November 13, 2012

Crafty Bastards

A few good friends from Penn State came to DC for a visit this weekend. On Saturday, we stopped by the Crafty Bastards arts and crafts festival. It was packed! You'll have to excuse my terrible iPhone photos, because there was absolutely no room to snap a pic without getting bulldozed. Here we are, enjoying a moment of global warming. 

It was like an Etsy explosion up in there. I was excited to see so many unique artists in one place, but we did notice a few trends that kept popping up. Not surprisingly, crafters are a cat-loving bunch. Monsters are everywhere! There were cute ones, ugly ones, fuzzy ones, and funny ones. The taxidermy trend has take on a more kid friendly approach, and bike paraphernalia was in no short supply.

Clockwise: Fancy Seeing You Here // Leroy's Place // Cherrybox Studio // Hero and Sound

One of my favorite vendors was Letterpress Collective, which included the work of Grey Moggie Press, Fancy Seeing You Here, and Lennah Press.  I could see their prints in an office, offering some words of inspiration.

all great points.

Jay McCarrol, winner of Project Runway season one, offered a variety of apparel and accessories. My favorite piece was a little splattered painted skirt. For the sake of the blog, I got over myself and asked him to pose for a picture. 

I spy Rachel :)
I was particularly excited for the Salt & Sundry, a beautifully curated collection of homegoods from DC food blogger Amanda McClements.

Here are a few more favorites...

Clockwise: Fritz and Faulein // In the Seam // Horrible Adorables
Left: Fritz and Fraulein Right: Home Sweet
This year, the event was held at Union Market, which opened this fall just a few blocks from the New York Ave metro stop. The new building is beautiful and is home to a number of local artisan retailers. Anchoring the space is this gorgeous light fixture made from crushed water bottles and copper piping.

Dan Steinhilber
Did you make it to Crafty Bastards? Who were your favorites?


  1. That looked so fun! Glad you got over yourself lol

  2. Global warming: sometimes frankenstorms sometimes sunshine. I like that light fixture with the water bottles.


  3. Glad you had a great time and thanks so much for including us in your lineup of favorites! We hope to see you guys next year! Amazing amazing day and incredible people. We heart DC! =)


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