September 21st, 2012 / posted by paularath

Chiyogami Musume's Baroque music mini spools

Make next Saturday your first pre-holiday craft fair day of the year. There are at least two really good fairs happening: the Nui Mono Sale, as mentioned in a previous blog (, and Kuhio Craft Fair. Here are the details:

Saturday, September 29

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kuhio Elementary School Cafeteria and Field

Down Any Road upcycles stuff to create clever home decor pieces.

This is a curated show featuring a wide variety of clothing, accessories, gifts and home decor. There are rubber stamps, cards, beach glass jewelry, baby stuff, framed art, Tutu skirts for keiki and lots of great jewelry.

Love those blues in this necklace by Fashioned by Roberta.

Among the new vendors this year is my sister, Roberta Cullen, who makes lots of different styles of beaded jewelry. As with many beaders, it began as a hobby for Roberta. She made necklaces, bracelets and earrings for herself, then for family and friends. People stopped them – and Roberta herself – on the street, to ask : “Where did you get that great necklace – or bracelet or earrings?”. Her friend Gail Fujita talked her into approaching The Contemporary Museum gift shop and they loved her collection, which she calls Fashioned By Roberta. A few other boutqiues picked up the line. Just last year she participated in her first craft fair at the Mission Houses Museum. Her sales were so good at the fair (with sales help from our marketing guru and sister-in-law, Ginger Waters), that she is now trying the Kuhio Fair.

I plan to make the rounds at Nui Mono and Kuhio. Hope to see you there.

– Paula Rath


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