Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday 2011 Craftstravaganzaa This Saturday at Ben's Bikes!

Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa Holiday Market 2011 Saturday December 3rd!

Just a friendly reminder to everyone that our holiday market will be taking place this Saturday at Ben's Bikes, located at 670 W Broad Street in Athens, GA from 10am til 6pm. We've got tons of great artists as well as live music from Coconut Moon, clothing reconstruction with the Swap-o-Rama-Rama, tasty eats from the Farm Cart and Ursa Minor, art cars and a few surprises

You can visit our website,, to learn more

~Guest parking is available in the lots above and adjacent, but in the spirit of the event we suggest you bike or walk

Bring your family and friends to this community event, get your shopping done early and easy, feel good buying local--jewelry, fashion, ceramics, photography, house wares, paintings, kid stuff, pet stuff, folk art and fine art--

One of a kind gifts for the one of a kinds on your list...


Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa 
      Athens Largest Handmade Market.™

Vendor Info Sent Out

Last minute set up guidelines about the show this weekend have been emailed, and a few did not go through. If you did not get one, please let me know and I will try to re-send it to you, but it is also on the website under vendor info.


Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa 
      Athens Largest Handmade Market.™

Our Craftstravaganzaa Vendor Map is on the Website Now!

The Vendor map is now on our website, on the PROMO page.

Printables: Price Tents for Craftstravaganzaa

Printable: Branded Price Tent
Download the pdf, print a few onto card stock (print only page 2), cut, and fold. Easy as pie.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ursa Minor Coffee - Holiday 2011

Ursa Minor Coffee is a fun, friendly mobile espresso caravan serving up local, fair trade and organic coffees from Dynamite Roasting in Black Mountain, fine teas, delicious all natural smoothies from Sweetbird, bulk coffee, coffee accessories, and fresh organic baked goods from West End Bakery and sugar momma's cookies in Asheville! Find us at fairs and festivals around the area!

Meghan Ryan Morris - Holiday 2011 Artist

Meghan Ryan Morris
Meghan Ryan Morris creates and provides original drawings, paintings, prints, and functional knits.  Custom orders and commissions are always welcome! 

Kelly Shannon - Holiday 2011 Artist

Kelly Shannon 
As a photographer, painter, printer, sculptor and designer, I constantly strive to manipulate the aesthetic of my environment. I believe in character, experience and a tangible interaction that only the handmade provides. I hope to weave my creativity into influential art.

It's officially the Holidays!!

Rudolph is coming on right now!! CBS. It's always fun to watch the network showing, it makes me feel like a kid.

Crafty Cardinal - Holiday 2011 Artist

Crafty Cardinal 
Crafty Cardinal makes functional and decorative pottery. All pieces are hand-built and hand-painted in bright, colorful glazes. I'll have holiday ornaments, ceramic alphabets, Santa Claus figures, garden decorations, votive holders, soap dishes, one-of-a-kind hand-painted plates much more!

Sarah Lou Designs - Holiday 2011 Artists

Sarah Lou Designs 
SarahLou Designs is a clothing design group run by Sarah Daly and Michelle McGowan. We reinvintage out of date designs and give them new life. For all of our one of a kind clothing redesigns check out my website.

Mark Blech - Holiday 2011 Artist

Mark Blech 
I am an artist by education and a commercial artist by trade. My furniture is a melding of the 2. Form and function. I try and push the boundaries of both. I use  reclaimed heart or old growth pine , or oak, that I buy locally. That is very important to me, to not be a burden on my enviroment but to also work with wood that has a sense of history, where you can see the age on the wood. As I get older, I find I can appreciate the wear lines on a surface more and more. My work plays with alot of ideas about structure and the ideas of building blocks. Figuratively and literally. I hope you enjoy the work.

Tom Britton - Holiday 2011 Artist

Tom Britton 
I am a self-taught knitter. I started knitting when I was 16; I wanted a bulky sweater jacket and could not afford the hefty price the stores were asking for it. So, being a man of resource, I set out teaching myself to knit. One year later, I was wearing that sweater jacket. I became addicted to knitting, the thought of creating something out of a piece of string fascinated me. Now, I primarily knit only in the fall/winter months; I own and run a small campground business in the spring/summer months. Lace, fair-isle sweaters and caps are my favorite items to knit; and the only socks I have ever knitted were for holding Christmas presents. I prefer making things that are useful and practical and create my own patterns and methods for doing so. The more challenging the project, the better. I prefer using natural fibers: cotton, wool, alpaca, llama, angora, etc. I teach workshops and classes. I started making these caps a little over a year ago and have sold many, many, many caps. My name is tbritton.

