Saturday, December 20, 2008
Last weekend some of the Craft Athens Team took part in Hand. Craft. It. handmade market that took place in lovely Madison, Georgia at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. There were so many talented artists there, it was a truly amazing event.
One of my first stops was Genevieve's tables. She had quite a bit of new stuff since I last saw her. This time she had some adorable bird necklaces and some new art prints she had been working on. As you can see, she did a little shopping herself, just look at that fabulous hat she picked up!
Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves had a bunch of upcycled hats that were sewn from vintage sweaters. They are all so cute, too. I love all the different colors to choose from. Serra also had so many screen printed shirts and jewelry she has been making.
Laurel Hill was there, too. I have to say I simply love her jewelry! Each time she has something new and unique at her table. My favorites are the little banner necklaces and pins (cos I have them in my collection) and the poppies.
We also met Jean-Marie of Daisycakes Soap. Her table was the best smelling there! I got some of her Chai Tea Lip Balm and I have been using it ever since!
Prehistory had a variety of cute knitted scarves, plush acorns, paper goodies, and stickers. I especially love the wrist cuffs (cos I have one of those that Tara made, too!).
And I only took a few pictures of our tables, but here is one I will share. These are some of my wooden charm necklaces and pins!
I got to leave the table for a little while and catch the preview screening for Handmade Nation. It looks like a great deal of love and hard work went into this film - and I so look forward to seeing it when it is officially released. I know a few people that will show up in the film, so I am interested in what they have to say! How inspiring!
Later in the day a few bands played in the cute theatre that was across the way from where the market was held. I had enough time to leave Raoul manning the table and go catch some of Hope for Agoldensummer play. I love seeing them perform and they always look like they are having a good time singing and laughing with the audience. Sadly, I did not get to see Bowerbirds or Ola Podrida play later that night, but I did record this from Hope for Agoldensummer's set.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
We had a chance to visit Asheville, North Carolina for the first time last weekend. We went to the Big Crafty holiday market. It was great, and what a great space to have it in! There were so many amazing artists, and just as many shoppers! A few of our Craft Athens team members were present, too.
We saw Jenny of Prairie Dog Inc. at her table. She had Tim with her, too. I think he is the inspiration behind her very adorable beardys! How cool would those look on your tree this year?
Christy Wooke had her table set up - I am always looking at her stuff cos it is so cute! Just look at those little pin cushions and magnets! Swoon!
I just read over at Genevieve Gail's blog that she is spreading some holiday cheer by having an earring give away! Simply create a comment with your favorite holiday recipe and viola, you will be entered in the give away. Easy as, uh, pie!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
If you live in the Providence, Rhode Island area, please have a peek at Craftland! There are so many amazing artists participating there, including, ahem, me! It is sure to be a fantastic shopping experience. What a great way to shop handmade!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Hand Craft It is going to be a really fun event! This handmade market and music festival takes place in Madison, Georgia, and it is pretty cute there! I know cos I have been and they have a chocolate shop! Please come by and say hi to some of our very own Craft Athens artists, like Daisycakes Soaps, Genevive Gail, Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves, Laurel Hill, Prehistory, and Sugar Cookie!
Are you ready for the holidays? Are you ready to buy handmade for the holidays? Why not try taking the Handmade Pledge? You won't be alone this holiday season! I know I am trying my best to buy handmade or make things myself this season. I know it is a little difficult when most of my family loves them some video games! (But maybe I can make them one? Haha)
To get you in the holiday handmade mood, I read some good reasons to shop handmade this holiday season over at Poppytalk. Can you think of reasons to buy handmade this season?