Upcoming Holiday Events

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I’ve now got an event going on every Saturday until Christmas! I hope to see your face at one of them! But if you can’t say hello and shop in-person, you can grab all of my products in my Etsy shop.

Park City Pop-Up blog

Saturday, November 15: 11am – 3pm: Park City Pop-Up! 
B:Hive Bridgeport
285 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Get details & directions here.

Canton Holiday Craft Fair FB Event

Saturday, November 22: 10am – 4pm: Canton Holiday Craft Fair
Canton High School Gymnasium
76 Simonds Ave
Canton, CT 06019
Raffle proceeds and vendor fees benefit the Canton Dollars for Scholars Fund.
Get details & directions here.

Celebrate Shelton_blog

Celebrate Shelton Downtown Handmade Market
Conti Building
415 Howe Ave
Shelton, CT 06484

Black Friday, November 28: 6pm – 9pm
Small Business Saturday, November 29: 10am – 5pm
Saturday, December 6: 10am – 3pm
Saturday, December 13: 10am – 3pm
Saturday, December 20: 10am – 3pm
Get details & directions here.

NoRa First Thursday blog

Thursday, December 4: 6pm – 10pm: NoRA’s First Thursday
NoRA Cupcake Company
700 Main St
Middletown, CT 06457
Get details & directions here.


Catch Poor & Pretty + sugarplum USA at Hartford HodgePodge 9/22 & 10/20

Hartford HodgePodge 2013 - poor and pretty and sugarplum

I’m super stoked to announce that I will be representing both Poor & Pretty and sugarplum USA at Hartford HodgePodge for two dates this season! While Rachel is kicking butt up in Boston through the end of October, I’ll be in hanging out on Pratt Street  in Hartford with cupcake soaps and eco-friendly clothing. Swing by this coming Sunday, September 22nd, and October 20th, from 11-4pm. You won’t be able to miss our booth ’cause it will be a massive color explosion.

Poor and Pretty SOWA 2013

sugarplum usa shop summer 2013


Highlights from the Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair

Poor & Pretty & Kleiner Eisbar - Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn

This past weekend, I vended at the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn with Krissy & Dennis from Kleiner Eisbär. It was pretty hot both days, but we had a lucky spot under some shade, not too far from a water fountain. I didn’t get to break away very often, but when I did, here were a few gems I found:

Mehoi - ear studs

I loved the mehoi booth, full of adorable art by Hoi-An Tang from Toronto. Hoi-An transfers her sweet illustrations onto things like earrings, pins, buttons, and notecards:

Mehoi - illustrated cards + pins

Suzi would have loved that cute lamb card! (Maybe next birthday?)

Wishbone Letterpress - cards

In the way of paper goods, I also took a liking to Wishbone Letterpress. I bought one of the above cards for Stan’s birthday in September, but you’ll have to guess which one! ;)

Wishbone Letterpress - coasters

I also picked up a pack of their multicolored coasters. Even though we don’t have particularly nice tables in our new home yet, I felt we should have some coasters anyway.

Twig Terrariums

I also thought our new home deserved a terrarium, which Stan and I have been talking about making for a while. I was very excited to find that Twig Terrariums makes a few DIY Terrarium kits.

Twig Terrariums - hanging plants

Twig owners Michelle and Katy make plenty of ready-made terrariums and potted or hanging plants, too.

Twig Terrariums - person planter

I especially like this funky person planter!

Young Alexander - cups & bowls pottery

Next, I found Young Alexander, fresh and unique pottery handmade by Na Kim & Dierdre Shea in Brooklyn. I love their use of mostly white space with a dash of funky color here and there.

Young Alexander - painted planters

They also had some very cute planters, but ultimately I ended up buying this bowl from their “Seconds” section:

Young Alexander - popcorn bowl

It was only $20! It makes the perfect popcorn bowl! It’s quite possible that it may pave the way for matching red/white/blue dinnerware. (Apparently, we’re very patriotic.)

