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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Vendor Feature: Fruition Chocolate, beaconknits, Cindy Hoose Studio, The Ardent Forager…

One of the coolest parts of Hullabaloo is meeting so many cool local people who do so many cool things! You remember our old pals, returning Hullabalooers Fruition Chocolate and beaconknits, don’t you?...And, allow us to introduce you to two new friends, Cindy Hoose Studio and The Ardent Forager! 

Fruition Chocolate, Kingston/Woodstock, NY

Bryan and Dahlia Graham keep racking up the awards for their incredible, handcrafted, “bean to bar” chocolate; most recently, they took home three awards from the Northwest Chocolate Festival. And that’s just one reason this has been a big year for them: they also recently opened a retail location in the heart of Woodstock, where they sell the chocolate bars, chocolate coated nuts and dried fruits, brown butterbourbon caramels (*swoon*), dark chocolate coated jalapeno dusted corn nuts, and other treats made in their Shokan workshop. It’s a labor-intensive process, but the end result is totally worth it. Bryan begins by slowlyroasting and stone-grinding hand-selected organic, fair trade cocoa beans to create an end product that’s not only some of the best chocolate you’ve ever tasted, but also incredibly gorgeous to look at. This winning combination makes their chocolates some of the best edible stocking stuffers imaginable, and terrific gifts for co-workers, hostesses, friends, and anyone with a sweet tooth! We’re so excited that Fruition will be returning to Hullabaloo for their third year! 


beaconknits, Beacon, NY

Beacon Knits is back again for Hullabaloo 2015, bringing her hand-knit, one-of-a-kind wool hats and headbands. Because each hat is unique, she’ll have completely new inventory since last year, but they’re just as cool and cozy! Laura believes that each hat is a response to the material chosen—that the colors and fibers she selects suggest a stitch and shape. She’s inspired by combining different fibers, textures, and colors, stitch-by-stitch, into a functional three-dimensional hat. Her work is beautifully finished, inside and out, and very durable. Laura has a hat for everyone—from the ski bum to the fashionista—so give the gift of warmth this winter! 


Cindy Hoose Studio, Kingston, NY

We’re excited to welcome Cindy Hoose and her one-of-a-kind stuffed creatures to Hullabaloo! (And we know that once you meet these critters, you’re going to want to welcome them into your home!) Cindy is inspired by vintage children’s books and forlorn expressions, and her stuffed animals and dolls have those “take me with you, won’t you?” faces you just won’t be able to resist. She’s also experimenting with some other mediums (like sewn artwork using encaustics and small creature sculptures using found materials and paper clay) and working on some other hand-sewn gifts.  Got a kid on your holiday shopping list (or maybe just a kid at heart)? Stop at Cindy’s table and pick out their new best buddy!


The Ardent Forager, Woodstock NY

Jennifer, AKA The Ardent Forager, thoughtfully curates a collection of props, Americana, heritage brands, and other vintage treasures. Whether you’re looking for a pile of vintage luggage for stylish storage in your Brooklyn studio or old-school wooden arrows to hang above the mantel at your Catskills getaway, Jennifer’s motto is “Yeah, I can find that!” Fruit crates with vivid vintage labels still intact? Check! A “kelliest of greens” Lacoste sweater perfectly preserved from the 80s? Yup! A hauntingly beautiful instant collection of black and white photos? She’s got it! You never know what you’ll find at The Ardent Forager’s table and that’s the way we like it…You’re sure to find something you didn’t know you couldn’t live without (cast iron buffalo bank), or the perfect nostalgic gift (1987 Whitesnake tour t-shirt)! So stop by and welcome The Ardent Forager to her first Hullabaloo!