ICE isn't your usual craft show. It's basically Etsy in real life...with a DJ and some food trucks outside.
Have a look for yourself:
ICE is a craft show filled with modern artisans, their crafts ranging from kitting to jewelry-making to ceramics to printing. This year's event was held in Ambient Studios in Mechanicsville, a neighborhood I like to refer to as a "diamond in the rough" because they host many similar events, but parts of the area look like this:
A crowd formed quickly as I waited for the doors to open. Everyone wanted to be first in line, as the first 250 scored a "Swag Bag" filled with goodies!
Inside the studio, colorful and exciting booths filled the floor. I loved how each booth was decorated in each crafter's style. They really took every opportunity to express themselves, and that's what crafting is all about!
After about an hour of perusing (and buying), my friends and I were sweating a little and decided to cool off with blueberry-lemongrass popsicles from The King of Pops.
Even though I was drawn to so many lovely and unique items, I had to resist the urge to buy it all (stupid house fund). I did, however, support a couple of local artists by purchasing some greeting cards from Viva Greetings and Liddabits. I'd show you pictures, but what if one of those cards is for you? :)
Have any of you fellow Atlantans gone to ICE? Have you attended a similar event in your hometown?