Holiday 2012 Vendor Feature: BOBOS’ BLANKETS

Bobos’ Blankets
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At Bobos’ Blankets, I make handmade quilts, blankets, burp cloths, and bibs.  I also make tote bags and aprons.  I call my two boys my “Big Bobo” and my “Little Bobo” and they LOVE to carry around burp cloths and blankets.  They, plus my mom, aunts, and grandmother, inspired me to create my items and joy to share with others.

Get To Know Joanie of Bobos Blankets

Besides crafting, what other things do you like to do? When I’m not creating for Bobos’ Blankets, I am a girls volleyball coach. 

What is one of your favorite quotes, song lyrics or Bible verses? There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings. – Hodding Carter

What’s your favorite holiday beverage at Starbucks? (And, are you a fan of the red cups?!)  A venti peppermint mocha, no whip!  And I LOVE the holidays so I don’t mind the red cups.

What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?  We get on our pajamas and make hot cocoa (or chocolate milk) and get in the car and drive all over looking at Christmas lights.  My boys have a hard time falling asleep after that.

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Visit Bobos’ Blankets and see what you have to look forward to at the Homespun Chic Holiday Marketplace on Sunday, December 9.

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Love what you see? Click the links next to “Share This” below and let your friends on Facebook and Twitter know. Then, come enter to win a $20 Gift Certificate to be used at the Marketplace. There are plenty of easy ways that you can enter to win!

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Holiday 2012 Vendor Feature: BIJOUX & BON BONS

Bijoux & Bon Bons
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From making woven potholders when I was seven years old to getting caught up in the scrapbook craze in my college years, I’ve always enjoyed being crafty and creative.  After taking a class at local craft store with my dear friend Kimberly of whimZy, I embarked on a new adventure of creating and selling handcrafted jewelry and accessories.

While my shop’s name pays homage to my affinity for the French culture, my items reflect my eclectic taste. From more traditional beaded necklaces. earrings and bracelets to “upcycled” Scrabble Tiles and bottle cap pendants, my shop has something for everyone!

I am very excited to be participating my fourth Homespun Chic Marketplace!

Get To Know Annie of Bijoux & Bon Bons

What’s the #1 played song on your iPod? Lately mostly 80s music

What’s your favorite crafting snack? Cookies, cupcakes, brownies (I have a sweet tooth!)

Besides crafting, what other things do you like to do? Read, travel, bake

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? I’d like to be fluent in several languages.

What’s your favorite Central Florida Food Truck? The Batter Bowl Truck

What’s your favorite Central Florida attraction/landmark/sight? Walt Disney World

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Visit Bijoux & Bon Bons and see what you have to look forward to at the Homespun Chic Holiday Marketplace on Sunday, December 9.

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Love what you see? Click the links next to “Share This” below and let your friends on Facebook and Twitter know. Then, come enter to win a $20 Gift Certificate to be used at the Marketplace. There are plenty of easy ways that you can enter to win!

Holiday 2012 Vendor Feature: SOAP MUCH LOVE

Soap Much Love
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Hi, my name is Ada Piggott. I am originally from Venezuela.I received my bachelor degree in accounting in 2000 and went on to become a CPA. I am very friendly, caring and a bit of a perfectionist.

My husband was who actually chose the name. Family and friends usually tease us about hugging to much by saying “so much love”. It felt just perfect naming my business SoapMuchLove, since it represent “us” as a family.

Made in small batches, SoapMuchLove, LLC runs out my kitchen. My soaps are made with moisture rich glycerin and goat milk base. They would be a perfect party favor for a birthday party, baby shower, bridal shower, or even a wedding. My soaps and body products  would also be a wonderfully unique gift for any occasion. Or just give yourself a gift to brighten up your day. !!

Get To Know Ada of Soap Much Love

What’s your favorite crafting snack? Chocolate!! I am a chocolate addictive.

Besides crafting, what other things do you like to do? I love reading and photography.

What are you most looking forward to about the Homespun Chic Holiday Marketplace? Catch up and have a wonderful time with all of you as I have had in the past.

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Visit Soap Much Love and see what you have to look forward to at the Homespun Chic Holiday Marketplace on Sunday, December 9.

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Love what you see? Click the links next to “Share This” below and let your friends on Facebook and Twitter know. Then, come enter to win a $20 Gift Certificate to be used at the Marketplace. There are plenty of easy ways that you can enter to win!

