Thursday, December 4, 2014

Shop Local, Shop Handmade - This Weekend!

So many options for shopping local and handmade this weekend in my area. For events in your local community check newspapers, Craigs list, digital bulletin boards, local arts organizations websites and friends Facebook pages. 

 For those in my neighborhood, make a weekend of it! Spend one day in the north doing the Bainbridge Island Studio Tour. Dec 5, 6, 7 visit nine artists studios and community halls and shop from the wares of 60 incredible artists.
Pam Sanders - Urban Artifacts
Rober Spangler Studios
Hayden Starbuck

 A few to look for include: Robert Spangler Studio, Pam Sanders Urban Artifacts at the American Legion Hall, Kim Pinkerton at Seibert Pottert Studio, Dixie Armfield-Rogerson of Easter Wind Glass at Seabold Hall, Hayden Starbuck at the Grange Hall, and Marguerite Wagner at Hidden Cove Pottery Studio. Visit the website for a map and list of artists.
Dixie Armfield-Rogerson - Easter Wind Glass
Marguerite Wagner
You could incorporate stops at the venues of Christmas in the Country also on Bainbridge Island this weekend. Download a map from their website.You will find the lovely votives from Corenas Creations at Yeomalt Cabin,  Picket Fence Designs oilcloth totes at Lynwood Commons, experience pony rides at Countryman Stables and join Intentional Table for lunch at Sweetlife Farm. You can see a full list of artisans and locations on their website.

For day # 2 head south. 
On Saturday you could do a quick stop at the Burley Bazaar for a concert and visit with Santa.

Then it is on to Gig Harbor High School and Tidefest. There you will find 200+ artisans including Beadware, and Botanical Creations, Jordans Pet Gifts (great collars!), Blackwaters Metal Art (perfect for the garden),and SuStudio jewelry. Check the list on the Tidefest website for all the artisans.

Pressed flower Cabochon Charm Bracelet. Real Lily/Tulip petals behind glass.
Botanical Creations

SuStudio Jewelry and Blackwaters Metal
So many options and so much gorgeous art. No reason not to shop local for your holiday gifts. Discover artists whose work you love! Grab a business card and you will have sources for great gifts in the future. Supporting your local artisans keeps money in your community and helps to ensure we all have a happy holiday!

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