Wow what an amazing weekend it was at the Renegade Craft Fair!
Perfect weather ✔
An amazing group of makers ✔
1,000's of awesome supporters and shoppers ✔
Could not have asked for a better turnout. I am so impressed by the talent and love that was shown by all of you for coming out to support us, the streets were non-stop flooded with people!
We are super excited to be a part of Renegade Chicago, which takes place on along Division St. between Damen and Paulina from 11am - 6pm this Saturday + Sunday!!! We will be sharing our booth with the lovely Erin of Geppetto Chicago, she makes beautiful custom shelving using reclaimed wood and milk paint. So if you plan on attending, please make sure to come say hi!
A few new items making their debut at Renengade Chicago
For more details and a roster of all the lovely sellers that will be participating the fair, please check out the Renegade Craft Fair website.
What an absolutely lovely feature of my very good friend, Allison and her husband, Ryan; who recently celebrated their one year anniversary. She had an absolutely stunning ceremony at the Union League Club in Downtown Chicago. Her photographer, Elena Bazini was amazing as you can clearly see below. Plus, I had the honor to do her Save-The-Dates!
We support handmade here at Ms Matilda and strive to bring you quality hand-crafted products. All of our products are made here in the US of A. We print all of our cards in our home studio and outsource our rubber stamps to a midwest stamp engraver. We have a passion for the environment and use only 100% recycled materials. Our kraft envelopes are made from post consumer paper brown bags and the rubber stamps are made from red rubber a 100% renewable resource!
Each design is hand drawn/ lettered and gets its start either on paper or directly on the computer using a pen tablet. Each card is printed on recycled card stock and packaged by my hands.
Over the past several years, I have gone back and forth with giving up meat. Recently I have decided to finally cut it out completely once and for all. Living in the midwest and growing up in Kansas, where beef is one of the main sources of people's livelihood; the notion of being a vegetarian gets several eyebrows. I have found it difficult several times in life to make the transition, meat is everywhere and who doesn't love a BBQ?! Plus my boyfriend is a big meat eater so a lot of times it was just out of laziness not wanting to make two meals.
Alas, my decision came from years of fighting with health issues that I just couldn't quite put my finger on. Until I started keeping a food journal and discovered that I was eating a lot of meat and processed foods. Processed foods is a whole other conversation I will have in the future! So after doing a 30-day challenge which cut out all processed foods and refined sugars I found myself feeling so amazing and energized. I was on the Clean Eating bandwagon!
In this new series (which will be featured on Mondays, yes I know it's Tuesday), I will focus on healthy clean eating. Sharing my favorite recipes personal and from some of my favorite food bloggers. All recipes will revolve around whole grain and vegetable diets. Here is my first selection of Green Eats. Enjoy!
I'm trying to blog better, but this is one thing that always gets put to the side and then forgotten about. I have been reading up on how to develop your brand and blogging, Aeolidia has been a big source of inspiration! I suggest checking it out if you haven't already.
In my attempt to become a better blogger I will fist focus on creating a few series, with a focus I hope it will be easier to manage than having the daunting task of what do I write about today. So without further adieu - I bring to you my first Friday Faves!
This week I went to Etsy to pull my top favorite finds from the week.
Chicago has finally passed the Plastic Bag Ban (whoo-hoo) and in the spirit of being environmentally conscience (something we take seriously - we use 100% recycled paper and materials in our products!) We are happy to introduce a new line of tote bags starting with our Shop Local Chicago tote. These are available for preorder now and will make their debut at Renegade Chicago Sept 19+20!!