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OH LITTLE FOXES

The Handmade Pop Up

Hi all you lovely foxes! It's that time again, and The Handmade Pop Up is in full swing again starting today thru May 15th. If you didn't get a chance to check out the first ever launch last Fall, then I highly encourage you to check it out today! The concept originated from the amazing women behind Craft Your Life Collective (CYL) and Maker's Movement; with a desire to expand beyond their already exceptional maker oriented communities, they've worked hard to bring an online pop up shop to the masses with highly curated and extremely talented artists and small businesses. This way, you can experience a wide variety of art and handmade lovelies from across the globe. 

The coolest part as a maker is the chance to get to know some truly amazing people that I otherwise probably wouldn't ever "meet!" There's only so many markets a small business like myself can fit on a calendar, with limitations around travel, timing, etc. This opportunity allows me to expand my own little community from the comfort of our base of Austin, Texas. 

 

I've highlighted a few of my favorite things that are currently for sale on the website; I went through each and every category this morning and let me just say, there are some fabulous items out there now. I truly wish I could buy it all, but there are some definite "must haves" that I'm not going to be able to do without...I'm looking at you ceramic space cats. Plus, it's right in time for Mother's Day, so you can build a legit handmade gift basket for mom if you're feeling like going above and beyond, because you know she's worth it. Have fun shopping my friends! 

XOXO

Rachel Marie

 

FEATURED MAKERS (from top left to right)
Top Row:          Macramania | Lovely | Garner Blue
Middle Row:     Avessa | Amy Bramante | Meg Does Pottery
Bottom Row:    Megan Blanco Creative | Mweya | Chloe Derderian-Gilbert

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SWIFT : Spring / Summer 2017 Collection

SWIFT : Spring / Summer 2017 Collection

With the launch of the SS17 collection I wanted to take a moment to speak about the inspiration behind the newest addition, SWIFT. 

The primary inspiration behind this collection is the Vulpes Velox, commonly known as the Swift Fox. This little gal is near and dear to my heart, as she is indigenous to the geographical area in which I was raised. While shy and small, this fox is a fighter who has survived and rebounded from being a endangered species, battling predators who are twice her size, and fiercely maintaining her territories at all times. She roams from the great plains of Canada, all the way down to Texas, occupying a vast swatch of the North American landscape. 

Naming the collection after this fine fox also gives me a chance to revisit my upbringing. While I currently reside in Austin, Texas, known for the surrounding beautiful hill country, bountiful outdoor activities, live music, and tacos, there's still a part of my heart nestled into the panhandle of West Texas where I've spent the majority of my short life. There's an understated beauty to the vast plains and grasslands; the experience of being surrounded by boundless borders and skies that stretch from horizon to horizon is a tremendous feeling.

Between sunrises, sunsets, and the twinkling night skies, it's a magical land filled with centuries upon centuries of history. My small town community, while it doesn't necessarily define me, certainly helped shape who I am, and helps me appreciate the simplicity in life. The juxtaposition to the hustle and bustle of city life is welcoming, and it's always a relaxing experience when I have the opportunity to return to my roots. 

SWIFT embraces the attributes of the great plains of the Texas Panhandle, from the geography, flora, fauna, to the mineral makeup of another sliver, yet unique topography and climate of greater North America.

So here's to the Swift fox, the greater Southwest region, and the attitude is encompasses. 

PHOTOGRAPHY CREDIT (from top to bottom)

Michael Forsberg / National Geographic
Gold Lion Style
Michael Forsberg / National Geographic
Texas State Parks / Palo Duro Canyon
Brandi Korte / Thousand Wonders
Michael Forsberg / National Geographic
Sarah Richter / Houstonia Magazine

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The Handmade Pop-Up Starts Today

Good morning y'all! I wanted to take some time this morning while I sip my oh so delicious pecan coffee to tell you about a super exciting upcoming event for OH LITTLE FOXES! As the holidays are soon approaching, all of us makers are doubling down on our events, inventory, and time management, because it's easy to loose your free time along the way. That being said, I wanted to share with you a wonderful event that starts today! Introducing, for the first year, The Handemade Pop-Up, an online shopping experience of well curated and artisan made products. 

