Tag: craft fairs

Baltimore Artist Dedicates Herself to Family, Nature, and Social Responsibility

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Kacey Stafford of Found Studio
Kacey Stafford of Found Studio

Kacey Stafford is an independent, mixed media artist in Baltimore, creating beautiful patterned paintings filled with color and texture. Her one-woman art business, Found Studio, offers her own hand collaged paintings featuring uplifting sayings, botanical and animal imagery, and Maryland themes. She manages an aesthetic that could fit in at Anthropologie, as well as it could a pop-art exhibit, or child’s playroom.

Holiday Craft Fair Roundup

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Holiday Heap Craft Fair at St. John's Church in Charles Village (photo: Emma Weiss Photography)
Holiday Heap Craft Fair at St. John’s Church (photo: Emma Weiss Photography)

Here it comes, friends. The dreaded inbox full of black Friday e-blasts from big box stores makes landfall this week. This time of year, retailers are desperately trying to rope you into the excitement with alluring deals, and loud, panic-inducing advertisements. It’s hard not to feel the pull of shopping even if, in theory, you’d much prefer a quiet season of friends, family, and foods covered in cheese.

Girls’ Day Out at Green Spring Station Maker’s Market

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Maker's Market comes to Greenspring Station December 3
Maker’s Market comes to Green Spring Station December 3

The first annual Green Spring Station Holiday Makers Market takes place December 3rd. The Market will feature a carefully curated selection of artisans, selling hand made Jewelry, Leather Goods, Artwork, Candles, Children’s Gifts and more. In addition to the craft fair setup, the event will have DIY workshops, cocktails, and small bites. 

Charm City Craft Mafia’s Pile of Craft

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Crfaft Fair

catch of the day fish (2)Every holiday season, we wait with bated breath for the Charm City Craft Mafia’s Holiday Heap—our very favorite of the holiday season craft fairs. We go early, we buys snacks, and we shop ‘til we drop. Sure, we say it’s all about finding gifts for loved ones, but rare is the year that we don’t come home with gifts for ourselves. It’s impossible not to! The Craft Mafia does such an outstanding job of finding the coolest, most masterful vendors for their craft fairs that even the most restrained shopper often can’t resist the unique (and gorgeous) offerings that abound. But, like we said, that all happens in December. Alas. Thankfully though, each June, they also bring us Pile of Craft, a summer time craft fair just as rockin’ and chock full of amazingness as their Holiday Heap—and the best part is, it’s almost here.

Pile of Craft: June 22

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Pile of Craft

catch of the day fish (2)So, it’s not exactly, Christmas in July, but it’s close. Every holiday season, the Charm City Craft Mafia puts on their famous Holiday Heap—one of our very favorite craft shows around. “The Mob,” (as they’re known) put on great (if too-crowded-with-shoppers-to-navigate) craft shows that always feature some of the best crafters and artisans from around town and away. What I like best about The Mob’s craft shows is that they always feature a great variety of wares. There’s something for everyone and every budget, and there are always local foodie favorites like Kinderhook Snacks around to provide the fuel you’ll need to shop. The Mob keeps it simple by only organizing a couple of craft shows per year—and one of them is this weekend.

The Shops: Holiday Heap o’ Craft

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One of the most gratifying things about blogging is having the chance to meet other bloggers, people whom I never would have met otherwise. Today was one of those occasions, when I met up with Mary from Barn Bug Studio at the Holiday Heap o’Craft Show. It’s hosted by the local Etsy Street Team and the Charm City Craft Mafia who show and sell their wares at a re-purposed church in Baltimore.

 

The venue, which is always being renovated, reminded me of any number of church and village fetes I attended when I was living in the UK, especially with the fairy lights and bright pennants crossing the room. As you can see, the place was packed, just elbow to elbow. And believe me, more than a few elbows were being thrown as people dealt with the crowds.

I am always so amazed to see the craftsmanship and creativity that people have, and there was plenty to see today.

Brightly colored paper Christmas trees,

Screen-printed towels and placemats,

Pretty painted pottery with poppies,

Clever wine carriers in felt,

 

The Quilting Beast pillows,

Towels with vintage engravings,

Sea-urchins or jelly fish in crochet,

 

Cat toys in crochet.

