Firstly, I made some "special edition" owl pincushions for this fair. Meet my little baker's-dozen-strong army of Hipster Owls. They're so underground, you've probably never heard of them. Lol. I don't quite know where this idea came from, but I have a profound love for the hipster style and some of the culture, so I decided to pay homage to the counter culture I love so well:
They are all in plaid fabrics, most of them vintage, and they all have the same pins, which took me for-freaking-ever to hand-draw each one (13 owls x 6 pins = 78 little tiny pins). Each owl has the necessary hipster accouterments; big retro headphones, a moustache, a fixie bike, a film camera, a typewriter, and thick-rimmed glasses. I toyed with other options such as a PBR symbol or oxfords, but I am happy with what I chose:
And one other special thing about these guys is that I named them all after real-life hipsters I know. Guy, Vanessa, and even myself were immortalized in hipster owl glory, and we all sold. This one is of my new friend Alexavier, and he was by far my favorite of the bunch. He sold too.
Here is most of my half of the table:
The cake bunting was by far my favorite project I worked on for the fair, especially because Dennis helped me cut out the little flags. But almost more than the bunting itself, I am in love with the fake cake I made to display them:
We recently got some kits called "Whipple" at the toy store I where I work. They come with a bag of fake icing with a star tip and a bunch of little plastic play foods like tarts and ice cream cones to decorate, and it comes with a sheet of piping techniques. The icing reminds me of plaster once it is dry. So I just bought a refill pack and went to town. Oh, and the little sprinkles are the confetti left in my mini hole punch after the bunting was done!
Moustache Straws! I am in love with these. They took quite a while to make but they turned out so nice. You can slide the 'stache up to the top of the straw and use them as photo booth props too. Plus they are 100% biodegradable paper.
I had a whole little rack of earrings made from vintage Czech glass beads that were left over after I stopped selling them online. But while I was making these I cleaned out my stash a bit and will be listing them on my etsy shop too.
And the bird and mushroom clip ornaments from Christmas made an appearance. I don't have very many left now so I decided to put them on sale, $2.00 off the original price on all of them, so hurry over to the shop and snatch them up before they are all gone!
So here is our whole booth, and the lovely miss Aubrey Hebert who I had the pleasure of spending the day with as we hocked our wares:
She is the ultimate queen of cuteness, and everything she makes draws coos of "Oh how cuuuuute!" from everyone, especially me. One of her best sellers were her little decorative Bento Bears:
And she was selling the most amazing original watercolor paintings, and when I saw the little hipster boy one (His pet piggy has a moustache too... Squee!), I knew I had to have it. She fell in love with one of my loop scarves and we did a little trade.
And she did a bunch of hand-painted gift boxes which were so amazingly cute! The bunny tea one is in my possession now. She will be listing what is left on her etsy shop soon too!
Along with Aubrey, my friend Heideh contributed some beautiful crocheted coffee cozies (with a brilliant little rib at the top so it is comfy to hold), and reversible fabric headbands (also super comfy) to the table.
Here is one of our fellow vendors enjoying the cozy he traded a bar of the most delicious-smelling cinnamon spice soap to me for. His company is called Metaphor Organic and all of their soaps are vegan and use only the finest ingredients, all made by two guys with a passion for their lovely soaps. Check them out!
We had the pleasure of getting a spot right next to where the band was playing, and they were a-maze-ing! They are called Ash Reiter, and their sound has a lovely, fun, retro feel. Aubrey bought the CD and I bought an EP, and we were total nerds and and had the whole band sign them lol. They are playing again August 3rd at Cafe Van Kleef here in Oakland and I am SO there!
And here are the lovely ladies that invited me to sell at this sweet little fair in the first place, Abi and Jo of The Bird and the Butcher, along with their wonderful vintage goods:
Just wonderful. It happens every month in the warmer weather, so I hope to do it again soon. Thanks everyone!