If a whole bunch of the coolest shops on Etsy got together with some bands, some beer and wine, and some local food and formed a shanty town, it would be called Craft Lake City. And it would probably look a lot like Craft Lake City’s annual DIY Festival.
Craft Lake City is an organization in Salt Lake City that promotes creative culture throughout Utah through workshops, exhibits, their blog, and their annyal DIY Festival held in downtown SLC. I spent a good chunk of time at the festival this past weekend, and today I’m sharing with you the details of my little haul.
1. Decorative arrows from Mineral and Matter. I plan to mount these lovely hand-painted arrows on the wall in Will’s room. Mineral and Matter shared their booth at the DIY Festival with The Land of Salt which sells some absolutely beautiful jewelry. The two shops will be opening a co-op in downtown SLC on August 27!
2. Earrings from Most Adoringly. This was the single purchase I made without kids or babies in mind. They’re just pretty, and they’re just for me.
3. Bibs from Vinylicious. These adorable bibs look like leather, but they’re actually made out of vinyl. They can easily be wiped clean after each use, and when they get really gross, they can be thrown in the top rack of the dishwasher for more of a deep clean! I’ve been using them with Will ever since I brought them home, and after half a dozen meals with one, I decided to put it in the dishwasher for a deep clean. I probably could have gone a little longer though. It’s so much easier than washing cloth bibs every single day! Vinylicious also makes journal covers, bags, and wallets, all of which can be cleaned in the same easy way– great news if you’re prone to messes… or messy kids!
4. Natural body products from Root and Rise Botanicals. This stuff is AMAZING! Shop owner Amy Menzel creates natural products for mamas, babies, and anyone else that wants to pamper themselves with some lovely botanicals. I purchased 3 products from her shop:
- ALL HEAL BALM healing ointment. It can be used on anything from diaper rash to bug bites to chapped lips, and it smells wonderful! It will be living in my purse, as I plan to take it with me everywhere I go!
- RECOVER new mama spray. This spray is for *ahem* down there…after you have a baby. It’s made from a combination of healing and soothing botanicals infused in witch hazel. ‘Nuf said!
- BREATHE decongestant balm. I suffer from horrible pregnancy congestion, so I have been rubbing this under my nose every night since I brought it home. It works a lot like Vicks or Mentholatum, but a lot milder (and still super effective) and can even be used on stuffy little babies. My favorite part is the clove oil. This unexpected ingredient not only does wonders for one’s nasal passages, but the sweet and soothing smell of cloves makes me feel so cozy and pampered– just the thing a stuffy, pregnant, tired mama needs!!
5. Brighham City peaches and fresh apple cider from The Press Sweet Cidery. Local produce is the best!
6. Double Layer Linen Ring Sling from Wildbird. I did some babywearing with Will in our Infantino flip carrier, but mostly just for shopping and outings because it wasn’t super comfortable to wear him in the carrier long-term around the house. When the new baby comes, though, I want to be able to wear her around the house more– especially since I’ll be a stay-at-home mom with a toddler this time! The hardest thing about babywearing, though, is that every body is different, and the carrier that works for one mama may not work for another. So when I stopped by Wildbird’s shop at the DIY fest and actually got to try the thing on and test it with my own son, I felt like I had struck babywearing gold! The ring sling felt so much more secure than I ever imagined. Where back/frontpack style carriers put the pressure on the meaty soft part of your shoulders, the ring sling squeezes your shoulder cap for support, and distributes the weight more broadly across your whole shoulder, so it doesn’t pull down so much. I’ve been practicing the hip carry with Will, but he hasn’t been in a carrier for quite a while, so he doesn’t put up with it for long. I can’t wait to do some serious babywearing with the next little one!
p.s. Tayler, owner of Wildbird, has the most gorgeous Instagram account. You should check it out!
7. Souvenir tote bag screen printed by Spilt Ink and featuring the artwork of Laura Frisk. This was a festival freebie, and I love it! A knitter can never have too many knitting bags! Laura also sells adorable hand woodblock printed pillows in her shop. And according to a recent post on Instagram, she has a whole bunch of pillows leftover from the festival and will be having a flash sale on Instagram and posting the rest on her shop with steep discounts. Woot!
Later I’ll be sharing some more of my favorite shops from the Craft Lake City DIY Festival– shops where I didn’t make any purchases, but that have excellent products nonetheless, and deserve to be mentioned!