Cutesy but not Cutesy - booth

Hands down, my best find was a monster hoodie handmade by Diane Koss of Cutesy but not Cutesy:

Cutesy but not Cutesy - Noah's monster hoodie copy

I bought this for my nephew Noah, who has grown from a dragon baby to a walking, talking, two-year-old! The hoodie is more for us than it is for him, because he won’t know how adorable he is in it — check out that duck!! I actually squealed when I saw it. I made Michele promise to give it back to me once Noah outgrows it so that I can pass it down to my someday-children.

Cutesy but not Cutesy - monsters

In addition to her sweet monster hoodies, Diana also makes unique monster plush toys and t-shirts.

Cutesy but not Cutesy - stickers

Her monsters make appearances on greeting cards and stickers, too. (Yes, that’s a cupcake monster sticker!)

Inedible Jewelry - necklace charms

Of course, I also had a soft spot for these dessert-inspired charms from the aptly named Inedible Jewelry.

Inedible Jewelry - fun displays

They had some really cute & quirky displays, too!

I had tons of fun at Renegade, and met some amazing artists. It’s always so inspiring to go to big events like these and see what other people in my community (or a little outside my community…) are making. We have really talented artisans in this country — please support them!


Come visit me at SoWa Open Market in Boston this summer!

SoWa Open Market Boston poor and pretty kleiner eisbär

I’m excited to announce that I will be vending at the SoWa (South of Washington Street) Open Market in Boston for a few Sundays this Summer! Catch me 6/2, 7/7, 7/21, 8/11, and 8/18 sharing a tent with my friends Krissy & Dennis Maksymiw of Kleiner Eisbär, purveyors of lovely handbound journals and felted trinkets.

In their 10th anniversary year, SoWa is located outdoors in Boston’s South End and has an extensive arts/crafts section with a rotating group of indie makers and designers, an award winning farmer’s market and a collection of the yummiest food trucks around. Within walking distance, you’ll find a vintage market, artist studios, galleries, shops and many of Boston’s best restaurants. It runs every Sunday from May through October. Learn more about SoWa here.


Coming attractions: Where will Poor & Pretty be next?

Happy Friday, readers! Got any Halloween party plans this weekend? Don’t forget to check my DIY Halloween posts {1 & 2} for last-minute party decor inspiration!

I’ve been putting together my  holiday vending schedule for the next two months, and I can’t believe that my first craft fair was only a year ago! Here’s where I’ll be in the coming weeks, so if you’re nearby, won’t you say hello?

November 10: Friends of Beacon Falls Library Holiday Shopping Fair | 10-3:30 pm | St. Michael’s Church, 25 Maple Avenue, Beacon Falls, CT
It’s a bit of a mouthful, but this is not your average holiday craft fair! In addition to some local crafters, there will also be a cupcake contest {my favorite kind of contest!}, a used book and media sale, and a teacup auction. Fun for the whole family, and admission is free!

November 11 & 18: Hartford HodgePodge | 12-6 pm | Pratt Street, Hartford, CT
The Hartford HodgePodge began on October 7th and runs every Sunday until November 18th. I’m so happy a friend of mine reached out and told me about this amazing event. It’s an open air market that will be choc full of vendors, artists, musicians, and even food! Plus, it’s sponsored by some great organizations: CT.comDowntown YogaRadio 104.1, and more. Catch me  here November 11th & 18th.

November 23: Freight Street Gallery’s Black Friday Handmade Market | Time TBD | 170 Freight Street, Waterbury, CT
I loved vending at Freight Street Gallery’s Summer Handmade Market, so I’m stoked to be signed on to vend at their 2nd annual Black Friday Handmade Market. Avoid the insanity at big chain stores this year and shop indie on Black Friday!

December 16: Bazaar Bizarre | 12-6 pm | 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
My second out-of-state vending experience will be at the 12th annual Bazaar Bizarre Boston {try saying that 10 times fast!}. I will be in good company with almost 100 vendors from all over New England and beyond. There will be ceramics, clothing, edibles, jewelry, stationery, and yes, cupcake soaps! Tickets are just $1 at the door, but sign up for the Bazaar Bizarre Boston mailing list to be notified when early bird tickets go on sale — for $10, you get in an hour earlier!