Best Of the Long Beach Patchwork Show

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Remember all that talk about buying local? Supporting our neighbors instead of overseas labor… The Patchwork Show was in town this weekend, the affair involved people buying crafts made by people. The vendors were with us selling and talking up their hand-made, or at least hand-sourced goods. I tried making friends with everyone and asked lots of questions, because I enjoy making friends and asking questions.

What is in style? If you haven’t noticed: negative space, arrows and chevrons, pale OR neon, raw, and simplicity.

business cards

business cards

Just glancing at these business cards proves said trends true.

hipster rings

hipster rings

If I had between $30-$50 to spare these nikki montoya rings would be all over my fingers.

dia de los muertos pillows

dia de los muertos pillows

These crafty skulls screams: “I am creative yet badass because I support the cute and felted, oh and skulls!” My favorite is Mr. Smoker. This style is now all the rage, but I hope you know their true origin comes from Dia De Los Muertos, the post-Halloween Mexican Holiday.

chevron aligned rocks necklace

chevron aligned rocks necklace

These handmade necklaces come in an assortment of natural colors to match the wearer’s unique style. I bought a turquoise one (not pictured) because my usual neutral get-ups could use a color pop.

franks a lot!

franks a lot!

Frankly, my dear, this card is adorable. As a DIY-er I say, “go make one yourself dammit!” But as an appreciator of the creative and talented, I say support The Library Store!

Seth Wegter bags

Seth Wegter bags

Seth Wegter is a very attractive young man who makes his own bags. You should read his about me, it is very inspiring, apparently he is also a wrestling coach. I used the line “wrestling wasn’t manly enough so you decided to also make bags?” He probably laughed out of courtesy, he has also probably heard that line more times than a zebra with a sunburn being told he’s red all over. These extremely attractive bags have that vintage flavor but are instead clean, made local, and smell like leather instead of grandma’s closet. It’s a win-win-win!

old book journals

old book journals

Ah yes the recycled book journal, one of America’s new favorites. (I have found a way to make these that actually still looks like a real book – coming soon!) These vacant reads are everywhere now, go on etsy, go on pinterest, you’ll find one. They are simple-ish to make, and terrific for a lover of nostalgia because you can make or find a journal with any sort of theme on its front cover. The experience is similar to finding an old book at a bookstore and judging the heck out of the cover, but instead of reading it you get to write your own tale. Or, you know, use it as a journal.

bird lighter

bird lighter

This little guy is just too cute. He’s an old lighter in the shape of a bird, metal with red turquoise wings. The lighter fuel has run out but if I were fixing for a mission I would have bought him up and solved the issue. Any experts on vintage mini lighters out there care to share some advice?

This concludes my fun and favorite finds. However I do have an honorable mention for the woman who owns Blossom Vintage, the traveling vintage shop set up in an old camper which hooks to her car. The inside is a very small boutique decorated with fun vintage clothes and accessories. Don’t let the size fool you, it is fully equipped with a dressing room and cash register! Here is a video

Support your local artists and support my blog! Leave your comments and share the love 🙂

XOXO  Lisa

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2 thoughts on “Best Of the Long Beach Patchwork Show

  1. Hi Lisa, thank you so much for the mention & sweet words! I just found your blogpost via google search 🙂 Hope to see you at this years patchwork show as well!

    Jamie

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