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Summertime Festival Fun

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It’s summertime, which for Elisabethan means it’s time for art fairs & farmers’ markets!

These girls are escaping the heat on a muggy afternoon in Carbondale, CO, during the Mountain Fair by hiding in our rack of 8-Piece skirts. We had rainy weather on Saturday followed by high temperatures on Sunday, which made for a hot and humid afternoon. Fortunately, the grass stayed cool; these girls had the right idea!

Our girls’ dresses are a big hit at fairs. The fun, colorful, soft nature of our clothing lends itself well to kiddo apparel. Kids know a good thing when they feel it. Some folks have been buying Elisabethan girls dresses for years in a row. It’s a summertime ritual to find the Elisabethan booth and buy their dress for the year. This summer we sold so many girls dresses that we needed to make another batch mid-summer.

This family bought an Elisabethan piece for all three kids. They all look great, but the little girl in the dancing bears dress melts our hearts!



Is there a little girl in your life who needs a new girls dress? Shop here 🙂

It doesn’t matter if you’re big or small, summer art fairs & markets are a great way to get out and support local artisans. Many artists travel all over the country during the summer months to sell their wares and share their artwork. Your support helps them keep their small businesses going and keep pursuing their artistic passions.

At Elisabethan we use art markets to reach a broader audience and teach people about eco-fashion. People light up when they realize that their new purchase came from previously loved tee shirts. This unique way of making clothing insures that our clothing is super soft, previously shrunk, one-of-a-kind, and ecologically sustainable.

As our customer, you are helping transform the textile industry -one garment at a time- by supporting handmade eco fashion.

Where can you find Elisabethan next?

Find us at Art in the High Desert in Bend, Oregon, August 23-25,
Crested Butte Art Market in Crested Butte, CO, September 1
and at the Cottonwood Art Festival in Richardson, Texas, October 5-6.

Thanks for all the support this summer – we look forward to seeing you out & about!!



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Good news! We got OFF the wait list and IN to Art Fair Jackson Hole — July 10-12, 2015. We never take for granted that we will get into these competitive shows, and this one is a definite favorite for us.  SO glad that we will be there and get to see our Teton-loving peeps!



Charm City

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Well, we took a little break from the electronic/social media world over the holidays… we figured you had enough emails, tweets, posts & pins bombarding you with last minute shopping deals (and after Christmas sales) without us weighing in.  So HAPPY NEW YEAR (and how did it get to be almost MID January?!)

We are excited to announce that we have been offered a booth at the American Craft Council Baltimore Show in February, and we ACCEPTED! We’re in Booth #5301.  Click here for details.  We’ll have some free passes to share with you, so stay tuned…

Bid now!

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There are TWO $50 ELISABETHAN gift certificates up for auction in the KVNF Holiday Auction…

Go to to get a bidder number… the auction runs all week, but the bidding for OUR gift certificates will end Tuesday, December 9, so you need to get on it now!


Trunk Show

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We are excited for our 2nd (we hope Annual) TRUNK SHOW with Pleasant Hill Designs in Dennis Village, MA (that’s on Cape Cod). We sent 2 very full boxes last week, loaded with accessories that will make great gifts as well as a lovely sampling of our tops, tunics, & skirts.  AND we’ll have someone very special to Elisabethan on site to help Joanne and her crew at the shop host it. (thanks, MOM!)

Hope you can join us!  Saturday, November 8 from 10 to 5 and  Sunday, November 9 from 11 to 4.
PLEASANT HILL DESIGNS, 744 Route 6A (Old Kings Highway), Dennis, MA



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We are excited for MOUNTAIN HARVEST FESTIVAL this weekend in Paonia, Colorado. It’s such a wonderful event—celebrating all the farms, food, music, arts & crafts that are such a part of our community. ELISABETHAN is so lucky to be part of the cornucopia of creativity that is the North Fork Valley of the Gunnison
…and it sure is nice to get to set your booth up basically in your own back yard! Comes see us Saturday & Sunday, 11am-5pm, in Town Park!

NYNOW is then…

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It was a busy trip to New York for the NYNOW show.  We ate some great food, walked on The High Line, strolled along the waterfront, and met with our some of our favorite boutique & gallery owners, as well as met new ones.


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TEXTING GLOVES continue to be a big hit.  They are just the perfect gift. Is YOUR favorite shop carrying Elisabethan this fall?  Maybe you should ask them…









And as great it is to be on the road sharing the good news of Elisabethan, is sure is nice to bet back to the studio and start MAKING…




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Just in case you are a Facebooker, we are getting really really close to 1,000 LIKES on our FB page and would love your help to get there… CLICK HERE. What is it about zeroes, anyway, that make them so enticing as a milestone?

And the Elisabethan trunk show at TANGO in Gunnison, CO, continues thru this weekend… here’s a little peek from their “outfit” board


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Hello and Happy 4th of JULY!

We will have a booth at AWEFEST in Crested Butte, CO, on SUNDAY, JULY 6.  9am to 2pm. We’re excited to be in CB earlier than usual this summer! And yes, yes, we’ll also be there during the first weekend in August for the Festival of the Arts.  Lucky us!

Just take I-70 west to Glenwood Springs

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We wrapped things up at the ACC Show in Baltimore, and we (well, I) had a great trip across the country along Interstate I-70 — including stops at Goodwill in Zanesville, OH, The Salvation Army in Salina, KS, and the Goodwill Outlet Store in Denver… love those thrift store rest stops, but it sure is great to be back in the mountains of western Colorado!

NY Now…and then

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NY NOW FEB 2014 is in the history books—- between the Super (…not so super from the Centennial State point of view) Bowl and the Storm of the Century (or Decade or Minute…) well, it WILL be remembered.  

We’re excited about the new stores we’ll be working with—-and VERY excited to get our new items to our Elisabethan “flagship” accounts.  Now it’s time to turn our attention to BALTIMORE and the AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL SHOW there in less than 2 weeks!  February 19-20 for WHOLESALE, February 21-23 for RETAIL… something for everyone! – See more at:

We’re THERE, but not really there

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The Atlanta Gift Show that is… runs through January 14.  ELISABETHAN the clothing/accessory line is there, but not ELISABETHAN the personality.  We’re letting our Atlanta sales rep, Cathy at WINC Apparel handle the orders this time around.

Here’s the window we’ve got in the lobby of Building 3 at Americasmart…  See?  We’re THERE.

winc window copy


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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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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

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


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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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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?

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