The best laid plans

I really, really meant to update this before September, but some times, life gets in the way! If you’d like to find out where we are on any given weekend, just check our Facebook page, or the calendar tab on the front page of our website.

Now on to the rest of the month…..

THIS Saturday, September 23rd, we’ll be back in Door County for Autumnfest, featuring the “Pinups & Pistons Car Show!” Even if you don’t have a vehicle to enter, grab the family and head to Baileys Harbor for a great event including arts & crafts, live music, great food and drinks, and much more! Come meet the Pin Ups during the Pin Ups & Pistons Photo Shoot, listen to live music by DR. FREEZE rocking the Midway Stage from 11am-3pm and check out the hot rods!
We’ll be set up on SATURDAY on the lawn in front of the Town Hall, Highway 57 and F, from 9am to 4pm. It’s going to be a GREAT day in Baileys Harbor – sunny and 73!!

On Sunday, September 24th, it’s off to Menomonee Falls for the “Cheery Cherry Fall Fair.” Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cancer Care Center at Community Memorial Hospital located in Menomonee Falls. Hours: 9am to 4pm. Our booth will be set up on Garfield Avenue.

The 49th annual Cheery Cherry Fall Fair! In 2017 will once again feature a wide array of arts, crafts, food, and music. The famous Cherry Booth is back offering Door County Cherry Products featuring cherry pies, tarts, jams, juice, dried cherries and chocolate covered cherries. Admission: $4, kids 12 and under free.

On September 30th, we’ll be heading to Appleton for their Octoberfest celebration. Arts and crafts booths line College Avenue, downtown, along with food booths, live music stages, kids activities, and much more! For more information, check out their website at:

So that wraps up September! Stay tuned for more great shows and adventures in October!

And the beat goes on…..



Summer season is in full swing. The sun shines, the rain falls, the tent goes up, the tent comes down, as we make our way around the state to different fairs, festivals, and art shows. We love seeing all of you, and are so grateful that you’re supporting our dream! We can’t thank you enough.

July has been busy – shows, a vacation (yea!), a small flood in our shop (ugh!), and working on new items has kept us very busy. I don’t want to wish the summer away, but I’m hoping Mother Nature gives us a break soon from the heat and humidity. I just keep reminding myself that cooler days are just ahead, and that snaps me right out of my misery!

So this weekend, we’re trying something new – a trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for the Art on the Rocks Art Fair in Marquette, July 29th and 30th. Hours on Saturday are 10am to 6pm, and Sunday, 10am to 5pm. The show is held at Mattson Lower Harbor Park on Lake Superior – from what I hear, it’s a great location! A little bit about the show….

Art on the Rocks™ has grown to one of the finest art shows in the country, attracting over 140 artists and 10,000 people each year. In 2017, we will be celebrating our 59th annual fine art and crafts festival in Mattson Lower Harbor Park, sandwiched between Marquette’s historic downtown and the Cinder Pond Marina on beautiful Lake Superior the weekend of July 29th and July 30th.

To maintain the tradition of excellence, 30% of the show is made up of artists invited based on a scoring system used by our previous show judges and the other 70% selected in a jury process held in April.

Reunion, vacations and other events are scheduled to insure that a visit to Art on the Rocks can be the focal point of a trip to the Upper Peninsula, specifically Marquette in late July. This celebration of art and talent has been an important component every summer for a half a century for those who live or visit in this area.


The month of August is busy, busy, busy! You’ll find us out and about every weekend in August:

August 5th – 39th Annual Lakes Country Arts and Crafts Fair – 9am to 3pm. Lakewood Town Hall & Activity Center, 17258 N Road, Lakewood, WI. Over 200 artisans offering original work. Free admission. Food and refreshments. Sponsored by the McCaslin Lions.

August 6th – The 50th Annual Starving Artist Fair will be held on Sunday August 6th from 9am-4pm,  on the grounds of the Racine Gateway Campus (East Park) at 10th and Main Street. The Fair is a family friendly, free event that is sponsored and organized by the Racine Art Guild.

Over 100 fine art exhibitors will show a wide range of mediums including: photography, painting, printmaking, jewelry, woodwork, ceramics and more. A popular feature of the fair is the Scholarship Raffle. For the third year the raffle will feature artistic accent tables created by the Racine Art Guild members. All proceeds go to the Guild’s Scholarship Fund. A creative table can be yours for a ticket donation of $2 each or 3 for $5.

