Friday, June 27, 2008

Pile of Craft

Last Saturday Kate P and I went on little field trip downtown; she had found out about a craft fair and asked me along. How can you say no to anything called Yes, you read correctly, it was "Pile of Craft 08" presented by Charm City Craft Mafia. It was held at Saint John's Church which apparently still houses a small Methodist congregation, but is mostly used as a concert and art venue. The church is in a state of disrepair/repair (depending on how you look at it) which means that there is cool exposed concrete on the walls. The vendors were local artists set up all through the old sanctuary and the old fellowship hall. The pictures don't even begin to capture how cool the atmosphere was with the vaulted ceilings, big pillars, stained glass and home-made art. Kate and I toured all of the booths and then went back to make purchases. There were a lot of people there from the Baltimore Etsy Street Team and others showing clothes, tiles, jewelry, illustrations, dolls, housewares, pottery, books and other arts/crafts that defy explanation. It was awesome to be surrounded by so much local art. I really liked that a reoccurring theme was renewal and recycling. The buckles made from an old refrigerator company were particularly cool. There were also a lot of children's clothes and accessories made from vintage adult clothes. After a bunch of browsing i had to have a snack. Behold the Brimley Bar from Brunie's Bakery: named after Wilfred Brimley cause "if you aren't diabetic before you eat it , you will be after" ( i love that when the baker told me that explanation she both laughed and looked a little embarrassed at the same time) Kate bought mini Key Lime Pies from the same place, which specializes in all vegan confections. Let me tell you, that 7 layer brownie thing was YUMMY; you'd never know that the chocolate or the "sweetened condensed milk" contained no milk. I was on a strict budget, so i only bought 2 things besides my snack. At Tiger Lilly there was jewelry made from vintage fabrics and kimonos. There wasn't any purple, but i did fall in love with this burgundy whale ring Just as we were getting ready to leave we revisited Underneath my Tree and i was captivated by this little lion He's a wee magnet and i love how he looks little, but happy at the same time. He is comfortable that he is a tiny King of Beasts. I imagine he considers himself fierce : I'm a lion! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Definitely a good time was had by all. And you can't beat the price of admission : free BTW, the Crafty Bastards! Arts & Crafts Fair, hosted by the Washington City Paper is tomorrow, Saturday, June 28, 2008 from 10am to 5pm in Silver Spring.

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