Crafty stuff I would’ve liked to take home

Many thanks to everyone who read and commented last week! I apologize for being unable to reply to comments individually; they were all much appreciated. Especially your comments on the book binding issue. : )

Saturday was the Craftstravaganza Rogue Art & Craft Sale. While I didn’t buy very much, I found new artists/crafters whose products I really liked and have listed them below. I was hoping to get some buttons but the only ones I saw had been converted into pins or other wearables.

There were two vendors for handspun and handpainted yarn or fiber, Aisha Celia Designs (Etsy store) and GreenApple Yarn. The colorways at GreenApple were natural (undyed), marl, or nearly solid; I even liked their yellow, and that’s my least favorite color! Oh, it looks like Crafty Planet in Minneapolis now stocks this yarn.

Fantastic Toys had a booth near the front entrance, which I almost missed. The toys on display were fantasy related, like gnomes, mushrooms, pixies, and elves. But I see additional animals in his Etsy shop (the monkeys made me laugh).

Soy candles at SoyMade Scents were lovely and midly scented, not at all perfumey. Best of all, the candles are contained in cute mason jars.

Marti Nelson ~Potter~ incorporates pottery and jewelry beautifully. She also will take custom orders, including buttons.

The Sheppard Girls (Etsy store) had mostly baby stuff, but also headbands, made with cute fabrics.

Milkypop was another cute booth with button* jewelry and accessories. At their online store, you can customize your item with over 500 different choices of buttons: animals, icons, phrases, paper, or fabric. I’m tempted to order a bracelet with owl or cat buttons.

The pendants at Fiery Lion Designs were gorgeous and exactly my style. A bit pricey, but the quality looked excellent.

Heim-Made is a mother-daughter team that makes several lines of lotions and soaps (including unscented) with natural oils. They’re based in northern MN and designed their products to soothe skin affected by outdoor activities, weather, and work.

Papered Together makes great stationery and other paper goods on a platen press. The designs are sweet and homey. They do custom orders too.

I enjoyed the sale, even though it was terribly crowded (during the early hours). It was held in the Fine Arts Building on the State Fairgrounds, which seemed to me a slightly odd choice. There are partitions installed for exhibiting art that made the layout awkward and navigation difficult. There was lots of feet/toes stepped on and bumping or jostling. As boring as it may be, I would prefer a simple row layout. Looking at the vendor list, I’m sure I missed a few booths. 

*Buttons as in small pictorial discs. 

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13 Responses to “Crafty stuff I would’ve liked to take home”

  1. Chris Says:
    May 3rd, 2007 at 8:00 am

    Thanks for the review! I meant to go over there, but the day was so nice…

  2. Amy Says:
    May 3rd, 2007 at 8:06 am

    I wish I could have gone!

    Aisha Celia had yarn at the No Coast Craft show last fall too. I bought some. Yum.

  3. Nicole Says:
    May 3rd, 2007 at 8:17 am

    Sounds like fun! You show amazing restraint. :)

  4. Sydney Says:
    May 3rd, 2007 at 10:12 am

    It sounds like a fun day! I saw some Green Apple yarn on another blog a few days ago and it looked very nice.

  5. Jeanne Says:
    May 3rd, 2007 at 10:24 am

    I was going to go, but then I talked myself out of it. Now I wish I had.

  6. meg Says:
    May 3rd, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    thanks so much for posting all this great info. i’ve already started shopping!

  7. Tracey Says:
    May 3rd, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    I keep hearing about this lovely limedragon, I had to stop by and see what all the fuss was about…I’m glad I did and will stop on by more often. My goodness, you DO show amazing restraint…how do you do that?

  8. Guinifer Says:
    May 3rd, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    On the wrong day, situations like that (toes, elbows, too many people), can make me completely crazy/crabby. I don’t think I would’ve lasted too long, regardless of my love of shopping.

  9. rina Says:
    May 3rd, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    Damn! I missed it. I probably won’t last a while if I went there. DH has to hold my wallet, otherwise I would be broke in the next 5 minutes.

  10. Opal Says:
    May 3rd, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    What a fun day! I’m surprised that you didn’t buy more. Amazing restraint is right. :-)

  11. knittymama Says:
    May 5th, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks for the lowdown…I was sad to have missed it!

  12. mrspao Says:
    May 7th, 2007 at 3:20 am

    That looks like fun :) I’m looking forward to the MN State Fair!

  13. lisa sp Says:
    May 11th, 2007 at 11:33 am

    Hi, thanks for the mention. It was a fun day and I’ve been making headbands like a crazy woman ever since. So glad you stopped by!

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