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Wednesday
Dec072016

SoWa Holiday Market Gift Guide - For the Home

 

1. Bumble Belly Designs - Last Rose - Encaustic Mixed Media
2. Mae Chevrette - The Mountains are Calling - Print
3. Popzoo - Chihuahua Archival Art Print
4. SepiaLepus - Illustrated New England Map
5. Elizabeth Benotti Ceramics - Pinched Splatter Mug
6. 9000 Things - Wallpaper Collage Print of MA State 
7. Gabrielle Schaffner Ceramics - Hand painted Ceramic Plate
8. Islays Terrace - Be Merry Embroidery Hoop Art
9. Zooguu - Faux Dragon Taxidermy

 

 

Wednesday
Nov232016

SoWa Holiday: Vendor Spotlight - McCrea’s Candies

Business Name:
McCrea’s Candies

Your Location:
Hyde Park, Mass.

What do you make?
Luxe, handcrafted, award-winning caramel.

How did you get your start?
McCrea’s Candies was founded by husband-wife team Jason and Kate McCrea.  Building upon backgrounds in biology and chemistry, the McCrea’s transitioned into the sweet science of candy making after double layoffs.  Started in a home kitchen, McCrea’s Candies now offers a full line of mouthwatering caramels to retail outlets throughout North America.

Who is your product perfect for?
Our products range from small five-piece pillow packs to sleeves of caramel containing 17-18 pieces to larger gift and party boxes full of caramel.  That means we can provide yummy small presents/stocking stuffers as well as wonderful gifts meant to be shared with friends and family.

What is the story behind your business name?
By far one of the most important things at McCrea’s Candies is our team of talented, thinking, energetic people.  Each person brings his or her unique set of skills and strengths to bear on our day-to-day work and special events.  Our team is our family.  So it seemed only right to use our family name, McCrea, for the company name.

What are your favorite materials to work with?
We started with the simple idea that good candy must be made with good ingredients. With fresh milk, cream and butter, readily available seasonings, herbs and juices, we created 14 striking flavors and we did it with the fewest possible ingredients. And, we love to use the freshest of real-food ingredients. Milk and butter come from local dairies in New England.  We use four types of sugar -- none of which come from corn.  Our sugars are at least 50-percent US sourced. The remainder of our ingredients are ethically sourced.  We cook all of this freshness in a kitchen full of energy, creativity, music and the aroma of melting sugar mingled with fresh cream. Sometimes sweet basil infused cream permeates the air or the pungent sting caused by juicing ginger cuts through the cream waking up the senses.

What inspires you?
Using our hearts and minds to teach our hands. Creating something of value out of ingredients, or parts. We are makers – not just of candy but in all areas of our lives. We have a profound appreciation for nature. The natural flavors of real food are unmistakable and inimitable. We glory in the beauty of natural reactions. The caramel-making process is fascinating to watch. Bubbles change size as temperature increases. Aroma develops and evolves. Hot sugar flies out of the kettle as bubbles burst predictably at just the right temperature. Stand clear! We wait patiently as the caramel cooks to perfection. The process is amazing; flavor can’t be rushed. There’s no way to fake it, the mouth knows. The look on a person’s face who tastes our caramel for the first time. Inspiring.

Are you working on anything new for the Holiday Market?
We’ll have on hand favorites along with our holiday seasonal, Cinnamon Clove.  We’ll bring our signature product, Black Lava Sea Salt ,which features Hawaiian black lava sea salt swirled into caramel to provide a salty-sweet mouthful – its won awards for a reason!  Additional flavor combinations available at the Holiday Market include Basil Cayenne, Ginger Fusion, and Rosemary Truffle Sea Salt.  We also offer our classic flavors: vanilla, chocolate, maple, mocha, and coffee.

Where can we find you online?
www.mccreascandies.com

Wednesday
Nov232016

SoWa Holiday: Vendor Spotlight - The Everyday Co. ​

Business Name?
The Everyday Co. ​

Your Location?
​Boston, Massachusetts​

What do you make?

Small-batch cloth goods that bring function and style into your every day while helping reduce household paper consumption. Our entire product line is designed with intent, cut from found fabrics, sewn and hand-finished with our signature details in our studio in Dorchester.  

Our Signature Everyday Napkin is cut to a 7 inch square making them easy to stack and use for any sized meal. Stack them on your kitchen counter, in your pantry or on your wet bar for entertaining. Toss them in your no-waste lunch, picnic basket or beach bag for on-the-go meals. Our simple design makes them great for kids school lunch boxes and snacks, too. Our Dinner Napkins were introduced for our customer looking for something slightly larger but still casual and fun.