Spread the Word GIVEAWAY!

We’ve decided to do our popular “Spread the Word GIVEAWAY” again. We’re going to give away TWO $20 gift certificates to be used at the 2012 Homespun Chic Holiday Marketplace! Of course, you’ll need to use all of it with our vendors on December 9, but with so many incredible options, that won’t be hard to do! How do you enter to win? It’s simple…

All you have to do is SPREAD the WORD!
Lots of ways to do it: Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Email, Passing Out Fliers, Skywriting, Smoke Signals… 🙂

Come back and comment each time you:

  • Write a blog post about the Marketplace. Include important info: times, dates, place. Include a link to either our Facebook Fan Page and/or our Website.
  • Write about the Marketplace in your Facebook status. Try to include a link to our website or tag our Facebook page so your friends/fans know where to find us.
  • Tweet about the Marketplace and include our handle @homespunchic so we can see it. (Sample Tweet [feel free to copy and paste!]: Shop the best handmade in Central FL at @homespunchic marketplace on Sun, Dec 9; Redeemer Church in Winter Garden. http://tinyurl.com/3sa8ekx)
  • Send an email to friends, family, coworkers, mom’s group, etc telling them about the Marketplace. Make sure you include a link to our website in the email so they are able to get more details.
  • Share any of our Facebook posts/pictures using the “Share” link within Facebook.

You can do each of these things one time and comment to let us know that you did for more entries:

  • Like” our Facebook page. (If you’re already a fan, it counts as an entry for you! Go ahead and leave a comment letting us know you “like” us on Facebook!)
  • RSVP to our event on Facebook.
  • Invite at least 10 of your Facebook friends, using the FB Event.
  • Get the May 6 Marketplace mentioned/featured in a local printed publication, church bulletin, neighborhood newsletter, etc. Snap a quick picture of it and leave a comment here letting us know!

Have other ideas of how you can spread the word? Let us know and we’ll consider adding it to our opportunities.

So…got it? Spread the word, come back to this post, leave a comment letting us know what you did and you’re automatically entered to win one of two $20 gift certificates to the 2012 Homespun Chic Holiday Marketplace! The more times/ways you spread the word, the more entries you get. Make sure you enter each thing you do in a separate comment to get the most entries. Just be mindful of your followers/friends/fans. 🙂

Simple!

If you can’t make it to the Marketplace, you can still help us spread the word. If you win, you can gift your prize to someone else.

Ready? Set? GO SPREAD the WORD!

The Not-So-Fine Print:
Using random.org, we’ll select two winners on Saturday, December 8 from all of the comments on this post. You will be notified via email. We’ll also announce the winner on Facebook.

Spring 2012 Vendor Feature: TWO FLORIDA GIRLS

Two Florida Girls
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We are two sisters, born and raised in the Sunshine State. We love our God, our family and our home state. 🙂 We hope you find something that makes you smile and think of sun-filled days! Our items are great as fun, affordable gifts for family, friends, kids, coworkers, teachers, coaches…or heck, even yourself!

We opened our shop a little more than three years ago after Kati (the sewer) made Amy (the computer girl) a coffee cozy for her birthday. Amy said, “I love these! We could sell them!” And the rest, as they say, is history. Since then, we’ve developed new products and have expanded beyond the coffee cozy. In addition to our first item, we now create gadget cozies, bean bags, onesies, shirts and hair clips. And, see that adorable little blond up there? She’s sporting one of our newest products–messy ruffle headbands!

We’ve participated in Homespun Chic Marketplace since the first show in October 2010 and we’re now coordinating the show. We’re excited to see you there and look forward to meeting everyone!

Get To Know Kati of Two Florida Girls

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? Play the violin. 🙂

What’s your favorite Central Florida Food Truck? So far, Yum Yum Truck! I can’t wait to try more though!

What’s your favorite Central Florida attraction/landmark/sight? Disney World! I love how magical it is. It is even better now going there with my children. 🙂

What’s your favorite crafting snack? Anything that is easy to eat and not messy. Usually I only “snack” on Dr Pepper while crafting though!

Get To Know Amy of Two Florida Girls

What’s the #1 played song on your iPod? iTunes doesn’t lie and it says I’ve played “Waking Up in Vegas” by Katy Perry 81 times, making that the #1 song in my iTunes. My only excuse for this is: it’s on two of my running playlists. 🙂

Besides crafting, what other things do you like to do? Spend time with my family and friends; Spoil my “favorites” (my niece & nephew); Bake; CrossFit; Train for running races

What’s your favorite Central Florida attraction/landmark/sight? The beach…and more specifically, our family’s beach house! Disney comes in a close second. 🙂

What’s something you’ve done that you think no other vendor has done? Competed on Nickelodeon’s Family Double Dare and Guts! 

