Show and Tell: Maker Faire 2014

El Pulpo Mecanico

El Pulpo Mecanico

Have you ever been to a county fair? Maker Faire takes place at the San Mateo County Fair Grounds so walking in it has all the buzz of carnival rides, corn dogs, and 4-H projects. But this in actuality it is combination tech trade show, craft showcase, science fair, with creative oddities rolled into one. Every direction I turned there was something to wow at. The best "county fair" I've ever been to.

Walking into one of the buildings I had a full circle moment when I spotted a familiar product I'd seen long ago. A fully functional origami kayak. Oru Kayak. A number of years ago I'd seen the maker, Anton Willis, test his third (or very early) prototype on Half Moon Bay. His goal was to build a kayak portable enough to carry on the bus. In talking to him he told me that might have been the first time he was sharing his idea with people in a casual setting. We were at a BBQ. It was really neat to see that idea fully bloomed. 

San Francisco Bizarre had a vendor tent as well. With craft being close to my heart I stopped at every booth. I'm sharing a few of my favorites here in case you're in need of some new ideas for this dads and grads gift giving season. Though I realize there's not too much for the dudes on this list. Get them an Oru Kayak!

Bottle of Clouds

Adorable hand painted wood lapel pins and novelty items.

Adorable hand painted wood lapel pins and novelty items.

Casey of Vitamini has a modern take on vintage as well as a great DIY craft blog.

Casey of Vitamini has a modern take on vintage as well as a great DIY craft blog.

Aren't those cream and sugar sets darling?

Aren't those cream and sugar sets darling?

I may or may not have gone home with a pair of the leaf earrings. I'm not too into heavy earrings so these are just the right amount of weight for the dangle.

I may or may not have gone home with a pair of the leaf earrings. I'm not too into heavy earrings so these are just the right amount of weight for the dangle.

A couple years ago I bought one of these monster mugs as an xmas gift for my dad. I couldn't remember the name of the maker and hadn't seen them since. i was so excited to run into this booth because I've regretted not getting my own monster cup. Father/Daughter monster cups aren't for everyone. They've got some other critters too.

A couple years ago I bought one of these monster mugs as an xmas gift for my dad. I couldn't remember the name of the maker and hadn't seen them since. i was so excited to run into this booth because I've regretted not getting my own monster cup. Father/Daughter monster cups aren't for everyone. They've got some other critters too.

If you're in need of some more handmade gift ideas check out my post from last summer's Renegade Craft fair.