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handmade find friday! (bowerbird bazaar)

back for another installment of handmade find friday! well… i must confess, it’s saturday here – but considering over 50% of you readers reside in the US – it’s still friday for most of you.  i conciously held this week’s post off a bit because i wanted to highlight this amazing handmade fair that only happens a few times a year here in sunny ol’ Adelaide.

the bowerbird bazaar brings in fashion, jewelry and all different types of craft designers from around Australia for 3 days of indulgence in the the name of handmade. the event has gotten so big over the past couple of years that the local au etsy team makes the trek down for the event (where they even offer etsy shop consultations). though only about a 1/3 of the size, it’s very reminiscent of Chicago’s renegade craft fair (now a worldwide affair) – great shopping, great food, great fun.

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bowerbird bazaar – november 2012 – adelaide, sa

here you’ll find my purchases for the day… actually, this is not ALL my purchases, but i don’t want to give away any surprise gifts that i purchased for a couple of my faithful readers.

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my market purchases (minus a few secret christmas gifts)

if you are wondering what’s in the cardboard boxes… stay tuned this week for special DIY post revealing that fun find.

have a great weekend!

put. a. bird. on. it. – take 2.

earlier this year, i (along with thousands of other crafty fans) found obsession in a 101 second phenomenon called ‘put a bird on it’.  the title was that of a segment from season 1, episode 2 of IFC’s ‘portlandia’. SNL castmember fred armisen & indie rocker carrie brownstein created + star in this sketch comedy series that takes place in portland, oregon and focuses on the eccentric nature of the city and its people.

the show itself is a winner, but ‘put a bird on it’ takes the cake by calling out the fact that birds seem to be a new staple in design. the thought: if you put a bird on it, it will instantly become interesting and purchase worthy.  people love birds… right?!

the sketch which IFC posted on youtube has now had over 700,000 views… with people all over the world relating to the ‘put a bird on it’ bandwagon.  i was in melbourne this past may, when i noticed that the famous shop ‘meet me at mike’s’ on brunswick st. even had a ‘paboi’ window display!

longing for some more bird action, i stumbled on over to www.putabirdonit.com recently and found that you can now put a bird on virtually anything across the web! simply use their ‘go put a bird on something’ tool to spruce anything up!

check out below where i stuck a bird on a retro tourism van that i snapped a photo of while visiting santa fe, new mexico a couple of years ago.  this beauty of a vehicle paired with a bright orange bird relaxing over top = art.

have fun.

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