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On Lilac Lane Breathes New Life into Aged Wood

Excited to share a recent find from the Lititz Rotary Club Craft show which is one of the largest festivals Creative Capes participates in. There are about 700 artists exhibiting so the crowds are guaranteed to find something that makes their heart sing. The show occurs in early August in downtown Lititz, PA so mark your calendar as a show not to be missed in 2019.

I had the pleasure of meeting the artists of On Lilac Lane, Creg and Carly Drake, and fell in love with their work. Creg is a full time teacher of Biology and a Dad of two little ones but somehow this couple finds the time to create custom signage using a variety of reclaimed wood. They design hand-made, customizable wooden rounds out of 100 year old barn wood, reclaimed wood, and material from a local lumber yard.

On Lilac Lane

A Jigsaw is used to delicately carve each design. Creg and Carly do lots of custom work which is ideal for wedding, housewarming and baby gifts. Their combination of reclaimed wood, craftsmanship with the jigsaw and hand painted lettering creates a beautiful piece of home decor sure to be treasured by all. 

I purchased a large wooden round for my favorite room in the house. The wording spoke volumes to me as I to wear many hats... mom, wife, artist, entrepreneur. I think we found the perfect spot above the window overlooking the backyard.

If you would like to see more of Creg and Carly's work visit their Etsy shop. They are also active on Facebook and IG @On_Lilac_Lane.

Check Creative Capes blog often to see my next "Creativity Uncovered" feature. I have some wonderful things upcoming for the ideal children's gift. - Holly

September 05, 2018 — Holly Hagen

August Photo Contest Winner!

August 29, 2018 — Holly Hagen
Tags: News/PR

Launching a New Blog Series "Creativity Uncovered"

Most weekends I can be found at fine art and craft shows up and down the East Coast surrounded by superhero capes and bringing smiles to little ones faces. In addition to that great joy I have the opportunity to see amazing creations from fellow artists. It occurred to me that the Creative Capes' Community might enjoy seeing my discoveries and learn how to obtain them via the internet.

Every month I'll feature a new artist or two that I discovered in my travels at these art festivals. My goal is to bring attention to the many artists that make beautiful things by hand and to give you some great suggestions in your hunt for the perfect gift or home decor. 

Cabooties

My first featured artist is Kelly Barth who founded Cabooties in 2014 based on the inspiration of her son, Conley Alexander Barth (the CAB in Cabooties). She began sewing booties in her tiny town-home kitchen, trying to overcome her frustrations with socks that wouldn’t stay on and stiff shoes that didn’t fit over her baby’s chubby feet. She finally found a design that Conley loved to wear, and Cabooties were born. Since that time Kelly has fine-tuned the design and improved the materials, but the result is still the same – handmade, vegan baby shoes that never fall off.  Each pair of Cabooties is handmade with love, packaged with care, and ready for adventure!

Cabooties

I myself purchased a pair of Cabooties with a nautical theme for my neighbor who just had a baby boy. Big hit! Visit www.cabooties.com to see more of these cute booties.

Cabooties

As an artist, I am proud to do all my birthday and holiday shopping at art shows and festivals supporting "Handmade in America" and uncovering one-of-a-kind gifts. Hope you enjoy my discoveries as the Cape Mobile travels far and wide transforming kids into their superhero selves one cape at a time. - Holly

August 27, 2018 — Holly Hagen
45th Annual Fall Chester Craft Show

45th Annual Fall Chester Craft Show

Enjoy a day in the town of Chester as it hosts artists for the 45th Annual Fall Chester Craft Show. Consistently ranked one of New Jersey’s top craft shows, it attracts many artists from New Jersey, as well as quality artists from as far away as New Hampshire, Ohio, Florida and Tennessee.  Come experience a wide variety of handmade items including traditional craft, fine art, jewelry, and beautiful handcrafted furnishings for the home.  Crafters will be located in the Municipal Field by the Gazebo and along Perry Street. The show is sponsoring a free raffle at the information booth with the winner receiving a $100 town shopping spree. Please note that this is a rain or shine event and dogs are not permitted. Admission is $5, Children under 12 are free.

45th Annual Fall Chester Craft Show

August 21, 2018 — Holly Hagen
Best. Villain. Ever. 🐻

Best. Villain. Ever. 🐻

Congratulations to our photo contest winner! 

Instagrammer @kidzstew wowed us with these fun photos of her kids saving the world from the big bad bear (dad). Keep up the good work! The world needs you heroes!

Want to be the next hero to win a $50 gift card? We love seeing all of the heroes out there! Keep tagging @CreativeCapes on Instagram and Facebook, or email your photos directly to me at holly@creativecapes.com to be entered into the next contest.

July 31, 2018 — Holly Hagen
Tags: News/PR
Chestertown Tea Party Festival

Chestertown Tea Party Festival

Visitors can also enjoy walking tours of the historic district, demonstrations of colonial crafts, more than 150 craft vendors, children’s activities, local foods, a wine village beside the town dock and a wide array of musical entertainers.
May 21, 2018 — Holly Hagen

Two ways to access our website .com or .net!

You can now find your inner hero at creativecapes.com or creativecapes.net. Securely shop for all of your superhero outfits, find our craft show schedule, and see the latest Creative Capes news on online today.

May 03, 2018 — Holly Hagen
Creativity for a Cure to Combat Cancer

Creativity for a Cure to Combat Cancer

Talented young artist, Lexi, fighting cancer for a second time has motivated my daughter and I to raise urgent funds so she can be included in a life saving clinical trial.

Inspired by Lexi's artistic talents and creative expression, we quickly pulled together a silent auction with the generous help of artists and crafters allowing us to offer an amazing range of works of art to you and your friends. All the funds raised will be donated to Lexi’s mounting medical expenses via her GoFundMe page. Our silent auction is live now on Creativity for a Cure until Thursday at 8pm EST. 

I am asking the Creative Capes' Community to checkout the wonderful items in our auction such as ultimate hero cape set, terry cloth doggy towel and slippers, Santa sacks, custom pet portrait, jewelry, hair bows and dress, items for your fairy gardens, and much more! One...please consider bidding on your favorite item and Two....share our page with your social network today to build awareness and action so we in the Creative Capes' community can assist Lexi's heroic efforts in defeating cancer one more time. 

Read Lexi’s full story here.
Thanks- Holly, Creative Capes

April 17, 2018 — Holly Hagen

What Kids Think: Can you picture saving the day?

In troubled times we need heroes more than ever. Everyone has a hero inside and all we have to do is choose to embrace them. Make the world a better place through our own small actions. Watch as some of our Creative Capes heroes show picture how they can save the day. 

 

March 14, 2018 — Holly Hagen
Tags: Video

Mr. O. on the Ellen Show

I absolutely love this clip from Ellen DeGeneres celebrating an excellent teacher in Baltimore.

"If you fill your classroom with love today, you will fill the world with love tomorrow."

January 15, 2018 — Holly Hagen