As I sit here, exhausted but euphoric, I just wanted to reflect on today's Hipster's Craft Fair:
I'm thankful that I finally got to shop myself at the end of the day, and it's the first time I've ever, ever done Christmas shopping in July, and I feel so good about it!
Melissa Maher won the Amy Butler picnic blanket, and $65 went to Basket of Hope, in memory of sweet Nolan Johnson, pictured here:
Robyn (one of my favorite bloggers) due to give birth any day now to a baby boy, came by, and looks gorgeous and svelte despite being 9 mos. pregnant.
Crafter Kim now has an adopted younger sister.....the daughter of crafter Melanie, who modeled one of Kim's aprons all day and stuck like glue to Kim!
I'm inspired and proud of all the young ones who helped today at the craft fair:
*Aline and Ian, who helped their mom Diana sell her gorgeous wares.
*Wren and her brother (egad I forgot his name), who sold their creations to donate the funds to support the cause of saving sea turtles.
*Melanie's daughter Keri Lynn (so sorry if I misspelled), who patiently hung out with mom all day and modeled Kim's apron, and who always looked happy when I saw her!
*Taylor, going into high school this year and a helper to me this summer at the store, who showed up and did every little job I put her to as I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off!
*and my girls, Jane & Claire, who have tirelessly helped me this summer, and then decided they wanted to participate in the craft fair, so worked the past 2 weeks sewing - headbands, and weaving - potholders - to sell.
I feel very blessed and thankful to be able to have to done this craft fair - I feel so strongly about supporting local artists. I was talking to a friend about how hard it was for me to do craft shows in the past - my heart and soul is out there on the table, with what I've created. So I have such huge respect and admiration for all the women who were there today, and the local talent that we have here in Albuquerque. Thank you for participating.....for sharing your craft, your art, with the community!
So here's what some Hip Stitchers have been up to lately:
Tracey covered this chair, found, literally, on the side of the road, with Amy Butler's laminated cotton. Now, I'm not an expert, but can't you see this at some foo-foo boutique in L.A. selling for $100?! (yes, I realize foo-foo is not a real expression)
And, my niece Jenn and I finally finished making her Amy Butler Lotus Cami. We started this together last fall, and daily life as being moms and wives and worker bees got in the way until we picked it up again, and voila:
If you look close, you can see the teeny tiny skulls on the fabric - I think it's Alexander Henry? - we carried it last fall. Jenn is such a great combination of feminine & funky - and I say that as a compliment. Pink? No. Ruffles? No. But this cami, with just a touch of gathering on the cap sleeves despite black skulls fabric? Perfect! She's also a knitter, and the buttons on the back she found at our own Village Wools.
And finally, Bralia brought in her latest quilt top:
She used a mix of Alexander Henry's 2-D Zoo, Heather Bailey's Nicey Jane, and tossed in some Michael Miller - fabulous!
Finally, for no reason - cowboy boots I've been wanting for 20 years....since moving to New Mexico. I found this great pair in Madrid, at Red Bone - where there's a great selection of used boots. NOW I feel like a real western gal!
The photo was taken at our B&B in Madrid, Java Junction. It was funky, and rustic, and quaint, and a wonderful retreat!