Miss Pixie’s Top Picks for Crafty 2019 by Eric Norwood

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Pixie Windsor, the owner of Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot, has sold vintage, upcycled and gently-used home furnishings since 1997 and moved to new spaces around D.C. as the business grew. Miss Pixie’s 4,000 square-foot showroom has been a staple on the booming 14th Street corridor, hosting a number of community events and fundraisers each year. Pixie is also a long-time Crafty partner and supporter of many participating vendors from the DMV.

Be sure to check out Miss Pixie’s website, misspixies.com, and follow on Facebook and Instagram at @misspixiesDC for updates on merchandise, sales, events, and more. #StayCrafty

 

Rebound Designs I love books, upcycling and recycling-genius creativity with a beautiful result.

 

Shafa Blends I love that it is woman-owned, all-natural, and so unique for a craft show with great items to keep or give as a gift.

 

Rikrack This vendor is my number 1 fav. I am a huge fan of crewel work and embroidery. I love the designs, concept, and the prices. It would be my first purchase at Crafty, hands down. They make great gifts.

 

Victory Dance Creative This vendor has fantastic original art and stationary that is brilliant and affordable for proud locals. These folks are “on the mark.” 

 

Circuit Breaker Labs This vendor has perfectly nerdy upcycled products that are very creative, elegant, and quirky.

Unusual Cards I am addicted to stationery and these are so delightful, I want to send them all!

Tommy & Kelly’s Top Picks for Crafty 2019 by Eric Norwood

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Tommy McFLY and Kelly Collis are professional broadcasters based in Washington, DC. Tommy has spent his entire professional career as a broadcaster and emcee for events including six years as the official emcee of the White House Easter Egg Roll under the Obama Administration, and Kelly is a native Washingtonian who has worked on Capitol Hill and operated a public relations and marketing firm before turning to a life on the airways. A morning staple for eight years on 94.7 Fresh FM, you can now catch the “Tommy Show” live weekday mornings discussing all things DC and playing great music via the show’s app, Alexa, and Google Home. Real. Fun DC! #StayCrafty

 

American Roadtrip Pennant Pillows Using vintage pendants is such a great way to remember a special trip or your favorite team. We loved seeing the collection of different cities and then found this one of our favorite baseball team!

 

Painted Palettes Samantha is a talented artist with great handwriting, glass etching skills, amazing watercolors all with services to personalize. It is all of the things! Also, when you purchase glasses during Crafty, she will personalize them for you.

 

six point pet Tommy and Kelly love spoiling their dogs and this company uses US made components to finish the products. Even more important, their products are made in collaboration with a vocational training center for adults with disabilities.

 

Tasha McKelvey Always on the hunt for thoughtful gifts for new moms, this small-scale handmade ceramics artist Tasha McKelvey creates keepsake pottery both decorative and functional. Our favorite is the adorable nesting bowls - a perfect baby gift.  

 

Yurko Stitch Yurko Stitch creates handcrafted leather wallets and accessories from used baseball gloves. A clutch that is made from a baseball mit is ideal for Kelly since she is such a rabid Nationals fan. Tommy already got one for her as a Christmas present. 

Mari Rodela’s Top Picks for Crafty 2019 by Eric Norwood

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Mari Rodela is the Chief Community and Culture Officer and co-owner at DC Brau Brewing Co in northeast DC. As a long-time DC-area resident, Mari is proud to play a key leadership role in a business that contributes to the sustainability and growth of DC’s local economy and community. She is also the President & Co-Founder of the DC Brewers’ Guild and sits on the Board of Think Local First DC. You'll find her out & about this week at various events during the 11th annual DC Beer Week, which goes through this Sunday, September 15th. For more details about DC Beer Week, visit dcbeerweek.net. #StayCrafty

 

Rocks and Salt - I absolutely NEED a hip pouch from this designer!! I also really enjoy waxed canvas since it lasts forever.

