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Happy New Year!

As the hours wind down on 2017, John and I would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a safe, prosperous New Year! We appreciate the opportunity you have all given us to live our dream. We look forward to seeing you again in the coming year!

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We’re starting out 2018 early! We’ll be at the Appleton Farmers Market, held at City Center on College Avenue downtown, on January 6th and January 20th. Hours are 9am to 12:30 pm. Featuring veggies, meats, baked goods, homemade soup & dip mixes, handcrafted items, jewelry, rugs & more including gluten free items. This event is indoors! They had some wonderful locally-grown mushrooms when we visited in December. I made a delicious cream of mushroom soup with them. And if you’ve never tried watermelon radishes or turnips, now is your chance! Hope to see you there!

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Our only other show in January is re: Craft & Relic, held in Franklin at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex, 6000 W. Ryan Road, on January 27th and 28th. Join thousands of Etsy-loving, Pinterest obsessed, DIY enthusiasts shopping for everything from shabby chic to European antiques, salvaged items, vintage and antique furniture for the home and garden, architectural salvage, vintage-inspired jewelry, repurposed and upcycled treasures, and beautiful handmade items. 10am to 4pm both days.

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Sit back, relax and ring in the New Year! Be safe, be warm, and be fabulous! We’ll see you in a few weeks!

John & Trudie

 

 

Merry Christmas from Our Home to Yours

As we prepare for family time, opening gifts, eating our favorite foods, listening to Uncle Ted’s favorite joke for the 20th year in a row… it’s time to pause and reflect on what is important in your life and what makes you happy.  What makes me happy is YOU! Without our loyal customers, friends and family, we wouldn’t be where we are today. For that, we are eternally grateful. We’ve had so much fun meeting all of you.

We wish all of you a heartfelt Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May your holidays be filled with good cheer. Be safe and happy….we’ll see you in 2016.

We’ll be adding some January and February stops at the Appleton Farmers Market, held at City Center. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more info.

Stay safe and warm…….

Regards!

John and Trudie

 

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CHEESE SLICER WIRE INSTRUCTIONS

CHEESE SLICER INSTRUCTIONS

Thank you for your cheese slicer purchase! There is a lifetime warranty on the wire, from the company that provides the handle assembly. Simply put your wire in an envelope, mail it to:

Prodyne

9611 Santa Anita Ave.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your new wire. You can also order new wires by phone (907) 484-1212 ($10 minimum for a credit card order.  We also have a few wires on hand, that you can purchase at a show. They’re $1.00 each, plus tax.

 

Merry Christmas!

As the year winds down, and we all go rushing about our lives, finishing up last minute wrapping, baking, decorating, etc., please remember to take time out to truly appreciate the season and the spirit of giving – take a drive around your neighborhood to see the beautiful decorations; drop a few coins in the red kettle, or make a donation to your local animal shelter; offer to shovel the sidewalk for your elderly neighbor; buy breakfast for the next person in line at the drive-thru (and hopefully, they’ll pay it forward!), or gather a group of friends to sing a few Christmas carols at a nursing home. Any of these things will surely give you a boost!

John and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas! Please be safe, and enjoy this time with your family and friends, both near and far.

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Is it really only one month until Christmas?

It’s hard to believe that it’s only a month until Christmas! Time has FLOWN by. We’re as busy as ever, so I haven’t shared anything on here for a while.

We have three shows left for this year:

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2ND, we’re in Madison at the Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Drive. Show hours are 9am to 3pm.

Over 80 crafters from the Midwest will be selling their handmade goods. You can expect to see a variety of jewelry, baskets, garden art, cards, pottery, woodwork, baby gifts, soaps, balms, lotions, knitwear, paintings, home décor and more! It’s the perfect place to find a unique gift for that special someone (or for yourself).

  • $1 entry fee and also a chance to win a door prize (80+ chances to win)
  • Concessions available and all proceeds benefit the North East Side Youth Basketball program
  • Live music in the lobby (10 am-2 pm)
  • Plenty of free parking

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8th and SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9th, we’re at the Very Merry Artisan Fair, held at the beautiful Baraboo Arts Building, 323 Water St.  in Baraboo. Show hours are Friday, Noon to 6pm, and Saturday, 9am to 4pm. 60 working Artisans – artists/craftsmen/authors/purveyors of good things to eat! Artisans showing and selling their own work, made with their own hands, in their own studios. Excellent community support! And… there are Holiday events throughout Baraboo on this festive weekend in December. One of our favorites! 23658683_1558152227561958_1416990362277411723_n

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 – HOLIDAY FUN FEST, APPLETON. Inside City Center Plaza, 10 E. College Avenue, Appleton. Hours: 9am to 1:30 pm.  Enjoy games, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, photos with Santa and the Holiday Handcrafted Gift Market inside City Center as a special feature of the Farm Market 9am-1:30pm!  And don’t miss the horse-drawn wagon rides starting behind City Center!

If you can’t make it to any of these shows, we’re still accepting orders for Christmas, until December 11th. Any orders after this date are not guaranteed to arrive by Christmas.

We look forward to seeing you before the end of the year!

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: http://octoberfestonline.org/.

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: http://baileysharbor.doorcounty.com/play/events/4th-of-july/

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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.

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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.

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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: http://baileysharbor.doorcounty.com/play/events/4th-of-july/

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!