Arts, Crafts and Creations, Happy Holidays, Travel and Day Trips

Daytripping to Geneva, OH for Christmas and Crafts 2017

The 2017 craft fair dates are on Saturday, November 11 and 18.  Each year as the wind turns bitter cold and the once green, and then golden, and now brown and falling leaves pile up beneath the big oaks and maples in my back yard, my sister and I kick off the Christmas shopping season with a… Continue reading Daytripping to Geneva, OH for Christmas and Crafts 2017

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Arts, Crafts and Creations, Garden Art

Looking Ahead to Garden Art

I'm usually too busy to make garden art during the summer. The dead of winter, however,  is a great time to look ahead and fashion some artwork for the yard. This past weekend I dug around through the pile of scrap wood in the barn and put together and painted this travel sign. It's nothing… Continue reading Looking Ahead to Garden Art

Arts, Crafts and Creations, Holiday Designs, WhackyShack on Etsy

Crafting Christmas: The Ornament Collection Grows

It's now October and I've been working away to fill my Etsy site with ornaments this year. Crafting ornaments is a fun job. The process doesn't tie me down to the craft room and I can make them as I sit in front of the TV. And the response to them has been good. People… Continue reading Crafting Christmas: The Ornament Collection Grows

Arts, Crafts and Creations, Miscellaneous Stuff, WhackyShack on Etsy

“It’s pretty, but it’s so expensive!”– Choosing to Buy Handmade

What determines the price of a handmade item? I've heard it said (or whispered) dozens of times at craft fairs. "It's pretty but it's so expensive!" Yes, handmade items are going to cost more than something you can buy at your local giant discount store.  Mass marketed products that come from China are cheap.  Handmade… Continue reading “It’s pretty, but it’s so expensive!”– Choosing to Buy Handmade