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Congrats to all our ‘bethan retailers on SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY—who needs Black Friday?  Shopping SMALL is a lot more fun…
And a special shout out to our friends at NEST in Clarksville, MD, for 10 years in business this year and KALY in West Chester, PA, for 25 years in biz this year… nothing SMALL about that!!


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Holy crow—

It’s hard to believe, but it’s getting to be time for the annual ELISABETHAN HOLIDAY STUDIO SALE! We decided on dates and details just today, so we thought we should let YOU know as soon as WE knew!

We’ll kick-off with our usual big shindig on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 from 4 to 8pm.
The fun will continue on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 from 10am to 4pm.

AND as if THAT weren’t enough, we’ll have expanded hours this year for your shopping PLEASURE & CONVENIENCE:

WEDNESDAYs & THURSDAYS, DECEMBER 11-12 AND DECEMBER 18-19 from 12 noon to 6pm.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 from 10am to 4pm.

We are working on lining up our stellar cast of fellow artisan-makers to be there, as well as some new faces & creations. . .

We’ll keep you posted, especially on FACEBOOK.  Are you a FAN?  Do you LIKE us? Please do!



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Next weekend… a chance to get some Elisabethan goodies in Brooklyn!  Our friend Debbie Tuch of GLITTERLIMES fame is hosting a pop-up shop in her on-the-verge-of-trendy Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint. (Or is ALL of Brooklyn trendy these days?) Either way, we’re glad to be there!


Scary Sale

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BOO!  We thought you should know that all ELISABETHAN stock is on sale at WILLOW – AN ARTISAN’S MARKET for the rest of October… 25% off everything ELISABETHAN there!  We’ve been with Helen for years, and if you’ve never been to her shop in downtown Littleton, CO, you are in for a treat when you go… She sells beautiful  American-made craft, as well as offers a full schedule of classes. Inspire & get inspired…

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The Lone Wolf heads out to new horizons…

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In the hullabaloo of last week, we didn’t have a chance to wish KARRAH, our Queen of Get ‘er Doneness, best wishes on her new gig! We will miss her (& her Twizzlers) as an integral part of Elisabethan —we called her Lone Wolf Aegerter because of how much she quietly (sometimes even stealthily)  got done…

…but we refuse to say goodbye because she will always be part of the ‘bethan family! Go Karrah go!


Mountain Harvest Festival

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Have you heard?  We made some special items for this weekend’s Mountain Harvest Festival in Paonia, CO.  Customized Pippi Long Scarves & aprons… They’ll be auctioned off in Town Park on Saturday, Sept 28.  And YES, we will have a booth there!

Mary in yellow apron

Friends in need…

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Hi friends—we learned last week that artist friends Leah & Scott DeCapio have lost everything due to the flooding of the Big Thompson River. They live in Glen Haven, outside Estes Park, CO. Many of us who pursue a creative life live close to the edge, & sometimes we are shown just how close that edge is… there is a fund set up for them at this link to & a compelling write-up about the kind of people they are… not that one needs to be deserving to receive help in a time like this, but I know Leah & Scott would go well out of their way (and do!) to help someone in need… Please help if you can.

xo ‘bethan

Take a look at Leah’s Facebook page HERE to see the gratitude & optimism with which they face even THIS challenge! And click HERE to see more of their work!

Below are some photos of Leah & Scott’s work and one of Leah & Pita being zip-lined to safety on Sept. 13.





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Ohio Fashion Show!

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Tomorrow is the big day for ART ON/OFF SYMMES’ (that’s two stores) 2nd FALL FASHION SHOW, and we are happy to be part of it! 6pm — Hamilton, OH — in The Atrium of the Historic Mercantile Building.  Make sure you GO if you are in the neighborhood, and if you do, say “HI!” from us!

PS—anything look familiar in the photo below…?



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I just had to share this photo of our fan Lee —- she bought the dress at our flash sale outside Glennie Coombe Gallery on Wednesday, and wore it on Thursday for the Fourth of July in Aspen.  Hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend celebrating this crazy wonderful country we live in!