How did you get your start?
​I was designing for luxury hotel brands and restaurants when I ​discovered my love for well-made, curated goods and product design. I developed an eye for quality and purposeful design which then inspired me to start The Everyday Co. Our Signature Everyday Napkin launched our company because I was making them for clients and I found that they were great for everyday personal use.

Who is your product perfect for?
The modern, stylish, casual, and environmentally conscious person making an effort to live a more simple lifestyle every day. 

What is the story behind your business name?
The Everyday Co. is inspired by simple living and designed for a better environment. Our stylish cloth napkins are designed for every day and every occasion. 

Our pillowcases, baby blankets and hand towels are also great to add to your everyday, simple lifestyle.

What are your favorite materials to work with?
Currently cross-dyed linens and light-weight fabrics from Japan.


What inspires you?
Design, travel, and other hard-working, creative minds.

Are you working on anything new for the Holiday Market?
​We are excited to bring our newly launched Winter Collection including very special collaborations with Boston designer and ceramicist, J​ill Rosenwald; ​Brooklyn textile designer, Caroline Z Hurley​; and ​graphic designer August ​O​sceola! 

Where can we find you online?
www.theeverydaynapkin.co

Wednesday
Nov232016

SoWa Holiday: Vendor Spotlight - Vintage by Crystal

Business Name
Vintage by Crystal 

Your Location
Schuylerville, NY 

What do you make?
We are Crystal and Ben Sloane, a husband and wife crafting team from upstate New York. We create handmade vintage inspired spun cotton figures and ornaments for the holidays, special occasions, and for everyday. Each piece is carefully crafted using the lost art of spun cotton. This technique was used 100 years ago in Victorian Germany by cottage artisans to make Christmas ornaments and we are helping to bring this art form back to life with our collection of whimsically fun pieces! 


How did you get your start?
As passionate collectors of old antiques, relics and collectibles, we have always been in love with the rare German spun cotton ornaments. In wanting a collection for ourselves (and with a tight budget), I was originally inspired to create these spun cotton treasures and worked hard to perfect my own unique techniques and designs. I later passed along the these technique to Ben and we couldn't be happier making these creations together.  

Who is your product perfect for?
Everyone with whimsy in their heart enjoy our spun cotton pieces. We have a great variety that suits many different interests. 

What is the story behind your business name?
Our items are inspired by vintage things and made with vintage materials and found objects. And they were originally made by me Crystal, hence, "Vintage by Crystal."

What are your favorite materials to work with?
We use a wide range of materials beyond the cotton, including crepe paper, beads and baubles, vintage ornaments, glitter, ribbon, rhinestones, millinery flowers and many other antique, vintage and found materials. We try our best to use already existing supplies instead of buying new. The unique materials are what make many of the pieces completely different from any other and the search for new old materials is a constant thrill.

What inspires you?
Antique stores and flea markets, past relics, nature, other creative people and artists, window shopping, and most important, my mom Sharon, who has passed along her spectacular talents to us  and often does collaborative pieces with us. 


Are you working on anything new for the SoWa Holiday Market?
There will be a great assortment of new one of a kind pieces...we can't wait for everyone to see!

Where can we find you online? 
Website: www.vintagebycrystal.com
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/VintagebyCrystal
Instagram: @vintagebycrystal
Blog: www.vintagebycrystal.blogspot.com 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/VintagebyCrystal

Monday
Nov142016

VENDOR PROFILE - 
Diane Hoffman Textile

Business Name? 
Diane Hoffman Textile

Your Location?
Providence, Boston and Salem.

What do you make?
Dogs of Boston Infinity Scarves, 99 Rescue Cat Project and other textiles featuring rescue and farm animals from New England. 

Who is your product perfect for?
Animal lovers, cat ladies, dogs lovers, rescue activist, locals, New Englanders, Farmers, urban gardeners, artists and designers. 

What are your favorite materials to work with?  
Textiles such as digital printed jersey, cotton, silk and more. 

What inspires you?
All animals, nature, and animal advocates. 

Are you working on anything new for the Holiday Market? 
The Dogs of Boston infinity scarf featuring portraits of dogs I met at the South End Open Market and Last Hope K9 this summer. The 99 Rescue Cat collaborative project with portraits of 99 different cats from all over the world. 

Where can we find you online?
Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/dianehoffman
Website: dianehoffman.net
Follow: https://www.facebook.com/DianeHoffmanTextiles/
Instagram: @dinohoffman