What are your favorite things to do in downtown Madison? A Look into the Valentine Craftacular


The seventh annual Valentine’s Craftacular is next Sunday!

Sunday, Feb 9th from 10am to 4p at the Madison Masonic Center!

I posed the question

What are your favorite things to do in downtown Madison?

to our vendors because when you come down to the shop at the sale…it’s a great opportunity to explore the downtown area.


I love visiting the Farmer’s Market, Children’s Museum and Downtown Library, checking out the shows at the Chazen andMMoCA, people watching at Colectivo Coffee on the square, and getting a bite to eat at Himul Chuli or The Old Fashioned.  I wish I did all of these things more. – Patchwork Printshop


- I am the mother of 3 girls (ages 4,6,and 8)  The Children’s Museum is a must-see (and play!)  After a morning of play, we head to State Street for a slice of Mac ‘n Cheese pizza at Ian’s Pizza, and some of their yummy salads!  The next stop is a trip to Capitol Kids, one of our favorite locally owned toy stores!  We never leave empty handed!  - Crafty Night Owl Designs


I love shopping on State Street, there are so many cute little shops with awesome finds.  - Poplin


When we’re downtown we love to grab a bit to eat at Ian’s Pizza. We’re not very daring – no Mac ‘n Cheese pizza for us! You can find Matthew enjoying a simple pepperoni slice and Amanda will wait 20 minutes for a slice of Kalamata Mozzarella if they don’t have one made already! It’s amazing. -Alluring Blooms


Walk.  I love looking at the architecture of the older buildings.  I really love walking through the Capitol!  I enjoy window shopping, maybe stepping in to look closer at something special.  Meeting friends for coffee or dinner on State Street is a pleasure. – Wayward Wind Crafts


I have mentioned it before, but I love going for a burger at Dottie Dumpling’s Dowry!!  Really, dining and partaking in the consumption of adult beverages is what I usually do in Madison. – Shop Gracie Designs


Cocktails with friends is a downtown Madison must! Danielle often takes her son Mason to the Capitol to do the fossil hunt and explore all the nooks and crannies.  - Finding Felicity


In the winter I like to get cozy in a coffee shop or the library or I can spend hours in the craft supply stores getting inspired.  - fifty acorns


My favorite place in Madison is Chazen Museum of Art downtown. A friend took me there about a year ago, and it is not only inspirational, but is loaded with all sorts of different types of art. It is truly an amazing space, and best of all it is FREE.  -orange pops

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How do you Keep Your Energy up during the show? A Look into the Valentine Craftacular.


The seventh annual Valentine’s Craftacular is less than 2 weeks away!

Sunday, Feb 9th from 10am to 4p at the Madison Masonic Center!

A fan of the Craftacular page posed the question

How do you keep your energy up during the show?

Let’s see what some of our vendors had to say about that!


Talking to customers and having good conversation is what really keeps my energy up.  When I converse with people who are excited about what I do it really gives me the motivation to keep truckin’ through the drudgery that is doing shows. -Innad


They can be long days but visiting with all of the customers and other artists makes it so enjoyable and time usually goes by pretty quickly!
-Gemstone Jewelry and Engraving



It is not hard to keep my energy up for these events because… I love them!  I love chatting with other crafters and seeing their creations.  I love observing the crowd and meeting new people. I love to sell and share my love of crafting with others.  The adrenaline and excitement takes over, but the headache soon comes when it is time to pack up and go! -Crafty Night Owl Designs


I draw energy from talking to the customers that wander into my booth and chat with me.  A good cup of strong coffee before the show helps too! -Jubilant Acrylics


It is simple! Nice, friendly chats with the customers and the other sellers keeps my energy up. Drinking my favorite tea and eating some sweets helps too. -feltmates


It’s pretty easy for me because I really like to meet new people.    Whether that is a funky new vendor or a fun client, I find that 98%   are generally happy to be there and they are just really enjoyable to talk too.  It is such a tranquil atmosphere with no mad-rush or agenda. People are in a happy place & have a calming sense about them. -little miss fancy pants



That is easy. My passion for this art. Well, that and Diet Pepsi. -Barb’s Fine Glass


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What is your Inspiration? A Look Into the Valentine Craftacular


The seventh annual Valentine’s Craftacular is less than 2 weeks away!

Sunday, Feb 9th from 10am to 4p at the Madison Masonic Center!

Let’s here from some of the vendors and find out what they responded when asked…

What is Your Inspiration?