Caitlin Downs - Holiday 2011 Artist

Caitlin Downs
I knit cute things to keep you warm! I'll have hats, scarves, a couple of hooded scarves with big buttons, and order forms for custom orders.

Elmwood Avenue - Holiday 2011 Artist

Hi! I'm Emily from Elmwood Avenue. I think everybody needs to have some treasures in their life. Here at Elmwood Avenue - you can find just that. Handmade treasures with you in mind. All items are made with loving hands and an eye for perfection. I enjoy working with different mediums to create jewelry and accessories. I'm always thinking of new products, and love that I get to put my thoughts into action. I love what I do, and hope that you will too! In the meantime, please feel free to hop on over to my Etsy Shop .

Treasure Box of Bows 'n Company - Holiday 2011 Artist

Treasure Box of Bows 'n Company 
Accessories and home decor handmade out of reused, vintage fabric and natural, hand-dyed yarns...among other surprises

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tom Kat Originals - Holiday 2011 Artist

Tom Kat Originals
Tom Kat Originals designs one of a kind Leather Accessories made from recycled/repurposed/reclaimed materials. Leather Accessories with a Unique Twist.

Tin Cup - Holiday 2011 Artist

Tin Cup 
tin cup is a collection for children inspired by simple design and natural fabrics (linen, cotton, wool, and silk). all items are made with care and precision and each piece is quite unique. you will find reversible wool crowns for all ages, linen play aprons, pants, tops, and several playthings! i like to design with unisex in mind, but sometimes can't help but include a cute dress or two! i hope you will enjoy adding a timeless and lasting piece to your wardrobe!

The Small Object - Holiday 2011 Artist

The Small Object
Sarah Neuburger, the artist behind The Small Object, individually cuts and mounts rubber stamps from her fun doodle drawings and paints heirloom quality wooden figures to use year after year to mark the moments in your life! Her collection inspires you to create handmade pieces using her wooden block stamps--the perfect beginning craft project for any age; and to celebrate the milestones in your life with her painted wooden wonders.

Sweet Mess Art - Holiday 2011 Artist

Sweet Mess Art
ORIGINAL MIXED MEDIA PAINTINGS & PRINTS :: Jewelry, Card sets, Ornaments, & Stocking stuffers all created using miniature prints of the original designs. Kelcey Loomer is an artist who lives in a tiny house in the mountains of North Carolina

Rustic Works of Nature - Holiday 2011 Artist

Rustic Works of Nature 
Since 1996 Baxter Hammock has been building custom cabinetry, rockers, beds, log benches, interior and exterior decorating, artistic pen & ink drawings and burnings, cedar hearts, signs and all manner of furniture. Cedar, Hickory, Oak, Pine and Walnut are just some of his favorites to work with.

Richard Ruggles Trains - Holiday 2011 Artist

Richard Ruggles Trains 
I have 30+yrs. experience with all aspects of trains. I don't advertise for business, so this will be great to let people know I'm here in the Athens area for all your train needs. Small or large scales for all. Will build yours or custom build anything for ya.

Richard Ruggles Trains 1453 Greensboro Hwy. Watkinsville, Ga. 30677 229- 322- 9502

Red Rocket Farm - Holiday 2011 Artist

Red Rocket Farm
Red Rocket Farm is a cooperative group of artists located in hip East Atlanta who hand-make art, t-shirts, and more based on the designs of Jason Thomas. Jason, Jennifer, Maia and a team of craftspeople all collaborate to create 3D pieces of art that are painted and inked on birch and pine. The style is cartoony and sci-fi themed and appeals to children and adults. Jennifer hand screenprints the t-shirts on-site at The Farm. Jason is also known for the free live-drawings of robots and monsters that he does at festivals which give festival patrons a unique experience they will long remember.

