The gathering of crafters and fine artists will once again be showcasing their wares for early holiday shopping at Hilltop Event Center in Winchester, Ohio east of Cincinnati from November 20 to 22, 2015.
This unique annual country holiday event has become a family shopping tradition for many. There’s plenty of new and interesting fun and demonstrations this year. Jolly ol’ Saint Nick will be stopping in, too.
One of this year’s new treats is the award-winning Jim Gorman’s Toy Tractor and Farm Display. It’s a scaled down version of a regular working farm, complete with tractors, machinery, animals, big red barn and even a field of corn. The roof of the barn lifts up to show its beams and stalls and more tractors and animals. Stop in and chat with Jim and his longtime friend, Don.
Faded Memories is a subtle vision of vintage. Brenda Armstrong has a beautiful selling display of bandboxes, bears, repurposed jewelry, vintage button jewelry, bookmarks and antique hand mirrors. Brenda’s charm and vintage goodies puts off quite an era of awesome. Do you have a special vintage someone?
C.G. & Ed the artists of “From Scratch” repurpose wood into new and fresh items. Some repurposed items include tool boxes, wine totes and crates. C.G. says her top selling item is the Comfort Bird Holding Cross. Just the name alone signifies the purpose and is a great gift for any age or gender.
Inspirations offers unique lighthouse creations handcrafted from gourds grown and crafted by Sherril Cone. Each lighthouse is one of a kind and comes with a nightlight. The lighthouses that have a roof are shingled with real asphalt shingles cut down to size. Sherril does all the handcrafting and stands by her unique workmanship.
Long time artist Julie Saunders of Morning Star Art sells a wide variety of Christmas items. These feature notecards, stationary, recipe cards, art prints, wooden snowman, Santa’s, ornaments and candy canes. Julie especially loves adding hand painted touches.
If you or someone on your list loves primitives, you will love Karin’s Korner. It’s all about the primitives for Karin Schnell. It features signs, tarts, sprays, stars and more. Check out Karin’s Korner on Facebook.
House of Chymes consists of wind chimes made out of just about every conceivable piece of fancy junque one can imagine. Pam Rudd has developed an ingenious way to turn trash into treasure for that hard to buy person on your list.
So many other fine quality handmade Christmas gifts await, including Swisher Creek Farm’s sweaters, hats, gloves and socks made from Alpaca wool. In addition, there’s Meyer’s wooden toys and more. There are also many hand stitched baby quilts, games, dolls, placemats and pillows by Betty’s Sew Creative. Juniebee’s handpainted recycled glass bottles for oils, hummingbird feeders, etc. is another favorite stop. Avon, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Clever Containers, Earzlink and Pampered Chef are also available. Look for jams, jellies, honey, soaps, gourd creations, woodcrafts and handcrafted jewelry, too.
Bootsie Robison will be demonstrating her skill at the spinning wheel and also selling hats, scarves, mittens, sweaters and booties crocheted from her sheep’s wool. And of course, sweet treats from Buckeye Confections is always delicious. Add cookies, buckeyes, cakes, fudges, kettle korn, candies and mouth-watering more. Be prepared to buy extra for your trip home.
Santa will appear on Saturday from 1-3. Now for the special little princess in your life. Don’t miss the Christmas Princess Tea Party (right after Santa) from 3-4:00. Little princesses can come dressed in however her mood strikes. Cost is $10 – please call to reserve a spot and choose a tiara or hat, wand, gift bag, makeup and of course tea and dessert.
Artist demonstrations, Santa, tea party, entertainment, food, quality gift items and fun for all are expected at this special event located in a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. Bring your shopping list and even your fiddle and stay awhile.
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Appalachian Mountain Christmas Shopping is November 20 – 22, 2015 at Hilltop Event Center located at 9764 Tri-County Rd. in Winchester, Ohio. Phone 937-695-5545 for more information or click here.