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Holiday Craft Fair Calendar 2012

November 30, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

‘Tis the season…. for holiday craft shows! Lots going on this month, so check out one near you and buy handmade this season.

Holiday Craft Fair Calendar

Saturday December 1st

Holiday Heap (Charm City Craft Mafia) – Baltimore, MD
Holiday Handmade Cavalcade 2012 – New York, NY
The Little Craft Show – Fayetteville, AR
Indie Craft Parade Holiday Fair – Greenville, SC
The 3rd Annual Wandering Winter Craft Show – Toronto, ON
Cresskill Holiday Craft Fair – Cresskill, NJ
I Made It! for the Holidays – Pittsburgh, PA
Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market – Chicago, IL
Detroit Urban Craft Fair – Detroit, MI
34th annual Holiday Bazaar – Rochester, NY
Christmas Craft Fayre and Market – Bristol, UK
The Bizarre Bazaar – Seattle, WA
Bazaar Bizarre Holiday Show – San Francisco, CA
Holiday Craft Fair – Hoboken, NJ
Christmas Holiday Shoppe – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Sunday December 2nd

Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market – Chicago, IL
Holiday Hit List – San Diego, CA
Detroit Urban Craft Fair – Detroit, MI
Bazaar Bizarre Holiday Show – San Francisco, CA
Holiday Craft Fair – Hoboken, NJ
GLAM Indie Craft Show – Gainesville, FL

Saturday December 8th

Got Craft? – Vancouver, BC
Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale – Portland, OR
Atomic Holiday Bazaar – Sarasota, FL
Craftapalooza – Abilene, TX
Artropy Craft Show – St Louis, MO
City of Craft 2012 – Toronto, ON
Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar – Oklahoma City, OK
Handmade Holiday 2012 – Richmond, VA
Crafts Gone Wild – Columbus, OH
Happy Holiday Craft Bazaar – Columbus, OH
Holiday Craft Fair – Boston, MA
What the Craft! – Calgary, AB
Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar – Oklahoma City, OK

Sunday December 9th

Got Craft? – Vancouver, BC
Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale – Portland, OR
Atomic Holiday Bazaar – Sarasota, FL
The 3rd Annual Wandering Winter Craft Show – Toronto, ON
City of Craft 2012 – Toronto, ON

Saturday December 15th

HoneyCraft Indie Craft Market – Woodstock, IL
5th Annual Crafty Feast – Columbia, SC
Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco Holiday Market – San Francisco, CA

Sunday December 16th

HoneyCraft Indie Craft Market – Woodstock, IL
Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco Holiday Market – San Francisco, CA
Handmade NW Formal Artisans Fair! – Portland, Oregon

Posted by: kelly

Handmade Advent Calendar Roundup 2012

November 15, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Can you believe we’re halfway through November already? December 1st is only a couple of weeks away, so rather than leave it till the last minute, like I usually do, I thought I’d remind you all it’s time to start thinking about Advent Calendars. Whether you’re looking for something quick and easy, or something that will last in your family for years to come, I’ve got lots of great inspiration for you this year.

handmade advent calendars

1. Santa’s Beard – One of the cutest and easiest ideas I’ve come across in a long time. Trim Santa’s beard daily as we get closer to Christmas.

2. Reindeer Cups – This is a great project to get the kids involved with. Glue googly eyes & antlers onto paper cups and fill them each with a little surprise.

3. Falling Stars – These paper pouches are filled with treats and sew together easily on a sewing machine. Did you know you could sew paper?

4. Scrapbook Advent – This cute idea not only gives you a daily surprise but the envelopes let you save notes and thoughts from each day, to look back on the following year.

5. Snowflake Countdown – This easy idea consists of 25 snowflakes each with a fun holiday activity on the back.

6. Shadow Boxes – A great use for a shadow box, each little box contains a little treat or surprise.

7. Dixie Cup Advent – These little paper cups are covered with fun coordinating paper and strung up with clothes-pegs.

8. Santa’s Pom-Pom Beard – Another great project for little ones. Everyday attach a pom-pom or cotton ball to Santa’s beard when it’s full, Santa will be near.

9. Easy Envelopes – These easy little envelopes are folded out of fun scrapbook paper, and filled with a holiday activity.

10. Advent Tree Decorations – Why not combine your advent calendar with your tree decorating. Every day add a new ornament to your tree.

Posted by: kelly

Hand-drawn, custom illustrated holiday cards

November 12, 2012 - Filed under Christmas, illustration, Paper goods

Dear Ida Custom Ilustrated Holiday Cards

I know it seems far to early to be thinking about Christmas already, but I wanted to share these adorable custom hand-drawn holiday cards. Lisa Mundorff is the fabulous illustrator behind Dear Ida, a custom greeting card site run by a group of Portland based friends.

For years, instead of sending out the traditional photo cards featuring her kids, Lisa has been creating hand-illustrated cards, featuring colourful drawings of her and her husband Brian’s children. Year after year, their cards have been such a hit with friends and family, that they decided to share the love — and created Dear Ida.

Dear Ida Custom Ilustrated Holiday Cards

The premiss is quite simple… you browse the site and chose your favourite background, then upload photos of your kids, pets, etc… then Lisa creates custom illustrations of your family to add the the background. It’s amazing how personal they feel even when using the same backgrounds.

Dear Ida Custom Ilustrated Holiday Cards

Dear Ida Custom Ilustrated Holiday Cards

The cards are run on an offset press at a small, local, Portland printer on heavyweight felt paper stock. The finished size of the cards is 9″ x 4″ and includes matching kraft envelopes. Because each order is custom created, printed and packaged it can take up to two weeks before they’re shipped — which is why I’m telling you early! If you’re looking for unique and personal holiday cards definitely check out Dear Ida.

Visit Dear Ida to order your holiday cards >>

Dear Ida Custom Ilustrated Holiday Cards

Posted by: kelly

Make it better: Craftalong for Sandy Relief

November 6, 2012 - Filed under News

***UPDATE*** There has be a change in the shipping address.

Looking for a way to help those suffering after Hurricane Sandy? Why not stitch up some warmth! Participate in the Make it better: Craftalong for Sandy Relief, by sewing, knitting or crocheting something warm.

Craftalong for Sandy Relief

How to help:

1. Make it – Knit/sew/crochet something warm. Hats, mittens, blankets, sweaters… whatever you make make it warm.

2. Send it – Send your finished item to:

Natalie Soud
Soho Grand Hotel
310 W. Broadway
New York, NY 10013

3. Share it – Share what you’ve made to help spread the word. Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, or Instagram, remember to use the tags #makeitbetter and #sandycraftalong.

For more information, and free easy patterns visit Manhattan Craft Room or A Dose of the Delightful

And don’t forget to visit the facebook page to share your creations: facebook.com/sandycraftalong.

Happy Stitching!

Craftalong for Hurricane Sandy Relief

Posted by: kelly

Talk Crafty To Me is looking for contributors!

November 5, 2012 - Filed under Other

Got a great tutorial you want us to feature, or a fun holiday project you’d like to share? Talk Crafty To Me is looking for contributors! Whether it’s a one-time guest post, or a reoccurring column, contributing to TalkCraftyToMe.com is a great way to bring attention to your work, your blog, or your shop.

We’re looking for craft related posts that are original and unique. Tutorials, recipes, craft show reviews, shop tours, artist features, products features, pretty much anything related to DIY, crafting, and the handmade community.

If you’ve got an idea for a post drop us a line at kelly@talkcraftytome.com.

Posted by: kelly