Category Archives: Crafts

New Products Coming to the Stonington Farmers market

Stonington Farmers Market vendors have been hard at work over the winter preparing for the summer market, which starts on May 26. It takes place at the Island Community Center on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., rain or shine. The market is friendly to dogs , but we ask that you keep your dogs leashed at all times.

Some of your favorite vendors will be there again this year. Yellow Birch Farm will be back with fresh produce, cajeta and chevre. We learn from Missy Greene via Instagram:

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Signs of spring in the greens garden: chives! We’re making chive and onion chèvre this week, available this Friday at our farm stand spring preview, 3-5pm.

Robin Byrne at River Wind Woolies will bring new merino wool and cashmere pillows, finger-less gloves made from recycled wool and cashmere sweaters and beaded leather wrap bracelets.

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Fingerless gloves (but you guessed that).

If you don’t know Robin, here’s a little background:

I am Robin Byrne. I live in coastal Brooksville, Maine with my husband, 2 sons, 6 cats, one dog, some chickens and sometimes other livestock. For as long as I can remember I have been making things with my hands, the first of which were taught to me by my mother and grandmother. Because of the influence of these two great women I am always drawn back to fiber and needle work. I hope you love my work as much as I do making it!

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Seeing spots before your eyes? Fear not. These 16″ square pillows will help you see straight to comfort!

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Nope, you’re not seeing double, it’s not trick photography…it’s TWINS! Two soft and lovely merino wool and cashmere 16 inch twin pillows.

Mary Eaton from Dream Weaver on Deer Isle is introducing new chenille vests.

Be sure and stop by Dream Weaver and check out the new chenille vests for 2017! Pick one out in your favorite color and maybe get one as a gift for someone special!

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See you soon!

Send a holiday gift box from Island Soap

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The Maine Connection Holiday Gift Collection

Here’s a terrific holiday gift for someone who loves Stonington: an Island Soap gift box.

We just heard from Gisele Bridges, who you may know from the Stonington Farmers Market. She writes:

“This year I’m delighted to include the work of seven great artisans and friends who live in my neck of the woods! You’ll have four gift boxes to choose from this year.

“These handcrafts are all made by hand and may be enjoyed during the holiday season and throughout the year as well as a few goodies to include with your holiday meals. This is the perfect gift to send that person who has everything or you might choose to buy it for yourself and have 13 separate handmade items for gift giving. Of course you might want to keep them all for yourself!

“Your gift box will include green tissue and fresh Maine greens collected from our coastal farm and tied with a red ribbon.

“Shipping begins December 1st and ends December 10th This item is AVAILABLE IN LIMITED QUANTITY so place your order early!

“Let us help make your holiday season simple! We offer gift shipping directly to your family and friends. Just indicate your gift recipient’s name and address in the “ship to” box at check out. Tell us your gift message in the special instructions box and we will include a handwritten gift card with your personalized gift message – our elves will take care of the rest for you!

“Our wish is that you enjoy the simplicity and joy of the season.

“Happy Holidays,

“The Island Soap Team”

Click here to submit an order for a gift set. There are eight choices, ranging in price from $14 to $124. And don’t tarry — the Maine Connections gift boxes have only limited availability.

Opera House Hosts Spooktacular Events

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Opera House, pastel on watercolor paper by Leslie Landrigan

Halloween is always something special in Stonington, and this year is no exception. The town celebrates it this year with a Spooktacular Saturday that includes costume judging, pumpkin carving, a parade and a FREE movie at the Opera House that kids will love.

Meg Taintor is the Opera House Arts’ producing artistic director. “There’s really no better way to spend a day than watching the island’s kids ham it up with crazy costumes,” she said in a press release. “This year, the Island Community Center, the Island Rec Board, the Town of Stonington and all the downtown businesses (including the Opera House) are joining together to create a full day of fun for the little ones.”

