Those of us fortunate enough to live in a place as beautiful as Florida know that there are few locations more breathtaking than those found on the west coast of the state. One of those places, brimming with majestic poinciana trees, beautiful charming homes and the best sunsets this side of the U.S., is Bradenton Beach, Florida — more specifically, Anna Maria Island.
This weekend, American Craft Endeavors is pleased to be spending some time with the great folks in Anna Maria Island for the Anna Maria Island Arts and Crafts Festival. Located on Historic Bridge Road in Bradenton Beach, this craft show features some of the best talent in the nation and gives patrons the chance to get their holiday shopping done the best way one can do holiday shopping — outdoors, enjoying the cool breeze and taking in the sights and sounds of a Florida fall beach day.
Last week, we shared with you some reasons why doing your holiday shopping at a craft festival was a great alternative. Can you blame us? What could be more intriguing, more touching, more special to a loved one than to know that you chose a gift, handcrafted with love and care, that is as unique as they are? The special lady in your life might collect one-of-a-kind handbags, while your father may be on the hunt for very special instruments to carry on his office workday. Whatever your pleasure, this weekend’s arts and crafts festival is the perfect chance to get those holiday presents, and to get them right.
If you’re not sure what they might like, why not just bring them to the festival with you? Aside from having a great time in the Florida weather, admission for the festival is free and open to the public, so all ages are welcome. Just in time for Thanksgiving, ACE gives you a family outing to remember.
Check out some of the crafters you’ll find at the Anna Maria Island Arts and Crafts Festival this weekend. You won’t believe the wide variety of products and items you’ll be able to find at the show!
• Liz Pierce, sewing, twosisterssewing.etsy.com. If you’re looking for special, one-of-a-kind sewn items for your home, whether you’re searching for the perfect apron or on the prowl for some miscellaneous home accessories, Liz Pierce at Two Sisters Sewing is the one you need to see. From tissue box covers to tooth fairy pillows, you’re bound to find something really beautiful and unique for your special gift recipient.
• Elaine Laurent, handbags, www.elainesells.com. These interesting and stylish cigar box purses are sure to be a hit for the fashionista in your family. Elaine Laurent has been doing cigar box art since 2002 and thank goodness for that, because her creativity when it comes to this very special art medium knows no limits. Pick up a handbag, a lamp or even a clock, and give someone a collectible and functional piece they can enjoy for generations.
• Gail Clark, pens, www.bodaciouspens.com. This writer knows the importance of a beautifully crafted pen, and so does Gail Clark of Bodacious Pens. Expect exactly what the name implies: awesome, quirky, lovely writing instruments meant to leave a lasting impression. From ready-made creations to customized pens made with your favorite writer friend in mind, you have plenty to choose from at Bodacious Pens.
• Gary Lawrence, honey products, www.honeybeez.com. Honey isn’t just considered a superfood. For many centuries, it has been found to have healing and restorative qualities for our bodies, including our skin. Gary Lawrence of the Honey Bee Store offers a variety of products made with raw, organic honey. The skin care buff in your life will love a gift from the Honey Bee store.
• Peter Murfitt, glass, www.treesbythesea.com. If you’re searching for unusual and show-stopping holiday decor for you or a holiday decor lover in your life, Peter Murfitt of Trees by the Sea has some pretty spectacular stuff you need to see. Nothing says Christmas like a one-of-a-kind, specially-themed and decorated Christmas trees and wreaths to liven up your home just in time for the holiday parties.
Don’t miss the fun this weekend at the Anna Maria Island Arts and Crafts Festival, happening this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Historic Bridge Road. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram to find out more about the show and join us with your posts!