Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair This Weekend!


It's that time of year again!  The time of year that sparks a lot of excitement for us. 
We're gearing up for some amazing markets in the upcoming months and are thrilled to kick everything off with one of our favorites at Brooklyn Renegade.  This year the event will be at the beautiful Brooklyn Expo Center in fabulous Greenpoint, Brooklyn. 

In addition, Renegade will be hosting it's very first wholesale market the day before on Friday September 11th.  We will be there along with so many other talented and creative  crafters. So if you or someone you know owns a shop or business and are looking to carry some amazing treasures, this event would be perfect!  If interested in attending the Renegade Wholesale market click HERE to RSVP.

We can't wait to see you there! :-)  

Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn
September 12th & 13th 2015 - 11am - 6pm
Brooklyn Expo Center
72 Noble Street, Brooklyn NY  

Renegade Wholesale Market
September 11th 2015 - 12pm - 5pm
Brooklyn Expo Center
72 Noble Street, Brooklyn NY

Friday, August 7, 2015

Brand New Balcony!

It's been a while since we've done any new blog posts...between all the projects and little Olive and taking time to just enjoy life, some things have had to give.  But at long last Ben has prepared a post for me!  Yay!  If anyone is still out there, please comment and let us know you're here!  :)  Also, the blog will always be a good source of announcements (or join our mailing list on the sidebar) and blog sales.  For eye candy and fun stuff...visit our Instagram...I'm always posting new pictures there.  But...sometimes you need more than one photo to show things off...so without further adieu:

This has been quite a while in the making...but our balcony has finally come together!  We've been really busy with other projects and haven't put the final touches on yet, but we thought it was pretty enough to show now.  :)


  Layered rugs, a brand new chair (actual new furniture is a rare find in our house, but this one was nice and cushy).  And lots of pretty plants.

A vintage kantha quilt from India - made with old sari's (these are soooo amazing and unique...ebay has tons). 

This is what our now pretty couch looked like before.  Not super terrible...some vibrant pillows and good context would have brought it back to life.  But the velvety fabric used to be green as you can see from the inside corners where throw pillow protected it from the light somewhat.  When we took it apart, the hidden fabric was even more vibrantly green.  It's amazing how it faded into gray over so many years.  
 It's always intimidating trying to figure out where to start a reupholstering project... 
But really you just have to dig in and start ripping fabric off. 

I kinda wish I could have kept the cotton fuzz exposed...it's so textural and cool looking...but alas, it was fragile and the horsehair underneath was coming through it and felt like pine needles, and sometime sewing needles, were sprinkled about.  Also, I barely bought enough fabric, not realizing that the fabric on the seat went all the way through the back.  We had to really stretch it (literally) in spots, but it all worked out!  If you are doing something like this, if you're able, it helps to remove the old fabric before buying the new, then measure it to determine how much you need...and still get a little more.

Done!  Does it look amazing??  The hardest part of redoing this piece was choosing the fabric.  After much hemming and hawing, we decided NOT to play it safe and go bold!

So so glad we did.
And Olive is a fan.  :)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Patriotic Blog Sale!

Motherland - SOLD

In just one month we'll be celebrating our nation's Independence Day!  
We've visited many wonderful places around the world, but none can fill that special place in our heart's like our home in the good ol' USA.  We hope you'll join us in celebrating this country with these fabulous characters who are all about the red, white and blue!! :-)
As usual, this blog sale offers first dibs on our new spun cotton one-of-kind figures. If you see something(s) you love, just email us at crystalandben@vintagebycrystal.com and we'll let you know if they're still available. First come first served! we'll update item status in this post as often as we can to make it easier for you to know what's available. Items often get scooped up quickly, so make your selection as swiftly as you can, you can always add available pieces to your order later.  Also feel free to include second choices in case your first choice is unavailable, but make sure you label them "second choice".  Click on photos to enlarge.

Shipping is $3.50 for one item and $1 per additional item up to $6.50, then additional pieces are free.  All paid orders will ship out immediately via first class mail and should arrive within a few days.  If you prefer 1-3 day priority shipping, please let us know (there will be an additional $3 charge).  We send Paypal invoices via email unless you specify that you'd rather pay via check. And of course email us if you have any questions!
Happy Shopping!  

Firework Friend - SOLD
Rocket Child - SOLD

Stars and Stripes - SOLD
 Libby Liberty - SOLD

 Party Girl - SOLD
Willy Penn - 40

Blue Sue - SOLD
Amber Waves - SOLD

The Whistler - SOLD
The Campaigner - 32

Uncle Samuel - 50
Uncle Sammy - SOLD

The Patriot - 32
American Bunny - SOLD

Free Bird Ride - 38
Miss Bright Star - SOLD

Miss Independence - SOLD
Miss USA - 32
Mr. Fourth of July - SOLD

Miss Betsy - SOLD 
 Miss Rushmore - SOLD
Miss Summer - 32

Lincoln One - SOLD
Lincoln Two - 45
Lincoln Three - 45

Jefferson One - 45
Jefferson Two - SOLD
Washington - SOLD

Bald Eagle (Paper Mache Head) - 40

Limited Edition Pieces
Miss Glory (One Remaining) - 32
Cherry Chop (Three Remaining) - 32
Yankee Doodle (One Remaining) - 32

Monday, June 1, 2015

Patriotic Blog Sale Sneak Peek!

