Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Solo Sunday

Today I took a trip into Chicago by my lonesome, and had a great time!

I made the 1.5 hour drive into the Wicker Park neighborhood on this gorgeous sunny day to attend the Renegade Craft Fair. This was the fair that I had applied for but didn't get accepted into. I wanted to check it out anyhow. I made some fun purchases and met some of my fellow ETSY sellers.
This little cutie came from Baumbirdy. The fabric is handscreened and then stretched in an embroidery hoop. Embroidery hoops are so hip right now, I just had to have one for myself! Sorry, they don't sell these in their etsy shop, but they do sell beautiful wedding related paper goods.

I also purchased these adorable tea towels from UrbanPosture. They are hand printed with eco-friendly ink and at just $5.00 each, I couldn't pass them up. I intend to give these as gifts, but I don't know if I will be able to part with them!

My favorite Etsy purchase of the day was this sweet ceramic pendant from Circa Ceramics. Doesn't this just scream art teacher? I will definitely be wearing this to school this week. It was great to meet Nancy (one-half of Circa Ceramics) and to put a face with an avatar. (She and I have corresponded over Twitter.) She gave me some great leads about some art fairs to look into for next year. I hope that our paths will cross at another fair sometime, she's great!

After Renegade, I headed down I-90 to Ikea. I had their famous Swedish meatballs for lunch. It was really quite yummy. Who knew that lingonberries went well with meatballs and gravy?? At Ikea I picked up a load of frames for my upcoming Artscene show and headed home.

I'm tired and sunburned, but so glad I took my solo trip! It was create to see art, meet some fellow artsy types and spend some quality time with myself.

Have a great week my friends!


  1. Awesome purchases! I love the pendant. I can almost smell the pencil shavings...

    We don't live in an IKEA-city now, but when we did we would go there all the time for lunch. My son likes to split his meatballs open, fill with lingonberries, and then dip the little "meatwiches" in the gravy. (I always just get the

  2. How fun! Your purchases are gorgeous. I had never heard of the Renegade Craft Fair until recently and am so annoyed with myself now. I was planning on a trip home in September (I'm originally from your area, but live abroad now) and decided to put it off for a few months. Might not have done that if I had realized such a big event was on. Doh!

  3. Yay!!! Thanks for coming by & hanging out! I wish Andy would have been there - I told him you came by and he pouted! He's sad he missed you!


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