Thursday, December 12, 2013

Last giveaway & Holiday Craftacular TOMORROW!

'Twas the night before Holiday Craftacular and all the artists were getting ready to share their beautiful works at CitySpace!

While we're busy getting ready, you still have one more chance to win. Cary Oliva of ByCary is an crafty artist whose work includes cards, coasters, photography, calendars, and other unique and handmade goods. Check out her awesome "Roots" series, pictured in the coasters here. It's a  fun collaboration between Cary and artist/illustrator, Kathyrn Dale Barton, who created an homage to different cities with the a message: "As you create your story, you make the art and sound of life wherever you are, Grow Your Own Roots in the city you love."

Today only, you can win your own set of special coasters from Cary! The coasters shown below are made from tumbled bottichino marble, are approximately 4 x 4 in size, and feature an etch-proof image printed onto the tile (which is backed with cork to prevent scratching). The set of 4, one of each color per set as shown, is a great gift for yourself or a friend.

Click here to enter to win these groovy garden coasters!

We hope to see you at our 8th annual craft show tomorrow or Saturday! You're bound to find something for everyone on your list, and you'll be supporting local small business and Piedmont Council for the Arts, too!

We can't wait to see you there!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Three-vehicle wooden toy set by Purcell Toys!

Christopher Purcell of Purcell Toys makes handcrafted wooden toys in playful, shapes including airplanes, dinosaurs, and cars. He also sells build-your-own toy sets, perfect for the budding woodworker or artist.

Don't you just want to reach out and roll these toys around?

Today you can win one of his signature holiday gifts, a handcrafted 3-vehicle set in oak, maple, and walnut woods. These sleek, smooth toys include a truck, a bus, and a car--perfect for imaginative races or play-city transport!

Click here for your chance to win and be sure to visit Christopher at the Holiday Craftacular on Friday and Saturday!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Win an Ocean Bliss glazed pitcher by Ros Nuesch of Two Owls Pottery!

Roslyn "Ros" Nuesch of Two Owls Pottery specializes in functional pottery for the home. Her inspiration comes from nature, my mother and my Native American heritage, and here's what she has to say about her adorable--and touching--logo:
I had recently found my birth family and discovered that I am Native American.  Native Americans are named at birth according to what is happening around them at the time of their birth, usually associated with nature.  Later in life, society bestows them a new name which is earned by their life experiences and accomplishments.  I wasn't ready for my own studio yet but knew that when I was it would be called Two Owls Pottery.  Thank you, Tom!

The Two Owls represent my mother, who loved owls, and myself, who loved my mother very much.

Today only, you have the chance to win a handsome ceramic pitcher with a rich "ocean's bliss" glaze handmade by Ros herself. Valued at $58, this functional piece can liven up any holiday table or simply offer practical use year-round.


Click here for your chance to win it!

Monday, December 9, 2013

WIn Organic Solid Perfume in Sunsmoke by Priya Means Love!

Priya Narasimhan makes organic products for skin, body & hair, including solid perfumes. Her shop, Priya Means Love, is a reflection of her spirit--and yes, her name really does mean love.
 The artist works with a variety of fragrance notes to compose scents and products that are good for your body as well as your nose. Today you can win one of her solid perfumes in her signature scent Sunsmoke, a smoky and sophisticated composition of citrus notes, sweet blossoms, and a fine tobacco accord that whispers "come closer."
Click here for your chance to win it, and be sure to check out her variety of scents and products at Friday's Holiday Craftacular!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Win a topaz felted wristlet by Deborah Connolly of Te Adora Knits!

Deborah Connolly of Te Adora Knits is known for her Hand-knit, hand-felted bags and accessories. The wool she uses is an unusual medium for handbags, but when the artist adds hot water and agitation to her knits, they transform into stiff, lovely, and one-of-kind works, making for a purse, clutch, and tote style all her own.
Today only you can enter to win one of Deborah's signature wristlets. Retailing for $35, this felted wristlet is the perfect size for holding your credit cards, lip gloss and cell phone, with a snap closure to keep your essentials safe. It was hand knit using a beautifully variegated topaz wool and then felted by hand to create a sturdy and durable fabric. The beaded bracelet is perfect for hanging off your wrist!
Click here to enter to win this unique and stylish purse--perfect for an everyday winter look--and good luck!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Win a sterling silver vine necklace by taviametal today!

