July 12, 2015

Adventures in Summer Festivaling: Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival

With the rain the East Coast has been getting this season, it almost feels like we’re honorary Seattlites. Flash flooding and 60 mph winds have been de rigor for the 2015 beach season. It certainly rained on my parade Saturday. The downpour kept me at bay from the Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park. For those who haven’t heard of it, the Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival is one of northern Delaware’s biggest fests. It even made The Food Network, and USA Today donned it one of the “top 10 food fests.”  However, Sunday the clouds parted and the sun shone down upon all of us who wanted to shop local wares and stuff our faces with gourmet treats. As someone who goes to great efforts to put on shows and maintain an internet presence for my own art, I understand how hard small businesses and artisans work. While I was enjoying the rare beauty of the day, I took the time to talk to some of the artisans.
Aurora Lamps- Makers of gorgeous geometric lanterns. At first glance, it seems like these are intricate paper lanterns, but in fact they’re made of recycled polycarbonate plastic. The way the light shines through the multicolored lanterns is beautiful. Visit them at www.corryscoolstuff.com.


Emkay Bead Designs- The lovely jewelry maker at Emkay Bead Designs featured rows and rows of adorable jewelry ranging from kitschy to fashionable. It even had geek friendly pieces. I snagged a pair of Harry Potter Deathly Hallows themed earrings! She doesn’t appear to have a website, but you can send email inquiries to Myrna622@comcast.net.


Eric W. Zippe Imagemaker- Eric is a local Wilmington, Delaware art photographer who specializes in fine art and wooden prints. His work ranges from delicate black and white shots of outstretched tree branches to Vaudevillian images of women and casinos. You can find his work at www.shop.ezippe.com.

  

Elk Creek Maple Syrup- Hailing from Westford, New York, owner Paula Hilyer makes divine maple products ranging from maple candy, maple butter, and of course maple syrup. One taste of this stuff and you’ll never want to go back to the corn syrup laden sludge from the grocery store. I almost forgot how much dimensionality real maple syrup had until I tried this. Paula and her husband are a sweet couple that clearly love their craft. Visit them at www.elkcreekmaplesyrup.com.




Coates’ Hotter Than Hell- Owner Rob Coates is an affable hot sauce maker from Wilmington, Delaware. Ranging from mild to spicy, each sauce certainly has kick. This company’s motto is “feel the heat, savor the flavor,” with an emphasis on enhancing food with heat rather than masking it. I picked up a bottle of their medium heat sauce, En Fuego Habanero, whose ingredients include habanero and cayenne peppers. Check out their sauces at www.facebook.com/hotterthanhellsauce.



Until next time, this is your kindly local art scene reporter, Kirsten Ashley

July 3, 2015

July 3-5, 2015 First Friday Art Walk Weekend

Welcome to the Delaware Etsy Street Team's First Friday Art Walk Weekend Event Post.

Our team hosts a thread over on our Etsy Team page every month where the artists from our team can show off their seasonal and new items.
Quilled Paper Seahorse by ThePaperyCraftery
Blue Stacked Nautical Bracelet by BayMoonDesign
Wristlet by ChicStudioOne
Beaded Bangle Bracelet by ARexrodeCreations

There are many members on our team.
When you have a moment click over and check out our members shops!

This monthly event is part of a larger online Art Walk Event hosted by the AWETeam (Art Walk Etsy Team).

And there are always local art walks happening in and around Delaware!
Some months because of holidays or bad weather, dates change - so check out their websites.

April 3, 2015

April 3-5, 2015 First Friday Art Walk Weekend

Welcome to the April 2015 Art Walk Weekend!

We hope you are spending this weekend in the enjoyment of warmer weather setting in here in Delaware, surrounded by friends and family, celebrating life!

Jump on over to our Delaware Etsy monthly post to see some new items from our team member shops. 
Starfish Bracelet by BayMoonDesign
And you can also check out our Team Etsy Mini page where you can "window shop" virtually through our team members shops.

Joyful Greeting Cards by KatyRosePhotography
Please take special note that Katy Rose Photography is donating part of her sales to a charity every month - See her info section on her front page.

There are many galleries this month participating in the Wilmington, DE Art Loop on Friday night.

Bellefonte Arts (North Wilmington) has many items from artists on our DE Etsy team!

So if you have the time, get out a bit and see some local art, and meet some great artists!

March 6, 2015

March 6-8, 2015 First Friday Art Walk Weekend

As most of us are hanging out around home with this snow that is upon us, it is a good time to check out some of our Delaware Etsy Street Team members shops.

This First Friday Art Walk Weekend happens every month over on Etsy, where our team members add items from their shops to the monthly Event thread: March Event Thread.

It is part of a larger event hosted by the AWETeam (Art Walk Etsy Team).

Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Clutch Bag by ChicStudioOne
Pendant and Earring Set by MarshaNealStudio
Not only can you see a bunch of great local artwork, buy you can also find a handful of artist run businesses that you may need help from with custom work: graphic designers, photographers, wedding specialists, food experts, and so much more!

Check out our Delaware Etsy Facebook page and post questions there (or contact a member shop directly if you have a question for them).

