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The Best of the Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011

The Renegade Craft Fair took place this weekend here in its original city, Chicago. Now in its ninth year, the fair has continued to grow and grow (there were over 300 artists), and I think this was the best year for the show yet! I’m lucky enough to live only 15 minutes away, and I shared the goodies we brought home with us on Making it Lovely today. For those of you that are further out and have never experienced the sheer awesomeness of the Renegade Craft Fair, let me share with you the best of the show…

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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    Pinecone+Chickadee had the cutest baby onesies. I picked up that tiger for my little guy (my baby likes to roar).
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    OK, I fell in love with this crafter when I realized how many rap references she could make relate to crafting. Ghostface Knittah. G-Uknit. Twiggie Smalls. Knitta please. (And yes, these are her gorgeous necklaces from Old Weston.)
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    The patterns in these sweet prints from Jen Skelley were amazing. So simple at first glance, but with details that draw you in.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    Make your own charm bracelets with Michelle Hartney!
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    Misha Ashton-Moore was there with her color-drenched lomography, which will soon be made into a book.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    The illustrations from Little Things Studio were lovely to look at, but the quotes that accompanied them made them even better. Anne Shirley FTW!
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    I really need to pick up one of these Chicago neighborhood prints from Ork Posters already. They have tons of other cities too.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    I loved the terrariums by Alapash. Right on trend, but without being trendy.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    Yee-Haw Industries is letterpress plus extra awesomeness. Plus humor. Good stuff.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    Truche had their state jewelry, which you may be familiar with from the big UO kerfuffle not long ago. These pendants are as popular as ever with the indie community, and maybe even moreso now.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    16 Sparrows sells sarcastic, pretty stationery, and they were there with their Letter Writers Alliance. Fun!
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    I fell hard for these clutches by Beesnetta. The combination of fabric, leather, and oversized grommets was spot-on, with great proportions to boot.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    The silkscreened, hand-assembled notebooks from Make My Notebook made me smile.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    Talk about Moveable Type! This Type Truck was a mobile letterpress studio.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    I wanted to try on all of the new and vintage glasses frames from Lab Rabbit Optics. This was a popular booth, no surprise.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    I adore the paintings from i am home. The scale is so dainty, and they feel really special.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    Let's Be Friends had some rad wares. I adore type-loving hipster bear, and hello sailor!
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    Midwest IS best! Agreed, Megan Lee Designs.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    My friend from OrangeBeautiful was in attendance with her stationery. "Quit yer belly-achin'."
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    The Elizabeth Element had a huge variety of tree stumps for sale. Yes, a huge variety (you'd be surprised!). Perfect as interesting end tables.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    These cutouts from Owly Shadowpuppets are always a delight.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    I just really liked the absurdity of this one. From Prim and Plush.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    Lots of vintage goodness to be had from Midmodern Goods.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    These bird and owl paintings were pretty to look at from Mincing Mockingbird, but they all had titles that made them just plain awesome. An owl painting, for example, would be titled: "Another Night, Another Bout Of Sickening Yet Exhilerating Butchery."
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    I kind of regret not buying this one from Liz Born. Her work has really stuck with me.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    New meaning to the term "book light" from Conduit Press.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    The Small Object is a perennial favorite of mine. I picked up a little cork girl for my daughter here.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    My husband was really into these shirts from Mis Nopales Art. Me too.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    Shirts to show your midwestern pride from The Social Dept. Also, sports references I didn't get! But that's just me (who's John Elway?).
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    1canoe2 had lovely letterpressed art and calendars. I especially liked the portraits from the "People in Your Neighborhood" series.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    Yard Sale Press had great prints, but I really liked their oversided wooden scrabble pieces.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    So many great posters from Hero! I had featured that guitar print on Making it Lovely not long ago, so it was nice to see it in person.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    Such dainty little flowers from Uncommon Handmade. Bonus: they never wilt!
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    There's something to be said for a pretty image silkscreened onto a shirt. These designs from Maryink were so sweet.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    The banners by Nice were more than just nice. They were fantastic.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    Pretty silkscreened shirts for ladies again! I liked the simplicity of these prints from Red Prairie Press.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    Fernworks creates the most beautiful hand-painted jewelry. The display and design of their booth is lovely too.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    Dolan Geiman rocked it out as usual with his amazing paintings.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    I had been a fan of Crystalyn Kae for years, so it was nice to finally meet her and see everything in person. The bags were selling like hotcakes!
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    The Little Friends of Printmaking is always a favorite. Especially that PeeWee poster. Snakes!
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    TechnoMud had clever smart phone stands with built-in pencil cups.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    Rad shirts from Gnome Enterprises! My guy would get a kick out of a lot of these.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    Black Forest Works turned me into an instant cuckoo clock fan. Not an easy feat to accomplish.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    The embroidery on Bossa Nova Baby vintage hankies blew me away. (Ha, pun intended, but not a very good one.)
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    Mimi Kirchner had tattooed ladies and gentlemen, along with a slew of sophisticated stuffed animals.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    Ryan Kapp was there with his amazing screen printed "4 Seasons in Chicago." Love.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    Neogranny creates charming laser-cut wooden jewelry. I bought a 'Jack' and 'Jill' pin in orange and pink.
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    Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2011
    You can view all of the artists (over 300 of them!) on The Renegade Craft Fair's website.
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