Posts tagged craft show
Life Just Snowballs Along
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Sara here, catching up after a long long loooong end of 2012. I love the hustle and bustle of the holidays and finishing up the year, but being that busy always takes its toll.

Brad and I had a wonderful Christmas, but spent most of our vacation time being quite sick. But we're finally getting back to normal and are back in the office working, planning and getting 2013 in gear! But before we do that, here's a bit of a December wrap up!

We participated in the local AIGA & AAF Seattle's Jingle & Mingle Holiday Party as a vendor in their Design Gift Market. It was fun to meet folks and greet shoppers at a new event! (Photo courtesy of the event's Flickr page.)

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We participated in our first winter Crafty Wonderland show in Portland. It was a great turnout, and an amazing show to shop! We did a good chunk of our holiday purchases at the show, as well as at Portland Bazaar (we left Cherish in the booth and ran off to visit!), and Wanderlust (my new favorite store in Portland).

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We launched the Cosmic Sans project website, and it went viral! We've found it all over the place. Here are some of the most exciting places we've seen it shared: Quipsologies, The Smithsonian Blog, The Maddow Blog, Design Taxi, and i09.

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Remember our desk project? She had a starring role in our Christmas decorations this year, keeping our stockings hung with care.

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Brad & I were able to get away for a few days after Christmas to get some rest before the new year. We stayed at Lakedale Resort on San Juan Island for the first time, and fell in love. We will definitely be back!

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While taking a break from work, Brad had some fun putting together a photo blog for our little family! We got a new camera awhile back, and are documenting our adventures again. I'll share some highlights here, but definitely check out the photo blog for updates about what we're up to personally.

So now you're caught up on the goings-on. We've got a very exciting year planned, but it's all on the "down low" for now. Check back in often, you don't want to miss it!

Renegade Shopping Summer 2012
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Renegade was awesome. Sincerely awesome. We got into a ton of mischief while vending - our fellow vendors' goods were way too rad to resist.

Every time one of us took a trip to the bathroom (on the opposite end of the building from our booth), we'd come back with something fun for ourselves or a gift for someone else.

[The show sign (I cheered when we drove in!) and fun new artwork in the studio by Paper Parasol PressHello, Lets Be FriendsOf Hearty Stock]

Things we came home with:

We bought an ultra rad tee shirt from Gnome Enterprises for our friends' son Jackson. His 2nd birthday party was the day we got back from SF, and we were really excited to bring him back such an epic shirt. He's at the age where he likes to pick what he wears every day, and I'm pretty sure that dinosaurs and robots are the best thing ever when you're 2.

We got an awesome chicken shaped cutting board from Mac Cutting Boards for my mom's birthday. My parents had chickens when they moved to Florida but can't have them at their house here,  so we're always on the lookout for fun chicken themed things.

We procured a sweet art print from Nourishing Notes for the friends who leant us their beautiful home while we were in SF.

I finally got a new laptop (my previous one was purchased in 2006), and picked it up at the Apple Store while we were in SF. So of course I had to get a lovely felt sleeve from Your Felt Case. It's the prettiest shade of blue!

Brad got a fun and type-nerdy Futura shirt from The Medium Control that he'd had his eye on for awhile.

We did an awesome trade for "Pillow Fights" pillow cases featuring old time-y fencing dudes with our "next-door" booth neighbors, Zerobird Studio.

We swapped for a sweet anchor card with the folks from Of Hearty Stock.

Folks we met:

The fine fellows of The Social Dept., whose tees we've purchased on Fab (and absolutely love).

Danni from Oh, Hello Friend, a blog i've read and loved for quite awhile!

Cindy from Paper Parasol Press - a Ringling alum who I'd chatted with online early on in the process of starting Constellation. It was so sweet to finally meet her and talk shop! We also enjoyed some good old fashioned swap-age.

Felicia from Hello, Lets Be Friends - another lovely Ringling alum! I stopped in my tracks when I saw their flywheel card. It was awesome to chat up Ringling alums running such similar businesses! Super fun.

Things we really wanted:

Glass terrariums made from repurposed antique windows by Meg A. Myers Designs

Every single doll made by Mimi Kirchner - because they are all amazing!

Sweet, slender pottery by Sara Paloma

Yummy food themed prints by Drywell Quality Meat Art

I'm not exaggerating when I say that it was an amazing group of craftspeople. We were honored to be among such awesome folks!

Renegade Craft Fair SF Summer 2012!
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This was our first time as vendors at any Renegade Craft Fair, and let me tell you - we are hooked!

The turnout was incredible, the organizers were highly organized and helpful, the vendors were suburb, the shoppers were excited... and we had so much fun. It was such a great show. We can't stop raving! Here are some photos of the goings-on.

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Our booth - lots of natural light in Fort Mason center!

Our booth - lots of natural light in Fort Mason center!

The two of us on a button, how fun!

The two of us on a button, how fun!

Check back tomorrow for a post about our favorite fellow vendors and all the things we brought home!

Crafty and counting...

Here's the scoop: Crafty Wonderland is this weekend in Portland, and we are so excited!

I checked out a bunch of our fellow vendors, and blew several hours of my morning... these folks are a-maz-ing! You don't want to miss this one. Here's a run down of the booths i'm most excited to check out:

Things I want: Beautiful, feminine jewelry from Amy Wing Gorgeous textiles from Anna Joyce Nerdy goodness from Betty Turbo (I've gotta get me some of those Buffy cards!) I feel like my summer needs feather earrings from Bird Crap Featherwear I love these cut paper shadowboxes from Bird Mafia Cut Paper Design How amazing are these mounted trophy magnets by bishoplennonart? The pillow pincushions by Chet & Dot are too cute for words. Makes me want to take up sewing! Tiny felted mushrooms in bottlecaps? Yes please! Gonna have to stop by House of Moss. I simply can't wait to see Wee Green Spot's sweet terrariums in person! (Been crushing on them for awhile.)

Things Hubby's Gonna Want: Ultra nerdy accessories by Pixel Party Felted Star Wars Mobiles? OMG. Sheep Creek has too many cute things for words. I don't know what Beard Balm is for, but my hubby's got a beard so i'm sure we'll find out! Looking forward to dropping by Man's Face Stuff.

Familiar Faces: I've got a Berkley Illustration print hung above my desk, and I can't wait to see more! We've got Mary Kate McDevitt's Abe print hung up in the studio - a very sweet reminder, even on rainy days. Can't wait to see what she's been up to! I totally stalked the gorgeous hats by Humperdinck His and Hers Haberdashery at the last Urban Craft Uprising, and can't wait to see them again!