The birds are singing and the sun is shining.Spring is in the air.
That means local artists and creative people are busy preparing for the 22nd annual Saline Craft Show. The annual show is held at Saline Middle School from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, March 17.
More than 150 vendors will be at the show, selling everything from baskets, jewelry and clothing to folk art, primitives and quilts. Kids can have their pictures taken with “Peter Cottontail,” or have their cartoon drawn by a cartoonist. Saline Community Education and the Spring Craft Show are co-sponsoring a a spring gift basket contest that benefits Saline Area Social Service.
Admission is $4. Parking is available at the school.
Many of the 150 vendors have local connections.
Barb Radlofff is a lifelong resident of Saline. She world as a nurse engineer at the University of Michigan hospital for 30 years, retiring in 2014. Now she spends most of her time working on her business, The Confetti Girls, or taking care of her grandchildren.
She learned to sew as a young girl from her grandmother and from Cheryl Hoeft, the craft show operator who taught home economics at Saline High School.
“I actually remember what I sewed and the techniques I learned in her class,” Radloff said.
Today she designs fabric and stitches it into pillows. She has about 300 pillows that she sells at craft shows and on Etsy.
“I taught myself how to create digital designs and code that can me used with embroidery sewing machines. I have created over 700 images that I sell on Etsy or embellish on children's clothing and sell at craft show,” Radloff said. “I usually spend between 20 to 40 hours a week on my business, with about 50 percent of my time designing and 50 percent assembling the products.”
Lori Tursak is another Saline High School graduate at the show. She is proprietor of Loreos Incredible Treats.
“I make chocolate treats using Oreos, pretzels, marshmallows to name just a few,” Tusak said.” I can create many different items for any special event, holiday or occasion. I have created some really neat Easter treats for this show that I am really excited about .
She’s been in Saline most of her life, so she’s familiar with Saline’s craft shows. This is her third as a vendor, which means she’s been putting in extra work the last few weeks.
“I probably spend about 10-15 hours a week; definitely more during a big show such as the Saline Spring Show coming up this Saturday,” Tursak said.
Krista Moss is a Saline High School graduate who will be selling vintage button jewelry in booth 52. Moss began collecting buttons as a child growing up in Saline and she’s been design vintage button jewelry for more than 30 years.
“My button collection has buttons from Paris, Germany and Czechoslovakia dating from the 1860s to the 1940s. I will have new charm bracelets loaded with fabulous buttons from the past. Each piece comes with a detailed description of the age and origin of the button used. I also incorporate vintage beads, lockets, charms, watches and rhinestone findings. New designs in long necklaces feature fabulous buttons and findings from around the world,: Moss said. “I am constantly working on something new. There are not enough hours in the day for all of the ideas I have!”
Moss loves the craft show. For one, she sees old friends. Secondly, when she’s not tending to customers, she likes to do shopping of her own.
“I look forward to the Saline spring craft show every year. I always buy my Easter gifts for my family here,” Moss said.
Jody Feldkamp, who teaches special education at Saline Area Schools, sells handmade hair bows. She’s selling bows that are just right for the season.
“I love all my creations, but currently I’m excited about my bunny headbands. They come in a variety of colors and are a great addition to any Easter outfit. I also love making my sparkly glitter sequin hair bows. They too come in a variety of colors and give off a hint of sparkle with any outfit,” Feldkamp said. “The bunny headband is a mix of many products. I start with a satin headband and add a shabby chic flower, once that is applied I attach a cute felt bunny head and feet to it wrapping it all together with felt circles to make it more comfortable for the customer. My sparkly glitter sequin hair bows are made with a variety of sequin color material. Once the size and shape are determined, I shape the bow, sew it and then add a clip to the back.”
Saline native Patti Henes runs FT Creations with her daughter-in-law Melissa. They create insulated wine tote designs and pot holders. Henes described how they make their product - and how they enlist the help of their younger family members.
“Fabric is cut and sewn with Insulbright to be able to keep the wine chilled. Once sewn you must turn them to the right side out. We try to have these done at time that the grandchildren can help turn them. Then they get paid or each one they complete,” Henes said. “Then it’s on to the embroidery part -- which is the part that I really enjoy, and then to completion.”
Henes said they wine totes make excellent gifts for weddings, housewarming parties and other occasions.
Henes is looking forward to showing her work at the craft show.
“We are excited to get opinions from shoppers what. The Saline Craft Show is the kick-off to our show schedule for this year. And it is our hometown, so it is awesome to reconnect with many friends from the Saline area. There is always excitement to attend this craft show!”
Gary Nola is new to the craft show. He creates shadow lamp designs and he’s got two new patterns to show off at the show.
“Every lamp is laser cut with high precision detail, hand-wired and assembled,” he said.
Sharolyn and Bob Lounsberry chrochet and sew creative toys and toll clothing.
“I have amigurumi toys for sale. I have bunnies, just in time for Easter. Other items include Pokemon characters, Teenage Ninja Turtles, Hello Kitty, and sweet little lambs. I also have Amigurumi dolls and clothes for American Girl,” said Sharolyn, who spends 40 hours a week crafting. “The Saline Spring Craft Show is very organized and a very professional setting for crafters. Everyone is very friendly and I love meeting all the shoppers.”