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Third annual Handmade Holidays coming to Art Center

Sarah Fenn, among vendors returning for another edition of Handmade Holidays at the Art Center, displays Baby Cupcake Clothing. Only vendors of handmade of “upcycled” items are allowed to participate.
Sarah Fenn, among vendors returning for another edition of Handmade Holidays at the Art Center, displays Baby Cupcake Clothing. Only vendors of handmade of “upcycled” items are allowed to participate.

Art Center at the Old Library in La Grande is pleased to bring its bazaar, Handmade Holidays, back to the Art Center for a third year. 

The event will take place Nov. 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Art Center, which is located on the corner of Fourth Street and Penn Avenue.  

The Art Center, event organizers said, has received generous support for this event by Grande Ronde Hospital. Additional sponsors include La Grande Paint and Glass, The Potter’s House, Hassinger Farms, Baum Smith LLC, Globe Furniture and Bond Total Healthcare. 

Handmade Holidays is unique to the area in that it allows only vendors of handmade or “upcycled” items to participate. 

Up to 30 artists and crafters will be selling their work, which includes, but is not limited to, pottery, jewelry, clothing, art work, cards and other gifts also perfect for any person on your giving list. 

Vendors and shoppers alike enjoy the welcoming atmosphere of the newly renovated Art Center. 

One such vendor said she is pleased to be returning to Handmade Holidays year after year. Sara Fenn is the owner of Baby Cupcake Clothing, a home business she began four years ago during tough economic times. 

“When I started Baby Cupcake, I was unemployed. I decided while I had the time and the need for a direction for my time and energy, why not put it into the hobby that I loved most?” said Fenn. 

Fenn learned how to sew at age 8, and since has blossomed into a designer of one-of-a-kind children’s wear. The Baby Cupcake Clothing line spans newborn to children’s size 12. Though she could choose to make a few designs and produce multiple garments at a time, she says her favorite part of the business is creating each garment to be unique to the individual. 

While many custom-made garments will come with a hefty price tag, Fenn said she works hard to keep her costs down, shopping sales for fabric and passing the savings on to her customers. 

Over the years Baby Cupcake Clothing has been available at various local businesses and bazaars and, at present, is featured at Serendipity in downtown
La Grande.  

For Fenn, this business is truly a labor of love. Now employed full-time as a receptionist, she finds time to work her business while her children are sleeping or on weekends. 

“I’m so excited to be part of Handmade Holidays again this year,” Fenn said. “It’s a great bazaar that really shows off the talent that is right here in the
community.” 

The Board of Directors at Art Center at the Old Library is proud to be able to support local talent and welcomes shoppers to join them for what they call a feel-good shopping experience.  

For more information about Handmade Holidays, call the Art Center at 541-624-2800 or stop by during office hours, Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m-2 p.m., 1006 Penn Ave., La Grande. 

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