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Meet the Artisan: His & Hers Home Co.

November 17th, 2015


For many artisans, perfecting a craft is a fun, creative process. For Shondra McLean, however, learning to make soap was a life or death situation.

When her infant son suffered from kidney failure at birth, Shondra had to find an alternative to commercial bath and body care products. With just one kidney left, she feared that regular products would cause him to develop bladder infections which would lead to kidney infections.

“Creating his bathing and body products myself allowed me to control the additives and ingredients ensuring that they were made of only the best and were all natural,” she says.

An entire decade and three healthy children later, the demand for Shondra’s products has spiraled into a successful little business: His and Hers Home Co. In addition to her signature all natural soaps, she also produces bath and body products, fragrant soaps and 100% soy candles and wax melts.

Having been raised in the Ottawa Valley where hunting season is taken very seriously, Shondra was inspired to create a line of all natural men’s products that are perfect for the hunters, campers and fishermen in your life. “Women are always pleased to see a vendor that carries gifts for their hard-to-buy-for husbands!”

Shondra will be bringing her unique line of products to the Museum’s Outdoor Artisan Market this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Meet the Artisan: Mud Mitts

November 14th, 2015

Mud Mitts

Mud Mitts: the Wet Pet Wipers were invented when pet owner Janet Sullivan tired of needing a hand to hold a rain-soaked cat, and two hands to wield a towel – one more hand than she possessed. They are made of flannelette with a terry-cloth palm that’s two sided, so you can grasp a wet back/tail/foot with one hand and the other hand is free to hold the wriggler still. When dogs were added to the family, the Mud Mitts became even more useful for wiping muddy feet. A loop was added so they could hang on the leash hooks at the door.

Janet also makes pet quilts in varying sizes, from tiny for a chihuahua’s basket, chair sized with patterns for dogs and cats, to large and extra large for dog beds and dogs that expect half a couch to lie on. These have a warm side of fleece, and a cooler side with cotton, denim or flannelette. I find it easier to have one of these on the preferred chair or bed – it can be whipped off when company arrives, and is simpler to wash.

You’ll find Janet and her Mud Mitts at the Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market on Sunday November 22. They make great Christmas gifts for the pet owners in your life!

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Meet the Artisan: Marketa’s Creations

November 14th, 2015

Marketa's Creations

Marketa Stastna creates one-of-a-kind, fully handmade whimsical pottery. Whether you need a quaint flower pot to make your home happier, a solid mug to make tea time warmer or a bowl to fill with your favourite goodies, she’s your gal.

Marketa’s Creations are inspired by Marketa’s upbringing in Prague, where pottery is one of the dominant forms of folkart. Her pieces are the type of functional art that makes you smile. If you walk by her booth and don’t smile, walk by again. You are sure to find a quaint piece to call your own.

Marketa will be peddling her whimsical wares at the Goulbourn Museum’s Outdoor Artisan Market next Sunday, November 22nd. Smiles are free!

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Artisan Profile: Lilly Luvs Bowtique

November 13th, 2015


Lilly Luvs Bowtique makes a wide variety of adorable accessories for all ages including many with owner Sandra Andrew’s signature nerdy touch! Sandra makes everything from hair accessories to lanyards and key chains and ever-popular colourful children’s tutus.

Catch Lilly Luvs at the Museum’s Outdoor Artisan Market on November 22 and stock up on stocking stuffers (say that three times quickly!) for all the nerdy lovelies in your life!

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Meet the Artisan: Dragonfly Dreamers

November 13th, 2015


Dragonfly Dreamers‘ jewelry is inspired by textures and layers in nature and life. Although the main focus is copper, you will also find other metals as well as found object, resin and beads. Many types of metal smithing techniques are used in creating the jewelry with cold connections being a favourite.

Artist Wendy Southin believes in living a creative life which includes sharing both the finished product as well as the process. She is lucky to have a home studio where she can create as well as teach others her process of jewelry making and other altered art ventures that she enjoys.

You will find Wendy and her beautiful jewelry in the vendor tent at the Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market on November 22.

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Artisan Profile: Crazy4Crafts

November 12th, 2015

Mary Cooke and her crochet creations.

Mary Cooke and her crochet creations.

We’re happy to report that Mary Cooke of Crazy4Crafts will be returning to our Outdoor Artisan Market to peddle her amazing crochet creations. She has everything from character hats and toys to Christmas decorations.

Mary has been crocheting since she was 17 and did craft shows to supplement the family income while she was a stay-at-home mom. Today she has a permanent booth at the Kemptville Crafters’ Market.

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Artisan Profile: Clare’s Old Farmhouse Soap

November 11th, 2015

Clare Gallant, owner of Clare's Old Farmhouse Soap.

Clare Gallant, owner of Clare’s Old Farmhouse Soap, will be bringing her handmade natural soap, body butter, sugar scrub and lip balm to the Museum’s Outdoor Artisan Market on November 22nd.

Clare started making soap 10 years ago in order to provide natural alternatives for her family and friends. When her products were met with rave reviews and demand for them grew, Clare’s Old Farmhouse Soap was born!

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Artisan Profile: Carruthers Cakes and Candy

November 11th, 2015


We are thrilled to announce that Carruthers Cakes and Candy are returning to share their sweet, sweet love at our Outdoor Artisan Market. Owner Cyndie Carruthers says, “I believe we eat with our eyes.” If that’s the case, get ready to feast yours on her decadent truffles, buttery peanut brittle, dipped and decorated pretzel sticks, and soft sugar cookies!

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Artisan Profile: Black Sheep Artisan

November 10th, 2015

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Black Sheep Artisan showcases the work of Katy Hampson-Reid. Katy creates felted wool and polar fleece lined mittens made from 80-100% wool sweaters. Each pair of wool mittens is sewed by Katy, are 100% unique to each other, and washable.

Black Sheep Artisan began in 2014 as a labour of love to create gifts for friends and family while using upcycled materials. The demand was significant. “We chose to start selling them publicly and the reception as been great! We have not looked back.”

Katy will be bringing her mitten masterpieces to the Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market on November 22. Save the date & bring the whole family – there will be free holiday activities, photos with Santa, and more!

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Artisan Profile: The Beckwitch

November 9th, 2015

The Beckwitch

Penny and Greg Foster of The Beckwitch.


Greg and Penny Foster are the brains behind The Beckwitch, a local company that makes and sells heirloom preserves, spicy preserves, infused sea salts, kilned glass art, and artisan soaps. They will be bringing their blends to the Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market on November 22.

Their unique preserves include: dandelion jelly, lilac jelly, viola jelly, candied hot peppers, lavender jelly, rhubarb tea jam, crab apple lavender jam, holy fawk jelly (very very hot pepper jelly), clover jelly, and rhubarb jalapeno jam). As for their infused sea salts, you’ll find smoke infused sea salt, red wine salt, sriracha lime sea salt and more. The Beckwith also specializes low sugar preserves.

The Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market is a holiday celebration featuring local artisans, baked goodies, old world entertainment and festive crafts. The event is generously sponsored by Minto Potter’s Key.

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