If you didn’t get a chance to make your way to Carberry Plains Arts Council’s Hand Made Market at Carberry Community Hall on Friday November 15th here is your second chance! I’ve reviewed the vendors and artists that took part so you can seek them out if you see something that resonates with you. I am always amazed at the amount of talent and quality products that are available right here in the community. If you decide heading to mall is not for you this year, read on, chances are you can find most everything you need on your Christmas list.
Before we get started here there are some shout outs and thanks I’d like to make; thank you to Kathy Carr-Rance for hooking us up with a sponsored ad for this event, thanks to the I.O.D.E dewinton chapter and Seton Center for hosting tables which no doubt added to our draw for the event, thanks to the Carberry Drop-in Center board for running the refreshments this year. A big time thanks to Sharon and John Mckneely, Judy and Frank Aarts, and Scott Baker for helping with the dirty work of setting and striking tables.
Now, here is a quick rundown of vendors who participating and the awesome products they had to offer!
IF you’re looking for stocking stuffers;
Spruce Hollow Farms
Spruce Hollow Farms Limited is run by Crystal Dieger a Glenboro farmer with a penchant for concocting lush combinations for her natural hand made soaps, salves, and skin care products. Her peppermint blend soap is the perfect stocking stuffer!
You can email Crystal of Spruce Hollow Farms directly at email@example.com
Velvet Touch Skin Care By Norma Klassen
Do you have a ‘delicate peach’ on your Christmas list? Someone who always has a bad skin reaction to the traditional holiday themed body lotions, I know I’ve had my share of peppermint scented rashes… Norma prides herself on creating skin care products without dyes, artificial perfumes or harsh chemicals that are known to anger sensitive skin.
You can find Velvet Touch Skin Care at their website; www.velvettouch.weebly.com
Local Carberry artist Judy Aarts specializes in uniquely crafted gemstone jewelery; necklaces of all different lengths, bracelets, and earrings. If you have someone on your list who is conscious of the environment, Jude’s pieces are crafted from some re-purposed jewellery items. There are some great statement pieces, perfect for a night on the town in your little black dress or to spice up your work wardrobe.
Jude’s Jewels has a website with products available for purchase; https://judesjewelry.weebly.com/
This vendor offers hair styling and Reiki treatments, our market featured a wide variety of jewellery with healing properties that are scented with stress releasing oils. You may have someone on your Christmas list who is dealing with a loss or difficult transition, a Reiki treatment coupled with a piece of healing stone jewellery maybe the comfort they need this season.
You can find Naturally Amourified by searching her on facebook
Love the Scents Jewellery- Alana Madsen
You may have seen Alana’s pieces at Art and Soul loft in Neepawa, she has a wide variety of original diffuser jewellery that you can place whatever scent you desire inside. This is great for those on your Christmas list who are very ‘particular’ about the scents they enjoy or perhaps they already have an essential oil blend that they use. Essential oils are sold separately.
If you can’t make it out to Art and Soul find Love the Scents Jewellery by searching them of facebook
Back Country Designs
If you’re looking for a person who is practical on your Christmas list then you should definitely check out Back Country Designs! They have a wide array of super cute travel mugs with sayings like; ‘Coffee scrubs and Rubber gloves #nurselife’. One of my personal favorites is their chap stick holder, which comes in many different patterns and can be fastened to your keys, purse, belt loop for easy access. Their personalized Santa sacks are also super cute, if you have to travel by plane with gifts this Christmas this is a great item.
You can find Back Country Designs by searching them on facebook
Chalk it up with Ange
Ange Wotton creates cute coffee mugs in a variety of great colors and designs, I picked up some pretty cute pig mugs that say ‘bacon’ that I’m going to fill with pedicure items for my son’s support team. I really liked her wooden magnet designs which are light a durable. Ange’s stuff is great for teens as the esthetic is very young and fresh.
To connect with Chalk It Up with Ange join her facebook group
Sweet Green Alchemy
Tis’ the season to roast and baste, if you have a cook on your list who is interested in experimenting with a variety of different medieval inspired flavor profiles check out Sweet Green Alchemy’s array of infused cooking oils and jams made from locally grown produce.
You can find Sweet Green Alchemy by searching them on facebook
If you’re looking for something different…
Artist Pat Calder has a variety of textured work using paper, ink and alchohol to create beautiful ombre dissolves and marbled elements to her compositions.
