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All about the WinterMarkt


Hello friends, I hope your week is off to a roaring start! Today I thought I’d share with you photos from the WinterMarkt. This is my favorite show to do.   Of course, being an outside show, it has its own challenges but the fun and convivial atmosphere, the terrific help I get each year from the organizers and all the hot cider and wine you can drink makes it a show I look forward to each year!


There are always fun booths to visit and you can stock up on all things Christmas.


I have a weakness for sweet treats and there was certainly no shortage of that at the fair and I have to physically restrain myself from partaking gluttonously. These chocolate truffles for example from Pete’s Chocolates were excellent!


And these delicious mini donuts from Detroit Mini Donuts? Irresistible. And I for one, wasn’t about to say no to them.

But lest you think it was all food and wine, we were lucky to have great entertainment the whole weekend.  The organizers found great singers from choirs of angelic sounding children to musicians who played inspiring Christmas music.


As for me, I tried some new displays this year and I’m happy to say that it worked out quite well! Check out my new frames…



We even had the full moon at the end of the weekend!


As always a great show and one I’m looking forward to doing again in 2015!

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Show recap

Hello friends, today I thought I’d share a recap of a show I did recently. Its been awhile since I did a show so I was both apprehensive and excited. Its always nerve racking to show your wares to the public but I was at the same time excited to see all the wonderful crafts on display.

I need not have worried so much. Set up proceeded smoothly and contrary to my worries, I hadn’t forgotten anything crucial. It was quite a busy show and it was nice to interact with people. Working from home can be quite isolating and its always refreshing to meet people and have some live feedback.


Being along however doesn’t allow me much time to go around and admire the other stands. During a short lull, I took a short look around and while I couldn’t take a lot of pictures, these two stands quickly caught my eye…

The first stand featured hand carved bird houses and bird feeders using local trees.



They were really pretty and were clearly hours of patient work on the part of the artist. I can imagine a few lucky birds living in these houses.

The second stand which caught my eye featured some handmade signs with quirky and funny sayings. There must have been one sign that caught everyone’s eye because people would stop and look and laugh hysterically at one of her signs. Curious I took a look and realized why people were laughing…


This, my friends, is why its always fun to do a show!

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Show recap

Hello friends! I’m happy to report that my first show for 2014 went extremely well.  I have to confess that getting up that morning was a bit hard. Its been awhile since the last show and it took some time for me to get moving. But once I arrived and started to see all the beautiful things, I got all excited.  As a concession to Valentines Day, I decided that my stand could do with a touch of red and pink.

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It was my first time to do an all jewelry show and I was uncertain how it would turn out. Fortunately, it proved something I’ve always thought which is that there’s jewelry for everyone’s taste.   So long as it was beautifully made, there’s someone with a taste for the different artists creations.  And there certainly was all manner and kind of jewelry at the show —-from polymer clay bead jewelry from Woodland Caravan to Victorian inspired baubles from Victorian Rose Boutique, to repurposed vintage jewelry from Calendar Girl, who it must be said also makes fantastically ornamented frames, bags and jewelry boxes! It was a blast being surrounded by beautiful things and hanging out with such talented people.

And while it was mostly jewelry, I have to tell you about one lady who was there with something else entirely.  Bird Brain Accessories by Jesska Christie is a line of whimsical and pretty hair accessories featuring birds and flowers.  I’m sure that wearing one of her creations will brighten up any dull day of the week!



All in all, a great start to the 2014 show season!!

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Preparing for the Winter Markt

Hello friends, today I thought I’d show you some snapshots of what I’m preparing for the upcoming Winter Markt …

A clutch of beautiful violet foil glass beads


Some irresistible wedding cake beads… I think I’m going to make a demi- parure out of these beauties …


And I’m almost done with the trade beads from yesterday. Just matter of small adjustments here and there…


Exciting times ahead!!

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Winter Markt

Hello friends, I’m very excited to announce our biggest market yet—the Birmingham Winter Markt this coming weekend– from the 6th to the 8th of December. This is a wonderful European style holiday market that has something for the whole family. There will be a range of carefully selected handmade goods for the discriminating shoppers, horse drawn carriage rides and caroling by different group, to name just a few of the things going in at the Markt.
I’m busy preparing loads of gorgeous new jewelry that will make the perfect gifts for the special people in your life!
For the complete list of events and details of the Markt, please consult the site.
Hope to see you all there!!!

