Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Craft Guild's Facebook Page

In these days of social media, the Craft Guild has been relying on its Facebook Page to get the word out about our member's sales and events.   We also use our page to promote member's craft works and keep them in the public eye.  We have so many talented members and it turns out that Facebook is a pretty good place to showcase their work. 

In addition to posting photos and information about our guild's activities, we are part of the community at large.   We share photos from other local pages and have fun sharing a craft project or two from the multitude of craft sites on Facebook. 

We really hope you will like our Facebook page so that you can keep up with what our members are doing and what shows are being planned for the rest of the year.  See you there!
Handmade hats from the booth of Linda Gunderson

Friday, April 10, 2015

Annual Spring Craft Faire

Craft Guild of Nevada County Presents
the 3rd Annual Spring Craft Faire.
Saturday May 2nd, 2015 from 9AM to 4PM (Rain Date is May 9th)
The faire will take place in the
Union Parking Lot, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA.
There will be more than 40 vendors of quality hand crafted items;
gifts for Mother's Day, door prizes, home d├ęcor, yard art and much more.   There will be a chance at a $50 Ben Franklin Gift Card.
Please Support the Interfaith Food Ministry
by bringing a canned food item to donate.
See you at the Faire!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Jewelry by Hart

I met with Patricia Hart recently to get a preview of what she will be selling at the Winterfaire Craft Show this year.  Pat tells me that she has been making jewelry for over 25 years and although she doesn't work on her creations every day, it has become a big part of her life.  You may have already seen her at local craft and jewelry shows in Grass Valley and Nevada City because she is a regular participant.  Pat says she expects to do about five shows this year, having cut back a bit from a more active selling schedule.

In Pat's booth, you will find jewelry at reasonable prices and she says the reason is because she buys jewelry making supplies from a wholesale house.  She admits that she finds it hard to resist buying more beads than she needs to get better prices and has quite a stash of supplies on hand.  With the large array of beads and materials available to her, Pat can lose herself in the creative beading process for hours on end. For a coordinated look,  Pat often makes earrings to match her necklaces and bracelets.

Carnelian bead necklace

Swarovski crystal bead necklace

If you are looking for something special in the way of a gift or want to add accent jewelry to match an outfit in your closet, Pat Hart's jewelry booth at Winterfaire will be the place to visit.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Connie Alexander - Maker of Collectible Teddy Bears

I met with Connie on a rainy afternoon in her Nevada City home.  Connie showed me to her cozy studio, with sewing machine, cutting tables, and lots and lots of supplies for making her special teddy bears.  As Connie explained, these aren't toys for children but rather collectibles for adults with the heart of a child still within.  Connie uses the very best  materials for her bears - mohair fur from Germany and synthetic furs that look like the real thing.  Her husband Bill helps out too - he installs the joints to make the bears lifelike and often cuts out the fabric for Connie to sew into lovable bears that you just want to hug. Each bear is stuffed with poly fill and  plastic pellets to give it a nice firm, but touchable feel.  Connie also sews coloring book totes and soft, cloth books  for children which are included in her sales booths.

Connie says she started making bears in 2000 and attends many craft fairs and quilt shows each year.  She has been trying to cut back recently on her travels, but says she is still having fun with her business. 

Here is a little side show of bears, Connie at work in her booths and a glimpse into her studio.  Just click the arrow on the picture below and sit back and enjoy!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Rich Irwin's Fabulous Metal Sculptures

Rich Irwin has been a professional artist since 1965.  He owned a small furniture store in Roseville and started painting pictures to go with various elements of home decor, but soon found that painting wasn't his real talent.  Three dimentional metal sculpture was his forte and he embarked on a successful forty year career with his wife Sue as business partner.

Rich told me that he and his wife participated in as many as 30 shows a year.  In order to keep up his inventory, he worked on his scuptures while they were on the road.  It was a seven day a week, 10 to 14 hour a day job.   After one particularly cold Christmas show in Minnesota, they decided they would try Las Vegas the next holiday season.  It was a win win location with the warmth of Vegas and its abundant cash flow so  they made it their holiday show destination from then on.

When it was time to retire about 8 years ago, Rich and his wife sold their large home in Placer County and moved to a smaller place in Grass Valley. Although he has slowed his pace, Rich still manages to make unique and wonderful pieces in his smaller workshop these days and he is ready for Winterfaire with Victorian houses, elaborately decorated bird houses and smaller dragonflies and roses for your garden.  His bigger sculptures of biplanes and locomotives are filled with rich detail that left me in awe of this fabulous artisan's work.

Please come by Rich's booth at Winterfaire this year. Not only will you love talking with this interesting man, but you will find distinctive art that will make your home and garden sing.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Meet Lorraine Barba - Jewelry Artisan

Lorraine Barba is a Grass Valley resident, having made jewelry as a hobby for the past decade. She features metal and crystal (Swarorski) earrings, bracelets and necklaces in her original designs. She also makes pieces to your personal specifications. Stop by Lorraine’s booth at the Winterfaire and chat with her about your design preferences.



Friday, September 26, 2014

Winterfaire Vendor: Jackie Milhous

The Craft Guild realizes that their customers start making  holiday gift lists early.  This year we asked our vendors to submit a little paragraph about their craft business and maybe a picture or two to whet the appetite of Winterfaire shoppers.    Over the next few weeks, this blog will be featuring those businesses who definitely want to see and meet you October 18 & 19 at the Nevada County Fair Grounds.

Jackie Milhous

I paint on glass,wood,tin,and ceramics. If anything else comes in my reach I will paint on it too; sea shells etc.. I also create on ceramics, love making and creating new and usable things. I make spoon rest with bottles, ceramics and also crochet scarves and doilies and tie dye scarves.