Sep 14, 2014

Applications are open

The fifth annual Crafts Gone Wild is on 12-13-14, and vendor applications are open. You know you want in on this. Application info is here. Or, just jump ahead to the online application and submit. Deadline is October 15th, so jump on it.

Crafters, artisans, makers, and all-around awesome people, we’re looking for you.

Up-and-coming sellers are always encouraged to apply. Getting your feet wet? Half table spaces are always available!

Grizzled, seasoned veteran vendors, we love you too.

Email craftsgonewild.columbus@gmail.com with any questions.

See you in the application box.

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Jul 25, 2014

More Information Coming Soon!

The next event is set for Saturday, December 13th, 2014. Watch this space for more information.

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Dec 13, 2013

Crafter Spotlight: Onestly Cute

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Are you aware that all dinosaurs like David Sedaris? We weren’t either until crochet maven Maria Onest of OnestlyCute showed us her AMAZING dinosaurs and other creatures. Check ‘em out on Saturday at Wild Goose!

What do you make & sell?
I crochet little animals filled with stuffing and love. I have made many types of animals, from armadillos to elephants, dogs to several types of dinosaurs, hedgehogs, whales, fish and more. My Facebook page displays many of the animals I have made. I greatly enjoy making these little guys and have made many of my own patterns. Some animals are made organically, that is without a pattern. I greatly enjoy doing this and put much of myself into my work.

Where do you get your inspiration?
Sometimes I get my inspiration from a type of yarn I see. I saw one skein and it shouted “make me into an owl” and I did. Sometimes I see a picture of an animal and think, “I could make that for someone.” Mostly, I think of an animal some little boy or girl might want, and I try to make it. At last year’s Crafts Gone Wild a little girl picked up a little purple alien I made, put it in the crook of her elbow and grinned from ear to ear. Knowing I made that little blond child happy is the best feeling. Too cheesy? Too bad. :)

How did you get started?
I started my Etsy page from following friends’ and family’s advice. They saw my creations as gifts at baby showers and said I should spread the love. I would make a specific animal and buy books and sippy cups and whatever else baby I could find that matched that item. Three years ago I decided to apply for the Crafts Gone Wild show and thankfully was accepted. I am so grateful to share my animals with you.

What’s your crafting superpower?
Superpower…..the ability to stay calm after taking apart an animal time and time again until I get the pattern just right, until it looks ready to be adopted into a new family. Or maybe I am just a perfectionist. :) Either way, I provide the best animal I can create.

Aww…. and we LOVE you too, Maria! See Onestly Cute’s newest creations at Crafts Gone Wild this Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm!


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Crafter Spotlight: Sol Heritage & Blue Grass Lucy


CGW veterans Heather Lewis & Sherri Waldman of Sol Heritage & Blue Grass Lucy are one incredible daughter and mom duo. Heather talks to us today about her crafty soundtrack, inspirations, and the story behind their cuddly soft crocheted accessories.


What do you make & sell?

Sherri and I crochet cold weather wear and home goods. I also whip up all natural bath and body products and 100% soy candles in vintage/repurposed containers.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Everything inspires me. Fashion, nature, architecture, colors, the list goes on. Often, I get inspired by my previous project, whether in texture — so I use a different yarn, color or just a whole other spin off. But truly, my main source of inspiration is Sherri. She is so creative and talented. She can crochet anything. 

A few months ago, I asked her how to crochet a certain stitch, it looked like broomstick lace but I could tell it wasn’t done the same way. Hours later she emailed me a photo with the caption “Like this?” It was perfect. Sherri inspires me to try the hard projects, to get out of my comfort zone.

What’s your favorite completed project or product?

Oh dear. You HAD to ask this one didn’t you? ::Sigh:: It’s so hard to pick *one* but I would have to say right now my favorite completed project is my crochet cowl with leather accents. I had the idea in my head for a long time and I finally had time to sit down and make it happen. 

Now, my favorite project of Sherri’s is the green mohair/silk blend cowl that she made me as a wedding gift. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous but it is also the softest thing that has ever touched my skin. Seriously. And the best part? She accepts custom orders for them.

How did you get started?

Sherri has been crocheting for 53 years and I have been crocheting for 6 years. When I started bringing finished projects into work, my co-workers would ask if we could make them one or ask if we could crochet a completely different product. I had been urging Sherri for years to sell her crocheted goods at craft shows but by this time I had been shopping on Etsy. It was an easy decision.

So, we started with just yarn, crochet hooks and very little knowledge of owning a business. Together we have navigated the world of online selling, craft/art shows, consignment and have discovered just how much hard work goes into owning a business. Our passion and love has driven us forward because we are creating so much more than a business. We are creating a life of crochet.

