|Mary Ching's Lauhala Hat Kitchen Towels are 3-D!|
|Carolyn Ogata's Cupcake Potholders|
|The Ogatas' Geta Table Accessories|
If you haven't been to a craft fair in recent years, try attending one again. They're not as crowded as they used to be--which is sad for us crafters, but good news for you shoppers! At Hawaii craft fairs--and I'm sure the same can be said for craft fairs throughout the U.S.--you are purchasing quality products that are made by your neighbors rather than supporting foreign products, often of lesser quality. Ask for a business card or receipt so if in case of a problem you can contact the crafter. Return/exchange policies differ with each vendor, but many are very accommodating.
|Crocheted Potholder Gift Pack|
|Charlene Adric's Platter Gift Pack|
Many vendors make gift-giving a cinch by preparing gift packs for you. I loved Charlene Adric's very creative idea of writing, printing, and assembling her own mini-cookbooks and including one in each of her colorful and attractive kitchen gift sets. (Reminder: Click on any image to see a larger version.)
|Pam Coyamin's Potluck Must-Have's|
A couple of my favorite items were what I call "potluck must-haves" made by Pam Coyamin. The first is a 9 x 13 pan cover. No more messing with foil that won't stay on, no more having a lift up the cover to peek at the contents, and no more condensation problems. I can't wait to use mine! Next to it on the table were soda box covers. OMG!! The aluminum foil business is in serious trouble here!! You will be the hit of the potluck with these items no matter how bad a cook you are! *LOL*
|Miss Hillary Handbags is much more than handcrafted bags!|
If there was an Eye Candy award for this fair, I would give it to Hillary Akau. She has a very eye-catching "boutique" of a table that would catch any girly girl's fancy. You want to just eat her creations, but you have to wear them instead. Visit her Etsy store at http://www.misshillary.etsy.com/ .
|Pink and green is a combination I find irresistible!|
|One Size black iris dress|
As I'm writing this I'm wondering why I'm showing you everyone else's craftwork and not my own? Am I beyond shameless self-promotion? Heck no! At the fair while I was selflessly photographing the other crafters' creations to feature here, it never occurred to me to photograph my own....so I ran just now to take some photos (notice the closet door backdrop)! [Again, click on any photo for a larger version.]
|Black tank "3 Cards" design|
|Men's Texas Orange Palm Pocket|