The New Market in Town

Living in NYC, I can tell you that peeps love their flea/craft markets. I am here to let you know that there is a new market in town (variety is the spice of life!) The LIC Flea & Food opened it's gates on June 15th to much fanfare. Located in Long Island City, Queens, it is a hop, skip, and a jump from Manhattan, and also a quick train ride from Brooklyn. I have been a vendor there on Saturdays since opening day, and I am having a great time. I always ask anyone that stops by my booth if they live in the neighborhood. Surrounding the flea are many new luxury high-rise apartments, and some more are in the midst of construction. Just about all of the neighborhood folks that stop by are really happy to have a new market nearby. They often show their support by coming out and shopping!

Now, I am going to be honest...I don't like the word flea. I sell handmade goods, and many folks approach my booth and try to haggle with me about prices. I understand, that's what you do at flea markets, but I am firm on my prices, so I don't play that game. I will say that this market has a nice mix. Not too many "junky" looking booths. The market itself does not promote food over crafts, or vintage over handmade (not like another market which shall remain nameless....)

Here is just a sampling of the wonderful artists who show off their wares every weekend:

Tree-D Patchwork are beautiful works of 3-D art using different mediums, including fabric. Contact owner and creator, Meryl Thurston if you want your own personalized piece made from sentimental blankets, clothes, or any other fabric.

Maarte by Iza

Designer Annaliza Pasaylo-Huffnagle uses her native Filipino culture as inspiration for her Maarté by Iza collection of "Eco Friendly Jewelry", that makes a statement without saying a word.

Janet Belden is a life-long ceramicist that has a wide variety of beautiful pieces. She has also shared her expertise and knowledge by teaching classes at the West Side YMCA for over twenty years!

Donna Levinstone

I am always impressed with artists like this. Drawing and painting is a talent that you are born with (I don't think I could teach either have it or you don't) My photo does not do true justice to her beautiful work with pastels.


Need to adopt a robot? This dynamic duo will help with that. Wonderful and whimsical pieces would be right at home in any decor!

Ice Riders NYC

I have to say that these guys have saved my life every weekend. It has been HOT in NYC, and there is nothing better than shaved ice! This friendly bunch shave the ice using bike power! I have tried many different flavors including green apple, watermelon, lemonade, and dreamsicle....yum!

I hope you get a chance to stop by and check out the market. Located in LIC, Queens (46th ave & 5th street) the market is open every Saturday and Sunday (10a-6p) and should be open through October.

Until next time....happy crafting!

Nordea nordeasoaperie

Thinking outside the box...

Ahhh, Spring is here! That means the "crafty" season has begun! I have always loved strolling through a craft fair marveling at the wonderful things created by true artisans. Now that I am one of those "crafty" folks, most weekends I am somewhere out selling my wares. But, I have a hard time staying behind my booth. I am still interested in checking out other vendors' creations.

One thing that draws me to a table are the displays. I particularly love when artists choose unconventional objects. Interesting displays are always an eye-catcher, and I took a few pictures while I was at a craft fair last weekend.

Kam, who owns Kamspots had an interesting display for her ceramic hanging planters. First of all, her planters could have been displayed on a paper plate, and still gotten a second look (they are absolutely beautiful!) I was intrigued by the display, and she told me that it was a towel rack...yes like the rack in your bathroom...That's what I call creative!

Angela Colombo, designer and creator of EnchantraGirl injected a bit of nature into her display. Turning a bit of driftwood into something to showcase her delicate bracelets, was a smart move. It is a nice change from the black velvet busts that so often adorn a jewelers craft table.

Lisa LeClaire of Lisa LeClaire Designs highlighted her jewelry with some colorful shot glasses. They were the perfect fit for her eye-catching, sparkly jewelry. Her entire table was shining, and it was hard not to take a second look!

And finally, a little creativeness from Nordea Soaperie (yes, that would be me!) I had a hard time figuring out how to display my lavender sachets. I embroider each design by hand, and didn't want to throw them in a box. I found this display meant for cupcakes! It was perfect because each design can be seen, so customers can check out all of the designs without sifting through a box!