Tavia Brown, the sterling, gold, and platinum jewelry designer at taviametal, has a style that is both industrial and delicate, edgy and sweet. In her artist statement, she says "Inspired by the dichotomy of life, my style of elegance with an edge connects me to this duality that exists within my life.  Being a mother and an artist is a constant balancing act of two things that at times seem extreme opposites, yet at other times appear to be born of the same seed."

Today's giveaway item--an oxidized sterling silver pendant with necklace chain--features her signature embossed vine and connects the wearer to nature. Click here for your chance to win this unique and lovely gift!

Friday, December 6, 2013

One week until Craftacular & today's giveaway prize!

Only one week left til our Holiday Craftacular, and we are so excited! We're rounding into our final week of giveaways now, so stay tuned and get ready for the handmade holidays to begin! Don't forget to RSVP to our Facebook event here.

So many new moms seem to knit clothes for their babies, it always amazes us! If you aren't one of those who wields knitting needles with ease--or even if you are--you'll likely appreciate the stylish knits for wee ones by Clare Waite of Ewe-phoria.

Clare is known for her one of a kind sweaters, scarves, shawls, hats and socks for adults, children and babies made from the finest natural fibers -- merino wool, silk and organic cotton. Today, you can win a stylish sweater vest designed for a 12-month-old child and valued at $35. A perfect present for your little or loved ones!

Click here for your chance to win it!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Win a set of feather-and-glass ornaments by Katarzyna Borek!

Katarzyna Borek is an intensely creative designer known for hair accessories and fascinators inspired by nature. Some of her most unusual hair pieces are headbands with clusters of yarn, feathers, and even twigs that look like bird nests.
Perfect for a spring wedding!

Katarzyna's accessories will be on sale at our Holiday Craftacular, but today, you can bring a bit of nature to your holiday decor with this set of four glass and feather ornaments by the artist!
Click here for your chance to win these simple yet elegant tree trimmings and bring the outdoors in!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Chainmail copper cuff by Chad VanPelt up for grabs today!

Chainmail by Chad VanPelt is a modern take on a very old art form. Chad takes the Renaissance knight-in-armor look to a new level with his woven metal jewelry.

A talented painter as well as designer, and known for his handmade chainmail jewelry and accessories, Chad's metallic medium creates unique, eye-catching designs. This copper cuff could be yours today!

Custom made for the giveaway, this cuff is a mixed weave European 4-in-1 and 6-in-1 copper cuff with a handmade hook clasp. Valued at $35 and sized for a 7" wrist, this gorgeous piece could be yours free--and Chad will happily customize its size for the winner. Click here to enter, and good luck!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Enter to win a cuddly infinite scarf by Meg's Knit Sh*t!

Meg Holley of Meg's Knit Shit handcrafts hats, yarn beards, infinity scarves, and other playful, modern accessories from 80/20 recycled acrylic wool. Her online store is full of sassy accessories for men and women, and we're excited to host her on Saturday, 12/14, at the Cville Holiday Craftacular!

Today only, you can enter to win one of Meg's snoods--regularly valued at $30--for free! A snood is another name for an infinity scarf, or, as Meg describes it, "THE ideal scarf!" Each snood sports a classic continuous loop shape and can be worn wrapped as many times as you'd like or long and cozy. 

The artist explains: "Made from the perfect blend of acrylic and wool, it will be tough to find anything softer! Light enough to wear in the warmer months and everyday but a great layering item to bundle up on those brisk fall & winter days." As the holidays approach and the weather gets ever chillier, we think this is one giveaway you don't want to miss! Click here for your chance to enter to win it. 

