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June already!

The month of June is already here – doesn’t time just fly?  We at Makers’ Market are always busy creating for you, and we’ve been extra busy getting ready for the summer season.  A walk around the Guild Hall on Friday mornings is sure to turn up some new finds.

Smock-It was showing a cute little dress with flower trim last week, just one example of their careful needlework.

Dress from Smock-It

Crow’s Nest has necklaces made of beach stones, as well as many with interesting bead work.

Beach stone necklaces from Crow's Nest

Barrettes and brooches from Crow's Nest

Be sure to pick up a snack for Fido while you’re wandering through Makers’ Market.  Cosmo Cookies has some very tasty peanut butter dog biscuits your little canine friend won’t be able to resist.

Yester Year was displaying a plaid golf bag recently.  There’s no telling what might show up at her table!

A golf bag from Yester Year

A Touch of Clay created some elegant “Buddha bowls,” each with a handle and a word impressed on the inside.  These delightful pieces of pottery could hold a steaming cup of tea, or perhaps a salad or bowl of soup.

Buddha bowl from A Touch of Clay

"Love" written in a Buddha bowl

Karen of Gobsmacked Naturally decided to give back to the community recently, and donated some of her delicious and beautifully decorated cookies to a local cancer fundraiser  event.  Besides her tasty desserts she always has a great selection of freshly baked breads.  Can’t you just smell them already?

A package of very fancy treats from Gobsmacked Naturally

Cookies from Gobsmacked Naturally

Shirley has been very busy sewing her quilts, always trying out new ideas with a variety of fabrics.  Her microwave potato bags have been very popular.   Nautical designs  adorn a number of her quilted items lately.

Nautical-themed quilting

Karon’s detailed work with silver jewellery always impresses.  Semi precious stones as well as shells and beach glass also are important parts of her collection.

Some of Karon's silver

A few of Karon's many pendants

Why don’t you come out to see us at Makers’ Market, every Friday morning at the Guild Hall on Charlotte Street in Port Colborne, Ontario!

The long weekend is finally upon us, the one that signals the start of cottage season, the time of both lighter days and clothing.   Backyards are redolent with the heavy perfumes of deep purple lilac blossoms.  It’s also an excellent time to stroll through the Friday’s Farmers’ Market to get some plants for your gardens and decks and balconies.  While you’re there, why not cross the street to go into the Guild Hall to have a look around?  Makers’ Market offers a wonderfully diverse array of hand made delights.

First of all, it’s hard to resist the baked goods at “Gobsmacked Naturally”!  Here’s a photo of a few cookies on display last Friday:

Who can resist these from "Gobsmacked Naturally"?

“Crow’s Nest” had some new stone-with-wire pendant necklaces, as well as some lovely beaded earrings and bracelets.

"Crow's Nest" stone & wire pendants


A bracelet & earrings from "Crow's Nest"

Blue earrings from "Crow's Nest"

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Fleurette makes sock monkeys to please the child in us, and you should see her latest ones!  She makes not only sock monkeys, but also sock rabbits, sock elephants, and sock horses.  Of course her sock monkeys are still very special!  She often makes them in different costumes, and last week there were some in hockey uniform!

A sock monkey in hockey uniform!

A sock elephant

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You’ll find some pretty amazing bowls at “A Touch of Clay”, hand made by our potter, Mary.  The colour accents are especially interesting.

Come on out to visit us!

It’s no secret that mothers are very important people.  Every mum drives her children crazy at times, but when help is needed she’s there.  Mum is the touchstone for security, the ruler by which we gauge our lives.

When we were little she was our whole world;  grown, she is that eternal hug in our memory, the place we found safety before we learned to rely on ourselves and where we sometimes retreat in spirit even yet.  Her arms were there to hold us until we finally stumbled out into the world, and ready to offer guidance again whenever we needed it.

Some of us had other special people in our lives to fill the same role, whether a stepmother, a kindly neighbour, an older sister, an aunt or grandmother.  Whoever it was for us, this is the time of year we try to remember to honour her.

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and to those with mothering hearts!

A hand-smocked purse for a special lady

Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, 22 April 2010.  The first Earth Day took place in 1970, so it has been forty years now that we have mourned Earth’s problems and celebrated her gifts.  Has anything changed for the better?  I believe it has.  Can we do more to improve our world?  We certainly can and should.

Earth Day supporters encourage buying locally (to prevent all the pollution caused by long-distance shipping), buying organic where possible, and cooking at home when we can.

At Makers’ Market “Gobsmacked Naturally” provides organic breads, “Cosmo Cookies” bakes  natural healthy dog treats, and “Everything Nice” has dried foods suitable for vegetarians as well as for meat-eaters.  Take a look at our “Vendors” page for links to more information about these great sources of healthy foods, and please check out all our other vendors while you’re there.

Wendy Standish has natural, unscented, preservative-free soaps, shampoo bars, and bath and skin care products, all handmade.

All the vendors at Makers’ Market in Port Colborne live locally.  We don’t drive far to get here, and you don’t have to either!  Why not support your local businesses?  Come by bicycle if you’re able.

We hope you celebrate Earth Day today, and come out to see us every Friday morning, directly across the street from our local outdoors Farmers’ Market.  See you soon!

Did you ever just get that urge in spring to rearrange all the furniture?  As long as you’re spring-cleaning anyway, why not change everything around to give it a new look?

That’s exactly what we’re doing this week at Makers’ Market!

Come in to see us and discover where everyone is.  With the fresh arrangement some new products will be appearing on several tables through the next few weeks.  We’re looking forward to a new season!

If you haven’t checked out Into Pendant’s new children’s stoneware clay jewellery, it’s a must-see.  Pastel colours and special designs create a very appealing new line for the youngsters.  So come on over for a coffee, a bite to eat, some visiting, and some shopping.  See you on Friday!

Children's jewellery from Into Pendants

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Karon, one of our artists, took part in a 3 person show, April 17 &18 at 44 King St., Port Colborne. The show was a great success, and an article was written about it in the Tribune. Kathleen Thorsen hopes to turn a portion of her house into a regular  gallery featuring local artists.

Happy Easter!

We at Makers’ Market wish everyone a very Happy Easter Day!

Because this Friday, April 2, 2010, is Good Friday, there will be no Makers’ Market nor outdoor Farmers’ Market on that day.  The good news is that these two markets will be instead held on Thursday, April 1, 2010.

Not only is Makers’ Market on Thursday this week, but we are changing back to our summer hours of 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  We hope to see you then!

An Easter golf bag from Yesteryear

Several of our booths are looking decidedly spring-like lately.  Last Friday Yesteryear had a very Easter-ish golf bag arrangement, complete with bunny.  Joyce tells me that all the embellishments can easily be removed and this pink bag is very usable.  It even includes some clubs!

Smock-It has something very different – smocked Easter egg decorations in various colours.  Of course they also have lovely Easter dresses for that special little girl.

Uniquely different - a smocked Easter egg!

A special decoration

Our quilting lady is currently displaying some delightful spring designs to dress up your home.

A quilted table runner for spring

Be sure to have a look at the sock bunnies on Fleurette’s table.  They’re adorable!

Easter Sock-Bunnies!

There’s lots more to see, and now with our extended summer hours, more time to see it all!