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Welcome to Winterfaire 2013 - The Wordsmith's Forge
The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
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Welcome to Winterfaire 2013
The Winterfaire spreads out as far as the eye can see. Some booths show streamers of red and green, while others sport blue and silver. All of them offer treasure after shining treasure. Music fills the air with lyrics of Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, and Yule. From the Wordsmith's Forge comes the bright chiming of words being hammered into literature. Delicious scents of hot chocolate, spiced cider, peppermint, baking cookies, and gingerbread tantalize the appetite. Smiling, laughing shoppers amble from booth to booth with lists in hand. Vendors grin back, calling out, "Come try, come buy...!"

I know a lot of artists, writers, musicians, crafters, and other talented folks who make some of their living from their creative endeavors. I don't always have the money to support them as much as I'd like, but what I can do is set up a virtual faire where vendors can offer their wares to an audience that likes crafts, literature, and small businesses. For those of you doing your holiday shopping, here's an opportunity to buy something made with love, something unusual or unique, in a way that helps make it possible for creative people to go on creating wonders. And there will be no traffic jams, stampedes, or gunfights at the Winterfaire!  Enjoy the seasonal offerings on Dreamwidth or on LiveJournal.



Vendors: If you have goods or services suitable for holiday gifts, please put up a booth by replying with a description of what you sell, an estimate of your price range if possible, and some kind of contact information so shoppers can reach you.  If you have a website (Etsy, DeviantArt, personal, whatever) showcasing your work in more detail, include the link(s).  If you have holiday freebies, such as downloadable greeting card imagery, you're welcome to promote those too. For ease of identification, I recommend titling your reply starting with "BOOTH:" followed by the name of your business or type of goodies.

Shoppers: If you're looking for something specific and it's not posted yet, feel free to ask. Someone else may know where to find it! "SHOPPING FOR:" and the topic would be a good title.

Everyone: You may help promote the Winterfaire by linking to this post from your own blog or site. If you have a similar holiday-networking post, you may link to it in a comment on this post.

Participation Perk: I'm offering poetry for participation, beginning with verses of "No One to Greet the Season" (72 verses) from the series Frankenstein's Family.  Because, you see, all of these activities will unlock a verse each time someone does them:
* link to this Winterfaire page to boost the signal
* comment posting a Booth of your wares/services in the Winterfaire
* buy something from a vendor listed in the Winterfaire 
* host a similar holiday market in your own blog or other venue
LiveJournal will notify me of comments to the Winterfaire post and links to it elsewhere on LJ; for everything else, you need to TELL ME in order to get credit for it.

Similar Markets:
Do you know of another indie holiday shopping post?  Let me know and I'll link it here.

Whatever Holiday Shopping Guide 2013 by John Scalzi


Happy holidays! 

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cissa From: cissa Date: November 29th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

BOOTH: Jewelry, AFMetalsmith

Thanks for doing this! I'm going to be looking back here for my own shopping. :)

I make and sell jewelry. Mostly silver, but there's some gold. My best-selling items are original Celtic-inspired pendants in bronze and silver, with wolves, ravens, triple bears, oaks, dragons (3 kinds on 1 pendant!) and St. Brigid's crosses.

At this point it would be tricky to do custom work in time for Christmas, but I can get the pendants and other finished stuff off in a few days.

Look here: http://afmetalsmith.etsy.com
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 29th, 2013 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: BOOTH: Jewelry, AFMetalsmith

You're welcome, and thanks for posting! I hope you find this useful for holiday shopping. Your verse of "No One to Greet the Season" is up.
From: technoshaman Date: November 29th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh! posted to LJ and FB.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 29th, 2013 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I appreciate the signal boost. Your two new verses of "No One to Greet the Season" are up.
mdlbear From: mdlbear Date: November 30th, 2013 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
How about nudging N about posting a booth for her home business?
moonwolf1988 From: moonwolf1988 Date: November 29th, 2013 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

BOOTH: K. A. Webb Writing

Welcome, one and all, those who've been before and those who're new, to the many worlds of K. A. Webb. (If you've been before you may know me as K. A. Jones - my name has been changed to reflect who I am and to remember the man who raised me.) All of my work can be found here.

