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The Second Annual Blogger Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair

Welcome to the Second Annual Blogger Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair!

Today, you’ll be able to stroll through the fairgrounds and look at some of the terrific HANDMADE holiday gifts made by your own peers in the blogosphere.

We are here to celebrate all of the talented artists and designers who make our world a little bit more beautiful.  Can you imagine how miserable the world would be if we only had depressed and grouchy writers around, always eager to expose the seedy underbelly of life.

But today is about beauty.  And gift-giving.  And a little music.  And food.  And laughs.

And especially BUYING.  And what better way to get us into the buying mood then with the classic song from Oliver!, “Who Will Buy?”


Who will buy my sweet red roses?
Two blooms for a penny.
Who will buy my sweet red roses?
Two blooms for a penny.


Who will buy
This wonderful morning?
Such a sky
You never did see!

Here are some unique gifts that you can buy for your friends and loved ones —

Unique Plaque-mounted Victorian-Style Homes
by Geoff Meeker and Lisa McKay at JellybeanRow
artists in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
(Geoff Meeker blogs at Meeker on Media at The Telegram)

Handmade Wood Toys
by Little Alouette
toy designers in Columbus, Ohio
Little Alouette
(Amy blogs at Doobleh-vay)

Stained Glass Artwork
by GlassFancy
an artist in Hermitage, Tennessee

Handmade Cups and Espresso Sets
by Holli at Classic Rock Cupcakes/ Hollibobolli
a designer in Oklahoma City, OK
(Holli blogs at Baby Faith)

Prints, Gift tags, and Handmade notebooks
by Holly/Pixie of Bird Doodle
an artist in Toledo, Ohio
(Pixie blogs at Pixie’s Temple)

Throughout history, men have wondered what makes a woman happy.   And in every generation, there is a charlatan who comes along, insisting that he has the “answer.”  One of those phonies is the rapper Ludacris, who brags that he knows “What Them Girls Like.”

Relax & take notes,
While I’m put you up on game
Get a sweeter connect, then if i put you up on cane,
But you should grab yourself a seat and a Whisky Double,
Because the girls of the world ain’t nothin but trouble,

They like a little danger and might not admit it,
But they on for the chase and they want us to come and get it,

Nonsense.  As you can tell from this music video, he knows nothing about women.   I will tell you the right answer to “what do them girls like?”   Women like to receive jewelry as gifts.

Here’s some nifty bling that you can buy for your friends and loved ones —

by Karel Chan of Sunshower Design Jewelry
a jewelry designer in Portland

Beads and Jewelry
by Ainsley of Kaskaad Handmade Jewellery
a jewelry designer in Toronto

by Suzanne of Jewelry to Keep
a jewelry designer

by Joy of Goddess Joy
a jewelry designer from Morgan Hill, California

by Willow of Simply Willow
a jewelry designer in Kalamazoo, MI

Jewelry and Bookmarks
by Bijoux Designs For You
mother-and-daugher jewelry designers from Toronto

by Cindy of Ctthings
a jewelry designer from Ames, Iowa

Crocheted Art and Jewelry
by Heather of HMV Designs
an artist in Baltimore

by Jerri of Gems by Jerri
a jewelry designer in Comfort, Texas

by Mzz Thang of F-Shizzle Design Studios
a jewelry designer in Pittsburg, CA

Metal and Organic Jewelry
by Leader of Men
a jewelry designer in Vancouver, CA

Cufflinks and Jewelry Created from Refashioned Vintage Pieces
by Enthral Designs
a designer in Kingston, Nova Scotia

Crochet Wire and Beaded Braidlets
by Crochet Hooked
a designer in Lakewood, CA

by Renee of Renee Fensin Designs
a designer in Milwaukee
(Renee blogs at But Why Mommy?)

Handmade Loose Beads and Jewelry
by Sarah of Imagine That
a designer in Evansville, Indiana

All of us like to look good.  We like hip clothes.  We want the trendiest accessories.  As much as we try to hide it, let’s be honest with ourselves.   We’re material girls and guys.

Some boys kiss me, some boys hug me
I think they’re o.k.
If they dont give me proper credit
I just walk away

They can beg and they can plead
But they cant see the light, thats right
cause the boy with the cold hard cash
Is always mister right, cause we are

Living in a material world
And I am a material girl
You know that we are living in a material world
And I am a material girl

Here are some cool bags, clothing, and hair accessories that you can buy for your friends and loved ones —

Bags and Clothing Made From Recycled Materials
by Abigail Road
a designer in Regina, SK, Canada
(Abigail blogs at Abigail’s Road to Nowhere)

by Adam Avitable
a t-shirt designer in Alamonte Springs, FL
(Adam blogs at Avitable)

Felted Hair Assessories
by Fufukitty at
a designer in Iowa City

T-Shirts and Hats
by Winter of Rott and Roll Productions
a designer in Orange County, California
Rott and Roll Productions
(Winter blogs at Sunlight Sucks)

T-shirts embellished with Crystals
by Sonia of Sunshine Designs
a designer in Carroll, Iowa

Some people are just pain in the asses to buy a gift.  They either are very choosy or seem to own everything already.   For these troublesome, high-maintenance people, you need to shop carefully, because they are very particular.

