Creative Woodworking

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Leaves are Falling

As the leaves are falling and the sun is shinning, it's a beautiful day in historic Windsor, VT. The artisan (Buddy) is outside with yard work and the marketing directer,(that would be Sandy) is inside. We each do what we can!

Gearing up for the local holiday craft fairs and having fun staging our tables. Our friend little Autumn Breezes by Charming Tails is helping out.
The character in the walnut wood continues to amaze me. 
Walnut Cheese Board - Small
Each piece as beautiful, if not even more beautiful as the last. Although, the cherry - maple combos continue to please. So much so, we have decided to make both cherry - maple and maple - cherry...can you guess what the difference will be?
Cherry - Maple Cheese Board - Small
Notorious rustic cherry, as it continues to age and deepen in color, a hit in all designs.
Rustic Cherry Cheese Board - Small
Mixed oak gives a heavier grain and adds weight.  Perhaps more masculine? What do you think?
Mixed Oak Cheese Board - Small
Our 1st all maple board, light and simple.  I think it's too plain, but let's say you are using it to stage a product - a product with color.  This style might be perfect, as not to take away from your item? 
Maple Cheese Board - Small
Which wood species would you choose for your very own handmade wooden cutting board?  If you could only choose one?
Walnut - Maple Cutting Board - Medium
(Also available in Maple - Walnut)
Thank you for stopping by our blog, comments are welcome, as is advice!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Big Brother - Little Sister

As our cutting board designs evolve and grow, we are realizing what our customers tend to respond too and what wood species sells the fastest. Any guesses?
Rustic Cherry Set - Shown in small and medium sizes.  Though since the Sandy arrived, our smalls aren't as popular.  It's medium and large all the way!
 Big brother Preston and little sister Wendy are both tremendous hits.
Small circles are still selling, only because they are so darn cute...the mediums are a more reasonable size.  And, a larger end grain circle is in the works. Stay tuned!
Another big brother - little sister set. The Ryan and the Sandy shown in Walnut - Maple combo. 
Small - Medium - Large, will likely become Medium and Large. Learning as we go is great fun.
Ok, back to the most popular wood species...if you guessed walnut, you are correct!

Thanks for stopping by our blog, comments are welcome.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Autumn Moon Festival 2014

The 1st Autumn Moon Fest takes over where the Moon Dance left off and the tradition continues in Historic Windsor, Vermont. Wonderful celebration of our pretty little town with foliage, entertainment for all ages, food and shopping!

Main Street from Depot to River was shut down as well as State Street up to the Common. All I have to say is well done to all involved in organizing this event!
There was so much more going on that we (as a vendor) couldn't see, from theater performances, jazz band and more. Green and Gold Photography shared a BUNCH of great pics, be sure to take a look at their Facebook!

Hula Hoops on Fire? Of Course!
Jeweled Hoops by Julie
Did you get a t-shirt? We sure did and are proud to have been mentioned!
From Tami's Head Lines to Windsor Wine and Spirits, and beyond, this event received quite the support, which is refreshing.
Check out these earrings Dianne at Arabella Gallery created, just for the Moon Fest! The talent our town offers is impressive. Nice Dianne!

Handmade Badge Holders by Emily Miller
Come on girls, who wears a badge at work? Well, these pretty handmade holders are not only very cute...they retract...
Fabric Crafts by Shauna
Wedding Gift - Anniversary - Housewarming - New Kitchen Reno - Holiday Gift - Creative Woodworking thanks all who stopped by to see our cutting boards. Sales were good and leads abundant. Our friends are the BEST!
Handmade Cutting Boards
Due to being busy (thank you all) not much down time to take pictures but I can assure you the street was full of folks and the energy level was UP!
See you next year? Oh yes!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Cedar Hill - Event

The 1st Annual (we hope) Fall Craft Fair and Silent Auction has come and gone. Much planning went into this even and that was evident. We were also very impressed by the quality of each handcrafted offering.  Andrea, was looking for artisans and she found them. As Creative Woodworking we are proud to be invited to the group.
While there, along with meeting many fellow crafters, we learned about the Cedar Hill Community and the types of continuing health care and assisted living options they are able to offer. As the expansion continues, they will be able to offer even more, which is great news for Windsor, VT and our surrounding towns.
Ready to enter, see the Village and meet some vendors?  Let's go!
The Community Room created a cozy space for Joan Butterfield's / Anne's Daughter Designs.
Great colors, do you agree?
Thistle Willow Farm with their handmade artisan soaps not only created a beautiful display with  many options, they get credit for the wonderful scents in this room.
Mike and Stacy Davis
Blu Butterfly Creations offers paper crafts of all sorts, cards, scrapbooks, altered art and more.

This jewelry box caught my eye specifically, very nice Toni!
Blu Butterfly Creations!!

Old Kemp Farm had the these little cuties made from Alpaca fur, how cool is that?
The Knitting Gnome / Nancy (and her husband, who you can't see, but I know is there) had so many choices. From yarn, fabrics, handmade crafts, buttons, hats, and, of course gnomes!  Check out their website for all the options.
Nancy Rupp
The Knitting Gnome not only sells online, they have a retail store in St. Johnsbury, VT.

Continuing on....the very talented Andrea had her own display, hand crafted designs and originals in acrylic, watercolors and pastels.

Handcrafted Jewelry also - beautifully done!

In the Living Room were even more artisan's, from handcrafted fabric crafts and bracelets, wooden cutting boards, quilts, table runners and placements, and woven baskets. Gifts all over the place!

Diane Blake Basket Weaver
Quilts! Need Crafter's Info?? Anyone??
Witch Ornaments, Christmas Ornaments, Hand Blown Glass Pumpkins and more!
 Route 4 Glass, stunning pieces, and check out their website and ETSY shop!
Glenna offers handmade greeting cards, journals and tatted items.

Creative Woodworking, handmade wooden cutting boards, a variety of designs and wood species.

Outside vendors had to deal with Mother Nature and mud due to the construction site. Next year, perhaps out front in the grass, or visitor parking, then folks will need to walk by them in order to enter the building.
Raymond and Cindy West of White River Jct., VT are Raycin Farms!!
Fudge was wonderful!!
The Regenesis Project, the goal is to help hardworking individuals in Haiti develop a better life.  It's quite something and the handmade projects are stunning.  Please take a look and help if you can.
regenesis project
More crafts, we really had a nice selection of vendors!

Screen Printing, Crafts and Sewing by Shelly Jarvis Artistry, she has an Etsy shop also. 
Cynthia Sheehan shows us "It's Sew Easy"...Get it? And, she offers much more than bibs, check our her facebook.
And, our last feature. Leeta Felt, the fabrics, the colors and the options, all so pretty.

Love this scarf!!
So, if you didn't attend the 1st Annual Cedar Hill Fall Craft Fair and Silent Auction, you should have :-) AND, if you see something you like, all featured vendors have links and/or phone numbers, so you can still shop for gifts from them. Artisan Quality Throughout. All hand chosen by Andrea Lapins, Activity Director at The Village at Cedar Hill. Well done Andrea and team!! Well done!!