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2012 Vendor Spotlight: My Secret Stash

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Name: Karen Hilt
Business name: My Secret Stash
Website: mysecretstash.com and on facebook at facebook.com/mysecretstash

Tell us about your products/business.
My Secret Stash is a family run business providing sassy solutions for unhappy skin! Our handcrafted goodies started as an answer to an ache or ailment that a friend or family member had. 15 years of hard work and alchemy has provided an outlet for some killer treats for the body. We feature solid moisturizers, exfoliants, and massage oils – artisan crafted body care with a natural twist. Old Fashioned and Glycerine Soaps, bath salts, and our balms round out the product line. As a third generation soaper, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my Castile Soaps made from Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. So gentle on your skin! It’s the only soap my grandmother uses!

What do you love about being a Maker in Michigan?
I especially love the heart and happiness that we Michiganders have. I grew up in Flint, and have been amazed at how, after the downfall of the automotive business in that area, people really ramped up and took control of their lives. Makers are one of those amazing groups. Why? Because we MAKE things happen! We CREATE! Out of disharmony and confusion, art has emerged.

Excited to check out anyone else’s booth at this year’s TCMM?
Hmmmm, There are quite a few! I want to munch at Spanglish Catering Co, Valerie Epstein‘s cool metal work, Northern Pier, cause I likes me some T-shirts, and Green Daffodil – I have seen their work, but haven’t had a chance to meet them! Those are a small few call outs – I want to be set up early so I can shop too!

2012 Vendor Spotlight: Pipit Collective

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Name: Rachel Wood
Business name: Pipit Collective
Website: www.pipitcollective.etsy.com 

Where else can people find your products?
You can also see some of my products at Exclusively Walter in TC

Tell us about your products/business.
I do a variety of different things, including jewelry and what I like to refer to as ‘wearable art pieces’, original paintings, upcycled furniture turned functional wall art and decor, and mixed media pieces. A lot of what I do comes from upcycled and found objects, including my jewelry. I like working with objects that feel unique and tell a story, and that have a bit of history to them.

What do love about being a Maker in Michigan?
I am very inspired by nature, and I work with a lot of earthy products such as stone, wood, shells, and other materials found in nature, so being able to create in northern Michigan is such a gift! There is natural beauty everywhere you look up here, and what could be more inspiring than that? There are also so many other talented artists in the area, its easy to glean inspiration from the raw creativity that flows through Traverse City.

Excited to check out anyone else’s booth at this year’s TCMM?
Yes, I am very excited to see the other vendors in the Market. I know there are a lot of talented artists in the Market and I feel honored to be able to be a part of the experience and display my work among them.

2012 Vendor Spotlight: The Painted Lady Face Art

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Name: Lori Thompson
Business name: The Painted Lady Face Art
Website: www.thepaintedladyfaceart.com

Tell us about your products/business. 
I paint fabulous faces at birthday parties, fundraisers, art fairs, corn maizes & festivals! I love seeing the expression on a child when they see their painted face for the first time. There’s nothing like a canvas that smiles back!

What do you love about being a Maker in Michigan? 
I love the abundance of artists & craftspeople in Northern Michigan.  Coupled with the beauty of the region, I find endless inspiration here.

Excited to check out anyone else’s booth at this year’s TCMM?
Yes!  The illustrator in me loves Sloe Gin Fizz & Burrowing Home.

2012 Vendor Spotlight: Platinum Bay Collection

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Name: Stacey Schlegel and Amy Kudary
Business name: Platinum Bay Collection

Where can people find your products?
www.platinumbay.etsy.com, Haystacks

Tell us about your products/business.
We are two sisters who have expanded our hobbies into a business. We make a variety of items for the practical mom to Mom’s Night Out. Our Wetbags come in 3 different sizes, all lined in laminate fabric for easy cleaning and machine washable. They are ideal for snacks, cosmetics, wet swimsuits, wet/soiled clothing, dirty diapers. The possibilities are endless! Our banners add a great touch to your birthday or holiday celebrations. And our clutches come in 4 sizes to fit each persons needs and are a great addition to your purse or outfit! Each of our items is handmade, unique and are great treats for yourself or for a gift of all occasions.

What do you love about being a Maker in Michigan?
Both if us were born and raised in Traverse City and yet we never take a day for granted with this beautiful backdrop to our everyday lives.  How can you not find inspiration here!

Excited to check out anyone else’s booth at this year’s TCMM?
We are very excited to part of this event but also to check out ALL the other vendors!

Good Eats: Spanglish Catering Co.

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We are over the moon to have the talented folks from Spanglish Catering Co. vending at this year’s Makers Market! If you haven’t tried their fresh, delicious offerings, get ready. This stuff’s good, y’all.

I asked Anna to explain what Spanglish is all about. Here’s what she had to say:

“The Spanglish Catering Company evolved from our love to cook and work together. We met in a small health spa kitchen in the San Francisco Bay area and were married in 2002.

I was born and raised in the Northern Michigan woods. Vicente was raised on a rural coffee farm in Guerro Mexico before moving to Mexico city. Together we spent a year in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We have tasted our way through 11 Mexican states and much of the U.S.

Our food is not wet burrito smothered with tasteless yellow cheese. Our food has evolved over ten years of cooking together, it is bright and flavorful. Our Tamales contain no hydrogenated lard, shortenings or trans fats. We make a Vegan and a vegetarian Tamale along with or more traditional chicken and pork.

Traditional Mexican Food is our starting point but we will bend the rules to make a recipe better. We love to mix in some American ingredients and cooking techniques. We really love what we do and it shows!”