As you stroll around the fair grounds you will see fine art from many midwest artists, a Silent Auction filled with pieces from the art fair vendors, a Boutique filled with Racine Art Guild member’s art for sale, and a Kidz Korner where kids of all ages can create art.

August 12th & 13th – Green Lake Fine Arts Show – Held in Playground Park, along the Mill Pond in Green Lake, this is one of our favorites! Great artist quality, good food and live entertainment! Show hours are 10am to 5pm on Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. The Green Lake Fine Art Show is heralded as one of the Midwest’s finest art shows. The show has received the Green Lake Magazine’s Reader’s Poll Award for “Favorite Attraction” for 8 years.

August 19th & 20th – The beautiful backdrop of Geneva Lake at Library Park is our home for two days of fun at the Venetian Festival in Lake Geneva, WI. Saturday hours: 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 10am to 4pm. 110 booths of artisans!

August 26th & 27th – Our first venture to Chicago! For more than 30 years, the Bucktown Arts Fest has been a neighborhood tradition and one of Chicago’s premier arts festivals, showcasing close to 200 juried artists who work in oil, watercolor, photography, textile, sculpture, jewelry, and so much more. Attracting more than 30,000 visitors annually, we also focus on making art free to the public—hosting two music stages, dancers, poets and performers, arts activities for kids, food trucks (as of 2015!), and craft beer and sangria. Hours: 11am to 7pm, Saturday & Sunday. Location: Across from Holstein in Senior Citizen Park, 2200 N. Oakley Avenue, Chicago, IL. We hope you can join us!

Well, that sums up the rest of July and August. We hope to see you at an Art Fair or Festival to celebrate summer in Wisconsin!

And remember – you can never oil your wooden ware too much – have you oiled your board, utensil, vessel, lately?

We’ll see you – down the road!

John and Trudie



What’s up in July?

Another month is almost to a close. Time is whizzing by, once again!

Next up on our show schedule is the July 4th celebration in Baileys Harbor. The fun starts on Mondaywith arts and crafts booths set up on the Town Hall lawn, Highway 57 and F. We’ll be set up there throughout the day Monday. the 3rd and Tuesday, the 4th, from 9am to 5pm. On Tuesday, enjoy a pancake breakfast, bands, great food, the one of the greatest small town parades ever! For more info, please visit:



On July 9th, we’ll be at the Paine Art Center in Oshkosh for their “Faire on the Green.” Hours are 9am, to 4pm. 1410 Algoma Blvd. in Oshkosh. You’ll find over 100 artist/crafter booths, great food and live entertainment.

July 15th we’re staying close to home – we’ll be set up in downtown Elkhart Lake for the Elkhart Lake Farmer and Artisan Market, from 8:30 to 12:30.

July 22nd finds us in Richfield for the “Art at the Mill.” Browse among the booths of 60+ talented artists (Painting, Pottery, Wood, Textiles, Basketry, Glass, Metal and Much More)…see what the vendors have to offer (Nuts, Fudge, Pet Treats, Homemade Butter)…listen to entertaining music …enjoy a delicious breakfast and lunch by La Cabana…find a treasure at the Silent Auction…have fun on a wagon ride to the exhibit area. And, a tour of the historic Messer/Mayer Mill, Mill House, Lillicrapp Welcome Center and Log Buildings adds a touch of the past to this event. 9am to 4pm. Admission & Parking: Free
Entrance & Parking: 1896 State Road 164, Richfield, WI

And rounding out July, a long road trip to Marquette, Michigan for Art on the Rocks. Art on the Rocks™ has grown to one of the finest art shows in the country, attracting over 140 artists and 10,000 people each year. In 2017, they’ll be celebrating the 59th annual fine art and crafts festival in Mattson Lower Harbor Park, sandwiched between Marquette’s historic downtown and the Cinder Pond Marina on beautiful Lake Superior. Hours: Saturday, July 29, 10am to 6pm; Sunday, July 30th, 10am to 5pm.


As always – don’t forget to oil your cutting boards, knife handles, wooden utensils, etc. You can NEVER have too much oil!

See you – down the road!

John & Trudie







It appears to be summer!

