Craft Show Fail and a Wish List

Dear Chicago House,

So yesterday Chicago teenager and I took a trip out to a craft show billed as

SPRING FESIVAL – An Arts &Crafts Affair” Hundreds of the nation’s finest artists and crafters display and sell their handcrafted works.  Voted one of the top 100 shows in the country.

Sounds good doesn’t it and armed with my camera (to capture some blogging inspiration) we set off.

But my camera never left my bag as the show was filled with what I call “tat”. Dried flower arrangements, pet clothes, light switch plates, and horrible wreathes made from gaudy ribbon. I was so disappointed.

So it got me thinking about the sort of things that would make a fabulous vibrant craft show, products that would make me want to part with my dosh.

How about this fabulous Union Jack drop cloth pillow made by Linda over at It started with paint and sold through her Etsy store 

And the graphic artist in me just loves this fun wall art of Type Faces, It even has one of my all time favorite fonts, Gill Sans.

Or these fun kitchen towels from Pony and Poppy

A fun contemporary print from another Etsy store RetroMenagerie chocked full of lovely things.

I even think one of my rope ball creations would go down a storm.

I actually wish photographed some of the tat just to show you quite how bad this show was!

Love from

Creative in Chicago


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3 thoughts on “Craft Show Fail and a Wish List

  1. Thanks so much for including me on your wish list! Maybe I need to get me some space at one of the many craft shows that pass through Chicago …

    Have you ever gone to that giant flea market out at the Allstate Arena on the weekends?



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