Thursday, November 4, 2010

Etsy Maineteam Shopping Guide for Dec. 4th Craft Fair

Are you one of those ambitious types that gets your holiday shopping done way in advance of the Christmas season? Good for you!!! Unfortunately, I fall into the category of last minute shopper - but hopefully not this year!!!

I have passed my one year anniversary with Etsy and have discovered so many wonderful Etsy websites over this past year. The possibilities are endless and the selection is amazing. I am sure you can find something even for that "hard to buy" for person on your list! There are things in every price range, even for these tough economic times and specials constantly.

I have also become a member of the Etsy Maineteam and decided after a group gathering a month or so ago, to try and put together a craft fair this year made up entirely of the Etsy Maineteam. We are going to make this idea a reality on December 4th, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the former John Martin's Manor Restaurant, Waterville, Maine, which has been turned into event central!!

This shopping guide is made up of the participants of that upcoming craft fair so that you can have a head start in making your shopping list by checking out their websites before the actual fair. It is to whet your appetite with all the amazing items that are made from the talented people of Maine!

Where this is on-line - you have to use your imagination for a wonderful craft fair experience, until you can actually attend the real thing on Dec. 4th!! Imagine the scents of Balsam and hot mulled cider as you stroll leisurely around a room beautifully decorated with memorable Christmas decorations. Soft Celtic music relaxes you, putting you into the holiday spirit as you move slowly from table to table, totally enjoying the sights of the beautifully handcrafted items.

Now that you are in a relaxed shopping mood....

Many of the shops below have their visual displays listed down the left hand side of the blog. You can click into each website from there or click their link below and you will be brought into their website. Leave comments if you would like about any of the wonderful items you find along the way! I am sure you will find items that will satisfy many of the people on your shopping list or simply treat yourself!

On line shopping benefits, if you can't make it to the fair - no crowds to fight or parking places to hunt for - all in the comfort of your own home!!

December 4th craft fair benefits - get to meet wonderful, talented people, who will have oodles of things for you to check out in person and buy to your hearts or wallets content! Plus you will be invited to participate in a fun game and enter to win a fabulous gift basket full of goodies!!

Mark the date and time down on your calendar so that you can join us for a wonderful experience and find items for everyone on your list!! December 4th, 2010 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Another benefit to attending this wonderful craft fair will be to help out someone who is going through some really tough cancer treatments at the moment, with his toughest one to face in a couple of weeks in a month long stay in Boston for stem cell replacement. The husband of a friend and co-worker has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and been dealing with the whole scariness of the news, the game plan, and the awful side effects of the chemo treatments. To help with some of the costs that they have incurred, my co-workers will be at the craft fair selling food, drinks, and raffle tickets. All proceeds will assist with the addtional costs for his treatments. So come to the fair with an empty stomach because there will be plenty of goodies for breakfast, lunch, and snacks!

1. CountryFolkSoap - - luxury handmade natural soap and fragrance products with twisted names.

2. Magentaskystudio - - uniquely designed handknit accessories for you and your home!

3. DreaBunny - - - jewelry and hair accessories for girls and woman of all ages for all occasions.

4. Moondogfarm - - natural creations from wool, wood, and stone.

5. Lizzyoos - - y0ur one stop for hand dyed silk and more.

6. PurpleBeanBindery - - unique, one of a kind, hand bound journals.

7. GlassBeadExpressions - - handcrafted, lampwork glass jewelry.

8. LoveMyCoasters - and Cassylaintotes - - washable, functional, beautiful coasters and original business card/credit card holder /keyfob.

9. Willowandme - - unique handcrafted precious metal clay jewelry and beaded bouquets.

10. SpruceCottageKnits - - quality handknit socks, hats, and mittens with over 35 years experience.

11. OhSewFun1 - - beautiful tote bags, hand bags, and baby bags - a little bit of everything.

12. Karhumoon - - beautiful ornamentation for you, your home, your car, your lawn - wherever you need it.

13. FloDoDesigns - - creates quality embroidered gift items, right here in Maine. We feature a whimsical line of Maine-themed baby items and custom orders are welcome.

14. WSDreams - - the traditional sachet just had a makeover and is ready to give you a peaceful experience anytime and anywhere.

15. Beckyrose - - felted soap, jewelry, and colorful handwoven creations.

16. PsAndQs - - unique gifts for your quirky loved ones - featuring Robot Nativity Sets and Pocket Ninjas to name a few.

17. WildEdenWorkshop - - soaps designed to do more than get you clean.

18. Patania - - felted hedgehog toys, fancy pin cushions, hats, and totes.

19. Indigotwin - - twins from small town Maine offering unique and one of a kind folk art sculptures and ornaments.

20. SpiritBearCreations - - offering balms for the spirit - medicine bundles, herbal teas, Ohio star bags, and decadent Swiss and German cookies.

21. Claypatties - - unique, one of a kind clay pieces inspired by nostalgia.

22. Littlemoosediapers - - cloth and fitted diapers, wool longies - covering your little moose's rump one cloth at a time.

23. Pinetreeart - - affordable, original watercolor and oil paintings for the holidays.

24. EleventeenApparel - - ready to wear and custom made garments for fabulous females.

25. Craxy - - extra, crazy, good beadweaving.

26. WhimsicalThoughts - - whimisical ideas transformed into clay, felt, and paper crafts.

27. Allsey - - handmade charm jewelry inspired by her nieces Kendall and Kelsey.

28. Harvestgoldgallery - - handmade jewelry in the mountains of Maine for over 25 years - featuring their special Tree of Life design.

29. Silentlanguages - - maps of all sorts, created with watercolor, encaustic, and embroidery.

30. GlassOrchids - - handcrafted, fused glass jewelry, dishes, and accessories.

31. Maine Art - - beautiful Maine nature scenes captured in paintings and holiday cards.

32. MaineWoodsYarn - - handpainted rovings, yarns, spindle and knitting kits are our speciality.

33. Maine Girl Creations - - with the help of fabulous, funky, and colorful fabric, I create unique wares for your little one, including sweet onesies, stylish burp cloths, and personalized blankets...all from cute little craft studio in Maine.

34. Allstrungout1 - - nature inspired, fun and functional, dressy to casual jewelry plus peapods, kumihimo, glass pendants, and a new Vintage line.

1 comment:

  1. I look forward to meeting my Etsy Maine Friends on Saturday!! I'd also love it if you would add my blog to your list : ) I'll add yours to mine today. Best, Nan