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5 ways to get crafty this holiday season

Everybody knows the best Christmas presents, cards and decorations are the ones you make yourself, and the next best are ones made by the hands of people you know.

That's why we've put together this quick list of places to get crafty this holiday season as you put together your holiday gift list.

1. Clayfolk Show and Sale

The 41st annual Clayfolk Show and Sale, the signature event of the Southern Oregon Potters’ Association, will be held Friday-Sunday, Nov. 18-20, in the Brammo Building (the old Talent Walmart store), at 300 W. Valley View Road in Talent. The event features a variety of functional, sculptural and whimsical works by more than 65 member artists from across Oregon and Northern California. The show is the largest of its kind in Southern Oregon. The show opens Friday with live music and light refreshments. Hours are from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, see clayfolk.org

2. Harvest Show of Fine Woodworking

The Siskiyou Woodcraft Guild will hold its 37th annual show Friday through Sunday, Nov. 25-27, and this year's event will be in a new location: The Hay-Patton Rehearsal Center at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 30 S. First St., Ashland. It is a juried show that features selected works by members exhibiting a variety of beautiful furniture, tables, boxes, carvings, turned bowls and more. The artists are present and available to discuss their work and generally talk shop. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For details, see www.siskiyouguild.org or call Jens Sehm at 541-301-8086.

3. Make wreaths at Hanley farm

Make a holiday wreath from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road, between Central Point and Medford. Wreath-making kits will be available for $15 for nonmembers or $10 for SOHS members. Kits include a grapevine base, choice of greens and berries, wire and clippers. Volunteers will be available to offer wreath-making advice. Some ribbon will be available. Santa and one of his elves will be there, there will be activities for children, and warm drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. Hanley House will not be available for tours that day, but the house will be decorated and open for tours Dec. 26 and 27.

4. Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire 2016

The 16th annual Lithia Artisans Christmas Faire will be held at the Historic Ashland Armory Friday -Sunday, Nov. 25-27. The event, which happens during the weekend of Thanksgiving, features the artists and craftspeople who display their wares on Calle Guanajuato during the outdoor season in downtown Ashland. More than 50 booths will include fine art, pottery, jewelry, soaps and candles, painted silk, clothing, leather work, wood work, photography, henna art and more. Admission is free. Food, refreshments and live music will be offered, as well. For details, see https://lithiaartisansmarket.com/2016/11/10/lithia-artisans-christmas-faire-2016/

5. Victorian Christmas High Tea & Craft Faire

The historic Prospect Hotel, 391 Mill Creek Drive, Prospect, will hold its sixth annual holiday event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11. A selection of treats will be available, and the rooms will be all dressed up for Christmas, with displays of crafts made by local vendors. For details, see www.prospecthotel.com/events.html or call 541-560-3664.

— Reach Mail Tribune features and digital engagement editor David Smigelski at 541-776-8784 or dsmigelski@mailtribune.com.

The historic Prospect Hotel, 391 Mill Creek Drive, Prospect, will hold its sixth annual Victorian Christmas High Tea & Craft Faire from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11. Mail Tribune / file photo
The 41st annual Clayfolk Show and Sale, scheduled Friday-Sunday, Nov. 18-20, will have a new location this year — the Brammo Building, 300 W. Valley View Road, in Talent. Lorene Senesac created this whimsical piece of clay art. - Photo by Guy Woods