Gunner’s Kitchen: Gourmet Dog Treats that are Homemade and 100% Natural

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In the midst of recalls, Stephanie began baking for her German Shepherd, Gunner, to provide him with natural and preservative-free treats. It didn’t take long for the word to spread, and soon Stephanie and Gunner were taking orders at the dog park.

Gunner’s Kitchen makes all its treats with natural ingredients that are safe for both dogs and their humans to enjoy. Your pup will feel extra special with personalized treats to suit their dietary needs or allergies. Drool-worthy training bites as well as birthday and holiday packages are also available

“All treats are taste-tested – and approved! – by Gunner,” says Stephanie.

If you’re looking for a little something for Fido’s stocking, Gunner’s Kitchen will be at the Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas this Sunday, Dec. 1st from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Visit Gunner’s Kitchen on Facebook to learn more!

Babies + Hobby = Poppylane Headbands

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Chelsea Bloomfield started making headbands after her first daughter, Poppy, was born in 2010. When her second daughter, Pennylane came on the scene in April 2013 she decided to turn her hobby into a business.

“Poppylane Headbands allows me to be creative and do something I enjoy that both my girls can benefit from,” says Chelsea.

It helps that her girls make the perfect (and cutest!) headband testers.

Poppylane makes accessories for babies, children and adults using comfortable soft elastic in many unique and stylish colours.

Chelsea will be selling her line of headbands and hair clips at the Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas this Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4  p.m.

For more information about Poppylane Headbands, check them out on Etsy and Instagram (poppylaneheadbands).

Meet Pencil Artist Sheila Cain-Sample

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Sheila Cain-Sample has been drawing for as long as she can remember.

“It’s happy time for me, a place to run free and relax.  I’m a pencil artist who loves detail.  It’s all about the contrast between dark and light, shapes and lines,” she says.  “Photorealism or hyperrealism is the challenge – to look at an object and see it then have it flow through my hand to paper.”

Sheila works primarily with graphite but loves to change to coloured pencil if the piece dictates it.

You’ll find Sheila in the vendor tent at our Old-Fashioned Christmas this Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. peddling her beautiful hand-drawn art. To learn more about Sheila visit her blog and etsy page or look her up on Facebook.

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

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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.

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

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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.

Deck the Halls with Extraordinary Outdoor Christmas Greenery from Brantim

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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.

Hand-painted Textile Art to Dye For!

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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.

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

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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!

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

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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.

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

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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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