December 3, 2011

Holiday Heap O’Craft

One of the most gratifying things about blogging is having the chance to meet other bloggers, people whom I never would have met otherwise. Today was one of those occasions, when I met up with Mary from Barn Bug Studio at the Holiday Heap o’Craft Show. It’s hosted by the local Etsy Street Team and the Charm City Craft Mafia who show and sell their wares at a re-purposed church in Baltimore.IMG_7061The venue, which is always being renovated, reminded me of any number of church and village fetes I attended when I was living in the UK, especially with the fairy lights and bright pennants crossing the room. As you can see, the place was packed, just elbow to elbow. And believe me, more than a few elbows were being thrown as people dealt with the crowds.

I am always so amazed to see the craftsmanship and creativity that people have, and there was plenty to see today.

Brightly coloured paper Christmas treesIMG_7020

Screen-printed towels and placemats.IMG_7023

Pretty Painted Pottery with PoppiesIMG_7024

Clever wine carriers in feltIMG_7029

The Questing Beast pillowsIMG_7030

Big-eyed tree animal = TarsierIMG_7044

Towels with vintage engravingsIMG_7048

Sea urchins or jelly-fish in crochetIMG_7049

Cat toys in crochetIMG_7051

St. John’s Church, where the Holiday Heap was held,IMG_7027 is really an amazing space and is used for myriad events, including dances, yoga practices, band concerts and even services for the small remaining congregation. IMG_7062There are events like Holiday Heap all over the place for the next few weeks. Go out and support your local crafter!


  1. Meg I am going to show your post to my sister Cynthia who has a historic building in the West Bottoms here in Kansas City. She is setting up booths like this on her first floor!

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  2. Everything looks fantastic Meg! What fun!

  3. That looks great. When I think craft show I think unbearable kitsch but that looked fantastic.

  4. Looks like a great shopping event. Hope you had more fun there than I had at the auction this afternoon - came home with zippo!
    Di :-(

  5. I love craft fairs, though I'm often loath to buy things that I think I would enjoy making more than buying. I rarely make them, mind. Saves a lot of money being ambitious, even if it is unrealised ambition. Still, I do break down and buy things occasionally. Many of the fayres around here charge a nominal entrance fee and sell refreshments.

  6. Looks Grand + Great finds. Thank you

  7. Oh how amazing -i wish I had been there!


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