There’s nothing more endearing than a homemade Christmas gift, but it does come with complications. For the budding DIY giver, setup can get expensive and practice time-consuming; for the receiver, “oh, you shouldn’t have!” is often the only appropriate response.
Still determined to create something yourself? Instead of investing way too much money on materials, creating a huge mess or taking on a project that turns DIY into Don’t Injure Yourself, head to the State Fairgrounds on Friday for the Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic and make your way to the Shibumi Silk Marbled Scarves booth. There, owner Patricia DeSantis will lead you through the surprisingly simple process of creating your own painted silk scarf. “It only takes about 10 minutes, and the results are gorgeous, even if you don’t think you’re artistic,” she says. “We’ll help you make sure the colors you choose work well together.”
Rather BIY (Buy it Yourself) than DIY? There are more than 300 artists, artisans and vendors on hand at the event, including Conni Togel, an Anderson-based artist whose whimsical paintings of sheep feature witty titles, and Helmut’s Strudel, which features freshly baked sweet strudels as well as savory pastries. Don’t worry about freshness – the company brings its own oven to the fairgrounds and bakes the pastries on site.
“The variety of artisans we’ll have on hand is amazing, from sculpture artists working with recycled materials to woodcarvers and jewelry makers,” says Carly Gilmore, the show’s advertising and marketing director. “Many of them will be producing their works at the show, so you can purchase a true original.”
For a discount coupon and more information about the Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic, which runs until Sunday, visit gilmoreshows.com.
Katie McElveen, Special to The State