American Craft Week October 5 – 14

In its third year, American Craft week celebrates those who make things with their hands.  It celebrates tradition, excellence in craftsmanship, good design and quality materials.  Supporting local crafters supports the local economy, creates jobs, and enriches our communities.

Various communities across the country have activities planned for American Craft Week.  Check out what’s going on in your area.

 I’m proud to say Western North Carolina is leading the way.  Check it out here:



Today I’d like to introduce you to my friend Mary, who runs a wonderful shop on Etsy called Acorngirl.

I met Mary at one of our very first Etsy team meetings in Charlotte, NC about 5 or 6 years ago.  I was immediately captivated by the small felt horse Mary was working on at the meeting.  I soon discovered that Mary had a great sense of humor and a gift for storytelling.  Mary can keep you enthralled for literally hours when she gets going.  There have been times when my face hurt I laughed so much.

Working with natural fibers whenever she can, Mary makes Waldorf inspired dolls like this:

  and these  

The dolls and their clothing are all sewn by hand.  Many of them can be posed, as their arms and legs are wrapped wire.  Mary draws the faces with artist pencils.  She is so talented!

In addition to the people, Mary likes to work with polymer clay.  Just look at this dollhouse food she created, using no molds:

  That cheese platter measures less than two inches wide!  Adorable!

Multi-talented, Mary doesn’t just make little things.  She also loves to work with leather.  She has made bound journals, big and small, fantastic nature necklaces like this one

And – wait for it – DRAGONS!  These dragons are stupendous, with hours and hours of work going into them.  I’ve seen them in flaming orange/red, silver, midnight blue and this jewel green one

Do checkout Acorngirl:

There’s a lot more where these pictures came from.  Custom orders are a favorite with Mary. So just contact her with any requests you may have.  And let her know I sent you.

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