Give us a peek into your crafting soundtrack.

I have an Edith Piaf album that I am obsessed with. She’s fantastic. I have no idea what she’s saying but I find French to be such a beautiful and romantic language. When I’m creating bath products and candles, I put on her CD and dance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cePJbmBEyBA

What’s your crafting superpower?

Another doozy, y’all are good at these! I’m pretty darn good at wielding a crochet hook and as far as I’m concerned, Sherri is the master. But lately, customers have been commenting on my bath, body and candle scents, stating that they have never come into a booth and liked every scent until mine. (WOW! What a compliment!) So, I suppose that right now, my superpower is creating yummy scent combinations!

What makes you different?

Our products tell a story. If you listen closely you can hear the stitches whisper. You can hear the faint memory of a crochet hook humming through the yarn, creating a calming song. You can hear the laughter of its creator. You can see the pride in every carefully planned stitch. You can feel the warmth of the creator’s love wrap around your neck like a hug from a familiar friend.

Our items are memories. They create memories. They are front and center and yet a subtle piece of the background. They keep you warm during the blustery days of winter. They are with you at the bonfire where your eyes meet with that special someone. It is our item that you shyly pull your lips into to hide your smile. It is our item that you wear as you briskly walk down the sidewalk, window shopping at Christmastime. It is our item that holds the smell of the one you love after a long embrace. It is our item that you purchase for that special loved one in your life as a perfect gift. It is our item that is delicately woven into your routine each and every day. They are our memories and our legacy that you carry with you as you create your own.


That’s an awesome story. We can’t wait to see you on Saturday at Wild Goose!

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Crafter Spotlight: kiwifruit designs


Jen Walkington of kiwifruit designs has some serious retro baby accessories. Check them out on Saturday at Wild Goose Creative from 11 to 5 pm!

What do you make & sell?
I have a passion for crocheting, and I make monster hats for kids and adults. I also crochet boot cuffs in natural tones, meant to blend with most boot colors. I also love to upcycle, so I make bibs from tshirts, featuring everything from Star Wars, to Transformers, to The Doors. Since I have two sons, I also think boys and men should be represented at craft fairs, so I make clip-on bow ties in all sorts of fun patterns and colors.

What’s your favorite completed project or product?
My favorite product right now are my tshirt bibs. I love them because they are upcycled, but also because each one is one of a kind. Plus, I love searching for fun, vintage tshirts that someone will see and say, “I HAVE to have that, it’s perfect for so-and-so!”

How did you get started?
I had always wanted to learn how to crochet, but I didn’t know anyone who could teach me. At the time, I was living in Madison, where the winters are long and harsh, and I needed something to keep me occupied indoors. So I decided to take advantage of the one tool I had to teach me, YouTube. Over time, I learned how to crochet scarves, hats, and whatever else I came across! Pretty soon, I had more stuff than I knew what to do with, so I started selling at local craft fairs. And kiwifruit designs was born!

Give us a peek into your crafting soundtrack.
I am a HUGE Mumford and Sons fan. HUGE. 


We love the stylish bibs for geeky hipster kids. Come see kiwifruit designs on Saturday!!

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Dec 12, 2013

Crafter Spotlight: P39 Designs

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Patti of P39 Designs creates amazing wool accessories, giving new life upcycled, and otherwise discarded, clothing. We love it! Come see her on Saturday at Wild Goose Creative!

What do you make & sell?
I hunt through thrift stores for anything made of wool - sweaters, blazers, skirts, pants, and more. I create wool felt by shrinking the clothing down via multiple washings. I use the thicker wool to make brooches & incorporate zippers into my designs to add a bit of shiny bling. With the thinner wool, I make flower boutonnieres.

Where do you get your inspiration?
I’m inspired by nature, geometric patterns, repeating images, coffee, glitter, sequins, and sleepy puppy dogs.

How did you get started?
When I was a kid, my Dad rebuilt a full-size pipe organ in our garage. He put me to work early on — my small fingers were apparently good for the intricate wire work! As part of my “payment,” I got the leftover bits of leather that he had used on the valves. I crafted little leather outfits for my Glamour Gals & leather saddles for my Breyer horses. I’ve been hooked on making stuff ever since. 

Give us a peek into your crafting soundtrack
Carbon Silicon - The News 

What’s your crafting superpower?
I have the power to transmogrify lackluster old wool sweaters into lovely brooches! Also, I recently discovered that crafting while wearing glitter nail polish makes me really happy!!! And more productive…

SPARKLY NAIL POLISH. What’s not to love? Thanks, P39 Designs!

