Karen Bellitto - Shinyhappydangles

Chainmaille. The stuff of knights and legends. King Arthur and dragons. Frodo and Jon Snow. You get the idea. My name is Karen and I weave with metal. In a previous life, I was a medical social worker in New York and worked primarily with terminal cancer patients and their families. A heavy job but a rewarding one. Fast forward to moving to New Jersey and getting pregnant all around the same time! Stay at home mom-dom allowed me to find time to get my inner craft girl on. After manifesting in different mediums one day I learned how to make a byzantine bracelet. Angels began to sing, the sun peered out of the clouds and I knew I found what I wanted to do. I researched, I learned a lot about the history of chainmaille and now I bring that to you in the form of wearable art.

Centuries ago, men would wear mesh garments, woven of steel rings, to protect themselves when going off to battle. Today, Shinyhappydangles, takes these patterns and techniques (we are talking legit OLD patterns, like 1270 Japan or Europe in the Middle Ages) to replicate patterns and turn them into jewelry. There are maille artisans who still make actual suits of armor (30,000 plus rings can go in to just 1 shirt!). What I have come to love about this art form is the endless possibilities. Little circles (aluminum jump rings) come in many colors and wire gauges and sizes so the amount of things you can make and do seems to be infinite. I’m up for the challenge.

I know one thing is for sure: I miss my pliers when I’m not making stuff and I wake up in the
morning thinking about what I’m going to create that day. I love seeing the look on someone’s
face when I explain that, yes, I did open and close every single ring to make the pattern they are looking at and I enjoyed every minute of it. I love being in stores and hearing from my customers that they saw my pieces at a local boutique. What REALLY makes my day though is in-person shows where I can live-weave at my table and converse with customers as they come into the booth. I’m excited about adding dates with Marketspace Vendor Events to my calendar this year! Shinyhappydangles. A little history. A little bling. Love in every link.

Kim Kraemer - New Year, Even Bigger Goals!

Things may seem a little quiet on the social media forefront, but behind the scenes we are busy prepping for 2018 craft market events, new marketing ideas, and perks for joining our free vendor network (which is over 1,000 vendors already!

Our first event of 2018 is just two weeks away, Valentine’s Day weekend, and will be open to military personnel and veterans.  This pop-up craft market at The Exchange on Joint Base McGuire- Dix-Lakehurst features 14 local craft vendors and their handmade merch, much of which is patriotic in theme.  How sweet is that?  If you live on base or have a military ID, come check us out: February 10, 2018 from 11am - 3pm inside The Exchange.

We’ve also rolled out a tiered sponsorship option for small businesses starting with our Makers in the Vines craft and wine festival at Balic Winery in Mays Landing on June 16, 2018.  Sponsorship options start at just $150 and range from digital promotion to logo canvas bags or sponsorship of our entertainment stage complete with a large logo banner.  We are still accepting craft, artist, and vintage vendor applications for this event. Hudson Heights will set the musical backdrop for our 80-vendor market and the aroma of mouth-watering filet mignon, crisp pizza, and decadent cannolis will fill the vineyard air.  Wine tastings and event entry are free, so don’t miss it!

Next week I am meeting with Union County officials for one of my dreams come true.  If you’re local to the Cranford/Westfield area, be sure to like and follow our Facebook and Instagram pages.  I’ll be sharing details as we move forward in the process, but some of my Downtown Cranford business owner friends and I are starting up what we hope to make an annual tradition right here in our hometown beginning May 2018.

Lastly, our holiday market planning is in the works.  A number of our Marketspace at Westfield vendors asked for me to host holiday craft markets in specific New Jersey towns.  Rest assured that I am working on those areas!  Don’t forget to sign up for our free email list to hear about these events before we open registration to non-network crafters.  I can hardly contain my excitement for 2018 and hope you’ll join me on this next chapter of our family-owned adventure.

