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Renegade Craft Fair Finds

It was a beautiful weekend here in Brooklyn … great weather, good friends, lazy brunches, farmers markets, strolling around, and little bit of shopping.  On Saturday, we headed over to McCarren Park for the Renegade Craft Fair.  This was my second year going … last year was a nightmare.  It was one of the hottest days of the year, I was pregnant, felt like I was going to faint, and only made it a quarter of the way through the booths.  This year we made it all the way through with baby in tow and while I did come across lots of great finds, I must admit I was a bit disappointed in the creative originality of many of the crafters.  I kept seeing lots of the same thing … tons of pastels, t-shirts and totes with prints or paintings of wildlife [deer seemed the most prevalent with squirrels coming in second], embroidered onesies [with either a squid, octopus, or robot], onesies with ironic phrases, and lots of mustache art.  Whether it was cute and trendy or not, I wanted more of a selection.  That said, I did make it home with a purse full of business cards and here are a few that stood out for me …

Coconut Mango, Agave Lime, Ginger Lemongrass … they sound good enough to eat, but unless you have a really dirty mouth I wouldn’t recommend it.  Rinse Bath & Body Co. even makes a soap using chocolate.  Their soaps are handmade and they have 100% natural and vegan product lines.

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I love these ‘oh so pretty’ ceramic [Moon Glow and Secret Garden] dishes by MayLuk.  I want to serve a spring salad on them and dine outdoors with friends and candles and a nice light white wine.

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These bracelets and rings by Nervous System are sooooo awesome!  They make stunning jewelry modeled after coral, branches, algae, dendrites, etc. and it’s affordable.  I think I’ve found my new favorite thing.

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CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR MORE RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR PICKS!!!!

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For The Love of the Blog

I have that ‘need a vacation from my vacation’ feeling only it’s ‘need a weekend from my weekend’.  What happened to those days I used to wallow around complaining, “There’s nothing to do” in an overly dramatic tone?  Oh right – baby.  Wouldn’t trade the chaos of motherly love for anything, but everyone needs a little R&R and throughout the week, I find mine in cute, fanciful, darling little blogs like these ….

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The Cherry Blossom Girl is Alix – a young, French fashion designer with a love of all things pretty.

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Join Louise in her whimsical world of Art and Ghosts … beautiful works [there’s also and Etsy store!] and plenty of imagination.

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Made by Girl is made by Jennifer Ramos [she makes the colorful cards and prints in the pic above] and her blog is all about inspiration, color, and design.

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The Hidden World of Eloise … speaks for itself.  Happy Monday … XO

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Thrify Ways to Give a Room New Life

There aren’t enough hours in a day or enough days in a weekend.  It is Monday already and time to talk about “Things I Like”.  One of my favorite things is decorating and redecorating the home we live in now and the home we will one day have.  All of this decorating is completely imaginary … I do it in my daydreams as I flip through the pages of a magazine or click through pages on the internet or walk through the streets of my neighborhood, drawing inspiration from beautiful things I see.  Money is no object in my make-believe design frenzy, but in reality I have a budget and can’t afford to buy new furniture and fixtures every month.  Instead, I have come up with a few low-cost ways to breathe some new life and color into any home.

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Saturday: “Laugh Out Loud”

I’m sure that like me, most of you receive an IM or email at least once a week containing a ridiculous joke, picture, or YouTube video.  Today I am paying homage to those quirky virals with my own twist.  Keeping with the catergory themes of the blog, I bring you my picks for the funniest, quirkiest, and downright weirdest creations I have come across this week.

I found this outrageous “Shark Attack Hat” in a knitting forum at Craftster, where one of their mottos is “Cute Doesn’t Need a Reason”.  Even more outrageous than the hat itself [which is actually kind of cute] is the poster’s comment, “I saw the dead fish hat pattern and loved the idea”.  Seriously?

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I was first introduced to Margaux Lange’s creations when a friend of mine purchased one of her rings for his girlfriend.  They are strange, but in a good way.  Necklaces, rings, brooches, bracelets, earrings, and custom works.

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If you are here in NYC, she’s going to be at the BUST Spring Fling Craftacular this Sunday in Brooklyn.

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When I first came across these baby head pottery creations by Sue Kniffin Davidson of Kniffin Pottery, I was a little creeped out, but I must admit they have really grown on me and I think I totally want an upsidedown baby head bowl or mug.  I’m not sure I would eat my cereal or drink my coffee out of one, but it would definitely make for a conversation piece on the mantle or bookshelf.

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And that’s it for today, folks.  Enjoy the weekend!!!

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