Pretty Clever Words

Lulu Kasperlik

If you’ve been to The Food & Flea you have seen the active booth of Pretty Clever Words. It is always one of the busiest booths where people stand around chuckling out loud to themselves as they read Lulu’s humorous prose. Come on out to see her and laugh along!

“At Pretty Clever Words, we are passionate about the power of words! Whether it be layered papers and inks on painted canvas, starkly painted wood panels, funny and mostly sarcastic hoop art… or simple personal accessories such as totes, zip bags and shirts - each handcrafted item displays spirited, humorous or heartfelt messages.'s how we hug.”

Meet Lulu from Pretty Clever Words

Meet Lulu from Pretty Clever Words

Leslie Huffman
Frances and Me
Meet Marianne, of Frances and Me

Meet Marianne, of Frances and Me

Marianne Donohue

Frances and Me - formerly Needle & Thread

Marianne has been with the Food & Flea for 3 years. She has been one of our most loved vendors. Not only for her extreme talent and whimsical pillows, but for her kindness and ability to make every stranger her friend. Here is her story…

Needle & Thread was born out of a love (addiction) to fabric and sewing. My Mother Frances taught me to sew when I was a little girl. She was extremely talented and creative and I believed that she could make anything.

I have sewn everything from bathing suits to my own wedding dress. But, once my kids were too old for cute little dresses I started making quilts and pillows. I see inspiration everywhere, from things in nature to a brick on the side of a building. If I have a spare minute I am either sewing or designing my next project. Beginner sewing kits, fabric portraits and collage will be making an appearance in my shop soon.

This year (2019) will mark the change of my business name to “Frances and Me”. When I started Needle & Thread I thought that it was a very clever name for a sewing business… but, so did a million other people who use the same name! Frances and Me will celebrate and incorporate my Mom’s influence in my life business. She passed away before I started my business but I know she would be my biggest fan.

Dana Sorensenartist, vendor, NC Made