Remember that the annual Spring Handmade Cavalcade is coming up in a couple of weeks (May 4th.) I would bet that there will be a lot of creative displays to be seen. Of course it goes without saying that those displays will be showcasing some wonderul crafts too! Hope to see you there!

Until next time....happy crafting!

Nordea  /  nordeasoaperie

In the Kitchen with The {NewNew}

Members of The {NewNew} create some fantastic treats for your home.  Deck out your kitchen and dining table with handcrafted ceramics, light switches, magnets, coasters and more!  Our featured designers are just as creative when it comes to cooking too.  Each one has shared a favorite recipe

Kitschy Retro Light Switch Cover
by LuCrafts
Lu's Apple Crisp
Lu strives to add a "little lovely to every day."  Light switch covers and magnets in a range of patterns are available in her shop LuCrafts. The name of this recipe should really be Lu's Lovely Apple Crisp! It is baked just long enough so that the apples that get soft but not mushy and the topping gets crisp and wonderful. You can warm up leftovers in the microwave.  And don't forget the vanilla ice cream. 

6 large Granny Smith apples
2 tbls white sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbls lemon juice
1/4 cup butter
3/4/cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
Peel, core, and cut apples into quarters then cut each quarter into 3-4 slices. Place in buttered pan. Sprinkle with lemon juice, white sugar and cinnamon. With a fork, mix the brown sugar and flour. Using 2 knives or your hands, cut in butter until you have coarse crumbs. Sprinkle on top. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Bird on a Branch Wood Coasters
by Peppersprouts
Peppersprouts Peppered Up Margarita
A full time graphic designer who says she has too many ideas for things to make!  Visit her shop Peppersprouts to see the results of some of those ideas.  In the meantime, give this Peppered up Margarita a try and be sure to use a coaster.

1 chili pepper (pick based on you heat preference)
1/2 cup tequila
1/4 cup Cointreau or Grand Marnier
2 tbls fresh lime or Rose's Lime juice
Slice the pepper into thin strips and rub it around the rim of a chilled margarita glass.  Drop a pepper strip into the glass. Fill cocktail shaker half full with ice and add tequila, Cointreau or Grand Marnier and lime juice. Shake vigorously and strain into glass.

Linda's Jazzed-Up Curried Lentils
Linda is not only known for her adorable bright colored birds and decorative magnets, she is also famous for this Lentil recipe.  I'm so glad she shared it with us!  Visit her shop PurtyBird.
2 large onions
2 carrots
3-4 large stalks celery
2 Gala apples 
4 cloves garlic
1 pkg. dry red lentils
1 handful anise seed (more or less to taste)
3-4 handfuls raisins
3-4 tbls curry powder (more or less to taste)
6-8 cups water
Salt to taste

Saute onions, garlic and celery in enough oil to cover the bottom of the pot until translucent. Add anise and let cook approx. 2 minutes. Add lentils and water, then apples, carrots and curry. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for approximately 1 hour or until lentils are cooked. Add raisins. Continue cooking over low heat for another hour or two. Salt to taste.  Can be prepared a day in advance and refrigerated to allow the flavors intermingle and develop.

May Luk's Pineapple Pound Cake with Pineapple Rum Glaze
May's unique ceramics are both beautiful and functional.  Working with clay and glaze, May creates each of the items in her shop MayLuk by hand.   Try your hand with a different king of glaze, a delicious pineapple pound cake with pineapple rum glaze.

Eat Pink Platter
by MayLuk
Whole wheat pastry flour - 2.5 cups
Butter - 1 stick unsalted at room temperature
Sour Cream - 1 cup
Eggs - 3,  separated
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Vanilla - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Baking Soda - 1.5 tsp
Crushed Pineapple - 1 cup  drained

Whip egg white until stiff on high. About 3 minutes. Set aside. Mix flour, baking soda and salt together. Set aside.  Whip butter for one minute. Then add in the sugar mix well. Add in the egg yokes and mix well. Then add the vanilla. Alternately add in the flour mixture and the sour cream and mix well. Add in pineapple and rum, mix well. By hand, slowly fold in the egg white. Do not over-mix
Pour the batter into a buttered bundt pan. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 deg F for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes clean and the edges are slightly golden brown.

