Annual Riot Rooster Indie Craft Fair

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Riot Rooster Indie Craft Fair

Yesterday evening my dear friend, Bambi, and I went to the 8th annual Riot Rooster Indie Craft Fair. This two-day funky market and bazaar takes place every year the weekend before Thanksgiving and is a mecca of handmade, upcycled, recycled, odd and useful gifts made by regional artists and makers.This was the first year we both were actually able to attend and we were not disappointed.

The annual Riot Rooster Indie Craft Fair is an annual fundraiser for Girls Rock RoanokeGirls Rock Roanoke (GRR!) is a volunteer-run, community based organization in the Roanoke Valley. At Girls Rock Roanoke camp, girls ages 8-16 will form bands, write their own songs, and perform at a final Showcase. They also participate in workshops on women’s music history, self defense, screen printing, DIY clothing, body confidence, stage presence, teamwork, songwriting, tech talk, and more. Their aim is to support girls as they develop self-confidence, amplify their voices, and fully realize their power to make a difference in the world. Camp activities and volunteers create a nurturing space that fosters creativity, communication, collaboration, and inclusivity. You can learn more about this organization or simply make a donation by visiting their facebook page here. You can also find them online here.

While we weren’t able to buy everything we wanted at this year’s Riot Rooster Indie Craft Fair, Bambi and I did make the rounds and snatch up business cards for future purchases. Bambi purchased some pretty awesome upcycled arm warmers to wear at work now that the weather is getting colder as well as a tiny pottery vase from Entropy Designs.

Handmade Pottery Mug by Entropy Designs

I also made a purchase from Entropy Designs and bought this super cute pottery mug as well as a fun lidded container with a similar design but in yellow. (You can find Entropy Designs on Etsy here.)

Lucky Buttons Jewelry

Bambi and I also both made purchases from Lucky Buttons, owned by two rather fabulous local Roanoke favorites, Jordan and Lucy. Bambi and I have both known Jordan and Lucy for many years through their band, Another Roadside Attraction. (You can have a listen at ReverbNation here.) In addition, Lucy is also much of the energy and life behind Girls Rock Roanoke.

Handmade Coin Ring by Lucky Buttons Jewelry

Bambi and I both bought rings from Lucky Buttons. I bought this ring made from a commemorative coin from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Bambi bought one from Wisconsin. Both of our rings were just a smidge big, but Jordan was able to quickly re-size them for us on the spot!

Handmade Wheat Penny Bracelet from Lucky Buttons

I also bought this fantastic bracelet made from wheat pennies. I LOVE the magnetic clasp.

RoadSide Miracle Mustache Wax

And I bought some of Jordan’s locally famous RoadSide Miracle Mustache Wax for my boyfriend. (You can find Lucky Buttons on Etsy here.)

Leather and felt feather necklace with turquoise and baltic amber beads by Witty Fox Craftworks

Some of the other fantastic vendors included The Artful SojournNaturel Mistik, Lunachick, PillowslipsWitty Fox Craftworks (pictured,) Whole StudioMagpiper Metalworks and Art by Sharell.

For more wonderful indie crafters I’m in love with, be sure to check out all of my favorites on Etsy here. There are lots of wonderful options there to knock out all of your holiday shopping. Or, if you’re a crafter yourself, be sure to check out my post with 50 unique DIY Christmas gift ideas here.


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Pinkpoppyseed Handmade Fashion Accessory Giveaway

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For the fashion forward diva in you, I’m pleased to announce a new contest sponsored by Pinkpoppyseed! Pinkpoppyseed is a small indie business that sells handmade and eco-friendly one of a kind creations from handmade statement necklaces to hand crocheted fingerless gloves! Run by creative designer, crafter, and curator, Katie Jo, Pinkpoppyseed is filled with all kinds of handmade and upcycled creations! Katie Jo is a huge fan of both creating and re-purposing things with her own two hands as demonstrated by the lovely selection of products in her shop. She lives in a small town outside of Columbus, OH with her two young sons. When not emerged in a new design or project you can find her rummaging through her local thrift shop looking for her next inspiration!

For this contest, Katie Jo is giving away two amazing products from her shop, Pinkpoppyseed. One winner will receive the following prizes: one pair of Fingerless “love” Crochet Gloves and one Upcycled T Shirt Statement Necklace.

