Friday, August 26, 2011

Where To Find the Hudson Valley Etsy Team This Weekend!

What a fantastic weekend for Hudson Valley Farmers' Markets! The abundance of late summer reminds us daily of how lucky we are to live here. Tomatoes, watermelon, corn, berries-- everything is just bursting with flavor, and right in our back yards!

On Saturday, Lynn of 1846 House Soaps returns to the Pine Bush Farmers Market in Pine Bush, NY. This event goes on rain or shine on the second & fourth Saturday of each month.

You can fulfill your farm market fix on Sunday, too, and pick up some amazing handcrafted skincare products from Gwen of Beyond The Picket Fence. She'll be selling at the Beacon Farmers' Market on the Beacon Waterfront waterfront from 10am-4pm.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Have You Seen This?

The mighty oak.  I love the wood.   The oak was worshiped by the Druids and home to Norse gods. I love the acorn and all that it symbolizes.  It holds the potential of great possibilities and its future is strength and grandeur.  On top of it all the oak leaf is the ultimate symbol of autumn.  Who as a child didn't collect oak leaves and iron them between wax paper or help a kindergarten teacher pin them to a back-to-school bulletin board?  Oak leaves just scream, "Hey!  Summer's over!  Pack your bathing suit and sunscreen and break out the oak leaf earrings!"

Can we talk about these earrings?  How spectacular is the copper skeleton and the impression that they are as light and delicate as the tissue paper thin remains of an actual leaf?  But really, it's the scale. I love the size (3.25"x1.75") coupled with the airiness and color of the copper.  These bold oak leaves by JSWMetalworks are a true statement piece!  They whisper in your ears that the brisk, invigorating fall is upon you and the size tells you that you can do grand things.  Who wouldn't want to wear a pair of earrings that have so much to say?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Back To School - Not just for kids!

So there have been Back To School sales since JULY but usually the items on sale are always focused on the kids. That's great, but it's not just back to school for them, the teachers gotta get some love too! Here are some gift ideas for the teacher(s) in your life.

A pretty Merino Wool Shawl from TickledPinkKnits will work when the Air Conditioner is still cranking in the classroom in early December.

Show your new students how cool and hip you are with a Mod Dot Tote Bag from H & J Star Creations

Don't let the name fool you, a shot of Working Woman's Salt Scrub from Beyond The Picket Fence at the end of the day would be welcome in any bath - I'm sure the fellas wanna soak in the tub too every once in a while.

And speaking of the guys, I didn't forget about you either.  A nice wool hat from BeaconKnits will keep your head warm as you treck to school on what should be a Snow Day but your school decides to stay open (oh no!)

As always, you can find more great gift ideas from members of the group on Etsy by using the search tag "hvny team"

Friday, August 19, 2011

Where To Find the Hudson Valley Etsy Team This Weekend!

There's a great weekend in store for the Hudson Valley! Today, Lynn of 1846 House Soaps will be at the Goshen Farmers Market in Goshen, as she is on the first & third Friday of each month.

Regular readers of the blog may have heard a thing or two about this weekend's Garrison Craft Fair, which takes place this Saturday and Sunday. Look for these Hudson Valley Etsy Team members: Becky of Gemini River Rocks, Kathy of Gnorasaurus, Gwen of Beyond The Picket Fence, Audrey of Molly's Purl and Jess of Knot By Gran'ma . The event takes place rain or shine from 10 am - 5 pm each day. The event features over 90 select artisans and free river rides on the 47-foot sailing sloop, The Woody Guthrie. The food court offers an array of gourmet foods, homemade goodies, and burgers & dogs PLUS Keegan Ales will be pouring its notorious brews. Two exciting exhibitions are featured in the Art Center galleries, Artists' Books by Susan Newmark and Works on Canvas by Moses Hoskins. Live music performances will take place throughout the day. Parking is free with convenient shuttle service, and if you come by train, you get half off your admission! For more info and schedule of events, visit the Garrison Art Center website.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New Pottery Class at Garrison Art Center

Our very own Virginia Piazza from Ceruleanblue will be teaching a pottery class at the Garrison Art Center starting Wednesday, September 21st 6:30-9:30. This is a 8-week session which includes 4 hours practice time - for $260.

Virginia has been teaching at GAC for the past 4 years and previously taught at the YWCA in Manhattan.

Garrison Art Center (off route 9D)
23 Garrison's Landing
PO Box 4
Garrison, NY 10524

Please call 845.424.3960 to register

Monday, August 15, 2011


Last Spring Garrison, New York, was named by Hudson Valley Magazine “One of the ten best places to live.” Decades before that, the court of public opinion named it one of the best river towns to visit in the Hudson Valley.  And more that a century before that, its majesty was made clear by the Hudson River painters -- without even using words.  