Here's a preview of what's in store for Wednesday''s Patriotic Blog Sale!
We hope to see you here! :)

  Wednesday, June 3rd - here, the blog - 11:00am EST

Friday, May 29, 2015

Patriotic Blog Sale Announcement!

The fireworks are in full blast here in the studio! 
We are exploding with ideas of red, white, and blue 
and of course, some familiar historical figures too.
We're kicking of the Fourth of July celebration with a fun filled collection of patriotic goodies that are bursting with excitement to meet you!  We can't wait to show you what we have cooking for this Wednesday's Patriotic Blog Sale. :-)
Hope to "see" you here!   

New one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces will be available for purchase on:
Wednesday, June 3rd - here, the blog - 11:00am EST

 The Blog offers first dibs on our new creations.  If you'd like to be notified about upcoming blog sales and special events, just sign up for our mailing list on the right side of my blog, or leave a comment with your email address

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


 I've been going to Brimfield for almost 10 years now and it never gets old!  Or...I should say it's always old...in the best way possible!  Antique treasures galore!  There are numerous fields that you couldn't possibly walk through in one day, or even two.  Maybe if you started in the morning and took all day to simply walk up and down the aisles without any overlap and without actually stopping to look and certainly not stopping to buy....then maybe you could do it in a day.   We tend to shop the field we park in the most.  My usual Quaker Acres was full, so we parked at another field nearby and saw a whole new set of faces (vendor faces I mean).  It was nice! 

Ben and I loved these marionettes.  The vendor was MIA, so I didn't even get to ask how much these cool skull and bunny heads were...but now looking at these photos again I wish I had!

The cast was vast.

Old rusty stuff is always popular.

Ben snapped this photo...I didn't even see all of this stuff!  That couldron is amazing.  I can picture a life sized witch hovering over it, ready to drop in some rat tails and toad skin. 

They were filming the HGTV show Flea Market Flip in the field we were shopping in.  We kept running into them and trying to stay out of the shots, but it was fun to see.  The producer asked the two brothers who were on the same team to stop and tell them why they're going to beat the sisters, trying to egg on the competition.  lol...tv.  

This booth was amazing!!!  It was like walking into a terrarium!  Everyone else liked it too...it was crowded!  I missed my chance to buy one of their amazing carnivorous pitcher plants.  I planned to come back for it at the end of the show, but couldn't find their tent again in the sea of other booths!  Sigh...oh well.

Ben wanted to take this coffee table home.  A lady walking by said, "good luck having guests visit you again!" 

I wanted to take all of this home!  This booth was full of extremely rare cotton, dresden and every other type of antique german Christmas and holiday everything.  

Sigh...this is what got me spinning in the first place.  :)

Similar to one of the elephants I make!  Surely inspired by this guy. 

Come on...this is cool.  My dad definitely needs to make this asap.

We brought a few things home.  We had a specific list of things we were looking for.  This awesome wire cart was not one of them, but made it's way home anyway. 

This vintage but modern chair was definitely one of them.  We were looking for three chairs total, but upholstered items are not plentiful in the 'floods when it rains' fields of Brimfield.  This beauty has it's original upholstery, which is in amazing condition and is so soft and silky.  It's incredibly comfy and ikat is in right now, so...score!

Yum...right at home with our yellow craigslist chair, craigslist sofa, and Great Uncle Jack foot stool in the reading room.

This mini vintage child's sled was on our list too.  Destined for an almost life sized Santa and team of foxes.

Also on the list, three frames for shadow boxes I plan to create this summer.  I bought a fourth one, but the scoundrel vendor who promised to put it to the side for me took off with it before I came back for it.  I had a gut feeling about him.  Oh well!  Everyone else was very honest and nice and certainly hoping for repeat customers!  It was least pretty of the group anyway.  Aren't these grand and amazing!

So overall it was an amazing day!!  :)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Wonderful Things Happening In Brooklyn!

Last weekend Ben, Olive and I visited some friend in Brooklyn.  Spring had barely started up north in planting zone 5 at our house, but three hours south in zone 6, things were happening. 

We swung by a community garden nearby and it was just amazing to see green grass and flowering trees and people planting things....

They even had picnic table ready for when harvest time rolls around and you can eat right out of the garden.

Lettuce galore!

And best of all...chickies!!!  Olive was very happy to see them.  Especially since our flock has the worst luck.  This time it was 2 loose dogs breaking in in the middle of the night two days before we left for NYC.  All of them.  :(  We have 15 new chicks coming in a few weeks.  Try, try again!  I can't wait for Olive and I to raise these new ones together.  :)

Happy Spring!!