Thursday, March 29, 2012

Flowertown Festival

The Flowertown Festival takes place this weekend in Summerville, so if you feel like hanging out with 200,000 of your closest friends, shopping handmade goods, listening to music and eating BBQ, this is your spot. Check out the details below:

The Summerville Family YMCA is proud of its award-winning fundraiser – the Flowertown Festival. The YMCA, with the help of the Town of Summerville, has been able to organize, coordinate and direct this unique event that showcases the great community we live in.
With the help of town administrators, local police and fire personnel, plus the hard work of countless volunteers, the Flowertown Festival attracts over 200,000 annually and has been a signature event of the YMCA since its inception in 1972.
Since the YMCA is a non-profit organization, the net proceeds from the Flowertown Festival are used to continue the organization’s philanthropic mission by offering programs at an affordable rate and helping families in need who cannot afford to pay program or membership fees.
Consistently ranked one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, the three-day festival features:
  • Over 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the country who display their work for sale
  • Delicious foods from restaurants at The Taste.
  • Fun activities and rides for children at the Children’s Jubilee
  • Free admission
  • Free Parking
Arts & Crafts Vendors
Applicants must hand-make all of the items they sell and no item may be bought and resold. Each item that is to be sold must go through the Festival Jury Process. 

- Official Website

2012 Festival

Dates & Hours:

Friday, March 30

Saturday, March 31

Sunday, April 1

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Whiskey Kittens

I've followed Erica's blog for a while now - she has a knack for finding beautiful things and then posting them online or selling them at her vintage Etsy shop.  So I was really excited to see her new adventure:  Whiskey Kittens.  

Some of you may know that my husband owns a screenprinting/sports apparel company. He's always experimenting with new products, and when he brought home fully customizable iPhone cases, I knew I had to get in on that action. I had him make me a Chevron-print case and my Facebook friends loved it, so I decided to turn it into a little business venture.

We design fun, quirky, affordable iPhone cases inspired by everything from the latest design trends to vintage books. 
Stay tuned for more products to be added in the near future, including totes, clutches, prints, and stationery.

Between these cases and Instagram, I really think I might have to make the move from Droid to iphone ... happy shopping!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Pop Up Shop at Artisan Tees

I stopped by Artisan Tees this morning to check out their Bloody Sunday Pop Up Shop and was really impressed by the selection.  It's a small space, but they lay it out well with kid's clothing, jewelry, art, accessories and of course, tees.

This is a really cool idea.  And it's awesome of Artisan Tees to open their space to other local artists.  Be sure to check out their shop and the monthly (last Friday of every month I believe) art openings.   

Great items from Urbane Baby:

Pretty jewelry from The Scarlet Poppy:

And I didn't write down the artist these goods - can anyone help?

I picked one of these up for my mother-in-law at the Charleston Farmer's Market before Christmas, so I was happy to run into her again.  Check out Amanda McLenon:

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Reminder: Bloody Sunday Pop-Up Shop

Add this to your pre-brunch planning for tomorrow - Bloody Sunday Pop-Up Shop at Artisan Tees!  From 10 am until 2 pm, swing by 47.5 Spring St. to pick up wares from: 

Andy Natusch of Artisan Tees
Jaysen Edge+ Liz Gross-Reeder of Urban Baby
Rebecca Benton of Oaks of Righteousness
Diana Lauderdale of Cactus Photography
Amanda McLenon of Circle the Stream

And as the name implies, you can sip while you shop.  This is a quick stroll from Hominy Grill and WildFlower Pastry -  great options for a downtown Sunday!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

2012 Maker's Market at Mixon

I realized I've been working in a bar too long when I read this as "Maker's Mark" initially.  Anyone with me on that?

But I quickly realized it's a MUST attend event - with several options.  The 1st Sunday of every month (starting in April) will give you the opportunity to shop/eat/play local.  Don't miss out!

Here's the press release:


2012 Maker’s Market at Mixson
A venue for fine handmade crafts and locally produced items

North Charleston, S.C. (March 22, 2012) – Mixson, a blossoming community in North Charleston’s historic Park Circle district, is thrilled to announce the 2012 dates for the Maker’s Market at Mixson.  Located at 4400 Marblehead Lane, the Market will feature an array of Lowcountry-inspired attractions – food trucks, local brews, live music and wares produced by local artisans – from 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month, beginning on April 1st.

"After the success of the Maker's Market at Mixson last year, we are excited to host the local creative community at Mixson again," said Michael Phillips, chief operating officer of Jamestown.  "We look forward to a continued relationship with these talented creators and to supporting the many innovative artists in Charleston."

The Maker’s Market at Mixson will offer a great selection of locally produced items including food, art, stationery, clothing, home goods and jewelry. Showcased artists selling products include:

·        Art from Lara Neece of Forest and Fin
·        Art from Patch Whisky
·        Artisan Tees
·        Caleigh Bird’s Sock Monsters
·        Caroline Nelson Art
·        Ceramic coasters from Melissa McCabe
·        Coconut jewelry from Fernanda Sullivan
·        Custom designs and made-to-order shirts from Robyn Diamond of Hello Every Wear
·        Designer dog leashes from Lauren Shuler
·        Hand-drawn illustrations from Tami Boyce
·        Handcrafted savvy hair accessory merchant Pretty Little Ditties
·        Handmade crocheted towel toppers and cotton dishcloths from Sandy’s Jammin’ Jellies
·        Handmade totes, pillows and accessories from Evita Smith
·        Holly York art
·        Hooks & Toggles handcrafted jewelry
·        Ink Meets Paper letterpress
·        JG Jewelry & Design by Jen Gaj
·        Kiln-fired glass from Keller Lee
·        Miriam Leonetti jewelry
·        Myla’s Bags by Micheala Phifer
·        One-of-a-kind fused glass jewelry from Janelle Wilfong
·        Palmetto Fine Arts and Crafts
·        Photography from Chuck Keppler
·        Rescued treasures from Sassafrass and Twine
·        Sweeteeth Chocolate
·        Woodwork from Handcrafted LLC

