The Creative Connection Event and Junk Bonanza both took place last weekend here in Minneapolis... the city was overflowing with creativity!
Unfortunately, I never made it out to CCE due to work schedule, but I did manage to spend most of Saturday at the Junk Bonanza!
Don't let the name fool you.... this is the good stuff!
You were greeted by fun fall decor and fabulous vignettes...
It seems like the "it" projects, materials and medium of the moment in Blogland can be spotted throughout the event...
for example.... burlap
..this shade was fabulous! It had a unique mix of textures....
they used pearls and rusty iron knobs as accents.
I spotted a few "new" ideas; like these mushrooms made from vintage laces and fabrics, their base/stem consist of old wood and/or knobs ... they were so lovely!
...this may not be a new concept or idea...
but it was the first time I'd seen them in person.
There were some amazing dressforms! Old, torn, tattered, embellished.... these two were among my favorites.
...isn't the "black wings" idea cool? Perfect for Halloween!
... I almost dropped my camera when I spotted this one!
The wings are wood - the metal tiles spell out "junk love"
A few santos dolls were in attendance... I'm still searching for the right one to bring home;
they were all over $150, which is way over my budget...
so the search continues.
This bust stole my heart! I was ready to pull out the plastic and buy it, no matter the cost...but then I noticed the "NFS" tag ...
don't you hate it when that happens?
There should be a law against it! Using pieces as props and getting us all worked up about them - only to find out we can't bring them home!
...these little girl dress/slips have been tea stained and embellished with tattered laces... so darling!
The booths were a destination themselves... vendors went all out to make their wares look fabulous.
This one was one of my favorites... the queens of posh ALWAYS go over the top with their displays... you just sit there and drool a bit.
I had a great time chatting with vendors, some of which are also bloggers.
The Etsy folks were also there and it was nice to actually meet and greet the "real" people behind this booming business. We talked about one of my fears: Etsy has gotten so successful that they will be gobbled up by a big fish... and then, our Etsy that we've come to love... will change. Hopefully not anytime soon.
I hope you are having a nice week!
I'm joining these parties....
White Wednesday at Faded Charm
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground