Monday, June 30, 2014

The Quest for Materials

There are many reasons to love summer; warmth, flowers, swimming, fireflies, grilling, gardening, and spending time outdoors.  One activity that I look forward to every summer is going to yard sales.

On the Saturday mornings that we have no plans, my husband and I have a ritual. We search through Craigslist for local yard sales. We usually don’t have to travel too far and rarely come home empty handed. Often, we meet interesting people in our town.

Today, we went to a barn sale, which was actually a garage and driveway sale,  and a flea market that was held on the grounds of a local church, and included multiple vendors who were selling vintage items. While my husband ran an errand,  I  was able to visit my favorite place for gathering supplies; Hoffman’s Barn in Red Hook, NY, which sells used vintage furniture and housewares.
At garage sales, my husband usually searches for computer parts, gardening tools, and musical instruments, while I search for materials to use in my mosaic pieces. I look for items that have a wooden base, china dishes, bottles, boxes, silver plated dishes, old photos, and vintage books.

Today, we both got lucky. I came home with a vintage wooden framed mirror, a wooden bread tray with handles, 2 vintage bottles, 4 flowered china teacups, a silver plated plate, and an aluminum bowl. My husband came home with a computer to refurbish, a mechanical drum set, and after having a conversation with a garage sale seller, he was offered one a free ticket to the Clearwater Festival for tomorrow!

Jenny - Reclaimed Designs

Friday, June 27, 2014

Where To Find The Hudson Valley Etsy Team This Weekend - Warwick Makers Market Edition

This Sunday, June 29, marks this year's start of a great tradition in Warwick - The Makers Market. This monthly event is where makers showcase and sell their work right in beautiful downtown Warwick. The market is open from 9AM-3PM and is located on Railroad Avenue. We have three members of our Etsy team participating.

Huzzah Handmade will be selling her gorgeous summer shawls, felted bowls, bags and more.
Huzzah Handmade
Huzzah Handmade
Get Glassy will be there with her dichroic and fused glass jewelry and table wear.
Get Glassy
Get Glassy
And Reclaimed Designs is rounding out the group with her recycled and repurposed mosaic home accessories and jewelry.
Reclaimed Designs
Reclaimed Designs
Happy shopping!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Graduation Gifts

Gifts for the Graduate
from the Hudson Valley Etsy Team
Charms of Faith

Jewelry to inspire the grad heading out into the world.
Lark Practical
Something to hold their keys to the kingdom.
Beyond the Picket Fence
Keep clean, make a good impression.
Luke Gilvey Glass

For a heirloom toast to the Class of 2014!

Jody - A Studio By The Sea

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Neversink River Unique Area

A shaded forest path full of pine trees and beautiful mountain laurels leads the way down to the water at the Neversink River Unique Area in Sullivan County. This state area is a beautiful place to hike and fish, only a few hours from New York City in the town of Thompson. Its 4881 acres consist of varied forest habitat along the Neversink river, including jungle like sections of mountain laurel that have beautiful blooms in the late spring, tall pine forests, and birch trees dotting the riverside.
The river is a popular destination for fly fishermen. Fairly wide and swift, the best spot is to wade out in the middle, but there are also plenty of spots to fish from the shore. Wander down the mossy banks and you’ll come across huge, impressive rock formations, as well as old mossy rock walls formed long ago. The sunny banks are full of butterflies, and a wide array of songbirds call through the trees.

The easiest access point is the small parking area at the end of Katrina Falls Road. There is a bit of a hike to get down to the river, along a rocky downhill path. There are several connecting trails that are marked through the woods, with plenty of areas to explore. The Mullet Brook trail will bring you to a beautiful waterfall. There is no camping allowed, so don’t expect to stay overnight. The fishing is catch and release only, and they want you to use only artificial lures.

The Neversink Area is a small hidden treasure near the Catskills. Its location and many acres ensure that it’s never too crowded. If you are looking for a peaceful forest hike, or some excellent trout fishing, this is the perfect spot!

For more information, visit: 

Arwen - Arwen Designs

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hudson Valley Etsy Treasuries

Treasuries are a great way to check out many of our items at once. See more of this month's Etsy treasuries from Hudson Valley Etsy here: June Hudson Valley Etsy Treasuries

Friday, June 13, 2014

Where To Find The Hudson Valley Etsy Team This Weekend

We have two events for you this weekend, so come on out!

Beyond the Picket Fence will be at the Newburgh Urban Market this Saturday, June 14, from 10AM-4PM. This new market is located on Liberty Street near Washington's Headquarters in New burgh, NY.
Beyond The Picket Fence
Beyond The Picket Fence
L&M Studio are having an open house celebration at their new studio at 462 Main Street in Catskill, NY, this Saturday, June 14, from 4PM-8PM.
L&M Studio
L&M Studio
Happy shopping!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Open House at L & M Studio Saturday!

