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Arts & Entertainment It’s Magic!

5x8 box with amethyst crystal slice and purple heartMistletoe Magic Craft Show a holiday tradition

One of the best places to begin your Christmas shopping is at the Macon County Community Facilities Building Thanksgiving weekend Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24.

For many years Mistletoe Magic Art and Craft Show has been the go-to show for fine art and crafts and unique artisan pieces perfect for everyone on your list.

Among the featured artisans is glass artist Neal Hearn, well known for his one-of-a kind pieces. Hearn combines different craft processes: glass fusing, lapidary, and metal smithing to create a uniquely finished product.

“I have created thousands of pieces since I began in 1984. I see no end to the conceivable designs possible. I love creating unique pieces and can’t wait to get into my studio each day,” said Hearn.

Jewelry maker Nanci Leigh describes her collection as “an eclectic mix of jewelry styles. I use the combination of an earthy element such as natural gemstones,” she said. The natural gemstone she uses in each piece is chosen specifically for its unusual characteristics, color, size and design. More often the design includes jasper, Brazilian agate, Mexican lace agate, amethyst, malachite and other natural stones.

She also uses many other types of metals, beads, and other design elements to augment and enhance the beauty of the natural gemstone, so that piece represents a unique creation. The jewelry designs that Nanci offers are one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted, original “Designs by Nanci.”

Tina Snow of Momma T’s Soap Co. says she’s been interested in natural, healthy, skin care products for most of her life, but most were hard to find or way overpriced, so she began to make her own cold process soaps, balms and lotions. She offers more than 28 soaps, most scented naturally with essential oils, 18 different flavors of bees’ wax based lip balms, a variety of lotion bars, crafters’ balms, aromatherapy oils; as well as liquid soaps, dog shampoos and other aroma-based products.

Besides soaps and jewelry, Mistletoe Magic offers fine arts and crafts from more than 60 artisans. The juried show includes knitted and crochet items, leather clothes and bags, brooms, painted shirts, Christmas decor, rugs, baskets, knives, photography, bird houses, pottery, bears, blankets, coats of arms, florals, dried dip mixes, woodwork, iron work, soaps and lotions and signs.

The Seventh Annual Mistletoe Magic will run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days with free parking. Door prizes will be offered and the Cowee Quilters will have a quilt giveaway. Massages will be available after a vigorous day of shopping. Admission is $1 or one non-perishable food item to be donated to a local food bank.





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