Hi everyone! I thought I’d start travel week off with someplace I wanted to go to for ages and ages: Renegade Handmade in Chicago! Have you heard of the Renegade Craft Fairs? Well, the shop is an extension of the fairs and features over 300 artists — it’s a permanent location for people to buy and sell unique handmade items year ’round. Kind of like a fair that doesn’t move!
Oh my, how I squealed when I stepped inside! (I think I startled everyone in the shop, ha ha!) Here are just a few things that I had to have. (I could easily have bought the whole store, but then J probably would have squealed when he saw the credit card, ha!)
From top to bottom:
A cute Happy Woodlands pin from Custommade UK. I know I’ll be happy wearing it! And, I happen to have that fabric already — I got it from Torendi a few months back. Maybe I should get some more…! It’s by Shinzi Katoh, one of my all-time favorite designers.
An iron-on transfer book from Sukie — I just love their super fun style. I can’t wait to use these iron-ons — I’m thinking of putting them on tote bags and little drawstring travel bags, and maybe even a wall hanging. Love their blog, too.
Then there’s the Renegade Craft Fair posters — I got the one for the first ever Austin fair in the top left. Somehow I missed it when I was at the fair. I plan to frame it and hang it next to a prairie print that I have, it will go perfectly.
And then I let out a major squeal when I saw this belt by souldier.us. It was handmade in Chicago out of a seatbelt! And it’s orange and brown. And owl-icious. How could I resist?
I also got J a cute card that he loved — it had a library pocket and a card that pulled out that said “I’ve been checking you out all day.” — hee hee :)
Check out the Renegade Handmade online shop for more goodies, or their blog for lotsa crafty inspiration. You may not want to look until you are in a squeal-proof location, tho! And! If you’re in Chicago September 11-12 you can go to a Renegade Craft Fair! Lucky you.
Back tomorrow with some sewing goodness,