While most people are thinking about their Thanksgiving’s Day menu, here in my Raleigh-based studio, I am busier than ever. This is the time of the year when I prepare for all the coming up holiday shows and online orders. Honestly, I can’t remember the last weekend I had off. : P
I’m so excited to wrap up 2018 with a couple of my favorite shows of the year! Here are the reasons why:
Want to experience a high-end handmade craft shopping experience? The 54th Annual Craft + Design show in Richmond is the perfect destination! Craft + Design is a museum-quality show that has garnered a reputation for showcasing the finest in contemporary craft. Shoppers spend the weekend browsing the work of over 150 artists from across the country. Awards are presented in ceramics, precious metals, glass, wood and recycled materials, contemporary design, innovative use of traditional craft materials and fiber.
The event will take place November 16-18, 2018 at Main Street Station’s newly renovated train shed.
If you are planning on a winter weekend getaway to Asheville on December 1st and 2nd, don’t forget to put The Big Crafty on your must-visit list! Voted Western NC’s favorite art event for nearly a decade, The Big Crafty celebrates the beauty of a human-scale economy and community-building, soul-enriching creative work. It features the work of 150 carefully-selected artists, makers and crafters who embody the dynamism of the independent creative community.
A super hip pop-up craft market hosted by my favorite brewery, Trophy on Maywood, and near home? I can’t find a reason to say no to this awesome combination! This year, more than ever, it is important to shop locally for your holiday gifts. Our state’s economy has been hit hard by hurricanes and tropical storms, especially on the coast . I am grateful that Raleigh was not affected to that degree this year. Spending your money locally – whether it’s a coffee shop, hardware store, or a local artist, it all helps to keep your money in our community and in our state.
I can’t thank all of you enough! Without your support, I would not be able to continue my passion of handmade art jewelry with you. I hope you always receive the best compliments from people when they notice how awesome you and your HTY Jewelry are. : )
Wishing you peace, love, and laughter this Holiday Season!