Happy Holidays from the Renegade Gang!

What an incredible year! 2014 has shaped up to be one of our best years yet, and our Holiday tour was a complete success! Just like many of our makers, some of us have had to put the holidays on hold to busily prep for the fairs. Now that the season is over, we’re going overboard on holiday traditions, and thought we’d share some of our favorite things, movies, recipes and more. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

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SUSIE: One old tradition of mine was that my dad would take me to see the holiday windows at Marshall Field’s in downtown Chicago, in all their festive animatronic glory :-)

And a couple new ones – Mat and I always make a point to go to the Christkindl Market in Chicago for some festive times. We pick up a few new ornaments each year, eat potato pancakes, and sip mulled wine. We also go to the movies in Christmas night, which is a newer tradition I totally love.

MAT: The year The Godfather part lll came out we decided to, as a family, go see it after dinner on Xmas evening. Since then we’ve continued this tradition whenever my family are together for Xmas. Not just to go to the movies, but to go see a movie which is neither Holiday themed or appropriate for children (unless there is a “Middle Earth” option). Susie and I make a point of heading to the cinema Xmas night as well, this year will most likely be Hobbit, or else The Babadook. It’s somehow the most relaxing way to end the holiday, a total brain escape.

FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MOVIE:

SUSIE: A Charlie Brown Christmas and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas

MAT: Bad Santa


FAMILY RECIPES:

SPICED PECANS

Ingredients:
1 egg white
1 tsp. cold water
1 lb. pecan halves
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt

Beat egg white and water until frothy, but not stiff. Add pecans and mix
until nuts are coated. Mix next three ingredients in a bowl. Add nuts to
coat. Bake in a buttered jellyroll pan at 225 degrees for 1 hour. Stir
every 15 minutes.

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MULLED WINE

This mulled wine is traditionally served at our Chicago Holiday Market!

1 (1.5) liter bottle of Cabernet
1 Orange Peel
1 Cinnamon stick (broken up)
6 Whole Cloves
1 Whole Nutmeg
1⁄4 cup brown sugar

Pour wine and brown sugar into a slow cooker. Wrap orange peel, cinnamon
stick halves, cloves, and nutmeg in cheesecloth. Add to slow cooker. Cover
and cook on high for 2 to 2.5 hours. Discard spice bag; ladle into
glasses. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and an orange slice. Each batch will make about 7 6oz. glasses. Multiply the recipe for larger batches!

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My Mom and Sister and I would go into dahntahn Pixburgh to see the Christmas displays at Gimble’s, Hornes, and Kaufmann’s all of which are extinct department stores that we used to love. Sometimes we would ride the incline too.  Check out the amazing video.  Your Pittsburgh equivalent to the Ventra pass will get you free rides on this bad-boy!

FAVORITE HOLIDAY MOVIE: Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas

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My family received an original Nintendo for Christmas in the 90’s, I think after it was cool to have one. We still bust it out every holiday at home and play together. My favorite game is Dr. Mario, and I am pretty good at it. We also make copious amounts of Christmas cookies, which I can’t find any pictures as it seems my Mom has done a good job hiding how gluttonous and disgusting we are around the holidays. I grew up using a vintage cookie press that my mom would make beautiful almond mini Christmas trees with. They are by far the best tasting creation in the world!

FAVORITE MOVIE: White Christmas  and Muppet Family Christmas

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CHRISTMAS COOKIES

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup shortening
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
green food coloring and sprinkles of your choice!

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut the shortening in until it resembles course crumbs.
  3. Measure the egg and add enough water to make 1/4 cup, beat together. Add egg and vanilla to crumb mixture; mix well. Add food coloring.
  4. Put through the cookie press onto cookie sheets. Decorate with sprinkles or colored sugar if desired. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 10 -12 minutes or until very light brown and set.

I truly believe anything made with almond extract is much better the next day, so try to wait to eat these delicious babies if you can until the next morning for breakfast with coffee :).

This recipe really does work best for a cookie press, but you could use for drop cookies too!

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RACHEL 

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The Dolnicks make a special trip to Candy Cane Lane in Milwaukee where cars line up and drive through the most amazingly decorated houses; afterwords we make a special trip to…. Dunkin Donuts.  The only time we were ever allowed to go :)

And you guessed it, every Christmas Eve the fam goes out for Chinese Food where we inevitably see tons of familiar faces participating in the same tradition. 

DUGGAN

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Each year me and my brother and dad would draw/make all of our holiday decorations. Our house and windows were full of weird hand drawn creations of rudolf, santa and xmas trees. It was really fun and creative and we’d always have a great time doing it. 

