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Maureen Feighan
The Detroit News
Paw print glasses at April Wagner’s Epiphany Studio in Pontiac.

Glass studio offers handcrafted ornaments, gifts

If you missed last weekend’s Holiday Open House at epiphany studios in Pontiac, good news: The studio will host Open Studios on Saturday and again on Dec. 19 from 12-4 p.m. where you can purchase gifts. Epiphany is owned by talented local glass artist April Wagner who has created one-of-a-kind glass art for businesses and homes all over the country. For the holidays, Wagner’s Studio E line offers a range of handblown glass ornaments, paperweights and others gifts. Pictured are the Paw Print Pint glasses, which cost $45 each (a portion goes to the Michigan Humane Society). Epiphany is at 770 Orchard Lake Road in Pontiac. Gifts also are available at epiphanyglassstore.com/. Call (248) 745-3786.

The End Grain Woodworking Co. makes everything from votive holders to growth charts out of wood salvaged from old Detroit houses.

Detroit Mercantile Co. opens Merry Market

The Detroit Mercantile Co., 3434 Russell Street, opens up its annual Merry Market for two days this weekend, featuring more than 30 vendors from Detroit and Michigan. They’ll be selling everything from art to antiques. One vendor, Livonia-based The End Grain Woodworking Co., makes a variety of home decor items from salvaged Detroit wood, including candle votices, wood growth charts for kids and picture frames. The Merry Market runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Michigan Christmas Tree Association says Christmas trees are not cut down from forests. They come from tree farms.

Real Christmas trees: fact or fiction

Of course the Michigan Christmas Tree Association, based in Howell, wants you to buy a real Christmas tree. They argue a real tree isn’t more expensive; it depends on the size and species (and where you buy it). Below are some other interesting myths they’d like to clear up:

Real Christmas trees are cut down from forests. According to the Michigan Christmas Tree Association, roughly 98 percent of Christmas trees are grown on farms not forests. There are nearly 15,000 Christmas tree farms with 350,000 trees growing across all 50 states.

You save a tree by using a fake tree. Christmas trees are actually grown specifically to be cut down for the holidays. For every real Christmas tree harvested, 1 to 3 seedlings are planted.

Christmas trees are a fire safety hazard. According to the MCTA, a properly maintained Christmas tree does not represent a fire hazard. Real trees are the first ignited source in less than 1 out of every 1,000 fires, according to the association.

Several fall fabrics from Stark were inspired by space and space exploration.

Space influences fall fabric prints

They say that interior design trends start in fashion before moving into homes, but do some trends start in Hollywood? Yes, says representatives at Stark, a fabric company. At a fall fashion show earlier this year at Stark’s offices near the Michigan Design Center in Troy, Stark representatives said there’s been a lot of renewed interest in space and space exploration when it comes new fabric patterns, a result of hit movies such as “The Martian.” Old World Weavers, a division of Stark Fabric, for example, has introduced drapery fabrics such as Kuiper, a shimmery chenille that comes in two shades: Moon Dust or Galaxy. There’s also a cotton polyester blend called Cosmic Ray. Visit starkcarpet.com.

Handmade Victorian ornaments will be sold at Saturday’s Victorian Christmas Wassail and Bazaar at the Crocker House Museum in Mount Clemens.

Crocker House hosts Victorian holiday bazaar, meal

Wassail comes from the Old English terms, “waes hael,” which means to “be well.” It’s also the name for a traditional mulled cider served at the holidays. At Mount Clemens’ Crocker House and Museum, they’ll hold their own Wassail celebration from 12-6 p.m. Sunday to mark the holidays. Their Victorian Christmas Wassail & Bazaar will feature four vendors selling Victorian ornaments, decor and clothes. There will also be Christmas decor, carols and a traditional Christmas food. Wassail tickets are $25 for Macomb County Historical Society members and $30 for nonmembers; there will be two seating times at 12:15 and 3:15 p.m. Call (586) 465-2488.

Woodturning artist Ted July of Otisville, Michigan will be at the 2nd Annual Holiday Art Fair in Ypsilanti this weekend.

Ann Arbor art fair organizers present holiday show

They’re baaaack. Organizers of the hugely popular Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair return to the art fair circuit this holiday season with the second annual Holiday Art Fair Saturday and Sunday at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center, 799 Hewitt in Ypsilanti. Presented by the Guild of Artists and Artisans, this show will feature the work of 100 jury-selected artists selling jewelry, glass, ceramics, wood, and more. Pictured is the work of woodmaker Ted July. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5; children, 12 and younger, are free. Parking is free.