Three Reasons why Craftoberfest is Awesome…

1. It’s October in St. Louis. It’s finally not going to be 90 degrees outside for a while. (Right?) There’s really no better place to celebrate the cool weather than in Urban Chestnut‘s Biergarten with a Winged Nut and a flatbread, raw veggies and dip plate. That is certainly what I’ll be enjoying at some point on October 17.

2. Foxes rule. Okay, I’m just going to flashback and let my 7-year-old self take over here for a bit. You know when you’re suppose to be pretending that you are a character from Goonies or Little House on the Prairie, but all you really want to do is act like a fox. All your friends keep saying, “There are no foxes in the Goon Docks!” but you don’t care, because you’re an awesome fox…

3. Hmmm…okay, I lied there are really about 30 reasons why Craftoberfest is awesome. This insane amount of crafty awesomeness should not be missed. Check out the 2013 vendors…

Upothecary by The Upcycle Exchange ~ A curated division of The Upcycle Exchange peddling restored vintage fabrics and textiles along with handmade upcycled wares.

Vintage Textiles from Upothecary

Vintage Textiles from Upothecary : photo by Upothecary

Trailer O’ Vintage by Parsimonia {Secondhand With Style} is St. Louis’ first mobile vintage store, stocked with affordable vintage clothing, accessories and home decor, all hand-picked for your purchasing pleasure.

Parsimonia Vintage for the Modern World

Parsimonia Vintage for the Modern World : photo by Parsimonia

The ReTrailer is a mobile store that specializes in yummy, yummy organic teas, spices and confections.

The ReTrailer Hibiscus Tulsi Tea

The ReTrailer Hibiscus Tulsi Tea : photo by The ReTrailer

Strange Donuts offers 12 fresh donuts – six classics and six creations – every day. Oh, thank you great donut gods!

Strange Donuts

Strange Donuts – Um, Yum! : photo by Strange Donut

Scarlett Garnet‘s jewelry comes in intricate shapes cut in steel, copper, brass, and wood. Each piece of jewelry was drawn by the two designers, cut by industrial companies in Missouri, and assembled by hand in SG’s studios in St. Louis or Kansas City by Katie, Garnet and their small team.

Mirror Blue Chevron Earrings by Scarlett Garnet

Mirror Blue Chevron Earrings by Scarlett Garnet : photo by Scarlett Garnet

Creature Type – subversively feminine, cartoony, vintage inspired prints and jewelry – no wonder I love it!

CratureType Winter Girl Illustration

Crature Type Winter Girl Illustration : photo by Creature Type

Fable & Lore‘s minimalist, geometric and bohemian jewelry and home accessories are handmade in St. Louis and simply awesome.

Wood Shield Wall Sign by Fable and Lore

Wood Shield Wall Sign by Fable and Lore: photo by Fable and Lore

Newberry Furniture‘s handcrafted kitchen tools are made from reclaimed woods and lumber or local woods. Anyone reading this, please feel feel free to pick up one of these for me for my birthday…

Beer Taster Paddle by Newberry

Beer Taster Paddle by Newberry : photo by Newberry Furniture

Inspired by nature, Sprouted Designs carries hand screen printed housewares, paper goods, and children’s clothes. Pictured with a cutting board by Newberry Furniture, this Avoacdo Flour Sack Towel is one of my favorite kitchen accesories.

Avocado Natural Flour Sack Towel by Sprouted Designs

Avocado Natural Flour Sack Towel by Sprouted Designs : Photo by Amanda Gray-Swain

Inspired by travel, treasure and adventure, August Abroad is a line of handmade jewelry and accessories designed and created by Shelah McClymont. Shelah also owns The Foundrie, a carefully curated shop of vintage & handmade goods just outside of St. Louis, Missouri.

Hand Stamped Horseshoe Charm by August Abroad

Hand Stamped Horseshoe Charm by August Abroad Photo by August Abroad

Offering DIY terrariums at Craftoberfest, Flowers and Weeds is an enchanted garden boutique and floral design studio located on Cherokee Street. They specialize in unique and old fashioned blooms grown without harsh chemicals and sustainably foraged moss, ferns, twigs and rocks. Honestly, they had me at terrariums.

Custom Terrariums by  Flowers and Weeds

Custom Terrariums by Flowers and Weeds : photo by Flowers and Weeds

The Heirloom Room on Cherokee Street carries unique and stylish furniture, home accessories, clothing, bags and jewelry and much more!

Vintage Finds from the Heirloom Room

Vintage Finds from the Heirloom Room : photo by the Heirloom Room

Riley Construction ~  modern heirloom rag dolls and plush toys, handcrafted from a combination of recycled/vintage materials and modern materials. So cute!