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…and summer is off at a gallop… I just hope we can hang on!

We’ll have a “flash” sale outside of Glennie Coombe Gallery on Wednesday, July 3, as part of PAONIA’S CHERRY DAYS celebration.  From 11-2(ish). And if that’s too fast for you, shop in the cool of the gallery during regular hours!

Then, right AFTER the 4th, it’s a trunk show at TANGO in Gunnison, CO:



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Subtle, no? We just wanted to make sure that you knew where we would be this weekend… at the first ASPEN SATURDAY MARKET of the season! We’re across the street from our spot last year, so we’re on the NORTH side of Hopkins Avenue. We’ll be there every other Saturday till October, so that’s June 15 & 29, July 13 & 27, August 10 & 24, September 7 & 21, AND October 5!


THIS weekend… we’re in DOWNTOWN DENVER!

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We’ll be right in the thick of it for Memorial Day weekend… at ARTSTIR at the Denver Pavilions, on Glenarm Place between 15th & 17th Streets… Four days to shop Elisabethan… Friday thru Sunday, May 24-27!  
(Psst… We’re going to have a great SALE rack in the booth!)

CLICK HERE to link to info on ARTSTIR

and here’s a map to put you in the picture, so to speak…



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THIS Saturday… it’s going to be fun—-treasure from the depths of the ELISABETHAN studio… also goodies from EMBRACE, that trendy boutique in Hotchkiss, jewelry from LIFE OF RILEY at crazy prices AND more excellent, “random” stuff…

Hope you can come!

Yard Sale!

Denver – Memorial Day Weekend!

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This just in—-we’ll be in DOWNTOWN DENVER for Memorial Weekend at a new show for us called ARTSTIR.  It’s at the Denver Pavillions on Glenarm Place between 15th & 17th Streets.  

It’s a four day festival, so even if you have other plans for the weekend, you can catch us on one end or the other!

Friday, May 24  4-8pm  —  Saturday, May 25 11am-8pm — Sunday, May May 26 — 11am-6pm — Monday, May 27 11am-6pm

We’ll post more info, like our booth location, as we find out…



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We had a great event at Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan, CT on April 27… An art gallery is a GREAT backdrop for a trunk show (though the artists might wonder why we’re in front of their work)
Here’s a pic of our set up, taken by my niece Shea and posted on Instagram… (and I thought I was doing well just having a blog!)




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I’m writing to you from cold, snowy GUNNISON, COLORADO, en route to SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, for
FIESTA ARTS FAIR!  It’s hard to believe by Friday I’ll be in skirts & sandals weather because as you can see by the picture of the BIG WHITE VAN (which is quite FULL with ‘bethan goodies, thank you very much) it was a cold, snowy load-up!  
But we trust the weather websites that promise a high of 79 F this weekend in San Antonio.  That sounds just about perfect for our first art fair of the year.  
We’re so excited to show off our new Sleeveless Tunics, and Fancy Trumpet Scarves, and Striped Tee Skirts, and Dresses, yes DRESSES, and of COURSE a special selection of our tops dedicated to the Lone Star State…  Y’all come by, ok?
That’s Booth #52 this Saturday & Sunday, April 20 & 21, at Southwest School of Art’s BEAUTIFUL Ursuline Campus!   xo, betty



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Here’s info on the SECOND of two trunk shows we are doing this month—–and owner/designer/chief recycler Elisabeth Delehaunty will be attending both!
The other show is at MINERVA’S OWL in ROSLINDALE, MA, on Thursday, April 25 from 2 to 8pm.
AND we’ll be at the FIESTA ARTS FAIR in SAN ANTONIO, TX, April 20-21!

 S'mine Trunk Show

Gloves, by gum!

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We’re finally getting some snow in this neck of the woods, thank goodness!

So, it seems like a good time to have a GLOVE SALE with our friends at THE ROSE in downtown Hotchkiss, CO.  Starting now, till the first week or so in March (depends on if it keeps snowing) ALL Elisabethan GLOVES at The Rose are on sale!

