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Be a Handmade Renegade at Renegade Handmade

Tricky wording, right? It’s called “attempt at humor”. It’s Wednesday afternoon, you shouldn’t expect too much at this point. 

Anyway.

This year, I’m excited to say that I’ll be attending the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco. Although it isn’t the first time that the RCF has been here, it’s the first time that I’ll have the chance to go. And if you can make it, you should. If you’re not completely sure you want to attend because – and this is a total possibility – you have no idea what I’m talking about…then take a look at their site here, or their blog here. Even if you don’t live here, or anywhere that the craft show is scheduled, you can shop their store online. A-mazing stuff. Amazing. No doubt about it.

Here are a few things I’m adding to my list (Special note to my Mama: Don’t even think about it. That’s right. You heard me.):

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Just plain edible.

Edible crayons. Yes, you heard me right. Crayons. Just when you thought it wasn’t safe for your kids to eat their art supplies, it is. Thanks to Luxirare for the beautiful photos above, and for inspiring something that seems so simple and smart. Although there isn’t an actual tutorial or recipe, you can see all of the ingredients are comprised of dried fruits, nuts, seeds (and some of them are bound with MARSHMALLOWS – hello!) ……..the list goes on. If you want to give it a whirl, you can purchase your very own crayon mold here.

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Primp your kitchen.

So ReadyMade magazine is pretty much my favorite magazine these days. It’s jam-packed with lots of projects that, due to work or skill or plain laziness, I would never attempt, and a few small ones that I would. You can check out their blog here, which I did this morning. For those of you that know me well, you know I have a love for pretty little details, so I was excited to find a shout-out for Just Something I Made and these great little kitchen decals Cathe Holden’s got available on her blog. If you like fonts and stickers, her kitchen sticker stencils should be right up your alley.  Not only are they free, but she’s got a great how-to included for those of you who need a little extra visual aid when it comes to crafting (like me).

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Oh, and…

Just wanted to mention that I’m adding one more link to my sidebar of fun sites: Joy Of Baking. Read. Bake. Enjoy. Repeat.

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Fun little project: The Petal Pillow.

In my quest to make time for myself, I started by looking at some of my favorite craft blogs. It always gets me really excited to find free tutorials (I mean, really, that’s pretty awesome) or find inspiration in something that someone has made. Anyway, I found this pretty Petal Pillow, and I thought you might like it, too. This is from the Cluck.Cluck. Sew blog, which also has beautiful quilt tutorials. Check it out.

UPDATE: After posting this, I wondered how in the world I was going to make this. I mean, the circles. Thankfully, after a recent visit to Joann’s, I found this little wonder-of-wonders. Problem solved.

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To do, to make, to learn, to stay.

I just happened to open the latest and greatest issue of Sunset magazine last night to find some seriously great ideas.

To do: One of those great ideas was a small paragraph tucked away about Pie Ranch. Like I said the other day, you never know what you’re going to find on the Internet – and the same can be said for magazines, newspapers and books. To read about Pie Ranch, and their monthly Work Day and Barn Dance, just click on the Pie Ranch link here. If you had told my Grandpa that working in the fields, then having a potluck and a barn dance afterward would become the thing to do on a Saturday night for city-fied folks, he would’ve laughed in your face. Hard.

To make: Stuffed Chicken with Rosemary Polenta.  So not only does this recipe call for polenta (Note to my Mama: They taste like grits.), but it also has fontina in it. I mean, you can’t really go wrong with a recipe that includes 8 ingredients for the entire thing. I’ll tell you now, I don’t like recipes that call for ingredients you’ve never heard of that are priced to kill and/or will never be used again because you discover after paying the exorbitant price for the ingredient, you hate it (saffon anyone?). Anyway. We would call this chicken and grits with some cheese thrown in there back home. But the picture sure does look good.

To learn: Another great idea was taking a class at the Institute of Urban Homesteading right here in the Bay Area. From Cheesemaking 101 to Backyard Beekeeping and Butchering, you can learn about all kinds of things to do right in your kitchen (or backyard). There’s also a class there about goats and chickens, if you’re so inclined. I am not. Classes range in price, but from what I saw, looked to be pretty reasonable. For the class schedule, click here.

To stay: Tree House Point in Issaquah, Washington was just amazing to look at. Essentially, they’re hotel-room-treehouses. When we travel, we always like to rent apartments through VRBO, because we’ve always had good luck and we’ve always enjoyed the places we’ve stayed. Plus, you don’t spend tons of money eating out – and since most places have a washer and dryer, you can pack less. Anyway, washer and dryers and cooking aside, the Tree House Point is definitely a place I’d like to find myself.

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iDIY for the yet-to-be-married.

I almost wish my wedding hadn’t happened already. But alas, it was a little over a year ago and all ideas/thoughts/suggestions for that have been put to bed (or in a box). However, I’m gonna be nice here and share this site , iDIY, with all of you, because it is just plain awesome. And besides, this site really isn’t just for unmarrieds – it’s for all of us.

Just a few things on there, so you catch my drift:

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Ayumi is awesome. Just like Monday.

Some vicious little blogger really socked it to me this morning and sent me here, to stare at pretty things that I want to buy but shouldn’t buy (and won’t, gosh darn it!). Ugh.

And by vicious little blogger, I mean Jennifer Murphy of and other silly things. It’s actually a nice blog, and I’m pretty sure she isn’t vicious.

Anyway, the site reminded me of earlier days at LSU when the art students would come out in the Spring with their ceramics and sell them in front of the Union. Beautiful pieces, big pieces, little pieces, weird pieces. I never had a lot of money to spare, but I would always try and buy at least a coffee cup.

Here’s my motto: You can never have too many handmade pretty things. Really.

And here’s to Monday friends – hope it’s a good one: 

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