I’m inspired by children’s books, nature, folk art, and all things handmade! – Alison McDole Art & Illustration


We are inspired by nature. Our products have a distinct rustic + natural vibe. - Alluring Bloomsbohemianbauble

I’m inspired by color, by stones, by metal, by all of the materials that I work with.  And nature, that’s a biggie in my work.
-The Bohemian Bauble

Inspiration is hard to find, sometimes.  I usually get inspired after a visit to an art shop or gallery that sells handmade things, or after a craft show.  Pinterest and Google are always there, too! - Clipped Arts


So much, I love to take the long way home, as it sometimes really inspires my creativity to see something different or new.  And people watching.  I could do that all day.  I do love my blogs too! - Gracie Designsjeanclaystudos

Nature, of course because it is so amazing and also the absurd, silly things in life.Jean’s Clay Studioladybird

 I can be inspired by anything and everything. I think I’m mostly inspired by the endless possibilities of art. - Lady Birdpersimondreams (2)

My dreams. -Persimon Dreams

All the wonderful images that circulate on the internet … particularly pinterest, etsy and ravelry.M-Yarn Craftsjunquejolie

I get inspiration from vintage objects and ephemera and the whole style and sensibilities of early to mid 20th century design. I am especially drawn to vintage Tribal pieces right now. I also love to work bits and pieces of found text or my own writing into a piece. Everything and everyone has a story to tell, and I enjoy finding and creating that story. - Junque Jolie

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What is Your Favorite Part of the Handmade Process? A Look into the Valentine Craftacular.

I asked the vendors of the Valentine Craftacular a series of questions.  One of those questions was…

What is Your Favorite Part of the Handmade Process?

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(1)  Newness! Seeing how things can evolve (my flowers have gotten more elaborate in shape), or seeing a new supply that inspires me (ceramic glaze color or technique; glass rods in different colors. -art out there

(2) The appreciation I get when someone takes a bite. -Honeybee Bakery

(3) Seeing a concept coming into fruition. We sketch out our ideas or formulate them around in our heads, so it’s always thrilling to see them turn into pieces we love!  And when customers love what we love, there’s nothing more satisfying. Finding Felicity

(4)  When you get in the zone of creating. That moment when you just get into your work and creativity is just flowing out of you, it’s pretty magical. There are days when you sit down to make things and you keep hitting hurdles and different obstacles that keep you from creating. But other days you fly through projects and ideas just keep coming to you. It’s great. -Fifty Acorns

(5) Gee, I didn’t think I’d be interviewed! My inspiration comes from the glass itself.  The glass alone is so beautiful even before I cut it, grind it or solder it. I love the creative process and turning these raw materials into something more beautiful. -Barb’s Fine Glass

(6) I love picking out fabric and deciding which patterns to put together and then seeing the finished product. -Poplin


-For me my favorite part is seeing a piece come together. Bonus if it actually happens as I pictured in my head! I can find a piece of fabric in a store now, bring it home only to discover it’s a perfect match for some I bought years ago. I love that kind of serendipity.  - Pins with Fury


-Love taking a piece of fabric and transforming it into something wonderful! - Antique Basket Lady


-My favorite part of the handmade process is seeing a vision I’ve had become a reality in the form of a finished print or drawing.  I also love the repetitive, physical act of pulling a print; it’s the closest I come to meditating. - Patchwork Printshop

- Transformation is my favorite part of the handmade process.  Because I am giving objects a new life, I get to decide how to recreate them!  Each piece has it’s own personality and style so it always feel new.  I’m never in a race to finish but it’s exciting every time.  I love the end result! -La Parisienne-Vintage Chic Furniture


- I work a lot with upcycled and recycled materials, bits and scraps that I find (literally), or scrounge from garage sales, thrift shops or the basements of relatives.  Some materials are quality vintage items, like a 40-year-old stash of wool yarn that I found.  Some just curious and interesting reminders of the past.  My challenge is to find something pretty or useful to make with it.  I also spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking and baking from scratch.  I approach cooking and baking the same as I do crafting:  What do I have and what can I make with it?  I often make up my own recipes.  This led to development of the four spice blends that I will be offering at Craftacular. -Wayward Wind Crafts


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2014 Valentine’s Craftacular

valentine-banner-2014-updat The seventh annual Valentine’s Craftacular is just over 2 weeks away!

Sunday, Feb 9th from 10am to 4p at the Madison Masonic Center!

Are you all as excited as I am?  I hope so!

This is Kim of Persimon Dreams doing the pre-show blogging previews!  In the past I’ve done individual interviews with the artist.  This year I’m going to mix it up a bit.  I asked all the artist five questions and I requested pictures.  I’ll be sharing their answers and some fun photo collages to get you all super excited for the show over the next few weeks!


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1.  The Glitter Workshop 2. Junque Jolie 3. Gracie Designs 4.  Alison McDole Art & Illustration 5.  Orange Pops 6. Antique Basket Lady 7. Jeans Clay Studio

So…stop back a bit soon and be sure to tell your friends about this fabulous show that no one is going to want to miss!

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