Fall Craft Show – Day #1

First, I want to recognize that today is Veterans Day in the US and I want to recognize and thank all Veterans world wide.  A day doesn’t go by where I don’t appreciate my freedoms and realize that I would not be able to enjoy these freedoms if it weren’t for Veterans.  Thank you.

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As I’ve been asked by several people why I’m not charging for this event, I want to share a few thoughts with you.  Over the years I’ve helped lead, as well as volunteer for various charity fundraisers.  I’ve even hosted a couple of virtual fundraisers, as well as call for quilts to help charity programs, as well as emergency situations for those in need.  I also started blogging to help “those in the business”, when the economy went in the tank in 2007/2008.  I like to write my own opinions and do not ask for money to do what I do.  This is my way of paying back those that make our world of quilting, sewing & embroidery so much fun. And, for this “Craft Fair”, those creative individuals who make things that they sell, to earn money to support their families or supplement their income. And, I hope you appreciate handmade as much as I do.

Bottom line:  While this event is not a fundraiser, I hope if you enjoy this Fall Craft Fair you will find your own way to recognize a Veteran, or help a Veteran in need, or a Military Family in need. I don’t care how you do it.  You might find a Veteran that you can make a quilt or other item for.  Or maybe pay their bill at a coffee shop or restaurant.  On the other hand, I do want to heighten awareness that Operation Homefront is a great program that is focused on helping low-income military families (eng. entry enlisted men and their families), as well as Veterans.  While they always appreciate $$$ donations, they also appreciate a donation of baby quilts (for the baby showers that they hold for wives when their spouse is deployed in a war zone), gift certificates to help military families at Christmas, etc.. They actually keep a list on their website showing their needs, which creative people can help within more ways than you may realize. This isn’t a fundraiser, but if you enjoy this Fall Craft Fair, I do hope you’ll consider finding a way to help out Veterans, or young military families,  in any way you can. Ok, enough.  Time to kick off our virtual Fall Craft Fair and have fun.

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I hope you have fun at our virtual Fall Craft Fair.  There are a variety of beautiful handmade items, from around the world, to wear, decorate your home/office, or give away as gifts.  Plus we have free door prizes daily (no purchase required).

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We even have a daily hunt.  Today’s hunt:  Find this item and log what booth you found it in.  You can claim an extra entry in today’s Daily Door Prize Giveaway (Rafflecopter form lower in this post).

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OUR SPONSORS:

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Today I want to recognize sponsors who have donated wonderful door prizes for today’s giveaway.

  1. Martingale
  2.  By The Yard Comics
  3. Clover Needlecraft, Inc.

 

Every day of this event I’ll be showcasing different vendors.  I hope you will visit them today. Today I am delighted to be able to share insights with you about:

Maryellen of MaryMack’s Blog

Maryellen is a talented quilter, quilt designer,  Island Batik Ambassador,  machine embroiderer, dressmaker, singer, baker, cook,  as well as teacher.  You  may know her by her brand name of  “Mary Mack Made Mine”.  She sells many of her handmade items (quilts, table toppers, bags, etc) in her ETSY store, as well as accepts custom orders.  You can also find her on Facebook, and Instagram,

ButtonMad / Incomparable Buttons

From Capetown, South Africa has a virtual booth (aka ETSY store) in this Craft Fair, as well as an online store with their full catalog:    http://www.buttonmad.com/site/catalog/catalog.html .   Jennifer, the owner has trained local women in how to make these buttons, which has given them economic empowerment. ButtonMad ships orders in a timely manner throughout the world.  QuiltShopGal has been a very happy customer of Button Mad for years and can truly vouch that they are high-quality handmade buttons with unique and interesting designs, all at very reasonable prices.  They also share insights into new products, as well as inspirational uses of their buttons on their Facebook page and pinterest.

Aarona of aaronatherapy

Aarona Therapy caught my attention with her beautiful handmade soaps in her ETSY store.  They are also available at such a reasonable price that I feel they’d be a nice treat in a home, as well as a gift.  I’ll confess I’m eager to try her organic Lavendar soap, but they all look yummy.

Carole of FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Carole is an amazing crafter who makes stunning quilts, quilt designer, longarm quilter,  greeting card creator extraordinaire, tablescape designer, an amazing photographer, cook and many other talents too!  She shares recipes, tips, tutorials, inspirational projects and more on her blog.  Don’t overlook her “Sample Sale” on her blog for more beautiful handmade items for sale at a very reasonable price.  And, for those that may need a longarm quilter, I’d encourage you to consider Carole as she does beautiful work.

You can also find her on FacebookTwitterInstagram,  and Pinterest.

Andrea @ Quirky Owl Customs specializes in making one of a kind luxury drinkware that simply sparkles with #CreativeGoodness.  She is based in a small town in Iowa.

You can also find Andrea of Quirky Owl Customs on Facebook, Instagram,

Keysha of Stevens Customs Creations (Facebook)

Wood signs, t-shirts, Christmas Ornaments,  Super adorable Christmas Pajamas that can also be customized (e.g. your name), as well as a variety of personalized items.    Very interesting and unusual “Santa Cams” for $10 each is a steal!   Check out her virtual booth in this Fall Craft Fair as she has many delightful handmade items at very reasonable prices, many of which can be customizable.

HERE IS A COMPLETE LIST OF PARTICIPATING VENDORS:

note:  You can certainly visit any/all of these virtual booths today, but I will be showcasing 1/5th of these vendors every day this week.  Some may have special items/prices on their special day.

note:  Be sure to check back as more may be added throughout this event!  IF you are not on the above list and wanted to, please email me ASAP!

Want to enter to win a door prize in today’s drawing?  There are several ways you can enter, but it really just takes one to win.  The extra options are for those that like more chances, to increase their chances.  And, one simple option is to decide which of the following Daily Door Prizes are your #1, #2 or #3 choice?  Easy peasy, just share that secret tidbit in the rafflecopter form below (way below).

Martingale has donated a copy of Creative Sketchbook and Journal, by Sue Spargo.  This is a sweet journal where you can use to sketch, use as a journal, etc..  Possibilities are endless and it is absolutely perfect for all creative souls. QuiltShopGal will ship this prize to the lucky winner, anywhere in the world.

By The Yard Comics is giving away a copy of their 12 months By the Yard 2020 Calendar.  This is a “must-have” calendar for every quilter and certainly a fun calendar for every creative soul!   They will be shipping the prize to one lucky winner, the US only.

Clover Needlecraft, Inc.

Clover has donated a wonderful prize bundle as a  Daily Door Prize today.  It includes their amazing Seam Ripper, Wonder Clips (Asst/10pc), and Mini Wonder Clips (20pc).  Clover will be shipping this prize bundle directly to the winner, which will be limited to US Only residents.

Want to enter to win one of these Daily Door Prizes?  Simply click the link below to use the Rafflecopter form.  Winners will be announced later this week (by the time this event wraps up).

Click here to use the Rafflecopter widget to enter to win Daily Door Prizes/giveaways.

 

Don’t forget to check out all of the vendor booths in this Fall Craft Show and come back to QuiltShopGal every day this week to learn more about these vendors, our sponsors, as well as enter to win daily door prizes.  Of course, we also hope you will invite everyone you know who might enjoy Craft Fairs, to come to join the fun.  Everyone can enter to win daily door prizes (no purchase required).

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