Creative Envy

Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 9:07 pm
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I am back from my trek to Brooklyn and slightly overwhelmed with all the pictures I took, the fun business cards I loaded up on at Renegade, and all the shops and restaurants I experienced. Therefore, I’m going to attempt to break these posts into chunks to make it more manageable.

I’m going to start with the easiest first: what I bought. Surprisingly, I didn’t really have a lot of loot to take back with me that would have warranted the additional suitcase my hostess was more than willing to part with. I think it was because NYC has a way of making your wallet hemorrhage cash. I felt guilty dropping too much money on purchases when there was food to be eaten, transportation to be considered, and checked luggage fees (I still can’t get over that). At any rate, here’s what I picked up.

It’s no surprise to my close friends that the booth I really wanted to check out at Renegade was that of artist Dolan Geiman. I would love to own so many of his original pieces; however, my wallet only allowed (this time) for a DG mini. Still, I love it so much.


Next, I bought a couple of classics from Mean Cards. The merchandising of their booth was really smart and efficient. I’ll share pictures of it on my next post about Renegade. Check out their site though. They have the perfect piece of snark for every occasion.1027_elderlyOn Saturday I had come across Finch Metal’s booth and loved their child-like themed jewelry that was executed in a more sophisticated way. I couldn’t get this kite necklace out of my head so I went back on Sunday morning when they opened and snatched it up. This one knocks my current standby peacock necklace out of rotation, at least temporarily.


And finally, I picked up this simple jade-beaded, knotted bracelet at one of the small boutiques in Carroll Gardens, Andie Woo.


In addition, I bought a beautiful handmade bracelet by Courtney Fischer as a thank you gift for my friend who watched Beck.


My upcoming posts this week will include the Renegade scene, general Brooklyn photos, and a list of good eats (I ate insanely well all weekend).

Small site update: I’ve created a Flickr account under Creative Envy which I hope to post on weekly. You can check it out here, or click on my photostream in the sidebar. Over the next week I’ll post pictures from my trip as well as older, backlogged pics that I think are relevant to the content here. Hope you enjoy them.

Friday, June 5, 2009, 9:14 pm
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I’m all packed (the lightest I have EVER done) and ready to go. Tomorrow morning I will be heading to Brooklyn for the Renegade Craft Fair and I couldn’t be more excited. Hopefully I get some sleep tonight because it’s going to be a very full weekend. I plan on taking tons of pictures (me=tourist), spending a lot of my paycheck on handmade stuff, and twittering along the way. See you next week!


Photo from Flickr by =Thomas=

Monday, May 11, 2009, 8:18 pm
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I am beside myself with excitement because today I booked a weekend trip to NYC to attend the Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair. Woo hoo!!! I’ve been to New York a bunch of times but have never visited Brooklyn beyond a one-time trip to see a friend’s apartment. So not only will I get to scour RCF for some kick-ass handmade goods, I’ll get to explore Williamsburg with a local BK girl. (Thanks for letting me crash with you, C-dawg!)


The big kahuna Renegade is in Chicago on the weekend of September 12th, which I am plotting and planning to attend as well since I’ve never been to Chicago either (I know, it’s kinda ridiculous). My hope is that one day I won’t just be a shopper at these fairs, but actually holding down my own booth.


Renegade Brooklyn will be taking place Saturday and Sunday June 6th and 7th at McCarren Park from 11am – 7pm. Check it out!