Gaithersburg Highlights

Our biggest Sugarloaf Crafts Festival of the year is coming up in a few days on November 17 - 19 in Gaithersburg, MD at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds.

Hundreds of handmade artists will have unique holiday decor items, gourmet specialty foods for people and pets and one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list!

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Make it clear you know the value of a good book with one of BeeZ’s vintage book purses. Hardcover versions of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and many other great titles are repurposed into shoulder and clutch purses, ereader jackets and other designs. Each purse comes with the original book’s pages rebound in paperback.

You can make the guest of honor especially visible with a spangled tiara by Tina’s Tiaras. But they’re not just for parties. Tina Kelsey says she wears one any time she needs a little extra mojo to get through a challenging task or day.

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Holiday food prep and serving is so much more fun when you’re equipped with smartly designed tools. Yucandu, creator of the original Adirondack Bow Knife, makes an assortment of knives, chopping boards, bowls and more. With their knives, you’ll easily cut any bread, cheese, meat or vegetable to the exact thickness you like.

Be ready for the coldest weather indoors or out with a pair of alpaca socks by Creekwater Alpacas. Softer and warmer than sheep’s wool, alpaca fiber is the ideal cold weather fabric because of it’s exceptional insulating and moisture-wicking properties. Best feature of all? No scratchy sensation!

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Create a warm dinnertime atmosphere with textured tablecloths by Table Traditions. Debbie Feldick makes easy care table linens that will enhance your home throughout the holidays and beyond.

The enchanting landscapes of Irish castles, English cottages and Italian seasides shown in David Maynard’s photographs are welcome reminders that magical moments abound when we step back from our daily life. La Shot Photography sells images on framed canvas and gallery wraps for easy hanging. He also reproduces his images on mousepads, notecards and coasters. Great for home or office!

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Staying warm on cold winter days doesn’t have to require bulky layers of fabric. Heidi Skillman designed the 360 Scarf to your neck and upper chest warm without the hassle of 4’ of fabric! Made with mohair, silk and other fabrics, the 360 Scarf compliments your winter wardrobe and fits easily in a pocket or purse when not needed.

Indulge your playful side with an animal, gnome or jester hat from The Mouse Works. Ryan Williamson uses factory remnants of warm, breathable Berber fleece to make adorable hats for children and adults.

Bill Healy of Healy Glass Artistry is a master glass artisan originally from Waterford, Ireland! Together, he and his wife, Nicole, design and deliver their own collection of Celtic-themed glass work. They also do family crests on glassware and wall hangings.

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Give your skin the extra pampering it needs during the cold winter months. Wayne and Julia Parker of Whispering Willow Soap Company have natural, organic soaps, scrubs, moisturizers and hair care products formulated to keep your skin happy. They also make lavender and flax seeded neck pillows to help you unwind at the end of the day. All of their products are attractively packaged in eco-friendly materials.