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: Jenny

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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. 

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!