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Visit Two Florida Girls and see what you have to look forward to at the Spring Homespun Chic Marketplace on Sunday, May 6.

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Love what you see? Click the links next to “Share This” below and let your friends on Facebook and Twitter know. Then, come enter to win a $20 Gift Certificate to be used at the Marketplace. There are plenty of easy ways that you can enter to win!

Spring 2012 Vendor Feature: CHIC BAZAR

Chic Bazar
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Back when I was a teenager, I was taught how to sew by my mom. She was a a lovely lady who enjoy so much sewing and I was always there by her side learning and enjoying her company. I got married and had two girls and two boys. Now I have four grand kids, three precious girls and one boy. On a Mother’s Day, my oldest daughter made me a purse. I loved it so much and I still have it. Then, came the idea of making them for presents and that’s how Chic Bazar was born. I started back in 2008 on Etsy and my items are also currently sold at Artistree-Coop a cute little shop next to Infusion Tea at College Park. We offer different styles and accessories made with beautiful fabrics.

Get To Know Eloisa of Chic Bazar

What’s your favorite crafting snack? My favorite crafting snack is coffee.

Besides crafting, what other things do you like to do? Besides crafting I like to paint, cook and bake.

What are you most looking forward to about the Spring Homespun Chic Marketplace? Looking forward to show the community all the talent we have in making all these beautiful handmade products!

What’s something you’ve done that you think no other vendor has done? I’ve lived in hotels in Venezuela, Aruba, Curacao, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. My husband is a former General Manager. It was sooo exciting, like vacationing all year long. I’m a former Flight Attendant who worked for the new Pan Am Airways.

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Visit Chic Bazar and see what you have to look forward to at the Spring Homespun Chic Marketplace on Sunday, May 6.

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Love what you see? Click the links next to “Share This” below and let your friends on Facebook and Twitter know. Then, come enter to win a $20 Gift Certificate to be used at the Marketplace. There are plenty of easy ways that you can enter to win!

Spring 2012 Vendor Feature: AUTUMN & EVERYTHING AFTER

Autumn & Everything After
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Kasey is the creative brain behind Autumn & Everything After. All of her items are great for accessorizing any home, office, party or fun-loving girl! She creates fun, one-of-a-kind accessories for all seasons, event and occasions. From hand-painted banners and burlap pillows to chic tote bags and yarn wreaths, you are sure to find something to love.

Autumn & Everything After officially started when Kasey began posting pictures of her personal seasonal home decor on Facebook. Her friends (and their friends) fell in love and asked her how much she was selling the beauties for. With much coercion from her friends, she opened her Etsy shop. Autumn & Everything After has been featured at all four Homespun Chic Marketplace events and she’s looking forward to seeing you this Sunday.

Get To Know Kasey of Autumn & Everything After

What is one of your favorite quotes, song lyrics or Bible verses? “Learn the scripture, love the author, live and die for both.”

What’s your favorite crafting snack? Popcorn & M&M’s with a Diet Coke.

Besides crafting, what other things do you like to do? I am a huge fan of blogs, however I, myself am not a blogger.  My favorite day is Thursday because that is when one of my all time favorite blogs (www.theshabbycreekcottage.com) has a linky party.  I love seeing what other projects fellow “crafters” are working on.  I also admit I have a slight obsession with Pinterest.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? I would like to learn how to do graphic design and maybe take a course in Adobe Illustrator.

If you had to only work on one project for the next year, what would it be? I’d love to finish my gallery wall in my house…I have it all “pinned out”…I just need to make it happen.  I’d also like to make a pendant light made out of burlap.

What are you most looking forward to about the Homespun Chic Holiday Marketplace? Meeting other vendors and checking out all the other great items that will be showcased this year. I am also looking forward to another new venue.

What’s your favorite Central Florida attraction/landmark/sight? Does Hobby Lobby count?

What’s something you’ve done that you think no other vendor has done? I have painted an entire wall in my home office with black chalkboard paint.  I thought, I will either love it or hate it.  If I love it then its worth the leap, if I hate it, its nothing that 10 coats of primer can’t fix. 

