Guess I didn't have to worry about the change of venue (last year at the Seattle Center, this year at the Cruise Terminal on the waterfront). Entry to the show is free, but the first fifty people through the doors each day received wonderful gift bags filled with cool stuff from the vendors. Boy are those bags Popular!
It's both fun and slightly awkward jumping in to man someone else's booth. "Hi! Aren't these things great? Nope, they're not mine, I just get to pretend they are for another fifteen minutes or so. Ladybugs? Uhm, yeah, I think I saw some of those a moment ago. Let's look and see what we can find...."
But cruising the show itself was great fun, so I made a little Treasury to share some of my favorites.
|Just a few of the fabulous treasures from the show|
Edibles: Sweet Caroline Jams are sooo incredibly yummy! I bought some last year to give as gifts, but ended up keeping them for myself (oops!). This year I came home with a little jar of Winter Spiced Blueberry. Some of her other flavors include "Masala Chai Spiced Apple Butter" and "Pomegranate Lemon Jelly". I love her stocking stuffer sized jars - great taste-samplers, amazing flavors and the empty bottles are so pretty, they make great storage containers in the studio, so it’s a triple win. Score!
|Mortar and Pestle Tea Shop at the holiday show|
They even offered freshly brewed samples of their various teas at a beautifully appointed tea bar at the back of their booth. I came away with a double package of teas wrapped as letters to Santa (like the ones in the top left of the photo). Won't say who on my list it was for, in case they happen to read this.
Illustrations: I fell in love with the Mysterious Monster illustration by Pricsilla Jo and spent way too much time trying to figure out who on my Christmas list (besides myself) might want one. I love her style, and I love all the little sea critters in this piece in particular.
DIY: Who doesn't love owls? Reinvented by Me has lots of great patterns, including a fun stuffed Owl pattern that promises to show you how to make ten different fabric owls. Enough for every Strigiforme lover on your list! (Psst... Did you know that a group of owls is called a Parliament?)
MayhemHere has a cool take on the ‘paint-by-numbers’ gift with their Zentangle your Own Animal cards complete with card, brush, paint and a tip book. Some of their other work is a bit creepy for my tastes, but they have the coolest Totoro print. If I’d seen that at the show, I would have totally picked it up for Joe for Christmas.
|Shadow boxes by Sparrow and Sundry|
This was one of the booths that I babysat for a bit, and I had a great time chatting with passerby about their favorites. I even made a sale!
Here's a Full List of the vendors and their websites/Etsy stores in case you'd like to browse some more.
I also learned more about Etsy Rain's imminent name change, the whys and why it's so cool. But that's food for another post.