NY Now 2018!

NY Now 2018 summer show was amazing!  Saw so many new items and many fair trade companies providing support to countries with struggling economies.

Found many treasures, if any of these catch your eye, or you wonder if they exist in other color ways,  please let Craft Foundry know so that it can be included in a future order. Craft Foundry will be closed until August 31, in order to visit and absorb further inspiration at the Bead Fest and summer vacation!

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Welcome to the online version of Craft Foundry!

Craft Foundry is passionate about providing you with Eco-friendly handcrafted gifts for the body and home.
New for 2017- experiental gifts and craft classes. 
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A Review of several craft classes by Lucretia Coleman:
" I recently attended two of Minna's workshops (Basic Bookbinding and Decorative Papers) and I LOVED both workshops. Minna is extremely talented--both as an artist and an instructor. I had a WONDERFUL time learning the basics of each workshop and I came away with my new creative treasures. You've got to take one (or more) of Minna's
workshops...no matter what your artistic level. I look forward to the next workshop! Five stars!*****"
Shop hours- we are under construction so please be patient:
call before heading over, and look for signs to an alternate entrance Friday - Saturday 12pm to 6pm

Fret not, you can also make an appointment, as your schedule allows, 267-977-8499.  Minna is frequently already on site working on new items.

Craft Foundry is nestled in the neighborhood of Fishtown, at 701 Belgrade Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125. 

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Alluring Jasmine 

Craft Foundry is delighted to carry Maroma's all natural Night Jasmine Perfume.
The sweet Jasmine, aphrodisiac Ylang Ylang and calming Rose oils are a perfect blend!

"The health benefits of Jasmine Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, cicatrisant, expectorant, galactogogue, emmenagogue, parturient, sedative and uterine substance.Jasmine Essential Oil is extracted from the flowers of Jasmine, and it has various scientific names…

Add a little Lavender and Relax.... 

Lavandula (common name Lavender) is a genus of 39 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is native to the Old World and is found from Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, southern Europe across to northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia to southeast India.  Lavender is widely used for treating insomnia, nervous stomach, and anxiety. The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia lists lavender as a treatment for flatulence, colic, and depressive headaches, and many modern…

Earth Day April 22 

As we celebrate Earth Day on April 22, the east coast of the US is receiving much needed rain after a long drought.  It may change the weekend plans for many people but hopefully we can reflect on how we affect the planet every day.  Whether we are using bicycles more often, buying local goods or installing water barrels, everything we do does matter.  Many cities are installing green roofs, some people are experimenting with hydroponics and composting( such as myself), some cities are even generating…Read more

Trendy and Luminous Mother of Pearl 

Mother of Pearl 
complements many summer time outfits and the current trend of soft pastels.
Affordable beauty, it epitomizes feminine loveliness. 

Check out how we used these beads to create one of a kind necklace.

The shimmery iridescence comes from the hard internal layer of the sea mollusk that produces pearls. 
White mother-of-pearl is bleached while the colored ones are dyed. 

Perfect Complement for Cooler Weather- Warming Chocolate Chai! 

Now that fall is here, we are more likely to wish for warming beverages.  Here is a great one:  Chocolate Chai!
"Velvety, mellow and deep, this chai is an enticing blend of energizing pu-erh tea, shade-grown yerba maté and cacao. Made even more inviting by creamy vanilla, nutty coconut and fruity, pungent and uplifting Ayurvedic long pepper, this is a most sophisticated take on hot cocoa.

Mix 2 tbsp chai, 1 cup water, and 1 cup milk in a saucepan. / Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 5…Read more

Tea Season is Coming- Do you wish you knew more about it? 

The cooler temperatures make a lot of us wish for warm beverages.  Craft Foundry is proud to sell organic tea produced by Rishi. As they put it: " Our award-winning teas come from our passion for research and development and our obsession to continually produce new teas each year.
We are partners with the growers and artisans who produce our teas and herbs.  Long-term, fair and direct trade in the tea-growing communities affords us unprecedented cooperation with organic tea farmers to research, develop…

Green Walls or Vertical Gardens- A great thing in the city 

  Craft Foundry is very excited to be able sell a wonderful version of a vertical garden: "A Bright Green" Living Wall Planter. It has 10 cells for plants, at 8.5"x18"x4", with each cell fitting a 4" plant. We recommend purchasing the Irrigation Kit with the planter for ease of watering.  The planter will bring color, better quality of air, and lower the air temperature, all the while taking up no horizontal real estate..perfect for city dwellers.  It can also be hung on a wall inside a house.

What is…Read more

A little bit about Agates 

Minna often uses different kinds of agates in her jewelry and even in book decoration.  For example, Cascading Waters in the Necklaces page is blue gate. 
Agate (pronounced /ˈæɡət/) is a microcrystalline variety of quartz (silica), chiefly chalcedony, characterised by its fineness of grain and brightness of color. Although agates may be found in various kinds of rock, they are classically associated with volcanic rocks and can be common in certain metamorphic rocks.  Inside, agate reveals an amazing…

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Paste Papers and How You can Make Your Own 

What are they?  Bookbinding has included the practice of embellishing books with decorative end papers called paste papers. Paste papers have been used in bookbinding for 400 years. The first paste papers were decorated by using colored rice paste. These early papers were used in Germany, France, and Italy. The people best known for their paste paper were the Moravians from Hernnhut, East Saxony, in Germany. The early paste papers were monochromatic and the two most common colors were burnt sienna and…Read more