If you missed Renegade Craft Fair last weekend…well, sorry. It was tons of fun, and there were plenty of great booths (and dogs) to look at. I can’t help you go back in time to Fort Mason last weekend, but don’t worry too much, because you can still get in on the fun with 10% off my shop all week! Just swing over to stripedcatstudio.com/shop and use code RCF10 when you’re done filling your cart! Ends Sunday, so start shopping!
Do you have plans this weekend? If you’re anywhere near San Francisco, clear a space in your calendar because it’s Renegade Craft Fair! I’ll be there with all kinds of Striped Cat Studio products (including lots of new cards and prints, plus one-of-a-kind patches that attendees will get first dibs on!) Renegade is one of the best craft fairs in the country, so I’m thrilled to have a booth there this year, alongside about 300 other talented artisans like my friend Kristina Micotti. The fair is held at Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion, Saturday and Sunday (July 16 & 17) from 11am until 6pm. I’ll be in booth 174 next to That’s Good Paper: take a left when you pass the info booth and find me around the middle of the aisle, on your right. If this isn’t your first time in San Francisco, you don’t need me to tell you parking can be rough — Uber is offering a free $15 ride to first time users headed to Renegade, so if you’d rather not brave the parking lot download the app and use the code RCF2016. Hope to see you there!
With Memorial Day in the rear view mirror and June about to commence, it’s safe to say that it’s effectively (if unofficially) summertime. In case you need a little help tapping into those summer vibes, the Etsy shop is stocked with tons of seasonally appropriate products, plus a handful of brand new cards, prints, and patches. Purritos, anyone?
Pictured, counter-clockwise from bottom left: World Bicycle Tour Stationery / Twin Scoop Hand-Embroidered Patch / Purritos! Art Print / Shark Week Card / Cheers Stationery / Ice Cream Connoisseur Merit Badge Card / You’ve Got This Popsicles Card / Stay Frosty Hand-Embroidered Patch / Shark Week Hand-Embroidered Patch
You may have noticed that badges, patches, and pins have come back into style (with a vengeance, too). I love the trend, and I think it’s cute even if you don’t feel the need to wear the sentiment on your jacket (backpack, cap, etc.). Enter, Merit Badge cards! Right now, there’s one for expert binge watchers, hipster anthropologists, and graduates — and if one of those categories doesn’t cover you or a friend (you DON’T Netflix and chill?!?) there are more coming soon!
See what I did there with the title? (Of course you did — because if you’ve gotten this far, you can obviously read). Puns aside, you probably do need one of these hand-sewn screen printed book bags in your life. There’s one for those of us who know what it’s like to wander Crazy Town, and one for those of us who simply need a vessel to carry around our stuff and thangs (everyone has stuff and thangs to schlep around town).
For the most part, there is only one available of each variation of these bags (plaid, floral, black chambray, etc.) so make sure to claim yours ASAP, because next thing you know it could vanish into someone else’s closet and you’ll be forced to carry your necessities in a Trader Joe’s grocery bag, or a plastic bag environmentalists will judge you for having, or one of those bags on a stick old-timey hobos use.*
*They’re called bindles, but using the correct term for a bindle feels like it goes against the whole spirit of the bindle, don’t you think?
I mentioned on Instagram that there would be loads of new products hitting Etsy soon, and I didn’t lie (read: underestimate how long it would take me to finish, photograph, and list everything and end up behind schedule). Head over to my shop right now to find a whole bunch of new stationery (single cards and boxed card sets) plus a super fun screen-printed tote bag! It’s hard to choose a favorite (I like everything, or I wouldn’t have made it, right?) but I may just be leaning towards the World Bicycle Tour card set — although those cats in hats are damn cute too. Ready to do some stationery shopping? You can use the code CARDPARTY through the end of this weekend for 10% off your stationery order!
Remember eeny, meeny, miny, moe? Such a simple way to make decisions — I’m really not sure why we give it up after leaving elementary school (perhaps the ease of letting a rhyme determine one’s fate would detract from all that teenage angst). For everyone who misses eeny, meeny, this illustration is for you. Spoiler: I liked it so much I went ahead and made it a card and a print, so you can double up on the tiger-themed fun!
Even if your grown-up decisions are a little too important to leave up to a couple of verses of nonsense (college major? You…are…IT pre-med!) the childhood game is still a great way to tell someone they’re the best. Birthdays, congrats, graduations — all the perfect occasion for this card or print. Better yet, just give one to anyone who deserves a reminder of how awesome they are (and yes, that someone can be yourself!)