Love Crocheted Handmade Fingerless Gloves from Pinkpoppyseed
Katie Jo’s Handmade Fingerless “love” Crochet Gloves are made from a wonderfully soft, red colored, chunky acrylic yarn with the “lo ve” featured on the gloves written in white. They feature a beautifully scalloped edge as a complimentary detail and a soft feel. These super cute, fashion forward gloves are sure to keep you warm from fall through winter while complimenting most any outfit. They have a retail value of $22.

Handmade upcycled yellow statement necklace jewelry from Pinkpoppyseed

This fun Upcycled T Shirt Statement Necklace is also valued at $22 and is created from an upcycled t-shirt making it both eco-friendly and fabulous. The t-shirt has used for the necklace was first made into yarn and then it was knitted and knotted into an awesome, nautical style chunky necklace. The color of this handmade necklace is the perfect shade of yellow! It is a simple design made to be easily slipped on and off. It makes the perfect accessory and would be a nice addition to any jewelry collection.

If you’re already in love with one of Pinkpoppyseed’s creations and can’t wait to win, you can follow Pinkpoppyseed on facebook or pinterest and use coupon code: FOLLOW25 to save 25% off anything available from Pinkpoppyseed. This coupon code is valid through 7/31/2012 so don’t let it go to waste!

To enter this contest, simply submit your information via the Rafflecopter form below. This contest is open worldwide to those ages 18 and up and will end on July 26, 2012 at a minute after midnight Eastern time. One winner will be chosen from among all eligible entries to receive the two prizes featured above with a total retail value of $44.

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Green Beauty Cosmetics

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I really like the idea of natural cosmetics, however, I like to use a liquid base rather than a powdered one and then follow with a loose translucent powder to finish my look. I have been using Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind The Eraser Treatment Makeup Foundation. I like that it’s not a heavy foundation and that it also moisturizes just enough that I don’t need to apply a separate moisturizer underneath my foundation. It provides a light coverage that just evens out my skin tone and has an SPF18. I wasn’t aware that there were indie cosmetic companies offering alternatives for liquid foundations until I stumbled across Green Beauty Cosmetics.
Green Beauty Cosmetics is an all natural, chemical free, non-toxic, green cosmetics line that gives health conscious women an alternative to toxic skin care products. Their products contain no genetically modified substances, parabens, petro chemicals, phthalates, synthetic dyes, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, or triclosan. All products are preserved with an ECOCERT certified corn derived preservative and ECOCERT certified plant based emulsifiers. These products are not tested on animals and you receive a free sample with every order.

I of course wanted to try the Tinted Moisturizer for Light Skin for my own fair skin so I purchased the sample size for $3. The purpose of this tinted moisturizer is to even out skin tone while providing sheer coverage and just a hint of natural color. I am happy to say that this product produced the intended results. The product is thinner than I expected, but it goes on quite easily and absorbs quickly. You can add additional product for a slightly darker tone. It  also provides the perfect amount of moisture without going overboard and it smells amazing. The scent is very herbal and reminds me of lavender and chamomile. While it does not have a stated SPF it does contain titanium dioxide, which is known for it’s natural SPF. However, if you are concerned about the sun, you may want to apply a sunscreen underneath this moisturizer or wear a loose powder on top that offers SPF coverage. As far as pricing for Green Beauty Cosmetic’s Tinted Moisturizer, I found similar that it is quite similar to that of Maybelline’s Foundation. 1oz. of Green Beauty Cosmetic’s Tinted Moisturizer is $19.95 while about half that amount – .68oz. – of Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind runs $9.99 at discount stores like Target. Additionally, if you buy a sample sized product, Green Beauty Cosmetics will refund the cost of your samples when your buy their full sized bottles.

In addition to the tinted moisturizer I received from Green Beauty Cosmetics, I also received a free sample of Eye Makeup Remover for Waterproof Mascara. While I hadn’t specifically requested a sample, I am so glad it was sent to me. I have had a heck of a time getting my waterproof mascara off lately. Often times I’m applying mascara over top of mascara that I couldn’t get completely off from the day before. This product worked perfectly at solving my this issue. I applied a somewhat generous amount to my lashes with my eyes closed, rubbed back and forth gently, then wiped clean with a wet washcloth. And voila! No more mascara. And better yet, it didn’t irritate my eyes which are often plagued by seasonal allergies. This is a must have if you’re looking for a natural alternative to your eye makeup remover.
Have you tried these or any other additional products from this company? If so, feel free to chime in with your feedback and reviews. I’d also love to hear about some of your other favorite, natural cosmetic companies!