Hush little baby, dont say a word
Pappas gonna buy you a mockingbird

If that mockingbird dont sing
Pappas gonna buy you a diamond ring

If that diamond ring turns brass
Pappas gonna buy you a lookin glass

Here are some beautiful pieces of artwork and photography to arouse the senses of your choosy friends and loved ones —

by Memory Layne of Memory Layne Creative
an artist in New England
(small sunflower painting price here)

Painting, Pottery, and Sculpture
by Annie of BlissfulArts
an artist in Taos, new Mexico
(Annie blogs at Blissful Bohemian)

2009 Calendar Featuring Nature Photography
by Greeblemonkey
a photographer in Denver
(Aimee blogs at Greeblemonkey)

by Parallex Photo
a photographer in Holyoke, MA

by Kim at 180/360
a photographer in Las Vegas
(Kim blogs at 180/360 Blog)

by Erin Cooper of e.cooper Designs
an art director and photographer in Denver/Oklahoma
(Erin blogs at Saucybritches and is the poster girl for the fair)

I hope you all enjoyed the arts and crafts fair.   Please continue browsing and while you look, enjoy a complimentary  piece of virtual cranberry pecan frangipane tart freshly made by Deb at Smitten Kitchen!

(photo by Smitten Kitchen)

(OK, so some ideas DON’T really work in the virtual world).

Also,  there are some good times to be had at Craftastrophe, a website that proves that artists and designers have a sense of humor.   Because they are the first to admit that not every handmade product comes out looking perfect —

Remember, The Christmahanukwanzaakah Blogger Online Holiday Concert is on December 23, 2008!


  1. flickrlovr

    Perfection. And hilarious at that. Thanks, man.
    What a fun idea!

  2. texasholly @ June Cleaver Nirvana

    WAY cool.

  3. kenju

    Ah, if only I had money!

  4. 180/360

    Looks great! Thanks for not including me in the last segment, even though I didn’t fit into the “crafty” mold. Well, I guess I’m “crafty” in a different way! 😉

  5. ayse

    Wonderful work, Neil. Very cool of you to support your friends like this. Happy holidays!

  6. Avitable

    Great idea, and I love the way you executed it.

  7. Kate Coveny Hood

    What a great idea for holiday shopping! And you kept it entertaining as well. Loved this.

  8. But Why Mommy

    This is so much fun. Its the first craft fair I’ve been to in my pjs.

  9. Cindy

    These are all amazing items made by hand! That tart made me hungry! Thanks for doing this! 🙂

  10. Velma

    Thanks, Neil – I’ll be working my way through the post, one artistic peep at a time!

  11. patois

    Here’s hoping you get one or two gifts for showcasing all of these. Well done!

  12. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    these are all awesome!!! Thanks for hosting this again!

  13. Ginger

    What a fabulous idea!

    I am so impressed with everything here. Very nice!

  14. Annie

    Thank you so much Neil! It looks great. I think patois has a great idea, I am going to make you something special :-).

  15. Otir

    I never go to Arts & Crafts Fairs but I never miss yours because it’s so fun and beautiful. Thank you for organizing it once again, loved it.

  16. holli

    Thank you for doing this.. I saw some wonderful things to add to my own list!

  17. *pixie*

    This is awesome Neil!

    Thanks for extending the invitation.

  18. vodkamom

    That was a damn nice thing that you did. AND, I love the damn tee shirt. End of an Error!!! Send me the bumper sticker. I’ll stick it on my ass when I go to school on Monday. The teachers will LOVE it.

  19. vodkamom

    course the kids can’t read, so they won’t REALLY appreciate it.

  20. MammaLoves

    You are such a good blog citizen–a veritable Citizen of the Month.

    Wait, where have I heard that before?

  21. schmutzie

    What a great roundup of bloggers who make stuff!
    If I may add my own in here:

  22. sassy

    Yay ! I promise, next year, I’ll get it together to participate. I’m working on my husband to see if he’ll accompany me for the holiday concert.

  23. Redneck Mommy

    I loved this. Thank you. I’ve gotten some really great ideas for Christmas now. Good job.

  24. Beverly

    This is a great idea, and the execution is fabulous!

  25. Cari (crochethooked)

    Thank You!!!!! ;o) For listing my Braidlets site on Art Fire!
    Thank You!!!! and Thank You!!!

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