Here's a list of the upcoming festivals I'll be at:
--Holiday Shopping Fair: November 7, 10-3 p.m. at Hillside Alliance Church, 944 Central Blvd. in Hayward, CA.
--Jingle Fest: November 21 and 22, 10-4 p.m. at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
--Holiday Extravaganza and Elf Market: December 4 from 6-9 p.m. and December 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Dr. in Pacifica, CA.
--AMS Arts and Craft Fair: December 6, 11-4 p.m. at the Albany Middle School, 1259 Brighton Ave. in Albany, CA.
--CHS Baseball Christmas Fair: December 12, 9-3 p.m. at Century High School, 7801 Diamondback Circle in Pocatello, ID.
Another thing I like about festivals like these is that the money brought in from booth fees usually goes to a good cause like keeping a sports program at a school going.
The booth sizes at these festivals are pretty small, and that allows me to focus on just a few of the items I make. For all of these events I'll be selling my popular square hats--and I've made quite a few new ones--as well as holiday ornaments like knitted wreaths, cork Santas and reindeer, and tiny carolers. I also want to bring new patchwork quilts I'm working on if I get them done in time.
If you're in any of these areas during the holidays, stop by and say hi. Even if you don't find something at my booth, you might find a handmade gift at another that's just right. You'll beat those awful big box store lines, the same-old predictable gifts, and you'll be enriching the small business community that gives character and life to local economies. You'll also be helping the schools and other community organizations that use these festivals as fundraisers. Shop small, shop with heart, gift handmade.