I was so lucky just a year or two ago to find out about, and be accepted as a vendor with Bay Country Crafters. Bay Country Crafters is a group that organizes two major craft fairs a year in Millersville, Maryland featuring dozens and dozens of talented artisans. They have been doing this for 32 years this Fall. This craft fair runs for at least ten days, this one from November 1st – November 12th. This means there are a LOT of shoppers and it takes a LOT of jewelry to keep my displays filled!
Bay Country Crafters Initial Display
The setting is the Historic Baldwin Hall, a well known local site, and one worth a visit even without a craft fair. The fair is set up like a large boutique, incorporating everyones work into beautiful displays that have a surprise around every corner. Along with the jewelry you’ll find items for your pets, babies, holiday decorations of all kinds, wreaths, trees, ornaments, organic soaps and lotions, herb blends for cooking, homemade cookies and chocolates, hats, scarves, pictures, furniture and much more! A lot of these items are one-of-a-kind.
Getting ready for this craft fair has kept me very busy. I’ve created new pendants, earrings and bracelets as well as Christmas ornaments and sea glass display jars filled with Maryland sea glass. For my jewelry designs I used sea glass from Maryland, England and California.
This is a pic of my second restocking with newly made pieces…
Things have been very busy for me. I just got home from a local craft fair, exhausted but happy. I have another craft fair next weekend, then a one week break and then another craft show. I consign in a local shop and will be re-stocking with new jewelry in two weeks. In November I have two consignments (possibly three) to complete for shops in Vermont. I want to stock up my etsy shop for the holildays. Life is good! I love to be busy and I enjoy nothing more than being at my workbench “playing”.
Needless to say, I’ve been making a lot of new jewelry pieces over the past month or two. I am also stepping away from creating just jewelry and have created two new sea glass crafts. I also made new displays for my booth and added a new table, increasing my jewelry and craft display.
While all this has been going on I have been thinking about how all this got started and how much my style has developed along the way. While I still like to use a bit of beading and wiring when creating jewelry, my style is much more classic. My style has been called “simple elegance”.
A few months ago I came across pictures of the first piece of seaglass jewelry I created. Not pretty. It was a piece of local found sea glass, not a great piece with somewhat rough edges. I covered it with beads and wire. The other two photos below are more recent sea glass jewelry pieces created with marvelous English sea glass.