1 Renegade Craft Fair came to East River State Park in Brooklyn for a weekend-long showcase of handmade goods and gifts.
2 Thousands of shoppers descended on East River State Park to browse more than 300 makers selling a variety of wares.
3 On Sunday, our experts led the craft-of-the-day at the Toyota Retreat + D.I.Y. Inspiration Lounge. Toyota is one of the sponsors of the event.
4 The tent served as a great gathering place for friends and family and crafting throughout the day. Toyota ambassadors gave great direction and helped make everyone comfortable.
5 It was a multi-generational day and fun was had by all. The Toyota Retreat provided hours worth of crafting.
6 Kaitlin Dunn - Marketing Manager and Jodi Levine - Crafts Editor-at-Large, shared their expertise with guests.
7 The craft was inspired by the Beauty & Style section in the July/August issue of Martha Stewart Living.
8 Stefanie Lynen - Martha Stewart Crafts designer, demonstrated how to create a beautiful bracelet, in a just few simple steps.
9 Lines formed while guests selected their favorite charms.
10 Step one: choose a few yarn colors
11 There were so many to choose from, it was hard to pick just a few.
12 Step two: Find a few of your favorite charms; Martha Stewart Crafts provided a selection of more than twenty designs from its jewelry line.
13 The MSCrafts line even offers strands of alphabet charms.
14 Step three: Grab a seat, braid, and add charms
15 The trick to a perfect fit? Measure an arm’s length worth of string before cutting.
16 Katie Sanders - Toyota’s brand ambassador, helped guests sort through the many charms.
17 The Martha Stewart Crafts department provided an inspiration board of bracelet samples.
19 Martha Stewart Crafts Nylon Round Nose Pliers are an essential tool for crafters and jewelry-makers of all levels.
20 A closeup of the Nylon Round Nose Pliers
21 We loved Toyota’s rustic tables as they allowed people to craft comfortably in the tent throughout the day.
22 Friendship bracelets are a fun project for crafters of all ages.
23 Even our youngest attendees participated.
24 The magenta pink yarn matched her manicure!
25 A work in progress
26 And another
27 People loved their keepsakes and wore them home. Our experts said, they get better with age.
28 Our summer intern Hyun Jey assisted in the bracelet making.
29 Toyota built a cell-phone charging station into its vehicle display.
30 The Toyota ambassadors helped people navigate the complimentary Spa Ritual Nail Art, GIF Photo Booth, silk screen tote bags, and a Prius phone charging station.
31 The D.I.Y. Inspiration Lounge lived up to its name - with so many crafts the inspiration never ended!
32 Other crafters at the fair included Amy Stringer-Mowat and Bill Mowat, who create high quality state-shaped cutting boards. You can find all their creations here:http://www.etsy.com/shop/AHeirloom
33 Wallis Suda, the owner of La Chasse - The Hunt is a very talented textile designer. Her all-new men's line made its debut at the Renegade Craft Fair. Here are some of her pillows she had available.
34 She also sells just the pillow cases. These thoughtfully conceived designs are inspired by 1930s Argentinian artist, Juan Battle-Planas, and are screen-printed on a 50/50 wool/silk blended material.
36 Many of Nelle's creations have fun and inspiring quotes from various sources printed on them, like this one - "If you work really hard, and are kind, amazing things will happen."
37 And this - "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."
38 Anna Corpron, owner of Brevity Jewelry, specializes in highly customized jewelry. Her customers are invited to bring their own designs, such as their own printed signatures, and she will make it into a necklace. Her website is: http://www.brevityjewelry.com
39 An example of her beautiful work
40 Kirsten King, owner of Oille Natural, creates aromatic candles, which are made with phthalate-free oils infused with essential plant extracts in pure, premium soy wax. http://www.oillenatural.com
41 She creates signature scent combinations like magnolia, marshmallow, tomato, and even tobacco - Very inventive and inviting!
43 Here are some examples of her creations.
45 Bumbleberry Farms is a small operation located in the foothills of Pennsylvania’s Laurel Mountains. They handcraft all their products, from honey to delectable honey-based spreads, and honey-based skin care products.
46 The Mayan Honey Cocoa Creme is a truly unique and delicious honey-based spread, which features a sweet and slightly spicy cocoa flavor.
47 Karen's Sweet Honey Lip Balm is very soothing and has a light aromatic scent.
48 Jessica Morelli, founder of Di Palermo Body, specializes in the creation of beautifully handcrafted soaps and scrubs made with all-natural materials. Here she is holding an uncut slab of her original coffee soap. http://www.etsy.com/shop/dipalermobody
49 She has a nice variety of soaps, including Rose shea, Oatmeal, Tea Tree Mint, and the aforementioned Coffee.
50 She also creates a variety of pleasant smelling exfoliating body scrubs.
51 On display are some of the high-quality ingredients, such as the Apricot Seed Powder used as the exfoliate in her scrubs.