April 30, 2017
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: woodcrafty

Jon Pitts from woodcrafty

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
Since I make tiny designs out of even smaller pieces of wood, my style tends to be somewhat minimal. I get inspired by all kinds of things: a cool tree in the backyard, a flower, the way the moon looks through the clouds. In my mind, I am already clarifying that image and I put it in the sketch book to wait until collect the necessary materials.

Making the first run of a design is especially exciting (sometimes unnerving) because I can’t be completely sure what it will look like until it gets the finish coat and then the colors pop, everything goes as planned, and I get to do my celebration dance (or not).

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
I love art shows! They tend to be the most rewarding, I get instant feedback, make new friends, meet owners of shops that want to carry my work, and of course not only do I find a bunch of homes for my work, but get to personally give them the story behind the work and ensure that it fits them perfectly. You just can’t beat it!

What is the weirdest job you have ever had?:
I worked the 2010 Census and meet all kinds of interesting people, in their homes, while they weren’t always necessarily excited to talk to me. I got to ride my bike, use some of the spanish I was forgetting from college, and wear an official looking laminated badge! Being the go-getter that I am, I turned in more cases than the 2nd and 3rd most productive people in my group put together.

Follow woodcrafty:

Website-treemefreely.com
Instagram-instagram.com/woodcrafty_jon
Facebook-facebook.com/Woodcrafty

For the full vendor gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you May 13th!

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April 29, 2017
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Busy Little Bees

Kelly & Wendy from Busy Little Bees


Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
Crafting was always happening in our house growing up. Year after year, season after season, holiday or not we were busy little bees making something. Inspiration for us came easy as our mother and grandmother were masters at hot gluing, stenciling, sewing, ironing, bedazzling, glittering, arranging, cooking and influencing us to create. It seems so fitting that we sisters are designing for you items that are so strongly rooted from our traditions.

Wendy and Kelly, designers and creators of Two Busy Little Bees, use up-cycled materials, original designs, and love when crafting our one of a kind toys and activities for children. Our grandmother made for us heirloom quality busy books that our children enjoying playing with today. Reliving memories by seeing these books in our children’s hands, we recognized the need for such a treasure for other children.

We are inspired daily through our children, our own busy little bees. These inspirations come from the things they are learning, our daily play, the bright tactile fabrics they wear, or our silly family sayings. Our handmade style is a combination of bold colors, playful textured fabrics, and clean lines. We value making quality, sustainable products, that will help children to learn through interactive play.

Two Busy Little Bees will bring to the Handmade Market a combination of our “My Busy Books,” “lil busy books,” novelty onesies, and some small activities. Come stop by our booth and check us out!

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
The best way to showcase the quality of our toys is having the public see them first hand. Giving people of all ages an opportunity to interact with our products allows them a chance to fall in love with our handmade work. In addition, watching the public react and relive memories from their childhood when seeing our products, is such a fun and wonderful sight!

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
Wendy and I are most creative when we work out! As stay at home moms, we both seem to produce our best ideas when we have a chance to shake of life, take a break, and break a sweat!

What is the weirdest job you have ever had?:
Not the weirdest job, but Wendy and I both worked as Lifeguards at the Beach Waterpark in Ohio while in college. We have always been extremely close and some days we would guard across the wave pool from each other. On slow days we would use sign language to be able to chat about the days work, customer interactions, or just funny things we saw that day! Only once did we ever notice someone paying attention to our conversation!

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
Nicole Lee Designs has fantastic looking purses and clutches with playful fabrics to choose from! Excited to see those products!

Follow Busy Little Bees:
Website- twobusylittlebees.com
Instagram- instagram.com/twobusylittlebees
Facebook- facebook.com/twobusylittlebees

For the full vendor gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you May 13th!

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April 28, 2017
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Juniper Bay Metals

Staci Phebus from Juniper Bay Metals

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
My style is organic with clean lines and textures. I’m inspired by the materials I work with and also by subtleties and intricate details found within the natural world. Earrings are always my best sellers. It thrills me to no end to spot my jewelry “in the wild” on lovely people who care as much about handcrafted culture as I do!

