This past summer, I took the kids to Austin. The Renegade Craft Fair was in town and I had been wanting to go since last year when I first found them during a late night, internet troll session.
The Renegade Craft fair is ran independently and curates the best in DIY-ers, artist, makers, and designers. This fair is held all over the country and in London. Luckily, Austin is just a short drive from home.
It was a complete celebration of small businesses with food trucks, samples, and live music. And this may not be a highlight to some people but the Fair Market is equipped with nice, clean bathrooms so…. no port-a-potties! (If you are raising one or more toddlers, you completely understand why I was so happy about real bathroom access).
While I was there, I was able to see and speak to some businesses that I was currently aware of and loving their work (like Stay Home Club) as well as find some new and amazing brands to swoon over (like Piper Press & Lemon Glaze Ceramics).
I bought these awesome pins from Stay Home Club:
This print from Piper Press that I am SUPER excited to put in the kids’ room:
This amazing herbal tea ‘Cougar Tranquilizer’ and robot tea infuser:
The girl with the cool hair working the booth explained to me that the tea is naturally sweetened by liquorish root. It tastes AMAZING.
I bought this candle ‘Hippie Scent’ that has a heavier musk smell which is my go-to in my bed- and living room. The girl at the booth said that during their last burning test, the candle burned for 82 hours (although most burn for about 70). Most soy candles this size only burn 30-40 hours so this was a great value.
I loved my interactions with all the vendors but the business that stole my heart was Lemon Glaze Ceramics.
I bought the Tupac bowl but the entire set is amazing.
Carmen Aberasturi is the maker and founder of Lemon Glaze ceramics. If you go to her site, you’ll notice that these ceramics are not featured. She explained that her daughter loves hip hop and that she made these as a going away gift for college. When her daughter got to college, her friends freaked at how cool the dishes were and asked the daughter if her mother could make the same dishes for them. They became an instant hit and Carmen explained that her daughter said she should make more and sale them at the fair. “I just listen to my daughter. She knows.”
Carmen is the sweetest little lady you will ever meet and the dishes really are a hit. I took my dish to work to decorate my desk and have been asked by several people for Carmen’s contact information.
Gotta love the makers, creators, movers, and shakers of the world! I hear that the New York fair is the biggest with over 500 vendors. Traveling to NYC to see the Renegade Craft Fair in all it’s glory is definitely on my to-do list now.
I could lie and say that I’m always prepared when Father’s Day rolls around but I’m not going to lie to you. I usually stress a little, troll the internet to see if I find something inspiring for the big guy, realize that I’m not really feeling anything anyone has to offer me and then settle into “my good food, good movie with no kids” bit. It’s a genuine hit every year so I’m not complaining.
This year, however, I stepped my game up. The big guy will get to have something tangible and long-lasting. Now, let me preface this with I pass up on partnering with companies that I don’t actually like. I think of myself as a story-teller and I can’t get excited about something that just doesn’t make sense to me or doesn’t fit into my family’s life. SO…with that out of the way, JORD watches are absolutely gorgeous. GORGEOUS. I yell so that you can feel how serious I am.
Prior to this timepiece, my husband owned one, single, watch. A precious piece that was given to him by his father who is a collector. He loves that watch. But when I tell you that he LOVES this watch? It’s true. He was so impressed by his JORD watch, I’d catch him just admiring it during the day, talking about the craftsmanship, the inner-workings that you can see through the face and on and on and on. That fact is impressive because he is not easily impressed with watches. His particular JORD is from the Dover collection but all the collections are amazing.
Past how beautiful the watch is, the packaging is amazing. I’m a packaging freak; I order so much online that I’ve lost the excitement you get from buying things at the store–the instant gratification, if you will. That has been replaced with the “unboxing” of my online purchases. I was definitely jealous watching from the sideline while my husband opened this beauty up.
It really was rewarding for me to gift something both beautiful and meaningful to the man who made me a wife and a mother.
If you want to up your game even more, engrave it! Just a little something extra to put you way over the top this Father’s Day.
Until next time,
P.S. Here are the links for easier access!