April 30, 2016
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Artist Spotlight: Bee Mindful Skin Care®

Bee Mindful Skin Care®, of Smithfield, North Carolina, is new to The Handmade Market. Linda Della Rosa, head-beekeeper on her Johnston County mini-farm, is proud to have created an extensive line of natural skin care products made exclusively from high-quality oils and butters combined with wax and/or honey from her bees. Each product is handmade in small batches. Soaps are cold processed and colorant-free using custom molds. Lotions come with a specially mixed wildflower seed packet called Bee Forage Banquet. Linda is always ‘mindful‘ of the importance of honey bees to our world.

Bee Mindful Skin Care new artist raffle donor

What items are you most excited to bring to The Handmade Market?

Our newest men’s product- Benevolent Beard Oil – and for people to try out our Gregarious Goats Milk Body Lotion and our Body Cream.  We’re also excited for you to try our Happy Hands Salve and Lip Balms!

What is your most favorite distraction in the studio right now?

Working with our bees in the yard and planting more flowers and shrubs for them!

How do you unwind from an intense day? 

Play in my flower and vegetable gardens.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to meet?

I can’t wait to meet Julie Walther Handmade Pottery

Beach or ocean or shore?  

Beach.

Artistically speaking, who is your doppelgänger?

Judy Hull- my closest college friend for over 40 years!

Bugatti, ’67 Mustang, or Tesla? 

’67 Mustang.

What is  your color addiction? Why are you moved by it? 

Cobalt Blue – just love it- it reminds me of older vintage things- it is why I chose it for my bottles and jars!

With which participating artist would you LOVE to collaborate?

Julie Walther

Be sure to visit Bee Mindful Skin Care®‘s table and check out the Gregarious Goats Milk Body Lotion at The Handmade Market on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at Market Hall. You can finish your Mother’s Day shopping or get a jump on Father’s Day! See you then.

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April 30, 2016
by The Handmade Market
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Artist Spotlight: PaperFromHeaven

 

PaperFromHeaven of Wake Forest, North Carolina is new the Market! Katie Carter creates fun and functional organizers for all ages. Currently, PaperFromHeaven’s biggest line is her Essential Oil Bags. Katie creates her own patterns,  pairs them with quirky fabrics to help add fun & flair to everyone’s life.

 

What item are you most excited to bring to The Handmade Market?

I am excited to be launching my Mini Project Bags and the Small Roller Bottle Case at the Handmade Market.

What is your most favorite distraction in the studio right now?

New fabric! It’s always new fabric, and wanting to sew things up just for myself or new items to bring to markets that will never make it to the shop.

How do you unwind from an intense day?

I sit quietly after my kids have gone to bed and read. My house is never quiet, homeschooling + having my own business inside my house makes for very long days.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to meet? 

I’m excited to meet Liz Kelly Pottery, being across from her all weekend will be tough. I have tons of new plants that would look awesome in her pots!

Beach or ocean or shore?

Being from California, I love the beach. I prefer to sit and watch my husband and boys play in the waves and sit under a big umbrella simply doing nothing.

Bugatti, ’67 Mustang, or Tesla? 

67 Mustang. I’ve always been a Ford fan, and Mustangs have always been my dream car.

What is your color addiction? Why are you moved by it?

I love teal. I love that it reminds me of the calm of the ocean, but it’s still bright and poppy.

With which participating artist would you LOVE to collaborate?

I would love to collaborate with True Cotton. I send out coloring sheets with my Drawing (crayon rolls & pencil rolls) orders, and I would love to have Arin’s designs in my mix of sheets.

Be sure to visit PaperFromHeaven‘s table to see Katie’s entire line of fun and functional organizers. Mother’s Day and graduation are on the way! Come find the perfect gift at The Handmade Market on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at Market Hall.

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April 29, 2016
by The Handmade Market
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Artist Spotlight: Dapper Geek

Kellie Ketron’s Dapper Geek was born three years ago in East Nashville, Tennesse. This clever neckwear and accessories company was born out of a love for fashion and handmade ingenuity. Necessity being the mother of invention, Dapper Geek came to be when Kellie needed a bowtie for a function. The rest, as they say, is history.

What item(s) are you most excited to bring to The Handmade Market?Dapper Geeknew artist

My new Spring/Summer 2016 line, I’m excited to share it with everyone!

