Vendor Feature: Cynla, KnitSquid Fiber Arts, Pterodactyl Pottery, and Fleurs Jolies

These vendors know that “what’s old is new again,” that traditional processes and simpler times have a place in our speed-of-light world, and that…well, dinosaurs are cool! Meet a stationer whose cards remind us to slow down, a fiber artist creating critters using some of the world’s oldest crafting techniques, a jewelry maker with an appreciation for history and its remnants, and a potter of vessels with timeless appeal (and a kick-butt name!).


Cynla, Newburgh, NY

Cindy’s noble mission is to inspire her customers and the recipients of her hand-illustrated greeting cards to keep in touch, celebrate ALL the special moments in life (big and small), and to stress less! Her casual invites are the perfect way to prompt a brunch date, suggest going out for cheeseburgers, schedule a stitch and bitch, or even get together to brag about your pets!  She’s also expanded her offering of get well, sympathy, new baby, and birthday cards, added new holiday cards, and created new paper products like gift tags, enclosure cards, and a calendar! We’re so glad to have Cindy of Cynla returning for her third Hullabaloo…Her detailed, whimsical, playful cards just make us happy (and, actually, a little less stressed!)!


KnitSquid Fiber Arts, Pittsfield, MA

Stop whatever you’re doing and take a look at this magnificent dragon Eliza from KnitSquid Fiber Arts made! Since last year, Eliza has added some new hand-knit animals to her herd and she’s also experimenting with needle felting to add unique features to her critters (take a closer look at that dragon).  Whether you’re looking to take home a pink elephant, a wooly mammoth, a big-earred fox, a purple octopuses, a lazy sloth, a long-necked giraffe, or something even more exotic (like the dragon), Eliza’s creatures have character and craftsmanship that will ensure you’ve got a friend for life! She’s also launching a new line of small cat toys, inspired by her cat, Clyde!  We’re so happy to have Eliza and her critters back for their second Hullabaloo—say hello, but be prepared to never say goodbye, because we KNOW you’ll be bringing a KnitSquid critter home for the holidays! 


Fleurs Jolies, Olivebridge, NY

Maya’s unique earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, pins, and bobby pins use elements of bygone eras—(think buttons from the 40s, hand-dyed acetate pieces from the 50s, vintage brass stampings, antique beads, old license plates and more) as well as modern elements (like Swarovski crystals, African beads, semi-precious stones, and metal chain and findings) to create a collision between modern and classic styles.  Maya takes her inspiration from the colors of nature, and from the periods of history in which her materials were created—but she celebrates her luck that she gets to wear pretty clothes, make her elegant jewelry, AND vote! This is Maya’s first Hullabaloo and we’re glad we voted HER in, so that she can offer you her handmade jewelry with its classic beauty and modern attitude!


Pterodactyl Pottery, Manchester, CT

George Hakkila is an award-winning ceramic sculptor who decided to work on some ideas he had for pottery, and started Pterodactyl Pottery as a way of pushing himself further. As he says “So far, so good,” and we agree wholeheartedly! The name implies a certain primitive and ancient aesthetic—and we would say that’s accurate…if by “primitive” you mean simple, earthy elegance and by “ancient” you mean timeless and traditional. George’s pots, plates, jugs, bowls, vases, and jars are beautiful and expertly constructed, and the way he uses texture and glazes would blow the mind of any caveman. We love his masculine-yet-sophisticated lidded jars to keep desks neat (perfect gifts for messy guys), the saki-sized cups, and the gorgeous oversized salt-fired serving plates. Check them out and say hello to George at his first Hullabaloo!

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Meet the Makers! Rebecca Peacock, Cynla, Captain Blankenship, Hudson Naturals and Little Llama Shop!

Rebecca Peacock Jewelry – Rebecca uses 14- and 18- karat gold, diamonds, and semi-precious gemstones to create rings, earrings and necklaces that are “intentionally simple and casually luxurious.”  Supporting ethical, sustainable, and fair work practices, AND using reclaimed materials, Rebecca’s geometrically-inspired designs combine an understated elegance with social-consciousness for luxury you can feel good about!  Rebecca lives and works near Kingston and is a returning Hullabaloo vendor.

Cynla  Cindy’s cards, notepads, and prints inspire us to slow down, keep in touch, and invite an old friend out for brunch, already! Her products feature her hand-drawn illustrations, watercolors, and digitally-colored artwork. Full of whimsy, detail, and playfulness, Cindy’s cards just make us happy. She’s a returning vendor at Hullabaloo and hails from Beacon, NY. Check out her holiday greetings and stock up on casual invites too—when things calm down in January, you’re going to want to start scheduling those cheeseburger/ice cream/tea dates!

Captain Blankenship – Using only organic, wild-crafted, or natural ingredients, Jana Blankenship crafts her refreshingly natural products for hair, body, skin, and lips, inspired by the smells of the natural world. Her unique scents will make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated just reading their descriptions: “White flowers change their hue with strokes of sweet orange, grapefruit, and bergamot” is just one example. Now, don’t you feel fresh as a daisy already? Based in New Paltz, Jana’s products have been featured in Marie Claire, Business Week, and People Style Watch on the web. You can find her products in several local boutiques, as well as Urban Outfitters, Birchbox, and other cool places! Perfect gift idea: Kick any beach babe’s winter blues with a bottle of Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray in her stocking!

Hudson Naturals Hudson Naturals offers unrefined, cold-processed culinary avocado oil and the beauty products like soaps, body butters, lip balm, scrubs, and shaving soap they make from the unused oil.  As the world’s healthiest oil, avocado oil is good for you inside and out, and we love that Christina found a way to reduce the waste from one product to create something else incredibly nourishing!  Whether you’re shopping for the culinarian on your list, or for someone who needs some pampering, you can find the perfect gift from this Gardiner-based maker!

Little Llama Shop Kate’s custom applique baby onsies feature holiday themes like gingerbread men, reindeer, and dreidels, as well as everyday animals and other baby’s-favorite-things!  She also makes tooth fairy pillows and booties too. Originally from South Africa, Kate lives and works in Westchester and is joining us for her first Hullabaloo! Need a “new baby” gift? How about the “Hi, I’m new here!” onsie?