Red Crow - Holiday 2011 Artist

Red Crow 
Handcrafted mosaic art work by me, the artist, Judy Mendel living in Dacula, GA. Inspired to create most often from unwanted or broken little finds. I love the art of mosaics. Using glass, recycled items, mixed media, handcrafted stoneware clay pieces from my studio, broken glass, vintage/retro china plates, or ceramic/pottery dishes/pots. Making new again an item that normally would be tossed is the best part to me. I find mosaics relaxing and very much like putting together a puzzle. I am able to blend various tesserae together to create a unique piece that tells it's own story as you see it each time. I have a home studio that I work in full time creating wall hangings, welcome signs, inspirational signs, tables, mirrors, flower pots, bird baths, jewelry boxes, and whatever lands on the table next. I am "that person" with a lot of little hopefuls waiting on the shelves to be used in the next piece of art, not considered the junk lady yet. Each mosaic is an original piece of art and can't be duplicated, what I'm not able to draw on paper I can visualize it in a mosaic and arrange on a surface with a little tile, twisting, and adhesive to create art that is interesting - that is what has drawn me to making mosaics

pink80sgirl - Holiday 2011 Artist

My tastes change much like my hair color. I love digging through beautiful beads and charms, feeling their textures and imagining their potential. I especially love colors which sparkle and shimmer! And its exciting to find charms and pieces from other eras and bring it to life again. I like to have a little something for everyone and am always excited to send a piece to its new home and wonder what adventures it will have!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Panda with Cookie - Holiday 2011 Artist

Panda with Cookie 
Panda With Cookie creates a plethora of plush characters such to please the palate. From tofu pirate to the monster duck, everyone can find a new friend. I also create tote bags and baby onesies that feature my cast of characters. Sewing items to brighten your day every day!

puRe love - Holiday 2011 Artist

puRe love

My name is Jennifer and I create totes, children's capes, hair accessories, jewelry and much more out of reclaimed fabric/materials. I so enjoy looking through fabrics at thrift stores, yard sales or just friends passing on old scraps. Whenever I see fabric, be it old sheets, curtains, napkins, clothing, etc.  

The wheels start churning in my head and I'm trying to figure out, what can I create with this? There is so much waste on our beautiful planet, yet so many resources to recreate, or to use what we already have at our disposal.

At puRe love, my motto is Reduce. Reclaim. Reconstruct. 

  puRe love: where old is the new new

Platypusfile - Holiday 2011 Artist

Janae Easton of Platypusfile is from Detroit, she began growing up in the northeast where pines grow tall and New Jersey is more than just Newark. She ended up forming herself in the southeast, where kudzuu takes over the mossy landscape. She went to grad school at The Art Institute of Chicago, to only return back to the southern comforts of the strange. She makes things with her hands every day, curious and hungry to see what will come out next. Her affinity is for textures and patterns, sometimes trying to create connections that would never be.

Natty Michelle - Holiday 2011 Artist

Natty Michelle 
Natalie Kilgore, also known as 'Natty Michelle' is a local Athens resident. Her love for snail mail led to designing hand-painted stationery, invitations and maps, and her illustrations include everything from cupcakes to peacocks, all with a touch of whimsy. Natty Michelle has one-of-a-kind stationery gifts perfect for the holiday hostess and stocking stuffers that will make everyone smile on Christmas morning! Custom orders will be accepted at the show and through the holidays.

My Cellar Door - Holiday 2011 Artist

My Cellar Door
Ashlee Schleicher is the extremely happy one woman show behind the brands 'My Cellar Door' and 'Nomsa.' She currently lives in a tiny apartment in Atlanta, Georgia with her law student husband and black lab puppy.
The self-taught artisan became a self-employed business woman when she started to sell her jewelry and hair accessories on on a whim over two years ago. She has expanded selling offline to local Georgia businesses as well as creating a line of hair products for the national chain, Anthropologie.

Monica's Bath and Body - Holiday 2011 Artist

Monica's Bath and Body 
I turn high quality vegetable oils, herbs, essential oils and fragrances into homemade bath and body products in my Atlanta home. I use organic and local products when possible, and use vitamin E as the only preservative in my soaps, solid lotion sticks, chapsticks, body scrubs and bath salts. Stop by my booth for a great selection of $5 stocking stuffers like gingerbread man soap. You can check out some of my products at my website. I look forward to seeing you!

Madison County High School Art Club - Holiday 2011 Artist

Madison County High School Art Club
From MCHS, we have a group of student artists and crafters offering everything from painted ornaments and birdhouses to jewelry and knitwear. Our group has participated at the Madison County Holiday Market in past years, but this is our first Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa. We are excited to be joining such a talented group of artists and hoping to learn a ton!

Laurell Hill Jewelry - Holiday 2011 Artist

Laurel Hill Jewelry 
My jewelry is inspired by the form and function of primitive jewelry, the connection between adornment and a belief system.

