Tag: maker faire

Bazaar Bizarre Neighbors

I had some great neighbors at the Bazaar Bizarre/Maker Faire. I think most of the $$$ I spent was at the booths around me because I only had intermittent help during the show. My dear, dear BF spent most of the time on his gas powered skateboard and gas powered bicycle. I think those toys were more popular than my jewelry when they were parked outside my tent 🙂

Anyway, I wanted to share some pictures of the crafters near my booth. They all had such wonderful work.

Xylocopa: They were right across from me. I think that is why I ended up with so many things from their booth 🙂 I was staring at it for two days. I bought one of the awesome paper skulls (with a moustache!) and a couple of the blocks. All of her original illustrations are etched/cut with a laser. Amazing.
Some of the jewelry Michele of Xylocopa created.
Loop+Lil: I loved her sign. She had some very precious baby clothes, cute scarves and whimsical flower pins.
harrilu: I bought the black shirt in this picture. There isn’t a picture of it but they also have this awesome Mexican wrestling mask shirt.
Designs by Lanese: These hand puppets are so soft and cute. And the Cupcakes for One were a great idea. She was behind me so I could hear the customers oohing and awwing over those 🙂

A few other favorites of mine from Maker Faire:


Belated Maker Faire Update

I intended to post some images of the freebie I was making for Maker Faire but ended up scrambling around doing all sorts of other last minute things right up to the morning I was setting up.

So here are some images of what I was doing:

I ended up using the rabbit image for the final product

My jig for cutting the bookmarks

I was using my Gocco and making bookmarks (that ended up being just postcards because of a bad initial paper choice). Don’t use that awful Stardream paper with the Gocco. The ink just mushes around because it can’t really adhere to the plasticy finish.

I made about 100 and they quickly disappeared. Think I might block off the Maker Faire part and make some thank you notes.

Maker Faire

Well, spent this weekend at the Maker Faire here in Austin. I loved it. There is something energizing about seeing so many creative and talented people showing off their inventions/labors of love. And there were lots of robots 🙂

I was handing out materials for Etsy and having a great time wandering around looking at everything. The art cars were the first thing that caught my eye. Saw the famous camera van and had no idea it had working tv’s on one side.

Also saw the giant mousetrap.
Honestly, if you are curious just go to flickr and do a search for Austin Maker Faire to get all the pictures you could ever want. It is hard to convey the atmosphere of the event. All these people that I’m sure have been called crazy or worse for following their creative impulses, be it mixing dead animal parts into cute sculptures….
or making dancing robots, building their own theremins, or making bicycles out of found objects. There was also the Diet Coke and Mentos fountains. Took about 3 hours to set up properly and all of 2 minutes to explode.

If the Maker Faire ever comes anywhere near you, go!