A fun time was had at the craft fair held by the Baltimore Free Farm on Saturday. The Free Farm is run by six people who give away produce and bread they have rescued from grocery store extras that are about to be thrown out. Free Food Day is every Wednesday and sometimes the group members also gift organic vegetables they have grown in their local garden.
Saturday’s craft fair was small and cozy, especially for those, like me, who just wandered in from the freezing outdoors. There were about fifteen vendors hawking some unusual and crafty wares. I enjoyed sampling homemade cookies by local bakers and browsing through carefully crafted handmade journals of varying sizes, styles colors and textures. The books were bound in a number of different ways and filled with assorted types of paper. The cover designs were original and enticing. As no writer should be without a notebook, I bought two from Time Capsule Books which is also on Etsy at http://www.etsy.com/people/silverspangles .
Also engaging to the eye were different objects recycled from used bicycle parts by ReBcycle. There was a variety of jewelry, but the most amusing and useful creation was the Beer View Mirror which not only reused bicycle parts but also reused beer bottle caps. The mirror was placed inside the bottle cap and then attached by bike spoke onto the customer’s eyeglasses. I had seen bike riders with similar rear view mirrors, but this was my first experience with the Beer View.
If you want a vegan Beer View Mirror, ReBcycle does custom orders and can be found at http://www.etsy.com/listing/130686736/beer-view-mirror-bicycling-mirror-made?ref=shop_home_feat .
Check out http://greatbrewers.com/list/85682 to view some vegan beer you might want to uncap.
The most vegan craft I saw was a mousetrap converted into a magnet and used as a clip to hold stuff.
Painted creatively, these clips seem much more humane than traps. I guess we just have to make sure they remain unset when we attach them to our refrigerator door.
To find out more about the Baltimore Free Farm and putting stuff inside your refrigerator door, visit http://www.baltimorefreefarm.org/ .