July 2010 Homemade Brigade

Thinking back to how this event came together, I couldn’t have been more greatful for being asked to participate. I was contacted by the event organizer through Etsy and everything fell in place from there. Having never been to Freshy’s Coffee before (let alone vending at a craft fair), I didn’t know what to expect. I showed up to Freshy’s and was stunned to see the crowd of coffee drinkers and the low key environment that Freshy’s provided to its loyal following.

Freshy's Coffee

Unlike traditional coffee shops, Freshy’s had a very open environment with long tables, a few smaller booths and arcade machines. That’s right. There were two old school arcade machines (that I sadly didn’t get a chance to play with).

Arcade machine and coffee bar

We made it to Freshy’s around 9:20am after circling the neighborhood a couple times. The annual Hi-Yu parade in West Seattle caused all of California Ave to be closed off for traffic. Quite the nightmare for someone who is “navigationally challenged”, let me tell ya! Showing up a little later meant that we couldn’t get an outdoor table, but we gladly took the table closest to the entrance of the shop which had a woodgrain table top with real tree bark trim (Could the table be more fitting for my display?! It was definitely a sweet pairing). The only downside to being set up in front of the door is the fact that the lighting was terrible for photos. Small price to pay for the cutest table in the shop!

Set up

coffee & crafts!

board set up

The event ran from 10am-3pm which resulted in having to find food in West Seattle. Luckily, Freshy’s serves some of the most delicious sandwiches! They had a table of their own outside selling pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw and fresh lemonade. My roommate and I both opted for a pulled pork sandwich, and let me tell you, it was the best pulled pork sandwich I’ve had in a long time. Not only was there a generous serving of meat (the photo below does no justice to the almost 2″ stack of meat in my sandwich), but the marinade itself was delicious!

pulled pork sammmmmmmich

Between waves of visitors, I would either chat with my booth babe (aka my roommate), make more jewelry, or walk around to meet the other vendors. I was particularly drawn to two of the set ups outside: one was selling pouches and ID tags made from Japanese fabrics, and the other made cute fleece hats.

retractable id tags & pouches

Aren’t these hats so cute?! My heart strings are being tugged very hard by the Hello Kitty hat

Happi Boshi

Cleaning up was way less stressful than setting up. Another friend stopped by and helped my roommate and I take a lot of photos while goofing around pack up and load the car.

goofing around

empty display board

I had a lot of fun at the Homemade Brigade! I would love to take part in another event like this because I loved being able to talk to people face-to-face rather than the usual emails/convos through Etsy.


Weekend Recap (cont): Exit Through the Gift Shop

Later in the night on Saturday, we all piled into the car and headed to the city to see Banksy‘s documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop. Banksy has been a huge inspiration of mine for quite some time, not only because of his controversial work but because of his anonymity. He’s always been such a mysterious “character” whose talent is, for the most part, very in demand.

Courtesy of Raw Art Blog

I don’t think I have ever laughed as hard as I did in a theater before. Although there are a lot of rumors that the documentary is some sort of sad joke on the public of Banksy pulling another fast one, I still really enjoyed it. I highly recommend everyone to check this out!


Panda Love

One unexplained thing in life that I have a soft spot for is pandas. I don’t know why. Their lazy nature, adorably chubby faces and bamboo diets… something about them just makes me want to hug everything that comes in panda form.

Recently, I made a purchase from Fred Flare and requested a doodlebug. Mo, one of the their shipping staff, handles all the doodlebugs and blogged about my request. I thought it was hilarious how accurately I was depicted in this doodle! Having never met anyone at FF in person, I was quite impressed! Fringe bangs, semi-poor posture, dancing-panda-demanding face… I love it all! Not to mention, the panda is freaking adorable with his top hat and cane.

dancing panda

Speaking of adorable panda-related things, on my recent trip to Vancouver, I stopped by Daiso (a store completely dedicated to selling imported Japanese goodies) and saw these sponges:

panda sponges

No joke, I must’ve thrown all of the panda-faced loofahs into my basket and then 20 seconds later, after realizing that I was being ridiculous, put them all back on the shelf. Now that it’s been a few days since I left that army of panda loofahs at Daiso, I’m regretting not bringing at least one of them home with me.

ok. this was an impromptu post. I had a bunch of photos ready to post but got sidetracked when I saw Mo’s doodlebug. Brace yourself for the largest serving of curly fries you’ve ever seen!!


Lies Lies Lies

I can’t say that I love museums, seeing as how I’ve only ever visited three in my lifetime (ROM, Louvre, and now the SAM), but I really enjoyed myself when I was looking through all the art. I only visited the first two floors of the Seattle Art Museum, but I’m hoping to make another trip back to see the Kurt Cobain and Andy Warhol exhibits soon.


In the kids activity area, there were a bunch of cartoonized Andy and Kurt colouring pages and a bucket of pencil crayons and markers. Of course, the 5 year old in me insisted on spending ten minutes making some “art”:

Colour Colour Colour!

So proud of my artwork

While wandering around downtown, I also managed to check out the Olympic Sculpture Park. All of the sculptures were decently spread apart over a decent size of nicely landscaped space. There were a couple of these signs hanging around the pieces to avoid corrosion of the materials that the sculptures are made from. Sadly, people still touched the art.

Don't Touch!

My favourite “sight” of the sculpture park was actually the building where the gift shop was located. There was this huge wall that looked like a big cork board and had this piece posted on it:

Lies lies liesTo be entirely honest with you, I had no idea what the giant cork board represented. A lot of the “posts” on the board had a dark interpretation and made me feel like the piece as a whole was trying to say that the idea of design is skewed by what’s accepted by society. Or something like that… I think.

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