Some of Charleston’s favorite food trucks, including the BBQ Joint, Taco Boy, Hello My Name is BBQ and King of Pops will be serving up their tasty treats throughout the year.  Musical entertainment will be provided by such artists as Wire and Wine, FolkgrassJordanand Jessica Igoe with Firetage, and Megan Jean and the KFB. 

About Mixson
Located in the historic Park Circle district of North Charleston, S.C., Mixson is a sustainable development that represents new urbanist design and a vibrant community landscape. Reflecting Jamestown’s key principles of sustainability and walkability, Mixson embodies quality craftsmanship, incorporating modern inspirations, traditional neighborhood concepts and green technologies throughout the streets, homes, parks and community spaces. For more information, visit

About Jamestown Properties
Founded in 1983 with headquarters in AtlantaGa. and CologneGermany and offices in New York CitySan Francisco, Ca. andWashingtonD.C.Jamestown is a leader in acquisitions and value added management. Over 29 years, Jamestown has generated approximately $8 billion in strategic investments. The company is focused across the risk spectrum with core, core-plus and opportunistic funds in two primary markets: 24-hour cities and Sunbelt territories with strong demographic growth. For more information, visit

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Scarlet Poppy, Artisan Tees, Charleston Coaster Company

Sadly, I have come to the end of my Artist Market March recap pics.  I definitely missed some of the vendors, so check out this post if you're looking for a complete list.

And vendors - if you took pictures, please send them my way!  I'd love to feature your photos as well.  So here they are - last but not least:

These vendors can be found all over town!  I see Scarlet Poppy everywhere it seems - definitely look for her at Social; Artisan Tees has a store on Spring St; Charleston Coaster Company can be found at the Farmer's Market.   Check these vendors out around town!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Carla Bakes, Lori Wyatt Vintage, Tucker's Treats, Lauren Shuler Designs, Forest & Fin

Of course I'm still rationing out the photos of the March Lowcountry Artist Market.  I always take way too many, but there are so many amazing options!  The last market was the first time we featured a baker - Carla Bakes - and she was wildly popular.  Nothing has mass appeal quite like chocolate and bacon.  And pound cake.  And whoopie pies.  And mini cheesecakes.  And ... you get the point.

Lori Wyatt Vintage always adds a fun aspect to the market.  If you're in the mood to dig - and dig you must because of the VAST amount she brings - then this is the vendor for you.  Fabulous vintage finds await!

Tucker's Treats - another new to the Market this March.  It's nice to have the option to pamper your pet with homemade treats.

Lauren Shuler Designs - If you missed her at the Market, you can see her at the Charleston Farmer's Market.  Another way to pamper your pet!

And last, but certainly not least, is Forest & Fin.  The T-shirts are beautiful "hand-drawn, hand-printed, Eco-friendly" designs.  And the boxes!  These were a new addition to the Forest & Fin table - as Lara had a little more room to spread out - and how gorgeous?  You can check out more of her art here.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Mark Your Calendars - Eco Bridal Guide & Film Release Gala

I know May is feeling pretty far away right now, but lately for me, months fly by.  So go ahead and mark your calendars for Thursday, May 3rd to be a part of Charleston's 1st Eco Bridal Guide.  

Thursday, May 3rd
6-9 pm

hosted by:

On Thursday, May 3rd from 6-9pm at Magnolia Plantation we invite you to celebrate the release of Charleston’s first Eco Bridal Guide and Film.  This beautiful event will highlight local businesses that are mindful of using organic and sustainable materials while creating naturally beautiful occasions. This celebration will be styled by Ooh! Events and Blue Planet Green Events and hosted by Marcus Amaker, Sarah Poe, Pistil Films, and Rachel Gordon.

The event will keep you dancing with music by The V-TONES, Chouette Noir, Shrimp Records family band including Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent and Gregory Guay classical guitarist. There will also be a One Love fashion installation, live wax pouring by Rewined candles, a yoga demonstration by Bella Forza Studios, and more creative installations, demonstrations, and performances throughout the night.  A low-country boil from The Smoking Pot, vegan bites from Bull Street Gourmet, and sweet treats from WildFlour Pastry, will keep your taste buds a flutter and Ice Box will be keeping your whistle wet.

This will be a time for brides, friends, family, and event professionals to meet and celebrate some amazing local businesses that pride themselves on quality craftsmanship, keeping it local, and using eco conscience practices.  Additional business that will be showcasing their art and craftsmanship through out this event include; Sarah Poe Photography, The Peoples Press, Angela Hall Designs, Rewined Candles, Billy Reid, One’Respe, Treats for Tresses, Dish It, Alan Poe Officiant, McGregor’s Custom Framing, Ocean Sol Body Work, Bits of Lace, Natalie Errthum wedding and event hair stylist, and Jonny Cosmetics.

$30 Advance
$40 at the Door

Even though I am already married, I'm such a sucker for this type of event - beautiful and responsible - see you there!