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The day begins at 9:30 am at the Island Community Center (summer home of the Stonington Farmers Market) with a costume judging before the trick or treat parade begins at 10 am. The parade route will run from the community center to West Main Street to Pink Street and back to the community center. After the parade, folks will head back to the community center to carve and decorate pumpkins at 11 am.

Then at Noon, the Stonington Opera House will host Halloween activities for kids, followed by a screening of the film Coraline.

In this 2009 film, Coraline Jones is bored in her new home until she finds a secret door and discovers an alternate version of her life on the other side. At first, this other life seems better than her own life – but soon she starts to see danger, and this intrepid little girl must rely on her resourcefulness, determination and bravery to save herself—and her parents!

For more information on Stonington’s Spooktacular Saturday, email info@operahousearts.org, visit operahousearts.org, or call 367-2788. To learn more about the Stonington Opera House Arts, click here.

Crafters Find a New ROOST

Some of the Stonington Farmers Market‘s finest artisans will be selling their unique handmade items at ROOST Maine in Ellsworth on Saturday, Nov. 12. (Yup, November is coming up on us!) It’s at the Moore Community & Conference Center on 5 General Moore Way, just off State Street.

ROOST will feature more than 25 local artisans, live music and light fare. You won’t find any junk there, because the show is curated and juried. There’s plenty of parking and admission is free.

Bob Gillmor, better known as Spoon Bob, will be there dispensing wit and selling his wooden spoons, cooking spatulas (right and left handed) pie servers, cocktail muddlers and magic wands.

Perhaps he’ll bring his two enterprising grandsons, Thomas and Matthew.

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Bob Gillmor, Thomas Coolidge and Matthew Coolidge.

Bob has been told many times his spoons are the BEST.

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A small selection of Bob’s spoons.

Robin Byrne of River Wind Woolies will also be there with gorgeous wool pillows she’s been cranking out this fall.

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Robin Byrne at the Stonington Farmers Market this summer.

Robin assures us we shouldn’t worry — she’s working on all of her usuals too, like felted jar covers, beverage bottle covers, gloves from upcycled sweaters, acorn ornaments and those adorable ball and bell garlands. “Who knows,” she said. “Maybe there will be a surprise or two this holiday shopping season!”

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Robin’s been having fun making pillows like this.

Gillian Mowrey of Mowrey Handcrafts will also be at ROOST. The ROOST folks say they’re so excited Gillian will be there this year.

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Gillian Mowrey behind some of her creations.

Gillian’s ceramic work includes wall plaques, vessels and bird baths. She loves animals and gathers inspiration from the animal kingdom. Gillian makes the most charming animal ornaments, like the fox pictured below:

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This one belongs on someone’s tree.

Stay tuned and we’ll bring you news about more of your favorite vendors who will be at the ROOST show.

 

 

 

Nancy’s Good News From Guatemala

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Nancy Wynne’s cheerful craft booth at the Stonington Farmers’ Market this summer is helping to lift the lives of extremely poor families in the Guatemala Highlands.

This month, the nonprofit finished its 25th home for needy Mayan families, thanks in part to Nancy’s continuous efforts and to the people who bought handmade Guatemalan dresses, hats or scarves from her.

To give you an idea of the conditions in which the Mayans live, here’s a picture of a ‘before’ house:

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The Guatemala Housing Alliance, working with the community, is building houses like this (note the happy inhabitants of their new home).

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To see a slide show of a house being built, click here.

From the most recent newsletter, we learn,

Three families worked together to build three homes. With labor their entire contribution, we are now able to build for those families whose poverty is most extreme, all the while strengthening community connections. And these are BEAUTIFUL homes, built of natural materials.

Nancy and her siblings formed the Guatemala Housing Alliance five years ago. The Island Ad-Vantage explained in a 2012 interview with Nancy how the far-flung siblings began the project.

“When my mother died four years ago, we wondered how we would stay together when the hub of the family was gone,” said Wynne

The siblings decided to focus on a project together—building homes and improving the lives of a community along Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. The lake is located in the Guatemalan Highlands, home to a population primarily composed of indigenous Mayan…

[In 2011], the siblings decided to turn their “family project” into a nonprofit, moving from a few self-funded home building projects to a whole-community focus including scholarships and support for education.