Fabuluxe - Holiday 2011 Artist

Fabuluxe - Hand crocheted hats, scarves, baby hats, baby blankies, and felted handbags.... and new Christmas Ornaments- miniature versions of my most popular hats. All of my hats are named after cars (mostly from the 50's). It's just more fun that way...

Elaine Mae Oye - Holiday 2011 Artist

Elaine Mae Oye
I appreciate feeling. I strive to visually influence that personal moment. Whether the display is on paper, a canvas, or through a screen, I hope to share warmth, love, confidence, and comfort with you. Although my tool may vary, I feel that my work shares a constant dedication to flowing lines made of unexpected color combinations that put you at ease.

Cate Jessen Jewelry - Holiday 2011 Artist

Cate Jessen Jewelry
Cate Jessen has been in a love affair with jewelry her whole life. Her dreams came true in 2008 when she took her first jewelry making course at Valdosta State University. She has been a jewelry making machine ever since, it is a true passion. Using time honored techniques, she stays true to the art of jewelry making. Combining rich colors with organic and unpredictable lines is what sets her jewelry apart from the others. Her jewelry is made to awake your senses and calm your restless heart. Every detail of her work is carefully planned and meticulously crafted. Ultimately, the recipient feels honored and unique. Taking home a piece of true art.

Cameoko - Holiday 2011 Artist

Camille Kohler, sole artist and creator of Cameoko jewelry, has been crafting jewelry for more than 15 years, evolving style and material on her creative journey. Currently, she likes working with resin, vintage fabric, vintage wallpaper, mid-century modern textiles, photographs, silver, & bronze. Camille's artistry is steeped in her love of photography, drawing her to experiment with visual images, combining them with silhouettes of nature to create pieces of a story. Camille received a BFA in Photography from the University of GA, and incorporates her photography aesthetic into her jewelry. Be sure to stop by and say hello and check out the lovely new pieces she's been working on!

Callie Lynn Designs - Holiday 2011 Artist

Callie Lynn Designs makes adorable crocheted or knitted ponchos, blankets, hats and headbands for babies, hats for adults, cozy computer sleeves, awesome bookmarks and a few other goodies! I started knitting and crocheting as a form of therapy after I sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car accident at the age of sixteen; I fell in love with yarn after that. 

My passion for all things yarn can be seen through the sparkle in my eye when I talk about yarn and also through the things that I create. in addition to my yarn, i also have a selection of handmade jewelry, as well as a few other things that i have created on a whim of creative inspiration. I sincerely hope you will come by and take a look at what i have to offer!

Bird Mountain Creations - Holiday 2011 Artist

This is Craftstravaganzaa Artist  Bird Mountain Creations

From silversmithing to yarn spinning, many techniques are used to make our wearable art pieces. Gemstones, pearls, crystals, silver, copper, natural fibers, recycled and repurposed components make up our creations. From hand-dyed silk scarves, oversized handwoven shawls, knitted, crocheted and felted accessories to hand-forged copper bracelets, sterling rings and earrings, large statement gemstone necklaces and guitar pick earrings.

Beca Designs - Holiday 2011 Artist

This is Craftstravaganzaa Artist Beca Designs

Using recycled glass from locally collected bottles, beca designs creates one-of-a-kind eco-chic jewelry and decorative pieces - all backed with an environmentally conscious message. Have a favorite happy hour brand? You're sure to find it whether it's now a lamp, a necklace, a bowl or something in between! Go Green Gorgeously

Saturday, November 26, 2011

ARTini's Art Lounge - Holiday 2011

ARTini's is local Athens artist Kate Cook's  chic & sassy art studio and gallery where art enthusiasts of any skill level can enjoy creating art with their friends and enjoying adult beverages. The studio offers guided painting sessions in the evenings and open "free-style" studio during the day. Along with helping encourage others in their love of art, ARTini's is also a gallery where art by local area artists is exhibited and available for purchase. Stop by their table to view their demo pieces available for purchase, as well as some hand-painted glass items. Or just take some information and plan your creative night out at ARTini's!

Aroma Energy - Holiday 2011 Artist

This is Craftravaganzaa Artist Aroma Energy

Aroma Energy, a line of aromatherapeutic salt scrubs designed to balance and stimulate the major chakras. These scrubs are wonderfully exfoliating and moisturizing. They will leave your skin feeling amazingly smooth and smelling great!

Angelic Shades Studio - Holiday 2011 Artist

This is Craftstravaganzaa Artist Angelic Shades. 

