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Local Jewelry Artist makes Statement Pieces from Semi-Precious Stones and Pearls

November 27th, 2013

Barbara Steacy was exposed to jewelry making at a young age.

“My mother was an artist and both my parents were award winning craftsmen who made hand wrought agate jewelry,” she says.  Despite the early exposure, it wasn’t until recently that Barbara returned to her roots and started stringing her own stones.

Her fashion jewelry is designed using semi-precious stones, minerals and fresh water pearls. “I also use Swarovski elements, crystals, pewter, silver and gold plate, as well as sterling silver,” says Barbara.

Barbara Steacy will be selling her original creations at the Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale this Sunday, December 1st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice at Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale

November 26th, 2013

In addition to fresh baked goodies, there will also be an assortment of sweet and savory treats in the vendor tent at our Old-FashionedChristmas – Art & Craft Sale on December 1st.

Karma Cravings
Karma Cravings will be peddling their locally made, gluten-free dipping sauces, hot sauces, BBQ sauces, mustards, and dry rubs. Fifty percent of their net proceeds are donated to local animal rescue groups.
Mona’s Chocolates
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Mona Carkner’s got you covered. She has been making chocolates for over 10 years and sells everything from chocolate suckers, turtles, almond bark, Christmas chocolates in designer boxes, hockey sets and she even has a line of sugar-free chocolate.

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Deck the Halls with Extraordinary Outdoor Christmas Greenery from Brantim

November 22nd, 2013

Brian and Joanne Smith have been owner operators of Brantim Country Garden Center – a family run garden center – for 15 years.  They grow the product they sell at their home-based business and take great pride in the quality of the product they provide.

They produce a full line of extraordinary outdoor Christmas greenery – from wreaths, swags, kissing balls and urn inserts, to large containers, hanging baskets and window boxes.

If you want to ‘wow’ the neighbours with your holiday decorating prowess, be sure to find Brantim Farms in the vendor tent at our Old-Fashioned Christmas on Dec. 1st and choose from a wide selection of their beautiful Christmas greenery.

Joanne and Brian are also donating a beautiful Christmas arrangement valued at over $100 which will be raffled off during our event.

Visit Brantim’s website for more information or take a look at Joanne’s recent interviews on CJOH where she demonstrates how to build a Christmas container and wreath.

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Hand-painted Textile Art to Dye For!

November 22nd, 2013

Gwendolyn Neelin will be bringing her nature-inspired hand-painted textile art to our Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale on December 1st. The story of how she went from theatre production to the production of household linens is fascinating. Here’s her story, in her own words:

I am a graduate of the Ryerson Theatre Production program, where I took one single Introduction to Dyeing course where we briefly touched on the existence of natural dyes. As a costume major, I was also in the habit of using tea and coffee to tint and age fabric without ever thinking of it as ‘dyeing’. In my final year, in a History of Costume course, I decided to do a project on traditional French Canadian ‘Habitant’ blankets, and how they were created. With extensive research (about 20 pages over the 5 page limit assigned by the professor), I included information on traditional farming, knitting and spinning techniques, and a sample of blanket dyed with Logwood and Madder (for black with red stripes) and hand-knitted by me. This sample was selected for a display at the Textile Museum of Canada, and more importantly, kick-started my fascination with natural dyeing.

I have been experimenting with dyes for more than 2 years now, and have a small craft company called Mouse & Owl where I create usable household art, made, painted, and dyed by me using only natural dyes. Everything I know I have learned from books, the internet, and a whole lot of trial and error. For now I get all of my materials from suppliers, but eventually I would love to get into producing my own natural dyes from local materials (beetroot, onion skin, carrots, berries – things I could grow in my own garden or buy at local farmers’ markets). Every dye bath I make is a little bit different, and as such I learn something new from every batch.

I feel very strongly about the preservation of traditional techniques, and think it’s extremely important for both cultural and practical reasons that skills like natural dyeing don’t fall by the wayside.

To learn more about Mouse and Owl visit their Facebook and Etsy pages. To see the products up-close-and-personal, visit the vendor tent at the Museum between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 1st.

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Lampwork Artist Designs One-of-a-Kind Pieces of Jewelry from Murano Glass

November 19th, 2013

Ever since she was a little girl, Miriam has been attracted to things that sparkle – especially glass beads.  She dabbled in jewelry making as a child growing up in Germany but after being introduced to the art of glass bead making she hasn’t looked back.

She has been a lampwork artist for over eight years now creating unique pieces of art from Venetian murano glass. Soon after moving to Ottawa she joined forces with another jewelry designer, Sandra, and Azurika was born.

Azurika offers very unique handcrafted jewelry composed of handmade lampwork beads, chainmaille and gemstones. Azurika only uses hand-picked high quality materials such as murano glass, stainless steel, copper and various gemstone beads to create their one-of-a-kind jewelry designs.

Miriam used to showcase her work at the wonderful Christmas markets in Germany so we are delighted to have Azurika at our Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale on December 1st.

To find out more about Azurika’s shiny things, visit their website and check them out on Facebook, Etsy & Pinterest.

Shine on!

