5 vendors to see at the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade

With 25 new vendors to the Handmade Cavalcade fairs here are some newbies to check out:1. Claudia Pearson - a graphic designer focusing on illustration and working in various mediums, from custom portraits, limited edition prints, silkscreen tea towels, bags cards and apparently everything else she can get her hands on to express her creative talent!

2. McFlashPants - is a collection of jewelry and small housewares made almost entirely from reused, renewed, repurposed, recycled, and reinvigorated materials - gotta love that - and who would have thought a fork would make such a fetching necklace!
3. Can't Afford 'em Crafts - with a focus on recycled, eco-friendly, and handmade, Can't Afford 'em Crafts - uses comics books and even old atari cartridges to make wall and desk clocks as well as journals from upcycled children's books.4. Little Bunny - creating unique greeting cards and prints from her fine line illustrations of everything from this well rendered shark to a mythical Grimpoteuthis that's right, i said Grimpoteuthis . You'll have to see one for yourself.
5. Luis Fernando Jewelry - Luis Quintero uses the fine craft of filigree to create wearable art with gemstones and delicate wire work. Each piece combines traditional techniques, high-quality craftsmanship and a timeless elegance.

Come check out some of these new artists and many many more at rhe 2nd Annual Holiday Handmade Cavalcade this Saturday, Dec 5, from 11 to 8pm at 201 Mulberry Street

Get your shopping totes ready for the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade!

After bursting onto the scene last year with the inaugural event, the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade is back with even more handmade shopping for all. This year, we've moved out of the Knitting Factory and into Openhouse Gallery, a gorgeous, modern space in NoLita that will highlight our most talented local makers and their lovely wares.

Due to your suggestions, we've also extended our shopping hours this year. We will be open from 11am until 8pm, letting you shop early or late during the busy holiday season.

But you'll want to come early if you've RSVPed for a free goody bag because those puppies got snatched up within the first 24 hours of online registration! The limited-edition silk-screened totes, (filled with fun stuff), will be on hold for confirmed registrants until 2pm. After that, it will be released for sale to the public. Next week when all the goodies have been sorted through, we'll let you know some of the stuff that's in it!

So mark your calendars and visit our vendors page to make your shopping list. Remember many of them welcome custom orders, so if you act now, they can have your unique, handmade gifts ready to pick up by the big day!

-Lisa {Pretty Stationery for Beautiful Souls}

Come join us today at the Knitting Factory!

After all the planning and coordinating the day has finally come! Over 30 different multi-talented souls got together and to create this epic event, setting the stage for what will be an ongoing trend towards shopping local and handmade for the holidays. 

We think this is the central focus of why we are doing what we are doing.  Yes, it is a shopping event. But it means so much more. 

By buying handmade, you are countering the direct consequences of mass production, which has a negative effect on our neighborhoods. 

Events like the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade will only help spread the belief that shopping local and handmade is one way to save our community. Supporting local artisans is about helping out neighbors and keeping the city vibrant. 

And organizing this event is no small feat. This group is all about getting involved to develop one another's creative and business potential. Today when you visit us at the Knitting Factory, you'll see the fruits of all that hard work, both on the business side and on the creative side. Each and every single item for sale has been created by the artists themselves. 

So please come join us for our inaugural holiday event. There will be music and martinis, cupcakes and creative gifts for sale. And if you're feeling generous, you may want to donate to the good folks at NOCC, just by getting your gifts wrapped. 

We hope that you will take part in what will be a festive and fun day for all, and we truly look forward to seeing you there!

The goody bags are stuffed and ready to go

Nine Cakes' bite-sized goodies are not to be missed!