August Market Sneak Peek #3

The third sneak peek is Teresa Winchester of T’s Crafty Garage. This is the third time she’s joining us and we’re so happy to have her. She does pottery including wall art, planters, and iPad/Phone/recipe stands ($20 to $40), and the most beautiful copper bookmarks ($20).

Here are some pictures of her work. (See if you can guess which of her pottery stands will be staying here on the homestead with me…)

Come see for yourself at the market on Saturday, August 31st from 9 am to 4 pm at the homestead – 30709 68th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292!

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August Market Sneak Peek #2

Our second sneak peek is Laurie from Fuzzy Britches Fiber. This will be Laurie’s third time as a Makers and Growers Market seller and we love having her!

She’s bringing handspun yarn, prepared fiber, crocheted items, felted soap, and fabric baskets. Her products rang from $3 from $35 and she accepts cash or cards.

Check out these photos:

Come see for yourself at the Makers and Growers Market on August 31st from 9 am to 4 pm at our homestead at 30709 68th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292

August Market Sneak Peek #1

Our first Sneak Peek is Colleen Basher. She’s a neighbor who came to one of the first markets to check it out and joined us with a booth in June, and I’m so happy to have her back this month!

She’s bringing her beautiful paintings. She sells them at very low prices ($15 to 25) – at that price, why not buy more than one? 🙂

Here’s a glimpse of what she’ll be bringing to the August market:

I have my eye on at least two of those already!

Come see for yourself at the Makers and Growers Market on August 31, from 9 am to 4 pm, here at our homestead – 30709 68th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292

Alpaca Dryer Balls

Alpaca Dryer Balls – a natural, chemical-free, non-toxic alternative to dryer sheets; handmade by me here on the our homestead

Do you know about alpaca dryer balls?   

Dryer balls are a natural, chemical-free, non-toxic alternative to dryer sheets.  Just throw three to six balls in the dryer with your laundry and they’ll help with drying time, reducing static cling, and even make your clothes softer.  Dryer balls can be made of plastic, wool and other fiber.

I make dryer balls using our alpaca fiber, and I’ve found that they are the best!  I can wash all my kids fuzzy jammies, you know, the ones with the feet, and fleece blankets and jackets, and have NO STATIC CLING!  It’s amazing!  There were a couple of times last summer when it was hot and dry outside and in the winter when it was cold and dry when there was a little bit of static in those heavy fleece loads, but there would be a little bit of static with dryer sheets, too, so I wasn’t worried.

Dryer balls last for 2 to 5 years, depending on how much laundry you do. If you find that the static cling factor is reduced, you can “recharge” them by washing them in hot water, and throwing them in the dryer on high heat.

When I first started using them, I missed the smell of laundry… I knew it was better for our health and for the environment, but I really love the smell of laundry.  Now I add a few drops of essential oils to the balls and I’m in heaven all over again!  (This one is my fave!) The whole house smells good when I’m drying a load of laundry now!

I sell our alpaca dryer balls for $20 for a set of 3.  If you’re like me, and you don’t fold your clothes immediately when they come out of the dryer (please don’t look at the bed in our guest room!), you might want to get two sets because they get stuck in pant legs and sleeves.  I start my loads with six to nine balls and usually there’s at least one ball left in the last load.

I’ll have dryer balls for sale at the Makers and Growers Market on August 31st from 9 am to 4 pm at our property here in Stanwood – 30709 68th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292

If you can’t make it to the market because of timing or distance, send me an email at stevenshomestead@hotmail.com, and we can make other arrangements! 😊

July Market Sneak Peek #7

July Market Sneak Peek #7 – Sew Art Designs – embroidered bags, keychains, doodle coloring dols

Today’s Market Sneak Peek is Terry Engelhart of Sew Art Designs. She makes embroidered bags, keychains, doodle coloring dolls, and more.

Many of you will probably guess which Doodle Doll I’ll be buying… the alpaca, of course!

Terry’s products range from $6 to $25.

Come see us on Saturday, July 27th from 9 am to 4 pm at our homestead in Stanwood – 30709 68th Ave NW – we’ll be here, rain or shine!

The Market… Why Am I Doing This?!

Makers and Growers Market – Why Do I Do This?!

Instead of another Sneak Peek for the July Market, I thought I’d take today and write about why I decided to do the Makers and Growers Market and how it came to be!

My husband makes beautiful cedar furniture, and he didn’t believe people would want to buy it. He made us a double patio chair, and then he made our neighbor a set of single chairs for Father’s Day. EVERYONE LOVES THEM… but he still didn’t believe me. I told him that if he made some chairs, I’d sell them and then he’d see.

He dragged his feet. Then our very good friends asked for a set – he eventually made them two chairs. And they loved them so much – and so did their dog – that they decided the dog needed a matching cedar patio dog bed. He made that, too.

Then we got alpacas! And we got alpaca fiber… and I started to make things with the fiber. I started to learn to spin, but it was really hard and I took a break and decided to make dryer balls.

Those were selling like hot cakes with family and friends, and people I didn’t even know on Instagram were even buying them.