Whew! It’s been crazy so far. Weird weather, cold temps, hot temps, but we’ve made it so far! I hope you’ve made it through all of Mother Nature’s craziness. It’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog, so I thought I should let you know what we’re up to…

Coming up this weekend, it’s back to Door County! I’m sure you’ve heard me go on, and on, and on about how we love Door County. Well, it’s true. I don’t think there’s another place on earth that compares. So…on Saturday, June 17th, it’s the annual Fyr Bal Festival in Ephraim. The hours have been extended this year, so stop on by for a chat!! UPDATE!! The Fyr Bal Festival in Ephraim has changed a bit. We won’t be in Harborside Park. Instead, booths will be set up along Highway 57 and the road will be closed, making it a true street festival atmoshere! We’ll be set up north of Wilson’s Ice Cream Parlor, on the lake side, across from the Village Hall. Hope to see you!!

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On June 24th and 25th, it’s a new adventure for us! The Cedarburg Strawberry Festival! Thousands and thousands of festgoers descend upon Cedarburg each year for Strawberry Festival, an art-filled weekend brimming with the most luscious summer fruit. . This free, family-oriented festival is a favorite of many, drawing up to 100,000 people annually to celebrate the strawberry, enjoy live music, browse and purchase original artwork from hundreds of artists, and enjoy some of the most decadent homegrown strawberries in the area. We’ll be set up near the Cedarburg Cultural Center.


No shows on Saturday, July 1st, we’ll be on vacation – guess where? Of course, Door County! But we WILL be set up for the annual Baileys Harbor July 4th celebration. Lots of great food, refreshments, live bands, a great small town July 4th parade, and of course, artists and crafters on the Town Hall lawn, Highway 57 and Highway F. Dates: July 3rd and 4th, 9am to 4pm both days. Check out the Baileys Harbor website for a complete list of activities:


And remember to oil your boards, utensils and knife handles. You can’t over oil, but you can definitely under oil! Oil keeps them moisturized, much like your skin, to prevent drying and cracking.

See you soon…down the road!

It’s on to April – No foolin’!

This weekend we turn another calendar page – on to April, and bigger and better things! Just one more month of indoor shows, so Mother Nature had better get her act together in a hurry!

This Saturday, April 1st, we’re off to Madison – Madtown, Mad City, City of Four Lakes – whatever you call it, it’s a beautiful, vibrant college town with the most parks per capita in the United States – 12.7 per 10,000 residents! We’ll be at Warner Park Community Recreation Center with around 80 other Midwestern artists and fine crafters for their “Springfest.” Hours are 9:00am to 3:00pm. Admission is $1.00. Door prizes, free entertainment in the lobby and lots of free parking. Come on down and pick up a great gift for Easter, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, or something for yourself!


On April 8th, we’re a bit closer to home, at the UW Washington County Campus, 400 University Drive in West Bend, for their annual Festival of Arts. Admission is $2.00, which supports UW Washington County scholarships. This is a GREAT show, (and one of our favorites) with 60 artists selling everything from jewelry, yard art, pottery, photography, wood, fiber arts, and much more! There is a farmers market area, a student art contest, live music all day, a children’s “make it and take it” art area and great food. Hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm.

No shows the weekend of April 15th – Happy Easter!

April 22nd and 23rd is the return of re: Craft & Relic, at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex, 6000 W. Ryan Road in Franklin. Hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm both days. This isn’t your regular art or craft show. This one is a bit different. As the name playfully indicates, the focus is re(garding) craft…both the concept of craft as a whole and as it applies to re-purposing/reclaiming/recycling materials. Additionally, “Relic” is a nod to vintage and antique goods and supplies, whether up-cycled, restored, or left in their aged glory. Each event is unique, creating an exciting destination market mix of artisans, makers, up-cyclers, collectors, curators, and self-proclaimed Junkers.


April 29th we’re doing TWO shows. One at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds, On Martin Avenue in Fond du Lac, at the Expo Building. Hours are 9:00am to 3:00pm. Approximately 80-95 Vendors. All handmade or hand crafted items. Concessions, door prizes, kids craft section and much more.

The second one is new to us – the New World Montessori Art Fair. held at the New World Montessori School, 1101 West Brown Deer Road in River Hills from 10:00am to 3:00pm.


We hope to see you at one of these fine shows! We’re adding new products this year, so you’ll want to stop by for a look!!

