A handmade weekend

What a crafty weekend!

Why, you might be asking yourself, am I blogging about my weekend on a Wednesday? Weelll because… it was just too… awesome! Yeah. It had to wait till Wednesday or the awesomeness would have overwhelmed you all. I mean, check out that beaker of mustachios. Could you handle that on Monday? I think not.

I could hardly handle the awesomeness when I went to check out St. Paul’s Crafstravaganza and ran into some awesomely familiar (…I’ve seen that penguin before…) stuff.

That’s because we walked right into the booth of Marlene and her husband from All My Own who were selling their lovely embroidered wares! It was so nice to meet them and say hi and talk embroidery. They told us that monsters and moustaches were hot this year, and that we should make more monsters, stat. We’ll get right on that, Marlene!

I continued wandering on to look at all the other booths. I found this adorable booth from Fantastic Toys, who had these amazing gnomies! Oh Danielle was in heaven (she collects gnomies, kinda like I collect crazy bunnies). They were just too cute for words.

Omg, little monsters! See, monsters are so in this year. There were dozens of these guys from Trigo, and they even had larger, older brothers with bike reflectors on for your biking needs. Minneapolis is a big bicycle town, so I hope to see an invasion of monsters on bikes soon.

Heading ’round the corner, who should we find next but our local rockstar Adam Turman! He’s a regular fixture at Craftstravaganza, and he had all his awesome prints up for sale. Here’s the original devil biker ..though I’m a bad camera person and totally got a glare on the print! Sorry, Adam. You look awesome anyway.

It was very cool to meet him in person and chat about his stuff. Most of our guest artists are from all over the place (including other countries!) so meeting them in person is fantastic.

We got there a little late, so I only had a little bit longer to wander before it closed. Trust me to instantly find the steampunkiest wares. These beauties were from Makeshift Accessories, and they were so beautiful! Apparently they’re all upcycled from old serving plates and sprinkler heads. I tried one on and was sorely tempted, but I had already made a purchase this weekend and promised myself I would be good.

What, pray tell, did I buy?

I’ll give you three guesses…


Bunny is actually from my previous night of handmade adventures, at the St. Paul Art Crawl! I was visiting some friends to check out their booths, and next door was a whole host of crazy bunnies! How could I not.

I had to carefully vet the bunny to make sure I picked the right one. He needed to look good on my shelf and get along with all the other bunnies, so he wouldn’t be ostracized.

What, you think I’m kidding about collecting crazy bunnies?

I’m so not.

They barley fit on the shelf anymore, they’re going to have to get a larger space soon. My new little bunny proudly took his place with his other crazy companions. He still doesn’t have a name… any suggestions?

Overall, a smashing good weekend. Stay crafty, Minnesota!

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2 Responses to “A handmade weekend”

  1. 1
    Maria says:

    How about McStuffy? Your bunnies are adorable!

  2. 2
    Vicky Haynes says:

    It sounds like a great time. Glad you had a good weekend and shared it with us. I love the little monster bags and the jewelry. May have to raid that pile of stuff that hubby was planning on “fixing” some day and re-purpose it:)
    You can never have too many funny bunnies, can you? With the plaid, I’m thinking there needs to be something Scottish in his name, like Mackintosh McBunny? Mack da Fang?

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