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Thu, Dec 18 2014 by Kristin Amico

Introduce yourself and tell us about your handmade business
My name is Sara Longworth. I live in Rutland Vermont with my husband John and our Boston-Malt Terrier, Matteo. I have been crafting all my life, but started working as a full time artist two years ago when we moved to Vermont. I spend my time making torn paper collages and felted accessories.  My felt work is what you will find at the Craftland show this year. I love to garden and that is why botanical themes often make their way into my felting projects, such as the potted cacti and toadstools.


Can you describe your studio?
My studio is in an extra bedroom in our house that doubles as our guestroom. Its a bright and cheery space. I work on a secretary's desk that I painted when I was a teenager, and a folding table. My wool and tools fill the shelves on one wall, and I have started to decorate an inspiration wall with artwork from local artists.


The felted cacti look so real, can you explain how you make them so life-like?
From a distance people often mistake my felted torch cacti for the real thing.  But instead of being prickly they are oh-so soft to the touch!  I get them to look like that by lightly felting a thin layer of yellow "fuzz" on the cacti to imitate the needles. But the best part about the felted cacti plants is that they don't need water or sunshine! So they make a great gift for someone with a "brown thumb", or for an office mate's cubicle!



How did you become involved with Craftland?
A few years ago, when we lived in Worcester, MA, I made my crafts part time.  I always heard about what a great place Craftland was, but never had the opportunity to check it out.  When I started crafting full time, I decided I should apply. I am so excited to be a part of this year's show! The work I've seen online so far from  the other artists is just amazing!

Guilty pleasure you'd like to share?
I like to keep the TV on while I'm working, and I just love Let's Make a Deal. Its really corny, but I remember watching the original version whenever I was home sick from school as a child.

Tue, Dec 16 2014 by Kristin Amico

No battery is ever needed for the kiddo gifts we carry. From sassy onsies and plush toys to bestselling books, these items will bring a smile to the faces of children and parents alike.

Tiny Octopus Plush Rattle, Phil Barbato

Lead Free Pewter Utensils, Beehive Handmade

The Steadfast Tin Soldier & Telephone, Illustrated by Jen Corace

Burp Cloth Set, Hoosier Magnolia

Chinese Zodiac Blocks, Stacy Wong

Assorted Baby Onsies

Thu, Dec 11 2014 by Kristin Amico

Introduce yourself and tell us about your handmade business.
My name is Liz Novak and, while I am originally from New Jersey, I love living in Providence, RI. I create a jewelry line called With Care Jewelry. In addition to jewelry, I have over 10 years of professional sewing experience and a BA in drawing. I really, really like little dogs.


Can you describe your studio?
My studio is in the 3rd floor attic of our apartment. It has 2 windows and about 50 square feet where I can stand up straight.


What's your creative process, how do you find inspiration?
I spend a lot of time looking at things. I love to be nosy and check out small details. Clothes, cars, buildings, plants. I don't care much for gems or designing something of outrageous material worth -- just things that I find pleasing. Previously, I've worked mostly outward, expanding interesting details into a full line of jewelry stuffs. Lately, I've been trying to think more broadly so that I can present a total collection all at once instead of a necklace here, a ring there.



Do you remember the first piece of jewelry you ever made?
I was a real entrepreneur and had all the girls in my 3rd grade class snapping up my seed bead necklaces. That's the first time I can remember the sublime marriage of craft-for-money in my life.

How did you become involved with Craftland?
I visited my first Craftland show back in 2006 when it was still a pop up. Being a participant is kind of dream of mine. This year’s application was dripping with hidden emotion!

What do you feel is important about buying handmade? I cherish my handmade items far more greatly than ones in my life bought from... wherever else. I'm an object person with a house full of stuff. I love to look around and see things that have been made by hand, especially by my friends (often times, the process of buying a piece also becomes the process of making a friend). When I look down and realize that I am decked out in clothes and accessories made by people I know, it's an incredibly warm and loving feeling.

Guilty pleasure?
I was raised Catholic so I'm pretty sure I still feel that all pleasure is considered guilty.

Wed, Dec 10 2014 by Kristin Amico

We carry the work of dozens of jewelers, with plenty of styles to ensure you find the perfect gift for that special someone on your list, and also go home with a little bling for yourself. Here is a small sampling of customer favorites.

Darrien Segal, Gold Mangrove Earrings

Figs & Ginger, Walnut and Sterling Whale Necklace

Nancy Reid Carr, Aluminum Cuff Bracelet

Joyo, Laser Cut Necklace

Dahlia Kanner Studio, Assorted Silver Rings

K.O’Brien Jewelry, Double Dot Necklace

See something you want but can't make it to the store? Give us a call and we can ship to you: (401) 272-4285.

Tue, Dec 09 2014 by Kristin Amico
Our resident illustrator extraordinaire, Jen Corace, shares her feelings and her current fave items.


The adorable plush beet by Felt Like It has an adorable face!

Grizzly Bar soap by Biggs & Featherbelle smells and feels fantastic.

Need a 2015 Calendar? This one by Katharine Watson has spectacular patterns, and you know, will tell you what day it is.
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