January 2, 2015

January 2-4, 2015 First Friday Art Walk Weekend

Happy New Year!

While most of the local Art Walks are taking January off, the members of our Delaware Etsy Street Team are participating in the AWETeam's monthly online Art Walk.

Here are some items from our DE Team Event Thread:
Ribbon Trellis Yarn Necklace by Britpals

Felt Snowflake Hair Clip by TheHairBowPatch
Dog Hair Bows by ThePoochPatch
Houndstooth Tote by LJKCustom
Quilled Cupcake by ThePaperyCraftery
Air Plant Holder by MarshaNealStudio
You can shop other local Delaware Etsy Team shops by scrolling and clicking any time during the month on our Members Page.

Happy First Friday!

November 7, 2014

November 2014 First Friday Art Walk Weekend

Welcome to the November First Friday Art Walk Weekend post for our Delaware Etsy Street Team.

Every month, members of our team have the opportunity to show off seasonally related, new work, or whatever they feel like, by adding up to 4 items to our November 2014 "Event Thread".

This online blog hop and link hop event is hosted by the Art Walk Etsy Team (AWETeam), and we link up our thread to theirs in the hopes of showing off some of our great Delaware shops!

Here are some samples of Handmade Items, Vintage Items, and supplies to make handmade items:
Deer Necklace Vintage Stag by LilisGems
Vintage 1881 Rogers/Oneida Ltd Silver by GinasTreasureTrove
Snowy Beach Grass by KatyRosePhotography
Ceramic Salad Bowl by RisingStarPottery1
Miniature Ceramic Pumpkin by MarshaNealStudio

Also, Friday night kicks off the monthly Art Loop in Wilmington (and many surrounding towns), so there is a lot of great art work to be seen!



Don't forget to click through to see many more shops from our Delaware Team via their Etsy Minis.

October 3, 2014

October 2014 First Friday Art Walk Weekend

Every month the Delaware Etsy Street Team participates in First Friday Art Walk Weekend by creating a DE Team Thread over on Etsy.
Fall Finds from Delaware by DE Etsy Street Team

That thread is promoted here and through the AWETeam (Art Walk Etsy Team) that hosts this monthly event.

Art Walk Etsy Team (AWETeam) Hosts First Friday Art Walk Weekend

There are many local Art Walks that happen in and around Delaware.
Sometimes they fall on days other than "First Friday".


Hockessin, DE now hosts a Second Saturday event!
Check out their FaceBook page for updates on participating shops...

Hope you get out and see some great Art this weekend!

September 5, 2014

September 2014 First Friday Art Walk Weekend

Fall is just around the corner here in Delaware, school has started up, and the beaches are resuming their off season slower pace of life. To many this is a favorite time of the year, not only for the weather, but for the abundance of arts and crafts shows that start to happen every weekend.


This weekend is the Brandywine Arts Festival
We have some of our Delaware Etsy Team members selling work there, so make sure to swing by and check out their goods in person.

Also, Friday night kicks off the monthly Art Loop in Wilmington (and many surrounding towns), so there is a lot of great art work to be seen!

Every month we create an Event Thread for First Friday, so our Delaware Etsy team members can add items from their shops to help promote their new and seasonal work.

This is done as part of the First Friday Art Walk Weekend, which is hosted by the AWETeam (Art Walk Etsy Team).

"Before the Change" Fine Art Photography by KatyRosePhotography
Handmade Organic Coconut Oil & Lime Deodorant by HandmadeHealthBeauty
Porcelain Handmade Botanical Print Bowl by MarshaNealStudio

Make sure to shop our Delaware Etsy Members Etsy Mini's too!

August 1, 2014

August 2014 First Friday Art Walk Weekend

Welcome to the August 2014 First Friday Art Walk Weekend Event Post!

This event is hosted by the AWETeam (Art Walk Etsy Team) and our Delaware Team participates every month by creating our own "Event Thread" where members of our Team can add items from their shops!
Yellow Swirls Fine Art Photography by KatyRosePhotography
Infant Baby Headbands by TheHairBowPatch
Hand Carved Tree Man by kuntryattic
Trinket Sea Impression Ceramic Bowl by MarshaNealStudio

Click on over and see some new items from both teams over the weekend.

Also, if you have the time, get out a bit and see some Local Art Walk events in your town, or a town close by!
Here are some helpful links:

A handful of Delaware Etsy Team members have their work on display at Bellefonte Arts in North Wilmington throughout the year!

Click ETSY LOCAL for more local events in your area!

July 4, 2014

July 2014 First Friday Art Walk Weekend

Welcome to the July 4-6, 2014 First Friday Art Walk Weekend Event Post.

Every month the Delaware Etsy Street Team posts a thread where members of our team can list a handful of items from their shops to show off. Click HERE for the July thread!

This monthly event is hosted by the AWETeam (Art Walk Etsy Team).
Click over and check out the post for July for the team there too!

Some of the local art walks that are usually held on First Friday here in DE and across the US are mostly postponed this month due to the US Independence Day.
So check and see if they are delayed until next weekend before heading out!

Have a Great Holiday Weekend!!!

For the Red White and Blue by Sherri Strong