Houston ETSY Craft Party

I wanted to circle back and highlight the amazing time I had hosting the Houston ETSY Craft Party June 20th. So many Houstonians came out to craft for a cause and the feeling of community was palpable. We had so many craft supplies and materials donated by the community, including The Tinderbox artists’ Beyond Her, Fuzzy Grapefruit, and Hola Dear Deer. Brittany of the Houston ETSY team and I decided to pick a local non-profit we could handcraft practical items for, and we made the following for a charity that does so much for women, The Women’s Home.

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Product donations: 
Candles from Manready Mercantile
Jewelry from Rust & Pearls
Lip balm from Rachel's Plan Bee

A warm thank you to everyone who participated by making, providing materials, food, and support, and helped spread the word, especially our neighbors My Flaming Heart and Natachee’s. I am always in need of a reminder of the good people are capable of, and why I opened a “craft collective” in the first place, so thank you! Check out the great pictures below from the night.

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Austin Renegade Craft Fair

Even though it was two weekends ago, I wanted to write about our quick trip to Austin for the Renegade Craft Fair.  Wayne and I wanted to meet and support several of our Austin makers, and support the few Houston artisans  there as well (like Lisa Chow and Angela from Purl & Loop!) Plus, Renegade is a fantastically curated show, and it was a nice chance to get out of town for a few days (although leaving the shop was a bit like leaving a newborn for the first time). We stayed at Verde Camp, near South Congress, in a fully furnished and stocked 1-bedroom house. It was very charming, offered free bike rentals, and was the perfectly located getaway for the weekend.

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The very first thing we did when we got to Austin was promise not to stress about the shop, and decided to make it official with a margarita and live music on South Congress. It was nice just walking around and spending some time together. We also went into Parts & Labour, one of my favorite Austin destinations and inspiration for The Tinderbox.

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Saturday morning we were up and out the door after a cute little breakfast in our cute little house. I wanted to stop by Mockingbird Domestics, a store I have been dying to check out since they opened their doors in September.  They store is incredible, with beautiful home furnishings, furniture, and other high-quality Texas-made products. The owners, Jeff and Laura Daly, were so warm and delightful to talk to and we talked about a few of our shared vendors, Satchel & Sage, Bexar Goods, and Little Low Studio.  Everyone needs to run to check out their online store, wedding registry, and fun craft events.

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We finally made it to the Renegade Craft Fair and it did not disappoint. The event was held at the Palmer Event Center, and  the entry was free (we did pay $7 for parking, and the food onsite was a bit pricey). We decided to just go up and down each row and spent a good 4 1/2 hours shopping, talking, meeting, showing, high-fiving, exchanging, and smiling. We were able to catch up with Jessica and William of Son of a Sailor, pick up an order from Fox & Brie, hang out with Caitlin from Little Low Studio, meet Morgana and Gerran from Satchel & Sage and ogled at all of their new products.  There was a lovely vintage section of the fair, and I bought a beautiful table cloth from Stella Rae Vintage. I also bought a necklace from Bee Amour, who I am happy to announce will be coming to The Tinderbox! Anna is a bee keeper AND a jewelry designer, and each piece is handcrafted and casted from original honeycombs and cells.

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We spoke with several artists interested in having their handcrafted products at The Tinderbox, so make sure to stop by the shop and see what new items we have. We had a great time, met lovely makers, and brought back some great ideas for The Tinderbox. Thank you Renegade for hosting such a wonderful event.

Support a Craftsman not a Corporation

I have  been asked several times about how I find the artists that are featured in the shop. At first, I went after a few Houston artists whose work I had been admiring and shopping from for a while (Lisa Chow, Fuzzy Grapefruit, Olmox and Manready Mercantile to name a few).  I love shopping at local markets and discovering new artists (like Abbie Drue Designs), and once I knew the shop was going to become a reality, starting  sending out inquiries if artisans were interested in getting involved. I also took a trip to Austin with my dear friend Candice, and we found several artists there that I wanted to have in the store as well. (Son of a Sailor, Satchel & Sage, and Little Low Studios were some of our firsts.)  It starting growing organically from there, with recommendations from other artists, a few Etsy searches, to artists reaching out to us. I am happy and proud of the quality and variety of what we offer at The Tinderbox, and we are bringing new lines in all of the time (like Bexar Goods and Fox & Brie making their debuts soon!) so come check us out and support a craftsman not a corporation (thats a tip of the hat to ML Leather, also new to the shop)! Here is a small sample of the handcrafted products we have in the shop; you can check out a list of all of our makers here.

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Abbie Drue Designs
Summer Bucket Jewelry
Summer Bucket Jewelry
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Jessica Grundy Art
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Obababy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Husband the Craftsman

DSC_5568I am proud of my partner for many reasons, but when I look at the tables he has built, I fall a little bit more in love with him. He is such an honest and thorough guy, and you can see that in the furniture he builds. He works away in the garage after his full-time job, paying attention to every detail, and ensuring the highest quality. I may be biased, but these may be some of the best looking tables in Houston!

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This is a stunning live edge table made from a virtical slice of warm red cedar resting on steel hairpin legs. The table has been finished in a rich warm brown allowing plenty of the grain and red accents of the cedar slab to show through. It has been finished in several coats of semigloss polyurethane giving it a deep clearcoat finish.
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Length: 60″
Width: 24″ @ Widest point, 6″ at narrowest point
Thickness: ~2″

Price: $850

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This table is made from a reclaimed douglas fir timber. Its strong texture, grooved by hand,  allows for a very high contrast. We have two of these in the shop, and they are gorgeous! He finds wood from many salvage places around town, and the legs he uses are all 100% recyclable handcrafted steel.

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TABLE DIMENSIONS:

28″ tall x 48″ long x 12″ deep

Cost: $550

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Check out his Etsy shop and come see these beauties in the shop!