What is your most favorite distraction in the studio right now?

I decided to make a canvas chore coat based on a picture from the 1920’s. I didn’t have a pattern or any experience. It’s kind of like an old car in the garage, something I like to tinker with.

How do you unwind from an intense day?

Anything outside! A walk or hike with my dogs and then a fire in the fire pit can cure what ails ya!

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to meet?

 I can’t wait to meet Shibui South.

Beach or ocean or shore?

Shore. Honestly, anywhere near water is amazing.

Bugatti, ’67 Mustang, or Tesla? 

Tesla. Or an old woodie. But that wasn’t an option.

What is  your color addiction? Why are you moved by it? 

Color, in general, is my weakness. I really like to juxtapose colors; doing something different and unexpected with them. It’s a blessing and a curse.

Be sure to visit Kellie’s booth next weekend at The Handmade Market on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 to check out her Spring/Summer  2016 collection. Market Hall will be buzzing and the Dapper Geek‘s sure to have the perfect accessory for any look. Treat yourself or someone special!

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April 19, 2016
by The Handmade Market
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Artist Spotlight: Gretchen Quinn Pottery

The Handmade Market welcomes Gretchen Quinn Pottery for the first time. Gretchen, a Raleigh ceramic artist, creates functional wares that reflect her love for simple luxuries. Using both throwing or hand-building techniques, she combines textures, colors and clean shapes to fashion functional vessels with beautiful form.

Gretchen Quinnnew artist

What item are you most excited to bring to The Handmade Market?

I have been working on a lot of new pieces in the last few months and The Handmade Market will be their first time out of the studio. I’m making a lot of my Goldie Dot pieces in many different shapes and sizes so I’m excited to see how those are received. I have also been focusing on carving repeated patterns into the clay on another series. I love the way the glaze breaks on the pattern, that combined with their folded forms, I just can stop making them.

What is your most favorite distraction in the studio right now?

The sudden flurry of pop-in customers! Now that spring is here and the studio door is open, neighbors, dog walkers and the occasionally visitors lost to Raleigh will wonder in to chat and do a little shopping.

How do you unwind from an intense day? 

I’m still trying to figure out the right recipe for this one, but it often involves a good walk for the dog, flopping on our amazingly comfortable couch or when those fails a vodka tonic with LOTS of lime.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to meet? 

Christina Boy Designs, her work looks fantastic and I can’t resist items made out of wood.

Beach or ocean or shore? 

Ocean! There is nothing better than floating on your back and letting the waves take you where they want you to go. Though I do peek occasionally for avoid disaster.

Bugatti, ’67 Mustang, or Tesla? 

’67 Mustang

What is your color addiction? Why are you moved by it? 

Black. It’s been my uniform for years and I just can’t shake it. I love it and think that black can serve as the perfect background color for anything vibrant on top.

With which participating artist would you LOVE to collaborate?

I would love to  work with Hope Glows Candle Company. I have been wanting to partner with a candle maker for a long time and design a line of votives, that look beautiful and smell amazing.

Be sure to visit Gretchen Quinn Pottery‘s table to check out the beautiful Goldie Dot collection as well as her other amazing work at The Handmade Market on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at Market Hall.

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April 18, 2016
by The Handmade Market
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Artist Spotlight: The Woven Wildflower

Raleigh artist Natalie Seibel is bringing The Woven Wildflower to The Handmade Market for the first time. A self-described travel enthusiast and weaving guru, Natalie combines her love of adventure with a floor loom to create amazing eco-friendly textiles for your home. The Woven Wildflowernew artist

What item(s) are you most excited to bring to The Handmade Market?

I’m excited to bring all of my fringed products especially the new fringed pillows and tapestries.

What is your most favorite distraction in the studio right now?

My agenda. I love planning and organizing.

How do you unwind from an intense day?

Red wine and Scandal! #TGIT.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to meet?

I’m looking forward to meeting Christina Boy Design.

Beach or ocean or shore? 

Shore.

What is your color addiction? Why are you moved by it?

Neutrals with a POP of color. Nothing like a bright blue in a sea of white and beige to really make a statement.

With which participating artist would you LOVE to collaborate?

Original Fuzz — I WOULD DIE.

Make sure to The Woven Wildflower’s table and check out all the fabulous fringe Natalie has for your home. The Handmade Market is Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at Market Hall. Don’t miss it!

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