Buy 2 pairs and get the 3rd pair (of equal or lesser value) free!  Yes, FREE!

Go get ’em!



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Oh, how au courant of us! An ELISABETHAN POP-UP SHOP right in our own studio!
The BE OUR VALENTINE Ladies’ Night!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 from 5 to 8 pm

Come SHOP (we’ve got great sale items), CREATE (we’ll supply makings for valentines & prayer flags) and TAKE THE CHILL OFF (tasty nibbles from Backcountry Coffee & a special valentine concoction to quaff :))


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I heard a story on NPR (where I get pretty much all of my news) before the holidays about Charlotte, NC’s airport and the major RECYCLING program they have instituted. Then, wouldn’t you know it, I actually changed planes in that VERY airport on Christmas day…  Their recycling cans were adequate, but hardly show-stopping.  I was a little surprised that they weren’t shouting from the rooftops about their recycling program BECAUSE they do all of the sorting AND they have worms turning the organic (food,etc) waste into compost! They even paired up with some church ladies to collect all the clothes travelers toss when they find out their bags are too heavy (maybe we need to get in on that!).

Anyhoo, here’s a link to the story and a photo of one of the recycling containers at Charlotte…







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Our latest TEE DRIVE with NEST in Clarksville, MD, raised $$$ for Success in Style, an organization that helps women (& men) in crisis become employed and self-sufficient. They provide appropriate business attire, practical fashion advice and interview counseling—–seems like a good fit, no? (pardon the pun)
THANKS to Anastasia & everyone that participated… (we got some fabulous tees!) 

Skinny Jeans – A Story for Small Biz Saturday

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Here’s the best ‘bethan Black Friday story in honor of Small Business Saturday (give or take a day or two)
This is Betty here—not Miss Kitty— I was in the MALL on Black Friday, partly because I wanted to see what all of the hullabaloo was about and partly because I have worn holes in the seats of TWO pairs of pants in the past week.  

Turns out Anthropologie is one of the only places you can buy pants other than skinny jeans (I don’t wear skinny jeans).  So I was shopping in Anthropologie and a woman asked me where I got my skirt (I was wearing an Elisabethan Vintage Applique Skirt).  She said she was hoping I got it there, because she wanted one.  

I said, why no, I make them!

Wow, she said, do you have a card?  Then as I turned fully around and she took a second look, she said, wait a minute—-do you sell them in Steamboat (Springs, CO)?!

I said, yep, at EMBELLISHMENTS.  She said, omigosh, I HAVE one—-but it doesn’t have polka dots. (Why shouldn’t the designer get first choice?!)

Now I wish I could say what happened next was that everyone within earshot started ooh-ing and aah-ing and the manager of the store came over and promptly got on the the phone to corporate and next thing I knew I had an order from Anthropologie for 50,000 Vintage Applique Skirts, but that’s not what happened.

I DID at least have a business card on me which I handed over—-it is SUCH a treat to meet someone who owns Elisabethan items, and I think it was a treat for that woman to meet the maker of her skirt. (If I were petty, I’d say that that’s probably never going to happen with an Anthropologie skirt —- good thing I’m not petty.)

And I DID get a new pair of pants, with no holes in them, that AREN’T skinny jeans!


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We hit the road tomorrow, bound for SALINA, KS, for a truly terrific TRUNK SHOW at ON THE POT, a paint-your-own-pottery studio owned by Julie & Robin Cates.  And while at first glance that may not seem like an obvious location for a ‘bethan trunk show, we know it will be fabulous.  The Cates sisters run a first-class, lively, innovative, FUN studio, and any event they put on is sure to be a grand time!  We usually only get to see them once a year at the SMOKY HILL RIVERFEST in Salina, where, as volunteer coordinators, they keep the craft vendors (including yours truly) in line.  So twice in a year? — lucky, lucky us!  And if THAT weren’t enough, ELISABETHAN is sharing billing on the TRUNK SHOW with MELINDA HUTTON, the artist & attitude behind CLOSURES and REMNANTS, her lines of jewelry created from vintage & antique buttons & costume jewelry.  GRAND TIME, indeed!