Here’s my tip for April regarding care for your wood items – if you have stubborn odors on your cutting board, shred some apple or potato finely. Spread it out on the surface of your cutting board and let sit for 10 minutes. Then wash as normal. The secret is in the enzyme contained in apples and potatoes that causes them to brown – polyphenol oxidase – this enzyme can oxidize sulfurous compounds (like onion or garlic), turning them into odorless compounds. Who knew?!?

Happy April everyone – see you down the road!








Is it really spring?

Well, March is almost over, and we’ve returned from a wonderful two weeks in Palm Springs, California. Mother Nature greeted us with 6 inches of snow on our first day back. What a rude awakening! But now it’s Spring and it’s time to get this show back on the road!!

We’ve JUST added a show for this weekend at the Home & Garden Expo in Fond du Lac. It’s being held at the Expo Building at the Fairgrounds, 601 Martin Avenue in Fond du Lac. Hours TODAY 4-8PM and Saturday & Sunday, 10am -4pm. $5.00 admission, but you can go to their website and print off a coupon to save $1!

Next week it’s on to April and hopefully Mother Nature cooperates. No fooling, on the 1st, we’ll be at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive, in Madison from 9am to 3pm. $1 admission.

Then on to the UW Washington County Campus, 400 University Drive, West Bend, on April 8th. This is always a favorite of ours. Lots of great artists, student artwork, good food and helpful seminars. Hours are 10am to 4pm. Admission is $2, and all proceeds go to support the UW Washington County scholarship program.

I’ll catch up with you a bit later for the remainder of April and May shows. But for now, back to the shop to catch up after laying in the sun for two weeks! Have a good one, and see you down the road!

Only one more left!

Only one more show left for 2016 –

Our last show of the season is close to home, in Chilton. If you need a last minute gift, or you just need to get out of the house and relax for a bit, come on over to Cheers, 26 N. State Street, in Chilton. Hours: Saturday, December 17th and Sunday, December 18th, 9:30am to 4:00pm. Hope to see you out and about! Hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate – right now there is a HUGE chance of a nasty snowstorm on Friday/Saturday.

And that’s it….after the 18th, we’ll we cleaning the shop and getting things ready for 2017. If you’re in the area, and you need a last minute gift, call us at 920-889-4944, and we can arrange a last minute gift pick up.

Sneak peek…January 28th & 29th, we’ll be at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex in Franklin for the re:Craft & Relic show. 10am to 4pm both days. We’ll also be in Waukesha on January 28th at the Waukesha Expo Center for the Studio Clearance Sale, 10am to 4pm.

Look for new items in 2017 – we have so many ideas swirling around in our heads!

If we don’t see you or talk to you, have a wonderful Christmas and a happy and safe New Year!

25 days and counting

Holy crap on a cracker! Tomorrow is December 1st. How did this happen?!?

We’re now in the “full swing” mode for Christmas. If you’re thinking of ordering something – NOW IS THE TIME! To make sure it gets in the mail on time, please have your orders to us by December 15th. Thanks!!

Now on to the remaining shows for the year:

THIS Friday, Saturday & Sunday, we’ll be making our first trip to Michigan! We’ll be at the TV6 Christmas Craft Show, held at the NMU Superior Dome, 1401 Presque Isle Avenue In Marquette. Show hours: Friday, December 2nd, 5-9pm, Saturday, December 3rd, 10am – 6pm, and Sunday, December 4th, 11am-4pm.

On Friday, December 9th, we’re off to Baraboo, WI for the Very Merry Holiday Fair. Held at the beautiful Baraboo Arts Building, 323 Water Street. Hours on Friday, 12-6pm. Hours for Saturday, December 10th are 9am to 4pm. This is an ALL handcrafted show! Artists are hand picked, and there are no two artists who create the same thing, which makes this a very unique show. Wine tasting, tasty lunch offerings and a cash bar, all in a beautiful setting to get you in the mood for Christmas!

Our last show of the season is close to home, in Chilton. If you need a last minute gift, or you just need to get out of the house and relax for a bit, come on over to Cheers, 26 N. State Street. Hours: Saturday, December 17th and Sunday, December 18th, 9:30am to 4:00pm. Hope to see you out and about!

And that’s it….after the 18th, we’ll we cleaning the shop and getting things ready for 2017. If you’re in the area, and you need a last minute gift, call us at 920-889-4944, and we can arrange a last minute gift pick up.

