Wednesday, July 25, 2012

maker faire + craft faire

this weekend, july 28-29, is the 3rd annual maker faire detroit! it's held at the historic henry ford in dearborn. this event is spectacular and hard to put into words. last year there was a life sized mouse trap game, a giant coke & mentos experiment, and a fire breathing dragon. there will definitely be something too see and do for the maker and the geek in all of us. oh, and there's a craft fair, too!

during last year's fair i was a vendor in handmade detroit's craft faire, and what a blast i had hanging out with etsy, storm troopers, and other crafters. (see my recap here.) this year i'll be taking in the sights, observing science, building a robot, watching demos, and doing my own demo!

that's right! at 12:30pm on saturday i'll be doing a block printing demonstration at the craft demo stage inside the henry ford museum. come say hi!

Monday, July 23, 2012

avocado chocolate chip creamsicles

when the weather outside is frightful because it's so hot, it's a great time to get making some frozen treats. i recently bought popsicle molds, then almost instantly came across this recipe via twitter. it's from the copycat cook, and they're delicious, and totally vegan!

recipe:
  • 2 avocados
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk (i used canned)
  • 1/4 cup honey or agave nectar (i used agave)
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (enjoy life is my favorite brand)
combine avocado flesh and coconut milk in blender until well combined. you can add a bit of water if it seems too thick. add the sweetener while blending. after it's well mixed, stir in the chocolate chips by hand. (you can always use more or less of all ingredients to suit your own taste. i used 1/4 cup agave, and they were too sweet for me, so i'll use less next time.)  finally, pour mixture into popsicle molds and freeze until frozen into deliciousness.

ENJOY! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

summer craft & art fairs!

there are a few crafty shopping opportunities coming up through the end of summer. if you're looking for some craft + make + art, to break up all those great lakes trips, throw these on your calendar:
july 18-21 is the big ann arbor art fair. this event is huge, and not all of it contains things you may like. in addition to the main art vendors there are many artists setting up shop on the sidewalks. there will literally be art (and weird stuff) everywhere! i plan to say hi to sloe gin fizz, little sister jewelry, courtney fischer jewelry, and all things grow, who are setting up at 322 liberty, near seva.

summer 2012 poster by FM DUST
also this saturday, july 21, is the shadow art fair in ypsilanti. be sure to check out the vendor list. lots of new art to see. and a new shadow brew to taste. i highly recommend buying some greens from the foraging florist!

july 28-29 is the amazing maker faire detroit at the henry ford museum! handmade detroit's craft faire will be set up in the craft zone, so keep an eye out. here's the vendor list. i'm really looking forward to seeing more of the fair this year!

The Blind Pig Hosts: THE LOCAL BAZAAR!
on sunday, august 5, the local bizarre will be happening at the blind pig in ann arbor. a combination of vintage sellers and local artists will be selling their wares. something for everybody! as well as a full bar and local DJs spinning.

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even when i'm not selling at local craft fairs i love attending them for many reasons. seeing friends, finding original handmade goods to buy, often having tasty snacks or beverages, meeting new people, chatting about art and craft and the world! craft fairs are such a fun place to be, and i give big props to those who organize and sell at them.