Fish to Fry…..

What better way to celebrate a beautiful summer day in Wisconsin than with a fish fry? And if you’re a true Wisconsinite…you’ll want to celebrate in a BIG way. Here’s the perfect venue !


We’ll have our booth set up from 10am to 6pm in Upper Lake Park.

Car show
Live entertainment
And of course – lots of delicious fish & chips!

Come on down to the World’s Largest One Day Outdoor Fish Fry!


On Sunday, the 17th, we’re headed to Oshkosh for the Paine Art Center “Faire on the Green” Art & Craft Show. Hours: 9am – 4pm.

Experience the largest art and craft fair of the summer in Oshkosh. From photography and jewelry to watercolors and pottery (and woodcrafts, of course!!) The creations of more than 100 artists and craftspeople are showcased. In addition, a street market features unique antiques, imported and retail items. Admission to the Paine mansion and gardens as well as the exhibition Audubon’s Birds of America is free throughout the day, courtesy of Oshkosh Corporation Foundation. The event also includes a variety of fair food for sale as well as live entertainment sponsored by McClone.

Our booth is located on the green space just off Congress Avenue, which is closed to traffic for the day.


We hope to see you at one of these great venues!


It’s a Door County 4th of July!

It’s a Door County for Fourth of July!!

The July 4th holiday finds us in Baileys Harbor – one of our most favorite places to be! The weather forecast for Saturday, July 2nd, through Monday July 4th is rather boring, I’m afraid. Zero % chance of rain, highs in the upper 70’s and bright sunshine, ALL THREE DAYS!!! Let’s hope the forecasters get it right this time.

We’ll be set up in front of the Town Hall on the corner of Highway 57 and County Road F, from 9am to 5pm, Saturday, Sunday & Monday. We have a few new things this year – wine bottle racks to hang on your wall, wall clocks, salad forks, cheese slicer boards, and perhaps pepper mills if we can get them done in time.

If you’re looking for something to do , Baileys Harbor is THE place to be. In addition to the great artists and crafters, there will be live entertainment, a food court and beer stand, pony rides for the kids, the Baileys Harbor Fire Department pancake breakfast, and of course a parade and fireworks. For the complete schedule of events, please visit: http://

clockwine rack


And just a bit of shameless self promotion – we recently won an Award of Excellence at the Arts in Bartlett show in Bartlett, Illinois. We just love what we do, and take great pride that our accomplishments and hard work is recognized among our peers.


We hope to see you down the road!!

John & Trudie



This weekend! – Bartlett, Illinois

We’re venturing back to northern Illinois this weekend! We’ll be in Bartlett this Saturday & Sunday, June 25th & 26th at Bartlett Park for “Arts in Bartlett.”  10:00 am to 5:00 pm both days.

The weather is supposed to be great! Only a slight chance for showers in the morning on Sunday. Food, wine & beer tent. Children’s activities, live entertainment, Author’s tent with book signing, and of course, ART! Hope to see you there!

arts in bartlett poster



To the Northwoods We go!


This Saturday, we’ll be in beautiful St. Germain, Wisconsin. Land of beautiful lakes and towering pine trees. The Art Fair will take place outdoors in the park directly behind the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce office, which is located at the intersection of State Hwy 70 and 155.

We hope you’ll take a drive to see us, and the many talented artists and craftspeople!

Walk in the Woods



It’s June!!!

I think we FINALLY have warmer days ahead of us. It’s been a long stretch with cool temps and rain. Thankfully, Mother Nature has finally turned a corner and I think we can safely say that we’re on our way towards summer!

This weekend finds us in Fond du Lac at the Art on the Island Show on Sunday, June 5th. It’s held in Lakeside Park. More details below:

art on the island

This is always a GREAT show – high quality, and such great a great diversity of art. We hope to see you there!

Wood vs. Plastic

At every show, we’re asked about the food safety of wooden cutting boards. University studies have proven that wooden cutting boards are actually SAFER than plastic cutting boards. In these studies, used plastic, rubber, and wooden boards were inoculated with bacteria; after the incubation period, the boards were examined under a microscope. The bacteria on the plastic and rubber boards MULTIPLIED, while on the wooden board, there was LESS bacteria than originally applied. After commercial washing (a dishwasher) of the plastic and rubber boards, the bacteria was still present. After soaking in bleach water, the bacteria was still present. Yet, the only way bacteria was detected in higher numbers on the wooden board was when the board was shredded, or when high pressure water was forced through it; not something you or I are going to do with a wooden board! Hardwoods are fine-grained, and the capillary action of those grains pulls down fluid, trapping the bacteria – which are killed off as the board dries after cleaning. Because knife marks in plastic and rubber boards heal from the outside in, the bacteria is trapped in knife marks, even when disinfecting. When you cut again on that plastic board, you cut open those knife marks, releasing the bacteria anew. Before the invention of plastic, our ancestors used wooden cutting boards, utensils and vessels to prepare their food. Wood is the preferred surface for commercial chefs worldwide. We’ve been using the same wooden cutting board for 18+ years; and I have no qualms about cutting raw chicken on my board and then using it (after washing, of course!) to prepare fruits or vegetables. All you need to do is wash with hot soapy water and let the board air dry. If you still have reservations about food safety, you can disinfect your board with a diluted bleach solution or household vinegar. After using either of these methods, make sure to oil your board thoroughly. And a final note – wooden boards are easy on your knives. Any surface that is “tough as nails” (stainless, glass, man-made surfaces, etc.) don’t have any “give” for your knife and will ruin the edge.

