Renegade Chicago

Happy Monday! (Though I guess it's almost over.)

This past weekend I got the opportunity to go check out the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago. Yup, this is the Renegade that I applied for a few months ago, but didn't get in. I was a bit dejected at the time, but it all worked out in the long run because I got to go SHOP instead!

The forecast looked a bit sketchy to start off the fair, but by late afternoon, the sun was shining and we were peeling off layer after layer. I was secretly hoping that the chance of rain would keep the crowds at bay, but that didn't happen - people were out in droves! I guess that is a good indication of what a success this fair is.

This year, along with my sister-in-law, Stephen, Stella and my bro-in-law came along too. It was awesome! Though, I don't think the other three got nearly as much shopping done as I did, since they were trying to keep the 2.5 year old corralled. Stella had a fine time, grooving to the tunes, petting the dogs and making friends with the locals.

Now to the fun part - my purchases! There were so many quality booths this year, and I was especially impressed with the variety of products. I never felt it was too heavy with one type of item. Clockwise, from the top left:

The Departure - print by Raw Toast Design
We're All Normal - print by The Little Friends of Printmaking
Weeee! - print by Nisee Made
E pendant necklace - by Lillian Crowe
The Baseball beanie - by BMC Handmade
Honeycomb necklace - by The Harbinger Co.

There were so many other wonderful products! Some of my other faves from the day were:

Pillow covers and textiles from Shapes & Colors
Cuddly stuffed animals from Sweater Toys
Felted earrings and handprinted pouches from Biggie 
Delicate necklaces from freshie & zero
My most favorite-ist pillows ever from PLYtextiles
Unique ceramics from Julie Guyot
Super fun shirts from umsteigen
Lovely stuffed animals from Skunkboy Creatures

I could go on and on...I wanted it all! Kudos to all the sellers - the work was fantastic and I was so ecstatic to get to meet some of my "friends" from twitter and the blogosphere. They're just as nice in person as they are on the Interweb!

Okay, back to sewing - I have to keep working so I have projects to show ya!