28th annual “Handmade” Christmas Craft Show hosted at Lehigh Arena

HANDMADE ARRAY - At the 28th annual "Handmade" Christmas Craft Show in Wellington, (left) Lisa Robertson, owner of Rebel Soul Design displayed and expressed her love of her art pieces of handcrafted silver jewelry to her customers. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)




From beautiful stained glass butterflies to the shine on the silver jewelry, Highline Hall at the Lehigh Arena in Wellington was the sparkling scene for the  28th annual “Handmade” Christmas Craft show.

The craft show hosted over 60 vendors with a plethora of all forms of art work  from scrunchies at Scrunchie & Go, to handmade sock toys from Cheeky Monkeys, the creative one of a kind artisans showcased their ‘handmade’ pieces for all to see and enjoy.

This is our second year at this craft show and it’s going really good, we sold 27 pieces in the first two hours so we’re doing really well,” said Rhonda Babcook, co-owner and artist of Beach Pebble Tales. “My Aunt, Heather Greig and I do the art pieces together and our husbands make the frames for us. We pick up pebbles, driftwood and beach glass from the beaches and then buy pine and also get live edge and make the frames. This is our fourth year running our business and it’s the four of us as a team.”

Included in the vast array of quality craft was also pottery, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, jewelry, candles, soaps, fabric design, fused glass, leather, wood, jams, jellies, sweet treats for you or your dog and more.

This is my first time at this craft show as I live and work just outside of Ottawa. I drove down the day before just for the show and its been good and busy,” said silversmith/jewelry designer Lisa Robertson, owner of Rebel Soul Design. “I think with jewelry it’s the higher price point so people are a little more cautious about buying. They tend to take awhile to think about it so I haven’t had a lot of sale today but I’ve had a lot of interest.”

People came from as far as Ottawa to showcase their ‘handmade’ works of art, with others coming from Prince Edward County, Brighton, Belleville, Tweed and more.

Olde Tyme Kettle Kitchen was one of many artisans at the handmade Christmas craft show with their homemade fudge, caramel popcorn, candy apples and more. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

A day out shopping, or selling, isn’t complete without a meal or something to nibble on at least. Luckily a lunch counter was available for purchase which was provided by Jambel Cuisine, a jerk chicken restaurant.

Birgit Wartenberg, a Prince Edward County resident and owner of Beach Finds, was also part of the craft show and was selling her ‘handmade’ sea glass pictures.

This is my first time in this craft show and it’s going really good so far, people are really open and seem to be enjoying it. All the sea glass I use is from New Brunswick, Bay of Fundy. I then find quotes and put the quotes together and create a picture that matches the quote. All my pieces are one of a kind and I use a quote only once. On the back of every picture I number them, sign them and date them when they were made.”

A portion of this years proceeds went to the Angel Tree Campaign with The Children’s Foundation.

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