Monday, May 12, 2014

Oakland Patchwork Show!

I hope you all had a great Mother's Day, whether you're a mom or a daughter celebrating your mom! I am the latter, and spent the day with her in (eek) Oakland at the Patchwork Show! It was a pretty cool day.


I hadn't heard of this show until earlier this year. I found it when I was looking for things similar to the the Renegade Craft Fair - because I've been wanting to go there for a long time now and it just hasn't worked out yet. My mom is also the crafty type (I had to get it from somewhere) so I sent the Patchwork site her way. She saw they were looking for volunteers, and decided that's how she wanted to spend her Mother's Day!

To start our day off, we got really lost on our way there. Everything started out just fine, until the street in Oakland decided to not line up with the directions we had. Now I know that Oakland has its own Chinatown. Anyway, we finally got there in one piece. While there, I got a little distracted, and didn't take as many pictures as I planned to. This happens almost every time I go somewhere and say "I'm going to take lots of pictures." Whoops. Either way, I thought it'd be fun to share a few of the pictures I DID take, and show some love to some of my favorite vendors we saw.


Here's a tiny peek of what the inside was like. There were over 100 vendors with their own handmade items, all unique. No two shops were alike; it was really impressive! I wish I'd been able to take a picture from above, so you could see how many people there were.



This was the entrance, where we spent our volunteering portion of the day. The entrance walkway was filled with these hanging ribbon chandelier type things (like this) that grabbed alot of attention from people walking by. Our job was to greet people as they came in, and asking them how they heard about the show.



All volunteers were given a free lunch. My mom and I ordered BLT sandwiches (the bacon had brown sugar, interesting stuff) and found a shady spot in the grass to go eat. I thought the bottle for my grapefruit Joia soda was cute, so of course the blogger-y thing of me to do was take a quick picture.



When our volunteering shift was over, we went inside to check everything out. Our favorite shop was called Bottle of Clouds, where we got these amazing headbands! I don't normally wear headbands, they interfere with my glasses and give me a headache, but these are surprisingly comfortable! I put it on right away, and left it on until I was home, with no problems. I'm pretty sure it's going to be a summer staple from now on. The owners were super nice; they helped us pick out the perfect ones, and surprised us with a discount! When I got home and showed Andrew he thought I looked a little funny (his style consists of black t-shirts and cargo shorts every single day), but what does he know? Hahah. Another shop I really liked was Felt Flanerie, and I loved these felt potted flowers she had!




Car ride home selfie with my new headband, hahah. Also wearing my letter N pin, to represent my own shop, Blueberry and Pineapple ;) In the car I noticed I got a gnarly sunburn. As far as sunburns go, it doesn't look too bad. Thing is, I hardly EVER burn! I don't even remember the last time this happened. So my chest is all hot and itchy and it's driving me CRAZY!!!

So there's a rundown of our day. We had a really fun time! There will be another one in Oakland this fall, so maybe we'll head out for that one, too. Do you like craft shows? Maybe you even take your own products to shows? Let me know!


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13 comments:

  1. This looks like fun, but the sunburn, not so much!!

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    1. Right?! Hahah. I didn't realize I'd be volunteering OUTSIDE, or I would have been better prepared!

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  2. Looks like you had a lot of fun! I hope your sunburn heals quickly.

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  3. This looks like so much fun! So excited to be moving to a place with cool events. :)

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    1. Pam there are SO MANY things to do here, you'll love it! Even though the exact town I live in is small, there are local outdoors events closeby all summer long. San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento are all more or less an hour away and obviously there's always things going on out there, too. Although when you tell people you live in California they will always think of LA first, and when you tell them it's Nor Cal they'll think of gangs, hahah!

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  4. Hi there, stopping by from the Jack of All Trades link-up :) This looks like such a fun day, and I love your new headband! I love finding diverse craft shows like this. Such a fun way to spend a day.

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    1. Awe, thanks! Yeah, it was really great. I've been to shows in the past where so many people were making the same things (not to knock them for that), when I go out to see crafts I want to see diversity!

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  5. I don't make crafts but let me know of the next one. I would come out and support local craft vendors. Looked like a great time.

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    1. Awesome! I think it's so important to support local businesses :)

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  6. Looks like you had a fun time :) , apart from the sunburn, ouch :(

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