June 25th // 2010

Giant Dwarf // Pile Of Craft

I'm back on the road tomorrow for another summer craft fair. This time, I'll be in Baltimore for Pile Of Craft! I did this show a couple years ago, and it was a lot of fun, so I'm happy to be returning once again. It's held inside St. John's Church, which is amazing in itself, and the vendor count is small in comparison to some of the other shows out there, which is a nice change. Along with handmade goods, you'll find craft and printmaking demonstrations + free photobooth photos from the incredible folks at Magnolia Photo Booth Co. + a raffle to win a huge basket full of surprises.

If you're in or around Charm City tomorrow, and you'd like to stop by the show, you'll be sure to find Giant Dwarf + Secret Lovers there, along with 40 other talented artists, at 2640 St. Paul Street in Baltimore, of course. We'll be there from 10am to 5pm, rain or shine, so come on over and say hello. It'd be awesome to see you there!

June 17th // 2010

Hello everyone! I just wanted to say a quick hello + introduce you to my newest home haircut.

Hello Sue // Hello New Hair

Hello Sue // Hello New Hair

I've been cutting + coloring my own hair for years + years now, but I've decided to give up the dye + just let my hair grow out to its natural color. It had been blue-black for almost 5 years, which is quite intense to change, so I had to completely cut the color out, rather than bleach it to make it happen. It took longer than I thought, but I'm really happy with the color, which I haven't seen since high school. It's a rich chestnutty brown with slight black + auburn highlights and some sweet little grey sprouts here + there. I've actually been trying to let it grow long, since I cut it off moons ago, but I can't seem to stick with it. There's something rather cathartic about keeping it this length, but how sweet would a pair of criss-crossed braids be? I'll keep you posted, but don't hold your breath!

Have you ever cut your own hair or let a pal cut it for you? I'd love to know how it turned out!

June 7th // 2010

I'm back from the Renegade Craft Fair, which was held over the weekend in Brooklyn. Here are some photos of the Giant Dwarf pop-up shop and my new display, made from discarded cuts of wood, found in my local park, and an old forgotten easel, found in my basement. I think the woodsy bits, which display headbands, and the wooden easel, which holds a vintage mirror, are perfectly paired and work really well with my aesthetic.

Giant Dwarf // Renegade Craft Fair

Giant Dwarf // Renegade Craft Fair

I brought lots of new things with me to the show, including a spruced up version of the Farfallette Bow + some sweet letterpress cards made by my dear friend Amanda, who just opened up a fantastic Etsy shop, Mello Press.

Giant Dwarf // Renegade Craft Fair

The weather was daunting, to say the least, but our tent was in a shady spot and we had some amazing neighbors, Sarah + Dawn from The Small Object and Kellee + Matt from Overdue Industries. I met lots of really kind folks and got the nicest feedback from those who tried on my hats + headbands.

I owe huge hugs + high fives to Nate + our friend Sarah, who helped out the entire weekend. I couldn't have done it without them. Also, I'd like to thank Sue + Danny of Renegade Handmade, for putting on such a stellar show, as always. It was a dream to be back in New York and I'm already looking forward to next year's show!

June 8th // 2010

Starlette Crown // Kat Von D Approved
At first I thought it was a joke when I received an order for a Starlette Crown from the tattoo starlette herself, Kat Von D, but it was absolutely a sure thing. After screaming at the top of my lungs, I made the piece + sent it out to her tattoo studio, High Voltage in Los Angeles, along with a Starlette Sparkler for good measure.
Still overjoyed from the order a week to the day, Kat graciously left the most amazing Etsy feedback on top of everything, which sent me over the edge. I wonder if she'll wear the sparkly crown of stars that I made on her show, L.A. Ink one day or maybe to an event. Heaven only knows + time will only tell, but my fingers are crossed that she will!

June 5th // 2010

Giant Dwarf // Renegade Craft Fair

I'm headed to New York today for the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn! This is my 6th year participating + I couldn't be more excited. Stop by McCarren park to say hello and shop for your favorite Giant Dwarf + Secret Lovers handmade goods. See you soon!