Local Carberry artist Angie Cathcart has a variety of cards, hand bags, and paintings available for purchase. I particularly enjoyed her Christmas card designs that had super cute sparkle embellishments on them. Angie is a painter who does a great job of representing flowers in her work, she has a pink orchid design that is incredibly beautiful.
Brenda is a gifted quilter! She had a variety of designs available at our market; journal covers, tv remote holders, and car accessories. She has also incorporated photo transfer in some of her quilt designs which could make for some great keepsake consignments.
You can find Brenda’s Creations by searching of facebook
If you’re looking for Winter Accessories;
This is an organization connected with Visions of Independence in Portage la Prarie. They sell consignments crafted by individuals with intellectual disabilities who developed their talents through opportunities provided by VOI. They had a variety of character themed crocheted hats and mitts available. I purchased an adorable and well made dinosaur hat for my autistic son, I found it really cool that he’ll be wearing and enjoying an item made by someone like him who is working hard to be successful by overcoming the obstacles of having an intellectual disability.
If you have a young person close to you living with an intellectual disability, check out Visions of Independence at www.visionsofindependance.org
If you’re looking for fun stuff for children;
Kim’s Crafting and Jenni’s Junque
This sister team has a lot of great gift ideas to offer! Kim makes beautiful cards, cedar bar tops and room dividers. Jenni specializes in unique dolls, each with it’s own character and back story, perfect for any girl or boy who appreciates personality in their toys. Each doll is exquisitely crafted and durable, making them the perfect addition and accent to a new nursery.
You can find Kim on facebook by searching Kim’s Crafts and Jenni by searching Jenni’s Junque
Do you have little ones that love getting messy in the kitchen? Melanie’s hand crafted hat and apron sets for kids are so adorable! Durable and machine washable, Melanie had a number of different prints to choose from. She also makes fleecy hood-style hats for children and infants which are equally adorable.
Ashley Van Damme
This talented young lady had some great designs! I really loved her fried egg baby cozy which is like a cross between a blanket and sleeping bag. She also has a variety of aprons some with a cute feminine cut if you wanna slay in the kitchen this year.
If you’re looking for home and Christmas décor;
Gary Olmstead is doing his part for the environment by using re purposed wood pallets as the basis for creating an array of original planters, plaque, and décor. His pieces feature lighting, nautical and horse themes, and his Christmas collection is the perfect for stoking your holiday home fires.
You can find Go Creations by searching them of facebook
Connie Rempel is a great designer! I loved the contemporary look to her Christmas décor, she also has a lot of great sign and ladder designs with attractive finishes that are both rustic and modern looking. Her style translates well to older, middle, and younger aged home owners alike.
Les Kelley Wood-burning
If you appreciate the look and aroma of natural wood you will love Les Kelly’s hand crafted bowls, cups, kitchenware, and even tops for the kids. The unique wood grain patterns are great for anyone looking for items to create that much sought after country house Christmas esthetic cropping up on social media lately.
Natalie and Darcy Degarness
These artists from Noble lake have the cutest Chirstmas ornaments I have ever seen! The ornate detail and stunning designs had me stopping at their table each time I passed. If you’re buying for someone who is a Christmas ornament collector or just getting started these ladies have the perfect gift.
Elite Willow Crafts
Do you have a bird lover on your list this year? Elite Willow Crafts specializes in a variety of themed birdhouses for decoration or outdoor use. These beautiful and ornate designs sold like hot cakes at our market!
Tall Pine Design
I love the clean and contemporary look of Tall Pine Design’s holiday and home décor. The rich neutrals with pops of deep cherry red and turquoise/light blue accents were right up my alley. If you have a homemaker who isn’t a fan of the usual garish Christmas decorations definitely check our Tall Pine Design!
You can find Tall Pine Design by searching them on facebook
Creative Designs by Joan
If you are looking for some stylish home and yard décor this Christmas, Joan is your lady! Open to commission pieces, Creative Designs by Joan has a great talent for creating fun and unique signs and wood cut-outs that will make any yard come alive for the holiday season.
You find Creative Designs by Joan when you search on facebook
Scott Baker Woodworking
Carberry Collegiate Science teacher Scott Baker makes productive use of his free time by creating a variety of key racks, marble cutting boards and bottle openers. These are great quality pieces at a more than reasonable price.
If you have any questions about our Hand Made Market or any of the vendors featured in this article, feel free to contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org