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I am no Martha. I have to admit that to myself when the holidays roll around. I don't start buying gifts in June, I don't make a perfect piecrust, I don't smell like cookies all winter, and I never get my gift list checked off until the last minute. If you're like me and need a little extra help this season in the list-demolishing department, crafts can come to your rescue! Here's your quick guide to the many makers, fairs, and stores holding locally handmade holiday gifts for your loved ones.
It's never too late to give crafts for the holidays 120209 AE 1 Capital City Weekly I am no Martha. I have to admit that to myself when the holidays roll around. I don't start buying gifts in June, I don't make a perfect piecrust, I don't smell like cookies all winter, and I never get my gift list checked off until the last minute. If you're like me and need a little extra help this season in the list-demolishing department, crafts can come to your rescue! Here's your quick guide to the many makers, fairs, and stores holding locally handmade holiday gifts for your loved ones.

Photos By Tanna Peters

It's never too late to give hand-made gifts. Shown are the wares of just a few of the dozens of local crafters whose work will is available for purchase in Juneau. Top left, jewelry by Jayne Andreen. Top right, yarn bells at the new Homespun Mercantile. Below, Scrabble pendents by Jody Schmitz.


Photos By Tanna Peters

It's never too late to give hand-made gifts. Shown are the wares of just a few of the dozens of local crafters whose work will is available for purchase in Juneau. Top left, jewelry by Jayne Andreen. Top right, yarn bells at the new Homespun Mercantile. Below, Scrabble pendents by Jody Schmitz.


Photos By Tanna Peters

It's never too late to give hand-made gifts. Shown are the wares of just a few of the dozens of local crafters whose work will is available for purchase in Juneau. Top left, jewelry by Jayne Andreen. Top right, yarn bells at the new Homespun Mercantile. Below, Scrabble pendents by Jody Schmitz.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Story last updated at 12/3/2009 - 12:27 pm

It's never too late to give crafts for the holidays

I am no Martha. I have to admit that to myself when the holidays roll around. I don't start buying gifts in June, I don't make a perfect piecrust, I don't smell like cookies all winter, and I never get my gift list checked off until the last minute. If you're like me and need a little extra help this season in the list-demolishing department, crafts can come to your rescue! Here's your quick guide to the many makers, fairs, and stores holding locally handmade holiday gifts for your loved ones.

Start checking off that list in Juneau perusing the many stores open downtown during Gallery Walk (Friday, Dec. 4, beginning at 4:30 p.m.). Various artists and crafters are featured throughout. Check out Jayne Andreen's delicate beaded jewelry featured at Lisa Davidson's. For one-of-a-kind pieces head up to the City Museum where Sonny Grant will display animals hand carved out of soapstone, a tradition that dates back 2200 years. Stop by the Juneau Artists Gallery, whose more than 25 artists are sure to have that just-perfect handmade gift for you.

The next morning wake up bright and early to check out the feast of crafts at the Nugget Mall's Arts and Crafts Fair (Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 6). Visit Mary James, whose fused glass creations glow with an iridescent quality that reminds one of the Northern Lights. To do doubly good head over to Sarah Henderson's spot, where she sells hip, adorable bags (perfect for any teen) and donates $10 from each sale to World Vision. At the same table discover Jody Schmitz's custom made pendants using a surprising recycled good - Scrabble tiles! Wee ones on your list? Sunwoo Starfish by Christy Erikson features coo-worthy kids clothing with appliquéd under-the-sea creatures.

These are just a few examples of the craftastic variety found locally. Go to www.alaskacrafter.com to read on about the creative crafts you can find (and see pics!). Plus, check out other crafty locales like the Mendenhall Mall (craft fairs Dec. 12-13 and 19-20) and Glacier Valley School (holiday bazaar Dec. 12, 9 a.m.-noon) that hold more treasures to be told.

If you're in need of one-stop-shopping on your own schedule then check out the newest store bursting on the Juneau scene, Homespun Mercantile. Located in the Airport Shopping Center, this crafter's paradise is the brainchild of three creative ladies. Michelle Donohue (Homesteader's Cache), Carol Schriver (Rags to Rugs) and Jeanne Wilder (Billy Jeanne Designs) came together to found a place where crafters can sell their handiwork anytime. Their adorable shop is filled with goods from more than 14 different crafters. Stop in for everything from carved furniture pieces to totes made from recycled plarn. Find handmade holiday décor or even find gifts for your crafty loved ones like the yarn bell that helps knitters who need an extra hand unwinding skeins. Spend a few dollars on the fam, and then commission off a few of your own crafts at 35% to make some of that holiday flow back! With non-exclusive and pro-self-promotion policies, these three ladies really have their fellow crafters at heart. And of course all those last-minute shoppers too!

If you like to let your fingers do the walking there are many local crafters online, but no quick column can do justice to all the makers our community has in store. For more in-depth looks at these and other crafters I've interviewed, and links to online stores visit www.alaskacrafter.com. Never fear, it's never too late to give handmade this holiday season.

Tanna Peters is a crafter and designer from wonderful, rainy Southeast Alaska. View her latest creations at www.alaskacrafter.com and her shared crafting sitecraftaddicts.blogspot.com. Send local craft inquiries and info to tanna.craft@gmail.com.


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