Thanks for joining us at The Big Glamp festival in Carondelet Park, St. Louis last weekend! We had a fun time enjoying the weather, bands, and other goodies. Keep an eye out for these new products in our shop, and our next big festival is Strange Folk in September!
Looking for some fun activities this February? You can find lots to do in St. Louis this month. Find some of The Inky Octopus' artwork, coloring books, and more in the following pop-up shops this month. Many events also have additional DIY activities along with shopping!
2/7 - 2/17 Tryst on Cherokee Pop Up (St. Louis, MO)
Shop local for your Valentine's Day gifts! Tryst on Cherokee is a 10-day, multi-boutique pop up shop on Cherokee Street, featuring artists and makers from Saint Louis and beyond. Join us Thursday, February 7, 5-8 pm for our Launch Party on the 2300 block of Cherokee! Find some of The Inky Octopus' items in the shops along Cherokee during this event.
2/9 Galentine's Day Pop Up (Ellisville, MO)
Grab your girlfriends and come do some early Galentine's Day shopping at Restoration Alley! Noon - 5pm. Find some of The Inky Octopus' items in the shop!
Snow Queen's Pop-Up Shops (St. Louis, MO) - Ongoing
Shop fresh spring merch by dozens of Strange Folk makers in this traveling pop-up boutique and hands-on experience at unique local businesses. Free admission. Kid-friendly. All-ages DIY projects a la carte. Ongoing dates through March. Visit the Facebook page for dates and details.
Small Business Saturday inspired me to write a post featuring some of my favorite local businesses! Although I do enjoy big box stores and our favorite online retailers as much as most folks, it is great to support local businesses, artists, and restaurants. Spending some of your money with these folks helps to support your local economy and improve your community! I encourage you to try shopping from some small businesses around you for the holiday season. If you're in the St. Louis, Missouri and surrounding area, here are some of my favorite places for holiday gifts!
Restoration Alley DIY Studio and Handmade Market located in Ellisville, features a variety of handmade items from local crafters. You can also sign up for classes in their studio, with projects for all ages.
LotusColour offers a variety of handmade and custom clothing for yoga, festival-wear, performance, and more. Check out their super soft fabric and unique designs!
Binx Ceramic is the best place for super sweet ceramic creations! Find Binx at a variety of local craft fairs, and stop by the open house on the 21st!
The Tiny Hedgehog offers a selection of handmade baby & toddler clothing, featuring adorable fabrics and trendy designs. Pick up something fun for the tot on your list!
Riley Construction offers modern handmade rag dolls and stuffed animals. Her plush mermaids are the cutest!
Bright Idea Toys located in Town & Country has a great selection of the newest, popular, and educational toys. They also have lots of fun events (they even hosted us, and our friend Mermaid Waterlily last month!), and they also offer gift-wrapping in store!
I Dream to Be written by local author Rebecca T. Clark encourages readers to use imagination by dreaming of different occupations.
The Sleep Catcher by local author Za Goodbrake is a captivating wordless tale about a young girl's dreamy quest to fall asleep.
Kind Soap Company in Webster Groves offers natural skin care, and other scented goodies! I just recently tried a few items from this shop, and love them!
Jewelry by Michele Mohr offers beautiful handcrafted enamel jewelry. What a decadent gift one of her pieces would make!
St. Louis and the surrounding area is really becoming a restaurant city! There are so many delicious choices, and I love that many are locally-owned. Here are a few places I frequent: Lulu's Local Eatery, Candici's, Tree House, Kakao Chocolate, and Sarah's Cake Shop.
If you're looking to find a variety of handmade items, check out one of the many holiday markets this month! Visit our event page for a current list of ones we're attending.
We had such a fun time at Strange Folk Festival this year! For the release of our new Mermaid's World Coloring Book, we decided to have a real mermaid join us! We hope everyone enjoyed taking photos with her, and checking out our new products.
Here are a few of my illustrations that were on display at SOHA Studio and Gallery's annual Holiday Gift Show this past December. I always enjoy visiting this show, and usually come away with several new treasures. December's show featured a collection of wearables, ornaments, housewares, and art by over sixty St. Louis makers. Thank you to those of you who supported local St. Louis artists!
We were interviewed by photojournalist Randy Schwentker this past September regarding Strange Folk Festival. Check out the full video at KSDK.com!
Thank you so much to everyone who visited us at Strange Folk Festival this past weekend! Although it was quite a hot weekend, we hope you enjoyed all of the festivities. We had such a fun weekend, and hope you did too! We have some festive goodies planned for October and September...now's the time to get on our mailing list.
Here are a few photos from our booth at the St. Louis Pagan Picnic this past weekend. Thank you for stopping by! We really appreciate all of the support, the inspiration & ideas for new artwork, and the hugs!
We're excited to offer some new products at this year's St. Louis Pagan Picnic, including Agarwood incense sticks, elegant incense sets, new artwork, art prints, and cards!
Find us in our booth, Ink 'n Scents, at the St. Louis Pagan Picnic on June 4th and 5th.
We enjoyed spending the day at the festive Hawken House Christmas Market in Webster Groves! It was fun meeting some new people, and offering a little preview of some of our newest holiday items.
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