Check back with us tomorrow for another crafty gift giveaway, and don't forget to RSVP to our holiday craft show at CitySpace!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Free Handmade Herbal Sample Pack by Herb Angel!

This year's Holiday Craftacular is so excited to host crafters who specialize in all-natural bath and body products by local crafters who care about quality and good health! Angel Shockey is Herb Angel, known for her homegrown and handmade herbal products.

Today only, you could win a sample pack of several of her popular herbal products, including 16oz bath salts, hand and body dream cream, liquid Castile soap and lip balm. Best of all, the winner gets to choose his or her scents when they pick up these products at the show!

Click here for your chance to win this indulgent bath and body set by Herb Angel.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Win a festive print by Rachael Kesler Palm at Joie de Vivre Calligraphy!

The holidays are officially here with this print by Joie de Vivre Calligraphy's Rachael Kesler Palm!

Known for her custom calligraphy cards, invitations, and decorative seasonal pieces, Palm puts her love of lettering on display in this festive "deck the halls" print. Created on a high-quality canvas using artist-grade gouache, this decorative piece could be yours just in time for Christmas if you enter to win it today

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Win Eclipse Earrings by Nancy Hopkins of Silver Muse Studio

Ever since Nancy Hopkins of Silver Muse Studio was a little girl, she has enjoyed making things, including "jewelry out of brightly colored telephone wires my father brought home one night." 

Today, the artist and designer is known for the simply elegant yet playful design of her sterling silver jewelry, including dangling earrings. She says: "I used to love to watch my father use his power tools in his workshop. I was amazed at what he could create with his hands and a few tools. Today, I really look forward to going to my studio and using my own power tools to create wonderful jewelry."

If you enter our pre-craft show giveaway today, you could win these sterling silver earrings from her "Eclipse" series. They're delicate, eye-catching, and perfect for everyday wear. Click here to enter, and good luck!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday & Triple Giveaway!

It's Black Friday and while the world goes crazy with spending, you can take the relaxing route to free art! We're giving away three giftable handmade pieces by local artists, and you only need to enter once (via this link) to be entered for the drawing of all three.

Gift One: Child's Shift Dress by Sonya Glasserkey

Glasserkey Designs specializes in casual clothing for young children inspired by simple lines and classic shapes. Sonya, the designer and seamstress, likes to highlight the fabric she uses in each piece with looks that are comfortable, playful, and ready to be played in!
Her giveaway item is a linen shift dress for a two year old, with two blue feather print pockets on the front and matching blue buttons.

Gift Two: Green Daisy Print Clutch bag by Victoria Horner Creative Handbags

Victoria Horner's elegant handbags use exquisite fabrics classic shapes and classic structures to bring pops of style and elegance to any wardrobe.
Valued at $60, this green daisy print clutch includes a zipper closure and covertible wrist strap could bring a little sunshine into your life if you win it today!

Gift Three: Hand-forged Bottle Opener by Blanc Creatives

At Blanc Creatives, Corry Blanc makes hand-forged and carved kitchen accessories, including bottle openers, skewers, cutting boards, and carved spoons.
This hand-forged bottle opener with a wooden handle is valued at $40 and would be the perfect holiday gift for the man or woman in your life. To win this or any of these three beautiful  items, enter here! Good luck!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Hanukkah & turkey day! Win a handmade ceramic coffee mug by Pottery Studio Karematsu!

Gobble gobble! Happy Hanukkah + Thanksgiving, everyone! 

 If you're taking a break from all the parties, check out today's pre-show giveaway!

Ken Nagakui of Pottery Studio Karematsu built his first wood kiln in 2005 and has pursued his love of ceramics ever since. Originally from Japan, Nagakui was a long-time painter before he developed his self-taught pottery style. Now you have the chance to win one his 

Nagakui explained his style as a blend of creativity inspired by his unique history:  "Karematsu came from a small place adjacent to the land where I was born. It's not even official village name, just a kind of family nickname of a sunnyhill side. (Literal meaning of Karematsu is weathered or dried pine.) One of my childhood memory of the place is occasional finding of fragments of prehistoric earthenwares. They are archeologically called Jomon (pronounce joe-mon or joh-mon) because cord pressed marks on the surfaces. I found pieces on the hillside that could be between 2,000 to 5,000 years old."

