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 #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 #1

July Market Sneak Peek #1 – Lacey Hill – handcrafted jewelry for Pacific Northwest style

Our July Makers and Growers Market is coming right up in about 10 days. We have some amazing makers and growers coming this time. I’ll be posting as many sneak peeks as I can!

Sneak Peek #1 is my very good friend and one of my favorite people on Earth, Lacey Hill. She makes handcrafted artisan jewlery to complement the everyday Pacific Northwesterner’s style! She’ll have earrings, necklaces and bracelets ranging from $5 to $20. Check out these photos of her beautiful work!

I can’t wait to see them in person! You can, too, on Saturday, July 27th from 9 am to 4 pm, here on the Homestead 30709 68th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292

Market Sneak Peek #4

Sneak Peek #4 – Two Medicine Women – smudge sticks, dream catchers, plants, crystals, and drums

This afternoon’s sneak peek is Two Medicine Women. This will be their first time at the market with us and I’m excited to meet them and see their products. They’ve been hard at work all month making smudge sticks, dream catchers, plants, crystals and drums for our market on Saturday.

Look at these beautiful photos of their smudge sticks!

Come see their stuff on Saturday, June 29th from 9 am to 4 pm

30709 68th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292

Market Sneak Peek #3

Market Sneak Peek #3 – Tie Dye Jana – tie dye shirts, aprons, socks, skirts and more

Today’s Sneak Peek is Tie Dye Jana! She joined us for the first time last month and brightened up the rainy day with her personality and her products! My family loved all the bright colors and we all came away with something!

She has shirts, socks, aprons, skirts and more!

Come see for yourself on Saturday, June 29 from 9 am to 4 pm

30709 68th Ave NW Stanwood, WA 98292