Craft Days, September 9 & 10

Madison County Historical Society will host its 53rd Annual Craft Days at the society, on Saturday, September 9 from 10 am-5 pm and on Sunday, September 10 from 10 am- 4 pm. Admission is $4 for adults, children 12 and under are free. Purchase a weekend pass for $6 and join us both days! Crafters will be demonstrating their artistry twice each day from 11 am- 12 pm and 1pm- 2 pm.

Craft Days is an outdoor craft show, featuring juried crafters, artisans of edible treats, food vendors, music, and NYS wineries. Craft Days is a craft show for artists to create and sell their original, handmade work. We have a wide selection of contemporary arts and crafts, ranging from functional to decorative works including fabric, glass, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, metal, glass, floral, drawings, paintings, jewelry photography, soap, skin care products, leather, and wood. Come see what all the buzz is about when Showtime-CNY’s Ultimate Cover/Party Band since the 90’s performs on Sept.9 from 1-3 pm. Showtime’s performance is made possible from the generous support from The Gorman Foundation. Double Chase returns to perform their contemporary and classic country songs on Sept.10 from 1-3 pm. New this year is our kid activity tent on the side yard- a special area designated for the scheduled kid activities to take place.  One of the planned kid activities is a free interactive program for your kids by the Utica Zoo mobile on Saturday from 11 am- 1pm. On Sunday from 11 am- 1 pm under the kid’s tent is a free magic show by CNY Magic Shows.  On Saturday and Sunday under the kid’s tent from 10 – 11 am; and again from 1-4pm kids can partake in the free martial arts demonstration by Owens Martial Arts and free face painting by the Girl Scouts Unit 230 of Oneida.  There will also be free house tours of Cottage Lawn and storytelling by the Oneida Public Library ongoing all weekend.

New York State Designer Blacksmiths will be on grounds by the agricultural barn demonstrating the craft and art of blacksmithing all weekend. The Oneida Rail Trail will be back both days with their popular free children’s craft activity of creating a colorful walking stick on the side yard near the gazebo.

No animals or smoking are permitted on the grounds. Come join us for a fun, family friendly event at the Madison County Historical Society

We asked our crafters and artisans of edible treats about their influences and creative process involved in their work and this is what we learned….

 Judith Goldstone, of Judith Goldstone Designs,  of  Whitesboro…

Please describe your craft in three sentences or less. I use as much natural products as possible. Ninety- nine percent of my pieces are one-of-a- kind. I do not use any animal products in my designs- anything that looks like leather is not.

How would you describe your style? Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to? I prefer tailored designs that allow the natural beauty of the materials to shine through . My favorite design style is Art Deco and my favorite architect is Frank Lloyd Wright. Their aesthetics drive me.

What sorts of things are inspiring you right now? Where do you look for inspiration? In the last year I have become inspired by the feel of working with metal. I have always enjoyed building things, so I now can satisfy the feeling of truly working with my hands.

When do you feel the most creative? How do you combat creative blocks? I feel the most creative as I see a blank piece of metal turning into wearable art. When I get creative blocks I step away until thinking about making something wakes me up early a.m.

What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials? My essentials are many hammers, a rolling mill that allows me to add texture to metal, and my torch.

What do you do to make your workspace an enriching and inspiring place to be? In my non-metal working area I have hung art from other artists that inspire me and space for my cats to hang out. They are vital to recovering small things I drop and can ‘t find. They always do!

We live in such a mass-produced, buy-it-now society where everything is either a click or a short drive away. Why should people continue to make things by hand? I think handmade products have  a piece of the artist’s heart and soul in them. Mass produced items don’t have that. The people who buy handmade items are sharing in the artist’s dreams and story.

Other than shows, where can someone find your product(s)?My jewelry is available at the Munson Williams Proctor giftshop; Indigo Tree in  New Hartford; and as well as  on my website.

What else do you want people to know about you?I am self- taught. My life diection turned to this because I wanted to replace a much loved bracelet I lost that drive pushed me in this direction. The only problem is I still haven’t remade the bracelet.

Debbie Suter of Debbie’ s Dreams,  of  Whitesboro…

Please describe your craft in three sentences or less. I hand paint my wooden items. I enjoy designing my wooden items. The pine I use is locally sourced in New York State.

