Arts and crafts show all set for Saturday

Did you know there are lots of things to do with old blue jeans, including making wine bottle covers and handbags and jewelry screens?

Ruthann Sagers, who has always been into arts and crafts and used to make porcelain dolls, and slip covers and draperies for her father’s store, will be one of the new craft artisans at Good Earth Market’s Semi-annual Arts and Crafts Show.

“It’s a good way to recycle the jeans,” said Sagers, who used to sell her products in Key West and at the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival years ago, but mainly does it as a hobby now.

Sagers will join other newcomers Connie Kaden, who makes jewelry; Bethany Taylor, who makes T-shirts; and Justin Cavagnaro, a glass artist from Artful Bean in Bethany Beach.

Sandra Scott, another newcomer, is excited to share her hand painted T-shirts for the first time. Scott trained as a graphic artist before taking time off to raise her family and said she always had an artistic flair.

“It’s very different,” she said of her shirt-making. “I have heard of other people that hand-paint shirts but not in this area. I am excited for people to see the uniqueness of it.”

Connie Kaden of CK Jewelry said that, after retiring as an executive secretary, she took up jewelry-making as a hobby, and after moving to Delaware full-time, started going to craft shows for fun. She makes necklaces, bracelets, earrings, watches and rosary beads from gemstones and crystals.

“I was always into crafts,” she explained, adding that she had always sewn and done cross-stitch and one day got started with jewelry, after picking up the directions to make a necklace.

The fair will also bring back local favorites, including John Donato, a local artist who describes his art as “whimsical art for folks who crave color.” Also attending will be Bird Haven Bags, Dan Carey and his sea-glass collection; Sue Morrow, with her pottery; Arlene Bailor, who does acrylics; Doris Campbell, the “mermaid lady”; Jeffrey Moore, with photography and watercolors; Denise Burnstein, with purses; and Paula Howard, with appliquéd clothing. Sandy Powell and Dawn Pierro of Good Earth Market will also have displays of their handmade jewelry on hand.

“It’s a wide variety,” said Powell. “We are happy to have some interesting new things this year.”

Powell added that there will also be plenty of Kogler’s Old World Breads, a local favorite at the market, as well as hot dogs and “not dogs,” coffee, and an eating place to enjoy it all. The show, with its one-of-a-kind artisans and products, is scheduled for Saturday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a rain date of Sunday, May 23.