Renegade Chicago is this weekend!

Come find redshoes26 in Booth #79 this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8, from 11am-7pm both days for Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago‘s Wicker Park neighborhood. We’ll be along Division Street, and by “we,” I mean 300-plus makers! There will also be a DJ, food, drinks, crafty things to do, a photo booth, and much, much more. I look forward to seeing you!

Chicago Theatre Sign, State Icon by redshoes26

Chicago Theatre Sign, State Icon by redshoes26


This weekend : Renegade Craft Fair – San Francisco & Newport Folk Festival

I’m going to be in TWO places at one time this weekend!

Well, my artwork will be, anyway. If you’re in the San Francisco area, you can find me at Renegade Craft Fair at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion in the Marina area. I’m going to be there from 11am – 7pm on both Saturday and Sunday. I’ll have lots of California State Icons for you to peruse, as well as Icons from all of the other states I currently carry.

If you’ll be closer to the East Coast instead, you can pick up a State Icon or two from my friend Josh, who is selling for me at Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. I’m disappointed to be missing the great bands that will be playing this weekend, but am happy that I have a friend who can enjoy the music and help me out.

Welcome to California and Rhode Island Signs by redshoes26

Welcome to California and Rhode Island Signs by redshoes26

I look forward to seeing you, or for you to check out my artwork!


This weekend : Renegade Craft Fair – Austin

The Renegade Craft Fair season begins this weekend in Austin, TX! Join redshoes26 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, at the Palmer Events Center. I could not be more excited to be part of this curated selection of makers.



Doors open at 11am, no early bird shopping.
Directions here.
Free to attend!
Street parking or plentiful $7 parking in the Palmer Events Center lot.

See you this weekend ATX. Visit the RCF Austin homepage to find out more. You can RSVP on Facebook + follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Hashtag it #renegadecraftaustin!

This weekend : Craftstravaganza

Whatcha doing this weekend, May 11? You’re coming to see me at Craftstravaganza?

That’s what I thought!

The eighth annual event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and this year moves to the Eco Experience Building on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. It will feature 90 artist booths, including redshoes26.


From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, you can browse a variety of cool crafts. It’s all work done by artists and designers, so you can meet the real creative forces behind the work being sold. Free workshops are scheduled throughout the day, and the first 100 shoppers will receive free swag bags with samples of vendors’ work and other goodies.

This year’s activities include opportunities to:

  • Make little books and buttons with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts
  • Crochet, felt, and learn traditional Japanese braiding with the Textile Center
  • Learn about selling your art to a shop with the owners of I Like You
  • and more!

Craftstravaganza is free to attend, and there’s plenty of free parking around the Fairgrounds as well. I’ll see you there!

This weekend : Unglued: Craft Fest


Poster design by Amy Jo, courtesy Unglued: Craft Fest

Will you be in the Fargo, North Dakota, area this weekend? If so, swing into one of the coolest events in the Midwest, Unglued: Craft Fest. I’ve created some new North Dakota Icons just for the show, and I’ll have tons of Icons representing other states as well, plus giclee prints and greeting cards (all cards will be half off!).


Minot Air Force Base – North Dakota Icon by Christy Johnson, redshoes26 design

The 50-plus vendors will also include Larissa Loden, Michelle Brusegaard, The Elixery, Amy Jo, and Vandalia Street Press. There will also be craft demos and other entertainment. The first 150 people in the door get killer swag bags, too!

Bundle up and come see us!

Unglued: Craft Fest

Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota

Friday, Feb. 22, 5-8 p.m. (get tickets here for the gala this night…your only way in!)

Saturday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (free to the public!)

Renegade Austin : In photos

As many of you know, over Thanksgiving weekend I traveled to Austin, Texas, for the Renegade Craft Fair at the Palmer Events Center. I went with Larissa Loden and her husband, Aaron, who had both been to Austin (including Larissa to last year’s Renegade) and raved about it for the entire time I’ve known them, which is about 1.5 years. When I found out I’d gotten into the show around September, I was ecstatic.

I couldn’t wait to see Austin, and I was not disappointed. Renegade itself was a great two-day show, and Larissa, Aaron, and I extended our trip to five days so we’d have plenty of time to get the full benefit of the warm weather, fantastic food (as you’ll see below), and overall cool vibe of the city.  Our friend Kenney met us for the last three days of the trip.