Garrison Art Center has been a part of this unique history and has been bringing art to the area for nearly 50 years.  It is locally dubbed the “busiest little Art Center in New York”.  According to Hudson Valley Magazine   “… Garrison Art Center, housed in a charming old building on the river, is one of the Valley’s most active arts meccas.”  The New York Times says it is “a lovely waterfront location known for its popular art classes.”   

Each summer brings Garrison Art Center’s much-anticipated Fine Crafts Fair, an intimate affair down by the riverside where 90 select vendors offer unique high quality crafts/fine arts for the body and home. For 41 years visitors have enjoyed the wares of regional artisans, and in recent years -- with the come back of “hand mades” -- collectors, homeowners and those who just have a bent for something unique make their way to this Fair.  Visitors also enjoy a gourmet food court (or burgers and dogs), free river rides on the historic 47-foot Sloop Woody Guthrie plus non-stop foot-tapping live music generously supported by The Garrison, Hudson Valley Magazine, M&T Bank and WHUD.  This year’s acoustic music series includes live performances by Tiki Daddy, Baby soda Jazz Band, Evanescent, and Muhamadou Salieu Suso.

Sitting just a stone’s throw from Metro North and right at the edge of the Hudson, Garrison Art Center boasts one of the most famous river views anywhere. Although the magnificent castle across the water known as West Point Academy seems formidable, it somehow manages to look at home nestled within an even more awesome landscape. Sited literally on the edge of the water in Garrison Art Center’s back yard, the Fair has long been hailed for its small size and big beauty.  Equally important for many is the hassle-free convenience, just steps from the Metro North Hudson Line Garrison Station Stop, parking with shuttle service and even parking for those traveling by yacht –reservations required.

And after leisurely shopping, Fair visitors often enjoy the many local attractions. Train riders can hop back on the train, and one stop up river jump off in Cold Spring at the bottom of Main Street to browse the numerous atntique shops and have dinner at one of several highly acclaimed restaurants.  For those interested in making it a weekend adventure, there are several charming and historic bed and breakfast options.

The 42nd Fine Crafts Fair is August 20 and 21, 2011, from 10am to 5pm, rain or shine.  Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for train riders, seniors citizens and college students.  Kids 18 and younger are free with a parent.  For more information about Garrison Art Center’s 42nd Fine Crafts Fair, visit

Friday, August 12, 2011

Where To Find the Hudson Valley Etsy Team This Weekend!

Can you believe it's the second weekend in August already? Must be, because every second & fourth Saturday of each month, Lynn of 1846 House Soaps is at the Pine Bush Farmers Market Pine Bush, NY from 9am-1pm, and she'll be there this Saturday!

On Sunday, the Beacon Waterfront will be hopping with two events for the whole family :
Gwen of Beyond the Picket Fence will be selling her wares at the Beacon Farmers' Market from 10am - 4pm,
and Debi of Tink's Treasure will have her booth at the Beacon Corn Festival from 12 noon - 5pm.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Join Etsy Hudson at the Hudson Black Arts Festival this Saturday, August 13th!

This Saturday (August 13th), Etsy Hudson will be joining many others in support of the annual Hudson Black Arts and Cultural Festival. The Festival and Parade are a joyful and creative celebration of the arts, culture and stories of the African-American communities. The event has been organized by grassroots organization Operation Unite the event for the last 19+ years, and has developed from its early roots as a neighborhood block party into a community-wide festival.
Etsy is thrilled to be a sponsor and participant in this year's event, and invite any and all to join us in the Craft Tent at the Waterfront Park in Hudson on from 2:30 - 6pm on Saturday. People of all ages are welcome to come hang out and get their hands dirty (or at least gluey) and create some whimsical and wonderful creations that will be in the theme of the event, "Fairytales and Storytales". If you're interested in helping set up, they'll be there at 11am before heading up Warren St to join the 2pm parade.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Photos from Kingston

Weren't able to make it up to Kingston this past weekend? Here are some pictures of the team...



Jeri's Jewelry

Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studios

Pulp Sushi

Reclaimed Designs

This was the end of the day, how many of us do you think were able to fit on that comfy couch?

Friday, August 5, 2011

Where To Find the Hudson Valley Etsy Team This Weekend!

It's another glorious summer day in the Hudson Valley, and we have a great weekend in store!

Today, from 10am-5pm, Lynn of 1846 House Soaps will be at the Goshen Farmers Market in Goshen, NY , and will have her booth there on the first & third Friday of each month.

And have you heard about the

Cornell St. Studios Summer Craft Fair Featuring the Hudson Valley Etsy Team ?

It's going to be held tomorrow, and it is going to be amazing! Don't miss the art event of the Summer Season!!

Saturday August 6th, from 11am-6pm. FUN for ALL ages!!

Food Vendors, Live Music with Vektor and The 5 Creations (a Do Wop Band)

Zumba for kids demo with Alicia Bailey at 11:30am!