Angela R. Sasser of Angelic Shades Studio is a combination fantasy illustrator, leathercrafter, and author of the drawing book, Angelic Visions. She combines art nouveau and mythology influences in her highly detailed paintings and butterfly inspired jewelry. She will have everything from Christmas cards of her art, butterfly wing accessories, original watercolor paintings, and all things in-between at the fair!

Check out to see more.

Aerial Melodies - Holiday 2011 Artist

Inspired by travel experiences and a passion for art, Aerial Melodies was created to bring a pop of color into your everyday life. A fun fabric here, a delicate paper there, and a radiant bead all lovingly pieced together to spice up your wardrobe and your home.

Check out to see more from Aerial Melodies. 

New Vendors listings are being added today.

I am back from my trip to Tennessee for the Thanksgiving holiday.  While it was nice to take a quick trip home, and see family, and even get to come back on the back roads through the Smoky Mountains, I am very pleased to be back getting ready for next week's Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa.  It is always so exciting, the rush at the last minute trying to get everything in place. 

Anyway, when I checked my email, I found lots and lots of new vendor info, so I will work diligently today to get everyone listed on the website.  I will also ask that any Craftstravaganzaa vendor who has not yet sent in their pic/link/blurb, please try to send it to me by Sunday afternoon. I'd like to wrap that part up this weekend. 

Visit our website and plan your holiday handmade shopping.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Are you coming from out of town?

I've prepared this map of hotels near Craftstravaganzaa for our out of town guests.  The map will also show you restaurants and clubs that are close by. Let  me know if you have any questions, I'll try to help. 

Promote! Promote! Promote!

Here are a few ideas to help promote the show.  We've found that each artist promoting his/her own appearance at the show works fantastically to reach the widest audience.  Let your family, friends and fans know that you will be at Craftstravaganzaa and invite them to visit for their holiday shopping. Ask them to invite their friends and family. 

We have available banners and graphics for you to post on your marketing media (mailing lists, website, blogs, etsy, facebook, myspace, twitter etc) to let your fans and customers know you will be participating in Craftstravaganzaa. The banners are available on the PROMO page of our website.
We also have fliers that can be downloaded from our website (PROMO page), please print and paste a few around your work/gym/store etc. 
Our Twitter hashtag is #AthensCraft
Please tweet often and share our new location - 670 West Broad Street, Athens, GA. 
Visit our event page on Facebook
and invite all your friends.   Ask them to do the same.  This is one of the quickest and easiest way to get our event in front of a lot of people.
I'll be sharing marketing tips on the blog over the next few weeks, subscribe so you do not miss a post.  There's some neat suprises up  my sleeve.

Vendor Listings for the Craftstravaganzaa web site.

I am adding vendor info, photos and links to the Craftravaganzaa website as they are sent in to me. 
If you are a vendor in the Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa Holiday Market, please take a moment to write a short paragraph about yourself and/or your craft.  When you are finished, email it back to me.   Please attach the logo/photo you want to use for your listing.  Please also give me a url for your website, blog or etsy etc if you want us to link to it. 

If you were with us in the spring (or any previous show) and you’d like to just leave your blurb and photo as it was then just let me know. 

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hey, want to have fun and meet new people?

 Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa Holiday Market is seeking volunteers to help our event run smoothly. 
Thank you for your interest in helping us to put on this event. We’re asking
everyone who is interested to sign up for at least a two hour block of time, if
possible. All are welcome to help out.

Load In: Set up is from 8am until 10am, when the show starts. We will need
several people to greet our vendors and help them find their spaces if necessary.
We will send the vendors a map of the show layout beforehand; most will
already know where they belong. Some vendors might need help setting up
tents, or lugging their stuff to the lot.

Greeters: We need friendly, outgoing people to welcome our guests to the
show, answer questions, hand out programs, etc. Greeters will also be available
to give our vendors a break if they need it, check on them and make sure they
are doing ok or do not need anything. Just use your best judgement, some
people will not want/need help. The main thing is that they know we’re there to
provide assistance if needed.

Load Out: Volunteers help vendors break down their displays and load out.
Load Out volunteers also will stick around until everyone is gone, to look over the
lot and make sure everything is tidied up properly.

Please include your e-mail address (or phone number) on the sign-up sheet!
We will be sending out reminders the day before the event.
If there are any questions (or if for some reason you will be unable to
volunteer), please contact us.

THANKS AGAIN for helping to make Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa bigger
and better! We want all participants to have a great experience, and we
couldn’t do it without YOU!!!