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Dec 11, 2013

Crafter Spotlight: Sibiriachka


The adorably sweet plushies and festive handmade cards by Elena Joldersma of Sibiriachka (aka theredhairedgirl) are perfect for holiday shopping. Come see her on Saturday at Wild Goose Creative!

What do you make & sell?

I make handmade cards, crochet toys (amigurumi), sewing accessories, stockings, bags.

What’s your favorite completed project or product?

I love my crochet monkeys and bunnies. :)

How did you get started?

I started crocheting by visiting others crafters’ blogs and learning a lot from tutorials online. Books helped me a lot, too! As for the card making, I started from first making cross-stitched cards, than I discovered stamping (through the blogland)!!! Everything that has word CUTE is on my wish list!

What’s your crafting superpower?

I can’t imagine myself without a cup of tea and chocolate!


Stop by Sibiriachka’s table at Crafts Gone Wild this weekend!


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Dec 10, 2013

Crafter Spotlight: Sordid Illusion


Mixed media artist Rachelle Smith of Sordid Illusion makes perfectly gift-able clay sculptures and jewelry pieces. Come see her THIS SATURDAY at Wild Goose Creative!


What do you make & sell?

I make and sell handmade polymer clay birds and jewelry.

Where do you get your inspiration?

I get my inspiration from everywhere! The three biggest sources being nature, children, and fashion.

What’s your favorite completed project or product?

My favorite completed product is a mixed media paper mache bird that I made. It took a lot of time and effort. I had to keep coming back to it multiple times and reworking it until it was just right.

How did you get started?

I have always been involved in the arts, but just recently got interested in crafting this year. Crafting is a great outlet for me to be creative, when I’m at home taking care of my two young boys. I discovered Etsy, and opened a shop to showcase my work.


Her pieces are amazing. Have you see the cat-themed items on her Etsy store? We’re sold.

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Dec 9, 2013

Crafter Spotlight: Jennifer’s Custom Designs


We love CGW veteran Jennifer Sheehan of Jennifer’s Custom Designs, who makes awesome steampunk accessories and festive home decor. To add to Jennifer’s fun style, she’s got a rocker edge, which inspires her while working on her craft.

What do you make & sell?

I make vintage-inspired, steampunk, repurposed jewelry, accessories, and home decor. I also make some fun Christmas decor too.

What’s your favorite completed project or product?

My favorite product is my brooch necklaces. I love to take a piece of vintage jewelry or an accessory and turn it into something new and unique. Vintage pieces don’t need to be kept locked away collecting dust, they should be put on display and reflect the personality and uniqueness of the person wearing them.

How did you get started?

I have always been a creative person, but I started making jewelry as a form of physical therapy. After becoming paralyzed I needed to find a way to regain some of my strength and dexterity in my hands. I was told to string beads on a string. I came across some neat beads and decided to continue working on my hands and make a necklace for myself, and I fell in love. I started to get requests from my friends and family for pieces and decided to see if I could make a living at something I loved doing.

Give us a peek into your crafting soundtrack.

I am quite the rocker chick. I may not look like one, but I sure act like one. My soundtrack would have to have some Halestorm, Seether, Avenged Sevenfold, PiNK, and anything I can rock out to. I really enjoy the strength that the female vocalist have in a rock band. They have a “take no crap, love me for who I am” attitude, just like myself.


Come see her THIS WEEKEND at Wild Goose Creative on December 14!

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Dec 6, 2013

Crafter Spotlight: Dainty Bean Handmade


We love handmade textiles, and Sarah of Dainty Bean Handmade makes some amazing pieces. Her purses, wallets, ornaments and home decor will make fantastic holiday gifts!  Today, she talks about what inspires her and how she got started with her crafty business. 


What do you make & sell?

I make handmade purses and diaper bags, accessories for kids and babies, wallets, clutches, home decor items, holiday items like ornaments and bunting, and pretty much anything else that looks fun to make!

Where do you get your inspiration?

I strive to make items that are both functional and stylish, so I am constantly inspired by the pretty things I see around me. I try to think about ways to make an item as functional as it is beautiful. I am also inspired by other crafters and the art community — I love to meet and chat with other crafters!

What’s your favorite completed project or product?

I love the quilts that I have made for my daughter, and the new chevron diaper bag I made for myself! I rarely have time to sew for myself, so this is definitely one of my favorite things I have made.

How did you get started?

My mom taught me to sew at a young age, and she is still constantly sewing and making cute projects. I have a constant itch to sew and create, so it is a lifelong hobby and passion of mine.

With items like chevron-patterned purses and adorable owl ornaments, we’re excited to see Dainty Bean Handmade at Crafts Gone Wild on December 14 at Wild Goose Creative!


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