, communications strategist and overall Philly Lover.  Emma Fried-Cassorla spent 4 months paper cutting the entire city of Philadelphia and from this endeavor, her custom, laser-cut Philly maps were born. Her made to order maps can be customized with your favorite neighborhoods, first date meetup, weddings, first homes, jobs, or anywhere else you’d like to note a favorite spot in the city.

Ron Nicole 

Philadelphia native Ronni celebrates the beauty of nature through her floral inspired fossils.  She often sources her flowers from her local flower shop, flower farms, trail walks, and her neighborhood, even venturing to knock on a stranger’s door to talk about capturing a perfect specimen from their garden.  Individually designed and cast in a concrete/plaster mix her one of a kind sculptures freeze a moment in time and highlight the subtle beauty of Mother Nature.

Image Credit: Ronni Nicole 

Image Credit: Ronni Nicole 

Asarum Designs 

Dorene Reggiani designs and creates one of a kind jewelry pieces from her studio in Philadelphia. Her organic forms and natural materials create beautifully subtle pieces while textures created through the process of forming the piece become an integral part of the design and highlight the unique and beautiful imperfections of her craft. 

Image Credit: Asarum Designs 

Image Credit: Asarum Designs 

Carla Weeks

British-born artist Carla Weeks’ paintings, textiles, and murals are informed by her interactions with both natural landscapes and the built environment.  Through distillation of pattern and form her 2-dimensional designs communicate a sense of place that is both graphic and serene. Her work spans a broad range including paintings, murals, wallpaper, and textile designs.  Most recently she has completed designs for a line of pillows that can mix effortlessly into your living spaces. 

Curious Clay 

Jannalyn is continually experimenting with color, pattern, and form in her ceramics line, Curious Clay.  From wearable art to mini planters, mugs, and spoons, the pursuit of creative exploration is evident in her delightful ceramic forms and glaze combinations.  Her fearlessness in experimentation makes each piece one of a kind. 

Midwest Adventures

A year ago today Adam and were frantically loading the remainder of our belongings, pups, and plants into our SUV and trailer in preparation for our two day drive to our new home in Philadelphia.  We were leaving Norfolk, Nebraska where we had lived for 18-months; headed off on the next adventure.  Even though our time there was short, we made many dear friends and were able to be closer to Adam's family.  We had received a small batch of walnut whilst living there that was gorgeous.  It was really great to work with, and I started thinking that maybe it would be worth taking a road trip out there to get more of it.  After months of pondering, loosely (very loosely) planning, I ended up driving out for a visit in August with friends and family, a show in Omaha, a pop-up in Kansas City, and retrieval of the much coveted walnut.  The quest for walnut turned into a whirlwind of events teetering between exhilaration and exhaustion.

For the first leg of the trip I headed to Norfolk, I spent a couple days visiting old friends and gathering blooms for the upcoming show: Hutchfest in Omaha.  Simpler Thymes farm is just outside of town and I discovered it right before I moved last year, it's a beautiful property with a great old stone house that reminds me of Philly.  The owners always spend time visiting with you, and they have several bee hives and sell honey, so it is a great place for good conversation and tasty treats.  After collecting flowers with a friend, we went back to her place and started arranging them in simple mason jars for the show. 

A few snippets from HutchFest in Omaha, sponsored by the great interiors shop Hutch 

Some toodle-ing around in Omaha & Lincoln at some of my favorite places including Mulhall's (one of the best nurseries I've been to), Home & Closet vintage, farmer's market at Aksarben, I picked up some of my favorite condiments from The Grey Plume (the onion marmalade and whole grain mustard are some of my favorites) as well as hanging out with my pal, Kathleen and her sweet family.

It was an absolute treat to spend part of TWO different days hanging out with my friend Kathleen of Thinking Smaller.  We worked together when I lived in Nebraska and she is a passionate advocate for the handmade and local community.  I always feel like I can just pick up right where I left off with her, plus, we share a deep love of all things pastry, so we're obviously kindred spirits. Favorite spots we popped in at included Le Petit Paris (best croissants, ever), Kitchen Table (everything is delicious), and Bean Smith Coffee Roasters (try the Ethiopia Kochere).

Mornings spent playing in nature...

A overnight in my college town, Lawrence, Kansas at my friends 1800's home with the best outdoor lawn art, and then over to Hun's Garden to pick more flowers for our pop-up with Coveted Home later that day. 

We had a little pop-up shop at our Kansas City stockist, Coveted Home shop, it was a great night meeting new friends, with music, drinks, and treats from Ashleigh's Bake Shop.

An of course, the impetus for the trip, the walnut gathering. The road in to the building was blocked off, so we ended up taking the long route through the long grass and hills, past the cows and rattlesnakes (!!), stopping often to make sure we weren't going to get stuck in a muddy spot. My brother-in-law was super gracious to venture through all of this, thanks Tait!