Today only, you could win this ceramic coffee mug handmade by Nagakui. Hand-built and wood-fired using local clay with a glaze that also contains local clay, this mug measures 4" diameter and 3.5" height. Click here for your chance to win!

Winners must be able to pick up their gifts at the Holiday Craftacular in Charlottesville on 12/13 and 12/14 at Cityspace. Don't forget, tomorrow's a new day and a new gift. If you want to win Ken's elegant gift, enter now!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Win a vintage-style charm bracelet by Amy Shilling of Girls Day Out!

Jewelry designer Amy Schilling of GirlsDay Out works with vintage style components to bring a unique heirloom quality to her work. For the one day only, you have the chance to win one of her sterling silver charm bracelets!

Mixing resin cabochons, crystals, pearl chain, brass, and patina'd metals, Shilling produces an affordable line of jewelry and accessories for girls of all ages to enjoy. Her work has been featured in several major publications such as Country Living, Rachael Ray, Matthew Meade and Maryland Life.

Valued at $45, today's giveaway item is a one of a kind bracelet is designed with a heavy-duty sterling silver plated anti tarnish chain and adorned with vintage inspired charms and accents. Enter today for your chance to win by clicking here.

Don't forget, tomorrow's a new day and a new gift. If you want to win this charming gift, enter now!
Winners must be able to pick up their gifts at the Holiday Craftacular in Charlottesville on 12/13 and 12/14 at Cityspace.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Antique washboard upcycled by the ladies at Robin Lane Home!

Sue Covington and Adell Procter of Robin Lane Home are known for their up-cycled and repurposed furniture and home goods with a cottage, coastal, and farmhouse flair. Today, you could win this clever memo board repurposed from an antique washboard!
 Take notes on the chalkboard, pin to-do lists on the cork, or just use the clothespins for storing paper and other small items! This is the season to keep track and get those gift lists organized, so why not win a little something to make those tasks easier? :)

Click here for instructions on how you could win! Winners must be able to pick up their gifts at the Holiday Craftacular in Charlottesville on 12/13 and 12/14 at Cityspace.

Don't forget, tomorrow's a new day and a new gift. If you want to win Sue and Adell's clever craft, enter now!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Up for grabs: stoneware honey pot & spoon by life ware ceramics!

Into the crafter's kitchen! Day three of our pre-show giveaway features a playful honey pot and spoon handmade by Carla Pillsbury of life ware ceramics.

Known for her clean and simple ceramics, Carla created this stoneware jar with a hand-painted finish and matching ceramic spoon. If you win, you could use to store any variety of sweeteners, syrups, or kitchen staples this holiday season!

Click here for instructions on how you could win! Winners must be able to pick up their gifts at the Holiday Craftacular in Charlottesville on 12/13 and 12/14 at Cityspace.

Don't forget, tomorrow's a new day and a new gift. If you want to win Carla's sweet gift, enter now!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Win a fused glass pendant by Dark Hollow Stained Glass!

With lots of holiday parties on your horizon, this is the perfect time to check out the elegant fused glass jewelry and home decor by Jo Perez of Dark Hollow Stained Glass. And today only, you can enter to win this free-form pendant handmade by the artist herself!

Made with dichroic accents on textured iridescent and orange glass, complemented by argentum sterling silver bail, this piece is truly one of kind.

Click here for instructions on how you could win this beautiful piece of jewelry! Winners must be able to pick up their gifts at the Holiday Craftacular in Charlottesville on 12/13 and 12/14 at Cityspace.

Don't forget, tomorrow's a new day and a new gift. If you want to win Jo's sparkling work, enter now!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Win two naturally elegant candles by Capital City Candle!

