Thanks to everyone that attended this year's Annual Handmade Holiday Show! We had so much fun and all the vendors mentioned what a fabulous community we've created at Gather Here. And when they say "we" they mean ALL of YOU! I hope everyone found the perfect gift or two and had a chance to talk to some of the amazing makers that shared their Sunday with us. I couldn't help but pick up a few things for friends and let's be honest, I picked up a little something for me as well.
Zipper pouches by Pansy Maiden. I love the vintage fabric and what a fabulous size for carrying just the basics! I have to keep receipts for just about everything business related so this is now my "run some errands" pouch. And I can clip it to my bag! I picked up a plain brown canvas one for Noah to use at his other job working on movies.
These are magnets! Excellent stocking stuffers by Migration Goods. I had to pick up a few of these - the sad toast will be staying in our home but that bear will be in the post traveling west very, very soon. I picked up a few other things but they are secret gifts for a faraway friend. <PREVIEWEND>
Charming wee hoop ornaments by The Merriweather Council. I love the patchwork and I can't wait to wrap up a few gifts and adorn them with these hoops. It's an easy way to share a small handcrafted work with those you love. And I know they will be treasured for a lifetime because my people love Christmas ornaments.
I did it! I bought four mugs from City by the Sea Ceramics for the Annex. A cup of tea has never tasted so good. These mugs are hefty and the handles feel good in your hand. I love the rope texture and I was so excited to learn that they are dishwasher safe! Even better.
Watercolor of a bee by Egg-a-Go-Go. Sarah's original art is really terrific and I was pleasantly surprised to find this bee. My middle initial is B and I have been signing my name with a little drawing of a bumble bee for years. I wear my bee necklace by Twig and Heather A LOT and have all kinds of bee things in my home. So this worker bee is going to be perfect. But also fulfills my grownup decision to support living, working artists by purchasing three pieces of art every year. Sarah's is piece number 2 for 2012. I've been doing this for six years now and I have to say, it's one of the best grownup decisions you can make. My home is filled with some of the most amazing work by really talented artists from all over the East Coast.
This bunny is by Zooguu. He's eating a dandelion... or a yellow pom-pom. Perhaps you've seen THIS? Noah and I agree with a recent study that found that looking at cute baby animals may improve productivity. And since we need all the assistance we can get, we jump start our day over here. But if you can't sit and scan tumblr all day, why not pick up a "portable adorable"? That's how I'm pitching this wee bunny with dandelion. Yes, you're welcome.
Hippos! and giraffes! These guys by Kitty Kitty Craft were a hit at the show. And one may be heading to the home of a good friend. But I'm not saying anything because that would ruin the surprise! But aren't they just too stinkin' adorable? And a number of them went home with some of my favorite people. Yay!
I love these felted acorns by Made in Lowell. The all white ones would be stunning on a silver tree. But I have a soft spot for that sheep. And I may have picked one up but I'm not saying for sure. Because that would ruin someone else's surprise. And I grabbed the leftover cupcake pincushions for the store just in case you're desperately seeking the perfect gift for the sewist in your life.
And finally, I am positive that everyone found something they couldn't live without at the Eat Boutique table. For me it was the beets. And the passion fruit curd. I'm so glad that Maggie made time to join us even though the Eat Boutique Holiday Market is THIS weekend. And is a million times bigger than our wee show. And it's going to be amazing. If you didn't pick up a jar of beets or a copy of Food in Jars then head over there. You will be so glad you did!
FYI: If you are a bit sad that you didn't pick up one of the many incredible things at the Handmade Holiday Show do not fret! Every single one of the vendors has an online shop or another market that you can visit them at. I've heard many folks a little sad that they didn't grab an Egg-a-Go-Go print, hydrangea headband from Migration Goods or one of Pansy Maiden's Port Cities Totes. You still can! And you should. Love to all you awesome supporters of handmade! Mwah! Virginia