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crafty bastards arts + crafts fair.

So it’s my very first craft fair, and to be completely honest, I never thought I’d be in one.  A couple months ago I was reading a blog and read about an Etsy craft fair happening in my neck of the woods.  I absolutely love craft fairs (especially Etsy inspired ones!) — you can find the neatest one-of-a-kind handmade treasures — if you are into that kinda thing.  I’ve always admired an artist’s dedication to their craft, but I never thought I’d see myself sitting at my own booth selling my very own pieces.

So I looked up the fair — the Crafty Bastards Art’s + Craft’s Fair in DC.  I was so intrigued.  Hundreds apply, and only 150 vendors are chosen by a jury of 10-12 people. I gave Greg a call at work and asked him what he thought about me putting in an application to become a Susie Mey vendor.  He responded with a, “go for it — I know you’ll get it.”

So I applied online, paid the $10 application fee and waited, still not believing I would get chosen.  The announcement day came and went, and I didn’t hear anything.  So I contacted the organizers of the fair.  They said I had gotten accepted and was supposed to receive an email!

I really do feel blessed that I get to be a part of all this.  It’s what I love doing.  I told God to help me get accepted if He wanted me to pursue making baby clothes + textiles — I didn’t want to pursue it out of my own strength and effort.  I needed His blessing, His backing in all this.  And it’s a prayer that got answered.

And now the fair is less than 2 weeks away!  Yaay!  I am crazy busy sewing like a madwoman creating sweet little clothes, linens, and accessories for babies and toddlers.  SOOO….if you are in the DC area on Saturday, October 1st, please come out and spend the day outdoors in this beautiful weather at the Crafty Bastard’s Arts + Craft Fair in Adam’s Morgan — I would LOVE to see all of your beautiful faces!  This year there are so many awesome vendors selling some pretty amazing handmade goods, and not to mention some delicious fare!  Crafty Bastard’s has opened the fair to food vendors as well!!!  Which means I will probably have a tasty cupcake, or two!  🙂

Check out the About and FAQ page for details, location, and the vendor list.  Here’s a taste of what last year’s fair was like:

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can I do it again?

I wasn’t planning on updating today.  I’ve been so busy with editing photos from various photo sessions I’ve had in the last month, and sewing up baby clothes for Susie Mey, fulfilling orders, and preparing for a craft fair next month — more on that later.

I’m updating tonight because something supernatural happened to me today.  My brother, infamous for past stories like: forgetting his laptop case (with Mac laptop inside) on the roof of the car and driving away — after a week of him fasting and praying for its return, he gets a call from some dude who picked it up.  Whoa!  God answers prayers, but most of all He responds to faith.

Well today my brother greets me in the morning with a, “I left my NorthFace backpack at Chipotle last night — it had my MacBook Pro, 2 external hard drives, passport, and other stuff.”  He had called Chipotle, but the manager said they didn’t find a backpack.

I looked at my brother dumbfounded — he could NOT have done this again.  I wanted to call him, “Irresponsible”, along with some other things I was thinking, but I kept my thoughts to myself.  He frantically printed out a $100 reward flyer and was about to race out the house to head down to Chipotle to file a police report.  Before he left Greg stopped him and said, “Let’s pray.”  So we all closed our eyes while Greg prayed a prayer asking God for unmerited mercy.  The whole time I was literally thinking, “He’s never going to get it back.  He’s really lost his laptop this time!  How irresponsible!”

As Greg finished up his prayer, I heard a voice ask me, “Do you think I can do it again?”

I knew it was God.

I knew He was asking me whether I had faith that Josh could get his laptop back, a second time.

I said with sheepish confidence, “Yes.  I know You can do it again.”

Two hours later, I hear that Josh’s backpack was recovered, in its entirety. Basically, the manager calls Josh back and says they have it.

Some may call this coincidence, but I call it grace.  Thinking back on God’s voice brought tears to my eyes.  His voice was so clear, it came out of nowhere.  My tears weren’t for the recovered backpack, the tears were for unmerited mercy.  I’ll say it once more: God answers prayer, but most of all He responds to faith, and that’s the truth.

Josh’s own words, via Facebook today: “There is nothing like God doing something amazing to kick off the first day of classes.  Left my MacbookPro (inside a NorthFace bookbag with passport and 2 hard drives with ALL my work on it) at Chipotle last night.  Prayed… called them this morning, said they looked everywhere and couldn’t find it… prayed some more, believed in faith… call back and they said they found it.  God is always looking out for us even when we are not worthy of His mercy.”