Holiday Fair in West Greenville.

I haven’t mentioned how great the Indie Craft Parade Holiday Fair was!

Below are a few of my favorite images from that day, which was only about two weeks ago — but it feels like a month. What is it about this time of year that makes days feel long and short at the same time?





Note: These images were not all taken by me. Most were pulled from the Indie Craft Parade Facebook album.

My favorite things:
balloons, giant and otherwise
the most beautiful weather we could ask for
happy shoppers
a neighborhood full of people and excitement
even happier artists

indie craft show and tell

Here’s a peek at what we brought home from Indie Craft Parade last weekend! This year was more of a blur than the last two and shopping didn’t happen until Sunday. Which means when the show was over, I remembered several booths I intended to revisit, but never made it back to!

Overall, I felt like the booths and handmade goods this year were even better than in previous years, which is hard to believe. I really couldn’t be more pleased to be part of this event! Check out what made it home with us (except for a few gift items that can’t be pictured):

Clockwise from top: Screenprinted set of 4 napkins from Tiny Peepers / medium bowl from Jeanette Zeis Ceramics / inside, three soaps from The Herb Garden, a necklace from Spectrum, and my first Finkelstein creature! / letterpressed tags from Concrete Lace / hand-lettered, letterpress cards from Ink Meets Paper / The New Empires latest album / Tea towels by Chomp Textiles / letterpress coasters from The Gilded Fete / Metal bangles from Lily / an extra bright Spectrum bead

It’s obvious I gravitate toward all things paper and letterpress — with kitchen textiles and jewelry coming in at a close second. If you missed this year’s show, don’t worry — The Parade will be back next September!

Indie Craft Parade

It’s time for the Parade!

At our house, Indie Craft Parade weekend is quite possibly the craziest one of the year — even more so than Christmas! But it might be my favorite anyway. I can’t wait to see what all these artists have been working on for the last few months, shop (or at least window shop) my way through a sea of handmade goods and try to decide which ones to take home.

And this year, we’ve got workshops! I wish I could take every one of these. If you’re anywhere near Greenville, SC there are a million reasons you don’t want to miss the Indie Craft Parade this weekend, so come check it out. You can still buy a ticket to the VIP Gala tonight, or come out tomorrow and Sunday when it’s free.

a parade of goodness.

Here’s a glimpse of the wonderful things we brought home from Indie Craft Parade last weekend. I had much more time to shop this year and it was wonderful! Along with these goodies for us, we bought several gifts I’m really excited about (but can’t share of course). Here’s what I can show you:

Clockwise from top: port wine caramel sauce from Sweeteeth / fingerless gloves and a cozy cowl by erin elizabeth (I’m so much more excited about these than I look!) / stitched cards from Common Thread / handmade collar for Riley from Tree Parlor / owl ornament from Once Again Sam*

Not pictured (but things I can still share): leather clutch from Sew Few / bag with leather handles from lightnest / grey braided leather bracelet from Happylooks / What if Greenville poster from Shed Labs

*I know this photo is blurry, but I could barely get a clear picture of the owl since Riley thought it was a toy for her and kept trying to eat it in one gulp. I love they way they’re looking at each other here!

hello, goodbye.

I can hardly believe the Parade has come and gone. This year went even smoother than last, and I enjoyed it more than I ever expected I could. Stress levels were way lower — maybe since we knew a little more what to expect — but I suspect it had more to do with the number of amazing volunteers we had. Somewhere between taking shopping breaks, I realized that all the work I put into Indie Craft Parade is probably for myself!

I love this event through and through. It’s a combination of all the things I love — art, craft, design, Greenville, new friends, good food. I feel so privileged to work on this with Erin for months and months, and then watch all the pieces come together in a single short weekend.

The booth where I spent most of my money, by erin elizabeth

I have lots more to say and purchases to share, but for now — if you missed Indie Craft Parade this year, you can see photos of the artists and their work in our growing Flickr pool. I hope these images can communicate even a little bit of the inspiration that was Indie Craft Parade!

It's time.

The extended silence over here means The Parade is about to happen! Festivities officially begin tonight at 6pm, but we’ll be busy all day with setup and preparation. My shopping list is growing by the day and I can not wait to see what all the artists have been working on!

