It’s the Hollyday Fair, an invitation only celebration of the season, offering one-of-a-kind gifts and handmade articles from area artists. I think this may be my fifth year participating and I do it with pleasure. I rarely do fairs any more because I can’t haul stuff myself, but the folks at the Anderson Center are always right there helping me unload, set up and reload. It’s small, contained in two carpetted rooms, and offering a lovely luncheon in a third: the perfect venue for a day on the (edge of) town.
Every year I’ve brought my books, posters and cards, and my beaded-strap purses usually sell out. This year I’m replacing the purses with handmade, one-of-a-kind necklaces featuring beads I’ve made myself, and small original art posted on notecards. I might even set up my brilliant white Christmas tree and hang earrings on it!
Here are some of the new necklaces (see previous entry for four more). Click on an image to enlarge it.
I had found a great sale on polymer clay about six months ago, bought a lot of colors and then forgot about them until I thought I might make Christmas tree ornaments for the holiday season. But I didn’t really like what I came up with and began making beads just for fun.
The beads took over. I made all sorts of beads, experimenting with various polymer clay techniques described in several books I happen to have. Interests sometimes start that way….a slow accruing of related materials until one day, an idea combines them in some exciting way.
The necklaces delight me. Each one is different, made of my own hand-made and hand-lacquered beads, then carefully designed and strung. They average 20 to 30 inches and sell for $47.50 and there are only two dozen: Call 989-894-5925 to order, for more information, or more examples. Here are four starters.