pussy willow earrings by stephanie simek

talented portland multimedia artist stephanie simek has added these absolutely lovely pussy willow earrings to her jewelry collection and i think they are fabulous. i love how graceful and delicate they are, and i especially love that they are made with actual plant matter. the earrings themselves are made of oxidized sterling silver.

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i’ve got a thing for pussy willows. that really does not sound right, but i said it anyway. my pussy willow standard won a prize several years ago at the chicago flower and garden show. it has since passed on into the next plant life, so i am happy to see stephanie’s much longer-lived interpretation.

purchase the earring and see much more right here. and if you want to know more about stephanie click here for an interview i did with her recently.


renegade craft fair 2008: highlights, pt. 4

okay, here is the last (but definitely not the least) of the vast array of handmade art seen this past weekend at the renegade craft fair in chicago…

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cool sculptural jewelry by the nervous system

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intriguing anatomical tableware from the folded pigs

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sweet and subversive accessories by skirt (love those quilts!)

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 gorgeous ceramics and papier mache sculpture from up in the air somewhere

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groovy moustache racks and other assorted fun by suddenly it’s real

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original art and hand embellished jewelry and bags from recycled rings

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fun silkscreened goodies from blue thimble

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fun postmarked stamp jewelry by foxglove


renegade craft fair 2008: highlights, pt. 3

there will be one more post after this one to wrap up the fabulous handmade home and personal adornments i saw at the renegade craft fair this past weekend. you couldn’t possibly be tired of these highlights yet, could you?

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awesome repurposed wood sculpture and accessories from kindling

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cool coasters, art and screenprinted dartboards from artrecodesign

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fun stuffy birds from coo koo ri koo

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one of a kind papier mache from girl-hen

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handmade felted necklaces from biggie

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 embroidered canvases and pillows from k studio

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jewelry and handpainted accessories from cursive design

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fun stuffies and paintings from the squirrely girl


renegade craft fair 2008: highlights, pt. 2

more wonderful things from the talented and clever artists at the renegade craft fair in chicago this weekend, which is open today, september 14th, 2008 from noon-10 pm:

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vibrant tableware from circa ceramics

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pretty jewelry made of vintage ephemera from the foundling

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politically aware accessories and toys from rebexa and abbeychristine

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colorful screenprints from the little friends of printmaking

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letterpress cards and stationery from luckybeepress

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photographic jewelry from le photique

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beguiling prints from catia chien

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 recycled sweater toys from caitlin wicker


off to the renegade craft fair…

i will be back later tonight to show you some highlights from the soggy renegade craft fair that is happening here in chicago this weekend…

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i really feel for the vendors who had to set up in the rain, which is just not letting up. hopefully it won’t deter buyers from coming to purchase some wonderful art. personally, i remain undaunted. i am so ready to shop! 🙂


sirena con jersey accessories

cuter than cute totes and necklaces from ali and eli, the creative minds that make up the barcelona-based team sirena con jersey, which translates to mermaid with sweater in spanish.

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purchase these goods at the supermarket and see more from the dynamic duo on their website.


luxury accessories, giveaways at ideeli

(ed. note: lots of fun shopping posts today.)

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beloved readers, i speak from experience. shopping is a power sport. and i am a bag bitch. there is nothing like the high i get feeling of victory one gets from finding a majorly hot purse at a majorly low price. now we all have a great opportunity to fulfill our handbag fantasies through a cool new york-based website called ideeli. it’s an invitation-only shopping site that offers the latest handbags and accessories from designers like fendi, prada and dior at prices much lower than retail. they are able to offer these special prices thanks to the generosity of their sponsors.

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in addition to the deep discounts offered on their goods, ideeli also offers unique giveaways of deluxe merchandise and experiences, like a prada tote, or VIP tickets to the metropolitan home/showtime house party in manhattan. personally i think it would be pretty cool to stroll through the gorgeous rooms of fabulous interior/television show designers in a new york townhouse while sipping champagne – maybe not everyday, but once!

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well, i’m sold. how about you? it’s free to join, and it’s easy, so why not?

roadside scholar readers can head over to ideeli and use code rs11 to sign up for this unique shopping community and skip the lament of missing out! get your ducks in a row, though; the special code expires on september 15th, 2008.

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see you on the field!


eleanor salazar pool ball jewelry

i find this repurposed pool ball jewelry collection from maine artist eleanor salazar awfully intriguing.

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see more from eleanor at her supermarket shop.


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