The Big Crafty

Because I've only mentioned it a few times before (or 20), I wanted to mention again just how much we love Asheville. Every visit is wonderful and The Big Crafty was no exception.

I love the organized chaos that occurs as vendors are setting up for events. It's fun to watch.  All the carrying, pulling, moving, organizing, re-organizing...

Setting Up

 ...and the end result (for us at least!).

Set up at The Big CraftyBut, enough about us.

As usual, I ditched Wayne and wandered around with my camera visiting with vendors and taking pictures.  There was SO much to see... The festival was amazing:  170+ vendors spread around pack square and inside the Art Gallery.  I'm afraid I missed quite a bit, but I've included a few of the booths and vendors that stood out for me.

Here's a mantra that I was so excited to see.   It was on a table surrounded by lovely jewelry by Gritgoods.

Local is the New Black

These reusable bags by the high fiber co were adorable and are a great green option.

Reusable Bags

I was drawn to the booth of Etchville and her lovely etched glasses.  Wayne was quite obsessed for a while with Portlandia and in homage, she had glasses with birds of them that said "Put a Bird on It".  I also adored her "olive you" bottles.

Olive You

I have a bit of a problem with bags.  No clue why.  Boxes too.  I like stuff you can put stuff in.  These Nana clutches caught my eye immediately.  Not only could you put stuff in them, but they were handmade with gorgeous fabrics.  I particularily admired the vintage (or vintage inspired?) dot fabric.

Nana

Close to us was a jewelry vendor with a gorgeous display.  You can tell Just Kenzie Jewelry puts quite a bit of time into deciding how to display her wares.

jewelry

Yet another bag vendor I liked. Urban Olive's laptop bags were adorable.

Laptop Covers

 Jordan Grace had beautiful illustrations, t-shirts and goodies.  They were all slightly quirky and wonderfully appealing.

Have Mercy

So, Robin from Lemons with a Pea made me laugh out loud.  Literally.  She had posters galore that were too funny.  Plus, she's really nice (and that always helps).  As soon as we got home I looked her up and was excited to see that she has salvaged wood blocks that she paints with her sayings and calls them (appropriately) "blocks of awesome."  Nuf said.

What Love Is She

Another thing I'm constantly drawn to is fabirc.  I have boxes of the stuff, all waiting for me to learn how to sew.  Any day now.  I was drooling over the handprinted fabric by Sara Lee Parker.

Fabrics

An award for the most interesting display (in my mind at least) goes to the booth by Whittler's Roost.  They were selling necklaces and I loved how they were hanging on all the walls inside these wooden circles.  You can see the gaps where they had already sold quite a few before I managed to snap a picture.

Necklaces

I recognized the Button Florist from the Handmade Market.  Much fun!

The Button Florist

When we got hungry, there was no shortage of food to be had.  Rosetta's Kitchen had a truck as did the Gypsy Queen Cuisine, one of the first successful Kickstarter projects I was familiar with.  Wayne got a falafel and gave me a bite.  Just one.  That's all he was willing to spare.  It was amazing!

Gypsy Queen

And, of course, they had music as well.

Music

We spent the day beside Melanie from Asheville Hoops.  She was selling (and demonstrating) hula hoops.  All day Wayne was staring longingly at people as they tried it out.  At the end of the day he finally gave in and gave it a shot.  He was good at it!  Needless to say, one went home with us and he has been hoola-ing (is that a real word?!?) every day since.  :)

Wayne and the Hula Hoop

One again, a fantastic festival in our favorite city.  We're looking forward to being back at the end of the month for Bele Chere.

Comments

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Aug 08, 2011

Teresa:

Thank you for this! I have been thinking about those “put a bird on it” glasses ever since the Big Crafty, wishing I had bought one (especially since I keep breaking my own!), and couldn’t remember who made them. Was very happy to stumble on your blog. :)

Aug 11, 2011

Julia:

So glad Teresa. I love the fact they do custom glasses – that would be so much fun to design!

Aug 11, 2011

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Oct 26, 2011

sara:

Thanks for the mention! It was nice meeting you :)

Jul 18, 2011

Daphne:

Great wrap-up!! Thanks for the high fiber love!!

Jul 18, 2011

Paul Peterson:

Thank you for the kind words. We had a great experience at the big crafty. We’re looking forward to next year.

Jul 21, 2011

Margaret:

Awww! Thanks for including me in your blog. In case you are interested the poster at my booth is for Asheville’s ‘buy local’ campaign started by Asheville Grown Business Aliance. Also, the wood pendants and necklaces were by whitlers roost. I picked up their card. They have an Etsy address too. Take care! See you next year :)

Jul 17, 2011

Julia:

Thanks so much for the info Margaret! I’ll update the post. :)

Jul 17, 2011

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