Saturday, December 1, 2012

Monkey's and Dogs Living in Harmony

Every wonder what would happened if a monkey and a dog got together? Well they got craft and created originally designed printed pieces with a emphasis on notebooks.

Monkey Dog Studio's  fiber work is created with fabric that is reclaimed, vintage, remnant, leftover, or otherwise destined to be discarded. All ceramics pieces are handmade by top dog Janet, and due to the nature of the materials used, are one-of-a-kind.

Monkey Dog Studio's special focus is on Dangerous Animals but don't be afraid to visit her table at Merry Mart, because Janet has a way with animals!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Wonderful presents no matter how you Spinnit!

Like to knit or crochet? Well make sure to visit Nancy from Spinnit at Merry Mart the first Sunday in December. Nancy creates luscious dyed fiber and handspun yarn for those DIY crafters out there.

Knitting not for you? Spinnit has you covered because she also knits and weaves her lovely yarn into hats and scarves, the perfect gift to keep your loved ones warm this holiday season.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tigerlilly, a Natural Choice for Great Presents

Naturally beautiful jewelry and accessories from Tigerlilly make great gifts for one and all! Come visit Allison and Brett from Tigerlilly at the 2012 Merry Mart. They create jewelry and men’s accessories from their studio in right around the corner from the Creative Alliance. They are inspired by the place where the city, history, and nature meet.

Tigerlilly's preserved botanical jewelry items are created directly from locally collected organic specimen, pressing them into metal. Using the electroforming process, nature specimen such as acorns and twigs are encased in copper. Brett’s new line of belt buckles, tie clips, and cufflinks are made using various metal fabricating and casting techniques. They also make a line of button earrings, bracelets, and hair accessories reusing Japanese Kimono textiles.

Pucker up for Spaghetti Kiss

Kiss dull t-shirts goodbye! Visit Spaghetti Kiss and buy some rocking apparel that has been illustrated and screen printed by Baltimore's own Michael Bracco of Spaghetti Kiss

Michael also writes and illustrates award winning graphic novels. His series and is uber cool clothing will be available Sunday, December 2nd at this year's Merry Mart.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wearable Graffiti from Susan Brandt

Need a little street cred? Well Susan Brandt is the person you want to visit at this year's Merry Mart.  Susan creates street art you can wear. She uses graffiti on silk scarves that can help tag your unique personality.

Don't be fooled by the graffiti,  her scarves coordinate well with a wide range of clothing and personal styles from t-shirt casual to business class, so come visit  Susan Brandt Sunday, December 2nd from 11am to 5pm at the Creative Alliance.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Get Something YUMMY!

Visit Jennifer from Yummy & Company at Merry Mart and shop her selection of hand made jewelry. Yummy & Company creates one of a kind and limited edition pieces of jewelry from either recycled copper, clay, and silver! Her designs designs are inspired by nature, texture, and architecture. She loves being able to create little pieces of art that anyone can afford and enjoy and she would love meeting you Sunday, December 2nd at Merry Mart!

Buy your favorite person something YUMMY this holiday season.

That's a Damn Good Doormat!

ART YOU CAN WIPE YOUR FEET ON! From geek to chic…Damn Good Doormats make a damn good holiday present.

Damn Good Doormats is an idependent, artist run business! Spoon is a longtime Baltimorean, painter & performer and would love a visit from you at this year's Merry Mart. Damn Good Doormats has a doormat for every person in you life, from the beer drinking chip eating Baltimorean to the wanna be Jedi Knights. You can't go wrong with these welcoming gifts!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Fun Hats from Anime Hatmania

If you love anime and have a head then Anime Hatmania is the shop for you! Cynthia from Anime Hatmania designs and sews animated fun hats for adults and kids.  Not only can you embellish your head with Pokemon and animal inspired hats, you can adorn your rear end with a sassy tail!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Leah Staley, Jewelry with an Edge

Like your jewelry to have a little edge? Than Leah Staley jewelry is for you. Leah Staley designs and creates clean, simple, industrial inspired hand fabricated jewelry in sterling silver for both women and men with accents in copper, brass, and bronze.

Wonderful Woodturned Gifts from Mark Supik

Do you love the natural beauty of wood? Well visit Merry Mart Sunday, December 2nd and visit Mark Supik and purchase some hand made woodturned gift items including bowls, plates, wine stoppers, fiber arts tools for knitters and spinners, fly swatters, custom beer tap handles for homebrewers, wooden cooking & serving utensils, vases, candlesticks and wooden mushrooms. 

Mark Supik's creations are eco-friendly because all the wood used is from local fallen trees or repurposed wood from our architectural millwork business in Highlandtown!

You'll Holler & Whistle About this Vendor!

Holler & Whistle is a husband and wife team that creates intricate cut paper Greeting Cards, ornaments, original screen printed t-shirts and more! Come visit Zach & Erin from Holler & Whistle for a very special holiday greeting that everyone will be sure to remember getting in the mail. 