Here is a sort-of summary of our excursion, in photos.


Our first night in Austin, we headed pretty much straight from the airport to Home Slice Pizza on South Congress Street. I loved the black-and-white striped umbrellas and strung lights that were overhead while we waited outside, with local beers in hand, at a picnic table for our dinner table to be ready.

I was so tired, but I couldn’t wait to experience this city for the next five days. It seems I was already in love with Austin.


What up, Home Slice? (Yeah, I went there.) This was the New York-iest pizza I’ve had outside of New York. I wish we had one in Minnesota.

Larissa and I dipped our toes into Barton Springs warm afternoon after a long walk. The water was icy, even to us cold-blooded Minnesotans, but there were still about 12 people swimming laps in it (not pictured). We even caught a man swimming in his tightie whities. You can't make this stuff up, folks.

The next afternoon, Larissa and I dipped our toes into the Barton Springs Pool after a long walk. The water was icy, even to us cold-blooded Minnesotans, but there were still about 12 people swimming laps in it (not pictured). We even spotted a man swimming in his tightie whities. You can’t make this shit up, folks.

We enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner, which we purchased in the hugest Whole Foods in the land (it's based in Austin--who knew?) on a picnic bench in a park. It's funny to me that I didn't photograph any of the food we purchased, but I did snap this shot of the "cookie buffet" in Whole Foods. I didn't even purchase a cookie for my (spectacular) meal, but the choices of cookies available was out of control.

We enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner, which we purchased from the most humongous-est Whole Foods in all the land (WF is based in Austin–who knew?) on a picnic bench in a park. They have a killer hot foods area, where you can also get beer, desserts, whole chickens, soup, ethnic foods, etc.

It’s funny to me that I didn’t photograph any of the killer Thanksgiving-y food we purchased, or our spread on the picnic table in the park, or even Larissa and Aaron smiling in the sunshine. But I did snap this shot of the “cookie buffet” in Whole Foods. I didn’t even purchase a cookie for my (spectacular) meal, but the choices of cookies available was out of control. I guess I thought I needed to immortalize that fact.

The Magnolia Cafe is so worth the wait--there's always a long line. I love the "Sorry, we're open" sign, below. And the way the hostess sang Larissa's name over the loudspeaker to call us to our table.

The next morning, I discovered that the Magnolia Cafe is so worth the wait. There’s always a long line, and we dove into it with no second thoughts. I love the “Sorry, we’re open” sign, below the main sign. And the way the hostess sang Larissa’s name over the loudspeaker when she eventually called us to our table.

My unbelievable omelet and gingerbread pancake. It was one of the best breakfasts I've ever had. And that's a bold statement, coming from this breakfast lover. Salsa, sour cream, and salsa was seriously so good.

My Prima Dora omellete with a gingerbread pancake on the side were both outstanding. It was one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had. And that’s a bold statement, coming from this breakfast lover.

Allen's Boots, another iconic Texas location that is included in my Texas Icons series. I love this sign.

Allens Boots, another iconic spot, is also part of my Texas Icons series. I love this sign.

We drove to San Antonio to watch the Houston Aeros (minor league affiliate of The Wild) take on the Rampage. Aeros won, 2-1! Woo hoo!

One night we drove to San Antonio to watch the Houston Aeros (minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Wild) take on the Rampage. Aaron and Kenney are huge hockey fans, and since they haven’t gotten to see any NHL games this year due to the stupid strike, we made sure they got their fix. The Aeros won, 2-1! AND it was Dollar Beer Night! Woo hoo!

What?! There's no basement in The Alamo?!

What?! There’s no basement in The Alamo?!

A gigantic Texas-themed Christmas tree near The Alamo.

A gigantic, Texas-themed Christmas tree near The Alamo.


Them Texans sure do have state pride, y’all.


Larissa & I (The Girls) vs. Aaron (pictured) and Kenney (The Boys) duke it out in shufflepuck at a bar on Sixth Street.


Larissa goes in for the kill. She and I were victorious over The Boys in our game. I believe our win was in the stars, as I noticed before we started play that our rocks came in a bag that was numbered #26….


My Texas Icons at Renegade. I cranked out 11 illustrations the week before we left for the show.


