Today, I attended the San Jose Holiday Craft Fair near the Convention Center to find more inspiration and to do some Christmas shopping on the side. Like all the other artist fairs I’ve attended this past year, a lot of them had some creative things to sell to make the best holiday gifts.
However, the one booth that stood out to me the best was a booth called Wood Burn Corner. The artist, Rachel Strauss takes pieces of wood and sketches out different custom-made designs that range from welcome signs for the home, to magnets, and anything else imaginable. Of course, I couldn’t leave without buying one of her creations for a Christmas present because she had one of the best custom-made styles, just like Linda Cullen’s bottle caps.
The best part of it all is that she’s located in my hometown of Fremont, so it’s not too far for me to see her. To return the favor, I gave her one of my business cards so she can keep in touch with me in case she would like to buy one of my cards. Of course, I gave some to other vendors as well, so they wouldn’t feel left out.
Since the debut of my business cards last month, they’ve been flying out the door like hotcakes, so that people can contact me if they’d like to order cards.
Recently, I gave some to my part-time volunteers, The All Stars Project of the San Francisco Bay Area, and also as a giveaway during the annual Smith Family Christmas Party.
As 2017 comes to a close, I’ve been fascinated by all the art shows I’ve attended this year and I’d like to review them all:
-*Alameda County Fair’s Artist Alley (debut of my card sale)
-Niles Antique Fair
-Mountain View Art & Wine Festival
-Lafayette Art & Wine Festival
-San Carlos Art & Wine Festival
-Pleasanton Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show
-San Mateo Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show
-San Jose Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show
-San Jose Holiday Craft Fair
As 2018 approaches, I plan to continue to visit them and other art shows because in the art world, you never know what you might find!