indie craft fairs for holiday giving


Last year we posted a list of holiday shows where you can support handmade and local while buying up some fabulous gifts for friends and family. This year, I’m going to let do the work for us! Head over to’s events calendar and you can see what’s coming up this week and next and, in fact, every week in crafting events throughout the year. As for me, I was at Seattle’s Urban Craft Uprising this past weekend (you might be able to spot me in the photo above) and chances are good that I’m heading to Portland’s Crafty Wonderland this weekend. My favorite thing I purchased at UCU was a sustainable pendant by Dinah Coops, who also carries some gorgeous linens and table mats in her shop. What about you — any indie goodness that you’ve picked up lately that you’d love to share? –Mary T.

Quicklink:’s events calendar of indie holiday craft fairs

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another giveaway we like at

Head over to between now and December 31, and you can register to win a Raimond Suspension Light by Moooi. The Raimond was designed by a math professor, and it was a hit in Milan last April at i Saloni. Not only is it a Ylighting exclusive, you’ll no doubt be the first among anyone you know to have one. (You may have to wrestle us for it.) Enter here.

More giveaways: Win a Christmas tree, and of course enter to win our Crypton William Wegman apron giveaway.

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five things we learned last week


1) We even like to save food we don’t like. Cat Sitter in the City says of the digital day counters: “Now this is a great idea. I wish I had had one last night when I pulled some marinara sauce out of the fridge and couldn’t remember exactly how long it was in there… I hate it anyway.”

2) As of this writing, a little over 70% of our readers eat some kind of meat. The poll’s not scientific, but the results and comments are interesting. Chookooloonks says: “I’ve gone back and forth from being a full-on meat-eater to eating-only-seafood for years, until last year when I gave up eating meat entirely…. I just figured that I’m lucky enough to live in a part of the world where food is abundant, and I can stay healthy without something having to die for me to do so.” See more food for thought here.

3) Erica needs to post a pot rack how-to. Riye says: “That looks awesome Erica!! Please do post some instructions and more pics. The idea of using shower hooks is inspired. :-)” See the pot rack here — we’ll ask Erica to share more soon!

4) Cool knob sources abound. Leslie says: Try Lee Valley Tools! TONS of choice, and some pretty neat stuff all ’round. Their knobs are at and their main site is” Click for more places to find cute knobs.

5) Those tin can lids need to be produced pronto. We think they’re still a prototype, but Valentina summed up reader opinion of the tin can lids: “LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!” Here’s hoping they get produced soon!

Photo by porah

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blogwatch: where we were clicking this week

The Little House in the City confesses: “I paid $200 for a stump.”

Saveur just alerted us to their collection of the best classic cookie recipes. What do you think — does it stack up to our chocolate chip cookie recipe?

Black Friday, Cyber Monday — tired of the holiday gimmicks? Jezebel is too.

ZOMG, IKEA iPhone app! At swissmiss.

This might come as a relief: AT on living happily with less.

Pretty much the coolest tape dispenser ever at 2Modern.

Homemade ginger-ale at 30 Bucks a Week — looks great!

If you’ve never had quilt envy, you probably will after seeing these baby quilts at Simple Things.

And just ’cause we love ’em: fake and fabulous holiday trees at Casa Sugar.

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