Spanglish caters events from small dinner parties to larger gatherings. You can order their delicious Tamales by phone, facebook or email. They will deliver in the city limits or arrange for pickup. They also sell Tamales at the Saturday Market on the Grand Traverse Commons in the winter and the Monday afternoon Market at the Village May-Oct.

Is your mouth watering yet? Mine too. Come hungry on Saturday! —Kelly

2012 Vendor Spotlight: Joy Sparks Designs

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Name: Joy Sparks
Business name: Joy Sparks Designs
Website: www.sparkeez8z1d.etsy.com

Tell us about your products/business.
Several years ago, I came across an antique typewriter and made myself a bracelet with the keys. I loved the way it looked and felt…the personal sentiment…the conversation that it created. In the time since, I have designed about 15 different styles of jewelry and sold them around the world. Some call it reusing. Some call it recycling. I call it up-cycling. It’s very satisfying to take an 80-year-old machine that is rusting away in someone’s barn, or collecting dust in their attic, or sitting on their junk pile, and transform it into an elegant piece of jewelry to adorn someone’s wrist or neck. And the stories that go with it are as unique as the jewelry itself. A widow whose husband was a journalist and would peck away on his portable Royal…a woman who learned to type on her mom’s old Remington…a college student’s memory of using her grandma’s big, black Underwood. Each one unique…each one special…each one a flashback I get to create by giving new life to something old and lifeless. I hope you will enjoy wearing this treasure as much as I enjoyed creating it…

What do you love about being a Maker in Michigan?
Shopping local is a passion of mine. I enjoy supporting local businesses and doing my part to support the local/Michigan economy. By creating here in Michigan, I get to help support others in encouraging them to shop local as well. Keep it in the mitten!

2012 Vendor Spotlight: Tail Feather Design

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Name: Natalie Byrne
Business name: Tail Feather Design
Website: www.tailfeatherdesign.etsy.com, www.facebook.com/tailfeatherdesign

Where else can people find your products?
My barrettes are found at 5 locations, all in Michigan: Sweet Pea, Holland’s Nest, and 27 Stitches in Traverse City, Green Lake Gardens and Gifts in Interlochen, and Tip Toes in Holland.

Tell us about your products/business.
I make barrettes of all flavors from wool felt. Each stitch is made by me, every time. I do custom work, as well as about 10 “stock” styles. I’ve been up to this for about a year and a half, and love it!

What do you love about being a Maker in Michigan?
I enjoy Tail Feather Design being a part of our community, and I show it by donating to a variety of fundraisers, as well as contests and giveaways on my Facebook page. It’s exciting to be a part of the Michigan Handmade movement! Having a creative outlet that’s supported by so many is inspiring, so I enjoy giving back.

Excited to check out anyone else’s booth at this year’s TCMM?
I only know a handful of the other vendors at the 2012 Maker’s Market, so I’m really looking forward to perusing the wares! I’m sure it will be a fabulous mix of extraordinary talent! Cheers!

2012 Vendor Spotlight: jeannesu

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Name: Jeanne Hinds
Business name: jeannesu
Website: jeannesu.etsy.com, 365do-overs.blogspot.com

Tell us about your products/business.
I make. I sometimes wish I could find just ONE thing that I am passionate about making but there are so many. I love to use things that are usually thrown away like plastic bags, scrap fibers, old wire and clothes. The possibilities are endless. I make jewelry, bags, soft sculpture and collage to name a few.

What do you love about being a Maker in Michigan?
I have always lived in Michigan and still think it is the most amazing state in the union.

2012 Vendor Spotlight: Sarah J Roemer

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Name: Sarah Roemer
Business name: Sarah J Roemer
Website: www.sjroemer.etsy.com

Tell us about your products/business.
I make purses, belts and accessories constructed of post-consumer recycled pop and beer can pull tabs. These tabs have been collected by individuals to donate to local charities. The charities sell them to the scrap yard as a fund raiser. My husband, who works at the scrap yard, is able to purchase them in bulk as a benefit of employment.

What do you love about being a Maker in Michigan?
I love Michigan. I love the seasons, the forests, the lakes and beaches and the people. As an introvert, I need a little push to get out there and enjoy all, though. “Making” has provided that push. It has brought me to great events and locations that I likely would not have discovered otherwise.  Every show brings me in contact with new and interesting individuals.

Excited to check out anyone else’s booth at this year’s TCMM?
My husband will be with me at this show, so I will have the rare opportunity to leave my booth and do some shopping. The lineup for this show is spectacular, and I am looking forward to visiting all the booths.

2012 Vendor Spotlight: Handmade Harvest

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Name: Ryan Peterson
Business name: Handmade Harvest
My Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/handmadeharvest

Tell us about your products/business.
My products started out as crochet accessories. Hats for all ages, cowls, hair accessories, fingerless gloves, wallets, etc. Now I’ve branched out and am sewing purses, clothing and hair accessories from re-purposed clothing and fabrics. I also have a line of button accessories, from earrings to hair clips and pins.

What do you love about being a Maker in Michigan?
I love having the ability to manifest ideas that come to me randomly. My mind is always going over time so it’s nice to share the crazy things I’m thinking up with other Michiganders, and mostly I wanted to share them at affordable prices. Being able to offer unique, one of a kind products at reasonable prices is my main goal. I feel like everyone, no matter what their money situation, should have the chance to purchase something nice for themselves when they can. Also selling products made from re-purposed clothing is a fun and a great way to recycle!

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