If you come out this weekend, look for me in the lobby at the Indie Craft Parade booth and Andrew upstairs at the Parachute booth (#12)!

We are lucky to have so many people who are as passionate about Indie Craft Parade as we are. A big special thanks goes to my Mom who has spent countless hours making  tiny felt flags, stuffing swag bags for vendors, and just being all around event support. She doesn’t believe me, but I really don’t think we could have done it without her.

Indie Craft Parade Treasury

My excitement for this year’s Indie Craft Parade is growing and growing, and this treasury of our 2011 Indie Craft Parade artists should provide a teeny glimpse into what I’m so excited about! We have 74 participating artists (view the complete list here), and about half of these are new this year!

Erin and I hung posters downtown this past Friday, and billboards start going up around Greenville tomorrow. Everything is starting to come together, and I can’t wait to see all these great artists and their work in September!

you're invited.

It’s time for more Indie Craft Parade news! We are about a month (eek!) away from the main event, and this time we’re planning to kick things off with a Friday night VIP Gala. I am so excited about this addition to the event, and you are invited!

Indie Craft Parade VIP

As if Indie Craft Parade isn’t cool enough by itself, this VIP Gala adds a whole extra level of specialness. Tickets for the Gala are $25 each, and ticket holders get a first look at all the artists work, as well as a chance to win some of the amazing handmade goods. There will also be food, drinks, music and a few artists demonstrating their crafts.

Indie Craft Parade is still free Saturday and Sunday, but if you were scared off by the crowds or the lines last year, the VIP Gala is where you want to be. Tickets are limited, so reserve yours today. We’d love to see you there!

Just a note: This VIP night allows us to keep Indie Craft Parade going year after year, and continue to keep costs low for our artists, so consider investing in the Greenville arts community in this way. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

unintentional hiatus + handmade nation

The lack of posts here is directly related to the amount of Indie Craft Parade work that’s been going on in my ‘non-working’ hours. So, while I feel a little guilty about neglecting the blog, I’m super excited about all that’s going on in the Indie Craft Parade world!

First, the exciting news that we’re co-hosting a showing of the documentary Handmade Nation. This will be happening one week from today at the Warehouse Theatre as part of the Greenville Forward Challenge Series*. If you’re curious what the big deal about art and handmade goods is, this documentary is a great way to learn about the modern craft movement. Director Faythe Levine interviewed “artists, crafters, makers, curators and community members” across the country to learn about this subculture in America. Tickets are $10 and you can reserve them in advance here.

The second milestone we’re approaching is the application period, which runs June 1 — June 18. If you’re an artist or crafter in the Southeast, we want to see your work! We’re looking for quality handmade goods in a variety of categories. If you’re interested, or know a favorite artist who should apply, more information can be found here.

*Sidenote: we saw Food, Inc. as part of Greenville Forward’s Challenge Series, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that for us, it was life changing. This series is host to all kinds of documentaries, with focused discussions afterward that help the audience make applications to our community in Greenville. It’s one of the many helpful programs Greenville Forward is behind, and I highly recommend it!

on your mark, get set...

We are easing back into the swing of things with Indie Craft Parade, and it’s already getting exciting! At the moment, that means making website changes, updating and assembling sponsorship packets and starting the daunting task of fundraising. We’re also dreaming up a few exciting additions for year two!

It’s amazing to realize that in just one year, we’ve made so many new friends, connections and relationships in Greenville. It’s not just our (mine and Erin’s) idea anymore. We’ve got volunteers and advocates — not to mention artists — who are just as excited about this as we are.

I’m so grateful to everyone who believed in our idea and didn’t discourage us from dreaming big!

Indie Craft Parade recap.

ICP booth
Indie Craft Parade booth, photo by Julia Bastine

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been two weeks since Indie Craft Parade — which makes it past time for an update!

The bad news is that I was so busy I didn’t take a single picture. (gasp!)
But the good news is that all our planning and work for the event seriously paid off.

To see some great event photos from others, check out our Flickr group.

