My weekend was full of handmade goodness. It started with the annual Firefly Handmade Market in Boulder. This marketplace showcases a variety of local handmade goods: jewelry, jams, soaps, artworks, letterpress cards, clothing, ceramics and more. I went to find soft toy artists and there were several talented sewists among the booths.
Mary of flora fauna makes beautiful birds from recycled materials as well as other whimsical animals and puppets. There are many more in her shop - it was hard to choose a favorite among so many sweet choices.
Holly of Holly's Meadow made the crocheted "field" her small felt animals occupy. With so many charming animals to play with I'd want a whole barn full.
There were plenty of beautiful goods for sale besides toys. Here are few of my favorites:
Emily of Emily Claire Studio makes lovely jewelry in a range of modern shapes and colors. Her jewelry has an elegant simplicity and her booth reinforced that mood.
Kathy of Modern Gingham Preserves had an array of tempting flavors that got my imagination fired up. My favorite and the one I took home was her rhubarb-ginger-vanilla preserves. I think it will taste amazing on both brie and vanilla ice cream! There were many other summery flavors to savor - visit her website to learn about all of them.
I also took home these fun letterpress cards from Jen G Studios. She has more whimsical artworks and cards available on her website.
The aqua cup/vase in this photo is also handmade and signed on the bottom. It was a lucky 50 cent find at the thrift store! The small fabric bird is part of a flock that I'm working on (they're also pictured in the first photo above if you want a closer look).
There's always a handmade project in progress around here!
I also tried a new spa water this week to keep me cool and alert: orange and basil water. Its sooooo good! There will be a pitcher of it in my fridge for as long as my basil plant holds out :)
Slice half of a navel orange thinly. Add the slices and a handful of washed basil leaves to a pitcher of cold water (about 6 large basil leaves). Place pitcher in refrigerator for 2 hours to blend flavors. Serve in a tall glass. Top up the pitcher with water as needed. Make a new pitcher daily to keep the flavors bright.
I hope you'll try it and let me know if you like it!