happy small business saturday!

apparently today is the first "Small Business Saturday," a day to support your local shops and restaurants. we've got two great ideas for you! first, hit the Virginia Beach Christmas Craft Market at the convention center between 10 and 6 (it's also open sunday, 10-5), and support the lovely ladies of 7 cities crafters! (it's pretty much the sweetest booth in the whole show...)

then, head straight down 264 to ghent and visit handmadeVA (inside the Mystic Mermaid) for some more awesome handmade gifts! many ghent businesses are hosting open houses this weekend, so check out some of the other great shops down 21st and colley while you're at it.

holiday shopping, done! and your local artisans and small businesses thank you. :)



happy thanksgiving! (and preparations for the big show...)

hope you all are having a splendid thanksgiving! i've been doing a bunch a last minute crafting to get ready for Virginia Beach Christmas Market this weekend at the convention center...i'm super excited about the VA pillows i've been wanting to make forever!

i'm thinking about offering custom states to order, as well!

meanwhile, my family is cooking up a storm in the kitchen, as we'll be heading to grandma's soon for dinner with 16 people! my sisters are pretty crafty in the kitchen. this is the made-from-scratch apple pie my twin sister kim made (i helped with the decorations :)...

and the gorgeous pumpkin center pieces she made as well...

i hope you all have a lovely thanksgiving with friends and family! don't forget to check out the craft market this weekend (friday through sunday) and stop by the 7 cities crafters' booth to see some handmadeVA artists! (it's better than black friday shopping...buy handmade for the holidays!)


getting ready for the big show...

So several of the handmadeVA ladies have the privilege of participating in the Virginia Beach Christmas Market at the convention center this year, as part of the 7 Cities Crafter's booth. It happens Thanksgiving weekend, November 26-28th (so bring all those out-of-town guests!). (Click the image above for more info.)
That means we all have a ton of work to do! Besides making sure the shop is stocked for a busy shopping weekend, we've got have plenty of inventory for this huge 3 day show. I've been finger-knitting away on some mini-scarf necklaces, and I know the other girls are getting busy, too. So excited!
And, by the way, we got tons of comments at the Spring show that 7 Cities had the best booth in the whole place...pretty sure we'll do it again for this one! :)