For four women, the Lula Days Festival was their starting point.
Christine Urrego, Anna Roberts, Monica Black and Rachel Canada came together to put their projects into one booth for Saturday’s festival. The four women go to church together at Spoken Word Church in Lula.
While the crowds weren’t too heavy due to the rain, Canada said she was still impressed with the turnout.
“We are now addicted to festivals,” said Canada, who lives in Gillsville.
It was their first collective festival, though all four women have been perfecting their crafts for years.
“Some of my earliest memories are from making candy with my grandmother,” Canada said.
Her daughter, 14-year-old Olivia Canada, often helps and makes bookmarks to sell. She also makes lotion bars, lip balms, body butters and jewelry.
Black is taking advantage of the current slime trend. She has over 40 variations of the stuff for sale in their booth, ranging from $3 small pots to $10 for an 8-ounce tub. Two of her creations include a cinnamon version with real cinnamon spices in it and a brownie batter version with cocoa powder infused into it.
“It’s simple to make, but it does take time,” Black said.
The Cumming woman also made Play-Doh with essential oils and bath salts and bombs. All of her inventory takes a while to make and she just started three months ago.
Her three daughters, Zoe Black, 10, Kaylee Black, 10, and Esther Black, 15, help her make the slime.
“I wanted to make it when I first saw it, but I didn’t think my mom would let me,” Esther said.
Roberts was also inspired by her daughter to make her goods.
She has made more than 250 bows and the same amount of bracelets in every color in the rainbow, each slightly different in design or color. She has been making the bows and bracelets for 10 years.
“They’re a lot cheaper to make than they are to buy,” she said.
Her 9-year-old daughter, Abbi Grace Roberts, often matches her bows and bracelets to her outfit every day, sparking the joke that she had a bow and bracelet for every day of the year.
Christine Urrego is the skirt maker of the group. Since she is so petite and slender, skirts from the store don’t fit her so she started making her own. Since then, she taught herself how to make them and has begun selling them for around $10 to $15 per item.
“It depends on how much time it takes me and how much fabric I used,” said Urrego, who lives in Braselton.
She begins with a fabric and goes from there, without using any stitching patterns. Her colorful skirts are mostly child-sized.
“My daughters are hoping nothing sells so they can have them,” she said.