While the Black Friday bargain gifts have already been wrapped and stashed, there is still plenty of time to purchase a few gifts with a more personal and handmade touch.
Saturday, around 40 vendors at the Betsey Mills Club will offer shoppers a chance to do just that.
For about 30 years, the Christmas Village Craft Show has been offering up a wide variety of crafts and draws artisans from all across Ohio and West Virginia, said Betsey Mills Club activities coordinator Shauna Cornwell.
Keri Seevers puts the finishing touches on a piece of word art Tuesday in Marietta. The art depicts her last name with photographs of letters seen in everyday objects. Seevers will be selling the customizable pieces as well as other crafts like the pictured recycled book letters at the Christmas Village Craft Show on Saturday.
"People of all ages come. I know sometimes craft shows get a reputation of being for an older crowd, but kids love this show," she said.
The show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a $2 admission charge for shoppers will go toward the Betsey's operating expenses.
Local crafter Claire Bogard has been participating in the show for several years now and says the event is always fun to be a part of.
If you go
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Betsey Mills Club gymnasium on the corner of Fourth and Putnam streets.
Features around 40 vendors selling handmade items ranging from paper crafts to jewelry to primitive crafts to photography.
Source: Betsey Mills Club.
"People are really coming for Christmas gifts. They are always looking for those unique specialty gifts that you don't find just anywhere," she said.
A longtime crafter and the owner of Paperific, Bogard designs and hand-dyes paper and then makes a variety of paper creations out of the beautiful pages.
"I make portfolios, address books, journals, picture frames, gift boxes, cards. You name it, I do it," she said.
Returning to the Christmas Village Craft Show for a second year is Marietta crafter Keri Seevers.
Around four years ago, Seevers began photographing found objects that resembled letters and she put together a piece of word art using the letters for her in-laws. The project bloomed from there.
"Someone saw theirs and said 'Oh, I want one.' And then another person wanted one," she recalled.
Now Seevers runs MoniKeri Name Art and has quite a store of unique letter photographs from which people can craft their art, typically a last name or a word like "Family," she said.
"Some people, I can tell don't quite get what I'm doing at first glance. They just see a picture of a dirty tire and a tree limb, but that tire might be an 'o' and that tree limb is a 'l'," she said.
Around 90 percent of the letter photographs Seevers have accumulated were things photographed in the area, so they have a local touch, she said.
Any given moment can become an opportunity for a photograph, she said.
"Sometimes I'll be walking and say 'Oh wait, wait. There's a 'g'. I have to stop,'" she joked.
Last year business from the Christmas Village Craft Show kept Seevers busy all year long and she is hoping for the same this year.
"I think that's the show that everybody looks forward to for the Christmas season," she said.