Handmade Holiday: A Lovely DOSE

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Two Sundays ago, I bundled up and battled the cold and blustery weather to attend the February 2013 DOSE Market. Inside the River East Art Center, I found a wealth of warm people, yummy food and unique gifts.

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, event organizers also gave us the chance to look for love via a game called #dosehearts. Here’s how it worked: you grabbed a pink heart sticker with a number on it, put it on, and sent/read love doses to others by using/following the #dosehearts hashtag on Twitter.

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Other interactive activities included an “Inky Love Notes” make and take corner, “Astro-Matchmaker” readings, a “Poems While You Wait” station where a $5 donation and a topic suggestion would yield an original poem and The Traveling Photo Booth.

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And of course, lots of fun things to purchase, including avocado olive oil (via d’Avo Avocado), prints, pillows, yarn and mason jar flower arrangements (via Forget Me Knodt). :)

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This was my first DOSE Market event, but it definitely won’t be my last. It looks like the next one is coming up on March 10. Tix are $8 in advance and available here.

I leave you with my #dosehearts vine.

Handmade Holiday: Randolph Street Holiday Market

barrel of monkeysHappy New Year! Here’s to lots of sweet somethings in 2013. :)

A few weeks ago, while searching for gifts at the Randolph Street Holiday Market, like the barrel of monkeys above, I discovered these nifty belt ties, crafted by Rachel of Green Hide.

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She also had some cool recycled buckle jewelry.

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At the time, I couldn’t think of anyone to gift these pieces to in my family, but wanted to share them here. Like the seatbelt handbags I eye-spied in Detroit, I love the way these items have been repurposed as unique wares.

Handmade Holiday: Renegade Craft Fair

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Renegade Craft Fair 001Earlier this month, a friend and I moseyed over to the Renegade Craft Fair in search of holiday gifts for our friends…and ourselves. ;)

Apparently, the fair started in Chicago in 2003, and has since expanded to other select cities, too, including BK. (Brooklyn in the house!)

The holiday market was a super cozy affair, hosted in a building that felt like an old school gymnasium, with high ceilings, tiled and wooden floors and winding, narrow hallways. Despite having to struggle through some of the crowds, the close-knit feel of the setting made it fun to explore. Everywhere you turned, you were greeted by a festive explosion of crafts from 100+ indie makers.

Plus they also had a super cool DIY gift wrapping station to stamp and decorate your purchases.

I ended up snagging a pair of earrings from uncommon handmade.

DIY Gift Wrap

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I also bought my dad, our family’s master of desserts, (seriously, Thanksgiving just isn’t a holiday without his pumpkin pie,) a fitting “evil pie” print by Paul Friedrich.

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Other nifty goods and collectibles spotted in the marketplace included: beaded bangles by Lily Dawson Designs, a booze bolster holster by four.chamber.forge, wooden wall decor by iamhome, a deck of Chicago playing cards by Double Blind.

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I also spotted this chillingly fresh tee by the Little Friends of Printmaking, four seasons of Chicago prints by Ryan Kapp, a “Congratulations on Finding Your Mr. Darcy” love card by Pearl & Marmalade and a mixed media guitar by Dolan Geiman.

Renegade Craft Fair Collage 002I’m looking forward to swinging by the Randolph Street Holiday Market later this week. Where do you get your holiday shopping done?