Weekend Recap

Did you go to the Etsy Renegade Craft Fair?! I did, and knocked a ton of gift’s off my to-buy Christmas list. Unfortunately, my camera is still out of commission, so you’ll have to settle for cell phone pics for the next couple weeks of posts. Check out the website HERE for a recap from the event sponsors.

I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite vendors. You see, I go to this event twice a year and I can always count on certain vendors to be back with new merchandise and also some new booths I’ve never seen before. Graze organic is one of these new (or at least new-to-me) booths. They make 100% organic reusable sandwich + snack bags. “Disposable” plastic ziplock bags are convenient but TERRIBLE for the environment. Everyday people use these bags to pack their lunches and then they toss them out at the end of the day. Graze uses organic fabrics to create snack and sandwich sized bags that you can reuse and wash with your clothes in the washing machine. It’s such a great concept. The vendor had one of her first prototypes to show how long they last. It was a tad faded, but considering she’s washed it tons of times, it was in great condition. Check out their website HERE, order them for your family for Christmas and help the environment.

Of course my favorite tee shirt vendor, Fuzzy Ink, was there with a few new designs. And one of my favorite jewelry stands, Love Nail Tree. Another great Renegade fair down.

From the craft fair I went to a sushi-making party at a coworkers place along the Venice Canals. What a beautiful night there, and they’ve put Christmas lights out on all the bridges. I highly recommend a twilight walk along the canals.

After Venice I headed to Largo for Paul Scheer’s Sexy Christmas Show, but that event deserves it’s own post 🙂

Holiday Cards!

I had every intension of going to the gym last night but I got wrapped up in a more creative project: Holiday Cards! This year I want to make my own cards and I know that as it gets closer to December Im getting busier and busier, so if I want to do it, I have to start now. I can’t reveal the cards Im making until after they’ve been sent (I want them to be a surprise for my friends) but I thought it would be a great day to compile some clever ideas that can be adapted into your own personalized cards.

The Christmas Postcard is a great way to send a greeting while being environmentally friendly. It’s also easier to tack to a fridge with a magnet. And if you create one that doesn’t need and envelope, then you save SO much paper.

Stencils are a fun cheap way to make unique holiday cards. With just a can of spray paint and some paper, you can create custom designs. Here’s a great example I found online:

KSD Creations: Kraft Christmas Card Using a Stencil

This card is made using some snowflake stencils (easy to find online, print yourself, and cut out yourself aka FREE), put them on the card and sponge a little white paint on top (or you can use spray paint) and write “Happy Holidays” on it and you have an awesome card. The fun thing about stenciled snow flakes is you can make many versions and play around with the placement on the card, so each card is as unique as a snowflake (cheesy but true).

Design Sponge is a great blog with crafty ideas and DYI projects. I’m sure I will talk about their ideas a lot in future posts, and you should check out there website for inspiration.

I hate to cut it short, but work’s a madhouse today. In the next few weeks Ill develop more card ideas and keep you posted. But for now, you should start thinking about it, because who doesn’t love receiving an awesome homemade holiday card?