It’s really hard to decide my favorite part, so I made a list, in no particular order:

· the unexpected turnout.
· meeting so many great artists in person.
· the goods that found new homes.
· being able to introduce people to Greenville, and Greenville to these talented artists.
· the photobooth.
· volunteers who were excited about our idea and gave up their time for it.
· the money that went to individual artists, musicians and local restaurants.
· the connections that were made between artists and local shops!
· the spirit of the entire place: shoppers not bothered to wait in line, and so excited about handmade.
· coming home with lots of goodies, including new favorite cds.
· the number of artists whose first craft show it was (almost a third!).
· the unbelievable quality of work represented in one place.

the Two Over Zero booth, photo by Bryan Rees

We certainly came away with lots of ideas to make next year better. But I don’t think we could have asked for a better first year event! If you were one of those who came out, thank you! You were a huge part of what made this so successful!

Spoils from the Parade.

Indie Craft Parade was everything we had hoped for — and then so much more. For this two-day event, we had around 4,000 attendees come through. (Yes, four THOUSAND!) In spite of the short bursts of time Andrew and I had to shop, we came away with some pretty fabulous finds!

Here they are, clockwise from top:

Sweeteeth chocolate bars / rings: vintage button ring — hawleywood & flower ring — 17 Dove Street / beautifully detailed fiber art — Bess Whittington / photo print — Marco Suarez / tea towel — Pony & Poppy / cuffs: mine — Ashley Buchanan & his — Tocadora Leather / original painting — Annie Koelle / poster — The Half and Half / kumquat soap — Daisycakes Soap / fabric pin — Happy Looks.

Not shown: Dragon print from Cory Godbey, my new reversible apron from Going Home to Roost, a mug (already in use) from Ben Kammer, and a loaf of homemade chocolate bread from Katie Gerdt, which was devoured upon coming home Friday night.

I was excited to be able to buy so many wonderful handmade goods all in one place. Although we were busy enough that I really don’t feel like I got to see everything! I keep seeing photos of vendors whose booths I meant to buy things from, and just never made it to. And all those Christmas gifts I was planning to buy didn’t exactly get purchased. But that just means I need to buy more handmade goods very soon, and that’s fine with me!

Indie Craft Parade: Creativity + Passion

Tonight and tomorrow are the culmination of months of hard work. Not just mine, but Erin’s, our artists, our musicians and our wonderful volunteers. We have poured ourselves into Indie Craft Parade, and once again, I’m amazed by what passion can accomplish.

If you’re anywhere within driving distance of Greenville, South Carolina this weekend, you need to come see this in person! If this is the first time you’re hearing about Indie Craft Parade, check out this quick video, look at the site, or simply take my word for it and jump in your car. I promise you will not be disappointed!

Admission is free, so bring your friends and family with you, and come find out what we’re all so excited about.

It's almost time.

So many really great things have been coming together for Indie Craft Parade in the last few weeks, both from the organization/planning side, as well as the participant side. (I’ll hopefully be sharing a few Two Over Zero sneak peeks soon!)

This last weekend we hung these posters up around Greenville to promote the event.

We are now less than three weeks away! I know that I’m extremely biased, but in all honesty, Indie Craft Parade is going to be amazing. We have so many fabulous artists who are pouring their hearts into their work just for this occasion. I don’t think I can describe what a wonderful experience this will be, so please plan to come see it yourselves!

I know I’ve said this over and over…but you really won’t want to miss it!

Problem Solving.

I posted a link not too long ago about good design actually being problem solving. I truly believe this! Here are some step by step photos of a problem I set out to solve this past week. We’re making (what feels like miles of) felt garland for Indie Craft Parade, and we needed to figure out a quick way to cut out the pieces. Here’s the solution I ended up with:

So with a scrap of cardboard as a template, a rotary cutter and seven cuts, you get twenty-two full-size triangles and a few scraps that will be turned into other fun things. Who knew geometry and a little problem-solving could be so rewarding?

Two Over Zero

Last year, Andrew and I started a small paper company, called Two Over Zero. We had been dreaming about this for years, and decided it was time to actually do it. We wanted an outlet for creativity and also a good excuse to make some products we felt were missing on the market. Today I ran across these photos on my computer and wanted to share them with you. These are our grid pads, an example of a practical product we created just as much for ourselves, as for other designers out there.

All these photos were taken by local photographer, Mykal McEldowney

Unfortunately, we haven’t had much spare time to pursue new products lately, but we still have big plans for Two Over Zero! Right now we have our products listed in an Etsy shop, but we’ll also be selling these products (and more!) at Indie Craft Parade in September.