I also started making greeting cards with the photos I take here on the homestead. And I started making things with the millions of wine corks I had lying around (mostly donations… I didn’t drink a million bottles of wine, don’t worry!) – like trivets and cork hearts and magnets.

Millions of ideas of things to sell were coming to my mind. And pretty soon we had a little booth of items (mostly in my head because not all of them were actually made).

I have a few friends who are creative – some make jewelry, another crochets and works wonders with flowers, another makes wood signs, and I had a few more people I was going to ask. I started to envision a market on my property… a flea market/farmers market with booths with homemade and homegrown products. I figured it would be three or four of my friends, and we’d have our friends and family come and buy stuff. Kind of a glorified yard sale.

In fact, two neighbors across the street were having their yard sales on April 27th, and we figured that would be a perfect kick off… lots of exposure for all of us.

Everyone I talked to got excited. Pretty soon I had strangers reaching out to me over Facebook asking if they could have a booth. Suddenly, I was hosting an actual market, not just a mini market. Well… it’s still mini, but it’s not just friends, it’s people I don’t know (new friends!) joining all the time. And people from all over coming to shop and get farm tours.

I intended to sort of build community with people I already know… but what I’ve done is grown and built a new community. We know so many more people in town and in our immediate area now. We only moved here to our small town of Stanwood less than four years ago, and even before the market, we’d made some very good friends… but our circle has grown because of the market, and some of our existing friendships have deepened in a such a sweet way.

I’m so grateful for all of you who have reached out to have a booth or who have come to the market to check it out and support local makers and growers, including us. We love our little town, and this has only strengthened that love!

So, no sneak peeks today… but I will say, we Stevenses will have cedar patio furniture, wooden fish, alpaca dryer balls, cork products, homemade play dough, photo greeting cards, and a few other surprises! Maybe I’ll do a sneak peek of our products tomorrow!

If you know someone who might be interested in joining our market this time ( only 4 days left!) or in August or September, please send them my way. My email address is stevenshomestead@hotmail.com or you can find me at Facebook.com/TheStevensHomestead

And don’t forget to come see us at the Makers and Growers Market on Saturday (THIS SATURDAY), July 27th from 9 am to 4 pm at our homestead at 30709-68th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292

Thanks for reading!

July Market Sneak Peek #6

July Market Sneak Peek #5 – Sister & Co. – handmade cards, postcards, and bookmarks

Today’s Sneak Peek (#6) is Sister & Co. Jemma and Max are very good friends of my kids, and we love their family, and are so happy they’ve joined the market – this is their third time, that makes them regulars! 🙂 They have the most beautiful handmade cards, postcards and bookmarks.

Sister & Co. will be at the market from 9 am to 12 pm, so if you’re planning to get cards or bookmarks, come early!

See you on Saturday, July 27th at the homestead 30709 68th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292

July Market Sneak Peek #5

July Market Sneak Peek #5 – ReJoyce – lotions, creams, deodorants, lip balms, soaps

Today’s Sneak Peek is ReJoyce. Diane Meyer joined us for the first time in May – the rainy day market – and she was a hit! She makes lotions, creams, deodorants, lip balms and soaps, and she has samples, so everyone left her booth smelling so good with soft hands… and, usually with something from her booth to take home! Her prices range from $1 to $20, so there’s something for every budget! 🙂

We love her mosquito repellent (peppermint and gardenia) and her sunscreen (it really works!), and use them a lot this time of year! My son loves her Orange Creamsicle lotion and lip balm.

You can find her here on Facebook.

And come and see her in person at the Makers and Growers Market on Saturday, July 27 from 9 am to 4 pm here on the homestead at 30709 68th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292

July Market Sneak Peek #4

July Market Sneak Peek #4 -Ts Craft Garage – pottery, iPhone and iPad stands, copper etched bookmarks, knit scarves, fleece dog blankets and toys

Today’s Sneak Peek for the July Market is T’s Craft Garage. She was with us for the June market for the first time and we loved having her here. She makes pottery, iPad and iPhone stands, copper etched bookmarks, knit scarves, and fleece dog blankets and toys.

Everyone in our family ended the day with something from her booth and we loved visiting with her, too.

Here’s just a glimpse of the fun stuff she brings:

You can find her here on Facebook and here on Etsy. And come see her in person at our July Makers and Growers Market on Saturday, July 27th from 9 am to 4 pm, here at Stevens Homestead – 30709 68th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292

See you there!

July Market Sneak Peek #3

July Market Sneak Peek #3 – Crafts by Spry – hand carved totem poles, tote bags, fabric purses, and folding grocery bags

Today’s Sneak Peek (#3) is Crafts by Spry – Jane and Dan Spry.

Dan makes handcarved totem poles from two to eight feet tall and ranging in price from $150 to $600. Jane makes tote bags, fabric purses, and folding grocery bags ranging from $5 to $20.

This is their first time running a booth at our market but they’ve been by a couple of times and I’m so happy we get the chance to get to know them better.

Check out their photos below!

Come meet these lovely people and see their amazing products on Saturday July 27th from 9 am to 4 pm at the Homestead at 30709 68th Ave NW Stanwood WA 98292