Chatty Crafty features independent artists in Chattanooga

Warehouse Row in Chattanooga

Our first visit to Chattanooga took us downtown to Warehouse Row, a redeveloped series of buildings on the site of a former Civil War fort, and now home to boutique stores and a great event space. Chatty Crafty, typically an outdoor show, brought together more than 50 artists for holiday shopping and selling.

Reuse First at Chatty Crafty

Reuse First at Chatty Crafty in Chattanooga

While wandering through the show, I especially liked the upcycling ideas by husband-and-wife duo Reuse First, including their use of alcohol bottles as succulent planters and re-purposed bingo cards and photo slides for blank books. And here's a neat connection: They grew up in a Chicago suburb not far from my hometown.

Knitlaces by Katie Vance

I also saw some familiar faces and friends, including fellow Nashville artist and Porter Flea founder Katie Lynne Vance. Her screen-printed T-shirt necklaces are great (I bought the polka dot necklace seen above.) I was also happy to see Liz from Liddabits (below). Liz and I are proud University of Georgia art school grads. She makes banners and notecards, but her biggest hit in Chattanooga may have been her photo booth mustache props.

Liddabits at Chatty Crafty art show

Button Florist at Chatty Crafty art show, Chattanooga

This photo shows a button bouquet by The Button Florist, who we first met last spring at the Handmade Market in Raleigh.

linenlaid&felt at Chatty Crafty, Chattanooga Tennesse

Chatty Crafty allowed me to debut my handmade book ornaments. Because of their interesting structures, I gave many demonstrations over the weekend. To display them, we put to use an IKEA shelf from our dining room, which has perfect mesh shelves for hanging the ornaments.

Handmade book Christmas ornaments

Handmade book Christmas ornament