As of today, there are 69 days until spring. Don’t let that send you back under the covers. For those of you that enjoy the snow, by all means, put on a parka, go out, ski down a mountain, make a snow angel, but for the rest of us, here’s inspiration to keep us warm until late March.
Enamel Bracelets, DA Metals
Harmony Winters, Wildflower Necklace (small $68, Large $85)
Two Trick Pony, Assorted Prints ($16)
Girls Can Tell, Tea Towels ($17)
Lucky Monkey, Ceramic Pots
While oft overrated, but at its best filled with sparkle and fizz, here are a few items to help you usher in a wildly successful New Year.
Don't carry around a naked bottle. Use this set of 3 Booze Bags by Ladyfingers Letterpress, $7
Party in a Bag by Scraps of Paper, $6
Get your soak on January 1 with Bath Soak by Biggs & Featherbelle, $20
Keep yourself organized in style with calenders by Spoon & Sailor ($28) and Albertine Press ($25)
Amazing Friends of Craftland,
This is our last gift guide before Santa comes to town (here’s to hoping he doesn’t get stuck in YOUR chimney this year). We know you’ve been busy with shopping, prepping, and all around holiday craze. Are the gifts purchased, wrapped with extra glitter and ribbon? Cookies baked and frosted with the right dusting of sprinkles? Good, now you can sit down and treat yourself to something nice, you deserve it.
Handbags, Little Man
Assorted Prints, Meredith Stern
Necklaces & Earrings, Meghan Patrice Riley
Hand Felted Scarves, smARTWORKS and Cross Body Bags, Shara Porter
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.
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