Renegade Craft Fair

If you happen to be somewhere around the Williamsburg, Brooklyn area on June 5th or 6th, you should definitely check out the Renegade Craft Fair. It’s held from 11AM – 7PM in McCarren Park.

The Renegade Craft Fair is a craft, art, design, and DIY spectacular that will feature over 300 of the most talented indie-crafters from all over the nation, as well as free workshops, entertainment and other features.

Also, author and crafting maven Lotta Jansdotter will be there, leading interactive workshops in the Rowenta booth. If you’re not familiar with Lotta, then definitely check out her website. Well known for her minimalist designs inspired by nature, her creations are simply soothing…and very cute! I love this tote and these little baby shoes are just too darn adorable.

The fair is free, which is awesome. There are a bunch of Make and Take projects, and they have other events in other cities, so definitely check out the site for more information.

Let us know if you’ll be attending one of the shows, or if you have attended in the past. We’d love to hear about it.

Sugar and Spice

Today was a perfect day to whip up a batch of cookies. This recipe is one of my childhood favorites, and my family loves them too. The ingredients mix quickly, and there is something satisfying about rolling a little ball of dough around in cinnamon and sugar.



1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 3/4 flour

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Sugar and cinnamon for rolling mixture

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine dry ingredients in bowl and set aside. Blend shortening, butter, sugar and eggs and vanilla  until smooth. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Shape dough into walnut-sized balls. Roll ball in mixture of 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 10 minutes.

We hope this recipe gets you into a cookie frame of mind, thinking of your own family favorites, and please check back in with us soon. Not only do we smell yummy cookies baking, we also smell a contest coming! 🙂

A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. -Tenneva Jordan

A coworker went to a Mother’s Day tea at her son’s school earlier today and showed us this gift that she had received. All of the kids had made one, and we thought it was just so clever:

The kids photocopied their hands making the “I love you” sign, then that copy was reduced, printed out, and adhered to a square of colored foam. A top coat was applied (something similar to Classic Mod Podge, we believe), and the edges of the foam were cut off on a diagonal. A hole was punched through the top of the foam, and a thin ribbon was tied on to make a necklace. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. And so cute!

We’ve never seen anything like that before, and just wanted to share it with you all.

So to all you moms out there, we hope you have a lovely and joy-filled Mother’s Day! Thanks for helping hold this world together. (And on a personal note, to my very own mother, thank you for all that you’ve done, and all that you still do. Love you, Mommy.)