Meg and Lucie from L&M Studio have a new studio in Catskill and you are all invited to check it out!

 L&M Studio
462 Main Street
Catskill, NY 12414

This Saturday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm come check out their new space and work.  There will be refreshments, live music and of course hand-made porcelain items for the home and garden! 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Father's Day Gift Guide from Hudson Valley Etsy

With Father's Day approaching, sometimes Dad may be a little hard to shop for but don't worry, we have you covered! Check out some items from the team that would make great gifts for Dad!

First, don't forget your Father's Day Card! How about one from Karmabee?
Hand Forged and Hand Stamped keychain/keyring from Charms of Faith

Black Felt and Leather Ipad Case from Huzzah! Handmade
Download this pattern from AtelierTPK to make Dad a pair of fingerless mitts -- they are unisex and a hit with the boys!

Leather Card Wallet from Lark Practical
Fused Glass Coasters from Get Glassy
And finally, a nice art piece from Digilio Designs

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Where To Find The Hudson Valley Etsy Team This Weekend (and even sooner!)

We're starting early this week!

Beyond The Picket Fence will be selling their wonderful soaps, scrubs, creams, laundry detergents, lip balms, massage oils etc. at two different venues.

Tonight (Thursday evening), June 5, from 5PM-8PM they will be at the Mid-Hudson Marketplace at Mid-Hudson Children's Museum in Poughkeepsie, NY.

This Sunday, June 8, from 11AM-3PM, Beyond The Picket Fence will be stopping at the Farmer's Market in Beacon, NY.

Beyond The Picket Fence
Beyond The Picket Fence
New Prospect Pottery will be at Bazaar-on-Hudson in Cold Spring, NY, this Sunday, June 8, from 10:30AM-4:30PM.
New Prospect Pottery
New Prospect Pottery
Happy shopping!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Mid-Hudson Marketplace THIS THURSDAY!

The Mid-Hudson Marketplace is a wonderful new event happening this Thursday evening at the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum in Poughkeepsie.   It is brought you to by The Unique Ladies of the Hudson Valley showcasing and highlighting local, home grown businesses in the Hudson Valley.

This is open to the public and free to attend. The museum is located at 75 North Water St in Poughkeepsie. RSVP on their Facebook event page.

Monday, June 2, 2014

In My Studio: Sew Woodstock

In the center of Woodstock a new sewing studio has recently opened its doors. The studio called Sew Woodstock offers many great ways for visitors to explore their own creativity. In a gorgeous light and airy space patrons can make use of the sewing machines, cutting tables, mannequins and ironing boards to make their own creations, bringing their own fabrics or buying from the colorful shelves.

The studio offers clients the ability to pay for a one-off day pass or join the co-op enabling them to come anytime during the studios regular opening hours. It is a great way for people without the room and equipment at their own homes to make use of the comfortable and well-equipped space whilst also providing a way for like minded sewers to sew, improve their skills, share ideas and develop friendships. The well stocked supplies shelves reminded me of old fashioned haberdashers store, brimming with wonderfully packaged sewing provisions.
Sew Woodstock also offers different classes in all aspects of sewing crafts including embroidery, dressmaking, crochet and beginners sewing machine classes. Up to date class schedules can be found on the website:
Sew Woodstock has come to life through the determination of Sally Russ and Molly Farley.
Sally, Sew Woodstock’s proprietor, was taught to sew as a child by her mother. Sally has many fond memories of shopping with her mom for fabric and looking through pattern books together. For about three decades, sewing was put on the back burner, and she made her living as a photographer. Her interest in sewing resurfaced about four years ago when she started a weekly sewing group. The great success of that group, and the general surge in interest in made-by-hand, gave her the idea of creating a sewing shop and co-op available to the public, and Sew Woodstock was born.

Molly is Sew Woodstock's resident alterations expert, teacher and vintage reconstructionist. She has been sewing for most of her life, initially learning from her mom in Minnesota who was a sewing teacher. The past seven years were spent working in the costume department at the Fisher Center Theatre at Bard College working with students and the Summerscape Opera Seasons. Molly's love of recycling and reusing clothing and textiles fits right in with the Sew Woodstock philosophy of repurposing.

Sew Woodstock is a wonderful addition to village of Woodstock, bringing together many of the community's attributes with today's new domesticity. I truly hope that with our patronage and support it will flourish and other communities will follow in its success.
Tel: 845 684 5564

"Sewing mends the soul"  Anonymous

Good Luck and Good Making!