Event Recap: Arts & Crafts Fair (Atlantic Highlands, NJ)

July 22, 2013 by Ashley Willis
Arts & Craft Festival, Presented by the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society

Arts & Craft Festival, Presented by the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society

Unique and intricate pieces of art or home décor items are great conversation starters when friends and family are over. To stock up on some new items, we set out to our local craft fair this weekend to see what unique goodies we could find. Craft fairs are the perfect place to uncover handmade, one-of-a-kind items that no one else has – and it’s a great way to support your local small businesses. We set out to see what was at the show in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey …. 

From outdoor lights to cool lighting and hand painted wine glasses, we found it all this weekend! Here’s a look at our favorite finds from the craft fair in Atlantic Highlands:

Fancy Fossils by Andrea:

To say we’re obsessed with these would be an understatement. Fancy Fossils, by Andrea  are one-of-a-kind stones that are handmade and started by using  REAL leaves! They have so many uses… garden stones, centerpieces, appetizer platters, and a decorative base for candles or flowers… the list goes on! We picked up a few of these and we’ll show you how we used ours in an upcoming post. (Click on each photo to see them up close!)


Decorated Solar Lights

Need to add some light your to your porch or front yard? Decorated Solar Lights are a great way to add light where you need too in a fun, unique way. They literally have a light for everyone!! With so many to choose from, we can’t settle on just one favorite!  Check them out on Facebook here


Creations by Lorraine:

We adored the sets from Creations by Lorraine! Crafted by Lorraine Chielli, we found these gift packs of cutting boards, a knife and set of cocktail napkins to be an absolute PERFECT hostess gift to bring when headed out to a party! Topped with a bow and flowers, these sets are ready to be gifted! Our other favorites included the decorative beach chairs and notepad and pen gift sets. Too Cute!


Tile Renditions:

Our eyes were immediately drawn to the unique tile pieces created by Paul and Barbara Zarrillo of Tile Renditions. The modern, clean tile art can add instant life to a colorless wall. The mirrors, key racks, decorative wall hangings and more were all crafted with attention to detail. This type of detail and design can’t be found anywhere else – so naturally, we had to have one! We’ll show you where we hung ours in an upcoming post on beach house décor next month! See their website here


Candle Light Bottles by Donna and Rock

The perfect accessory for your porch this summer (or as a hostess gift!), the Candle Light Bottles by Donna and Rock are guaranteed to bring beautiful mood lighting to any porch or deck. Each bottle has a unique pattern and hangs with a chain that holds the interior light, illuminating the colorful glass. Another fun find were Donna and Rick’s decorative solar light jars – creative and eye-catching!


HolliWood Crafts:

We might be a little bias on this top pick, since crafter Holli Willis of Holliwood Crafts is our mom! But we really do love her work. Garden benches, wooden gift baskets, and planters on display were all hand painted with bright bold colors and scenic landscapes that are perfect for summer! Our favorite? The garden benches, which can easily bring color and décor to your front porch, garden, or an empty corner in a room.


Overall it was a successful day at the Atlantic Highlands Art & Craft Fair! We send our thanks to the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society and the Borough of Atlantic Highlands for hosting a fun day and introducing us to new small businesses in our town. Next time you see a sign for a Craft Fair in your town, stop by and see what unique pieces you can find!

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  1. Thank you Ashley for the wonderful photos. Of course, my favorite is “Creations by Lorraine” (me). You did a beautiful job of describing each of the chosen vendors. Thank you so much.

    Comment by Lorraine Chielli — July 26, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

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