Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Handmade for the Holidays

Autumn is the season of craft festivals.
A couple of weeks ago, we ventured out to the annual
"Handmade for the Holidays" event here in Lincolnton.
A few of my Master Gardener friends and I enjoyed strolling through the booths
and witnessing the amazing creativity of the artisans.

Nancy Richards Ball at Hand Crafted Clay had a large display
of hand-sculptured creations.
With so many critters to choose from,
there's bound to be something that your favorite animal lover would adore.

Smarty Cat had hair accessories, buttons
and other trinkets available for purchase.

The girlbage booth featured some of the most unique signs
I'd ever seen. 
These two sisters transform trash into gorgeous treasures.
You can find their etsy page here.

An assortment of hand-crafted wooden items were showcased
by Jerry Bartusch.
He can be reached at 704-257-6663 or
Isn't it wonderful when practical items can also be beautiful?

These cheerful snowpeople were one of my favorites,
and I wish that I had brought one home.
If I find this artist again, I will be sure to pick one up.
Cindy Jones can be reached at 704-560-4407.

Black Sheep Farmstead is one of the regular vendors
every week at the Lincolnton Farmers' Market.
Their handmade soaps are works of art.

This gal does everything required to create these lovely soaps,
from milking the goats to fashioning the designs.
You can find their facebook page here.

Woods and Goods proved to be too cute to resist.
I saw many of these reindeer walking out the door
with their new owners.
A few of these wooden ornaments came home with me,
as well as one of the spindle snowmen you see on the left.
If you want one of your own, 
you can reach Ronnie Pittman at 828-234-3638.

Bags by Sheila offered up a large variety of prints and styles
of purses, totes and wallets.
From her website:
" It is our belief that there is nothing average about the average woman 
with an average income. She works hard and often does without for her family. 
This woman deserves beauty, style and quality at a reasonable price."

Dontcha just love that?

These delightful suncatchers are made from recycled C/Ds.
Isn't that clever?
displayed these along with dozens of ceramic pieces.
The local studio would make a great gal's day out adventure!

We enjoyed talking to Marge Crunkleton,
the artist who creates these engaging Santa sculptures.
We were mesmerized by the detail and lifelike quality.
You can see more of Marge's work here.

Miscellaneous Moose has a wide variety of home decor,
all hand-crafted and ready to spruce up any home.
You can find more of their handiwork here.

It's so inspiring to see all of the artists displaying their wares,
knowing that they have put their hearts and souls into
creating something for others to enjoy.
This show is sure to become an seasonal favorite.

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