This past weekend, I vended at the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn with Krissy & Dennis from Kleiner Eisbär. It was pretty hot both days, but we had a lucky spot under some shade, not too far from a water fountain. I didn’t get to break away very often, but when I did, here were a few gems I found:
I loved the mehoi booth, full of adorable art by Hoi-An Tang from Toronto. Hoi-An transfers her sweet illustrations onto things like earrings, pins, buttons, and notecards:
Suzi would have loved that cute lamb card! (Maybe next birthday?)
In the way of paper goods, I also took a liking to Wishbone Letterpress. I bought one of the above cards for Stan’s birthday in September, but you’ll have to guess which one! ;)
I also picked up a pack of their multicolored coasters. Even though we don’t have particularly nice tables in our new home yet, I felt we should have some coasters anyway.
Twig owners Michelle and Katy make plenty of ready-made terrariums and potted or hanging plants, too.
I especially like this funky person planter!
Next, I found Young Alexander, fresh and unique pottery handmade by Na Kim & Dierdre Shea in Brooklyn. I love their use of mostly white space with a dash of funky color here and there.
They also had some very cute planters, but ultimately I ended up buying this bowl from their “Seconds” section:
It was only $20! It makes the perfect popcorn bowl! It’s quite possible that it may pave the way for matching red/white/blue dinnerware. (Apparently, we’re very patriotic.)
Hands down, my best find was a monster hoodie handmade by Diane Koss of Cutesy but not Cutesy:
I bought this for my nephew Noah, who has grown from a dragon baby to a walking, talking, two-year-old! The hoodie is more for us than it is for him, because he won’t know how adorable he is in it — check out that duck!! I actually squealed when I saw it. I made Michele promise to give it back to me once Noah outgrows it so that I can pass it down to my someday-children.
In addition to her sweet monster hoodies, Diana also makes unique monster plush toys and t-shirts.
Her monsters make appearances on greeting cards and stickers, too. (Yes, that’s a cupcake monster sticker!)
Of course, I also had a soft spot for these dessert-inspired charms from the aptly named Inedible Jewelry.
They had some really cute & quirky displays, too!
I had tons of fun at Renegade, and met some amazing artists. It’s always so inspiring to go to big events like these and see what other people in my community (or a little outside my community…) are making. We have really talented artisans in this country — please support them!