Thursday, November 17, 2011

Special Events and Holiday Shops

Hi all! With so many things going on this holiday season, I thought I'd share a schedule of special events and holiday shops coming up. The first two events are today and tonight even! Hope to see you out and about at one or more of these… merry, merry, merry!

Celebrate the Season: Shop, Savor, Celebrate
Thursday, November 17
5 – 8 p.m.
Kick off the holiday season in style with a preview of the Art Center's expanded holiday inventory—including a selection from yours truly. I'll be there from 5 to 7 p.m. enjoying some live music and refreshments. Stop by and say hello and merry, merry! The Art Center will continue to stock a variety of SGF cards and calendars throughout the holidays. 

Open Studio and Holiday Happening
Thursday, November 17
11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
pot & box, along with their neighbors at METAL, welcome you to stop down to 220 felch street in Ann Arbor for shopping, nibbles & sips, and creative possibilities. A variety of holiday decor and local artisans' items fill this welcoming space to get you in the seasonal spirit. p&b will continue to carry a selection of SGF items throughout the holiday season. 

Handmade Holiday Workshop
hosted by Maker Works
Sunday, November 27
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
Relax and take a break from the holiday craziness with a festive afternoon of creativity and craft. I'll be teaming up with Blue House to host this afternoon workshop at the Maker Works in Ann Arbor. We'll be leading you through a variety of holiday make-and-take projects to spruce up your home and give as gifts. Pre-registration is required. Visit for more information and to reserve your spot now! 

Thursday, December 8 
Come experience the spirit of the season in Ferndale with a tree decked out in a variety of crafty ornaments made by eleven local artists and crafters, including SGF handmade paper ornaments made from recycled misprints. This is the only venue other than the holiday shows (listed at right) that will carry my paper ornaments. There will be warm drinks, tasty nibbles and plenty of crafty goodness throughout the evening. As always, Naka will stock a variety of SGF items throughout the holiday season and all year long.

Holiday Art Sale 
Saturday, Dec 10 through Saturday, Dec 17
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Opening Reception
Friday, December 9
7 – 9 p.m.
Located in the heart of Saline, this is a truly local holiday sale featuring all works handcrafted by local artists. Drop in for the opening reception for snacks and an abundance of liveliness—or any time during the course of the one-week sale.

Holiday Shop
Dec 2 through Dec 17 
Shop & Champagne preview
Wednesday, November 30
6:30 – 9 p.m.
Featuring an enticing array of gift-giving creations by more than 100 artists, the BBAC annual holiday shop benefits educational and community programming at the BBAC. Tickets are required for the preview. Visit for more information.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ridge Fine Art and Handmade Wares Show

This Saturday in Ferndale is the Ridge Fine Art and Handmade Wares Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Drayton Avenue Church, at 2441 Pinecrest Drive. I'm very excited to be a part of this show: It's a new one to me but has been around for many years with quite a few art/craft world veterans that are sure to bring style, substance and good times. $2 gets you in the door and then it's affordable, locally-crafted wares galore. Come check it out and get in the holiday mood—I've included the list of vendors here so you can make your shopping list in advance!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Handmade Arcade superstar: Malagueta

All photos from Malagueata

I spent this past Saturday as a vendor at the Handmade Arcade in Pittsburgh and had a blast. This show brings such a fun and enthusiastic crowd. I was on my own so didn't get to do much shopping, but I was lucky enough to be unloading my car next to the lovely Rachel Sherman of Malagueta. I spied her clothing racks filled to the edges with gorgeously stitched skirts and shirts and dresses. I could hardly keep myself from dropping all my bins and running over to touch them all. Late in the day I had a chance to run away from my table (with one eye over my shoulder the whole time) to get a closer look, but sadly didn't have time to try anything on. Rachel's designs are so right up my alley. The geometric patterns and stitching combined with luscious materials and gorgeous color palette rock. I am coveting…

A little about Malagueta and Rachel Sherman from her web site: Rachel is inspired by foliage, architecture, fruits, vegetables, insects, and machinery. Malagueta, in Portuguese, describes a tiny, hot red pepper that grows in Brazil, where her mother was born and Sherman has spent much time. Her lively interpretations of color and pattern pay homage to her passion for nature and music.

It looks like Rachel has an Etsy shop but doesn't have it stocked yet, but you can see more online here. If you're lucky enough to be anywhere near either of two upcoming events Malagueta will be at — run! Get yourselves there!

Galbraith and Paul Sample Sale 
December 3
Philadelphia, PA

SoWa Holiday Market
December 10
Boston, MA