Pineapple Rum Glaze
Cream Cheese - 4oz   (1/2 package) at room temperature
Butter - 1/4 stick at  room temperature
Powder Sugar - 3 tbsp
Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp
Salt - pinch
Crushed Pineapple - 1 cup drained
Bermuda Gold Liqueur - 2 tbsp. Add more to taste.

Beat cream cheese and butter on high until well mixed. Add in the remaining ingredients and beat until it's nice and fluffy.  Mix in pineapple and rum. Serve with cake.

Hope you enjoy these recipes and hanging out in the kitchen with The{NewNew}.  For more kitchen and dining related items visit the In The Kitchen treasury on Etsy.

Ellis Design 

Something Very NewNew from the NewNew for March

March has come in like a lion, and The {NewNew} York Etsy Team is "roaring" to go! This month, The {NewNew} Blog will be offering fabulous giveaways TWICE A WEEK from many of its talented members. From unique ceramics to glamorous jewelry to incredible paintings...each post will bring you a chance to win a {NewNew} item from some of the best Etsy shops in New York! Please share these amazing contests with others, and please visit this blog often for updates!

We kick off this Month of Giveaway Madness by featuring well known {NewNew} member MAY LUK a Brooklyn based ceramic artist who creates a line called TAKE ME HOMEWARE.
May Luk's shop is full of handmade, curiously decorated, functional pottery items including attractive contemporary slipware, adorned with art inspired by antique advertising and illustrations.
May Luk has this to say about herself: "I started to get my hands into clay when living in London, I studied ceramics at Kensington & Chelsea College and Glasgow School of Art. I loved the medium, the combination of art and science, hours of experimentation mixing glaze and colors, each resulting piece a series of creative decisions and technical endeavors. I found it an ideal way to use my background in illustration, producing pieces that have an emphasis on image making and graphic decorations."
The wares are white stoneware or porcelain clay. They are fired to cone 8 - 1272°C [2320°F] in an electric kiln. The glazes are food and dishwasher safe and lead-free.
All the ceramics in May Luk's shop are artistic and unique. They are not mass-produced by automatic machines and big corporations. They will enhance your domestic environment, impress your friends and increase the deliciousness of your food.
May Luk sometimes collaborates with another {NewNew} member, Cakehouse.
who produces second hand textiles repurposed as hand printed home accessories.

What better way to set a fresh and exciting Spring table than with items from May Luk's shop? AND GUESS WHAT? YOU CAN WIN THESE TWO GREAT PIECES!
A pair of his and her ditsy bowls for holding all your precious things. These will make a beautiful addition to your home.

Make sure you are a current follower of this blog. Visit May Luk's shop and take a look at all of her beautiful work. Then come back here and post below in comments and let us know what your favorite item is. You may comment one time only, but if you tweet or blog about this giveaway you get an extra entry, so mention that in your comment! CONTEST ENDS MARCH 7. Sorry- US entries only.

Good Luck!

The {NewNew} Ceramics Shops

For more Accessories from the Metro New York area - search: newnewteam, ceramics on Etsy

Lenny Mud - In the infamous words of Popeye, I yam what I yam. My mom was a potter. I made my first pot at her knee when I was age three. I left it for awhile when I got older, but damn if Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze and Unchained Melody didn't pull me right back in.

May Luk - I enjoy working in clay because it is artistic as well as scientific. My love of glaze and colors led to many hours of experimentation. Each piece is a series of creative decisions and technical endeavours.

My work expresses the enjoyment of hand-making in the form of usable items that embody human creativity and individuality. I hope you will enjoy them and be happy and rewarded to the same degree that I am!

Creating Gift Registries that Incorporate Handmade Goods

Bridal Registry
Selecting china, crystal, and silver patterns may seem like an old-fashioned, out-moded tradition in an era of take out and frozen meals. That flowery Limoges you inherited from your great great grandmother might be great for the holidays, but what about all those other days? Choosing objects for use in your daily dining rituals is a chance to assert your style, bring great joy into the small spaces in your life, and to support your favorite artists and green living. Whether you are planning your big day or want to set up your bachellorette pad, please read on for tips and good humor stemming from a stint as a bridal consultant and my personal experience with gift registry.

