Thursday, July 21, 2011

Fun Finds at Artscape!

(Wiping sweat from brow)

Although it was a wonderful show, like always, I am glad it is over, before we got back into the 100s! (120 with the heat index, right now) It was great to see old friends and make some new ones. Being in the DIY section, I get a front seat to artists and designers that have some very cool stuff. Sadly, I did not get a chance to walk around this year, so really, my Artscape world was just the DIY section. However, I got a few cool things I'd like to share.

Made With Awesome

There are a ton of t-shirt designers and makers out there and I get to see a lot of them at shows. I decided to treat myself to a new t-shirt, because the one I had brought was going to be too heavy for the heat of the day. Made With Awesome was a brand I hadn't run across before. I thought their witty sayings and cute designs were something I could get into. I got right into The Bookworm's Haven.

Not only did the color match the capris I was going to wear, but I thought Little Mr. Worm was quite dashing. However, I might give him some headphones and make it The Audiobook Worm's Haven....

A.W.E. Jewelry

Deb was the Artist of the Month in December 2010 and I have been eying a few pieces for a long time. Deb and I don't cross paths as much as I would like, so I took advantage of seeing her to get a treat for myself.

As many of you know, I love circles. So, I felt I just had to get these very simple, very cute earrings. I've already been wearing the heck out of them, and I have a feeling they will be my go to earrings for the rest of the summer.

Bunny Butt Apothecary

My neighbor, Scott, was probably the most consummate professional I've ever met doing a market. He was polite, upbeat and patient. He stood almost the whole time, in jeans, while I was glued to my fan. He and his partner make and sell body products, mostly soap, under the guise of Bunny Butt Apothecary. Don't worry, they don't actually take it too seriously, their tag line is "serving half-assed hippies since the early 21st century."

Not only was I impressed by Scott's work ethic, but by their products too. The essential oils they use are clean and fresh. I already cracked open the coconut lemongrass lip balm. Feels like silk on, and makes me crave Thai food! Yum!

I did my annual christmas soap buying from Bunny Butt, and can't wait to give these goodies out! My only regret is I didn't buy from him earlier in the weekend and he was very low on inventory. Guess I'll just have to buy online...

Mal's Pals

Mallory Steele's hand felted creatures are very unique and colorful, things I like a lot. She takes fresh off the sheep, dirty and gross raw wool. She cleans it, cards it, dyes it and *then* hand felts it into her pals. I knew I had to take a new friend home with me. I have a collection of small things. It almost doesn't matter what those things are, they just have to be miniture versions of it. While I do have toys and doll house accessories, I have ceramic vases and hand crafted plushies. I am always on the look out to add to my collection.

I felt this picture did my new pal justice, as you can see how tiny it is! I'm in love with it and need a name. Any suggestions? :)

Well, that is my own re-cap of Artscape. While I did see crazy people dancing in 80s costumes, eat some yummy fries and have an adventure getting lost in Baltimore, these treasures I took home with me were by far the highlights of the whole weekend!

Stay cool out there! ~Jen

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