Sleepy Hedgehog by Riley Construction

Sleepy Hedgehog by Riley Construction : photo by Riley Construction

Cristin Rae Knitwear & Accessories include organic cotton jersey infinity scarves created using Cristin’s original designed fabrics. Oh, how I love them!

Color Pop Triangular Organic Cotton Infinity Scarf by Cristin Rae

Color Pop Triangular Organic Cotton Infinity Scarf by Cristin Rae : photo by Cristin Rae

A Tiny Moth ~ handmade jewelry, accessories and body products to upcycled and vintage home decor items. There’s a lot to love here.

Long Asymmetrical Necklace by A Tiny Moth

Long Asymmetrical Necklace by A Tiny Moth : photo by Adrienne Ballew

South City Studio‘s map tile necklaces let you keep that special place close to your heart!

St. Louis Glass Pendant by South City Studio

St. Louis Glass Pendant by South City Studio : photo by South City Studio

Just Liv ~ the home of handmade… where you can wear anything as long as you work it.

Headband by Just Liv

Headband by Just Liv : photo by Just Liv

With a shop on Cherokee Street, Strange Overtones Vintage carries oddly awesome vintage modern furniture, housewares and accessories.

Vintage Finds from Strange Overtones Vintage

Vintage Finds from Strange Overtones Vintage : photo Strange Overtones Vintage

Old meets new in cmyf‘s mixed media prints and paper goods.

ARTCRANK Poster // Great Atomic Power by cmyf

ARTCRANK Poster // Great Atomic Power by cmyf : photo by cmyf

Good clothes for bad girls – Beqi Clothing carries super cute, custom made clothes for the good, the bad and all us girls in between.

Beqi Dress by Beqi Clothing

Beqi Dress by Beqi Clothing : photo by Beqi

Made from new, upcycled or organic materials, Madi Sharp Design‘s retro-inspired clothing, pillows, bags and accessories are for anyone who wants to add a simple splash of color and pattern to their life.

Mid-Century Modern Corduroy Pillow Cover by Madi Sharp Design

Mid-Century Modern Corduroy Pillow Cover by Madi Sharp Design : photo by Madi Sharp Design

Lovely Dovely Vintage ~ vintage finds for home and fashion. Marie finds items that just can’t be left behind in the hope that she’ll find someone who will love to own the piece. Could it be you?

Vintage Grass Green Skirt from Lovey Dovey Vintage

Vintage Grass Green Skirt from Lovey Dovey Vintage : photo by Lovey Dovey Vintage

Sherwood’s Luminarium‘s creations are upcycled from coffee and soup cans. Each luminary is a unique works of art and adds a soft glow to any enviornment.

Patio Luminary by Sherwood's Luminarium

Patio Luminary by Sherwood’s Luminarium : photo by Sherwood’s Luminarium

Envisage Vintage Jewelry ~ Envisage means to view in a different way. Upcycled from heirloom quality jewelry pieces, Envisage Vintage Jewelry’s one of a kind creations are truely unique.

Upcycled Luxe Bracelette by Envisage Jewelry

Upcycled Luxe Bracelette by Envisage Jewelry : photo by Envisage Jewelry

Modern, fun and elegantly simple designs, The Iris and The Bee carries stationery, art prints and cards for traditional and unique occasions.

Thanks You're a Peach Card by The Iris and The Bee

“Thanks You’re a Peach” Card by The Iris and The Bee : photo by The Iris and The Bee

Bright, bold, smooth, organic forms ranging from elegant jewelry to chubby critters, Binx Ceramic takes inspiration from nature and traditional folk art themes.

Little Squirrel by Binx Ceramic

Little Squirrel by Binx Ceramic : photo by Binx Ceramic

Villa Design‘s modern jewelry is composed of flamework glass, metal work, found objects and vintage components. This acorn pendant is perfect for fall.

Electroformed Lampwork Glass Acorn Pendant by Villa Design

Electroformed Lampwork Glass Acorn Pendant by Villa Design : photo by Melissa Villadiego

Zenbot Design creates hip, handmade, eco-friendly goods for the entire family.

The Lovers, The Dreamers & Me Onesie by Zenbot Designs

The Lovers, The Dreamers & Me Onesie by Zenbot Designs : photo by Melissa Villadiego

 

CeeCee Baublite and I will also be at Craftoberfest with screen printed t-shirts, prints, lamps, cozy cowls, infinity scarves, scarf necklaces, phone cozies and boot cuffs.

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