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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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 #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 #2

July Market Sneak Peek #2 – Fuzzy Britches Fiber – handspun yarn, crocheted items, felted soap, fabric baskets

Sneak Peek #2 for our July Makers and Growers Market is Fuzzy Britches Fiber. Laurie lives here in Stanwood and she joined us for the first time at the June market and was a wealth of information for so many of the things I need to learn including sheep, bunnies, fiber, and farm life. It was so fun to get to know her better and I’m really happy she’ll be joining us again.

She will be bringing handspun yarn, crocheted items, felted soap and fabric baskets, ranging in price from $3 to $35.

Come see for yourself on Saturday, July 27th from 9 am to 4 pm at the homestead – 30709 68th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292

Market Sneak Peek #5 – T’s Craft Garage

Market Sneak Peek #5 – T’s Craft Garage – pottery, copper etched bookmarks, dog fleece blankets and toys

Sneak Peek #5 is Teresa Winchester of T’s Craft Garage. She’ll be joining us for the first time and is bringing pottery, copper etched bookmarks, knit scarves, and dog fleece blankets and toys.

You can find her in person at the Makers and Growers Market this Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm at 30709 68th Avenue NW in Stanwood, WA and online at https://www.facebook.com/TsCraftGarage/ and https://www.etsy.com/shop/TsCraftGarage

Market Sneak Peek #1

Our Makers and Growers Market is this Saturday (more info here), and we’re so excited!  We have a few new sellers this time and I’m excited to meet them and see their wares!

Our first Sneak Peek is Fuzzy Britches Fiber (I love their name!!).

They’ll have Flower Hair Clips, Handspun Yarn, Rolags (for spinning or felting), Hats, Scarves and Fabric Baskets.

Here’s the link to their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fuzzybritchesfiber/

The pictures are gorgeous, can’t wait to see their products in person!

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Come see for yourself at the Market on Saturday, June 29th from 9 am to 4 pm.

30709 68th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292

 

 

May Market Sneak Peek #6

Today’s Sneak Peek for the May Makers and Growers Market is Andy and Heidi Hill of Freeborn Metal Art.  They make metal yard art and have such cute stuff.   They’ve set up early for the Saturday market and and I’m so happy that I get to check everything out.

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Here are some of my favorites… so far! 🙂

These garden stakes are a great deal – $5 each.  I will definitely be adding more of the colorful flowers to my yard – and the fish are so cute, I may need some of those, too!

Wine Lady?  Need i say more?! 🙂

Jumping fish are sure to be a hit around here!

Someone was looking for crows at the last market… and look at those owls!

There’s sure to be something for everyone here… come check it out!

Makers and Growers Market

Saturday, May 25 from 9 am to 4 pm

30709 68th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292

May Market Sneak Peek #5

Today’s Sneak Peek is Diane Meyer of ReJoyce!

She makes lotions, soap, lip balms, natural bug spray, sunscreen, and more…

Here are some of her products.

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And here is her price list:

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Come see for yourself this weekend!

Makers and Growers Market

Saturday, May 25th 9 am to 4 pm

30709 68th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292