Monday, April 13, 2015

Sweet Paul Makerie! Unbelievable!!!

Phew!  What a weekend!  That's what I keep saying!  Ben and I spent the weekend in Philadelphia hanging out and making cool things with an amazing group of people.  The air was buzzing with fun and creativity and all fingers were busy moving and making.

We spent the first day at Terrain, which I'm sure you've all heard of before, but it's an amazing retail location chock full of unusual plants and home goods.  Plants were literally dripping from the ceiling and my heart skipped a beat, and Ben, who's heart needs just a bit more than mine to skip, practically flat lined.  If you're ever in or near Philly...it's a must see.  They even do weddings and events...the photo above is where we ate (the most amazing food). 






I kinda need these...

It was fun teaching the workshop...we had some special guests taking our class, including Sweet Paul himself, the Creative Directors of Land of Nod (amaaaazing kid's stuff!), and Genevieve from HGTV's Dear Genevieve (who has amazing style - that's her hair there in the middle).

The pop up shop was super fun...my friend Mimi was there and she brought all of her doll friends with her to share as you can see.

Sweet Paul did a great shop on his spun cotton squirrel.  Did you know Sweet Paul is from Norway?  He has an amazing accent.

Some of our class creations...I love how everyone made it their own.  Look at the dancer on the right!

More great pieces from another session.  The little boy in the middle is for a third birthday cake...so sweet, right?

The second day of the Makerie took place at the URBN campus at the Navy Yard.  It's the headquarters of Terrain, Anthropologie, Free People, Urban Outfitters and BHLDN.  And the space is utterly incredible!  The founder bought all the buildings for $1 from the city of Philadelphia who was planning on demolishing them.  He restored them and they now house some of the coolest looking office space on the planet.

Yes, this is the hallway.

 The "Library" reading nook.  They have every inspiring magazine you can think of and I only regret that I didn't have more time to spend there with nose in all of them, complete with comfy (and pretty) chair and the illusion of flower petals falling overhead.

 
 The lounge area/waiting room, when you first walk in. 

 The indoor jungle.  I mean, come on...look at those giant plants!  Now I really want one.  An indoor jungle I mean.  Sigh...

 
Sweet Paul's latest issue has my favorite magazine cover of all time.  Totally and completely frame worthy.

Our second day of workshops was in the spacious "Acid Room".  I can only imagine how it got that name...

Meredith & Anna had a beautiful class set up and did all the signage for the event....I wish I could have taken their class!!

This was an incredible event!  Ben and I are both still buzzing with excitement and completely exhausted!  We're happy to be home and happy to be with Olive again.  I'm not sure what plans Sweet Paul and friends have in the making for next year, but I highly recommend jumping on that creative bandwagon if you can!!  :)


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Two last minute openings for this weekend's Sweet Paul Makerie available!

Ben and I have been busy this week preparing for the Sweet Paul Makerie, which we are so incredibly excited for!  Registrations were sold out months ago, but they had two last minute cancellations, which means there are two openings available!!  If you live in or near Philly and want to have some awesome and artsy once in a lifetime experiences this weekend...now is your chance! 

If you're interested, send an email to sweetpaul@themakerie.com.  They are accepting registrations through tomorrow (Wednesday) evening. 

We hope to see you there!!  :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Easter's here even if Spring isn't!

It was extra fun decorating for Easter this year for some reason...I am really happy with how all of my displays turned out!  This giant shallow basket on the dining table is filled mostly with eggs my mom recently gave me...mostly made over the years by my little sisters.  Let's just say some are prettier than others, lol.

The mantel in the front hall is chock full of all my littlest and most precious collectibles.  

Giant German eggs and plaster bunnies and chenille poultry of myriad variety...

That little bouncy chick is super old and beautiful.

Even the upstairs hallway got some Easter cheer this year.  The vintage paper mache bunny in front is missing an ear (shhhh....).  The two in back I made from plaster years ago.  One has acorn eggs.

I love the elegant simplicity of the kitchen mantel.  Vintage ceramic bunnies galore.  And I finally planted wheat grass this year.  The cat has super easy access to the bunny grass in the foreground on the sink, but instead insists on eating the grass on the mantel.  Go figure.

Lovely tin toys in the bathroom....

This couple was made from beeswax by another crafty couple we met at the Country Living Show last summer.  They smell of cinnamon...my favorite....

And our favorite Easter bunny in the house!  Grandma and Grandpa visited last weekend from Long Island and brought her a proper set of ears!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring and Easter Blog Sale II...The Sequel!

Big Brown Bunny (large) - SOLD

As the birds return and the flowers grow
The Easter spirit continues to flow
Like warm spring showers singing drippity-drop
With bunnies dancing their hippity-hop
A colorful egg hunt is not too afar 
Where children will play till the first shining star
And family's gathers for a big Easter feast
Followed by cakes and fruit and many more treats
So everyone come, the excitement is grand
We invite you all to our magical land
 
As usual, this blog sale offers first dibs on our new spun cotton one-of-kind figures. If you see something(s) you'd like to purchase, just email us at crystalandben@vintagebycrystal.com with the name(s) of the piece(s)and we'll reserve it for you.  If pieces is unavailable we will let you know.  First come first served! we'll update item status in this post as often as we can to make it easier for you to know what's available. Items often get scooped up quickly, so make your selection as swiftly as you can, you can always add available pieces to your order later.  Also feel free to include second choices in case your first choice is unavailable, but make sure you label them "second choice".  Click on photos to enlarge.

