Nokomis Urban Craft Fair – Saturday

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Yesterday I counted how many weekends we have left until Christmas.  We have EIGHT!!! That’s it.  Eight weekends to prepare for company.  Eight weekends to find the Christmas stuff that never really found a home last year (and less than that to figure out where we will fit a tree).  We also have eight weekends to shop.  Luckily, there are a lot of ways to shop locally and creatively and we’re going to try to feature some. 

I like craft fairs.  They are so much more fun than a shopping center.  I love the idea of taking my Christmas budget and spending it locally, getting something unique and having a good time while I shop.  So often the modern shopping experience is just exhausting.

Lake Nokomis Community Center invites you to start out your Christmas shopping at the Nokomis Urban Craft Fair on Saturday, between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Besides more than 30 vendors, there will also be baked goods for sale and FREE COFFEE!

Below are some of my favorite offerings:

tingameArty Didact has fun games and hand knit toys.  I love the idea of turning small tins into traveling toys.  Below are two of the offerings — a tin of small toys to spur imagination or story telling (this is for the older child who doesn’t mouth everything they see) and a dice game.  Both could fit in your purse for emergency boredom situations.

Dr. Who Scarf

I absolutely adore this Dr. Who scarf from It’s only $20.00.  Honestly, I see scarves at thrift stores for five dollars and similar scarves with no design run $15 at Target.  This is an awesome deal and a perfect Secret Santa gift for the office. Geekiana is also on Etsy.

gold_gingko_ear__1__71745.1312317957.386.513These gingko leaf earrings by Larissa Loden are another $20.00 offering. She has some beautiful jewelry, including vintage map lockets and earrings in the shape of cicadas and bees.  What are the chances that someone else will get your mom cicada earrings, too?

furry monsterWho doesn’t need a furry monster coin purse?  Trigo is another artist who will be selling crafts at the fair on Saturday.  They offer a whole line of monster purses.


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Joy Peters

Joy Peters – co-creator and writer for

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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