fun with hot glass

We had an amazing time with Kim Fraczek last Saturday. She brought her whole glassblowing setup and made custom pieces for folks who stopped by.

glassblower Kim Fraczek

glassblower Kim Fraczek

The first was a pair of glass bulb pendants with tiny stone fossils trapped inside.

fossils - before

fossils - before

finished fossil necklaces

finished fossil necklaces

Another was a piece for this little girl, a small Swiss coin trapped in a glass bubble. Perhaps the coin was a gift from the Tooth Fairy! Here’s a video of Kim working on it.

A little girl shows off her new trapped coin necklace

A little girl shows off her new trapped coin necklace

She also made a ring for Phil in purple and green to match his bowling ball.

Phil and his new ring

Phil and his new ring

glass ring by Kim Fraczek

glass ring by Kim Fraczek

The weather was not great at first but it cleared up, becoming a lovely day for a craft show.

Kelly Werkheiser and her jewelry

Kelly Werkheiser and her jewelry

Salihah Moore and her Lion of the Sea booth

Salihah Moore and her Lion of the Sea booth

And Jonathan’s jazz guitar set was low-key and lovely.

Jonathan York

Jonathan York

Our next Second Saturday event will be November 14. It will be hard to top this one, but it will be our Second AnniVIXary party that day. The craft show will be on too, moving indoors to Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore. (Email satellite2ndsaturday@gmail.com if you are interested in vending.) Hope to see you there!

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happy “I”!

birthday cakeVIX is now 1 year old! We had a great party on Saturday too, thanks so much to everyone who came out! It was great to see everyone, friends and neighbors who came out to wish us well. Dozens of folks showed up — we lost count after a while!

Shakey and Sean rocked out

Shakey and Sean rocked out

friends Julie and Mark (Mark won a door prize!)

friends Julie and Mark

Shoppers explored all our handcrafted goodies, like jewelry made of bicycle parts by Spokespeople. Mark won one of our door prizes!

the radiant Taryn Hipp, aka mymy (wearing glasses)

the radiant Taryn Hipp, aka mymy (wearing glasses)

Taryn, who makes our awesome and sassy 1″ buttons, came out from Willow Grove for the occasion. She won a door prize too!

the slightly blurry Emily, 7 months pregnant

the slightly blurry Emily, 7 months pregnant

What a great kickoff to the holiday season. We have a lot to be thankful for this year. Happy Thanksgiving!

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happy october!

The leaves are starting to turn, our thoughts are turning to Halloween costume ideas, and a chill is in the air… Time to put on something warm! VIX has some new handmade cool-weather wear, like ponchos and wraps by Lisa Bowe, and these fingerless gloves by Johanna Marshall. Note to all knitters, crocheters, felters and fiber workers of all kinds: there’s room for plenty more!

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images of “images”

We had a great time last weekend! Lots of folks stopped by to check out Mike’s stained glass work. Unfortunately, I neglected to get a photo of the artist himself! But here’s some of his best work: baby Ellie, a collaborative project with wife Wilder.

Wilder and Ellie

Wilder and Ellie

This piece sold quickly, a dramatic stained glass wall hanging.

"Ariel"

"Ariel"

The jewelry was a big hit too, earrings and pendants with and without vintage images.

earrings by Mike Scott-Straight

earrings by Mike Scott-Straight

The fiddle player canceled at the last minute, but our friend Bill Hangley came by and played some of his songs instead. He was tremendous! Thanks, Bill!

smiling partygoers

smiling partygoers

Our next event will feature painter Julie Abrams — stay tuned!

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photos of “handwrought”

Thanks to everyone who came out to our event on Saturday. We had a great time. Keith sold several of his amazing pieces, including my favorite, a fabulous brass pair of earrings.We see him here proudly showing his newest work, including the hat he’s wearing, made of fabric from a salvaged pair of pants. (I don’t think he’s in the hat business just yet, though.)

People of all ages (and a cat) lingered to listen to Birdie Busch’s lovely music until long into the evening.

This curious little fellow sneaked in to listen to the music, I guess. He’s very cute. I hope he found his way home safely.

It’s been too long since we had an event here at VIX. I forgot how much fun they can be! Our next one is planned for Saturday, September 13, featuring our good friend and brand-new dad, stained glass artist Mike Straight. Music TBA. Hope to see you then!

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“handwrought”

\"handwrought\"

Please join us for our next in-store event, when two very talented artists will be featured.

Keith King’s bold jewelry designs have made quite an impact at VIX — we’ve really never seen anything like them. He sculpts wire and sheet metal into dramatic and unusual jewelry, primarily earrings, but lately he’s been branching out into bracelets and other wearable art. Meet the artist and see some of his newest one-of-a-kind creations in silver, copper and brass.

Also joining us will be songstress Birdie Busch with a solo performance of some of her original compositions. Her music is whimsical and upbeat, with clever and inventive lyrics. She is truly a refreshing voice in the local singer-songwriter scene. A West Philly resident, she has two albums under her belt, “The Ways We Try” and “Penny Arcade”, both of which are available at VIX.

We’re honored to have both of these artists join us and we hope you will, too. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, July 19, 6-9 pm.

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victorian charm

One of the great things about this neighborhood is the amazing architecture. It’s so nice to take leisurely walks in the evening and check out all the grand, gracious houses, ornamented in high Victorian style. That’s what inspired our new “West Philly” design.

If you live around here, chances are good that you have one of these on your house, or maybe on your fireplace. Wreaths, bows, flowers, shells, fleurs-de-lis and other fancy doo-dads abound, from a time when more was more when it came to decoration.

These are genuine West Philly exterior details, from 47th street and 49th street. Maybe you’ll spot one on your next excursion around the neighborhood, perhaps on your way to VIX to check out our new t shirts. We did these in a variety of colors, on sustainable organic cotton.

We’re working on more designs incorporating local artifacts, so stay tuned…

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friday night jazz

Tonight was the first of the Friday Night Jazz series in Cedar Park, a summer tradition here at 50th & Baltimore. Denise King is the host and this week’s star performer.

Tonight’s show is the first of six consecutive Friday night performances in Cedar Park, at the intersection of 50th and Baltimore (right across from VIX)! Bring a lawn chair or your dancing shoes and come on out!

There are still five more fabulous jazz-filled Friday nights to enjoy. And it’s FREE!! More information on the performers is available here.

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fab pics

Thanks to everyone who came out for the show! We had a great time.

Lauren and Nicole talk up their wares

with clocks & jewelry by Lauren

Andrew keeps the tables turning

Nice boots!

Nice shoes! Drive safely…

Stay tuned for our next little shindig…

fabtacular trunk show

Salesmen used to travel far and wide, peddling exotic goods out of their immense trunks, hence the name. Our next event will feature three artists of divergent styles, traversing the city to show us some wares, play music and have a little wine and cheese.

Nicole Rae Styer has an unmistakable way of embellishing the living daylights out of something. She layers tons of different fabrics together with decorative stitching techniques to create her playful designs. VIX has a collection of her handbags, neckties and panties (above, in suitcase on right) as well as some clothing and accessories.

Lauren Marsella (first in our sporadic series of VIX Picks on this blog) is a Philly artist currently specializing in hand-colored shrink plastic renditions of cultural icons. She makes jewelry out of them. 

Music of the electronic variety will be provided by Artless Living. They will bring their laptops and possibly various other gadgets with knobs and things. They probably won’t need a trunk for all of them, though. It’s all digital these days.

Join us, won’t you? You’ll have a fabtacular time. 😉

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