FAVORITE MOVIE: Christmas Comes But Once a Year

I collected super old holiday cartoons on VHS and would watch them over and over. The below was one of my favs!!!

 

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Here’s a picture of me and my Uncle Tim. He was Santa Claus every year in this little shack in my neighborhood. I was initially confused by him dressing up as Santa, but he explained that his was Santa’s Helper and that I had a direct line through him to the real Santa. I was probably taking advantage of that in this picture.

The Juliano’s always make a big Rigatoni dinner on Christmas Eve. My dad is the cook in the family and spends a few days stewing the meat and sauce. The smell in the house is so tempting and lunch the day before Christmas Eve is usually a baguette that we all rip off of and dip into the simmering Rigatoni sauce. We get to open one present on Christmas Eve and it’s always pajamas. I don’t think I’ve ever bought my own pajamas for this reason. I’m pajama rich.

FAVORITE MOVIE: Scrooged

 

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Growing up I’d spend a lot of Christmases either at home in California or with Mom’s side of the family in Hawaii. The Brodeur Family would usually watch a Christmas movie every night up until Christmas. I don’t think we had 25 Christmas movies we enjoyed, but we watched as many as we could: White Christmas, Home Alone 1 & 2, Christmas Vacation, Scrooged, Die Hard, you name it. On Christmas Eve we would all open one Christmas gift, one at a time. One year, my dad was having so much fun he had us open up all the gifts on Christmas Eve. In my old neighborhood, a row of houses had large billboard-type wood signs and each house would display the lyrics to “Joy to the World.” From as early as we could read, until the last year we celebrated Christmas at the old house, my sister and I would sing along to those billboards without fail. I think that is my mom’s favorite holiday memory because we would harmonize (she was a choir teacher). 

When celebrating with the extended family on my mom’s side, us 8 cousins would usually put on a weird skit or do something crazy together. One year it was recreating the Sisters scene from White Christmas. It was embarrassing to say the least.

In my own home I try to incorporate both old and new traditions. I watch as many delightful holiday movies as I can, as well as binging on holiday episodes from my favorite TV shows, to a newer tradition, which is baking cinnamon rolls on Christmas Day and making my husband’s family’s wassail! It’s so good!

FAVORITE MOVIE: White Christmas and Scrooged

FAVORITE TV SHOW EPISODE: Community – “Regional Holiday Music”

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WHEDBEE FAMILY WASSAIL
12 cups apple juice
1 cup orange juice
6 cups pineapple juice
12 oz. apricot nectar
6 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. cloves
 Stir all ingredients in large pot.  Heat slowly till simmering.  Continue for one hour.  Remove cinnamon sticks and cloves.  Serve HOT.
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We always make Christmas cookies on Christmas eve, to put out by the fireplace for Santa (my dad) to eat. We eat some too. We use the cheesy plastic cookie cutters, and we usually we make lots of holly leaves and Stars. Then we open gifts from our extended family, Aunts and Uncles, and any family friends who gave us gifts—saving the nuclear fam Christmas giving for Christmas day.

We have a lot of personalized ornaments and we always hang those on Christmas eve too now that my sister and I don’t live in the house, so that we can all do it together. On the eve of Christmas we also crown our tree with the angel, which we always have to put on with a broom, and Jocelyn, my sister does the honors, because she is the most dexterous usually but sometimes we can’t get it on straight and we’re okay with that.

She and I also would always sleep in her room on Christmas Eve because we were too excited to sleep and wanted to talk, and speculate if we heard sleigh bells and hoof steps on the roof. We still do this every year, minus the speculation. 

Then Christmas morning we honor my dad’s jewish family by indulging in lox and bagels and drink my mom’s homemade homemade hot cocoa with way too many marshmallows before we open gifts, and we always, always start with the stockings. In the afternoon we snack on my favorite holiday sweet treat, Petit Fours, from a local german bakery called Heidelberg that’s been open since I was born. We also always listen to Handel’s Messiah, and Mariah Carey’s Christmas album on repeat ALL DAY.

FAVORITE MOVIE: Home Alone 2 Lost in New York

 

Happy Holidays to you all! We hope you have a restful week and a Happy New Year. See you in 2015!

An Autumnal Thanksgiving Playlist by Renegade Craft Fair

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A lot of Christmas trees are going up in town squares this week, plus songs of Santa Claus and snow have already been heard on the radio. Have you noticed that there really hasn’t been much talk about Thanksgiving music over the years? Some may not even think this genre of music exists. Well, we’ve got a surprise for you! This Autumnal Thanksgiving Playlist will set you up in the perfect mellow, reflective mood just like strolling through Central Park in autumn would do.
Prep and brine your turkey, or package up your holiday goods and have a listen to our collection of Thanksgiving/Autumn songs to keep you in the season (warning: it might make you hungry).


