Category Archives: I Heart Handmade

Adventures at the 2015 Country Living Fair

Country Living Fair 2015 in Columbus, Ohio

If you’re brand new around here, you may have missed me gushing over the Country Living Fair that came through Columbus, Ohio this past weekend. This was my second year attending the Fair, and this year I meant business! And by business, I mean gathering up my best girlfriends, meeting up with some fellow bloggers, and making a weekend out of it! Because if I learned nothing after last year’s experience, I learned to leave the hubs at home and make it at least a two-day affair.

My head is still spinning from all of the amazingness we saw, from beautiful handcrafted jewelry to an incredible array of artwork, vintage lovelies, clothing and more. Oh, and I can’t forget the gorgeous styling. Part of the fun is seeing how each vendor and artist styles their booth. Talk about inspiration! And I have plenty of photos to share with you today…

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Win 2 tickets to the 2015 Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio!

Country Living Fair Columbus Ohio Ticket Giveaway

Win 2 tickets to the 2015 Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio!

Even though I have mixed feelings about Fall, I am pretty darn excited that the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio, is only weeks away. I absolutely love fairs like this one—tons of vendors selling unique, handmade goods and upcycled treasures. Is there any better way to spend a weekend? I think not.

And if you love fairs like this, too, then keep on readin’! Because I’m giving away a pair of Weekend Pass tickets to the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio!

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Shop Styling at Celebrate by Kate

Don't forget the treats for your guests! Love these adorable patterned treat bags! Styled for Celebrate by Kate in Madeira, Ohio. via #celebratebykate #partytime #letsparty #purpleparty #yellowparty #partydecor

I could give you a lot of answers to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. An author. A shop owner. A designer. A stylist. A party planner. The list goes on. This is part of the reason why I went all out planning my 30th birthday bash back in June. Putting on my party planner/stylist hat and going hog wild with streamers and garland was immensely satisfying to all the creative parts of my brain.

So you can imagine the glee that spread from head to toe and the grin from ear-to-ear when local party supply boutique Celebrate by Kate asked me if I’d like to style a special section of their shop for September.

Umm, yes. YES.


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I Heart Handmade: Some Days Ago Jewelry {and a giveaway!}

I Heart Handmade: Some Days Ago handcrafted jewelry #somedaysago #buyhandmade #jewelry

Friends, I have a brand new I Heart Handmade feature and a fab, fab, fab new artist to share with you today!

You may have seen this recent photo I took of a stunning copper ring I purchased at the City Flea a few weeks ago. Readers, allow me to introduce Some Days Ago. And when I contacted Leilah, the founder and artist behind the brand, to gush about her jewelry and ask if I could feature her, she jumped at the chance. Which made me really giddy, because I really think you’re going to love, love, love her pieces!

And? She’s graciously offered to give away one of her beautiful bracelets! But before we get to that, I want to tell you more about Leilah & her work…

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Get the Most Out of Urban Flea Markets

Cincinnati's Washington Park and The City Flea. #thecityflea #thisisotr

Ya’ll know I love me some handmade goods. And even more so, I love me some locally made handmade goods! Cincinnati has a thriving handmade culture, from The City Flea to the Crafty Supermarket, and so much more. Given my enthusiasm for these types of events, I figured I should share some of the tips I’ve picked up from attending, ahem, a few, over the past few years. So, I give you: Tips for Getting the Most Out of Urban Flea Markets…

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