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
I do best with in-person sales – custom orders and great events like Handmade Market – and Instagram!

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
I throw open my studio window, burn a little Nag Champa and get down to business. I start the day with podcasts and end it with music, of all kinds. The best way for me to get in “go mode” is to sit down at the bench and start on one simple task – I trust that the creativity and work come. Mid day walks are always a great way for me to take space and recharge.

What is the weirdest job you have ever had?:
I spent one summer making handmade dolls. They were quite elaborate and totally ornamental, made from vintage millinery, fabrics and glass glitter, etc. And lots and lots of hot glue!

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
I’m really excited to see Ashley of Twiggy Road Designs! I adore her and her work and just know the Handmade Market shoppers will love her jewelry. So creative!

Follow Juniper Bay Metals:
Website- juniperbaymetals.com
Instagram- instagram.com/juniperbaymetals
Facebook- facebook.com/stacisawyerjewelry
Twitter- facebook.com/stacisawyerjewelry

For the full vendor gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you May 13th!

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April 27, 2017
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Cottage Lane Kitchen

Samantha Swan from Cottage Lane Kitchen

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
Cottage Lane Kitchen isn’t just a business, but a home kitchen with a family story. Our recipe has been passed down through generations. The last batch of my family’s spicy pepper relish was made by my Grandfather in the early 1990s. My father rationed them as gifts through the years and by 2010, there were only a few unopened bottles remaining. These treasures tied me to my family’s lineage of relish-makers and I was determined to keep this family heirloom alive. I asked my father to help me cook a batch since the recipe was an oral tradition, only passed down by making it together. I made my first batch of pepper relish in 2010 in our family residence on Cottage Lane, where my father lives today. I recorded his groupings of ingredients into cups and teaspoons so it would never be lost. We are proud of the lineage of our recipes; our homestead; the quality of the ingredients used in our products and the bold flavors we continue to preserve.

We have two flavors – Get Me A Switch is based on an heirloom family recipe. Its name embraces our southern roots and identifies its lingering zippy sweet/heat character while Cape Fear is a modern recipe and its name identifies its lingering habanero fruity/fiery character. People say they bite back, but we prefer to say they nibble.

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
Markets and Events have been our best selling avenues as people can sample our relishes and we can talk with customers in a more personal manner.

 

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
I love meeting and seeing all the designers.

Follow Cottage Lane Kitchen:

Website- CottageLanekitchen.com
Instagram- instagram.com/CottageLaneKitchen
Facebook- facebook.com/CottageLaneKitchen
Twitter- twitter.com/CottageLaneKitchen

For the full vendor gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you May 13th!

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April 26, 2017
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Lepidopteran Art

Patty Alder from Lepidopteran Art

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
I am an entomologist with North Carolina State University and have always been fascinated and amazed by insects, particularly butterflies. They are such delicate beauties, many of them with incredibly vibrant wings. They are natural works of art! By creating jewelry using real butterfly wings, these natural works of art can by preserved and enjoyed, even after the butterflies have passed. No butterflies are ever harmed or killed in the making of my jewelry. I obtain my butterflies from butterfly farms and conservatories after they have been allowed to live their full lifespan and have died naturally.

I plan on bringing necklaces, chokers, earrings, cuff bracelets, and cuff links – all made with real butterfly wings. My bestsellers tend to be cuff bracelets, earrings, and my tear drop pendants.

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
Art Fairs

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
I tend to create better alone. I usually have some music going and sometimes enjoy a glass of wine while I create.

What is the weirdest job you have ever had?:
Would have to say grad school

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
There are so many great ones to choose from, but probably most excited to see work by Thicket.

Follow Lepidopteran Art:

Website- etsy.com/LepidopteranArt
Facebook- facebook.com/Lepidopteran-Art

For the full vendor gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you May 13th!

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