Have a listen to our Spotify playlist here.

Support Team Sue Loves You

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Long-time Renegade Craft maker, Sue Eggen of Giant Dwarf was diagnosed with colon cancer in April of 2014.  A collective of 15 celebrated American artists have teamed up to design limited edition tote bags for the Team Sue Loves You campaign as a means to support Sue during her ongoing battle. The intention of the project is to raise awareness for colon cancer and support Sue as she recovers.

The tote bags go on sale November 1, 2014 through the Team Sue Loves You website. A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society, as they their support during her treatment via Philly Patient Ride has been paramount to her recovery. Each of the 15 tote bag designs draw inspiration from Sue’s brave journey with the disease and resounding message of “listen to your body.”

 We send our love to Sue as well as our support as she continues to recover. For more information, email teamsuelovesyou@gmail.com or visit www.teamsuelovesyou.com to purchase one of these tote bags or donate to the cause. You can also stay up to date on Sue’s progress on Instagram.

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About Sue Eggen of Giant Dwarf

Giant Dwarf is a Philadelphia-based independent design house created by Sue Eggen, inspired by early 20th century rhinestone performance-wear & floral hair adornments. Since 2003, Giant Dwarf has grabbed the attention of national media, design blogs and celebrities such as The New York Times, The Today Show, Design Sponge, Tavi Gevinson and Kat Von D.

Sue Eggen is a self-taught artist from New Orleans, LA. She migrated to Portland, OR in 2000, but now lives with her husband, Nathaniel & their feline companions in Philadelphia, PA. She has been battling colon cancer since April 2014, yet is expected to make a full recovery thanks to early detection of the disease which she attributes to “listening to her body.”

It’s a Renegade Halloween Playlist

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Has anyone ever noticed how awesome and fun Halloween music is? We sure have! Here at Renegade Craft we love Halloween, like looooove.  And since a lot of our makers are busy prepping for the Holiday fair season, some haven’t been able to join in on some of the festivities Halloween has to offer. So we’d like to share with you 45 spooky fun (mostly fun) Halloween songs to keep you in the season (even if you might be stuck working in your studio). Enjoy!

One song that wasn’t available on Spotify that we really wanted to include was this fun one.

Calling for Attendance Counters for the 2014 RCF Holiday Tour

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photo by Beth Priddy Photography

Renegade needs your help! We are looking for folks to help us work as attendance counters for our US Holiday Market Tour! The job requires you to be on your feet and keep track of who comes into the Fair, and pays $10/hour. We need counters for both days of each Fair and interested folks should send an email to info@renegadecraft.com with (NAME OF CITY Counter) in the subject line, indicating which city you want to volunteer for.

Our Holiday Market Schedule is:
San Francisco November 8 + 9
New York City November 15 + 16
Austin November 29 + 30
Chicago December 6 + 7
Los Angeles December 13 + 14

Let us know which Fair and whats days you are available, if you can work the entire day or a half-shift, your name, and a good way to get in touch with you.

Martha Stewart American Made 2014 Summit

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Martha Stewart Living is hosting the American Made 2014 Summit this November 7+8 in New York City and Renegade Craft fans get a special discount on tickets!

The two day event will be held at the Martha Stewart Living headquarters and will feature a kickoff cocktail party with Martha to celebrate and meet the ten 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Award Winners. On Friday from 6pm-9m, you’re invited to network with editors, bloggers, and fellow entrepreneurs, and get crafty with DIY tutorials and food sampling! On Saturday, from 8am-6pm, sit in on inspirational talks hosted by Martha Stewart and more than 15 industry experts and entrepreneurs, plus more DIY tutorials, food, a chance to shop an assortment of products from the American Made Market and so much more!

If you happen to be in New York on November 7+8, head over to americanmade.marthastewart.com and use the promo code CELEBRATEMAKERS to receive a 20% discount on tickets.

