Tool Tote Giveaway with Canvas Corp!

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Have you seen our new RCF holiday totes? We absolutely love them and it’s all thanks to our friends at Canvas Corp! To celebrate this season they are giving away one of their new designer tool totes! For all of you out there who might need a little extra help carrying tools and supplies around, this is for you! Post a photo of your new holiday RCF tote on Instagram using #canvascorptooltote and tell us “What would you store in your Canvas Corp Tool Tote?” Giveaway ends midnight (PST) on December 20th. Good luck and Happy Holidays, friends!

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Feliz Sale in Austin


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Today we thought we’d do something special and share with you a Pop-Up sale that’s happening in Austin this weekend. Our pals at Feliz are hosting some of Austin’s finest at their first Spring Sale at the Palm Door on May 3rd. Feliz is an intimate one day pop-up sale hosted by Jenny Mulder (previous owner of Sister Coffee) and Laura Uhlir (owner of Olive) in Austin, TX. Together, they work to bring the finest independent designers and makers together with Austin’s creative community. This sale brings an opportunity for Austinites to meet and chat with each talented designer, as well as coffee, fresh mangos, and mezcal cocktails to welcome Spring.
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Feliz started 3 years ago and Laura and Jenny took over last Fall and have since forged a bond in friendship. Laura and Jenny grew excited by the number of creative and ambitions young women in Austin and put would put together workshops in front of the Sister Coffee trailer. The creative combo of the shop, coffee trailer, and artist studios was totally magical and forged their Feliz partnership.
Jenny and Laura will be bringing a few of their Austin pals’ wares to our Spring Fair on May 16+17! Some of the makers to look forward to include:

feliz11 feliz33Austin is full of handmade goodness this May! Stop by the Feliz Spring Sale on May 3rd and then join both of us at the Renegade Craft Fair on May 16+17!

 

Staff Interview: Duggan

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Who are you?  

Hi, I’m Rachal, otherwise known as Duggan! I do Vendor Relations with Renegade and work closely with makers throughout the process as well as jury all city applications.

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Where are you from?

I hail from a tiny burb on the Illinois/Wisconsin border called Johnsburg. I currently live in Ukrainian Village in Chicago where it’s safe and people watching is prime! An Illustrator’s dream.

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When did you learn about RCF?

I’ve been here in Chicago for 10 years and have known about the fair for several years. I heard about the Vendor Relations position back in September and went nuts because I wanted it so badly!

Why did you want to work for RCF?

So many reasons! I had been to the Chicago Fair many times in the past and loved the whole experience of it. Travel is also very important to me. There aren’t many jobs like this, so I am beyond thrilled to join this team!

What are some of your favorite things?

My dog Buddy is my favorite thing. I also really love coffee, drawing and rap music.

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What else do you do besides RCF?  

I’m an Illustrator! I draw things constantly when I’m not in the RCF office.

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

I once fixed an alternator (in a car) while watching a Youtube tutorial and I also have a sticker collection.

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

My backpack! My life is inside of it when we travel!

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Current food obsession…

Peanut butter oatmeal! It’s so easy, delicious AND filling! It’s basically oatmeal with half a jar of crunchy peanut butter on top.

Current TV Show you’re binging…

I’m actually not binging on anything right now but I’m always down to watch Frontline.

What song has been stuck in your head this week…

Grimes REALiTi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9XKLqGqwLA

Favorite eating spot in a RCF city…

Pretty much everywhere we eat while traveling is unreal. So. Much. Good. Food. I really loved Elizabeth Street Cafe in Austin!
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Staff Interview

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It’s been too long since we introduced you to some of our staff members. You may have noticed two bright-eyed newbies during our Holiday Fairs and we thought we’d introduce you to these new faces. Today you’ll meet Jenny Miller, and get a peek into her daily life when she takes over our Instagram feed. Jenny will be guest-gramming on INSTAGRAM all day today!

Who are you?  

Hi! Jenny here, and I joined Team Renegade last September. As the Operations Assistant, I get up to all kinds of trouble with a lot of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into maintaining and building out our website. I bring a media-arts background, with a focus in editing and some minor web work to my position at Renegade and a strong political stake in supporting independent Makers and stimulating local economies. You can usually find me hangin’ on the internet.

Where are you from?

My earliest years had me traipsing around the beltway, on the Virginia side of the DC Metro area, developing a penchant for the cozier nooks and crannies of the city, rather than the tourism it tends to attract. I then spent four years tucked away in Northeast, OH at the utopic Oberlin College where I spent my time studying lots of books, lots of movies, a little movie-making while on the side editing the arts section of our Alt newspaper, The Grape and making tons of tofu with the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association (OSCA). I was wooed by the midwest which landed me in Chicago. Now that I’m in the Windy City, you can find me bouncing back-and-forth between my home in Humboldt Park and work in Pilsen. Most of the time just trying to swallow all of the information that comes with moving to a new space and finding my place in the crowd.

