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Mordecai Market

Mordecai Market is a monthly event featuring Raleigh City Farm, handpicked local artists and artisans presenting handmade arts and crafts as well as food trucks to tempt your taste buds and I was happy to be a part of it this Saturday, September 7th, 2013.

I was handpicked by Ann Marie Cassella of Ann Marie Print Art and Shane Hall Of Threadstock Screen Printing. Two very awesome people, fun to be around. Both have awesome products and believe in me.  And put this shindig together with finesse.  Mordecai Market, set up at the corner of Blount and Franklin Streets in Downtown Raleigh, is supported by local neighborhoods and businesses.

In connection with Raleigh City Farm is an urban farm growing food right here in the city, at the north end of downtown located across from Mordecai Market. Every city needs an urban farm to reduce waste, improve our diets, and re-connect urban dwellers with agriculture. They see urban agriculture as a necessary revision to city life. Dig where you live and Buy, Grow, Sell, Local!

I must say, I had a GREAT time and have been asked questions by customers that I’ve NEVER been asked before like “who was your biggest inspiration for crocheting?” or “why did you make this item?” or “why sell it for this price? I want to pay you more!”

I had very deep and meaningful conversations with the other vendors, some I’ve never met before. I have one I’m collabing on a crochet hook case, since she sews. Tia of Handcrafted by Tia, who, by the way shows up in a VW bus with an awning on the side that she puts all her creations under. LOVE!!

Im setting up getting laser cutting classes via bartering with Mark Plaga and Christie Chronister of High Tech Treasures. Now here’s the part where I get lost for words about their treasures….I only came up with one word: EPIC.  Things having to do with Star Wars wall art and laser cut disguises. This you have to see…

http://hightechtreasures.com/

I also have a collab with my bestie Morgan Beeson of The Vintage Bee who is a local artisan featured on Oak City Crafts website. Oak City Crafts is a unique handmade community based in Raleigh, North Carolina.  It features jewelry, clothes, and more made by local artists. Supporting its local handmade community. Morgan made an awesome vintage shirt using a doily in back and Im doing the doily this time!!! Can’t wait for the finished product! Super excited.

https://www.facebook.com/TheVintageBee2011https://www.facebook.com/TheVintageBee2011

Made By Wales was selling their handcrafted leather goods. Bryan Wales does all the tooling, dyeing, and stitching of his leather goods. All done in-house and by hand!

Made By Wales

And how can I forget Ben Youngblood. Im so in love with his singing! He was PERFECT for this event! He tied the event all together! With a voice that makes you feel at home. I hope he sings at all of Mordecai Market‘s events!

http://www.youtube.com/user/MrBensAccount

Kirk Adam of Record Krate was there spinning some tunes and selling vinyl between Ben Youngblood’s sets. Kirk’s record collection is epically massive! He buys, sells, and trades records. Record Krate is located at 508 St. Mary’s Street in Raleigh. The hours are WED 12-3, THURS 12-7, FRI-SUN 12-6. He’s even open FIRST FRIDAYS 12-9!!!! And you can always make an appointment! You never know what he will find for you if you just ask! TheRecordKrate@yahoo.com!

The Next Mordecai Market is October 5th, 2013 If you get a chance, check it out! The rest of the scedule is found on their Facebook page (which you should go LIKE while you’re at it!) . It runs through to December 2013!!!

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Is it WORLDWIDE or NATIONAL Crocheting and Knitting In Public Day?

I am getting mixed info on this….https://www.facebook.com/WorldWideKnitinPublicDaytheOfficialSite this one is for KNITTING! What? nothing for CROCHET!? 

1. There seems to be a war between knitters and crocheters….I have friends who are knitters. (like its a race or something LOL!!!)

2. And why am I JUST hearing about this Knit and Crochet In Public Day?! UGH! 

ok Im done.

My plans: I am going to a local park this Saturday in Downtown Raleigh across from my studio. I have an unusable bike that was donated to me and im going to yarnbomb it!!!! IN PUBLIC! PEOPLE STARING AT ME! THINKING IM CRAZY AND STUFF! yes, I lost my marbles.  But Im going to have so much fun doing it. WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOIN? DO YOU HAVE ANY INFO ON THIS? DO YOU WANT TO THROW ENCOURAGEMENT MY WAY?