We’re excited to announce a new post series on Style Spotters that highlights a few of our favorite blogger projects. Every month we’ll share a round-up of ideas we love, focused on a specific topic. Sounds fun right? First up: DIY Valentine’s Day crafts from a few of our friends from Alt Summit!
What are you crafting for Valentine’s Day? We love to share something handmade and from the heart with our friends and family. If you have a project you’d like to share with us, send an email to BHGBloggers@Meredith.com for the chance to be featured in our monthly Best of the Blogs series.
-Liz Frantz, Social Media Editor
As an editor with Do It Yourself magazine and BHG.com Decorating, I’m constantly surrounded with beautifully created items for the home. And being a lover of all things handcrafted, getting the opportunity to check out an independent craft market couldn’t have been a more exciting opportunity for me.
This past weekend, I traveled to sunny California to take in Renegade Craft Fair’s Los Angeles edition, held at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. The Saturday & Sunday event brought in makers from all across the country, selling their wares and taking in the vibrant handmade scene. Poppy colors and geometric shapes reigned supreme, but there was a strong showing of organic shapes and natural elements, too. I’ve compiled ten of my favorite booths here (in no particular order)—check them out!
1. Bird and Feather: This terrarium and craft shop also sells gorgeous terrarium-making supplies for those that want to DIY a mini garden of their own. 2. Paper Pastries: The LA-based stationery studio sells fabulous cards and paper goods, but it’s their custom calligraphy rubber stamps that really caught my eye. 3. Kik Design: Handprinted letterpress cards with fun, to-the-point salutations cover almost every special occasion (and even the everyday ones, too). 4. Flock Home: These hand-printed alphabet onesies, as well as the rest of the line’s illustrated textiles, feature eco-friendly linens and non-toxic dyes. 5. Amy Marcella: Illustrated calendars, textiles, and cards that feature modern botanicals would freshen up any space. 6. Eri Sugimoto: This patterned pottery is created using a one-time-use hand-cut pattern, but is microwave and dishwasher safe. Beautiful and usable! 7. Bird Mafia: Cut paper artwork amazes me every time—and this dimensional fox scene was no different. Though small in scale, it was huge on impact. 8. Catherine Reece: Hand-drawn illustrations and patterns decorate her pottery pieces and tableware. Aren’t these teeny vases adorable? 9. JFish Designs: These slipcast ceramic planters would be cool on their own, but those candy-colored interiors really make them shine. 10. The Bocket Store: Sarah rescues vintage vessels and gives them a new life with her signature hand-painted dots.
For the full list of artists that were at the fair, click here and check out their shops.
–Alexa Fornoff, Do It Yourself