How would you describe your style? Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to? Unique designs painted on both sides and shaded for detail on all Christmas Ornaments. On the plaques I stain the backs and paint the fronts for a nice finish. No raw wood exposed. I followed Debbie Mitchell and Dianna Marcum.

What sorts of things are inspiring you right now? Where do you look for inspiration? Right now it is painting quilt sayings and quilt blocks. A suggestion  from a sister. I listen to the customers for insight. Teddy Roosevelt once said, ” When you are approached to do something new say yes, then figure out how to do it.”

When do you feel the most creative? How do you combat creative blocks? While driving on long trips, my wonder wanders by looking at the scenery. Suggestions I’ve received, mental juices

What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials? Brushes, Paints, Wooden items, design patterns and mostly good lighting

What do you do to make your workspace an enriching and inspiring place to be? A tv or music in the background helps set the mood. Blinds open to see the beautiful nature-All part of  making my painting relaxing.

We live in such a mass-produced, buy-it-now society where everything is either a click or a short drive away. Why should people continue to make things by hand? In my case, it is the personalization that people are looking for due to unique names people have, because any craft is relaxing to the person doing it. Some are becoming a lost art.

Other than shows, where can someone find your product(s)?At Gems along the Mohawk. I do email pictures and Facebook pictures by request.

What else do you want people to know about you?I got sick after 6 weeks of a painting class, so I taught myself to paint!

Lee Ann Harris, of Crescent Moon Studio, of Constantia…

Please describe your craft in three sentences or less. I create unique handcrafted gemstone jewelry using select stones, crystals, fossils and meteorites.

How would you describe your style? Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to? My work has often been described as eclectic. I have something for everyone.

What sorts of things are inspiring you right now? Where do you look for inspiration? I am mostly inspied by nature. I see the beauty in rocks, fossils,driftwood, and shells that I find along the beach.

When do you feel the most creative? How do you combat creative blocks? I am definitely the most creative at night. Once I get going, it is hard to stop. When I have a creative block, I go and sit by the lake with a  sketch pad.

What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials? Stones, crystals, fossils, Swarovski elements..a girl can never have enough

What do you do to make your workspace an enriching and inspiring place to be? My workspace is not inspiring! It always seems to be in a state of disaster.

We live in such a mass-produced, buy-it-now society where everything is either a click or a short drive away. Why should people continue to make things by hand? People should and do buy from me because I believe in my work and I  do everything that I can to make sure that they are satisfied as a customer. Many of my customers have become good friends.

Other than shows, where can someone find your product(s)?Some of my products can be seen on my Facebook page. I am also featured in 2 shops-Weedens in Camden, Vernon Variety on Route 5 in Vernon and the Photo Shopp in Rome.

What else do you want people to know about you? I love what I do and I am constantly learning new techniques to improve my work.

Jean Schofield of J & J Designs of Caledonia…

Please describe your craft in three sentences or less. I design and paint all my own products.

 How would you describe your style? Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to? Sometimes “cool”, sometimes pretty, and sometimes funky

What sorts of things are inspiring you right now? Where do you look for inspiration? Nature of course with all of  the pretty colors- seen in the flowers, birds, and fish

When do you feel the most creative? How do you combat creative blocks? I am most inspired in the spring, summer, fall and winter. I just paint right through my creative blocks- maybe not as good as usual, but I paint.

What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials? wood, paint, colored pencils, canvas, glass, always brushes and sponges

What do you do to make your workspace an enriching and inspiring place to be? I try to keep it clean. Canvases and frames are lined up. There are pictures I put on the walls mostly for their shapes and colors.

We live in such a mass-produced, buy-it-now society where everything is either a click or a short drive away. Why should people continue to make things by hand? They are special one of a kind items that are great for gifts and to keep artistry alive.

Other than shows, where can someone find your product(s)?Sometimes in shops, but I find it is hard to keep a booth full when some are on display at other places.

Sabina Bajic, of MMB Inspiration, of Utica…

Please describe your craft in three sentences or less. Every single piece of jewelry is very unique and made to go. There are no two alike necklaces or earrings.

How would you describe your style? Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to? modern, contemporary

What sorts of things are inspiring you right now? Where do you look for inspiration? magazines, tv, talk shows

When do you feel the most creative? How do you combat creative blocks? When my kid goes to bed during workdays then I draw my designs on paper, or write down ideas.

