From '90s fashion receiving its official vintage title to craft fundraisers after the Japan earthquakes, 2011 has had a very crafty year. We've rounded up a few of our favorite moments for you here; the ones that inspire us to continue our creative passions (yes, Ryan Gosling, we're looking at you) and others that, well, remind us that craft fails are just a part of the process.
We love the vintage stylings of Zooey Deschanel (duh), star of the freshman comedy New Girl. The reason she's our crafty It Girl? She interprets vintage in a way that's accessible and practical. Even better, Zooey's feminine fashions remind us that, yes indeed, women are allowed to look like women. Or the occasional librarian.
Simone Collins from FavCrafts suggested one of our favorite sources of craft inspiration — Ryan Gosling's head shots accessorized with the sweet nothings every crafter deserves to hear ... that Ryan Gosling appreciates you.
The Wall Street Journal, that self-proclaimed expert on all things vintage, has officially declared '90s couture fashion as viable and therefore desirable. Does that mean that all those women in mom jeans wandering around Wal-mart signified ahead-of-their-time fashionistas? At any rate, this was a memorable (if not favorable) craft moment from the last year.
Instead of getting down about the tough economics this year, crafters got creative via pop-up shops. Like a portable craft table, these temporary stores open only a few weeks out of the year and allow handmade creators to get a small taste of operating a craft business without the major stress of bank loans, quitting day jobs or answering emails. Yes, Etsy, we're looking at you.
For more on Sandra Lee and her outtakes, head to the Huffington Post!
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