About a week ago we went up to Chicago for the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market, which we’ve done every year for the past four years. We love it, and this year was no exception! The weather was great, the crowd was HUGE, and the atmosphere was festive.

A big thanks to those of you who stopped by to take a look, chat with us, and make a purchase. We loved meeting you!

Also, we got to see some unexpected familiar faces, which is always great. I was super excited that one of my best college friends, Erin, made the two hour drive down from Milwaukee to Chicago. It was SO good to see you Erin! And, a special thanks goes out to my cousin Katy and her husband Mark who braved the crowd with their six week old baby girl, Charlotte, who I got to meet for the very first time. Thanks, you guys! She is beautiful…she’ll fit right into the family!

We were really busy in our booth, but we definitely made sure to take some time to do a little shopping of our own. Beth and I both checked off several Christmas gifts from our lists, which we obviously can’t tell you about, but I did buy a fantastic screen print from an awesome little girl named Ella. Ella’s dad is Dan Grezeca, who owns Ground Up Press, which is located in Chicago. Dan always has a booth at Renegade, and every year Ella comes along with him and sells her own prints. It’s the best thing ever. According to Dan, he set up a little corner in his studio for Ella to do her own work. She’s also quite the little salesperson! I now have three Ella prints, from the last three Renegade craft fairs. It’s my favorite purchase every year. Hands down!

Here’s my collection so far. We have an owl, a pair of cardinals, and a Merry Christmas Reindeer, which is my most recent acquisition. As someone who used to spend eight hours a day teaching art to kids Ella’s age, this makes my heart so happy.

This girl is going places!

:: Carrie ::