Friday, December 28, 2007

Emily's Beautiful Leafy Madness

You may not know this about me but I like getting pretty tattoos... Fortunately, I know a couple of incredibly talented tattoo artists....

This winter I am having some new work and some old work touched up by friend and incredible artist Michael Tupper of Eternal Fountain. I am so impressed with how pretty this came out and how well the (totally hand drawn) stencil fit my arm...on the first try. In the future it will grow and new flowers will be blooming soon... till then you'll just have to stare at these pics above.
Miss Emily

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Boston Bazaar Bizarre...Emily's pics

I wish I took more pictures at this show but the lighting was not the greatest in the afternoon when I went around for my second round of photos. I did get some good shots to share with you. There were a lot of vendors I recognized from Etsy. My display was one of the tallest things in the room..hooray. I had a little bit of everything on my table, Emily's greatest hits! The chenille cupcake was the best seller. I also sold a ton of Czech glass buttons and a pretty good mix of everything else. There was a line outside to get in for most of the day. I love a busy show!

There was a lot of silk screened stuff of all, bags, clothing etc. I really liked these cute printed bags and pouches above, especially the seahorses.

These are the oddest and cutest little ping pong ball cozies. They remind me of Pac-Man. I recognizes some other things on her table from seeing her work on Etsy. Check out for more little creatures and hand made goods.

Pretty handmade yarns in delicious colors by they look good enough to eat!

These faux taxidermy creatures were by far my favorite things I saw all day. They are made by Jessica Tamson and can be found at
I came pretty to buying the red one on the right but this show was a money making mission and thankfully it was!That's Amanda and her mom below. Amanda and I met when she was shopping in my Brimfield booth and she came to the show to get some holiday gifts. I wish my mom would follow me around writing checks!
The girls above had some funky accessories. They were directly behind me. Next year, if I make the cut I will try to get a wall space. I was not so hip on the back to back rows with no dividers. It looked a little messy, not what I am used to at the outdoor shows but the money and the crowd was there and we had fun.

No, that's not Brett Mcnutt below. That was one of my neighbors who could be Brett's twin. I couldn't stop looking over there all day. It was totally freaking me out. He is a chilled out fella from Burlington VT and sold heavy duty messenger bags and some cool wallets made from recycled Bike tire tubes. The DJs were great and so was Johnny Spaceman above playing his Theramin. That thing makes crazy sci-fi noise and he was using it to make songs. Johnny payed a few Christmas songs but mainly did alternative & punk covers from bands like The Pixies, Ramones, Nirvana and The Clash. It was fun playing name that tune. A very unique sound from a very unique guy with a very unique vintage shirt. The show ended at 6:00 and we were on the road by 6:30. Loading out one table of goods is a piece of cake ha, ha, ha.
More soon...Emily

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Emily's Bazaar Bizarre preview

The Boston Bazaar Bizarre is this SUNDAY!!! I just checked out the floor plan which I have added above. Click on it to make it larger. I will be at table 30 up by the stage! I lucked out and got a great spot. The Cyclorama is a cool round building originally built in the 1800's. I am looking forward to meeting some of the other supercrafters I have admired for a few years. Below is a little preview of some of the goodies I have been working on. There will be so much stuff on my table it will be piled to the ceiling of the Cyclorama. I made a bunch of room in my workroom so I can Bring a table in from my cargo trailer and practice my set up. These vintage glass bead necklaces are next in line for my vintage restring project I showed in the previous post. They will get mixed with some other nifty vintage beads from other broken and salvaged vintage necklaces.

Some Crazy Cakes cupcake pincushions and some cup and saucer sets in progress.
These are just the cutest prom dress lavender sachets! I have been making these a while They sell well at the Brimfield shows but they have not been on the menu in a while. They are a little more time consuming than I would like them to be.
I used some vintage barkcloth, vintage feedsack and floral tickings on the back and of course some Czech glass buttons down the front.

Just a peek at some of the vintage image sachets...I have also done a bunch with pin-up and risque vintage images ooh-la-la!

Below is a map of where the Cyclorama is in Boston...


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Monday, November 26, 2007


Believe it or not a hearty group of antique and junk dealers set up at the Wellfleet Flea Market all year long. Sunday was such a lovely day to go out and see what everyone brought to sell. I bought a few things. Nothing fantastic but I will make money when it all sells. My friend Susan was with me. She had been on The Cape to work at a high end auction on Saturday afternoon. She crashed at my house to shop on Sunday. We set up at many of the same antique shows. My dogs were so happy to have a guest to snuggle up to while they slept. Susan found a bunch of interesting sterling jewelry and a funky 60's painting. Click the picture below to check out her current eBay auctions. I am sure this week's haul will be making it on to eBay over the next few days.

I like junk! And I like to buy from people nice and interesting people. Above is one of my favorite dealers who sells in Wellfleet regularly.

I bought these super cool antique chandelier parts on Sunday too. I have no idea if I will make something with them or if I will save them for shows next year. There was just no way I could leave the market without them.
On the way back to my house we stopped at a few of the group shops in Dennisport and Harwich. I found a bunch of 50's necklaces which I immediately brought home, cut and restrung them in to the bracelets you see below. I am calling it The Vintage Restring Project. They are not new for me I have just not done them in a while. I have been stock piling broken or injured necklaces for a while now. Time to get stringing!The pink set above are my favorite. Most of the beads in these bracelets are glass or or pearl and all the beads are vintage except a few high quality large faceted Quartz rounds I added to a few.

