With Strange Folk Festival 2012 firmly in the record books, now is the time to slow down, regroup and bask in the glory that was...
OK, enough of that... instead, let's all
behold my plunder!
Actually, there's more. Since it didn't make it into the above picture, let's start with it first.
(Heaven help the dog who decides to munch on this when my back is turned.)
Next up are the hilarious cat cards from katefunk
No cats were harmed in the taking of these photographs. As for Kate and her cat's relationship, well...that just got weird, and I love it!
Moving up and to the left, we have the awesome jewelry I traded for from Narcise. My favorite pair of earrings ever were bought from her last year. I simply could not pass up the opportunity for more. She fires glass onto metal, how cool is that!? Very.
I ended up with 2 pairs of her earrings, one in turquoise (of course) and one in gold. I also just had to have one of her bronze (?) dipped seed pod necklaces. This particular one features a morning glory pod, coral, ceramic beads and fancy jasper.
I traded with Jbirdstitch for these fabulous oven mitts. They feature both vintage and current fabrics, and are actually thick enough to render all attempts to burn my fingers, futile.
(Again, Heaven help the dog who chews on these when my back is turned.)
No question about it, I absolutely had to have this hand embroidered pillow made with vintage fabric from Whimsy Vintage. I love everything about it. It is somehow calming with it's chaos of colors and shapes. When I figure that one out, I'll let you all know. It just makes me feel like a happy little kid again.
(Heaven help the dog who shreads this when my back is turned.)
You can also see the top of the cute little apron I traded for from Thimblism, which I adore! It is large enough to cover my ample chesteses and belly and it is handmade in a teacup print in my favorite color combo. I was so excited about it, I put it on and didn't take it off until after Strange Folk Festival ended. Actually, it got worn to dinner as well because I forgot to take it off.
(Heaven help the dog who tries to descrate this when my back is turned.)
At the same time the cat cards were purchased, the other side of the booth was occupied by Innad, a prolific wallet maker after my own heart. You can see my ultimate choice is one of her ultra-slim passport wallets whose print reminds me how bland US money really is, compared to other country's currencies. Having to pick a wallet from her selection was probably the hardest decision I had to make all weekend. I know, I lead a strenuous life.
Last but not least, Rachel from Dyeabolical has been up to her tricks again. She just had to dye up my favorite color combo of all time. I simply could not resist it immortalized in her Alter Ego 100% Superwash Merino Wool yarn and traded her some of my spinning fiber for the pleasure of owning it.
Seriously, I need more yarn like...well, like all sorts of things I don't need. Items that come to mind are, another giant dog, an extra boob, a pink fluffy tutu, a Flea Circus, a lifetime supply of chocolate...no, wait...can I rethink that last one?
The colorway is Fate, Phd if you must know, but this is mine, all mine. (Maniacal Laugh)
There you have it, my conquests from the best Indie arts festival in the Midwest. The hardest part of Strange Folk is trying not to spend everything you make before you leave. If you ever get to take part as a vendor, it is extremely benefical to inquire about trades from other vendors. Believe it or not, I came home with all the amazing handmade items above and spent less than $75 cash.
I am a trading machine.