Renegade Craft Fair was this last weekend, and it was such a blast! Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth and checked out our new pieces. Our Bow Bracelets and Fishtail Gem Bracelets were a huge hit at Renegade, so I’m excited to get to work creating more to restock. I have done quite a few craft fairs and street festivals in the past, but by far, Renegade has been my favorite to exhibit and attend.
I haven’t done a craft fair in quite awhile, so I was really excited for Renegade. I really wanted to revamp the look of my booth and the jewelry displays, so lots of planning and Pinteresting happened.
I decided on a neutral table cloth of burlap and then I made new bracelet stands inspired by this tutorial from Life Ann Style. Instead of using paper rolls, I used PVC piping from Home Depot that I covered in vinyl that I got from the fabric store. I also got some wooden crates from Michael’s to use as risers. I also used a clear tray from the container store filled with sparkly sand to hold my earrings and cuff bracelets.
For the tissue paper back drops, I used this tutorial from Ruffled Blog. They were so easy to do, and I loved the way they turned out!
I also got the opportunity to share my booth with Tammy from Tammy Smith Designs, so it was great to see how our brands looked side by side. If you need some unique and fun art you should definitely check out her collection!
Renegade has such a great variety of goods and the sheer caliber of the skills and creativity of the vendors are so amazing and inspiring. I constantly had to remind myself that I was there to sell and not to shop, but that didn’t stop me from picking up a few things 🙂 I ended up getting this Chicago Print from Tammy Smith Designs and this Self Watering Garden Jar from my other booth neighbor, Modern Sprout.
Thanks again to everyone who stopped by and be sure to check out our Events Page regularly to see where See Song Designs will be next!
Had to share a snap of our littlest and cutest bow bracelet customer from this weekend!
Shop local this week and support your favorite Chicago designers and small businesses at the 2013 Chicago Sidewalk Sale! See Song Designs along with other local Chicago designers will be selling all things fashion including accessories, clothing, and of course, jewelry. The event will be at the iconic Daley Plaza on July 23 & 24 from 9am-3pm. There will also be a runway show at noon each day styled by Garmental’s Style Director, Suzanne Kopulous. Hope to see you there!
Simply Stylist is coming to Chicago on Saturday, June 8th, and I am so happy to announce that See Song Designs will be a part of this fabulous event! Simply Stylist is a company dedicated to connecting consumers with top tier designers, stylists, and tastemakers in the fashion and beauty industry. Simply Stylist has held their successful networking event in New York and Los Angeles, and this is the very first time that Simply Stylist will be in Chicago.
Attendees will get the chance hear from prominent beauty and fashion panelists which include Catt Sadler, host of E! News, Corri McFadden, founder of eDrop -Off, and Jacey Duprie, blogger behind Damsel in Dior, to name a few. After the panel discussions, Simply Stylist will be holding an exclusive beauty and fashion shopping event where you can shop See Song Designs’ Spring/Summer collection along with other brands. The shopping event also includes the opportunity to be styled by celebrity stylist and president of Rad & Refined, Jacqueline Rezak. Guests will also have the chance to get complimentary manicures from LVX and blowouts from Blowtique. This is going to be a major event, and if you love fashion, beauty, and networking, you cannot miss Simply Stylist in Chicago. Visit the Simply Stylist website to learn more about the event and be sure to get your tickets to this amazing event!
Simply Stylist Panelists
A few weeks ago, I was down at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to participate in the Mom’s Weekend Craft Fair. I went to U of I for 5 years, and I got both my undergraduate and graduate degrees there. I’m a pretty die hard Illini fan, and most of my family also went to U of I as well. Since it was Mom’s Weekend, I figured it would be fitting to bring my mom down with me to help out, and we had a really great time doing the craft fair as well as visiting our favorite campus establishments. Some of my favorite memories were from U of I, and it was great to meet students at the craft fair creating college memories of their own. I was crazy busy all day, and it was wonderful. The best sellers were the Woven Chain and Crystal Bracelets, and I nearly sold out of all of them!. All in all, it was a great experience, and I can’t wait to come back and visit again 🙂
The SSD booth at the University of Illinois Mom’s Weekend Craft Fair
I couldn’t resist taking a picture on the beautiful green quad.
They had free pictures at the bookstore, so of course my Mom and I had to get one 🙂
Last month, I participated in this great shopping event at The Bedford called Shop the Night Away. It was a wonderful shopping event inside the parlor of the Bedford that included champagne and yummy appetizers. I thought the Bedford was a great venue to host a mini trunk show since it’s just so classy and has a nice relaxed feel. There were also some amazing vendors including Jojo & Sofia and Bonnie Body & Bath. I love doing these types of events and meeting other great handcrafted artists. The only downside (if you could call it that) to doing the event was that I simply couldn’t resist buying things from the other vendors! In the end, it was absolutely worth it, and I was able to meet some great people and pick up a pair of cuff links for my boyfriend and these amazing smelling soy body candles.
All of the vendors at the Bedford event!
My boyfriend and I at the SSD table 🙂
This past season was my first time doing street markets and craft fairs. It’s been really hard work but also really rewarding. I’ve met lots of great vendors and it’s great to see so much creativity and entrepreneurship in one place. Being around wonderful vendors and artisans really creates an invigorating and inspirational environment. Overall, it’s been a great season, and I have learned so much and met such interesting and wonderful people. I only have one show left this year, and it’s Randolph Street’s Holiday Market on December 15th and 16th. Be sure to check it out and get some SSD jewelry without having to pay for shipping 🙂
I’ll have a post next week with more details on the Holiday Market, but for now, check out some pictures from this past season!
My first time being a vendor at the June Randolph Street Market. Notice the handmade banner in the background. I’ve upgraded since then.
My friend Katie helping out at the North Coast Music Festival in Chicago… Lots of neon was sold that day.
Taking a break and checking out some of the EDM performers at North Coast
Craft Show at Prospect High School. It was great to help raise money for my old high school district!
Me at North Halsted Market Days. This was a crazy and really fun street market in Boystown.
Only at Market Days…
At Arlington Park for Lambs’ Farm Holiday Lights Gift and Craft Show. It was by far the largest show I’ve done with 3 floors and over 500 vendors!