Sunday, July 04, 2010
Crafty By Nature Outdoor Craft Market
Nestled in and among the tall shade trees at Shupp's Grove Antique Market in Addamstown, PA you'll find Crafty By Nature, a monthly craft gathering featuring local shops and artists. This beautiful, park like setting is the perfect backdrop for the lovely handmade pieces you'll find. It's a great way to enjoy the outdoors and to meet artists who create lovely and thoughtful pieces.
Pamela Flapper Hat by Like Clochework $40.00
I traveled about an hour to get there and it was well worth the trip! I've known about Crafty By Nature since it's first week, over a year ago. I was scheduled to have a space there last June but we got rained out and by the time July rolled around, I was holding my brand new baby boy! So, this was my first trip there and the weather was wonderful this time around.
Crafty By Nature is the brainchild of Alex, owner of Hello Bluebird in West Reading, PA. That's a whole 'nother blog post, people! Too much coolness in that shop to speak of now!
Birds ponytail holder set by Peachy Tuesday - $8.00
July 4th really felt like the perfect day to visit Crafty By Nature. What better way to celebrate the freedoms that our country allows us than by meeting and supporting fellow indie artists? These are the folks living the American dream of making your own way and following your passions to make a comfortable living for you and your family.
It was inspiring to see that so many artists brought their families along with them! Behind almost every booth was a little playgroup, girls making their own artwork, strollers holding sleeping babies or a group of little kids playing tug of war. It was such a family affair, which was so appealing to me. It really speaks to the laid back "personality" of this event. All are welcome, creativity and energy abound!
Vintage book journal by The Fancy Lamb - $16.00
I met some "web friends" there in person and had a lovely stroll with the kids through all the crafty goodness. We also enjoyed browsing the antique and thrifty section of Shupp's Grove. Fresh squeezed lemonade and hand spun milk shakes finished off our wonderful, sunny day.
Hammered botanical pendant by Laylabelle - $39.00
I highly recommend a trip to Crafty By Nature if you're in the area. It's a must see of the spring and summer season here in Lancaster County.
Visit Crafty By Nature on Facebook, Twitter and on their blog.