Has anyone gone to the Spring 2012 OOAKS yet? I usually go every year to the one at Christmas, but this year we decided to check out the spring show. Between my Mom and I, we lugged Benjamin all over the place. Lucky for us, he was into it, so that helped the day go smoothly!
Now back to the show. It was good. Like, spent too much money good. Like I might go a second time good. I got to chat with some really lovely artisans who shared their wisdom with me too, which was really amazing. I was taking notes ladies! I'm dreaming of having a booth here one day to sell my paintings and some other goods that I'm thinking about adding to the shop. We'll see...
Anyway, I thought I would share a few pictures and notes on what shops I thought were the very best...so if you happen to get there, make sure you check out these people!
First and foremost, my absolute fav, Bookhou. Arounna, the shop owner, is one of the nicest people I've met in the handmade business. She's so kind, not to mention incredibly talented! It's so great to chat with other mom/shop owners. She's such a great example of what I hope to become!
If you're going to check out her shop, be sure to take a look at the triangle loop scarf and the wood alphabet. Her stuff is amazing, I plan on buying more things ASAP. Today I walked away with the triangle day bag and the rain tote. Love them SO MUCH.
For the Mom's, have you heard of Moxy + Toots? Such adorable kids toys, we had to get one for Ben. The shop owner, Adrienne, was so great, and her prices are really reasonable! Loved this little booth.
I wanted to bring a little surprise home for Billy, but that's never easy at a show like this (when you're husband is into things like Sons of Anarchy and hockey). I picked up a really great t-shirt with a print of records on it from Whiteout Workshop, a silk screening art and apparel shop. This booth had really great clothes...which I found to be pretty unique at the OOAKS (I'm never a big fan of the clothing booths) and her prints are amazing! This tree really had me, I think I will order it online now that I'm home and STILL thinking about it...
/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////One of the things on my shopping list was a cute card for a shower that I'm going to next month, and Flakes Paperie was perfect! They have really lovely cards, stationary sets, as well as prints and calendars.
Lastly, I was really taken with the items created by designer Jenna Rose. Her textiles are beyond cool. I'm completely in love with the ship print. Pretty great, right? I think I need the Ships Hamper. It would be SO perfect for piling toys in.
Well, that's my big round up! I hope you all get a chance to check out these talented artists/designers! And if you find anything equally cool at the OOAKS, do tell!