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Urban Craft Uprising

If you know me, you know that I love independent artists. There’s a huge movement happening around the globe to support small businesses, especially those selling handmade goods.

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I wish I lived closer to Brooklyn so I could always attend this event. This weekend is The Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco and if I could go anywhere this weekend it would be there.

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I want to go to there (Liz Lemon quote)! However, Seattle has been on this handmade movement for a while now.

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Ladies & Gentlemen? I give you the Urban Craft Uprising. The UCU began in 2004 and used to be a winter holiday craft show supporting independent artists, but this year, for the first time, they’ve started a summer event, which will be on August 1st & 2nd. It’s the largest Indie Craft Show in the Pacific Northwest and we need it, because San Francisco is still too far to go for something like this.

Here’s a look at some of the awesome vendors that will be there.

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I can’t wait to see the work of A Farmers Daughter up close. She’s got some beautiful pieces that brides would just swoon over.

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Just have a look at this bird cage half veil. It’s very reasonably priced. It’s one of those things that make me wish I were a bride every day of the year.

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She does boutonnieres too, so definitely worth a look and don’t forget to bring your guy too. There’s plenty for your man to see.

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Does your man cycle? Do you? Take a look at Vital Industries. How could you not like this hand screenprint t-shirt? I think my friend K would dig it.

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Isn’t this a great hat from Flipside Hats? It looks so Italian to me. What a great alternative to the weekend baseball cap for your guy. Very stylish! And it’s reversible! Awesome (said in a high pitched Will Ferrell voice)!

There’s even soft toys for your kids, nieces or nephews.

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How could you resist these adorable mini marshmallows from Scrumptious Delights?!

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Or what about this little guy from local Seattle artist Softlife? They’ve got some fun looking creatures.

t_robot_cAnd dude! Do you think I could convince local Seattle artist, LuCoo, to make an adult size t-shirt like this? Kids have the cutest clothes!

Artists coming all the way from NYC to local artists from Seattle, Redmond, Bellingham, Vancouver, CA., etc. and many other artists in between. From jewelry, paintings, clothing for children, men, women…even clothing for the real shape of a woman, hand-spun & hand-dyed yarns, 100% natural skin care products, glass, pottery, soft toys for kids, soap, handmade books…

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This necklace from here.

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Everything handmade and when I say Indie Crafts, you’ve got to know that it’s going to be unique and one of a kind. There’s gonna be a lot to see and I know it’s going to be loads of fun. You know where I’ll be on August 1st & 2nd and I can hardly wait! Trust me, you do NOT want to miss this.

So mark your calendars. August 1st & 2nd at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Oh! And check out the UCU blog here.

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The Magazine Death Pool

After my last post, I recently read of yet another magazine saying goodbye. O at Home.

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I subscribe and didn’t even know it had announced this inĀ  November! There’s also a site dedicated to the magazine death pool. Check it out here.

It seems when a company happens upon tough times, it often seems advertising is one of the first areas to cut back. But if you have a good product, or have developed a new product, shouldn’t it be just the opposite? Shouldn’t you be showing consumers through your advertising how they can’t live without their product or services during tough times? Or is there just a lot of pointless, useless stuff out there? Your thoughts?

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Magazine Goodbye’s & Space

Yes, yes…I’ve been away. I know, I know. There are many plans in the works and a lot of ideas in my head. Now I just need to organize them and make the time for them to begin spilling out. But that will happen all in due time.

I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m super talented in interior design. I did take an interior design course at university and that also touched a little on exterior design, but for the most part I get ideas and inspiration from magazines and catalogs…and for everything from interior design, gardening, cooking, typography, color inspiration for my work and for well…living. And if you know me, you know I love magazines! Where do you get your ideas from?

I just learned Domino magazine is ending. From how it sounds, they won’t even be maintaining their web site. I’m not sure when this all becomes effective, but it actually sort of…well…sucks.

Initially, when the magazine first came out, it was much too modern for my taste. But as time went by it grew on me. Either that or their styles became less extreme modern and more affordable style. Now, when I sign up for a 2-year subscription, they become subjected by a failing economy.

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I remember years ago when my brother-in-law, K, was a bachelor he painted his living room black. He was really on to something. But then he did the bachelor thing and painted images and logos from his favorite computer games albums. Very funny and very bachelor, don’t you think? But now he’s married with two beautiful little girls and a beautiful wife that’s helped him out in the decorating department. Thank you O. But then I saw this cover above and read the story and decided that there are some that can pull off black walls. It’s not depressing looking and it doesn’t look like a bachelor pad either. I quite like it. It’s stories and very outside the box design like this that I will miss.

Not too long ago I received the sad news that Cottage Living would no longer produce its magazine.

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It looks as if their web site is still being maintained, so that’s good, but it was still a little sad to know my subscription would be changing to Coastal Living,

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One story from Cottage Living I’ll never forget was just after hurricane Katrina. They did a feature on these small permanent cottages which were built at the same cost of the horrible FEMA trailers. They were built at the back of a residents property. Once their own home, which were all cottage style, was rebuilt they could keep the small cottage as well. Genius plan! You can read a shortened version of the article here.

Another story was about a builder, Ross Chapin, taking us back to the way we used to live, where everyone knew their neighbors and lived close and helped each other out.

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I love the idea and wish my cul-de-sac was a bit more like this. So long as all the neighbors get along and are friendly people then it works.

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I think it takes a certain laid back personality too. Millions of people live in close quarters in big cities. On top of that, they do so with very minimal square footage.

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Did you happen to catch this fantastic makeover on Oprah?

So why do we need so much space? Why can’t we live simply? Ask yourself this, is your home larger than the home you grew up in? If so, why is this? Why do some people believe bigger and more is better? Is it all about the investment? Because right now the investment in real estate isn’t worth much. And in this time, in this economy, in our current environment should we all be trying to downsize? Afterall, sometimes the biggest joy can be found in some of the smallest things. What do you think?

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