The Bridal Consultant
At 24, my life took a quick turn from working as a studio artist while living with a long-term boyfriend I was pretty convinced I would marry to needing a "real" job, and fast. Even though I had woken up one morning knowing that I shouldn't follow my beau cross-country for grad school, I was pretty heartbroken over the relationship ending. I never anticipated landing a job helping happy young couples create their gift registries only a few weeks later! Going to work was hard at first, but I found soon that I enjoyed working with people and helping them choose patterns that coordinated with one another and their personalities.

Choosing Patterns
The most important pattern you choose will be your china, so I recommend that this be your first choice. Unless you are inheriting crystal or silver, you can then choose your flatware and stemware to complement your china pattern. If you are choosing modern, minimalist china, it makes sense that your flatware and stemware should be a similar style; likewise with choosing something more traditional. It is important to remember that if you are choosing ornate designs that at least one of your three patterns should be simple so as not to create a visually overwhelming place setting.

My Registry
After a few months on the job, I decided that I was more interested in presents than marriage. So I created a gift registry called "Married to Me" and proceeded to buy myself china, crystal, and stainless flatware, taking advantage of a two-year, interest-free credit plan to get the (expensive) stuff I really wanted – sometimes all a girl needs in life is a little credit! While this may seem rash to the practical among you, this is a decision I have relished rather than regretted while using my beautiful dishes for the past six years. They have made we want to cook healthy and delicious food, to bake decadent desserts, to entertain friends.
The patterns I ultimately selected - Raphael by Gien for my china, Country French by Reed and Barton for my flatware, and Albi by Christofle for my stemware - were not choices I would have anticipated myself making only a few months earlier. I loved the color and intricacy of the china, the echoes of the china design I saw in the flatware, and the simple elegance of the stemware. I knew that the stemware and flatware would also go well with some antique china waiting in my parents' basement for me to get more settled.

How many place settings?
While I only purchased four place settings, knowing that I would ultimately acquire more, for a couple eight place settings should be the minimum, with twelve preferred. Anticipate that you may not always live in a tiny city apartment, that you may someday entertain large numbers of family and friends, and that you will probably lose a few pieces to breakage over the years which may prove difficult to replace.

Don't forget the handmade!
Next came the challenge of marrying my love of the handmade with my beautiful but mass-produced goods. Working within the color palette of my china - easy thanks to the wide range of colors in its design - I began to acquire handmade serving pieces and drinking vessels which I use interchangeably based on my mood. When feeling sweet I might use Jen Mecca's tea bowl for an infusion. For my espresso, I choose Rebecca Lesnick's panty mug if feeling coy or Tom Spleth's profanity cup if I wake up on the wrong side of the bed. And I love Michael Holland's candy-colored, hand-blown glasses with retro underwear models for all-day hydration. I store my fruit in the large bowl Kelly O'Briant made using my china as inspiration.

Knowing most of these artists made acquiring these handmade goods easy for me. If you are interested in incorporating handmade into your registry, I offer you a couple of suggestions. The first is to pick a very minimalist china pattern – white or a solid color – and accentuate with handmade bowls, serving pieces, salad plates, mugs and/or glasses.
The second is to form a relationship with a local potter whose work you admire. If you find someone who creates a design you like, you may approach them about producing a set all at once to have available for your wedding guests to purchase with the understanding that you will buy any unpurchased items after the wedding. You might also work with the artist to have a set custom designed for you.

May Luk
NewNew team ceramist May Luk, who creates a number of whimsical designs perfect for the contemporary bride, will customize platters and vases to include a couple's names and wedding dates. She also varies her Brooklyn chinoiserie dishes to feature special places – like the location of a first date or kiss – upon request.

Start Planning Now
With all the decisions going into a wedding, it is easy to put off making a gift registry until the last minute. I encourage you instead to plan early so you have time to research and choose pieces that fit your taste and lifestyle. Creating a registry removes the anxiety from gift giving and allows every couple the chance to select objects to cherish through a lifetime of use (what better way to be green than picking patterns that you will use for decades and then pass along?). Look for on-line registry options which will allow you to cull your favorite items from stores across the web – including Etsy – such as

Happy searching and gifting!