I look forward to going to (and being a part of) the area craft shows and local open houses every holiday season. Original art makes me smile. In an era of mass production, handmade pieces speak warmth and character. Plus I much rather give my money to a real local artisan than to Kirklands or HomeGoods. And I love supporting and being inspired by creative business women. If you get what I am saying, come this Friday to the Holiday Open House in Quail Hollow neighborhood, Raleigh, NC.
I am so excited to be joining the following group of talented ladies:
Susan Boylston with LuLaRoe
Susan Boylston is the host of this Holiday Open House. Just wondering through her home will delight your eyes and heart. Susan is also a creative business women who sells the stylish, comfortable, and affordable (prices range from $16 to $56) LuLaRoe clothing line. From little girls sizes 2-14 to ladies sizes XX Small to XX Large, there is something for everyone. Check out the in-home boutique Susan has set up for you:
Erin Solomon of Prissypots
Erin of Prissypots, who had a booth at the Junior League Shopping Spree this year, will be at this Holiday Open House too. She specializes in hand-painted signs, personalized ornaments, and holiday décor.
Alli Rogosich of The Art & Soul Shop
My friend Alli and I will be sharing a room at this Holiday Open House. Alli sells her handmade delights at area craft shows (where we almost always share a booth) and on her etsy site, The Art and Soul Shop.
Alli specializes in rustic wooden signs, mixed media art, rustic frames, XL front porch signs, family tree signs and digital art. Here is a new piece she created for this year's shows:
Bonnie with Poplin Kids
Bonnie, the founder of Poplin Kids will be there too. The story behind Poplin is rooted in a group of women in Colombia, South America. These women hand stitch, design and sell children's outerwear. This business initiative is helping them fight for a better life while living in challenging environments of violence and poverty. Poplin sells children's' scarves, hats, jackets, pullovers, ponchos, lovies, vests, and coats.
Brandi Mendenhall of Noonday Collections
Brandi represents (formerly) impoverished artisans from around the world, helping provide access to the US marketplace, while advocating on their behalf. Come take a look at the handmade and ethically sourced jewelry, accessories, belts, bags, and home goods.
and then Me:
Su Soutter with her Happy, Intentional Art
I just moved. Well, I moved on August 1, but it still feels like and looks like I just moved in two days ago. But I could not skip the craft shows and open houses this year. They bring my heart so much joy. So I have been working on some new creations even though our house is not set up yet.
You asked for them. I made them. Smaller versions of my original nativity boards. David is on the screen in porch right now sanding the edges for you. I am making them in red, apple green, light turquoise blue, and midnight dark blue. I love the stars on the small nativities.
I will have some of my original long nativity boards available too.
I also made some small stars. Last year, I made 4 foot stars. This year I made a smaller 2 foot version. Prettier pictures will come; I am in the midst of creating.
And then my favorite. Such truth is these 4 X 4 blocks. Perfect stocking stuffer. I am making these in all colors: apple green, turquoise, butter yellow, light gray, dark gray, hot pink. They will be in a clear bag all tied up with a pretty ribbon for you.