WHERE:  ON THE POT, 111 North Santa Fe Avenue, Salina, KS

WHEN:  THURS, November 15 5-9pm; FRI, November 16 2-8pm; SAT, November 17 10am-2pm


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Our latest trunk show is this THURSDAY, NOVEMBER  1, at ART OFF SYMMES in Hamilton, Ohio.  It’s the newer, sister store of Art ON Symmes in Franklin, Ohio.  Owner Sherry Armstead had so many enthusiastic customers traveling to the Franklin store from Hamilton that she decided to give Hamilton it’s “own” Art On/Off Symmes! Read on below or click this link:  ART OFF SYMMES


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TOMORROW, Saturday, October 6, is our last ASPEN SATURDAY MARKET for the year! It’s always a little bittersweet — there’s just the relief at being done, BUT it means that summer really is OVER. Ah well…
So make us all feel better, Sara will be there with a GREAT sale rack, GO KIDDO Tees for just $28, AND anything that’s full price & on a HANGER is 15% off ! (and the foliage is beautiful too!)


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The 4th Annual District 81428 Fashion and Design Show is upon us…  dress rehearsal tonight, performance WEDNESDAY (9/26) at 8pm and FRIDAY (9/28) at 9pm.  Holey moley, tickets are sold OUT.  Here’s a peak at what Elisabethan will be showing…           1989 was a great year, wasn’t it?


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It’s like being back in school and having a paper due…

The 4th Annual District 81428 Fashion and Design Show is less than 2 weeks away and I have a LOT still to do. In my school days, I would do anything BUT work on a paper when I had one due — I’d clean my room, do laundry, sort my proverbial sock drawer and wait till the absolute last minute to do the one thing I REALLY needed to be doing. In high school, I’d even go to bed first… “If I go to bed now, and get up at 3am/4am/5am, I can still get it done”.

Well this weekend, I did laundry, weeded the yard, vacuumed the cat hair off the couch AND cleaned the studio (well, some of it — to do all of it is a MUCH bigger job). So it’s getting to be that down to the wire time — no choice BUT to pull everything together for the Fashion Show.

I like to think that maybe all the activity is more than just procrastination. It’s clearing the brain space, the work space, clearing ALL the decks so that I can devote ALL my focus to what is, after all, a big task.

But maybe this post is just more procrastination…

Here are a couple of pictures from the FaDS Designer Workshop this weekend. Click on the thumbnails to see the full image.  Once again, apologies for photos taken with an antique iPhone.


CB Trunk Show!

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It’s Arts Festival Weekend in Crested Butte, CO, and though we’re NOT participating in the festival directly for the second time in 16 years (not OUR choice :)), there was NO way we would miss out on all the fun!  Soooo, FOUR EIGHTEEN (that’s 418 Elk Avenue) is hosting an Elisabethan Trunk Show all weekend!  We’re so excited to be Nan’s guests… hope to see you there!

oh by the way…

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You’d think we’d have rushed to the blog to share news of the award we won at the Smoky Hill River Festival in Salina, KS in June, but apparently we’re more demure.  Nevertheless, we were VERY excited about it, the invitation to exhibit there next year, AND the cash award!


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It’s time again to head east to SALINA, KANSAS, for the Smoky Hill River Festival.  I first did this show probably 12 or 14 years ago when I was driving Belugasaurus, a well-worn 1987 Toyota Van (the pointy-nosed one that predated even the Previa).  I pulled into the show to set up on the morning the show started and discovered I had a flat tire.  Before I had time to freak out, the van was swarmed by the football team (does Salina have more than one high school?).  They quickly got to work not only changing my flat but also unloading the stuffed van.



Turns out, this is not unusual… Riverfest is a BIG DEAL, and the entire community of Salina takes pride in making sure everyone at the festival feels special.  From volunteers coming around literally every 15 minutes to see if exhibiting artists (like yours truly) need water, to an artist dinner at the downtown deli/coffehouse, to now the soccer team helping load & unload artists vehicles, Riverfest is unparalleled for hospitality.

