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A very crafty Christmas: 8 vendors to know before you go to Holidays in the Rockies

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Crafters and artisans have put the finishing touches on their homespun, handcrafted and homemade work just in time for Holidays in the Rockies Artisan Market.

The annual event, sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, will feature about 56 local and regional vendors, and be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Strawberry Park Elementary, 39620 Amethyst St.

New this year will be a craft table for kids where they can make a $5 ornament or a $3 card while Mom or Dad shops.

Holiday shoppers will also have a chance to stroll through the vendor booths, listen to the Yampa Valley Singers who will be singing Christmas carols, take photos with Santa between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and indulge in refreshments like chili and salads.

Before you go, here are a few of this year’s vendors to keep an out for.

Morningside Designs

First year at the Holidays in the Rockies Market

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Growing up in Vermont and learning various crafts from her mom like rug braiding and weaving, Mary Claire McGovern soon connected these skills to her life as a teacher and outdoor educator in Leadville and Carbondale.

"At least every five years climbing rope needs to be retired for safety reasons, and I found that there was a surplus of old rope at the schools I was working at," McGovern said. "On a trip to Peru in 2013, I saw a large rope rug in a cafe, and it gave me the idea to make use of all the old ropes at school."

Specialty: Hand-woven rugs of recycled materials including climbing ropes and bike tubes; also hand- knit and felted mittens, slippers and quilted bags.

"I try to make fun combinations of colored ropes that I collect from climbing gyms, schools, and individuals who would otherwise throw them away,” McGovern said. “I also use bike tubes to make rugs and bags, but I don’t have any of those in stock at this time."

Factoid: Proceeds from the market will be donated toward the Ladakh Women’s Ice Hockey Foundation – a group that empowers young women in the region of Ladakh through ice hockey – where she went to teach wilderness first aid and coach ice hockey. She will be bringing more hockey gear to the young girls.

Big Hollow Designs

Second year at the Holidays in the Rockies Market

Based out of Wyoming, Big Hollow Designs was started by owner and designer Nadia Kaliszewski and is known for her bohemian-style pieces.

Specialty: Handmade jewelry (earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and key chains), hand-painted antler sheds and bull skulls, Big Hollow skirts and Atmosphere Mountainworks goods (i.e. bags, wallets and outerwear).

Be on the look out for: The biggest new addition to my booth this year will be the painted antler sheds

Mountain Fever Shop

First year at the Holidays in the Rockies Market

Based out of Boulder, Clarice Olson started the Mountain Fever Shop, with a few scarves as a way to raise money for restoration efforts for her mother and family members in Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

Specialty: Scarves – beautiful, chunky, soft, trendy scarves, crochet ornaments and ornaments layered with hot chocolate goodness

Factoid: Money raised from the market will be donated to hurricane relief efforts in Houston.

Simply the Color

First year at the Holidays in the Rockies Market

Ruth Dombrowski started Simply the Color in Steamboat Springs and her creations are largely inspired by colors especially the fall leaves.

Specialty: Acrylic paintings, barn wood art, decorative bottles, decorated vases, a U.S. flag from recycled corrugated metal and Christmas decor pieces on barn wood.

Coleman's Haberdashery

Second year at the Holidays in the Rockies Market

Steamboat Springs’ Vincent Coleman created the local Coleman's Haberdashery as a way to provide more leather products.

Specialty: Hand-stitched American bison leather goods including men's wallets, belts, totes and small leather accessories.

Be on the lookout for: New products including women's clutches, bracelets and totes

"We cut, stitch and rivet everything by hand – the old-fashioned way," Coleman said. "Our goods are unique to the leather market, since there are very few Leather workers worldwide that specialize exclusively in bison leather."

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Over 25 years at the Holidays in the Rockies Market

Longtime locals Mary Kaye Schoeneman and Kay Wagner are known for their handmade items including aprons, tea towels, children’s clothing constructed of 100 percent cotton and up-cycled items for young children.

Be on the lookout for: Schoeneman and her husband make home-made jams and jellies, dried peaches, apples and more. Items are certified by the Colorado Cottage Food Producers.

Light of Creation

Fourth year at the Holidays in the Rockies Market

Affirmation Stars are created by Sista Luna, local artist and Young Bloods Collective co-founder.

Specialty: Hand-folded stars with loving little affirmations written inside. Just push one flat, start pulling at the folds and open the star to reveal the affirmation.

Factoid: She uses over 30 designs of beautiful paper with 26 different affirmations. Larger Mason jars contain about 200 stars.

Holistica Botanicals

First year at the Holidays in the Rockies Market

Holistica Botanicals LLC was started by a local Registered Nurse and certified Aromatherapist, Katie Marie Carter.

Speciality: Handmade organic aromatherapy and botanical products. These range from aromatic bath soaks, to mists, massage oils, Loose Leaf teas, natural deodorants and more.

Be on the lookout for: Their holiday gift set which includes a holiday diffuser blend and frankincense and myrrh body butter.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@steamboattoday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

If you go:

What: Holidays in the Rockies Artisan Market

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2

Where: Strawberry Park Elementary, 39620 Amethyst St.

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