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Sandee’s Country Kitchen – Old-Fashioned Comfort Food made from Scratch

November 18th, 2013

All of Sandee Rosien’s favourite childhood memories involve baking. Her mom was famous for a decadent chocolate cake she baked in a frying pan on top of the stove.  “I loved how she would just know it was time to lift the lid and the cake was perfect every time. It never fell,” says Sandee.

Baking made her happy and she would turn to the kitchen to relieve stress. Repeatedly she was told she should bake for a living, but she never gave it much thought. When Sandee developed major allergic reactions to the preservatives and additives in store bought products her journey of creating everything from scratch began – from cookies and bread to hotdog buns and homemade pasta, she made it all.

Her “ah-ha moment” came while she was recuperating at home from foot surgery. Baking and cooking had become a daily obsession and she would send samples with her husband to his office. “Once again I was told I should do this for a living. I decided, why not do what I love?” And Sandee’s Country Kitchen was born.

Sandee makes fresh baked bread, rolls, pies, cookies, sticky buns, muffins, tarts, cakes, jams and jellies and she will have her goodies for sale at our Old-Fashioned Christmas on December 1st from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Here’s to going old-school and living a preservative-free life!

Find out more about Sandee’s Country Kitchen by visiting their website and Facebook page.

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Czech Traditions and a Pinch of Whimsy Combine to make Pottery with Personality

November 13th, 2013

Growing up in culturally and artistically rich Prague, Marketa Stastna found creative outlets at an early age. Over the years she tried her hand at various traditional crafts, everything from knitting and crocheting to sewing and jewelry making.  She even tried pottery as a child, making lopsided pieces only a parent could love.  Then, much like those early masterpieces, she shelved the idea of making pottery.

But she just couldn’t stay away from the clay. After moving from Calgary to Ottawa, Marketa decided to try her hand at the pottery wheel again. “I began to truly hone my craft and find my style,” she says. “I try to bring a little childlike magic and whimsy to every pottery piece I make.  Whether it’s a miniature fisherman perched atop a bowl or a bird’s nest settled into the crevice of a mug’s handle, I try to intrigue and entertain with my pieces.”

Marketa will be peddling her personality-filled pottery in the vendor tent at our Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale on December 1st. Who wouldn’t love to find a piece of whimsy under their tree this Christmas?

Find out more about Marketa’s Creations by visiting her Facebook page.

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Dragonfly Dreamers – Jewelry that is Absolutely Riveting!

November 12th, 2013

Wendy Southin of Dragonfly Dreamers isn’t afraid to experiment when it comes to creating her jewelry. Although she enjoys taking workshops, most of her masterpieces are the result of her own exploration and experimentation.

Dragonfly Dreamers’ jewelry is created using a combination of metal smithing techniques – sawing, stamping, hammering, riveting and patinas may be used on a single creation.  Copper is the central material used along with other metals, upcycled objects, resin and beads.

“As an artist I enjoy the process of learning and creating with various mediums,” says Wendy.  “Jewelry designing fulfills this desire with its wide range of techniques and materials to explore.”

While her main focus is jewelry, Wendy also designs altered art pieces on canvas, mirrors and other unique objects with a vintage, grungy look-and-feel.

Dragonfly Dreamers will be among the roster of talented artisans peddling their wares in the vendor tent at Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale. Join us on December 1st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and be sure to set aside some time for ogling the funky finds you’ll come across at Wendy’s table.

Delve deeper into Dragonfly Dreamers by discovering their blog, etsy, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Handcrafted Soaps Made From Scratch

November 11th, 2013

A gardener all of her life, learning how to make soap was a natural progression for Anita Masterson – emphasis on the word natural.

Having a daughter with eczema also prompted Anita to marry her knowledge of plants with soap. The result is a line of artisanal, handcrafted natural soaps made from scratch. Her company, Moon Bubbles Natural Soap Co., only uses their own recipes and no premade bases from other suppliers. Their rich creations come in scents such as Lavender Dreams, Raspberry Kisses, and Chai Tea & their tag line is: “conscience clear, natural soaps intent on your well-being, beautifully made.”

Anita will be among the talented artisans in the vendor tent during Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale. Her decadent soaps make great gifts and stocking suffers so be sure to drop by on December 1st between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and get a head start on your Christmas shopping.

Learn more about Moon Bubbles Natural Soaps by visiting their Facebook page or by checking them out on YouTube.

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Custom Woodturning Guaranteed to also Turn Heads at Old-Fashioned Christmas

November 8th, 2013

Claude LeBel has been turning wood for seven years and now his beautiful handcrafted creations are turning heads.

Claude will be among the talented artisans taking part in Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale on December 1st. Through his business, Redefined Wood, he makes and sells wooden pens, pencils, bowls, platters, serving boards, spatulas, bottle stoppers, mini styluses, toaster tongs, honey dippers, candle holders, and more.

An active member of the Valley Woodturners in Ottawa, Claude has also acted as an assistant instructor for the beginner’s woodturing course offered by the club. He has studied under world-renowned woodturners such as Mike Mahoney and Jimmy Clewes.  Passionate about his hobby, Claude’s artistic flare adds to the beauty and uniqueness of his creations.  Form and function are important elements in his designs because he believes his creations should not only be nice to look at but should be used and enjoyed as well.

Look for Claude in the vendor tent during our Old-Fashioned Christmas on Sunday, December 1st from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and get a head start on your Christmas shopping!

Hope to see you there!

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