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Christine Favire - Puss N Pooch Emporium

Hello everyone! My name is Christine Favire and I am a proud mother of four!  I have two wonderful daughters and then two furry children, Bonnie and Clyde.  When I first welcomed my fur babies into my home, it was hard to find collars for them that I liked.  I also had trouble finding good quality collars that my strong dogs couldn’t break.  I teamed up with my oldest daughter, Amanda, and together we came up with the idea to hand make our own collars with more of a variety than we have seen in stores.  Our friends and family showed interest in our products and that is what started our business.

We started with plastic buckled collars for dogs with a variety of patterns.  Then, we expanded to making collars for larger dogs with heavy duty stainless steel hardware and also smaller collars to fit smaller dogs and cats.  Our latest product is adjustable martingale collars.  Our patterns range from popular superheroes to decorative flowers to sports teams.  We also have a variety of holiday and seasonal collars.  If there is something specific you’d like to see, we can do our best to accommodate.  Our most popular sellers are our television and comic books characters such as Stranger Things, Batman, and The Walking Dead. Our seasonal collars are always huge hits as well.

We are always excited to get our name out there and to meet new people.  We are very knowledgeable about dog breeds and love talking and sharing stories with other pet owners.  We are always looking to expand our product line, we are currently working on accessories for collars like flowers and bow ties and other projects as well.  We can’t wait to team up with Marketspace Vendor Events and show them what we have to offer!

Lisa Richter and Lauren Coddington - Love and Lettering

Hello! We are Lauren and Lisa, two creative pals with a passion for spreading love, positivity, and good energy through our artwork!

About a year and a half ago, Lauren found herself coming across more and more naturally occurring hearts in her day to day life. She called them "random love", and began photographing them to post on social media. The response was overwhelming – this somehow inspired friends and family to notice "random love" along their paths. After so many people began reaching out to Lauren for sparking their own random love finds, she realized that she was making a difference in the way people saw the world.  Shortly thereafter, Love Along The Way was born. Lauren hopes that her photos will brighten people's spaces and continue to encourage them to find love along their way!

Lisa started leebee letters, and creates digital, hand-lettered images (including custom and personalized pieces) featuring positive quotes, phrases, and affirmations using a stylus and an iPad. After growing through a tough patch of life, she found reading positive messages, practicing mindfulness, and using affirmations played a big part in her overall happiness. She decided to start creating her own as an outlet, & then started sharing her work on social media. People responded with their own stories of coming through tough times, sharing that the positive messages gave them a boost of hope or strength, or simply put a smile on their face. Pulling inspiration from mindfulness practices, the beauty in the world around her, and anything promoting positive vibes, Lisa aims to inspire, motivate and provide hope and happiness with her work.

Together, we are Love & Lettering and the journey so far has been amazing!  Even though our two art forms are different, they complement each other, both promoting the message of looking for the good in every day, something we can always use more of in the world. We attended our first joint event back in November 2017, and it has been a whirlwind adventure ever since.  We are so looking forward to meeting you! We are incredibly excited and honored to be working with Marketspace Vendor Events at the April 2018 Crafts and Drafts at River Horse Brewing Company. We cannot wait to share our story and to hear yours! Going forward, we plan to continue deepening our collaboration and expanding so we can spread the love as far and wide as possible!

Kimberlee Roccasanta - KPR-Creations

HELLO, My name is Kimberlee and I recently started my jewelry line.  My love for jewelry started at a young age as I loved to play “dress up”.  One of the greatest and most influential people in my life was my grandmother, who also had a love for jewelry. 

Handmade New Jersey jewelry, KPR-Creations, is my way of paying tribute to my beautiful grandmother. Inspired by her flair for matching her jewelry to her outfits, I create unique jewelry pieces that bring out the sparkle in any outfit. Whether you desire subtle hues or bold colors, each bracelet is lovingly handcrafted to draw attention to your inner beauty. Inspiring women to glow from the inside out, KPR- Creations is designed to help you shine. 

I am excited and honored to be a part of Marketspace Vendor Events.  I am looking forward to upcoming events in the near future. My first one will be in May’s Landing on June 16th, 2018 at Balic Winery. I am looking forward to meeting you all there. There will be a variety of Beaded Bracelets ready to go. Happy shopping and remember “JEWELRY ALWAYS FITS”!