just got home from a long day (already it’s a long day!) in the city. it’s the second saturday in a row that i’m exhausted by 5pm. last saturday was the sta‘s snap chicago event, which meant getting up before 6am to get downtown bright and early, then 4 hours of walking around and taking photos. today i got up (not as) early to check out the renegade craft fair.

i bought a lot of cool stuff – notebooks made from old books, buttons, pins, tshirts (hamster man!), a little business card case and tiny envelopes made of maps and printed paper. i bought a lovely coptic-stitched notebook from amy (art school girl) and got the ultra-cute bear t-shirt from antonio’s new clothing company, good night, tv!

there were all kinds of handmade bags and purses and jewelry and cool posters and prints, but i managed to resist the temptation of hammerpress‘s letterpress cards and books and the bird machine‘s posters. it was tough though. after renegade, eric and i went up to lincoln square and had lunch at the grind and dessert at café selmarie.

tonight is the joint birthday party for mark and me – dinner then drinks at the hungry brain!

renegade runs today until 6 and again tomorrow (sunday) from 11am–6pm.