DIY @ Renegade: Alley Find = New Jewelry Display!

I walked by this wood thingy a couple times before I decided to toss it into the back of my pick-up. I had no idea what I would use it for…until today. We have so many incredible artists, and finding ways to display their work at Renegade Handmade is always a challenge. We thought we’d share one of our fun solutions!

It’s sunny! 60 degrees feels like 100 to me…sad so sad

To be surrounded by all of these talented folks is a constant source of inspiration for all of us that shop and work here at Renegade. This was a super fun project, and so easy!

2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Austin Recap


We’re back from the 2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Austin, and all we can say is THANK YOU! We had a blast meeting all the awesome vendors, booth buddies, and Austinites who made the fair a ton of fun. Austin, you just may have won our hearts.

We wish we could feature each and every awesome aspect of the fair, but we had to pick and choose some highlights. If you just can’t get enough Austin RCF (and who could?), be sure to check out our artist page to find that one vendor with that one piece that you thought was amazing, and see all of our photos on our Austin RCF Flickr set.


Austin, you are weird + awesome. Don’t ever change.

Vendors, you knocked our socks off with your beautiful + clever booth set-ups. Clockwise from top left: Millions of People Happy, Andrew Le (complete with DIY letterpress!), and Little Things Studio (l), Maryink (r).

Did we mention the abundance of AWESOME handmade crafts? Clockwise from top left: Love Jules Leather, Circa Ceramics, and The Bocket Store.

There was no shortage of interactive workshop fun! Clockwise from top left: Renegade’s own friendship bracelet making workshop, Public School’s rad vintage baseball card photo op, and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft’s origami workshop.
2nd Annual RCF Austin
Did you see Mat Daly’s excellent RCF poster? Get your own right here!
Thanks to the staff at the Palmer Events Center, and our wonderful Fair Sponsors at Readymade, Lunabar, Waterloo Records, + the Austin Chronicle for a fabulous weekend!

And don’t forget to check out our artist page and Austin RCF Flickr set!

In short, WE LOVE YOU, AUSTIN! See you in November!!

Thank You, Austin!

2nd Annual RCF Austin

The 2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Austin was a rollicking good time! Thanks to our WONDERFUL artists, sponsors, attendees, and friends. We’ll give you a full wrap-up in the next few days, but in the meantime, check out our RCF Austin Flickr photostream for a glimpse of the fair. THANK YOU, Austin, and happy trails!

Father’s Day!


It’s beginning to look a lot like Father’s Day here. It’s June 19th!

Stay tuned for new products, cards, ties, wallets, baseballs and so much more…
Or stop in to Renegade Handmade now!

2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair Austin begins Saturday!!!

We are thrilled to kick off the Renegade Craft Fair season with the

2nd Annual Renegade Craft Fair in Austin!


Have you checked out the artist list yet? Yee-haw!

Find your favorite artists, get crafty at our workshops, listen to some sweet jams, and have a photobooth photo taken all in one whirlwind weekend!

Find out all you need to know and more about this weekend’s Austin RCF right here!

See you at the Fair!

Crafter Spotlight: Arte Y Chocolate

You know the phrase “that looks good enough to eat”? Well, good news: the chocolates from Austin vendors Arte y Chocolate is art that IS good enough to eat.  With work as beautiful as it is scrumptious, Arte y Chocolate is one booth that’s sure to have a LOT of traffic at the Austin RCF.

Krystal Craig and Lila Browne  started Arte y Chocolate in 2005. They wanted to create healthier choice (organic and natural ingredient products) to produce artisan chocolates. As two creative foodies, their combined backgrounds and talents spur their artistic chocolate making.

It is not like the movie “Chocolat”, with its Johnny Depp and its magic. It is a lot of hard, skilled work that did take some time to develop. They want to make people happy through chocolate, as it makes them happy. (Ed. note: Um, us too. Us too.)

Okay, ready for the seriously mouth-watering part? For the RCF Austin, Krystal + Lila are making these flavors…

blackberry | salted caramel | gianduja | dark chocolate & cacao nib | salted peanut butter & honey | caramel pink peppercorn | coffee crunch | salted toffee almond | spicy walnut caramel clusters | chocolate dipped mexican snickerdoodle | chocolate-covered kettle corn

For real, good enough to eat.

Crafter Spotlight: Miss Natalie + Canoe


Miss Natalie Design + Canoe

What sparked you to start your own business(s)?

I launched Miss Natalie as an outlet for my pattern design work. I wanted to get back to working with my hands and away from the computer. I had been working on larger wallpaper designs, but wanted something smaller and more practical to produce, so I started with handkerchiefs.

Canoe is a new venture that was born out of necessity–my husband’s closets were overflowing with vintage American workwear. We kept finding beautiful old boots and heritage flannels that we couldn’t pass up. Before we knew it, we have a guest room filled with clothing and boots, so Canoe was hatched.

a selection of our hand tooled leather key chains for Canoe


What local folks inspire you right now?

So many people, really. Austin is full of folks following their passions, be it design, music, or farming. I’ve been lucky enough to become good friends with a ton of talented people–Leah Duncan, Abby Powell of Abby Try Again, Caroline Colom Vasquez of Paloma’s Nest, and Mary Kathryn Paynter of Loretta Flower, just to name a few. I also teach graphic design, so I’m constantly inspired by my students as well.

Teacher’s Pet apple box


What are your favorite materials to work with, and why?

Wood and leather. I started wood burning a while ago, but just last year began working with leather. From cowboy boots to horse saddles, people here are really serious about their leather work. I’m still just learning, which makes it really exciting. Mistakes often turn into happy accidents.

Process shots of tooling leather

What’s been the biggest challenge for you with your business?
Time! Isn’t this everyone’s biggest challenge? I wish there were more days in the week to get everything done I want to do. I’m learning to delegate and bring in help for production work, which has freed me up to design and experiment more in the studio.

Thank-You Natalie! You’re super cool!

We carry some of Miss Natalie’s lovely work in our Brick + Mortar shop and our Online Store! Expect to see more this Summer!



Theme ~ DIY

the misanthrope specialty co. ~ Unflattering Portraits

sublime stitching ~ Craftopia Embroidery Patterns

medium control ~ Wood Camera Coasters

sweetie pie press ~ City of Craft Pins

the weekend store ~ Letterpress Necklace

viva greetings ~ Wrapping Paper

sunshine and carousels ~ Let’s Get Crafty Necklace

make shop live ~ Pin Cushion Ring

paste shirts ~ Shadow Rabbit Tee

melissa borrell design ~ Pop-Out Earrings

McCheeks Mayhem ~ Ceramic Planter

christine sharp-crowe ~ I Heart Handmade Book Print

paloma’s nest ~ Custom Ceramic Letters

petite pensieri ~ Crayon Roll-Up Case

my zoetrope ~ Paper Art Doll

nepenthe’s bathtime ~ Knitty Gritty Soap

vrooooom press ~ Make Some Damn… Print

hello-lucky ~ Hay Pitchfork Tee

twinkie chan ~ Sticker Pack

the button florist ~ Handmade Button Packs

corky ~ Wood Camera Necklace

loyalty and blood ~ Tool Necklace

reigrüche studio ~ Sewing Machine Painting

handmade julz ~ Button Accessory