This year I'm giving away free holiday fiction, to be sent on either Christmas Day or Boxing Day, depending on how much time I have then. Each story will be at least 1000 words long and you can ask for anything you want. If you want to keep your email address a secret (or ask for me to send a story as a gift) feel free to PM me or send me an email at k_a_webb[at]live[dot]co[dot]uk.

Stating on the 1st of December I'll be posting this year's advent story which will be set in the Donor House collection. It's a little different as I'm going to be posting 2000 words a day and I will extend the story if I get enough interest (which includes comments, clicking the write more button at my website, or linking to it).

Everything that is normally available can be purchased as a gift for someone else or for yourself. Any adoption or rental that is purchased thanks to this booth will be half price - just send me an email in advance so I know this is where you've come from. If you purchase multiple adoptions or rentals (one for a friend and one for yourself) then I'll throw in a little surprise extra - so it will be different for everyone.

Edited at 2013-11-29 10:08 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 29th, 2013 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: BOOTH: K. A. Webb Writing

>> Any adoption or rental that is purchased thanks to this booth will be half price <<

That is such an awesome idea!

I have posted your new verse of "No One to Greet the Season."
moonwolf1988 From: moonwolf1988 Date: November 30th, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: BOOTH: K. A. Webb Writing

I've boosted on both LJ and DW.

Thank you for doing this again. I do love Winterfaire.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 30th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: BOOTH: K. A. Webb Writing

>>I've boosted on both LJ and DW.<<

Yay! Your two new verses are up.

>>Thank you for doing this again. I do love Winterfaire.<<

I'm happy to hear that. I enjoy giving people opportunities.
msminlr From: msminlr Date: November 29th, 2013 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
BOOTH: M Cubed Ventures

Do you quilt, or know a quilter? Come have a look at the designs I've published so-far. They come in various degrees of complexity, including one that is a good 'first quilt'.

For more immediate gratification, I've got a CD, "Legends and Literature", which contains songs about characters from myth, fiction, [and occasionally real life] from Gilgamesh to Harry Potter. Nothing fancy in the arrangements, just me and my guitar.

My website is here

I take checks and PayPal.


Edited at 2013-11-29 11:13 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 29th, 2013 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I have posted your new verse in "No One to Greet the Season."
kestrels_nest From: kestrels_nest Date: December 2nd, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is the first look I've had at some of your quilts. The Four Seasons is incredibly lovely!
msminlr From: msminlr Date: December 2nd, 2013 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Brenda Sutton has the original.
meepalicious From: meepalicious Date: November 30th, 2013 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)

booth: KAITEN CUPCAKE

回転 CUPCAKE
Please try some of our free story samples!

Frances J.'s booth is small but well decorated with lots of glitter and it smells like cake and cookies. Inside, she is bustling around baking stories.

"いらしゃいませー!" she chirps, holding a piping hot pan of flash fiction in her hands. "Welcome to my shop! It's nice to meet you! My name is Frances J., but you can call me Meep."

"This is my first Winterfaire," she continues as she sets down the stories to cool, switching out the pan with another tray of short fiction ready to be frosted. "I'm so excited to sell my stories and see what else is for sale once everyone gets set up."

She directs your attention to a handwritten menu board.

MENU

no bake drabble bites scrumptious mini morsels of stories (between 100-250 words)
short story shortcakes a single serving of fluffy fiction (between 500-750 words)
a much longer layer cake more than enough sweet storytelling to satisfy you (starting at 1000+ words) only available by special request

Take home a tasty set to save for later! We offer no bake drabble bites and short story shortcakes for any occasion in sets of six or twelve connected stories.
TOPPINGS

rainbow sprinkles delectable queer stories cover a range of identities and relationships, to taste
cake we heard you like cake, so we put cake on your cake: stories with nonsexual intimacy
galentine's day sweethearts wait, wrong holiday! it's always a good time to write woman-centered stories
lembas bread a little fantasy or a lot? add some magic to your order!

Don't see something you like? Talk to Frances about a custom dessert order.


"I specialize in sweet stories," she says, "especially during the holiday season! I'd love to write something cheerful to warm you right up."

Frances has kept busy while you've been reading the menu, and she's put the icing on the cake of many stories from the pan. She holds the finished products up shyly: some are science fiction or fantasy, some are historical or contemporary fiction, most are woman-centric stories and all of them are very sweet.

