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November 10, 2008

Craft fair

Craft fair loot


I went to a craft fair yesterday. It was so great! There was a lot of wonderful and inspirational stuff there and now my head is filled with new ideas! I spent a lot less money than I thought (or feared, to be honest) I would. I only bought a super cute crochet kitty named Paprika made by the talented Megi Pupu and I also found some juniper wood buttons that smell lovely and that are most likely going to end up as belly buttons for future Rag Pets.
I've been a fan of Megi Pupu's work for ever and ever, and I literally squealed with joy when I saw her crochet critters on sale! :) I also very nearly splurged on some pretty printed cotton fabric, but decided against buying it since it was as pretty as it was spendy.

I think this fair was more concentrated on the makers instead of the places that sell materials & equipment, unlike some of the previous fairs I've been to. There was such an amazing array of crafts on show, it actually got a little overwhelming after a while. And in addition to all the crafty talent filling the expo center, there was also a farm fair going on at the same time!
I petted bunnies, kitties and puppies, cooed at baby chicks and lost my heart to llamas and alpacas. I'm kicking myself for forgetting my camera at home, so I didn't get any photos of the cute animals at the farm fair. What I did get though, is a few contacts through who I might be able to get my hands on some scrap alpaca wool that'd be prefect to use as stuffing.
I spent about 3 or 4 hours going around the fairs and I was totally exhausted by the time I left, but I was also beaming ear to ear since I'd had such a great time while there. :)

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