Upcoming Shows

Rock ‘n Roll Craft Show
Friday, November 29 Sunday, December 1
11 AM 6 PM
Scottish Rite Cathedral in Grand Center
Stone Spiral Holiday Market
Saturday, December 14
9 AM 2 PM
2500 Sutton Blvd.
Schlafly Winter Market
Saturday, December 21
8:30 AM 2:00 PM
Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave.

Knit Wit!

Get Down, Get Crafty!

Wanna learn to knit? I’m teaching a class at the coolest shop in Belleville, My Vintage Addiction. Vintage and yarn in one day, oh em gee and YAY! 

Knit Wit: 

Intro to Knitting

Saturday, August 24th 

2 – 5 p.m.

Class Size: 8 / $20
Learn everything you need to knit simple projects like scarves. This course will include basic instruction including: yarn types, reading yarn labels, needles, selecting the right needles for your project, reading a beginner’s pattern, knit and purl stitches. Bring size 8 straight needles (metal or bamboo) and inexpensive craft yarn like Red Heart worsted/medium weight in a light or bright color (no navy or black).
Meet the Teach: Holly Schroeder
Holly Schroeder is a mixed media artist with a love for all things vintage. She has several years experience teaching beginners to knit and crochet and likes to bring a bit of silliness to the classroom. You can also take her courses on terrarium building and mixed media through St. Louis Community College. Holly is a proud member of the St. Louis Craft Mafia. Follow her on Etsy at www.southcitystudio.etsy.com.
Supplies Needed: Bring size 8 straight needles (metal or bamboo) and inexpensive craft yarn like Red Heart worsted/medium weight in a light or bright color (no navy or black).
Class size is limited, so please RSVP to finds@myvintageaddiction.com. Class fee must be paid in full at time of reservation. Please send payment via payal to finds@myvintageaddiction.com or in-person at our shop.

Holiday Bazaar this Saturday

I’m really excited about the holiday bazaar this Saturday at Stone Spiral. I’ll be there with a small group of local artisans from 9 – 5. I’ll have lots of map pendants from all your favorite U.S. locations as well as terrarium kits and built terrariums. I hope you can make it out, but if you can’t don’t forget to buy local and buy handmade wherever you are!

Holidays Approach!

Hi Everyone!

Grad school is kicking my butt, but rest assured that crafting is still happening. If you’re hoping to get some of your holiday shopping done early, there are lots of great shows coming up in the next couple months, I hope to see you there!
Rock ‘n Roll Craft Show
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 
November 23, 24, 25
Third Degree Glass Factory
Stone Spiral Holiday Market
Saturday, December 1
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Schlafly Winter Market
Saturday, December 22
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Schlafly’s Bottleworks in Maplewood
http://schlafly.com/bottleworks/

Summer!

This is my favorite time of year. I’m one of those loons that loves the heat and Missouri never disappoints in that department, it’s already been 90+ degrees several days and it’s not even June yet! This past weekend I did the craft fair in Soulard and it was hot, hot, hot! It was great to spend the day outside soaking up the sun and the best bonus is being able to kill two birds with one stone and get all my weekly fruits and veg while I’m there. Next week I’m off on Saturday and Sunday and I plan to get some hiking in if the weather is good. I’ve been itching to get my boots on and have an adventure. Maybe I’ll even take Mackie the Wonder Dog. Monday I’ll be vending at Gypsy Caravan as part of the Handmade Blockade. A bunch of us crafties will be there selling our wares and it promises to be a great time, I hope you can come!

Here’s the current line up of shows:

May 28 Gypsy Caravan
June 16 Soulard Market Park Arts & Crafts Fair
June 28 Contemporary Art Museum
July 14 & 15 Indie Craft Revolution
July 21 Soulard Market Park Arts & Crafts Fair
August 18 Soulard Market Park Arts & Crafts Fair
August 25 Tower Grove Farmer’s Market
October 20 Tower Grove Farmer’s Market

Long Overdue and Spring Shows

It has been a BUSY winter! I can’t believe Thanksgiving was the last time I updated this poor neglected blog. I’m in grad school, plus working full time and this has been my toughest semester yet and I’ve been busy getting my baby ready for college. *sniff* *sniff* We just spent the day visiting her school this past weekend and it was a really great experience, she’s so excited and I am too.

I’m so glad that spring has sprung and that we have such lovely weather to enjoy. Spring means sunshine, gardening, and lovely breezes. It also means show season is upon us. Green with Indie was on 3/10 and was an awesome way to kick off the season. I’ve got lots of shows lined up already for this year and more to come.