What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials? Beads, tools, radio, magazines, and tv

What do you do to make your workspace an enriching and inspiring place to be? I have books all over my work desk

We live in such a mass-produced, buy-it-now society where everything is either a click or a short drive away. Why should people continue to make things by hand? Because they are original and made with lots of love.

Other than shows, where can someone find your product(s)?Indie Garage Sale, HCCC, New York Mills, Turning Stone

 What else do you want people to know about you? Self-taught jewelry designer. I take pride in my creations

Diane Kulik of Caitlin’s Closet of Yorkville…

Please describe your craft in three sentences or less. Everything I make is hand sewn or woven by me.

How would you describe your style? Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to? I simply do what I find appealing.

What sorts of things are inspiring you right now? Where do you look for inspiration? Colors especially colors in nature. I am inspired by the mountains in the fall.

When do you feel the most creative? How do you combat creative blocks? I combat creative blocks by either  wandering around yarn shops or forcing myself to stay at the loom until I enjoy the flow.

What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials? Coffee and Willie Nelson CDS

What do you do to make your workspace an enriching and inspiring place to be? Lots of sunshine and bright colors

We live in such a mass-produced, buy-it-now society where everything is either a click or a short drive away. Why should people continue to make things by hand? Quality first and then you end up with exactly what you want as far as color and design.

What else do you want people to know about you? My hope is to pass on the love of weaving to my grandchildren.

Julie Stapleton of Relics and Rust by MJS Designs of North Bay… 

Please describe your craft in three sentences or less. Most of my items are one of a kind home décor pieces made from recycled, no longer needed or wanted pieces and parts.

 How would you describe your style? Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to? My style tends to lean towards rustic or what I like to call farmhouse chic. It is also dictated by the materials I find.

What sorts of things are inspiring you right now? Where do you look for inspiration? What inspires me the most are the things that most people consider junk.

When do you feel the most creative? How do you combat creative blocks? Most creative when I return home after a day of treasure  hunting with my truck overflowing with items most would have sent to the landfill.

What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials? Power tools!

What do you do to make your workspace an enriching and inspiring place to be? My workplace usually has yellow caution tape surrounding it and my family  fears for their lives when they enter. To me it is my happy place and my sanity.

We live in such a mass-produced, buy-it-now society where everything is either a click or a short drive away. Why should people continue to make things by hand? I believe there is a shift in consumers wanting products that are of quality, are original and have a story to tell. Products that are useful but can also be enjoyed by future generations. Many are willing to pay more for these qualities while supporting

 Other than shows, where can someone find your product(s) Eclectic Chic, Weedens mini mall, and Hunter’s Treasure

Linda Demetrick of Bracelet Town of Manlius…

Please describe your craft in three sentences or less. All of my jewelry is hand made using Swavorski crystals and other semi-precious gems as well as glass beads.

How would you describe your style? Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to? I would describe my style as diversified.

What sorts of things are inspiring you right now? Where do you look for inspiration? THe summer colors inspire me. Sometimes ideas pop in from nowhere.

When do you feel the most creative? How do you combat creative blocks? I feel the most creative early in the day when my mind is clear and fresh. Leafing thru patterns will eliminate a block.

What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials? Good lighting

What do you do to make your workspace an enriching and inspiring place to be? It’s in my  sunroom with natural light and compact so everything is at my fingertips.

We live in such a mass-produced, buy-it-now society where everything is either a click or a short drive away. Why should people continue to make things by hand?

So an art is preserved and not lost to our ‘throw away’ society.

Other than shows, where can someone find your product(s)?My Facebook page- Bracelet Town

 What else do you want people to know about you? I aim to please!

Robert Miccoli of Roma Soap of Rome…

Please describe your craft in three sentences or less. I develop all my own recipes and hand craft my products in my home shop.

How would you describe your style? Are there any crafters/artists/designers that you particularly look up to? I keep my standards high, but I also like to have fun in my business. I tell everyone that I’m the ” Ben & Jerry’s” of soap.

What sorts of things are inspiring you right now? Where do you look for inspiration? Feedback from my customers keep me going. I like to make something that makes people smile.

What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials? my scale and spatula

What do you do to make your workspace an enriching and inspiring place to be? Tons of raw materials for when I get that ” What will I make next” moment.

