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Giftmaker Faire 2017

Giftmaker Faire 2017

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!)

Scroll all the way through for registration options.

  1. Woodslice Chalkboard Ornaments (photo cred. pinterest/etsy)
  2. Barnwood Budvase 
  3. Infused Syrup or Vanilla 
  4. Hand-Poured Candle with Art 
  5. Stenciled & Stamped Messenger Bag 
  6. Triple Strand Bracelet 
  7. Collaged Ornament 
  8. Scrabble Tile Coaster 
  9. Sugar Scrub  or Lip Balm   


Click here to view the times available in December.


Giftmaker Fair..the remaining 1


This Sunday from 2-6pm is our last official Giftmaker Fair of the 2015 season.  Giftmaker is a time to come and pick from one of the prepared projects we have for you.  You can make 1 or more of each item and simply pay per item you make (plus the cover charge)

Pre-registration is required so please don’t wait to sign up.  We will close registration on Saturday so I can be fully prepared on Sunday.

Click here to register.


1. Embellished Apron ($18) (shown above)
2. Sewing Kit in Jar ($8) (shown above)
3. Sugar Scrub ($6) (1 version shown above with “joy” on burlap)

4. Stitched Heart Fabric Ornament ($5) (1 version shown above)
5. Glittered J-O-Y Banner ($6) HOPE or LOVE available too ($8)


6. Lipgloss Sample Pack ($12) (shown above) Open stock 1 oz tins $3 ea
7. Rosette Gift Box ($3)

8. Earrings($2-$7 per pr) in Giftbox ($1)

9. Triple Wrap Rhinestone/Leather/Bead Bracelet ($18)

11. Collaged Mug ($12)

12. Canvas Collage with Glittered Letter ($12)


13. Thank you(or other greeting) Tags with envelopes ($8)



Giftmaker Fair is BACK!


We wholeheartedly believe in Handmade Holiday Gifts here at A Work of Heart Studio.  To that end we have scheduled 2 events for you to come and create till your heart is content.

Here are just a few of the offerings we will have for you.

Sari Silk wrapped Copper Bangles


(6) Washi Tape “Thank You” Cards in a handmade Box


mini Succulents in a Handmade Planter (Plaster OR Yardstick)

(10) Letter Press Drink Coasters (you pick color and design)


“MailBox” Letter Pendant

Faux “Letter Press” Pendant (1.5″ tall) with Vintage Ledger paper inside

Vintage Rosette topped Gift Box


Bingo Book



The way our Giftmaker Fair works is this:

You pay your cover charge ($20) and then pick and choose which project kits you will complete.  Each kit is priced individually from $2-$15. (prices will be marked on the registration page for each project …Soon!)

You then work on completing your handmade gifts with everything you need at your fingertips.

Enjoy a hot cup and nibbles as you socialize.  This is a great “girls night out” or family creative time (ages 8-12 must be accompanied by an adult).  Seats are limited so you need to reserve your spot(s) asap.

There will be at least 8 different projects available at each session.  Additional kits are available for purchase in the shop after both sessions are completed.  Some kits are available in limited quantities and actual attendees have first priority.


Hope this makes everything clear.  If not, please do ask questions here…I’m sure others have similar questions!

Click here to register for Saturday Night (7-11pm), November 2nd with Kelly Moore and Andrea Chebeleu

Click here to register for Sunday Daytime(1-5pm), November 10 with Lexi Grenzer and Andrea Chebeleu










10 days till Christmas


Are you ready?  It hasn’t really sunk in yet for me but I keep plugging along.

Here is what kids have the opportunity to work on next Monday and/or Tuesday between 10am and 2pm in the studio:

I asked Emily (my almost 10 year old) to pick out some things she knows how to make so we could take a picture for the Santa’s Workshop coming up…She will be one of my elves helping out along with Hannah (my almost 13 year old) and maybe even Nic (my 15 year old)

All of these projects are great for gift giving and handmade by your children are sure to be treasured gifts for anyone who receives them.

Pre-registration is required so we can plan for enough assistance.

Click here for more information

Day 1 (Dec. 20) 10am-2pm

Day 2 (Dec. 21) 10am-2pm

See something you wanna make?  You don’t have to be a kid to come in and make stuff!  Our Make and Take center is stocked with project ideas and we are here to help facilitate.  Call 408.266.1005 for more info or to make an appointment for some creative time this season.