So when you get to Merry Mart on Sunday, December 2nd don't forget to Holler & Whistle when you see their great items!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Have Art Will Travel--Sogh

Much like the traveling gnome, Shawn Theron's paintings have travelled the world! From Bermuda to the South Pole his paintings have gone around the globe...but no need to travel to Santa's workshop in the North Pole this winter to get your own Sogh painting, just come to the Creative Alliance's Merry Mart the first Sunday in December!

I wasn't lying, here are his paintings at the South Pole!
Shawn's paintings are super cool abstract paintings of all shapes and sizes on scrap lumber, house parts or anything else made of wood he can find!

Friday, November 23, 2012

You'll Be Glad You Found Her!

Kacey from Found Studio uses the two things that she loves: Repurposing FOUND materials and painting to create her one of a kind eclectic paintings and prints.

She incorporates scrap vintage and new fabric along with book pages into her work. Found Studio uses the highest quality, archival and non-toxic acrylic paints and gel mediums she can get my hands on. Every layer has a coat of gel medium that seals the collage-work in a permanent way, making them durable and water/fade resistant.

Come see Kacey and her finds at Merry Mart on Sunday, December 2nd!

Sea Grape Bath & Body

Maria from Sea Grape Bath & Body makes her products all natural…dye, artificial fragrance and preservative free! But the one thing that she does include is bath and body goodness! Her goodness includes aromatherapy citrus bars, yummy selling chocolate and vanilla swirl soap, spiced peppermint and mocha bars and much more!

So follow your nose on December 2nd to Sea Grape Bath & Body at the Creative Alliance's Merry Mart!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Art Jewelry from Doxallo Designs

Janice from Doxallo Designs makes lovely handcrafted art jewelry using sterling silver, gold, gemstones, enamel and more. Want a piece that is a show stopper? Well stop by and see Janice from Doxallo Designs at Merry Mart on December 2nd and pick up some of her jewelry that showcases an artistic flair.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cozy and Stylish Scarves from Pidge Pidge

Hey Baby, it's cold outside…so what you need is a comfy non-wool scarf with a unique woven cuff- the softness of jersey fabric with a special punch of funky woven stripes. Don't you want to be warm, stylish and comfy this winter? Come visit Vanessa from Pidge Pidge. She has united her sewing machine and weaving loom to make these cozy scarves that you will be able to purchase on December 2nd at Merry Mart.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Alluring Robot Helps out Santa's Elves this Christmas

Karen and her Robot Army have been working hard to help Santa and his elves this season making lots of presents for the good little girls and boys! Karen's shop, Alluring Robot features upcycled...recycled...often discarded items in her jewelry that she re-imagines into wearable art. Karen's Alluring Robots are friendly and would love a visit from you at this year's Merry Mart.

Monday, November 19, 2012


Christina McCleary from Brickbourne makes pottery, sculptures, and jewelry. Her pottery includes mugs, cups, bowls, and plates in a wide range of colors and surface treatments.

All Brickbourne pottery is reduction-fired stoneware that is food, microwave, and dishwasher safe. Her ceramic sculptures are abstracted figures that are fired with Reduction, Raku, and Saggars processes. Brickbourne's jewelry incorporates glass beads and ceramic pendants in necklaces and earrings. Come visit Christina and buy on of a kind, unique hand crafted gifts Sunday, December 2nd at Merry Mart.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Natural Beauty from Becca & Mars

Becca & Mars uses 100% natural ingredients; no chemicals, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens or fragrance oils. Their products are hand-crafted in small batches; therefore, they deliver the freshest quality products.

Becca & Mars products not only smell good, but have a relaxing and nurturing quality. Erica from Becca & Mars has a love of using aromatherapy. Her passion for citrus and herbal scents marry beautifully to create natural bath and body products that smell great, feel great and don’t cost an arm and a leg! Plus, who doesn't love getting relaxing bath and beauty products in their stocking!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Laurie Flannery Jewelry

Artist and Jewelry Designer Laurie Flannery delights in adornment of the body, using metal as her primary material. 

Inspired by the interplay of shapes, space and proportion, and often directed by the material itself, each piece is handcrafted in her Baltimore studio. A variety of fabrication techniques are used, as well as a variety of materials. Primarily constructed from silver, copper and bronze, additional materials may include steel, string, rubber, pearls or shells.

Mothermade Knows the Best Presents!

Shop Mother Made for presents and help a local non-profit! Mother Made Baltimore is a social enterprise in which low-income women make and sell custom designed, environmentally friendly products as a means to empowerment.

The mission of Mother Made is to promote the independence of low-income women by providing experience with entrepreneurship in an emotionally supportive environment. They make hand-dyed napkins, scarves, and home decor, as well and re-usable produce bags and tote bags. All of the products are made in Baltimore by a group of women who operate the business cooperatively while developing new skills and leadership. Come by Merry Mart, December the 2nd and help support local organizations and crafters like Mother Made!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Colorful Creations from Gayla Lee

Color is in this year and what better way to wear it than to buy a colorful and unique piece of glass jewelry from Gayla Lee at Merry Mart this year.

Gayla Lee's jewelry is not only colorful but it has a focus on patterns and geometry. Gayla hand makes her bright jewelry using glassblowing, kiln-forming and cold-working techniques.