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When did you learn about RCF?

I first learned of the Renegade Craft Fair when my Brooklyn-based sister and expert city-guide, tipped me off to it in 2011 when we attended the Fair in Mccarren Park in Brooklyn. At the time, I was living and working mere blocks away as an assistant programming intern at UnionDocs in Williamsburg for the Summer, a formative experience for me in working within an intimate team setting and appreciating the power of DIY and small film communities.

I was struck by how vibrant, and distinct the offerings were as I circled the Mccarren Park track browsing at the Fair. My sister and I cheesed out but couldn’t resist buying matching sister constellation necklaces from Julie Nolan. I also loaded up on lots of cards from Colpa Press’s Carissa Potter who still makes some of my favorite print work ever. These purchases both left an indelible sense of charm and respect for RCF as a leader in DIY craft, and I left feeling a real sense of kinship with the vibes at the Fair. I continued following the organization from afar, mostly through social media which led me to see a job posting last year that came about at just the right time.

I started with RCF in the Fall after finishing up working with the visionaries over at The Dissolve, as their Web Producer almost straight out of college. After learning that my great memories from the Fairs in Brooklyn stemmed from an organization based in my new hometown, I was definitely excited at the prospect of joining the team, and certainly feel grateful to be here!

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What do you like about working with RCF?

I like working with Renegade because of the personal, and intimate experience of working in a small team, and the tangible reward of the hard work that goes into each Fair. I think that everyone on staff brings a lot of talent and passion to their position and it really is exciting to see everything coalesce and come together at the culmination of each Fair.  I think that the care, mutual respect, and teamwork of the staff makes a big difference in making RCF happen, and also just makes this a really special place to come to work every day.

What are some of your favorite things?

Some of my favorite finds from RCF Makers include my Rill Rill marble necklace, my Pigeon Toe Ceramics stacking thimble cup, my ZOLA  jewelry // objects ring dish, and my Fait La Force quilt.

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Other current / less object-related favorites include:

Books: Everything and anything written by Lorrie Moore, Claudia Rankine, or George Saunders.

TV: Six Feet Under, Louie, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Transparent + Enlightened

Movies: The Future, The Act of Killing, + The First Wives Club

Podcasts: StartUp, Call yr Girlfriend + Slate Gabfests (XX, Political, Culture)

Music: Buke and Gase, Hundred Waters, + Sleater-Kinney

What else do you do besides RCF?  

I spend a lot of time going to movies, reading, hanging on the internet, and when trying to not kill my eyes from too much screen-time, experiencing all this grand city has to offer.

Some of my favorite neighborhood spots include Quimby’s for their awesome zine and comics offerings, Bang Bang Pies for a quick bite and good cup of coffee, and Tusk a small-yet-full-of-inspiration shop that I feel lucky to have just a few blocks from my house that has a great selection of handmade jewelry, cool home and print wares, and a supreme, yet select mix of vintage and contemporary clothes that I am always coveting.

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My most productive activities on the side of RCF have me co-programming a documentary film series with a fantastic group of local movers and shakers, RUN OF LIFE co-presented with The Nightingale Microcinema where I also chill with the programming board sometimes.

I also dabble in jewelry work on and off in collaboration with my sister, Jocelyn Miller. Now I primarily just run our website and do some of the design brainstorm but you can check us out here. She’ll be selling some wares at the Brooklyn Pop-ups this year, so check out her talent if you’re in Brooklyn this June!

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

I can’t drive. Love that transit lifestyle and relying on my two differently sized monster feet. Also my family has a big dolphin thing. Looking for obscure dolphin-themed apparel or accessories? I’ve got ’em.

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

My Podcasts app, a good book, or magazine, and melatonin for my unpredictable sleep troubles. #realtalk

Current food obsession…

Nori Rice Crispies from Fat Rice. The greatest pleasure for someone like myself obsessed with the salty-sweet combos.

Avocado Toast with lots of cilantro. Screw the haters.

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

Feeling all sorts of emotions about rounding out the last season of Mad Men, and gearing up for the new season of Louie. Also am just overcome with relief and joy with Better Call Saul’s debut, as a Breaking Bad devotee.

Recently finished The First Bad Man by Miranda July which blew my mind, and now re-learning the concept of empathy, and what it means to be emotional with Mac Mclelland’s Irritable Hearts.

What song has been stuck in your head this week (URL)…

Yoga – Janelle Monae + Xtalk – Hundred Waters

Favorite eating spot in a RCF city…

It’s a toss up between two of my favorite NYC spots.

Russ + Daughters, both the shop and the cafe. Their smoked salmon is unparalleled, and the chocolate babka is the stuff of my dreams.

Paulie Gee’s in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I am comparing every pie I ever eat to Rooftop Red, and Cherry Jones. Also he’s got a stellar instagram.