 Here’s the current line up:

May 5 Tower Grove Farmer’s Market
May 19 Soulard Market Park Arts & Crafts Fair
May 28 Gypsy Caravan
June 16 Soulard Market Park Arts & Crafts Fair
July 14 & 15 Indie Craft Revolution
July 21 Soulard Market Park Arts & Crafts Fair
August 18 Soulard Market Park Arts & Crafts Fair
August 25 Tower Grove Farmer’s Market
October 20 Tower Grove Farmer’s Market

New in the studio are Funny Farm Terrariums and Funny Farm Terrarium Kits. They’ve been lots of fun to put together and I’m really enjoying working in a new medium in addition to my regular mappy fare.

So much to do! I hope you are enjoying some sunshine and hope to see you soon. 🙂

Grateful

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Right now I’m parked on the couch and the smell of turkey is floating in the air. We got a late start today and probably still have a couple hours to go before it’s turkey-time. I started my day with my buddy Allison and a trip to the local Value Village where they were having a 1/2 off sale. Wahoo! Normally, I’m anti-shopping on holidays, but they promised that the people working volunteered, so I made an exception. (We zipped past Starbucks on the way and I really, really, wanted a delicious latte, but I remembered my friend Cat telling me about when she worked there and cried all the way to work on Thanksgiving and Christmas because she was forced to work. That stinks.)

Value Village is always a good time and Allison and I have much fun doing nothing at all. We perused the aisles, inspecting all the knick-nacks and vintage dishes. She scored a sweet set of vintage dishes and I practiced trying not to buy kitchen stuff. My kitchen is approximately the size of a small closet and I have an, unfortunate, deep and abiding love for all gadgets and appliances. I need to find my inner minimalist — so far no luck. After gadgets we visited all the sad and lonely abandoned afghans and quilts. Ever since I started crocheting and realized how much time something like that actually takes, I can’t help but want to buy every orphaned blanket I see. I was sincerely tempted by several well-worn blankies, but my fear of bed bugs won out. Every time I touch the bed linens in the thrift store I get the heebie jeebies. I’ve watched too many damned 20/20 exposes. In addition to my fear of sports, there is the fear of creepy crawlies. Oddly, this phobia does not extend itself to clothing which is also fabric, but somehow different. What can I say, I’m an odd duck. Both Allison and I picked up a few new goodies for our closets. I got a scrumptious green cardigan and a couple long sleeve t-shirts for hiking. Nothing beats a soft t-shirt and a cozy sweater. I was briefly tempted by a velour sweater because it reminded me of the footie pajamas I used to have as a kid, but I figured that probably wasn’t the best reason to make a purchase.  All in all, I spent a whole 6.50. I’m grateful for low prices that aren’t the result of someone being exploited. Yay! I’m grateful for good friends, who make every day a little more delightful.

After shopping, I came home and hung out with my girl for a while. I am suddenly acutely aware that it won’t be very long at all before she’s off to college. Less than a year. The thought terrifies me and I hope she doesn’t forget to call her mama every day. She might be getting grown up, but she’s always going to be my baby! I’m so grateful to be her mama. She’s a really awesome person and is so much fun to be with. I’m especially grateful for days like today when I get to soak up her laughter while she chats with her friends. She has always had the best laugh – hearty, full, and bubbly; it’s completely contagious. I am so grateful that I have had the gift of being this awesome girl’s mom.

The rest of the day has been business as usual, a little cleaning and a little reading. My trusty doggy bff has been by my side all day and my special-needs kitty, Mr. Wobbles, has been in my arms as much as possible. Right now, he’s laying on the cushion behind me, with his paws on my shoulder. I swear he tries to spoon me like I’m his lady friend. Sometimes when I wake in the morning, he’s next to me, with one arm stretched across my chest. Swear. I’ve got a few more fuzzballs in the house, but these two are my besties. Oh, and my chicken Rontaco, but she lives outside. She’s a snuggler. I’m grateful for my pets today, who unceassingly give me love and affection and so much entertainment.

My mom has been working hard on the turkey, cornbread stuffing, and next on the hit list are the carbolicious mashed potatoes. I did a little chopping and dicing, but she did all the scary stuff (like take the neck and giblet pack out of the turkey) while I hid my eyes in the other room. Really, I’d rather not get too close to the bird either. Nice white slices on a plate, please so I can maintain my thinly-veiled delusion that all meat comes from a magical place having nothing to do with animals. I am grateful for my mother who has put up with my ridiculous ass for more than thirty eight years and is always such a sweet and thoughtful person.

Have a great holiday everybody, I hope that the turkey (or tofurkey) is perfect and you have a wonderful weekend where you don’t have to get out of your pj’s unless you want to.

XO,
Holly

P.S. I’m really grateful for Jeremy at the New Balance shoe store who helped me pick out new hiking boots and insoles so my feet won’t hurt so dang bad when I hike. Apparently, I have been buying my shoes a whole size too small!