My Breakfast of Champions the first morning of Renegade: “The Carney” donut from Gourdough’s. It was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten in my entire life. I am not joking. I will dream about this donut until I can have one again. This photo makes me drool.


Later that night: Even though we were full from our dinner from the Torchy’s Tacos food truck, we made room for Amy’s Ice Creams. ‘Twas *not* a bad decision. (As a disclaimer, I didn’t eat lunch that day. Just sayin’.)


My Oatmeal Raisin Cookie ice cream with a couple large oatmeal raisin cookies as my “crush in” was not overkill. No sir.


The next afternoon, we went out of our way, to Round Rock, Texas, to hit up the city’s namesake donut shop, which is one of Larissa and Aaron’s favorites. I was happy to go along for the ride (and enjoy the “prize” at the end of the trek). Does it seem like all we did on this trip was eat? I assure you, it was not. Only about 60%. Ha.


A tough decision greets you as you open the door at Round Rock. Notice the gigantor donuts in the top right corner of this shot.


The small milk carton is to show scale. Holy mama….



We opted for a dozen “regular sized” donuts for the four of us instead. We didn’t want to be gluttonous, after all.


On our way back from Round Rock, Larissa burns off her carbs and sugar with a heated game of pinball at an arcade.


I *do* wish Austin, Texas, was not so far away from Minnesota. Sigh.


The other side of the iconic Austin Motel sign (forever immortalized as a Texas Icon by yours truly).


Spotted on South Congress. Unfortunately, we did not find Mr. Gosling, so we couldn’t return him to his (wannabe) girlfriend. A shame, really.


I can’t wait to go back to Austin again in the near future, so I hope to get into Renegade again next year. All of my fingers and toes are crossed.


This is a photo collage I whipped up of us in front of the famous Austin painting that’s on the side of a building. We each stood in front of a letter and took individual photos, and I cobbled them together. How cute are we? (From left to right: Aaron, Larissa, Kenney, and CJ)

p.s. Larissa and I went for several runs while on our trip, and setting up and tearing down for Renegade–not to mention dragging our suitcases (plural) jam-packed with our wares and display pieces to and from the show and up and down several sets of stairs and all over the freakin’ airport on the way TO Austin and FROM Austin was HARD WORK (I had the bruises to prove it). We burned off at least half of our calories with those activities, I have no doubt. Just in case you’re wondering how we both still look so svelte after we got back from this trip. ;^)


This weekend : Finch’s Holiday Time Boutique & Snap.Crafted.Pop 2.1

The busy holiday season of art and craft shows continues for me this weekend!

Frost Bank Tower - Texas Icon by redshoes26 design

Frost Bank Tower – Texas Icon by redshoes26 design

On Friday, Dec. 7, from 6-8:30 p.m., head to Rigby’s Sneak Peek, the VIP night of Finch’s Holiday Time Boutique in Minnetonka, an open-house-style sale at the event at a lovely home. The Sneak Peek event is currently sold out, but if you really want to go, there’s no harm in contacting the event coordinator and asking her to put you on the waiting list….

If you can’t squeeze into the VIP event on Friday, you’re in luck the rest of the weekend, when the show is open to all, and free. From 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, come see the work of redshoes26 design, including Minnesota Icons, greeting cards, and gift tags. While you check out the art and crafts being offered, enjoy hot apple cider and cookies. We artists have each donated to The American Cancer Society to participate in this show, and have created boatloads of unique items and gifts just in time for the holidays.

All sales will be final, and credit cards will not be accepted, unfortunately. So bring your cash (and personal checks, as those will work in a pinch).
Also on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., I’ll be at Snap.Crafted.Pop 2.1 at the former Bayers Hardware Store in the Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis. The show will be both Saturday and Sunday, but redshoes26 design will only be there on Saturday.
I’ll have tons of State Icons, as well as holiday cards and gift tags, greeting cards, and large, matted State Icon prints. This event will have tons of really cool vendors–trust me. You don’t want to miss it! Buy local and handmade this holiday season. We artists appreciate it more than you know, and money stays in our local economy.
At Snap.Crafted.Pop, you can also bring your pet and have its photograph taken by a pro photographer. It’s SO GREAT having all the cute dogs wandering around the show after they get their photos snapped. I wish more shows were dog friendly.
See you at one of the shows!