 

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!
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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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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. 

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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!

Renegade Handcrafted CB2 Holiday Collection

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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.

Renegade Craft Fair +AIGA Chicago Small Talks

AIGA Chicago Small Talks + Renegade from Remollo on Vimeo.

We were thrilled to be invited to AIGA Chicago’s Small Talks series and present what we do here at Renegade Craft Fair. We absolutely love this video recap Remollo shot of the event and wanted to share it with you all!

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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Staff Interview: Mat

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. This week we’re spending time with Mat Daly. He will be guest-gramming on INSTAGRAM all day today!

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Who are you?  I am Mat Daly. I’m RCF”s Director of Development, Poster designer, screen printer, AND Susie Daly’s husband.  My role for the fairs has grown a lot over the last decade but currently I work on building relationships between Renegade and it’s sponsors, partners and business friends.  These relationships help us keep the fairs free to attend as well as keeping our maker booth fees affordable as can be. Also, since the beginning I’ve been producing limited edition screen printed posters for Renegade.  I used to do a different poster for each fair, but we’ve grown so much and are in so many new cities, I’m only able to make 2 per year for our different event seasons.
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Where are you from?
I grew up outside of Pittsburgh, PA in a house on a dead-end street which backed up on some woods.  I spent a lot of time in the woods then. I think there are sub-divisions there now which is too bad. I did a lot of skateboarding and played in a few bands with my friends in high school. Music became a big part of my life and I spent all of my twenties and some of my thirties working on records, playing shows and  the like, mostly holding it down with waiter/barista jobs and/or going to school.  I studied creative writing at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh and somehow luckily ended up really falling into printmaking and painting. Writing poems never came easily to me. In 1998 my band Hurl broke up and I found myself moving to Chicago with some bandmates to start a new group called Taking Pictures. Given my new printmaking bend I thought I’d reached out to my pal Jay Ryan from The Bird Machine to see if he needed any help. Jay had screen printed some posters for Hurl shows and I was hoping he’d teach me some basics.  I ended up printing for Jay for about 8 years. Eventually, I started focusing more on producing my own posters and prints from my own shop in Chicago’s Fulton Market neighborhood.  It was during this time, 2003, that Susie approached me about making the first RCF poster.
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When did you learn about RCF?

I was working as a waiter at this cafe that Susie frequented. She and a friend were putting together what would be the first ever Renegade Craft Fair.  Susie knew I designed posters and asked me if I’d be interested.  I definitely had a crush on her so I was super excited for this to be the best poster I had ever made in my life. Apparently, it was, because she and I are married now! I didn’t tell her at the time that I had originally designed the poster to say “Renegade Crafts Festival” and that it had gone to press, and the first color was down before I thought to double-check her email.   8 o
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Why did you want to work for RCF?
 
Renegade makes me feel good to be a part of. I love the diverse community of makers and the opportunity to see such great work and good ideas all come together.  I’ve been to almost every fair at this point, both as a vendor, selling prints or handmade woodland clocks Susie and I made together, as well as part of the team running the shows.  I’ve always felt a real positive energy surrounding the events and it’s incredible to be able to work towards something that makes people so happy.  Plus, the gang here is pretty awesome!
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What are some of your favorite things?

Two thing-things, both gifts from my wife.  My Seagull guitar and my 40th birthday present, a hand numbered / forged felling axe I’m giving a custom paint job.
Also. . .  Susie Daly, active volcanos, dense jungle, outer space, the deep ocean, thunderstorms, dark chocolate anything, Axl and Gabel (our goofball cats), spending time with family and friends, campfires, live music.
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What else do you do besides RCF? 

In my free time I try to make time for my art practice which brings me a ton of happiness.  I like to sit around and figure out classic rock songs on guitar or write some of my own from time to time.  Susie and I both love adventuring around just about anywhere so we try to get out into the world as much as possible and experience new places. We moved to the woods in Michigan a few years ago, still have lots of dune forest to explore.  A lot of my art work is born from photography which I love to experiment with. My new obsession is nighttime long exposure pictures.
 
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What is a fun fact about yourself, or the world at large, that not a lot of people know?  
 
I am pretty easily startled if snuck up upon.  Also, I cannot blow a bubblegum bubble and have never juggled successfully.
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The one thing you cannot live without when traveling to RCF cities…

My Munie Designs backpack.  

Current food obsession… 
 
These brownies.

Current TV Show you’re binging (or favorites)…
 
Watching Caprica now following our epic Battlestar binge. Kroll Show is a fave. TV is the new movies.

What song has been stuck in your head this week (URL)…
When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin 

Favorite eating spot in a RCF city…
 
VERY HARD TO CHOOSE…  I will saaaaaayyyyy…. Marlowe and Sons in Brooklyn. It’s like the captain’s quarters of a delicious ship someone parked under a bridge.  I love it.