Sneak peek…January 28th & 29th, we’ll be at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex in Franklin for the re:Craft & Relic show. 10am to 4pm both days.

If we don’t talk to you before then, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year!


John & Trudie

Only 9 Weekends!



Greetings! It’s hard to fathom this, but there are only 9 weekends remaining until Christmas Eve. NINE WEEKENDS. It doesn’t seem possible, does it?

We have a VERY busy November schedule and we’re even in two places at once!! You’ll be able to find us at a show EVERY weekend from November 5th to December 17th.

Here is where you can find us in November:
Saturday, November 5 – Sparta High School, 506 N. Black River Street. 9am -4pm
Saturday, November 12  & Sunday, November 13 – Re: Craft & Relic, Milwaukee County Sports Complex, 6000 W. Ryan Road, Franklin. 10am – 4pm both days.
Saturday, November 12 - Wisconsin Heights Middle School, 10173 US 14, Mazomaine, WI. 8am – 3pm.
Sunday, November 13 – Brookfield East High School, 3305 Lilly Road, Brookfield. 10am – 4pm.
Saturday, November 19 & Sunday, November 20 - Winter Art Fair Off the Square, Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison. 9am – 4pm Saturday and 10am – 4pm Sunday.
Saturday, November 19 – One Stop Shop Holiday Art & Craft Fair, Fox Valley Technical College, 1825 N. Bluemound Drive, Appleton. 9am – 3pm.
Saturday, November 26 – Holiday Boutique, Italian Community Center,  631 East Chicago Avenue, Festa Hall, Milwaukee. 10am – 3:30 pm.

Whew! Even typing that out made me tired. But we’ll be bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to help you with your Christmas shopping. We hope to see you…down the road!!


2016 Holiday Shipping Deadline

December 21st Priority Mail

To accommodate this deadline, any holiday orders for 2016 must be placed by December 15th to give us time to package your order, and in some cases MAKE your order. Please call us for more information. 920.889.4944



What’s in store for October?

Only a few outdoor shows left for this year. We’ve had our fair share of rain, wind, thunder/lightening, etc. We’ll be glad to be indoors, but that means one thing….winter is not far behind. Sigh….as I get older, winter seems to get tougher and tougher to handle. But enough of that depressing talk! On to our schedule for October – by far, my most favorite month of the year! Crisp nights, bright sunshine, fall colors, etc.

Our first stop is Chilton and the Craftoberfest at Cheers!, 26 N. State Street, on Saturday, October 1st, 9am to 3pm. The first 20 people through the door will be treated with a free bloody mary or mimosa!


Then on Sunday, the 2nd, we’re off to Greenville for the Greenville Lioness Fall Craft Fair.

The Greenville Fall Craft Fair is located at the Greenville Lions Park, Greenville, WI, near the intersection of Hwy. 96 & 76 about 6 miles west of Appleton. The park entrance is on Hwy. 76 north of the 96 & 76 intersection. Come see thousands of handmade and handgrown items for sale!  Breakfast & lunch items are available for purchase.

On the 8th & 9th, we make our last stop in Door County for the year. This one is a biggie! It’s the Pumpkin Patch Festival in Egg Harbor. We’ll again be set up behind Decorator’s Gallery, 4633 Market Street. Hours are 9am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday.  There is TONS of live entertainment, food, artist and craft booths, activities for the kids, etc.

On the 15th, we’re off to a NEW show for us, at the Carl Traeger Elementary School in Oshkosh. 3000 W. 20th Avenue. Show hours are 9am to 2pm. $2 admission. Proceeds benefit Carl Traeger Student Enhancement Upgrades. Refreshments and food available.

To finish up the month, we’ll again be set up at Kohler Food & Wine in Kohler, WI.  Held at the American Club on October 23rd and 24th, Kohler Food & Wine has become one of our most favorite shows! The FREE Gourmet Marketplace will be set up in the hallways around the Grand Hall of the Great Lakes, on the conference level. Hours are 9:30 am to 5pm, both Friday and Saturday.

 As of October, there are only 12 shopping weekends until Christmas!! With that in mind, if you’d like to order for Christmas delivery, we MUST have your order by December 10, 2016. You can call us, e-mail us, text us, or message us on Facebook.

We hope to see you….down the road!!