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posted by Lydia Krupinski

The annual Chicago Craft Mafia craft extravaganza, otherwise known as the DIY Trunk Show, is coming to Edgewater this Saturday at the Broadway Armory! Set apart from other shows of its kind, this indoor fair pulls together talent from a 100 mile radius of Chicago – making it a locavores dream! And with the holidays so close, it couldn’t come at a better time.

Commute up to Edgewater early via the Red line and hop off at the Granville stop. Hit up M.Henrietta’s for an awe-inspiring brunch. Then take a brisk walk over to Metropolis to arm yourself with caffeine and take Broadway three blocks south to the show! There you’ll find indie handmade crafters, papermakers, artists, designers and more! And yes – Pierogi Picnic will be there too, selling seasonal wares and also doing craft tutorials and free eco-friendly gift wrapping.

So get your holiday shopping off to a good and conscious start by not only finding one-of-a-kind quirky gifts, but by also supporting the small businesses that keep the local economy afloat!

What: DIY Trunk Show

Where: Broadway Armory at Thorndale & Broadway

When: Saturday, November 19th 10am-5pm

See you there this weekend!

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by Lydia Krupinski

I’m going to come right out and say it: There’s nothing better than handmade for the holidays. Sure you can go out and buy the newest mp3 player or another equally calculatedly obsolescent piece of technology. But there’s simply no greater gift than that made by you or a creative crafter.

In case you don’t have the time or talent to conceive your own project, we’ve  put together the following list of upcoming holiday fairs that showcase handmade and local artisans and their wares. Please feel free to add more through the comments box below!

+Loyola University Alternative Gift Fair

December 2nd & 3rd, 2009 Loyola University Chicago

+One of a Kind Show & Sale

December 3rd-6th, 2009 Merchandise Mart

+Old Town School Holiday Craft Bazaar

December 4th, 2009 River East Arts Center

+Clever Crafter + Pierogi Picnic

December 5th, 2009 Lenny & Me

+Renegade Holiday Craft Fair

December 5th, 2009 Pulaski Park Fieldhouse

+WomanCraft Studio Sale

December 11th & 12st, 2009, WomanCraft Studios

+Bucktown Holiday Art Show

December 12th & 13th, 2009 Holstein Fieldhouse

By Lydia Krupinski

bow tutorialWe’ve all been there…the clock strikes the eleventh hour and you’re running late to the next birthday, house-warming, holiday party. You’ve found the perfect gift, but you just realized that you’ve run out of wrapping materials…what do you do? Read the rest of this entry »

The time is 9:33PM, and we are sitting in one of our favorite Chicago coffee houses, plotting this week’s Sprout debut. Watch for a tasty restaurant review, a snapshot of the most fashionable re-usable grocery bags, and in-depth reporting on where exactly Chicago’s junk goes. But for now, we serve the sproutiest of appetizers as Lydia gets her shears out in a crafty clip. Find it under How-Tos and enjoy!

-Irena and Lydia

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