Today's giveaway gift is TWO hand-blended, hand-poured soy candles by Robert Wade of Capital City Candle! His delightfully fragrant and earth-friendly products can be found in Richmond as well as our own Holiday Craftacular.

Check out his variety of fragrances below and catch him on 12/13 at Cityspace!

Click here for instructions on how you could win this festively-scented gift! Winners must be able to pick up their gifts at the Holiday Craftacular in Charlottesville on 12/13 and 12/14 at Cityspace.

And don't forget, tomorrow's a new day and a new gift. If you want to win these candles, enter now!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Our pre-show Gift Giveaway begins tomorrow!

Hey crafty peeps!

Tomorrow we'll kick off our 21-day giveaway of awesome handmade gifts by this year's artists! We'll give away one new item every day until our show begins on December 13th.

You could win fabulous crafts like these:

So check right back here and we'll see you soon!

2013 Craftacular Artisan Line-up!

We're so excited to announce this year's lineup of creative, crafty artisans who will be participating in this year's Holiday Craftacular! Check 'em out and mark your calendars for this celebration of local gift-makers!

Amy Schilling of Girls Day Out
jewelry and accessories with vintage-style components

Angel Shockley of Herb Angel
homegrown and handmade herbal products

Carla Pillsbury of life ware
clean and simple ceramics

Cary Oliva of ByCary
cards, coasters, photography and paper goods

Chad VanPelt of Chainmail by Chad VanPelt
handmade chainmail jewelry and accessories

Christopher Purcell of Purcell Toys
handcrafted wooden toys

Clare Waite of Ewe-phoria
stylish knits for wee ones

Corry Blanc of Blanc Creatives
hand forged and carved kitchen accessories

Deborah Connolly of Te Adora Knits
hand-knit, hand-felted bags and accessories

stained glass and dichroic glass jewelry

Katarzyna Borek of Katarzyna Borek
hair accessories and fascinators inspired by nature

Ken Nagakui of PotteryStudio Karematsu
hand-built and wood-fired functional pottery

Lindsey Mears of Lindsey Mears
handcrafted bags and books from vintage goods

Meg Holley of Meg's KnitShit
knit hats, yarn beards, infinity scarves & more

Nancy Hopkins of Silver Muse Studio
handcrafted sterling silver jewelry and accessories

Priya Narasimhan of Priya Means Love
organics for bath and body

Rachael Kesler Palm of Joie de Vivre Calligraphy
custom calligraphy cards, invitations, decorative seasonal pieces

Robert Wade of Capital City Candles
soy candles

Rose Valentino of Rosalba Valentino Designs
original couture women's clothing and accessories

Roslyn Nuesch of Two Owls Pottery
functional pottery for your home

Sonya Glasserkey of Glasserkey Designs
casual clothing for young children inspired by simple lines and classic shapes

Sue Covington and Adell Proctor of Robin Lane Home
furniture and home goods

Tavia Brown of taviametal
distinct jewelry in sterling, gold and titanium

structured bags from exquisite fabrics

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Apply to participate in Holiday Craftacular 2013!

We are so excited to announce the 2013 Holiday Craftacular and officially open our application period for interested artists!

The Cville Holiday Craftacular is a juried, indie craft show, and we are looking for artists and crafters who will wow us with their talent. Each year, we showcase a wide variety of work in categories that include jewelry, ceramics, paper goods, photography, candles, handbags, knit goods, artwork, and much more.

This year, the show will be held on Friday December 13th and 10AM to 7PM and Saturday December 14th from 9AM to 4PM. Our location will be the same as last year, at City Space on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall.

We can't wait to celebrate the holidays and local art with you!

Call for Vendor Applications

Are you an artistic crafter or crafty artist with giftable crafts to sell? Then you're invited to apply to become a vendor at this year's show!

Apply by mail: click here to download the form from Google Docs, or email us at to request a copy.

Please note that our application period will close October 18th at midnight.

Feel free to share this application with all of your crafty friends to help us make this year's Holiday Craftacular totally amazing!