The holidays are fast approaching and crafters are busily creating various items to sell at all the holiday boutiques and fairs in the area.
Carol Smith of Chino Valley is just one of the many crafters who will be at this year's Arts & Crafters Fair at St. Catherine Laboure Church in Chino Valley , on Nov. 2 and 3.
"I have been into crafts since the age of eight, when I used to make the loom potholders and sell them door to door for 25 cents," said Smith.
She said she has been creating her large variety of crafts and attending craft shows for the past 30 years.
"I make approximately 30 to 50 different kinds of craft items and it changes yearly as I see new items I want to try to create," Smith said.
"I spend several hours a day working on my crafts and make everything from knitted hats and scarves, to kids aprons, activity bags, gift boxes that look like choo-choo trains, Victorian stockings, Christmas wreaths and ornaments for the tree and much more," she added.
Smith gets a lot of pleasure from crafting.
"It gives me satisfaction when others show their appreciation of something I've made," she said.
"I'm going to keep doing this as long as I can, because there is always something new for me to try."
Carol Roscos is another Chino Valley crafter who will sell her wares at the Arts & Crafts Fair in November.
"I have always like to stay busy, and sewing and crafting helps me do that," said Roscos.
She specializes in cross-stitch so most of her items, which include towels, potholders, bread covers, and more, have cross-stitching on them.
"I do pictures in cross stitching as well, but I don't use kits. It is all freehand," Roscos said.
She also goes to as many craft shows as she can each year to sell her craft items.
"Doing these handmade crafts gives me a lot of pleasure because it's a gift from the heart," she said.