Hello friends. Are you ready to do some Christmas shopping? Are you still hunting for the perfect gift? Please, let me help. Don't forget to look at my first gift guide, and then, you can peruse this one. Have fun!
This past Sunday, I attended Patchwork Long Beach, an indie arts and crafts show. It was fantastic. Really, I was so inspired by all the talented artists and crafters who were there, sharing their passion for handmade goods. It was a good time.
Being a mommy to 3 little people, I was also inspired by the number of parents and kidlets I saw at Patchwork. Some of the artists were there with their babes, and many, many parents were walking around with babes strapped, tied or attached to them in some way. I liked the idea that these people were here, sharing beautiful things with their kids, outside, teaching an appreciation of art and not cruising the aisles of Toys R Us, or at home playing their Nintendo Wii.
It's nice to branch out.
My boys enjoyed watching shirts being silk screened to order by We Love LB.
James liked looking at records with his Daddy. My boys listen to records in Daddy's studio on the old hifi we inherited with the house.
And I, well, I found a lot of sweet, sweet handmade goodness to share with you.
First there were these dolls by Girl Always Falling Designs.
I love them. You can reach the artist at her email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Next I saw these collages by Lisafaye Dawson. I especially loved that wood grain, the Paris map and those bird cages. You can reach the artist at her email: email@example.com
Next up these wallets and small bags made by Amanda Mesna Designs. She makes her bags from vintage tweeds and other interesting fabrics. I like the color combinations and the simple, modern lines.
She also had these adorable bows, also made from vintage fabric. She had intended them as package decoration, but they would also look lovely tied around a wrist or a ponytail.
You can see more of Angela's goods here.
They are reusable snack bags and are just genius. Lined with nylon and machine washable, they are great for those times when you need something less bulky than a plastic container, but don;t want to waste another plastic bag.
I plan on outfitting my kids with these.
B was doing so well selling her bags that by the time I got there she didn't have many left. Here are a couple of them.
You can see more here.
She did have a babe strapped to her and "does a lot after bedtime."
You gotta love a momma like that.
Industrial art. I love it.
Please come back tomorrow for the rest of my picks from Patchwork Long Beach.
And consider buying handmade, instead of mass produced somewhere across the ocean.
Until tomorrow, Happy Christmas!