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Paper Acorn offers a wide variety of paper products including luminaries, garlands, decorations, favors, and cards . They’ve been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine and offer great products at affordable prices.

Fair Trade Gift Registries

Spring is huge for weddings and babies!  When you’re planning where to register, you should think of Just Creations. A Fair Trade and non-profit store, Just Creations offers a variety of items for everything including weddings, babies, anniversaries, birthdays, and of course Mother’s Day! Just Creations is kicking off their gift registries with an event this Saturday (May 12) from 10AM-6PM. There will be refreshments and a variety of gift baskets available to help give you ideas for your own registry or to help you find that special gift for someone special.

By shopping or helping other shop at Just Creations, you’re giving back in three big ways.

  • you’re buying local and supporting a Louisville business
  • you’re shopping ‘green’ because most of the products are made with recycled or re-purposed materials
  • you’re supporting artisans all across the globe and helping them earn a fair wage for their work

Check out some of these great wedding items including gifts for your bridesmaids, cute hair accessories for your flower girl and  gorgeous blown glass goblets for toasting!

Here are some great Mother’s Day gift ideas!

Make sure you stop by Just Creations this weekend to see how you can incorporate Fair Trade into your big event.

Just Creations is located in the heart of Crescent Hill at 2722 Frankfort Avenue.

 

Lisa Simon

Lisa Simon is a mixed media artist in Louisville. I’ve seen her work represented at Galerie Hertz and I love her ceramic frames. She uses them for mirrors and to house her beautiful drawings.

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DIY Louisville

DIY Louisville is Louisville’s first alternative craft group.  The group meets every 1st & 3rd Tuesday each month at Sunergos Coffee on Woodlawn Avenue. DIY Louisville encourages anyone interested to come and join them. Bring your own projects to work on or come and meet other local crafters and artists. Their blog features great tutorials, recipes and more!

Join DIY Louisville on April 30 for a Derby Hat Workshop!

 

 

Flea Off Market

Tomorrow I’ll be selling at the April Flea Off Market, a once-a-month outdoor bazaar that will take place in the heart of Louisville, off Market on Shelby Street. There will be dozens of vendors each month offering a wide variety of items you’ll want to bring home! There will be books, records, bicycles, kittens, antiques, cool old junk, used tools, fine arts and crafts, fresh-cut-flowers, esoterica, live music, food trucks and entertainments for all ages.

The Flea Off Market is held on the second Saturday of every month, along Shelby Street and in the lot next to Salvo Collective, 216 South Shelby Street (between Market and Nanny Goat Strut Alley). The event lasts from 12-6PM.

Fly Away Fox will be selling a large variety of vintage and handmade items. Here’s a little preview.

Fair Trade in Your Home

Just Creations is hosting an Oriental rug event this coming Wednesday-Saturday (March 28-31). It’s a great opportunity to learn about Fair Trade from the leading Fair Trade organization in Louisville.

When I think ‘Oriental rugs’, it doesn’t really appeal to me. However, when I attended the Oriental Rug Event at Just Creations last year, my eyes were opened. There is a large variety of rugs available, many of which are minimal, contemporary, neutral, mid-century style, etc. I was pleased to see that there is something for everyone! I even saw some traditional rugs that I liked!

The styles of rugs I like are Tribal Gabbeh and Kilims. Tribal Gabbeh rugs have a contemporary feel but also resemble antique rugs by their natural colors. They have geometric designs, polka dots, stripes, and often have a mid-century and arts and crafts feel. Kilims have a traditional feel but are flat woven and often made with materials like hemp that give it a natural texture and feel.

The best part about these rugs are that the artisans are paid fair wages for their work and able to support their families. Most of the rugs are made with hand spun yarn and natural dyes.

Here are some samples of what you will see at the rug event.

Make sure you check out the rug event next week! There is a seminar on Thursday night starting at 6:30 where you can learn about the rugs and the artisans who make them.

Just Creations is located at 2722 Frankfort Avenue in the heart of Crescent Hill.

 

Vintage Journals

Fly Away Fox journals can now be purchased at Hey Tiger! Hey Tiger is located on Bardstown Road and is a boutique selling handmade and vintage items.

Fly Away Fox makes one-of-a-kind handmade journals from old books in need of repair. We give them a second chance and re-purpose them as journals and sketchbooks. Each journal features around 100 pages of recycled paper as well as select pages form the original book. I choose each book carefully and try to use books that in poor condition where the binding is falling off but also books with interesting content.

Here is sampling of some of the type of books you’ll find in the store.

Dixie Highway

Dixie Highway may not seem like a fabulous vintage shopping spot but it’s a vintage oasis! I went out with my friends Camille and Tanya a few weeks ago to the Dixie Highway Peddler’s Mall and the Dixie Trading Post to look for one-of-a-kind treasures. I found some depression glass sorbet dishes, vintage plates, a desk lamp and other accessories!  We even found an amazing vintage microwave at the Peddler’s Mall but had no use for it so it couldn’t come home with us. Check out these kitchen canisters that I found though, for just $10!

 

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20th Century Cincinnati

20th Century Cincinnati is making it’s 18th annual return this weekend! (February 25-26). It will be held at the Sharonville Convention Center and will include over 60 dealers!

Needless to say, I am super excited about it! It’s only $7 to get in and goes from 11AM-5PM.

Vendors include: Modernism Magazine, Retro Renovation (which is one of my favorite blogs!), Broadway Antique Market, and Dreamlight from Louisville!

The Sharonville Convention Center is located at 11355 Chester Road just off 1-75 at the Sharon Road exit (exit #15). Parking is free!

http://www.20thcenturycincinnati.com/

 

 


New Items for Salvo

Here are some of my new dry erase boards available for sale at Salvo Collective downtown. Each board is unique, made with vintage material and re-purposed frames and comes with a brown dry erase marker.