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Craft show finds

One of the nicest things about doing craft shows is meeting so many talented and creative individuals. I’ve never been to a show where I didn’t meet anyone that I thought was really cool. I thought it’d be nice to feature them here in the blog so that you dear friends, could meet them too.
Just this weekend, I met two people whose works are crafty, creative and just plain cool.

Jamie of skoolsnaps
makes great gift items from school themed alphabet photography. I don’t know about you but it’s hard to find the right gift for teachers. And I think these would make such nice presents for them. As I sit and write this, I’m thinking they’d make nice presents for people you normally have a hard time giving gifts to since they’re customizable. Oh and if you do meet Jamie, ask her to tell you the story of her vintage luggage!


Scott of fatcatimages on the other hand, features Lego figures in his photos. Yes, you read that right–Lego figures and he makes amazing photo scenes with them. They’re funny and playful and one of them is really sweet and tender. You have to check out his site to see what I mean as I’m not sure my pictures convey their whimsical charm.


I can’t wait to meet other people in the next craft shows!

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Crafting with Grace show recap

When I opened the door to go out to the craft show at Ann Arbor last Saturday, I was greeted by sheets of pouring rain. I tell you, driving in the pouring rain is no fun. I had a moment of apprehension when I realized that I had missed a crucial turn because of the rain. Fortunately I was able to make my way and I arrived safely albeit a bit late to set up for the show. I had barely finished when the first group of shoppers arrived!
I really appreciated the show organizers efforts to help the crafters. It’s so rare that there are people to help you unload your things and even more rare to be offered water, juice and snacks during the day. All this plus everyone was really nice! This certainly helped me during the day!
When I had a calm moment, I took a quick look around and as always I found interesting individuals.
One lady actually brought her own bobbin so she could work on her hand spun yarn. I’ve never actually seen yarn being spun before and it was a treat to see an expert. Her yarn was so smooth, I’m sure knitters would have a great time using it to make beautiful things!

Here is a sample of her yarn

Another crafter blows her own glass to make ornaments, vases and glasses. Aren’t they pretty Christmas ornaments? You can find more of her work through her website

Another stand I found completely lovely was by a lady who creates new things with rescued and found objects. She paints and makes collages to tell a story out of old things. Her things were whimsical and utterly lovely. To see more of her work, visit her etsy shop SimplyJoyToo.


Perhaps the stand that surprised me the most was this one. I thought they were children’s clothes but they are actually doggie clothes!


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Throwback Thursday:Finding a special present

DSCN0144At the Clarkston show last weekend, a man came up to my stand and as is my habit, I explained to him what my jewelry is all about.  He was very interested and asked a lot of questions.  It turns out he was looking for a present for his wife.  This was a refreshing change since most of the time, the women look at my booth and the menfolk stand around looking bored.  I was even happier when he told me that he wanted to buy a present because he recognized what a special woman he had in his life.  Isn’t that the nicest thing to hear?

I’m happy to say that he found what he was looking for with this necklace. What makes this necklace special are the pendants that I created from Bohemian glass from the 40s.  I love these faceted rondelle beads. They are so versatile and can really make a piece stand out.  When I find them, I always try to hang on to them a bit, just because they’re pretty.  But I was certainly very happy that this piece found itself a special new owner!

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Show recap

Hello friends, today I thought I’d do a recap of the craft show last weekend. I set out early and was promptly surprised by the heavy fog that covered everything. It was quite scary, I breathed more freely when I reached the show grounds. Luckily the fog lifted and it turned out to be a magnificent day!
I had barely finished my stand when the first shoppers arrived and we were off! For once I had a big stand so I had 2 tables instead of only one. It was nice to be able to spread out more than usual. Looking at it now makes me realize how much I love my vintage frames!



As always there were so many interesting booths with handmade items and various crafts. A number of them were devoted holiday themed decorations including these Pilgrim dolls for Thanksgiving. I guess it’s not too early to start decorating for Halloween or Thanksgiving.

My favorite booth was the one with little glass vases that you can hang on your window or door. Aren’t they pretty?