Here are a few shots that show my pretty new tattoo done about 2 weeks ago by Cape Cod tattoo artist extraordinaire Michael L. Tupper...and yes, it hurt like a mo-fo. However Michael has a very light touch and it was truly comforting to be worked on by someone I have known for 20 years.
I also got some great textiles and a yellow chenille I need for chenille patchwork quilts in the one of the antique malls. I have some bigger quilts in the works for next season. There were quite a few requests for them this past show season. They are a lot of work...Let's see how many actually come out of my studio in a completed state!

Hope everyone had a peaceful and yummy Thanksgiving...Emily

Friday, November 9, 2007

Brew ha, ha, ha, ha, ha....

My friend Kathleen makes the best tacos! Dave and I went to dinner at her house last week for some taco n beer brewin' fun. The boys bottled one batch of beer and got Guinness batch going for the next bottling. Hand made beer is a wonderful thing.
A truly yummy art. This is the bag of roasted hops after the sparging process.

Chris and Dave in the outdoor kitchen.
While the boys were brewing the beer Kathleen and I walked to the beach in with our wine. It was warm for October, warm enough for bare arms and bare feet. Such a simple pleasure to be in such a pretty place with my one of my favorite girls of all time. The Red Sox were on TV when we got back so while the guys finished up the beer we took a little 3 inning nap...Possibly due to a little too much red wine.
This is my favorite time of year, well actually September and October are the best months to be on Cape Cod. The weather is lovely, everything is still open, the kids are back in school and I actually have some free time to enjoy it.

Hey Kathleen, when is the party?

XO Emily

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Emily's Czech art glass button eBay listings!

Ok, time to share some special buttons set aside for projects of my own. I am almost ashamed of how many buttons were piling up in my jewelry supply cabinet. This lovely group is listed over on eBay in my store at a fixed price. Click on the pictures to see them full sized.

This is a rare chance to buy a reasonably priced large lot

Such lovely detail color to the finises and in the pressed glass patterns. It's been 6 years and I am still amazed with each order they make for me. The Czech are the only people in the world producing high quality modern hand made glass buttons.
Just in case you missed the word link above in the text....

More soon, Emily

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Wellfleet Oyster fest 2007 Emily's Show Pics

The crowd was shoulder to shoulder again this year and the weather was just perfect for oyster eating, beer drinking and buying handmade goodies!

The smell of oyster stew was blowing down the street all day making me hungry. I never spend enough time eating at these shows, they are so busy most of my time is spent with buyers. I did have a lobster roll but didn't eat one single oyster. Sales were over $1,000.00 better than last year...Hooray!! I did have a lot more handmade goodiess at this show than I did last year. This is not such an easy show because the spot they gave me had to be set up and broken down each day.Same thing last year. It wasn't that it was difficult, just a pain in the ass. How much can one really stress overputting up a collapsable tent and 3 tables of handmade goodies? The money was there so I can't complain. At antique shows I use about 12 tables and pack a whole 6 by 12 foot cargo trailer in addition to my van and Dave's truck to fill my 20 by 20 foot spot.

Here are pics of my booth.

Below is a happy warm baby under one of my chenille & vintage fabric baby blankets.

Below is some of my button jewelry. check my etsy shop if you are interested in doing some holiday shopping. I have been adding lots of new pieces to my shop for the holiday shopping season.....with more to come!

This is the happy shopper section. That's Barbara Joy in white, We had fun chatting and drinking a little wine in my booth on Sunday afternoon. She stayed 2 hours button shopping and talking about the similarities of our handmade lives. Barbara makes awesome pet beds, accessories & steps. Check out her website you may even be seeing some of my Czech glass buttons on her future creations. The gals below were so happy with their purchases I couldn't resist getting a picture of them too.
This gal, who's hands you see below, was really fun too. She bought my 2 biggest and funkiest button rings. Check out her big sterling silver ring with the cherub and set stones. It was Made by Uma Thurman's mom. How unique, I just love it. I have not had time to look up her website and info but what a fun & unique ring.

Sam's spot... I am happy to report she did quite well in the small space she had. It was fun to do a show with one of my childhood friends. It was good show experience for Sam and she got to promote her new etsy shop

Sam and Kathleen above, 2 of my best friends in one place! That rarely happens since my best friends have scattered themselves across the United states over the past few years.
Since this is the only show I do on The Cape, It was fun to see who would be showing up next that we knew! I was happy to see so many familiar faces.

Above are some yummy truffles by They even had chocolate oysters, no real oysters were harmed in the making of the chocolate oysters, I was assured by owner Jude Huber.

Happy vendors were easy to find on Sunday morning. Everyone I talked to had fantastic sales on Saturday. Above is Kathleen Masterson of She was a few booths down from me last year as well. I have run in to her set up at the Wellfleet Flea Market from time to time. Rock on Kathleen!

These funky folky paintings were in the booth next to my old friend Ron Kusins, owner of Ron was the first person I ever rented a room from, my first room mate ever when I was 18 years old. I was so happy to see him cashing on the oyster fest fun! That's Ron below, and his ocean temed pewter work in the picture below that.

Above is the Bluegrass band that played on Sunday morning. I wish I could have heard the better but there was definetly more action out in the street where we were set up.

What's next for Emily's Handmade Goodies you might ask?

The Boston Bizarre On december 9th at the CYCLORAMA on Tremont street!!!

Click the link below for the 2007 vendor list & more show info.