Clumsy, Happy Trails

You would think since I’m sort of a clumsy chic, that I would avoid activities where the likelihood of injury is high, but as soon as the weather got cooler, all I could think about was hiking. What’s even more strange about that is, historically speaking, I’m hardly athletic. I was ALWAYS picked last in gym class and I’m not even an iota resentful about it; I wouldn’t have picked me either. I’m terrified of the ball and I hate running so much I hold my breath. Plus, all my brain seems to do in situations where I’m supposed to perform athletically is freak out and panic. I have the coordination of a drunken monkey and no depth perception. Don’t get me wrong, I love the outdoors and do enjoy a leisurely hike, but lately my desire has been for something on the physically challenging end of the spectrum. 

I considered just going solo and taking my trusty companion, Mackie the Wonder Dog, to keep me company. Then I wouldn’t have to worry about people laughing and pointing, “look at chubby go!”, and I could set the pace. However, since I am a klutz and the only thing he does on command is shake, I figured that plan would net me a night alone in the wilderness huddled with my dog, a broken ankle, and a lot of whimpering – me and him. Besides his lack of opposable thumbs and knowledge of first aid, he’s a wuss. Frankly, so am I. Anyway, my fantasies of braving the wilderness with my favorite pooch were quickly dashed, so I did the slightly more sane thing and found a group of strangers on the internet to go with. 
The destination was Mina Sauk Falls at Taum Sauk mountain. I’ve been there a couple times before and hiked the trail once several years ago. I remembered it being pretty rocky and a somewhat challenging hike, but nothing super hard. The thing is, apparently, my memory isn’t the greatest. I read the description of the hike and when I stumbled across the part that said it was strenuous and challenging I assumed they were being a little overly dramatic. You know, liability and such. 

I’m sure it’s not a stretch to believe that I was wrong . Like, really wrong. Not only did I over-estimate my level of fitness, what I did not remember is that somehow the trail manages to be mostly uphill. I mean, at first, we went downhill. Kinda fast, really. I was trying to keep up with someone who was significantly taller (and longer legged) than me, which proved to be a mistake. I expended most of my energy early, so for the last 1/2 mile of the hike the only thing propelling me forward was pride. I briefly considered throwing myself on the path for a nice winded-hissy fit, but then I got scared that if I laid down, I might not be able to get back up. Cue the laughing and pointing. Then came the visions of being dragged out by my hair by tired and cranky hikers who hate me with the fire of a thousand suns. So, I hiked on. In fact, I not only kept going, I didn’t die, and nobody had to carry me out!

Pardon the crappy cell phone pics, but this will give you an idea of the terrain. Note: It’s uphill.

I’m not saying I emerged fresh-faced and glowing by any means. By the time I got off the trail, I had sweat through my t-shirt and my sweatshirt and my hair looked like rats had been galavanting around on top of my head all afternoon. Both my big toes are bruised from getting jammed inside my boots, I’m pretty sure one of my nails is going to fall off, and my right knee is pretty unhappy with me right now, but it’s okay. I’ll be right as rain in a day or two. This is going to sound kinda odd, but I actually had fun. There’s something really satisfying about meeting a challenge, even if it’s done without even an ounce of grace. Plus, the people were super nice and nobody laughed at me once. I liked it so much, I’m going again this Friday to a different trail.

In the summer, there’s water in this part. Some of the hikers climbed down the rocks to explore. 
This is me taking a break. I made this my FB profile pic briefly, but everyone kept telling me I looked angry.  I wasn’t angry, just a wee bit pooped!

Spectacular September

This is my favorite time of year for so many reasons. I love hot weather. But even I grow weary of sweating and roasting in my own juices like a rotisserie chicken. It’s always exciting when the temperature mercifully drops and things like apple picking and fall festivals are on the calendar. We turned off the a/c and flung the windows open and have been enjoying the breeze around here. Last weekend I took my daughter and her best friend to the cutest darn orchard I’ve ever seen, Mills Apple Orchard in Marine, Illinois. 

We picked 18 lbs of scrumptious apples, half of which are now jarred up and living their newest life as spoon-licking-good applesauce. The recipe actually said apple butter, but since I’m eating it straight out of the jar, we’re going to go with sauce. What really is the difference anyway? 
The next couple weekends are going to be super duper busy. Saturday and Sunday I’ll be vending at the Green Tree Festival in Kirkwood. This show has oodles and oodles of fun stuff for the whole family. It will be my first year there and I’m pretty darned excited. The following weekend, I’ll be at the Strange Folk festival in O’Fallon, IL. This indie-style festival is tons of fun and has all sorts of things to do in addition to crafts, snacks, and live music. Check out the website for the full list of goodies. I hope to see you there!