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Join Us for the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Summit

On November 7 and 8, Martha Stewart and the team at Martha Stewart Living will welcome you to a can’t-miss networking event and maker lecture series at our headquarters! We look forward to meeting you in person, spotlighting American makers, and sharing a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creative laboratory of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Your two-day pass provides exclusive access to the opportunities below and much more:

  • A kickoff cocktail party (with Martha!) to celebrate and meet the ten 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Award Winners
  • An opportunity to shop a handpicked assortment products from the Martha Stewart American Made Market and a chance to meet the makers behind them
  • Eight talks hosted by Martha and leading industry experts and entrepreneurs
  • All-day access to networking with our editors, American Made Award winners, industry experts, bloggers, and fellow creative entrepreneurs
  • DIY craft tutorials, food sampling, and demonstrations
  • A closing cocktail party with signature drinks and bites from local New York City purveyors

Space is limited. Act quickly and get your ticket today! Learn More & Buy Your Summit Pass http://www.marthastewart.com/1009234/american-made-events?xsc=eml_partners_09_2014

Staff Interview: Susie

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We want to introduce you to some new faces and catch up with longtime staff. Each week you’ll meet a different staff member and get a peek into their daily lives when they take over our Instagram feed. For our final week we’re spending time with Susie Daly, the creator and architect behind Renegade Craft! She will be guest-gramming on INSTAGRAM all day today!

Who are you?  

I’m Susie Daly, Co-Founder and Director of the Renegade Craft Fair! I am a sort of accidental entrepreneur, having started RCF just for fun over a decade ago now. I loved doing it so much, I decided to dedicate my life to it, and haven’t looked back ever since. I love the feeling of having a vision and being able to put that into action and bring that vision to life. And I feel so fortunate to have so many people along for the ride! It’s been nothing but a great adventure, where I get to explore the world, meet so many awesome and creative people, help support great endeavors, and just watch it all unfold.

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Where are you from?

I’m from a town outside of Chicago called Western Springs. After a brief stint in college where I lived in Northern California for a year, I moved to Chicago and lived there for a bunch of years. Then I got the itch to move to the country, so I currently live in a small town in Michigan called Saugatuck. I live there with my husband and two cats in a log cabin, it’s pretty dreamy.

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When did you create RCF?

I started RCF back in 2003, because I basically just thought it would be fun to sell my own crafts at an open air market or fair, but I didn’t find an event that I felt like was a good fit for me. So in true DIY spirit, along with an old friend of mine, we decided to start a fair of our own that brought DIY makers together in one place for a weekend. It was such an exciting experience that we decided to make it an annual thing…and then I took the fair to several cities after that, making Renegade what it is today.

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What are some of your favorite things?

I have several pieces from Make It Good that I’ve gathered over the years, and still have on a regular rotation. I love my hand amulet necklace from Datter Industries, and get so many compliments on it. I also love my Shelter purses, and get tons of compliments on those as well. And I always have a nice soap in the shower, currently I’m using Pink Clay (blood orange + geranium) by Herbivore Botanicals.

What else do you do besides RCF?  

I love the great outdoors, so I try to go hiking in the woods or go to the beach whenever I can. I practice Yoga, an am particularly interested in Ashtanga Yoga. I love to travel, and that is a big part of my life. And I love to just chill out when I’m at home in Michigan – sit by a fire, sip cocktails, binge on tv shows.

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What is a fun fact about yourself, or the world at large, that not a lot of people know?  

I have two pretty obscure musical talents – I can beat box pretty well, and I can also play the didgeridoo pretty well. Go figure! Also, I am pretty proud of the fact that I do a pretty awesome clam bake – cooking a feast in the sand with lobsters, clams, mussels, potatoes, corn – the works!

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The one thing you cannot live without when traveling to RCF cities…

My swimsuit. Usually we try to stay at a house or hotel that has a hot tub and/or swimming pool – or we’re lucky enough to be visiting a city that has a swimming hole, so we can take a dip and get refreshed. It’s a great way to have fun and unwind after running around and setting-up or running the fair all day.

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Current food obsession… 

I could eat pizza everyday, especially real Italian style pizza. My favorite has arugula and fresh parmesan cheese on top.

Current TV Show you’re binging (or favorites)…

I’m currently in between shows, I need some suggestions of what to get obsessed with next! My favorite shows of all time are Lost, Twin Peaks, Six Feet Under, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, American Horror Story, Fargo, Battlestar Galactica…and Dateline.

What song has been stuck in your head this week…

You can pretty much guarantee that I will listen to Philip Glass at some point during my week. His music has an almost trance-like, meditative quality that really helps me focus and feel inspired at the same time.

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Favorite eating spot in a RCF city…

I would have to agree with Mat that Marlowe & Sons in Brooklyn is a pretty special place, but I think my favorite meal was at Deetjen’s in Big Sur. We stopped there on a trip between San Francisco and Los Angeles on one craft fair trip, and it just has the coziest atmosphere, on top of having amazing food.

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