Sunday, December 9, 2007

Bust Magazine Holiday Craftacular

Bust Magazine quickly became one of my favorite magazines this year. It's a feminist magazine with DIY how-to's, alternative shopping guides, music reviews, interviews and much more.

Little did I know they had a "Holiday Craftacular"! It's one day only and HUGE. Think 200+ booths at the Met. Pavilion on 18th Manhattan. DJ's, beer, veggie and meat franks and burgers, cupcakes & coffee, a holiday polaroid photo booth complete with really tacky sweaters from the 80's and every kind of craft imaginable represented.

It wouldn't be complete without Amy Sedaris signing her new book and selling her wares. My friend Dorian purchased a bic lighter that had "poof! It's magic!" handwritten on it.

The fair was super inspiring. I went with my friend Dorian, who is planning out her next apartment. It was fun to look at all of the housewares and come up with projects to work on and things to purchase for her housewarming.

There were SO many cool things. All I wanted to do was go straight home after shopping and make things for my etsy shop. I took business cards from everyone I intend to purchase from in the near future. Oh and one very cute silk screener. I'm going to see if he has a MySpace profile. ;)

A few of my all-time etsy faves were there, it was good to see them in person.

I stopped by Kate Black and decided I will yet again custom order something from her for a friend.

Next up, we went to Luca/Lollibomb Beauty's booth. I officially introduced myself and we chatted for a minute. Then she turned around to answer someone's question and turned back around to see Dorian rubbing a sample solid perfume all over her lips. She thought it was lip balm! Luca laughed and said "I can't turn around for a minute here!" She said that sometimes guys come up and eat her Body Souffle right out of the jar because most of them smell like very tempting desserts.

Finally, I found Sarah/Fort Cloudy! She is such a sweetheart. I love that I haven't seen her in months and she still recognizes me. She's got some of the most adorable appliques ever! I saw a baby t-shirt with Walfred the Raddish on it that I just HAD to buy for my cousin's baby. I was so enamored with it I didn't even realize it was 2 sizes too big for Andy Jr. It's fine, I will just hold off on giving it to him until later next year, as I already have SO many Christmas presents for him.

I love Fort Cloudy's characters, they all have their own personalities and are super cute. You have to check the descriptions! Her fried egg is called "Sal Monella", how fun is that?

After saying hi to everyone, I realized that ReproDepot had a booth. I practically ran over to them and found that they were selling fat quarters and half yards by the oz. I bought quite a few new prints and have already made two new coin purses. One, I am listing today and the second? You will have to wait until tomorrow!

<3 Always,

The long wait...

So I've been promising these new makeup bags I designed for a few weeks. I'm excited about them because they are wide enough for pencils and pens and other drawing supplies. They don't have to be makeup. I even had someone tell me she'd use it as a clutch! I personally find this size much more functional. I don't wear tons of makeup, but this new bag will fit my mascara, lipstain, eyeshadow, mirror, comb, hairclips, nail polish and even my eyelash curler.

I finally listed one today! I absolutely love the Sugar Skulls fabric. I have a yard in hot pink that I have not yet used, but am almost out of the blue print, so I may have to make the switch soon. I will be listing a few more throughout the week.

I think it's time to place another zipper order. I get really excited when I order zippers. I love the colors and the different lengths. I really think a matching or contrasting zipper can make the bag unique and either fun or classy.

I have to update on the Bust Craftacular soon. I had SO much fun.

<3 Always,