Sunday, November 12, 2006

Handmade'ns 2006!

Handmaden's was great this year! Everyone made really fantastic things to sell and I thought our display was gorgeous. We had two large vintage silver trees (and 1 new one) on the tables in the center with white cheese cloth and lights draped from the ceiling. We also had white tulle and lights along the table in the back. It looked like new fallen snow! The only sad thing was that we had such a mad rush of people when we opened our doors, that I don't think anyone really had time to notice our displays! Oh well! I have pictures.

A Handmade'ns daughter described Handmade'ns as a family holiday… Halloween, Handmade'ns, Thanksgiving, Christmas… It is like a holiday for us. We work so hard to prepare. We stress and wonder why we do this. Then the day finally comes. Our family and friends come to show their support for our creativity. A long line of people forms at the door, waiting to see what we've made. The doors open and within about an hour the tables are almost bare! It's like a gift to know that people really like and appreciate the fruits of our labor.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Getting Ready for Handmade'ns 2006

Next Sunday, November 12, I will be selling my paper clay pieces at Handmade'ns. Handmade'ns is a local group of around 10 "crafty ladies" who meet about once a month to eat, chat about the local craft scene, share ideas and projects and just have a good time. Then, each year, on a Sunday afternoon in November, we have the Handmade'ns Boutique when we sell our individual creations. We all get a little stressed out about getting stuff ready for our boutique but when the day comes we have so much fun!

Handmaden's has been around since 1977, with different members coming and going. The group has developed quite a reputation for having quality stuff. People usually start lining up at the door an hour to an hour and a half before we open to get the free pin we give away to the first 50 people through the door and to get first choice of our stuff. It's so much fun to be a part of the excitement!