Welcome to the online version of Craft Foundry
and Happy Spring!
Craft Foundry is passionate about providing you with Eco-friendly handcrafted gifts for the body and home. Each purchase is promoting a more sustainable planet by either being made locally or using recycled materials, or both.
We are especially happy to have Green Walls for sale, they are perfect for vertical or small space gardening at an affordable price, for the beginner and advanced gardener.
New as of October 5th, 2012, we are pleased to introduce Gritty City Phila. new fall soy candles. They have wonderful scents such as Spruce, Campfire, Winter Wonderland, Autumn Apple, and Brown Sugar Fig. Check them out!
Fresh, artisanal and organic iced teas just arrived! Delicious!
Interested in learning something new?
A Review of several 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...anxious to start applying what I learned and just having fun! 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!*****"
Craft Foundry is nestled in the neighborhood of Fishtown, at 701 Belgrade Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125.
Current hours are 12pm to 6pm, Thursday to Sunday, or by appointment.
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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 energy from human waste, all these steps do matter to our future. Let's take whatever steps we can, even if it is something like bringing your own grocery bag to the store, and celebrate this beautiful planet!
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.
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 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 3 tbsp sugar. / Strain into a mug or pitcher and enjoy! Chai can also be enjoyed over ice. / Ingredients: Organic Fair Trade Certified™ pu-erh tea, organic roasted dandelion root, organic yerba maté, organic cocoa shells, organic cacao nibs, organic long pepper, organic coconut flakes, organic cardamom, and organic vanilla bean".
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …