Really, Really Big Felt Holiday Wreath From Feed The Fish Co Debuts at the SF Etsy Indie Holiday Emporium
Erin Garcia from Feed the Fish Co. created a larger-than-life felt wreath just for this year's SF Etsy's Indie Holiday Emporium. Read on for our interview with her!
Holiday wreaths symbolize the celebration of the winter solstice and the promise of spring, and another year for us around the sun. Traditionally, it's a stunning arrangement of flowers, leaves, and holiday cheer carefully fastened into a festive ring. This year, felt artist and SF Etsy's "Queen of Merry", Erin Garcia from Feed the Fish Co., will debut her oversized vision of the holiday wreath at our 7th Annual Indie Holiday Emporium. Erin is fearless with a pair of scissors and worked diligently to create a monumental centerpiece as the true heart of this year's IHESF.
Shop local and stop by to see it in all of its holiday glory at Pier 27 along the Embarcadero, Thanksgiving weekend, November 30th and December 1st! Share with us your Insta Story and tag @SFEtsy and @FeedTheFishCo !
Tell us about your Holiday Wreath and how your vision came about?
Oh, you mean Awreatha? Yes, she has a name! 😊When SF Etsy Co-Captain Rebecca Saylor showed me the flyers for the Indie Holiday Emporium, I was immediately drawn to the wreath icon. I thought, wouldn’t that be fun to create out of felt? Then Rebecca suggested to make something larger-than-life for the photo booth. How could I reject such an amazing project! We immediately got to brainstorming and ordered lots of felt. My favorite thing to make were the pinecones – made of plastic wine glasses and felt. The final piece is about 4.5 feet in diameter and is made with 6 pool noodles, 3 connector tubes, 84ish zip ties, 37.5 square feet of green felt strips, 88 felt flowers, 19 loose felt leaves, 43 felt leaf stems, 25 felt holly, 6 felt fringed foliage, 5 felt pinecones, 25 felted lights, 20 felted balls, 22 felted candy canes, and lots of hot glue. It will hang at the photo station and I’m hoping everyone will share their photos and Boomerangs!
Tell us about your small business, Feed the Fish Co. What is your background? Your vision?
Feed the Fish Co is a nod to my childhood. I used to create handmade greeting cards and pretend that Feed the Fish Co was my card company (I was inspired by the Hallmark card commercials of the 80s, remember those?). Fast forward to 2011 when I finally decided I would try selling my cards along with other celebration-inspired goods; the only name that seemed fitting was Feed the Fish Co. Over the years, I’ve shifted to create more with felt, but my message and vision has always been to celebrate the everyday, find your creativity at any age, and to spread crafty cheer all over.
Why do you like using Felt as a Medium? Why are you drawn to it?
As I started working more and more with felt, I found it to be so versatile. I’m drawn to colors and textures of the different acrylic and wool blend felt varieties. Felt is flexible, but durable - I like that I can encourage people to touch all the product in my booth displays and not have to worry about items getting damaged. The reaction I get when I showcase my felt work has so far been very positive – people are surprised with what I can create with felt and I’m happy to bring that experience to the people!
Do your felt decor and banners at Feed the Fish Co represent something about you?
Absolutely! All the pennant and wall hanging phrases I create are extensions of me. They are simple, but colorful and packed with feelings! I’ve often been described as very animated; I think my projects help bring out everyone’s playful, fun, and animated side. Also, I love a good photo prop!
What role as an artist and teacher do you feel you have within your community?
I’ve decided that my purpose in life is to be a cheerleader for others, whether that be in my creative endeavors or in other aspects of life. I find joy in sharing my craft knowledge and also hearing about other people’s creative journeys. In my craft workshops, I like to show both a simple and an elaborate sample of the craft, equip students with skills to make both, and encourage them to put their own creative spin on the project. I hope this inspires people to think creatively and feel confident in their work.
What do you enjoy most about being on the SF Etsy Team?
I love the SF Etsy community of makers, creatives, and kind-hearted people! I am thankful I get to be part of a group that fosters each of our creative spirits and encourages us to grow as makers and entrepreneurs. I like that it’s not just about selling our products at craft shows – it’s about being human and sharing our talents with each other. Some of my closest friends are part of this community, and the Indie Holiday Emporium always feels like a maker family reunion!
What should we expect from Feed the Fish Co in the New Year?
2020 is all about clarity. I want to really focus on what I’m good at and expand by making more meaningful connections, working on projects that excite and challenge me to be better at what I do, and to continue sharing my love for creating with the community. I have a few creative workshops on the horizon and I hope you’ll join me sometime!
Booth info / social media - how can we learn more and sign up for your DIY workshops
I’m so excited to be part of the Indie Holiday Emporium this year! Find me and all of my colorful felt goodies at Booth 56.
You can follow Feed the Fish co at www.feedthefishco.com or on Instagram @feedthefishco. You can also follow my craft journey on www.crafterateur.com.
SF Etsy is popping up this Sunday from 1p-5p at Laughing Monk Brewery!
Let us know if you're coming on our Facebook event page
Pre-shop our vendors below, and we'll see you there!
Join the SF Etsy Team, 15 local artisans and good brews at
Laughing Monk Brewery
1439 Egbert Ave, Unit A, San Francisco
Sunday afternoons are for chilling at the taproom and we can help you get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping with beautiful locally made goods.
Yummy food and good tunes will also be on tap
Sun Nov 24th from 1pm - 5pm
See you there!
Patrick Hobbie Art - https://www.etsy.com/shop/PatrickHobbieArt
Fleet Wood - http://FleetwoodSF.com
Little Blue Cabin Co. - https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleBlueCabinCo?ref=hdr_user_menu-shop
Miss Modi - https://missmodi.com/
Brigadeiro Sprinkles - http://www.brigadeirosprinkles.com
The Land Of Bekagage - http://www.thelandofbekagage.com
Art By Aleisha - http://www.artbyaleisha.com
Bernal Burrow - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BernalBurrow
Sumsaara - http://www.sumsaara.com
Cuppa Fog - http://www.cuppafog.com
Coffee n Cream Press - http://www.coffeencreampress.com
Muses Apothecary - http://Www.etsy.com/shop/MusesApothecary
As Wood As It Gets - http://www.aswoodasitgets.com
Ginkgo Seed - https://www.etsy.com/shop/GinkgoSeed
Anino Press - https://www.etsy.com/shop/AninoPress
Oodlebadoodle - http://www.oodlebadoodle.com/
Frolick Jewelry - https://shopfrolick.com
Some people are just impossible to shop for - either they have everything, or don't need anything... it can make gift-giving feel like a losing game. Never fear! We found four great, gender-neutral gift ideas that even the pickiest person will absolutely love. You can't fail with these clever gift ideas, and you can find them at at the 7th Annual SF Etsy Holiday Emporium, November 30th and December 1st at our swank new location - Pier 27! Find more information on our show page. See you there!
According to the Emily Post Institute, a gift for your host or hostess is a lovely way to thank them for their hospitality, and is always appreciated. And they would know - Ms. Post literally wrote the book on etiquette. A good hostess gift doesn't have to be fancy or expensive - something small, thoughtful, and beautifully presented will be well-received. We've chosen a few beautiful choices, made by makers who will be at the 2019 Etsy Holiday Emporium that are so gorgeous, no gift wrap is needed! Just pop a bow on it and you'll instantly be considered the classiest person at the party.
Our biggest event of the year is coming soon! Our much-anticipated Indie Holiday Emporium will be at Pier 27 on Thanksgiving weekend this year, Sat. Nov. 30 and Sun. Dec. 1
Get a sneak-peek at our vendors and start your shopping list!
Here are some of our DIY Vendors who will be there:
To find more information on the IHESF 2019, visit our show page
We'll see you there! RSVP here!
Meet Your Local Etsy Sellers at the
7th Annual SF Etsy Indie Holiday Emporium
supported by Etsy
*NOTE* We have a NEW HOME - Just a couple of blocks up the road at the beautiful PIER 27!
It's a bit smaller venue so you will be able to have a more immersive and interactive experience with all the makers! We will have new activities for all of our guests including a giant felt sculpture created by Erin of Feed the Fish!
Etsy comes to life and is bringing the cheer at San Francisco’s popular holiday shopping experience featuring an amazing showcase of handcrafted goods, artisans, designers, emerging brands and unique gifts for the holiday season!
This event features local Bay Area designers and artists featured on the popular handcrafted shopping website, Etsy. We are also featuring small batch food items from local makers, musical performances, artistic demonstrations, and crafting workshops provided by mobile craft company - GoGo Craft; plus giveaways! Come and experience Holiday Warmth at the beautiful Pier 27 and take in all the scents and sights of over 150 + talented vendors and their holiday merchandise, textiles, pottery, decor, jewelry, fashion and bath and body products. Meet the artists behind all these beautifully handcrafted and locally designed goods and celebrate the holiday season with us.
Customers of all ages are invited to stop by! What better way to get in the spirit of the season than a festive and diverse craft fair for the whole family? Whether it’s hand thrown pottery, handcrafted jewelry, scented candles or other personalized gifts - shopping for a unique gift for a loved one at the Indie Holiday Emporium can create memories for a lifetime.
Welcome to SF Etsy
We're a collective of over 2700 Etsy sellers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Just Added on Pinterest