so, last week we went on a trip to Crafty Bastards in DC, it was AMAZING!!! Our best craft show to date, in all of over 5 years of doing indie craft shows, we’ve never experienced so much business in 6 hours, especially at a non Holiday show. We were going for “Craftiest Bastard”, remember? we didn’t win despite my mothers repeated votes for us (which we told her was against the rules and she refused to listen). Heidi of My Paper Crane won first place, which is great cause her work is the cutest. though, it’s so sweet i don’t know if the word ‘bastard’ should be allowed near her pieces…
all such great companies!
We were so busy at this show that I literally had to run around to see the other vendors. I wish with all of my heart I stopped by Home Sweet earlier and bought their gorgeous huge lampshade. They block print their own fabric and make it into shades. I’ve tried this, but never got past the block printing part, cause it’s so much fun. By the time I had a chance to get to their booth, it was pretty much sold out. I think they had 3 shades left, go them!
aren't these great!?
I got to trade with my favorite soap makers in all the land, Biggs & Featherbelle. Sometimes i feel like i need to design new products just so there is a chance they’ll want to trade with us. they have this new ‘tequila lime’ bar. OMfreakingG. it’s like a party every time i shower.
trading is probably my favorite thing about craft shows. no no, it isn’t the hundreds of miles driven, or hours spent in airports, or stress of pre-show prep, it’s indeed the trading. this year was so busy for everyone that we didn’t get to trade as much as we had hoped, but we did get some great stuff. my most favorites include: the soap mentioned above, a USA map mirror laser cut by Brookadelphia, and two little pottery pieces by tasha mcKelvey. I was hoping to trade with tree3, but never got a chance to get back to her. look at how lovely this pillow is! i think it will look great in our new vintage trailer (post soon to come).
so, that was our crafty bastards experience of 09′. it was fantastic and we want to thank all those washington city paper folks who organized the show, the people who sponsored the show, and the vendors who were at the show. it was amazing!