What is Your Favorite Holiday Tradition?

In case you didn't already know, the Holiday Handmade Cavalcadeis coming up soon- this weekend to be more specific! As we get closer and closer to this fun event, I've asked a few of the vendors to share their favorite holiday traditions. Without further ado, here they are (click the pictures to visit their shops)!

Tell me: What is your favorite holiday tradition?

By Nnenna of  star-crossed smile

Purl SoHo, a Holiday Handmade Cavalcade Sponsor

With the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade just two weeks away, we would like to take time to introduce you to our overall sponsors of our event. The first sponsor we would like to highlight is Purl SoHo,  one of the most well-loved yarn, fabric, and crafts store in New York City.

Purl was first founded in 2002 as a friendly yarn shop where people could gather and share each other's creativity. In 2006, they opened Purl Patchwork a few stores down from Purl, and in 2010 they combined forces and opened a new, larger space in SoHo called Purl SoHo.

Not only does Purl SoHo provide amazing materials for crafters of any age or ability, they also provide hundreds of comprehensive tutorials and projects on their Purl Bee blog in knitting, crocheting, sewing, crafting, and embroidery. Check out the latest crochet journal, Bear's Rainbow Blanket.

Bear's Rainbow Blanket

Some of my favorite posts come from Molly. She develops easy-to-follow tutorials that often produce items that are perfect for gift giving. One of my favorites? These stacking linen pillows, a perfect housewarming gift.

Linen Stacking Pillows with Paige's Cat

If you're new to a specific craft, need a brief reminder about the blanket stitch, or just want to hone your skills, each category of craft on their blog contains tutorials with tons of easy-to-follow photos.

From the long tail cast-on method tutorial

Purl SoHo recently developed their own line of luxury yarns in super soft merino. They come in the brightest and boldest of Purl SoHo's signature colors like Super Pink, Peacock Blue, and Heirloom White. Whatever color you choose, you can be sure it will make a bold statement while also providing maximum warmth and toastiness!

Super Soft Merino by Purl SoHo

If you can't make it to the store, Purl SoHo also has an easy-to-navigate online store. There you can find everything you need for any of the project journals they have on their blog, as well as tons of other essential items!

Many thanks again to Purl SoHo for their support. Be sure to be one of the first 100 people on each day to come to the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade to score one of our great goodie bags. Purl SoHo has contributed fat quarters to the bags, so come early!

What: Holiday Handmade Cavalcade

When: Saturday & Sunday, December 1st and 2nd

Time: 11am - 6pm

Where: The Space, 50 North 3rd Street (between Kent and Wythe), Williamsburg, Brooklyn

More information about our sponsors, goodie bag contributions, our awesome food vendors, and other Cavalcade news are coming up, so stay tuned!

I Love {NewNew} York: A Gift Guide for Those who Adore NYC

Do you "like" NYC, as in you "like" to breathe? Did you come from another place (in my case, Boston) and realize you'd been holding your breath for all those years and could finally exhale? Do you want to rip the heads off telephone customer service workers who waste your time with too many "pleases," and "thank yous" and especially "ma'ams"? Have you memorized the times all the museums are free, er, pay what you wish? Do you wonder if there is any other city where people feel it's OK to clip their nails on public transportation? Have you never been to the top of the Empire State Building unless it was with your class? Then you, my friend, are a real New Yorker.
Here is a selection of items that pay homage to the Greatest City on Earth! All of these crafters will be participating in the {NewNew} Holiday Handmade Cavalcade, yet another reason why New York City rocks!!

Let's start off with this print by VirginiaKraljevic. I love how she captures the city's textures. One of the best ways to experience NYC is to ride a bus with your head out the window looking up. So many beautiful architectural details are above ground floors. And what is it about water towers that is so compelling? Maybe it's their cheerfulness, as evident in MyZoetrope's card!
CityBitz has a wonderful collection of NYC photos turned into jewelry, wall art, and more!
ApertureAgog uses embroidery to create graffiti over this photo printed onto fabric!
For the wee ones, this art wallet from WindowsofAgate comes with crayons, paper, a coloring book and more, all in a compact fabric carrying case!
Show your Brooklyn pride with Caja's nameplate, created out of reclaimed silver!
CardsinStitches has taken street art from Williamsburgh to create a set of note cards with 10 different designs!
OwlidayInn turns a 1939 World's Fair souvenir token into wearable art!

You may wonder what this purse is doing in a NYC collection. Would you believe Groundsel made it using delivery sleeves from the New York Times?!
Finally, while she is not participating in the Cavalcade, I am in love with warpeDesign's ingenious lampshade.
See you at the Cavalcade!