There are all kinds of activities for kids, sculpture installations all over Oakdale Park where the Festival happens, live music on 3 (or is it 4?) stages, and loads of folks excited to be there. There’s even a treasure hunt to find the Festival Medallion—-the winner gets $2000 in cash as well as $2000 in Festival gift certificates!

Anyone who knows me knows that going to an art fair is an epic undertaking for me, but I look forward to this one…  I now have good friends that I get to see just once a year, in Salina.  Like I say on our home page, if you are ANYWHERE nearby, you should experience Riverfest!

-xo betty

we (hope) we give as good as we get

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The GIVE (or GET?) —-two TRUNK SHOWS happening this weekend—-

Friday, May 4 (11pm to 4pm) at A CALL TO LIFE in Colorado Springs, CO
Sunday, May 6 (1pm to 4pm) at BABY DOE’S in Golden, CO

The GET (or GIVE?) —-both stores are holding TEE DRIVES.  Elisabethan will buy any clean, reusable tees folks bring in, and the $$$ raised go to great worthy causes:
CASA of Pikes Peak Region for A Call to Life AND Foothills Animal Shelter for Baby Doe’s

Here’s BABY DOE’S take on it…

Toot toot!

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We just can’t resist sharing a glowing blog post about us by one of our oldest & most fave stores — NEST in Clarksville, MD.  Thanks, Anastasia!

Click here to see it for real —  OLD MADE NEW AGAIN  — or my cut & paste job below…

It was definitely love at first sight when we first crossed paths with designer Beth Delehaunty and her clothing line,  Elisabethan, in 2006.  Beth makes clothes out of old clothes (or “experienced textiles,” as she puts it), and her creations are charming, fanciful, and fun. When I wear one of her skirts or tops I feel playful and light-hearted.

Beth herself is smart, funny, compassionate, kind, and a little mischievous. She and the clothes she creates inspire me to not miss this life as it zips by! If she lived closer I’d meet her for coffee every Tuesday.

Beth also has an extraordinary eye for design and color. She finds color and pattern pairings that no one else can see. This stripe goes with that stripe which also kind of matches that print with the little stars… a hodge-podge that doesn’t seem to match at first glance, but her wiser eye knows they’re perfect for one another.

Many times over the years I commented to Beth that it sometimes seems a little odd for Nest in Maryland to sell items made out of event t-shirts from Colorado (her home base). Without fail, she always replied, “Well, you could collect Mid-Atlantic shirts for me!” This fall we finally had a t-shirt collection for Elisabethan.  We shipped off a big box full of T’s, including shirts promoting the Redskins, Howard County Bike to Work Day, Save the Bay, and to our delight, Roots Market and Great Sage.  We couldn’t wait to see what Beth and her crew of sewers would do with them!

 A couple of days ago our spring order arrived and it felt like Christmas. There they were, the shirts we’d sent off, re-envisioned with fabulous new personalities. Roots became a star, Great Sage a flower, Bike to Work Day the body of a ruffled top. One of a kind creations reflecting our Nest community!

We’re definitely going to hold a spring t-shirt collection for Beth – we’ll keep you posted on the details!



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Charlotte and her crew at SPALICIOUS in SAVANNAH, TENNESSEE once again host Elisabethan for a Trunk Show… this Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, April 12, 13, & 14!  If it’s anything like the one last fall, it’s going to be a FAB event!  We’ve sent a great selection of spring Go Betty Tees, Swerve Tees, & Skirts, and just TODAY sent another box — We got a fresh batch of SHORT SLEEVE Swerve Tees done and simple HAD to include them — they should arrive on Friday!

So get your taxes filed and get over there: 407 Main Street, Savannah, TN  (731) 926-4024

Recycle Runway

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Look what we saw in the airport in Atlanta… as I said on Facebook, it’s got to be a good sign when you’re going to a trade show to sell your recyclo-centric clothing and there is an exhibit in the airport of recyclo-centric clothing!

These are done by Nancy Judd—learn more about her, and her creations at