Vintage & Handmade Crafts!!! Jewelry, Ceramics, Soap, Art, Photography, Clothing, Scarfs,
Candles, and much more!
Hudson Valley Etsy Team members Pulp Sushi, Karmabee, Gnorasaurus, Felt It, Mother May I, Reclaimed Designs, Jeri's Jewelry, Carli Bruno Glass Things, Lulu's Soap Co., and Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio will be joined by Mike Modugno, Moxie Cupcake, Joanna Estes, High Falls Mercantile featuring Art by Canace, At My Grandmothers Knee, Dave Ryan Photography, ezerd, Vintage Flair, Imagine it Originals, Eija Lindsey Studio, Gunni Guida Stained Glass, Artisan Candles, Pflum's Thumbs, Beth Post Johnson Jewelry, Tanya Monique, Shoshona Snow, Jen Jeglinski, Juda Leah Boutique with Alicia Stang, A & H Jewelry Design, Shelley Davis, ChiChi, Megan Suave, Sarah Omura, Maya Nahshon, Suzanne V. Paddock, Deep Earth Designs, Jen Kiaba Photography, Linda Stella/Stellahats, Courtney Johnson, Judy Go Vintage, Corner Copia, Brine Barrel Pickles, Birds in a Bog, JJ's Rocking Cupcakes and Cakepops, Headspace, Fresh N' Easy Bakery, Ariel Collages, Lemon Love & More!

The family-friendly event will be held at Cornell St. Studios,
a multi-studio complex for the ARTS at 168 Cornell Street Kingston, NY. For information, call 845-331-0191 or email Follow them on Facebook to learn about other events in the studios. You can also RSVP to the event.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Kingston Craft Fair this Saturday!

Last month we brought you a Sneak Peek of what to expect at our next event at Cornell St Studios this Saturday.  This will not be your typical craft fair folks!  In addition to members of our awesome team being present and other great local talent, there will be live music from Vektor and The 5 Creations, tasty treats from  JJ's Rocking Cupcakes and Cakepops,  Fresh N' Easy Bakery, and Lemon Love.  Plus a Zumba demonstration and more. We got you covered!   This event was also recently featured in and Come To Woodstock.  This will not to be missed, see you on Saturday!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Have You Seen This?

This summer, iced coffee has been the beverage of choice in my house.  Cold, strong coffee with some creamy milk and a couple of spoons full of sugar.  For a few relaxing moments, it's not so hot outside.  I saw this creamer/sugar set and imagined how happy I would be to see them sitting next to a tall glass of java.  The yellow glaze is so pleasing and the shapes seem they would fit nicely in my hand.  Ceruleanblue pottery in Beacon, New York makes elegantly simple everyday items.  The glazes have a purity of color and sheen that instantly makes you want to touch them.  The shapes live somewhere between Asian design and American kitchen vintage.  For me, they are emotional pieces.

But back to that coffee.  I have a great dark roasted Ethiopian Sumatra/Mocha Java blend.  How many sugars for you?  (A little tip:  Put unused coffee in ice trays and freeze them.  By using frozen coffee ice cubes instead of frozen water your coffee becomes less deluted as the coffee ice melts.)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Birthday Stars!

It's in the stars.  Bless my stars.  I saw stars.  Lucky star, rising star, starry eyed.  Born under a lucky star.  Whether you give credence to your astrological origins, like to give your horoscope a glance in the back of a magazine or just think its all bunk, most of us are  familiar with the signs and symbols associated with when we were born.  Though every month is home to two different astrological signs we're just going to look through the eyes of the sign that begins the month.

The August Hudson Valley Etsy Team's birthdays belong to Debi Brown, Drusella Kehl and Esther Aguirre.  Leo the Lion is a sign ruled by the Sun and it's element is fire.  Gold is it's color and metal and Leos are known to be creative, artistic, colorful and love an audience.  Generous, honest and warm hearted people born under this star, are the friend that can shine up the bluest of days and make us forget what on earth we were so bummed out about.

Debi of Tinks Treasures makes affordable jewelry that is bright and cheerful (like Debi herself) and makes you feel shiny.  Notice how often red (fire) and gold play a part in her creations.  Hearts show up often in her jewelry expressing her honest loving nature.  The artist known as Drusella paints whimsical scenes starring rats making those that are phobic forget that rats can be anything other than charming.  She watercolors pet portraits and children, all reflecting the warmth and generosity that is Leo.  Esther of Xocolati makes artisenal chocolates and feels that chocolate "should be given out free of charge just to make people's lives more enjoyable".  Expressed with typical Leo warm heartedness and generosity.  Don't visit Esther's shop on an empty stomach though because between the Green Matcha Tea Dark Chocolate Truffles, the 3D chocolate hearts, or her beyond adorable, tiny chocolate mustachioed teddy bear tea (or coffee or milk) cookies Esther's site will leave you giddy with I want, I want, I want.

All of these artists express the passion of Leo in their work and their desire to give others pleasure is so evident.  Happy Birthday Debi, Drusella and Esther!  XO