We live in such a mass-produced, buy-it-now society where everything is either a click or a short drive away. Why should people continue to make things by hand? Hand made is usually made with thought and care not seen in the mass produced work.

Other than shows, where can someone find your product(s)? online at romasoap.com

What else do you want people to know about you? My motto is “use only the best ingredient, the end product will also be the best.”

Janice Kullman and Sylvia Samon of Two Charming Ladies of Rome…

 

Please describe your craft in three sentences or less. Our craft is our individual ideas and personal work. We talk it over with each other.

 How would you describe your style? Interesting; creative; personal creations and ideas. Neat and careful and colorful

What sorts of things are inspiring you right now? Where do you look for inspiration? It is summer that inspires us now. We also get inspired by holidays.

When do you feel the most creative? How do you combat creative blocks? We do not seem to get creative blocks. We talk it over among each other.

What are your can’t-live-without craft-room essentials? Just about everything in the room.

What do you do to make your workspace an enriching and inspiring place to be? Bright colors, and handy equipment

We live in such a mass-produced, buy-it-now society where everything is either a click or a short drive away. Why should people continue to make things by hand? Many times they are made better. We take more time with each item. We try to keep up with what is popular now and how we can incorporate it with our ideas.

Other than shows, where can someone find your product(s)?At this time shows are the only place to find our jewelry. Call us if you want a piece you saw at a show.

What else do you want people to know about you? We take classes for scrapbooking and stamping. Always looking for the new ideas.

 

We are very excited to have many talented Craft Artisans and Artisans of edible treats in the show this year. 

Here is our list  of vendors so far…

Photos by Anthony
Cork Birdhouses by Michelle
Lauren Ackyrod’s Doll Clothes
Beckett’s Best Jester Peppers
Astrachan Artistry by Mary Jo
Heavenly Glass
MMB Inspiration
MAD Creations
Patchwork Plus
B Bowls
Red Barn Country Crafts
IKWER
Shannon Crandall
Bracelet Town
Kym’s Pallet Art
The Enchanted Thimble
The Enchanted Thimble
Bejeweled
Candlelit Canvas

Judith Goldstone Designs

Caitlin’s Closet
Romanian Touch
Eclectic Clay
Faithful Friends
Alexis Lalor
Mary Jenny
Red Wine and Blue Crafts
Uncorked Soy Candles
Designs by Janik
Newbie Jewels
Simply by Nature
Sterling works by Jody
Bags to go by Michelle
Crescent Moon Studio
Relics and Rust by MJS Designs
Jewels by Jasmine
Peneuf
John Holmes
Rainforest Spice Company
Mike’s Woodworking
Milliman’s Candy Kettle
Simply Cheryl
Easy Scarves
Two Charming Ladies
J & J Designs
Basin and Range
Dorothy Storms
The Garden of Gifts
Debbie’s Dreams
Decorative Embroidery by Ellen
LO.ve Originals
Tammy’s Handcrafted Boutique
Hilbillly Woodworker
White’s Pottery
Garden Mentor
Clinton Pottery
7 Trees Dairy Goats
Adirondack Olive Oil Co.
Mema’s Pantry
Shaw’s Maple Products
Sweet Indulgence Bakery
1041 Fairview Farms
Wind Song Acres
Astrachan Photography
Remember When
Purr Sez
Judy Swayze Designs
Angie’s Country Crafts
Jewelry by Maya
Hilltop Pottery
The Hair Jeweler
Waterfowl Carvings
Roma Soap
Cookies n Cornbags
Winter Thorn Farm
Cole’s Candles
New York State Designer Blacksmiths
The Wish Fairy

 

Dragonfly Designs
Riding Edge Woodworks
Lakonia Greek Products
A Crafty Chic
Silky Squares and Bombs NY
Denique Vintage Designs
Nelson Farms Country Store
Syrachacuse

There will also be great food vendors and wineries at the weekend event…

Thousand Islands Winery
Victoriansbourg Wine Estate
Lakeland Winery
Rossi’s Catering
Promotional Plus Roasted Nuts
The Cremeria
Pop’s Kettle Korn
Wincrest Bulk Foods
Come Fry With Me
Gypsy Girl Wood Fired Pizza
Oneida Rotary
The Coffee Cup Cafe
Springdale Creamery
Mara’s Mini’s