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last saturday was one of my very favorite seattle events of the year, urban craft uprising!  the days before urban craft are as exciting to me as christmas morning (2 more sleeps until urban craft) and almost as excruciating as a half marathon (need to carb load and hydrate days beforehand).

jess and kim have been my urban craft partners-in-crime the past couple of years.  this year we decided to be early birds and get there just as the doors open at 11am.  it was insanely crowded this year.  i cannot remember it being nearly this packed last year.  we waited in a line a couple blocks long to get in and then the aisles were jammed.  i’m so happy for the crafters that the event is getting so much attention and so many people are interested in the event, but it kinda made for a challenging shopping experience.  it was really hard to move around and hard to see things.  i’m sure there were a couple of booths i missed just because i couldn’t see them or get to them.

trend wise, there were TONS of plush toys and felt project booths this year.  i fell in love with the plush candy corns from scrumptious delight.  there seemed to be a lot less jewelry booths this year.  i kinda missed that since i’m such a craft jewelry junkie.

i can’t go into too much detail about what i bought since i mostly bought christmas gifts, but here are some of my favorites:

figs & ginger – adorable, delicate nature themed jewelry

go robot – interesting, kinda industrial looking jewelry

laughing raven design – more handmade jewelry.  i said i liked the jewelry!

markhed – jewelry from montreal.  pretty pendants, some with cool city scape themes

paula deer – fun and funny felt hats.  with earflaps!

rachel austin – painting on maps.  i can’t afford one of her paintings, so i’d take one of the pendants

tako fibers – felt projects.  i bought a little kit from them that i’ll share once i do the project


i have a well documented love of handmade and bird related jewelry.  i just discovered an awesome etsy seller, lulubug, who does absolute beautiful work with precious metal clay.  i haven’t purchased anything from her, but i’m in love with this fabulous little owl.

Check out the awesome projects over at Craftastrophe.  Of course the knitter in me loves this.  I hear that the slankets are sold out, and this is only $349.

Thanks to my bud, Sarah, for passing on the ridiculousness.

recently, i’ve been switching over to more natural and handmade beauty products and i thought i would review a couple things i’m really in love with right now.

the first is shave bars. i initially sought out shave bars because i’m always trying to find ways to cut the excess packaging out of my life. the metal canisters with plastic lids, then often again shrink wrapped in plastic, seem like more packaging than necessary for what they are. i did a quick search for “shave bars” on etsy and found bunches of options. i’ve tried two:

spa therapy shave bar baby legs shave bar

the one on the right is a shave bar from seller gudonyatoo! and on the left is a shave bar from spa therapy. both of them include kaolin clay for a nice, smooth shave. they both smell absolutely delicious, the spa therapy cherry almond smells sooooo yummy. i like them both and have been going back and forth between the two, however, i think i like the gudonyatoo shave soap just a tiny bit more. the bars are bigger and i think they create a more “slippery” lather, which i personally like.

the other beauty product switch i’ve made is the move to handmade deodorant. i was a little apprehensive about this one at first, all the handmade/natural deodorants i’ve found are deodorant only, not antiperspirant. good because they don’t have aluminum and other strange things that actually block sweating, but then…you are sweating. not something that i’m very fond of. but, i was willing to give it a try.

handmade deodorant

same two etsy sellers: vegan deodorant stick from spa therapy and stinky no more vegetable deodorant from gudonyatoo. i’ve been so pleasantly surprised with how these have worked out. not only do they smell amazing, but i honestly don’t notice any difference at all from regular antiperspirant/deodorant. a super hot trip to los angeles, what little heat we’ve had in seattle, as well as my usual pilates and running have been no match for these deodorants. again, i do like one a bit more than the other. the spa therapy, imo, lasts a bit longer and is available in scents that are more appealing to me. the scent thing is obviously personal, but i like the sweet, dessert scents offered by spa therapy. my favorite so far has been the lemon meringue scent, yummy!

i’ve bought a bunch of other products from both sellers, and i’ll probably post about them later when i’ve used them a bit more. in the meantime, if you have a handmade beauty product you like, please leave the link in comments. i’d love to try out some new things.

i am a huge fan of all things handmade, naturally, i love etsy. lately, i have also been in constant search mode for cute buttons for my various knitting projects. i recently found an amazing etsy seller who makes buttons and i had to share these little beauties i picked up.

creamrose buttons

the seller is creamrose. i kept myself under control and only ordered these two sets of buttons. however, she has tons and tons of options varying from cutesy and cartoon to really sophisticated. she is very sweet and has great service too!


i'm chris. i knit and spin a lot. i cook and eat food grown and made locally. i fail at the "local" part more than i'd like. i am learning to be a gardener. i'm in love with two pitbulls and an advocate for the breed.

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