Moultrie Observer

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November 7, 2012

Calico Arts & Crafts Show this weekend

MOULTRIE — Excitement is building for the annual Calico Holiday Arts and Crafts Show, which will be held Saturday and Sunday at Spence Field in Moultrie.

Visitors can leisurely browse over 400 booths, a treasure trove of custom gifts, seasonal décor and holiday confections, organizers said. The rich diversity of  Southern heritage abounds in the crafts of returning favorites and re-invents itself in exclusive new offerings from the region, according to a press release.

Lisa Kinney and her mother specialize in the fine and delicate art of heirloom sewing. With a combined 42 years of experience, they are passionate about a needle and thread. Although producing a unique heirloom creation can be time consuming, it is truly a labor of love for them. The sense of pride in the finished garment is exceeded only by the joy felt in knowing a child is wearing one of their creations, chosen with love. For Kinney and her mother, creating these unique, handcrafted memories with a simple needle and thread is a heartfelt mission. Custom orders are available for any occasion.

Imagine surprising that special someone with a gift of limited edition jewelry made by Caroline Sandlin of Hollywood, S.C. Sandlin’s jewelry features a rustic casual style using handmade kiln fired pottery beads and pendants combined with semi-precious gemstones, wood and bone beads, shell beads and African recycled glass. Each piece is made by hand with the utmost care and creativity.

With the cooler temperatures of autumn it is a great time to get outside and clean the spent flowers from your gardens and flower beds. There is not a better time to add a wrought iron accent. Adding one of these metal garden products from Men of Iron will give your landscape a focal point during the dormant winter season. Old fences, candle holders and other pieces of old metal are hand welded into welcome signs and yard art. Their custom collectibles combine both form and function in a beautiful link to our past.

These are just a sampling of the one-of-a-kind crafts that will be offered at this year’s holiday show.

“Here is your chance to get all your holiday shopping done in short order!” the press release exclaims. “Not only will you support the local economy, find exclusive gifts for everyone on your list, save time and money, but you will have fun doing it! Make it a family affair as there is something here for everyone.”

Gift items include home and garden décor, holiday ornaments and seasonal outdoor decorations, gourmet foods and confections, custom clothing and jewelry, toys, pottery, floral arrangements, painted glass, tooled leather and woodworking, antiques and so much more.

A variety of entertainment for both the young and young-at-heart will include visits with Santa and clogging performers from across the Southeast. Each visitor will have a chance to win a handcrafted European styled accessory donated by Men of Iron.

Gates open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 per adult; children 12 and under are free with an adult. No pets allowed. For more information, call (229) 985-1968; e-mail info@calicocrafts.com; or visit www.calicocrafts.com.

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