This last Saturday was the Crafty Bastards fair out in Adams Morgan. What an impressive concentration of talented people! (And would you believe that a few booths over was Jay- season one Project Runway winner!?) I am creatively energized and physically exhausted. My MIL, SIL and niece came in for the show. A few FS folks ventured out too. (Thank you, thank you, thank you ladies!) Those moments of recognition are so dear in the sea of unfamiliar faces. And a sea it was. The fair was from 10-5 and the crowds endured ALL DAY LONG. It was amazing. My one regret is that I didn’t have more time to shop for myself! My next show isn’t until the Saturday after next, out in Gaithersburg, then two back to back Saturdays in Silver Springs. Eastern Market just announced that they’ve opened applications for a few more vendors. Whew, no rest for the wicked.
By the time I’ve caught my breath, the holidays will be here and gone, then two more months until we’re off. This has got me thinking a little more about our accommodations, or rather “home”, in Luanda. Rumor has it that we’ll be in a new apartment building next door to the embassy. In an effort to keep things from feeling totally sterile for the six months it takes for our things to arrive, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for about one carry-ons worth of fun and familiar little home items. And of course, me being me… I prefer that they’re unique and handmade. Here’s what is delighting me so far.
Remember a while back when my friend Stacey and I did a swap? I made her a bag, she drew this illustration of Snakes and me with our boys, our girls and the old Detroit house. I knew I needed exactly the right frame and though it took me a while, I’m glad I was patient. I came across this etsy vendor, Ivars Design, who makes frames from recycled farm wood. I love it with this picture because I think it captures our “urban pioneer” spirit. And it’s simple to stick in a suitcase.
Then there are these guys, who make me indescribably and irrationally happy. They’re so ridiculous and serious at once! I snagged a pair of them from this vendor, utilitarian franchise. What a great sense of humor. I love this guy. I figure if I ever tire of them in the living room, they can head to the bedroom. Although, honestly, I just can’t imagine that happening. And the (second) best part is they can fold up and fit easily into my pocket! Within moments of arriving on the other side of the world, I can have some good friends chillin on the couch. I also got this screen print on canvas stretched over a frame. It’s the biologist in me who loves the literal “home is where the heart is” reference. So beautiful.
Oh. And I know I said I didn’t have much time to shop this weekend, but I still eked out 10 minutes and I’m so glad I did. By ceramist, Vicki Hartman, from upstate NY:
These exquisite little trees painted onto a ceramic “stone”. Tiny, sweet and imminently transportable! And finally, from artist Jordan Perme, the piece de resistance…
I think it’s a brilliant compromise and a nice way for me to “support” Snakes’ infamous taxidermy habit ( remember the baboon?) Maybe with this guy mixed in, the albino possum, massive raccoon and the vole won’t look quite so terrifying!?
A piece of advice to those of you yet to pack it up and come here for training. DON’T pack the things that turn a generic corporate apartment into your home. Hold them dear and always travel with a hammer and nails.