We’re hiring a Production Associate!

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Renegade Craft is hiring! We’re looking for a part time Production Associate who wants to work closely with our team and our Director of Production in managing and organizing all the in’s and outs of our Fairs. Our 2015 Tour will consist of 19 Fairs in 8 different cities, and we are looking for a bright and talented individual to help facilitate our production needs.

For full details of the job description and responsibilities, visit our Jobs page.

Renegade Soulmates + A Valentine’s Day Mixtape

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Renegade Craft Fair isn’t just a place to buy amazing hand-crafted goods from talented makers all across the country. It’s also a place where you meet like-minded creative individuals, and in some cases, your soulmate. Renegade has a history of match-making. You might find your soulmate in the form of a spouse, a best boothmate, a best friend, or a creative business partner. Writer, Amy Azzarito, describes fondly, her soft spot for Renegade Craft Fair and how she was hired to be a part of Design*Sponge at one of our Brooklyn Fairs. We thought we’d share some of our favorite stories in time for Valentine’s (or Galentine’s) Day, starting with our own Renegade romance and moving to some of our favorite Makers’ stories. Not in the mood for love yet? Well we’ve got just the thing for you! Have a listen to our Friday the 13th Valentine’s Day playlist on Spotify for that special “mixed emotions” feeling that love brings.

Renegade Craft Fair was created by Susie Daly back in 2003. It wasn’t long after, she met and fell in love with Mat Daly. 

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We pretty much fell in love at first sight! Mat was working as a waiter at Bite Cafe next door to the Empty Bottle in Chicago, and Susie would come in as a regular customer. We would both sneak looks at one another, and it was pretty obvious that we were crushing on each other for a long time.

During this time, Susie was starting RCF, and asked Mat to make a poster for the first Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago’s Wicker Park. Her motivations were 1) to have an amazing poster made for the Fair, and 2) this would be her chance to get to know him better. Mat recalls he was so nervous about making the best poster ever to impress her, it felt like writing a love letter. That’s probably why it turned out so awesome, it was made with love!

After a certain point Susie reached out to Mat about their obvious mutual crush, but they couldn’t do anything about it right away because they were both involved with other people. But within a years time, the first RCF had come and gone, and Susie had started working at The Empty Bottle next door. And it was really just a matter of time before we ended up inseparable, and we’ve been partners in crime ever since. We think of each other every time we see that poster, which hangs prominently in our house and office.

Our newest Vendor Relations Associate, Duggan shared her brother’s story, and how Ryan found love as an RCF Maker.

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Elizabeth and I met at the 2012 Chicago holiday market. It was the first Renegade I had ever participated in. She had just started working for Jay Ryan/The Bird Machine a few days earlier. I was EXTREMELY late for set up and since it was my first fair I was woefully underprepared. Anyhow, I made it through the day and near closing time I finally had a moment to wander around a little bit. 
I knew Jay from participating in Flatstock poster events prior years and came by the table to say hello to him and his wife, Diana (who was selling work at the market as well). I also decided to come by because I had noticed a very pretty girl working his booth with him that I had never seen before (I later found out Elizabeth was not just helping with his booth, but was a screen printer who worked in Jay’s shop and printed his work). We had a brief introduction but I kept thinking about her afterwards and through the magic of the internet figured out who she was.
After a month of trying and failing to run into her in real life I decided to just cop out and ask her on a date via Facebook. She said yes and the rest is history. We are now happily engaged to be married!
How An American Maker Met Her Match in London.
Dear Renegade,
This is Tatiana, from Arrow Jewelry.As this year’s 2nd annual London craft fair is approaching, i thought it would be a good time to thank you for the FIRST ever London craft fair, as it has changed my life… September of 2011 had me planning my exciting first trip to London for Renegade.  I made plans to stay with a friend who I hadn’t seen since we met and briefly dated during my senior year in high school…  he was an English boy, in Chicago for university.  we kept in touch over the next 9 years, and didn’t meet again until I arrived in London! As soon as we saw each other, it was pretty much over.  By my second day in London, we were holding hands, and he was by my side at my booth on brick lane! Cut to 9 months later, we have been married twice (first in Chicago, then in the English countryside) and are now living in London with our little nugget of a yorkie, Carmie. I have never been more happy in my life, and everything is finally making sense.  If Renegade hadn’t brought me to London, or even waited another year to make the hop over the sea…….. none of this would have happened for us.So, from the bottom of my heart, I want to THANK YOU all for everything you have done for me, and Arrow Jewelry.
Who is your Renegade Soulmate? Share it with us using #RCFsoulmates!

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!!!

 

MADELON
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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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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.