 

Sprout Head - I am a sucker for an oracle deck. I love the clean design aesthetic of this artist.

 

Kakinbow Fashion This is a new designer that I am not familiar with, but I am drawn to and am completely excited by the starkness of her designs and patterns. I can imagine owning a few pieces to help spice up my wardrobe.

 

Good Company Wares - Beautiful vibrant designs for home. Love the aesthetic.

 

Kellie Cox: Artist Kellie's floral paintings are beautiful and truly capture the personality and essence of the plants and flowers that inspire them. Her expertise, knowledge and love for gardening comes through in her artwork. I also love that she works in all sizes and has both small and super large prints.

Jenn Tisdale’s Top Picks for Crafty 2019 by Eric Norwood

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Jenn Tisdale, creator and director of the Death Becomes Us True Crime Festival produced by Brightest Young Things and MD RennFest connoisseur, weighs in on her top picks for this year’s Crafty Arts & Makers Festival. (Be sure to mark your calendars for Nov. 8-10 when #DeathBecomesUs returns to the Lisner Auditorium in DC!) #StayCrafty

 
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Mt. Royal Soap Co. Hey it's me, your friend who occasionally makes her own face masks and wants to have a "quick" 30 minute chat about your skincare routine. I am obsessed with soaps and skincare products that will not treat your skin like garbage. It's the largest human organ you have and deserves respect. I'm always on the lookout for anything natural and 100% free of phthalates and parabens (no really, do you have 30 minutes to chat about why these things are bad). Mt. Royal Soap Co. has the kind of products I'm always on the hunt for, free of everything bad, filled with everything good, and will legit help your skin. Also guys sunblock … please.

 
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Alternate Histories I love history so much. I once went to Gettysburg just so I could stay in a home that was briefly converted into a hospital during the Civil War. I guess you could say it was the first pop-up. Therefore I am absolutely going to make a beeline for the Alternate Histories booth, because who says you can't have a little fun with the past? Alternate Histories adds monsters, zombies, robots, and other sci-fi creatures of notes to old maps, photos, etc … to make them, well, better! Sure, you've seen the Washington Monument hundreds of times but have you seen it with huge octopus tentacles wrapped around it? Now you can!

 

John W. Fesken Art Nothing bad has ever come out of New Orleans. From its history to its music to its food to its Anne Rice novels, New Orleans is the best. Heck, Nic Cage is going to be entombed there in a mausoleum that looks like a giant pyramid (true story). New Orleans is one of the most magical cities in America. It's no wonder that I was immediately drawn to John W. Fesken's art which has that odd, cooky, creepy vibe that I have grown to love from the Big Easy. Using handmade objects as well as heavily deconstructed found items, Fesken creates incredibly interesting and, let's face it, weird 3D art. And since I'm a weirdo, I'm on board.

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Eilisain Jewelry Did I mention I'm kind of creepy? In a chill way. And as such I am willing to toss out any amount of money for offbeat jewelry made from polished gemstones, crystals, talons, claws, teeth, and bone. Now if you're picturing something from A Texas Chainsaw Massacre you can banish those thoughts immediately. Lisette Fee, the artist behind Eilisain Jewelry, makes absolutely stunning pieces inspired by the myths and legends of ancient cultures. Each piece is different. Each piece has its own story. Look, you don't have to be someone drawn to the stranger side of life to appreciate what she's doing. You just have to be fun.

 

Wrong World Ceramics I'm definitely noticing a pattern regarding my choices and that pattern is dark. And by dark I mean more of a fun and flirty Addams Family kind of dark, but dark nonetheless. Wrong World Ceramics describes itself in a way that would make me swipe right on Bumble if this was a bio: Wrong World Ceramics captures brutal and ritualistic elements combined with light hearted cynicism and a self-deprecating view on this stupid world. Thank you to Wrong World for finally making the version of Live Laugh Love that I crave … Die. Cry. Hate.

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