"Can I tempt you with something?" she asks, smiling. "I've saved some plain stories to bake just for you! What are your favorite flavors?"

She takes notes on the pad hidden in her pink apron. "Don't worry about paying me, dear! I'll accept tips and donations this year. What I'd really love to do is swap my services for yours!"

THANK YOU
Questions? Comments? Please contact us!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 30th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: booth: KAITEN CUPCAKE

Thank you! I have posted your two new verses of "No One to Greet the Season."
marrael From: marrael Date: November 30th, 2013 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
BOOTH: Watercolour Fantasy Art Prints & Cards

Hamsters in the snow, Christmas angels, winter faeries and mermaids... my winter season artwork works for the holiday season and the rest of the year as well. The images are available on cards, notecards, prints, and bookmarks, and some even on magnets. I'll only be shipping due-for-Christmas orders for another week!

(Orders for custom paintings in time for Christmas are already closed, but the option remains available if you're OK with receiving the art after New Year's.)

Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/janetchui

Thanks, Elizabeth!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 30th, 2013 07:42 am (UTC) (Link)

You're welcome!

I have posted your two new verses of "No One to Greet the Season."
thesilentpoet From: thesilentpoet Date: December 1st, 2013 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Shared! Via Livejournal.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 1st, 2013 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I have posted a new verse of "No One to Greet the Season" for you.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 2nd, 2013 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Booth: Tarot readings

Thanks for participating. I've posted a new verse of "No One to Greet the Season" for you.
ellenmillion From: ellenmillion Date: December 2nd, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Booth: Coloring Books (for so-called grownups)

Gorgeous, detailed coloring books for people who never grew out of a love of coloring. For any lover of fantasy, mermaids, unicorns, dragons, goddesses, fairies, steampunk, pirates... 10 titles in stock (and some additional roughed up copies for the discount shopper!) http://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/coloringbooks.php



Looking for prints and original artwork? Check out Sketch Fest for amazing deals and one-of-a-kind sketches by lots of talented artists: http://www.ellenmilliongraphics.com/sketchfest/sketchfestproducts.php



Edited at 2013-12-02 05:19 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 2nd, 2013 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Booth: Coloring Books (for so-called grownups)

Thank you! I have posted your new verse in "No One to Greet the Season."
kyleri From: kyleri Date: December 3rd, 2013 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've done Winterfaire for a couple of years and it's _brilliant_.

I make stuff for your skin (crap free, guaranteed!) -- soap and lip balms and massage oils and bath salts and such -- as The Vagabond Tabby. My orange tabby is my VP of Marketing -- nothing like a friendly cat on a leash sitting in front of your booth to bring folks in!

My website is TheVagabondTabby.com and I also have an Etsy site.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 3rd, 2013 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I have posted your new verse in "No One to Greet the Season."
paka From: paka Date: December 4th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

BOOTH: Drowsy Hyaena Productions

This comment is a duplicate of my post at my DeviantArt gallery, at; http://pachycrocuta.deviantart.com/

Commissions are open again!

My prices are;

$22/inked character (may have some shading if I'm inclined that way) + 11/extra character (vehicle, etc) (recent example; http://pachycrocuta.deviantart.com/art/Opposing-counsel-409811757)

$33/character with grayscale shade to indicate tone + 16/extra character (recent example; http://pachycrocuta.deviantart.com/art/Carrion-King-409756096 )

$44/fully painted character + 22/extra character (recent example; http://pachycrocuta.deviantart.com/art/Wolfwere-human-and-wolf-forms-413288104 )

If you want more than one round of revisions at the pencil level, I will request more payment. Most themes should be okay, but please check in with me first.

Please contact me by email (JonServal at aol dot com) if you want a commission from me! What I'll need is brief character description(s) including significant pieces of clothing or equipment, what you'd like them doing, and general theme or mood if you're inclined that way!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 4th, 2013 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: BOOTH: Drowsy Hyaena Productions

Thank you! I have posted your new verse in "No One to Greet the Season."
paka From: paka Date: December 4th, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: BOOTH: Drowsy Hyaena Productions

Thanks! I appreciate having another place to reach more viewers, as well.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 4th, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: BOOTH: Drowsy Hyaena Productions

I'm happy to hear that. Winterfaire seems to have become a popular tradition. I enjoy the chance to help creators and audiences find each other.
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