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Visit Autumn & Everything After and see what you have to look forward to at the Spring Homespun Chic Marketplace on Sunday, May 6.

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Love what you see? Click the links next to “Share This” below and let your friends on Facebook and Twitter know. Then, come enter to win a $20 Gift Certificate to be used at the Marketplace. There are plenty of easy ways that you can enter to win!

Spring 2012 Vendor Feature: The Favored Party

The Favored Party
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Hi! We are Keri Bennett and Amber Brennan of the Favored Party. We started our company just a few months ago, when a hobby of sorts turned into a little business. We are two stay at home moms, who were looking for a creative outlet, and so… The Favored Party was born in October of 2011. We make everything ourselves, and our speciality is personalized gifts and favors. The possibilities are endless since you can help to design the item exactly as you like. We have something for everyone: Babies, kids, grown-ups, even the family pet! (Check out our cute personalized treat jar.) If you would like to see more, please visit us at the Homespun Chic Marketplace on Sunday, and we have a FB pagetoo.

We look forward to seeing and meeting many of you at the Marketplace this Sunday!

Get To Know Keri and Amber of The Favored Party

What’s your favorite crafting snack? We both agreed that it would be a glass of wine! Since we do much of our creating at night after the kids are in bed, it is the perfect snack to unwind with. : )

Besides crafting, what other things do you like to do? We love spending time with our families.  Keri has two boys, ages 6 and 9.  Amber has three daughters, ages, 2, 6, and 9.
What are you most looking forward to about the Spring Homespun Chic Marketplace? Meeting tons of fabulous people and seeing all the wonderful creative products!
What’s your favorite Central Florida Food Truck? They all look great, haven’t tried any yet. I heard there is a Hawaiian one that I am on the lookout for….

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Visit The Favored Party and see what you have to look forward to at the Spring Homespun Chic Marketplace on Sunday, May 6.

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Love what you see? Click the links next to “Share This” below and let your friends on Facebook and Twitter know. Then, come enter to win a $20 Gift Certificate to be used at the Marketplace. There are plenty of easy ways that you can enter to win!

Spring 2012 Vendor Feature: Tutus by Amanda

Tutus by Amanda
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Hi! My name is Amanda, I am the mother of four beautiful children. The youngest of which is my only little girl and I LOVE to dress her up! Recently we have discovered how much fun we can have with tutus and I learned to make them.  It has quickly developed from a new love, into a hobby, into a small business making custom tutus for friends and family.  I hope you love them as much as I do!

Get To Know Amanda of Tutus by Amanda

What is the # song played on your iPod? Anything by Shakira!

What is your favorite crafting snack? I craft to keep my hands busy so I won’t snack. 🙂

Besides crafting, what other things do you like to do? I love dance, photography and working out. 

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? I would love to be a gymnast…and a singer. 

Dwight Howard: should he stay or should he go? I don’t know who Dwight Howard is, I just love that song by The Clash!

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Love what you see? Click the links next to “Share This” below and let your friends on Facebook and Twitter know. Then, come enter to win a $20 Gift Certificate to be used at the Marketplace. There are plenty of easy ways that you can enter to win!

Spring 2012 Vendor Feature: MES Couture

MES Couture
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I have been crafting since I could use a crayon, and I have been specifically crafting jewelry for the last 6 years. This past year I have turned this hobby into a small part time business. While not working full time as a veterinary technician you can find me in my craft room. It is my number one way to relieve stress! (Give me a pair of needle nose pliers and I am a happy girl.) Fun fact – profits from my business are going towards my continued education – veterinary school to be exact.

Get To Know Meghan of MES Couture

What is one of your favorite quotes, song lyrics or Bible verses? At the moment– “Don’t be afraid to give yourself everything you’ve ever wanted in life.”

What’s the last great book you read? The forgotten garden by Kate Morton (read it, it’s thrilling!)

What’s your favorite thing about summer in Florida? Fishing with my family!

Besides crafting, what other things do you like to do? Besides crafting I love veterinary medicine, reading, drinking tea, biking, and hanging out with my two precious dachshunds! 🙂

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Visit MES Couture and see what you have to look forward to at the Spring Homespun Chic Marketplace on Sunday, May 6.

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Love what you see? Click the links next to “Share This” below and let your friends on Facebook and Twitter know. Then, come enter to win a $20 Gift Certificate to be used at the Marketplace. There are plenty of easy ways that you can enter to win!