 

The shop kicks off today at 10:00 CST / 11:00 EST, and goes through Sunday, November 6th at 5:00 CST / 6:00 EST. To give you a little more insight, this is a passion project and side hustle of the amazing women behind CYLCommunity and Makers Movement, Grace and Sam. As I mentioned, this is the first year, so we're all very excited to be a part of this and help contribute to making this a yearly event. We'd love your support in checking it out! 

The Handmade Pop Up Vendors

I compiled a tittle taste of some of the amazing vendors that are participating, and I feel so overwhelmed and joyous that I was selected to be a part of this amazing community! How beautiful are these items, all handmade! There's so much talent, and this little compilation is only scratching the surface.

Vixen Chandelier Earrings - Boho Chic Jewelry

I will also, of course, have a limited selection on the shop as well, including my very favorite VIXEN chandelier earrings! They make a lovely gift for any occasion, and the holidays are no exception. 

So, with that being said, go check it out! There's plenty of beautiful, well thought out products; and even if you aren't shopping for the holidays, you may discover a new artist you love, and can now add them onto your holiday wish list. Happy shopping friends!

 

FEATURED MAKERS (from top left to right)

Top Row:          Lindsey Brockhouse | A Sensible Habit | Grandiflora Textiles 
Middle Row:     Woodstorming | Kelsie Grazier | Siamese Social Club 
Bottom Row:    Little Paper Flowers | WKNDLA | May We Fly

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Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Spritz

Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Spritz

Hello Spring! What better way to usher in this gorgeous weather than with a strawberry lemonade cocktail? Sometimes, there’s nothing like a fresh squeezed lemonade to quench your thirst on a beautiful spring day, or even better, a hot summer day. I had some fresh strawberries on hand, so I threw those in there...

 

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New Adventures in Handcrafted Jewelry

New Adventures in Handcrafted Jewelry

I am so excited to sit down and write this post to you today! Today’s topic? Jewelry! The last month or so has been a total whirlwind of late nights and minimal free time. I’ve been hustling what feels like non-stop, working on creating a collection of handcrafted jewelry to display at my very first show...

 

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Spicy Siracha Bloody Mary

Spicy Siracha Bloody Mary

Springtime and cool, sunny mornings. Why not enjoy it with spicy bloody mary cocktail; who knows, if it’s still pretty chilly in your neck of the woods, it may just warm you up. One of my newest addition to my bar tool collection, this lovely hammered copper jigger. 

 

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Boozy Raspberry Molten Lava Cake

Boozy Raspberry Molten Lava Cake

Anyone else in the mood for something chocolate, something raspberry, and something boozy? If so, you’re in luck because today’s sweet recipe contains all three of those qualities. Time to whip up a Boozy Raspberry Molten Lava Cake. 

 

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DIY Faux Concrete Planters

DIY Faux Concrete Planters

Woah, hold on…is it Spring already?! I’ve been waiting for this moment for what felt like ages! Not that I’m not a fan of Winter, but in my honest opinion, it’s not Winter if there’s not snow, cold weather, and fires. This Winter in Austin was very mild, so it was a bit hard to...

 

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Silverthorne | Breckenridge | Keystone

Silverthorne | Breckenridge | Keystone

Hell yes, vacation time. It’s been 6 long years since I’ve been to the mountains during winter; I was itching to get out there and experience snow and chilly weather! It’s been so unseasonably warm in Austin; I’m not sure we ever even experienced a freeze, as all my plants are alive and well.

 

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Fresh Flowers: Lavish Lavender

Fresh Flowers: Lavish Lavender

I’ve really been digging purple flowers lately, what can I say?  Especially shades is lilac, lavender, and grape. I think deep down I’m just ready for Spring, arguably one of my favorite seasons up there with Autumn. Spring or no spring, I was inspired by these lovely purple flowers I stumbled upon at the flower market. 

 

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