This past Saturday I headed into NYC and visited  the Craftacular & Food Fair sponsored by BUST Magazine in NYC’s SoHo neighborhood. Being able to see so many talented artists and designers, knitters, jewelry makers, photographers, food enthusiasts, painters and printers come together in one place to sell their handmade items and appreciate the work of others, was a great big jolt of creative inspiration. A lot of the artists there had Etsy shops and it was lovely to meet the men and women behind the work  in person. It offered me a chance to talk to them about their process and to hear them speak about their work and why they love it. Craftacular also served up some fine craft beer that I found to be the perfect accompaniment to the visual feast I was treated to!

main room

Main room with 200+ vendors

craft fair

hand drawn and letterpress printed holiday cards and calendars


refreshments yum

craft paper table top

A creative  jewelry display


unique plate sets

printed type

vintage typographic prints


a graphic print dress + leather riding boots for a day of walking

mud truck 2

We  stopped at Mudtruck for coffee en route. The Caramel Cappuccino was delicious

mud truck

Overall, I was impressed with the diversity of artists brought together by BUST Magazine and felt that the $3 admissions was more than fair to pay to gain entrance. Also, I can’t lie – picking up the unique, hand drawn and illustrated business cards & small zines at each table , which were provided by the artists, was something of “kid got loose in a candy store story”….and I am not ashamed.

=) Thanks for stopping by ya’ll!