As always, don’t forget to oil your boards, utensils, knife handles, etc. on a regular basis. As with your skin, wood needs to be kept moisturized to prevent cracking.

See you down the road!!


Coming Up!

The weather seems to be improving a bit. I’m not going to lie, our first outdoor show in Racine was brutal. The wind was unrelenting, and a few of the tents blew down and were damaged. Being right next to Lake Michigan didn’t help, but we still managed to have a great day and were happy to help the Racine Montessori School with their fundraising efforts.

But please, Mother Nature, can you please let us have a stretch of warm and sunny weather? Pretty please?!? Hopefully, the next two weekends in Door County will be FABULOUS! Great weather is predicted for this coming Saturday. I’m not quite ready to jinx ourselves by looking at the weather for Memorial Day!

Here’s our schedule for the rest of May:


This Saturday, May 21st, its the inaugural “Blessing of the Fleet” in Baileys Harbor, WI. This used to be called “Spring Fling” and was held in conjunction with the annual Scottie Fest. But they’ve changed it up a bit this year and added more fun activities.  There will still be the adorable Scottie parade at 11:30, along with a host of other seminars and activities throughout Baileys Harbor. The Arts & Crafts fair will be held on the Town Hall lawn from 9am to 4pm. For information on other events, visit

Memorial Day weekend finds us in TWO locations in Door County – Jacksonport for their annual Maifest celebration, and Sturgeon Bay, for their Fine Art Fair.


Maifest is held at Lakeside Park in Jacksonport on Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th. 9am, to 5pm both days.


The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center will host its annual Fine Art Fair May 28 and 29, 2016 at Sunset Park situated on the picturesque waterfront. Now in its 18th year, the Fine Art Fair draws over 100 artists, crafters, and exhibitors who are proud to display and sell original works of art including sculpture, painting, jewelry, ceramics, fiber, and photography.

Attendees are always pleased to find live entertainment woven throughout the fair including a strolling violist, Gaelic harpist, and clowns.

At the heart of the fair, a beautiful Sculpture Garden can be found showcasing the work of three-dimensional artists who have booths at the fair.

A variety of food and beverages will be available all weekend from vendors located within the park.  Don’t miss the popular Fine Art Fair Raffle featuring a large selection of items donated by art fair participants. All proceeds from the Raffle go to support the Fine Art Fair hosted by the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center, a non-profit organization.

Make plans today to enjoy amazing art, fabulous food, marvelous music, and more at the 18th annual Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair! There is no cost for admission. Enjoy all the fair has to offer Saturday, May 28th from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, May 29th from 10am to 4pm at Sunset Park (747 North Third Avenue) in Sturgeon Bay.

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We hope you’ll take a drive to enjoy any of these great venues in Door County! It’s our little slice of heaven.

And a tip – when is the last time you oiled your cutting board, utensils, knife handles, etc.? They can’t get too much oil, so keep them moisturized so they can be passed on to future generations!

See you down the road!





Coming up this weekend – Saturday, May 7th, is our first outdoor show of the season! Show hours are 9am to 4pm.

Every year on the first Saturday in May Racine Montessori holds their biggest fundraiser of the year, the Lakefront Artist Fair. Running simultaneously with the Racine Kiwanis Pancake Day at Festival Park, it is an unofficial start to Racine’s summertime festival season.

Over 125 Artisans from all over the midwest showcase their talents including:

Jewelry, Paintings, Pottery, Metal Art, Garden Art, Clothing, wood, and much, much more! In addition to a wonderful variety of original art, there are many other reasons to visit the Lakefront Artist Fair:

Gift Basket Silent Auction Artist’s Silent Auction (many participating artists donate an item) $5 Prize Board $1 Ticket Raffle Drawing

Children’s Activity Booth where, for a nominal fee, kids can make their own arts and crafts projects.

Bake sale and other refreshments for sale. Bring your family and come join the fun!


Re: Craft & Relic

typewriter_logo_with_datesTHIS WEEKEND!!!


Experience more than 200 of the most unique vendors from across the Midwest, filling their booths with vintage, salvaged, industrial, handmade, hand-forged, modern, antiqued, up-cycled, and re-purposed goods for the home and garden. Items include furniture, vintage clothing, jewelry, garden items, artworks, pottery, and more. This is re:Craft and Relic.

10:00am to 4:00pm, Milwaukee County Sports Complex, 6000 W. Ryan Road, Franklin, WI.

UW Festival of Arts

UW Art Festival

Coming up THIS Saturday, is the annual UW Washington County Festival of Arts! Always a crowd pleaser! Great artists, great food, seminars, and new this year, a silent auction! All proceeds benefit the arts programs at UW Washington County.



THIS Weekend!!

Spring FestTHIS Saturday, April 2nd – Madison, WI.
If you’re looking for something to do on another dreary, cold, early Spring weekend, look no further!

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)
  • Food and beverages will be available
  • Live music in the lobby (10 am-2 pm)
  • Plenty of free parking