I prefer handmade gifts to just about any store bought item every time. The gift of time is the most precious and when someone takes their precious moments and chooses to spend them making something for me…well, it really is the best sort of gift.
Giftmaker Faire is something I started about 5 years ago. I used to host handmade holiday boutiques where local artists could bring in their handmade items and sell them.. I found them to be a lot of work on my part (all the arranging, advertising, blah blah blah) with moderate to low return. One year I decided to have a “booth” where you could come and make a simple gift in addition to purchasing the artist’s work and the response was so positive. The following year I started just hosting the giftmaker part rather than the pre-made (though I would still consider pop-up “booths” with local artist’s selling their items..hit me up if you are interested)
So, that is my long-winded way of explaining how Giftmaker Faire came to be.
Each year I have chosen projects that can easily be made without lots of hand holding instruction. I set out the tools and supplies you need in stations around the studio and you can come in and make till your heart is content. If you want to spend all your time at one station and make a dozen ornaments (for example) you are welcome to, if you want to hop from station to station and make a sampling of everything, that is fine too! You pay for your studio time ($10/hour) plus a minimal fee for each project completed (starting at $2)
Here is our line-up at this moment (I always add more at the last minute..I just can’t help myself…so many ideas!)
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- Woodslice Chalkboard Ornaments (photo cred. pinterest/etsy)
- Barnwood Budvase
- Infused Syrup or Vanilla
- Hand-Poured Candle with Art
- Stenciled & Stamped Messenger Bag
- Triple Strand Bracelet
- Collaged Ornament
- Scrabble Tile Coaster
- Sugar Scrub or Lip Balm
Click here to view the times available in December.