To learn more about the Guatemala Housing Alliance, visit the Alliance’s website at guatemalahousingalliance.org.

 

 

And now a word from Farmer Bob (and Marcie)

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Anne Bossi, Bob Bowen and granddaughter Paige

Bob Bowen, who started the Stonington Farmers Market 24 years ago, posted a thank you to all our vendors and customers in the comments section of a previous post. We didn’t want them to get lost, so we’re including them in a separate post:

Thank you to all the vendors who helped make this a trouble free year, Hope to see you all next year. Plus maybe more vegetable farmers. That should help grow the market.
Also thanks to all the wonderful customers who make it all worth while. We appreciate the regular customers who return yearly plus all the locals who come weekly. Especially the younger people who will be customers for years to come.
This is the end of the 24th year of the Market that started in Deer Isle, outgrew the area and moved down to Stonington. And thanks to the town of Stonington for the continued support. Nice to feel wanted !!
Bob Bowen
Father of market !

Bob and his wife Anne Bossi are the proud owners of Sunset Acres Farm in Brooksville.  Granddaughter Paige has inherited their entrepreneurial spirit. She makes and sells dog bones. (You may have seen her hugging any number of dogs at the market.)

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Marcie Amory

We also wanted to make sure you saw a post by Marcie Amory, a market stalwart and proprietor of Bluemoon Market Arts. On the last day of the market, Marcie posted:

Great day! Sure will miss everyone! Be sure to connect with your favorite vendors all year long! We all all eager to assist you. We have email addresses as well as Etsy Shops and Facebook pages … I personally will ship free and make you anything you need within my inventory to provide. Thanks all for a great summer in Stonington… Will be thinking of all of you in Texas this winter !!! Be well!!!
All my love💙❤️❤️💜!! Marcie/
Bluemoon Market Arts / fused glass artist

 

Meet Robin Byrne, River Wind Woolies

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Robin Byrne at River Wind Woolies has been making and selling lots of pretty woolen pillows this season.

Here’s one of her latest:

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Artist Jill Hoy, a Stonington favorite, bought one this summer.

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Stop by the Stonington Farmers Market on Friday and pick up one or two of Robin’s sweet pillows. Ask Robin about her wool-covered soap!

Look for Robin’s big yellow River Wind Woolies sign, down the hill and to the right (toward the Island Community Center).

Robin lives in Brooksville, Maine, with her husband, two sons, six cats, one dog, some chickens and sometimes other livestock.

“For as long as I can remember I have been crafting with my hands, the first of which were taught to me by my mother and grandmother,” says Robin. “Because of the influence of these two great women I am always drawn back to fiber and needle work. I hope you line my work as much as I do making it!”

Art Scope Sets Sights on Deer Isle

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 12.24.03 PMArt Scope magazine–in conjunction with Carolyn Hecker of Pearson Legacy Gallery– is covering the island this weekend and producing an Art Map of galleries and studios to lend more publicity to our arts scene. We’re told this weekend is a possible forerunner to an Art Scope sponsored Deer Isle Art Festival next summer. Stay tuned! Meanwhile,  Stonington Farmers Market vendors Hutton Gallery and  Art By Katy will be participating in this all weekend open studios event. Maps are available via Pearson Legacy Gallery.

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Hutton Gallery represents several local artists. The jewelry shown is by Susan Hutton.

 

 

Charming Mowery Handcrafts

Every picture tells a story– check out these pics of Mowery Handcrafts at the Stonington Farmers Market. Beautifully hand crafted ceramics, wall plaques, tiles, Christmas tree ornaments and much more can be found in the midway offshoot aisle every Friday from 10AM to Noon.

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Autumnal Fashions

Fall is coming soon and this sneak peak at Dream Weaver‘s sweater collection just came in. See it at the Stonington Farmers Market this Friday from 10AM to Noon.