St. John’s Church, where the Holiday Heap was held, 

is really an amazing space and is used for myriad events, including dances, yoga practices, band concerts and even services for the small remaining congregation.

There are events like Holiday Heap all over the place for the next few weeks. Go out and support your local crafter!

Holly Fest, A Christmas Bazaar, Holiday Tea Time and a Free Giveaway at BWI

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It’s not even Thanksgiving yet but the holiday spirit abounds! This weekend (and next and the weekend after that) local groups and institutions offer handmade crafts and local treats — from gifts to goodies — to help you get through your holiday to-do list. (There’s even a free giveaway of something you might actually want!)

Friends School Holly Fest:  This popular holiday shopping event features more than 70 regional artisans, crafters and vendors selling unique handcrafted items. Visit the Gourmet-to-Go booth to pick up homemade dishes, from pies and cakes to casseroles and more made by school parents and staff. Take little ones to the popular Elf Booth where they can make handmade ornaments and holiday gifts. Make bids at the silent auction, featuring themed gift baskets by grade, vacation get-aways, and a range of merchandise, services and gift certificate from area shops, salons and restaurants, including Paper Moon Diner and Woodberry Kitchen. Festive greens and wreaths available for order and pick-up. Yummy grilled food (veggies too!) from Milt’s Catering will be on hand to satisfy appetites while shopping. With all to be offered, you’ll love having the freedom to browse without hearing a chorus of “I’m sooo bored!” When: Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Friends School, 5114 N. Charles Street.  Admission: $5. Children under 18, free. Open to the public. 

St. David’s Christmas Bazaar: From old fashioned jellies, jams and pickles to beautiful sterling silver jewelry and country antiques to great toys for children, there is something for everyone at the St. David’s Episcopal Church Christmas Bazaar. Shoppers will delight in the assortment of vendors at the Bazaar including Candy Point Collection Jewelry, Fran Fare handbags, Silverbird Jewelry, Paperly stationery products,  McHiggins headbands and children’s clothing, Macraw & Co. fine gifts for men and Gourmet-to-Go, an array of pre-cooked, frozen meals homemade by friends of St. David’s, among others.  There will also be fresh greens for sale for holiday home decorating. A Toy Shop and Santa’s Wonderland area where children can participate in crafts, games, face painting and visit with Santa Claus will also be available as well as a Food Court for hungry shoppers. When: Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: St. David’s Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave. Admission: The event is free and open to the public 

Cylburn Arboretum’s Holiday Tea at the Mansion:  Tour the mansion’s elegant first floor, main hallway, grand staircase and stone porches all decked with wreaths, swags and greenery from the mansion’s grounds and decorated by the District IV Federated Garden Clubs. The traditional tea, by local catering favorite Carey Talucci Catering, will feature tea-time treats such as delicate sandwiches, quiche, petite scones, skewered fruit, tea breads, an assortment of bite-sized desserts, and, of course, seasonal teas. Distinctive garden and nature-themed gifts for children and adults in the holiday boutique and a raffle including a topiary pig (decked in holiday finery!), a handmade wreath fashioned from Cylburn greens, a Pandora bracelet (with 3 beautiful beads) courtesy of Smyth Jewelers,  handmade jewelry, theater tickets, a crystal vase help you take care of your holiday shopping list. Adding to the holiday spirit will be a seasonal serenade by The Gilman School’s Traveling Men, a 12-member a cappella group.  When: Sunday, December 4 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Where:  Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Avenue, Baltimore. Admission: $40 for CAA members, $45 for non members, and $300 for table of 8.  A limited number are available and reservations are required. Please call the Cylburn office by November 29 at 410-367-2217 for more information and to purchase tickets.  

And if you’re traveling out of BWI for Thanksgiving, be on the lookout for…

FREE Product Giveaway: M-Edge staffers will be at BWI during the busiest travel weekend of the year handing out iPad and e-reader covers to any traveler who has a device with them and discount cards to anyone who doesn’t. Products are each valued between $30 and $50 and will be handed out – no strings attached. Why: According to publicist Caitlin Mills, “M-Edge wants to bring a little holiday cheer to traveling and have the gift-giving start early.” Well, thanks! When: Wednesday, November 23 – Wednesday, November 30, all day. Where: BWI Airport.

 

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