Friday, December 10, 2010

Jamaica Plain Holiday Fair Report

by Kerry Hawkins of KhawkinsPhoto

Jamaica Plain Holiday Fair took place on December 4th at the First Church in Jamaica Plain. Boston Handmade was well represented with photography, jewelry, sewn goods, greeting cards and more.... Boston Handmade members included Lucie Wicker Photography, Marla of Sea Glass Things, Sharon of Stray Notions, Melissa of Pressbound, Stitchy of Stitchy McYarnpants, Amy of Bumble Belly Designs, and Yours truly, Kerry of Kerry Hawkins Photography.

Marla and her daughter, Taylor presided over her wonderful sea glass creations. Marla was also trying out new packaging and presentation to great results.

The crowd was lively and enjoyed shopping all the vendors. There was music and treats to buy. Having done this show last year, I am not surprised at the quality of the work that is at this show.

Left: Lucie at her booth. She was showing her cards, photography and ornaments. The ornaments were really popular and make a great gift or maybe a treat for yourself. Right: We had a table set-up with Boston Handmade and Etsy Swag.

One of the things I love about our group is people are always making things, even at shows. Sharon of Stray Notions kept her hands busy throughout the show.

Left: This is my table, I have tried a new set-up this season. I am trying to get my work so it is easier to look at and closer to the eye. I am still working on my set-up but I think having my work placed differently helped my sales. Right: The lovely work of Amy of Bumble Belly Designs. I love the whimsical quality of her work.

An attendee of the fair bought one of Lucie's fun ornaments and put on his jacket. It was great to see him wearing this. Lucie got a quick shot of him wearing his new fashion accessory.

Left: Stitchy McYarnpants booth, she had hand sewn bags, buttons, bottle openers and more...
She uses vintage images to give her pieces flair. Right: Melissa of Pressbound. Most of her designs are inspired by Polish paper-cut folk art known as Wycinanki. She sells cards and journals, hand-bound books and albums, and digital art prints, all beautifully made.

Sharon of Stray Notions sitting at her colorful booth. She had on display pins, bags, ornaments, pencil holders all made by her. I love that her work is so cute and hard to resist.

It was a fun day to talk with shoppers and be with people from the Boston Handmade gang.

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