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It’s been a little less than 24 hrs. since the historic blizzard of 2011 has ended. My car is finally shoveled out and the roads are fairly passable yet still kinda rough. It’s been a doozy of a few days. While I wasn’t brave enough to go outside in the snow and take pictures (hello! I’m only 5’2″– i would have been in snow up to my neck!) I do want to share some images from folks around Chicagoland and how they captured the blizzard on film…

Frozen Lake Shore Drive
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Chicago Blizzard 2011
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Lake Shore Drive in the Blizzard
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Snowmageddon - Feb 2, 2011.
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32/365 - 2/1/2011 - Title: Snowmageddon - Location: Chicago
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Stranded
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the cleanup begins...
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Hope you’ve all had a chance to shovel out and are staying warm and cozy!
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Renegade Craft Fair- Chicago
This weekend was the long anticipated (by me, at least) Renegade Craft Fair. Division Street, between Damen and Paulina, was filled with some of the most incredible handmade goods made by over 300 craftspeople from all over the nation. Oh, I wanted to take home everything!!!! It was **so** hard not to whip out the credit card at every booth. Here are just a few of my favorite shops…

Renegade Craft Fair

  • Orangyporangy
  • handmade ladyware from orangeporangy

    I loved these skirts. I don’t even wear skirts, and I wanted them all. They featured a great cut, and awesome awesome patterns and colors!

  • Steff BombSteffBomb

    Loved the cute plush creations! They also had super cute sad hamburgers. Don’t believe me? Go check it out!

  • Squeaky Queensqueakyqueen

    I’m a sucker for a good handmade soap. These soaps smelled amazing. And, they were cool too. It’s not everyday that you a prep soap complete with syringe

  • There were soooooooooooooooooooooo many other vendors that I loved and would love to show you and write about, but that would be nearly impossible as I need to get back to work.  Here’s a complete list of crafters that participated in the Renegade Craft Fair– please be sure to stop by and check them out!
    To see more of my photos from the Renegade Craft Fair, check out my flickr slideshow.
    To see a ton more photos, check out the photos from the Renegade Craft Fair Group on Flickr!

    The big highlight this weekend– Renegade Craft Fair!

    renegade craft fair, chicago

    renegade craft fair, chicago

    renegade craft fair, chicago

    renegade craft fair, chicago

    It was super awesome!!! TONS of great folks came out to sell their awesome creations, and TONS more people came out to support them and shop!!!!

    Here are some of my favorite shops that we saw:

    renegage favorites
    1. Handcrafted curiosities by Lori Brown
    2. Felt wonders and other clever crafts from abbeychristine
    3. Fernworks
    4. Cakespy.com

    To see a list of all the other fabulous shops that attended in the Renegade Craft Fair this year, please check out this links page (warning: be prepared to browse for hours…)
    Renegade Craft Fair Artists

    The rest of the weekend was spent working on a LARGE stained glass door. I took it home from the theater last weeks and had plans to just clean it up a bit and re-lead the glass. Well, cleaning led to removing all of the lead which lead to a “blank canvas” sort of situation– so I created a new pattern and painted it in. (It looks awesome! Photos to come later!) I also worked on a Japanese scroll for the upcoming show. I can’t show you that– you’ll have to see the show to see it!!!!

    Chicago Renegade Craft Fair September 2009

    Chicago Renegade Craft Fair September 2009

    You should go.
    Find out more info here.

    taken at the Garfield Park Conservatory. I gotta tell you what a gem of a conservatory this is! I can’t believe I only discovered it last year (I mean, I’ve known about it all along, but it wasn’t until last year that I actually visited it!) It truly is one of my favorite conservatories/garden in the city. I think I like this one better than the Lincoln Park Convervatory (which is saying alot!!!) I can’t wait to check it out when it’s warmer and greener outside!

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