Mastering The Holiday Fair



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Yes, folks- it’s that time of year again!


You know the feeling!

Holiday Craft Fairs!


eye-squeeze…… hack hack cough cough acka acka ackaaaaa


But seriously- they are kinda sweet. All mulled wine and stringed, no longer recorded, mountain instruments (with a hint of melting credit cards plastic swirled in for this year’s autumn vintage aptly labeled Buyer’s Remorse, 2015).


The thing of IT is- is that one tends to get all caught-up in the moment and either: 1) purchase all sorts of ‘gifts’ that don’t a-c-t-u-a-l-l-y make it to their intended (’cause they look so cute filling in that blank spot in your heart on the mantle, 2) get fed-up with the crush of humanity and just start buying whole lots of the same item near the back exit gate (everyone likes a hay hook that’s been upcycled to a tall kitchen garbage bag holder- right?) just so you can get back to your car before the sky opens up with the inevitable down-pour which ALWAYS occurs at these kinds of outdoors events, or 3) you’re certain that you’re having a Pinterest moment and can reproduce this level of craftsmanship at home, which, of course, you can not, but, by the time you figure this out you’re already out the moola from Michaels and then there’s the gas money and the time you spent traveling back and forth because you actually didn’t know what the hell you were doing in the first place.


Aaaaa… the joy.





I arrive with a firm ‘list’ of names, budget, and a finely tuned sense of quality- looking for clever interpretations of classics, extraordinarily well made bespoke items, the refreshed vintage feature, the minutia in the details.


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Mastering The Holiday Fair

I am a Master.


What I leave with… is another story.

Sometimes it’s a Teddy Bear purse…

Just for me.





  • Carol Cassara - I haven’t been to a holiday craft faire in ages. But that teddy bear purse? it’s awfully tempting. I mean so bad it’s good. In that way. Right?ReplyCancel

  • Jane Willis - I love those things but I end up looking like the cartoon character with the swirling eyes. Toooo much!ReplyCancel

  • Cary - I’m digging that teddy bear purse!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s so awful it’s fabulous. (BTW Congrats my friend!!! XXXOO)ReplyCancel

  • Kimba - OMG – that teddy bear purse!! SO awesome. The go to accessory for every formal occasion.

    And, you know, why DOES it always pour down rain during craft fairs? Hmmm…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I swear- Every. God. Damn. Time. *head shaking*ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - That teddy bear purse is quite original – like you, Cheryl!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - HA! It’s kinda scary actually. Looks like someone killed them for their fur. Blows the minds of little kids! HahahaaReplyCancel

  • Cathy Sikorski - I love your idea of the list…and yes, it always does rain when you’re leaving with all your cool stuff. Now, I want to go to a craft show!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I have lists of lists I need to start listing. It’s a CURSE! But it usually works… usually.ReplyCancel

  • Abby - Hello Mistress of the Holiday Fair!
    I absolutely love your teddy bear purse! Seriously, you should pitch the idea to Miu Miu or other trendy designers! I’m sure it would be a big hit! Loved the post, especially the me-never part!!!!!

    • Cheryl - In all fairness: It’s not MY design. Some other wacko designed it and, of course, I just had to have it. ‘Cause it’s just a little bit gross, which I LUV. HA!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - OMG….you are hilarious! I am not crafty. I have great “ideas” for party decor or this and that, but someone else has to make them. The problem for me is that I have no control at these fairs. I end up buying things thinking that I am crafty….but there is no if ands or buts about it….I am not. So, for now, I am on craft fair restriction.ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Like everyone else has said, that teddy bear purse is … something. As I am going to a craft show tomorrow, I am taking your advice to heart. Thanks for the good tips!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Stand your ground. Don’t get swept away like I did.. DO!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - those dolls at the top are scarily awful – please tell me you didn’t buy them! The teddy purse is kind of upcycled fox fur stole material – do their eyes follow you?ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Cute. Cuddly. And practical. (When tavelling, it could easily double as a pillow!)ReplyCancel

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