Shipping is $3.50 for one item and $1 per additional item up to $6.50, then additional pieces are free.  All paid orders will ship out immediately via first class mail and should arrive within a few days.  If you prefer 1-3 day priority shipping, please let us know (there will be an additional $3 charge).  We send Paypal invoices via email unless you specify that you'd rather pay via check. And of course email us if you have any questions!
Happy Shopping!  


Hatching Betty - SOLD
Blue Ducky Dalia - SOLD

Pretty Penny - SOLD
Yellow Begging Bunny - SOLD
Miss Chick-a-Lett - SOLD

 Lila - SOLD
 Stevie - 32
 Jasmine - SOLD

Miss Izzy - SOLD
Spring Bunny Child - 40
Jumping Jack - SOLD

Sunflower - SOLD
Hellebore - SOLD
Freesia - SOLD

 Dhalia - SOLD
 Petunia - SOLD

Egg Finder - SOLD
Easter Rabbit - SOLD

Egg Cart Ride - SOLD

Hare & Child - SOLD
Miss Cleo - SOLD

Purple Loppy - 42
Party Peter Rabbit - SOLD

Miss Blossom - 32
Trudy - 32

Measter Easter - SOLD
Miss Mindy - SOLD

Babs - SOLD

Limited Edition Pieces
Cocoa Bunny- (SOLD OUT)
Fly Away Chick and Bunny - (SOLD OUT)
Charlotte likes Chocolate (One Remaining) - 42

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring and Easter Blog Sale Sneak Peek!


Here's a preview of what's in store for Thursday's Spring and Easter Blog Sale!
We hope to see you here! :)

 
  Thursday, March 19th - here, the blog - 11:00 am EST

Monday, March 16, 2015

Our Second Spring & Easter Blog Sale!

We're starting to feel the fresh spring air here in upstate New York.  And as everything slowly begins to rejuvenate from their hibernation (including myself), I have been getting so inspired to make more and more enchanting spring and Easter pieces.  
I'm so excited to show you what we have on Thursday!
We hope to see you here. :-)
New one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces will be available for purchase on:
Thursday, March 19th - here, the blog - 11:00am EST 


 The Blog offers first dibs on our new creations.  If you'd like to be notified about upcoming blog sales and special events, just sign up for our mailing list on the right side of my blog, or leave a comment with your email address


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Easter Blog Sale!

Spring Chick n' Kitty - SOLD

As we near the end of this year's chapter of winter, I can't help but to skip a few pages and "hop" right into the magic of Spring and Easter.  And since I was advised that it was not a good idea to dig through endless mounds of snow to start planting, I decided to channel my inner springiness into these goodies.  We hope you all enjoy!         

 As usual, this blog sale offers first dibs on our new spun cotton one-of-kind figures. If you see something(s) you love, just email us at crystalandben@vintagebycrystal.com and we'll let you know if they're still available. First come first served! we'll update item status in this post as often as we can to make it easier for you to know what's available. Items often get scooped up quickly, so make your selection as swiftly as you can, you can always add available pieces to your order later.  Also feel free to include second choices in case your first choice is unavailable, but make sure you label them "second choice".  Click on photos to enlarge.

Shipping is $3.50 for one item and $1 per additional item up to $6.50, then additional pieces are free.  All paid orders will ship out immediately via first class mail and should arrive within a few days.  If you prefer 1-3 day priority shipping, please let us know (there will be an additional $3 charge).  We send Paypal invoices via email unless you specify that you'd rather pay via check. And of course email us if you have any questions!
Happy Shopping!  


Fancy Fanny - SOLD
Surprise Party Cone (hidden figure inside!) - SOLD
Easter Ester - SOLD

Special Egg - SOLD
Yellow Rabbit Friends - SOLD

Spring Fairy - 32
Miss Annie - SOLD

Sunday Brunch - SOLD
Pink Rabbit Girl - SOLD

Miss April - 32
Miss Ducky - 32

Miss Blue Bunny - SOLD
Treasure Hunter (w/amazing vintage chenille chick!) - SOLD

Miss Hoppy - SOLD
Mr. Hopper (w/beautiful vintage chenille duckling!) - SOLD

Chick Collector - SOLD
Easter Friends - SOLD

Miss Sandy - 32
Chick Riding Bunny Girl - SOLD

Princess Jelly Bean - SOLD
Easter Egg Chair - SOLD

Gingham Girl - SOLD
Miss Charity - 32

Perfect Easter Basket - SOLD
Hatching Hare - SOLD

Miss Hotot - SOLD
Duck Rider - SOLD

Miss Peepers  - SOLD
Miss Ellen - SOLD
Britania Petite (w/wonderful vintage chenille ducking!) - SOLD

Honey Bunny - SOLD
Bonnie Bunny - SOLD
Funny Bunny - SOLD

Snail and Kitty Girl - SOLD
Party Chick - SOLD
Pink Cat Girl and her Friend the Rooster - SOLD

Stripes the Bunny - SOLD
Chicky Choo - SOLD

Gardenia Bunny (box) - SOLD

Bright Eyed Susan - SOLD
Darling Dalia - SOLD

Limited Edition Pieces
The White Bunny (Four Remaining ) - 32
Robin's Egg Bunny - SOLD OUT
The Easter Bunny - SOLD OUT