Crafty Bastards 2010

The annual Crafty Bastards fair took place over the weekend here in DC, and I had such a fun time walking around seeing all the booths and new exhibitors.  The fair was completely packed, which was great – but it was a bit too crowded to take photos, so I thought I’d share a few cool things from some of my favorite booths at the fair.  First up, the stationers and paper artists, of course – there were so many at Crafty Bastards this year, yay!

Briana and Jason from Brainstorm came down from Philadelphia with a bunch of new prints and posters:

creative screen printed poster creative screen printed poster


Fun screen printed and letterpress cards from the Brooklyn-based McBittersons:


It was wonderful to meet the husband and wife team of Nate Duval and Jen Skelley and see more of their work in person – if you aren’t already familiar with their respective prints and posters, you’ll definitely want to check them out!

{nate duval}

{jen skelley}

Kyle from Power and Light Press brought her fabulous letterpress cards all the way out from Portland, Oregon!

{power and light press}

Pretty notebooks, journals (including some chalkboard cover journals!), and albums from Moonlight Bindery:

{moonlight bindery}

Lovely illustrated whale prints from Arcane Arts:

{arcane arts}

Baltimore-based Alyssa and Michael from Small Talk Studio also came out, with prints, cards, and some beautiful pillows made from custom designed screen printed fabrics:

{small talk studio}

On the jewelry side, I fell in love with the delicate necklaces and earrings from Sarah Cecelia:

silver cloud necklace

{sarah cecelia}

Rhonda and Elijah from Figs and Ginger were at Crafty Bastards for a second time with their beautiful jewelry (as well as some really cool wood jewelry coming out soon!)

stainless steel jewelry

{figs and ginger}

Did any of you attend Crafty Bastards this year?  If you did, I’d love to hear about your favorites from the fair!

{all images from their respective sources}

{happy weekend!}

Ok, I’ll admit it, this week totally won.  I’m exhausted and ready for a much-needed weekend.  I’m also really looking forward to this weekend, because tomorrow is the annual Crafty Bastards fair here in DC!  If you’re in the DC area, you should definitely come check it out.  Also relevant to DC-based readers, one of the many projects I’ve been working on recently is almost done!  Want a sneak peek?  I’m so excited!  But in the meantime…

…a few links for your weekend:

…and just in case you missed it, a round-up of this week’s posts:

That’s it for me this week!  I hope you all have a wonderful (and hopefully relaxing) weekend, and I’ll see you all back here on Monday!

{photo by aimee, who has the most lovely photostream, found via design crush}

A Fun To Do List!

I’m definitely a write-it-down kind of girl – if I don’t write something down, it just doesn’t stick in my brain.  I’m constantly searching for little scraps of paper with key bits of information scattered around my apartment, but maybe instead I’ll just go for a nice, neat, organized note pad like this one from Old Tom Foolery:




Plus, I’m convinced there’s just nothing more satisfying than physically checking off a little box on a written to do list.  Either way, you can find these note pads right here.

{image credits: old tom foolery}

Seasonal Stationery: Halloween Cards and Invitations

Halloween was one of my favorite holidays as a kid – my family had so much fun decorating and creating haunted houses in our backyard, coming up with crazy costumes, and of course trick-or-treating!  And with Halloween just a bit over a month away, I thought I’d pull together a quick round-up of some fun Halloween cards and party invitations!

halloween witch card
{hazel and violet ink}

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{egg press}

Halloween black cat letterpress card
{sycamore street press}

wood veneer halloween card wood veneer halloween card
{night owl paper goods}

halloween pumpkins card
{paper lovely}

quirky haunted house letterpress card quirky skeleton halloween card
{hello! lucky}

{1915 press}

Halloween boo letterpress card
{starshaped press}

unique halloween party invitation unique halloween card
{super-cute Halloween cards and party invitations from Rifle Paper Co.}

letterpress fill-in halloween invitations
{fill-in Halloween party invitations from ilee}

halloween post card invitation
{postcard halloween party invitations from hello tenfold}

Have you already made plans and costume decisions for Halloween?  We’re still trying to decide what we’re going to do – yikes!

{images from their respective sources}

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