Have you heard of Alliday? If you live in or around Tulsa then I hope so! But if not, just know that it is going to be a big and awesome event this year! December 17th out at the fairgrounds you can come and knock all that last minute holiday shopping off your list and simultaneously support your local and handmade community. There is a huge group of fantastic artists this year, so plan ahead and plan on coming!!
Can't wait that long? Saturday November 5th, a week from tomorrow, a bunch of local crafters and I will be set up at the Jenks Church Fall 2011 Craft Fair. The Jenks Church is on Elwood between 111th and 121st, just down from Perryman Ranch. We'll be open 9am - 4pm so definitely try and stop by.
This season, no matter where you live or what holidays you celebrate, try and give back to your local and handmade community by shopping shows, etsy, or the mom & pop corner store in your area. Your support allows them their own holidays and to stay in business. They don't have the profit margins of many larger retailers so they have to work much harder for every dollar they take home. If you want to know the difference between a $10 scarf at target and a $30 scarf from your local knitter, just ask about the love and care put in to each and every stitch.
Have a wonderful holiday shopping season. My favorite thing about this time of year is finding that perfect gift that will 'light up' the recipient. In the end though, it isn't about the gifts. It's about the friends and family that you will share this season with. And the love. I wish for all of you lots of love.