Saturday, October 06, 2007

Crafty Bastards


Wow...it's been awhile. Sorry, I've been super busy with art and work and working on art.

Anyway, a few weekends ago my friends and I went to the Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair in the Adam's Morgan neighborhood of DC. It was so awesome...and perhaps they should consider re-naming it,"Crowded Bastards" 'cause that place was packed! And, if you're a vendor that's fantastic, but as a shopper (yup, no booth for PinkBird), well, it can get discouraging when you're wandering around in the heat being bumped from almost all sides by other crafty-shoppers. I have a few picture here, but if you really want more, you can see the "official" Crafty Bastards photo pool here.

Not only did I get to see a lot of cute indie items live in person that I'd been browsing online...I also got to meet (or at least see) the artists behind the shops. I will admit though, I was a bit sad when I went to Tina Seamonster's booth and she wasn't around (her site/blog, that I adore, is ilikeseamonsters)....because I read her blog so much I already feel like I know her, and I was really looking forward to meeting her...but, I think she was probably taking a lunch break. Or a break from the heat. That's OK. Maybe another time. I did manage to purchase a lovely "some day we will all be ghosts" magnet (since she was out of "I like Sea Monsters" shirts in my size, and that's awesome for her!). Here is a picture of her super-cram-packed booth:

I also managed to buy some really cute accessories from Art School Dropout (you gotta love that name!) I always browse her online shop, and, once seeing all her colorful fantastic jewelry in person, I had to buy some. I got some owl earrings, some bee earrings (like these, only in white) and a little camera bobby pin (that one is a gift, actually). What I really want to know is if she buys these colorful bits and pieces, or if she makes them (by, oh, I don't know, pouring got wax into molds, how cool would that be?!?). I wish I would have asked when I was there shopping.

I made special PinkBird Creations coupon codes (which I mounted on the back of PB stickers) to pass out at the Craft Fair, but that didn't quite go as planned, so, if you're reading this, and you didn't get the sticker/coupon code, here it is: 07CRAFTYBASTARD. Don't wait too long, it won't last forever.

So, Crafty Bastards seemed like a terrific success....maybe next year PinkBird will have a booth.

(from November 2006 when I was the Washington City Paper's
"Craftiest Bastard of the Week").