Saturday, September 12, 2009

Renegade Roundup

I feel like I've come full circle now, since the Renegade Craft Fair was the first event I ever blogged about on here. Fortunately, it didn't rain this time like it did last year. Men, women, children, and dogs alike were able to enjoy the fair without the festive mood being dampened by inclement weather.

I was glad to see many of the vendors I highlighted last year, like My Favorite Mirror and SwallowKisses. And these are a few who caught my eye this year:

The handcrafted soap from Boh Bon Soap Company makes me wish there was a scratch and sniff application for Internet browsers so you can experience the enticing aromas. In the meantime, you can feast your eyes upon their lovely packaging:

I am quite enamored of this handmade lampworked glass and sterling silver jewelry from Kristin Perkins.

Starving Artist Bazaar also has a lovely array of handmade glass jewelry.

And I think this skirt made of reclaimed fabric remnants from Orangy Porangy looks as cute as their name sounds.

I am also quite smitten with the ethnic print dresses from Les Enfants Sauvages.

I was fascinated by the feather fascinators from Tara to the T.

And the ones from Love Lulu Mae were quite enchanting as well. This one has silver origami cranes.

Chicago-based Blue Lala makes some of the most exquisite polymer clay jewelry I have ever seen.

Krista Peel makes delicate pieces like these Castaway Shells earrings.And of course I also love her miniature photography.

I also liked the mixed media pieces by Dolan Geiman.
Art Reco Design took me by surprise with their clever concept and packaging for these pill magnets and pins.

I also had a chance to meet the people behind a couple of the many sites I frequent. Of course, Etsy had a booth there. They were giving away free stuff, like this adorable postcard:

and this humorous bumper sticker:

And I also got a chance to meet an artist who keeps a blog that I follow, Jessica Gonacha Swift. She is a very talented designer with a gift for coming up with beautiful patterns. Among the lovvely patterned goods for sale at her booth were sets of coasters like these:

The show continues tomorrow, September 13th. For more information, visit


  1. Thank you for including my jewelry in your feature on Renegade! What a great show! I love your other choices also. BohBon and I are both from Michigan and we've done a number of the same shows. I know what you mean about the scent of her soaps! I bought some again today also! I enjoyed looking through the photos of your work also. Kristin Perkins

  2. Thanks for including me in your post!! It was so fun to meet you in person. :)

  3. Thanks so much for visiting our booth and for the blog love! It's nice to see our Fall Foliage piece in such good company.

  4. Thanks for the comments, everyone. I hope that all of you will keep making all the beautiful things you make and that you will be at the Renegade Craft Fair again next year!


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