Donna Beth Friedlander - Donna Beth LLC

Artisan: Donna Beth LLC
Etsy: www.dbdonnabeth.com
E-mail: donna@dbdonnabeth.com

My journey as a women’s luxury clothing designer began in 2000 after graduating from The Academy of Design in Montreal. I created a line for myself that was versatile, fun to wear, and allowed me to jump on my bike to go to a yoga class then meet a friend for dinner. As I wore my own creations, women of all ages and sizes would approach me to ask where I had purchased my outfits.

This inspired me to launch Donna Beth, a line of elegant, stylish and original clothes for all women to wear. I pride myself on creating timeless and well-made clothes, always maintaining a balance between luxury and comfort. I work with a wide range of textiles, carefully selected, hand-cut and sewn in my New Jersey design studio, that will take you from morning to night without having to change.

I find meaning in putting my best into my designs - not just quality products, but quality experiences and relationships with my amazing, dynamic clients. I LOVE what I do with all my heart! That is why I created my brand and on-line store – to offer original, exciting pieces to suit the diverse lifestyles of women everywhere!

I look forward to returning to The Marketspace at Westfield this weekend. The funky, beautiful space in Downtown Westfield is a perfect match for the vibe of my designs. Stop by to try on a few of my pieces or contact me for a custom fitting.

Donna Beth LLC will be at this upcoming events!
December 2018 - The Marketspace at Westfield in Westfield, NJ

Honey Hound Farm: Swarming New Jersey with Bee-Made Goodness

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I love food.  I especially love locally grown or farm-produced food.  It’s no wonder, then, that I am proud to support local farms from Dreyer’s Farm in my hometown, to Riamede Farm in Chester for their pick -your-own pumpkin patch, and Tuckamony Farm in New Hope to cut our own Christmas tree every year.  You can understand why I was excited to connect with Justin of Honey Hound Farm in Sparta, New Jersey, and even more so to receive a basket of his handmade bee and body products. Justin and his wife, Emma, have been beekeepers at their New Jersey bee farm since 2015.

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To set the stage, imagine getting a message from someone you don’t know but their warmth and humor make you feel like instant friends.  I think that connection is important for business relationships because you’ll always remember the first interaction and will feel comfortable referring new clients.  Justin had commented on his heavily booked schedule and wish to vend at one of Marketspace’s 2018 handmade markets.  We were “passing like two ships in the night”.  I couldn’t help but laugh and reassure him that we will definitely find an event that works with his schedule this year!  Fast forward to last week when I received a shipping notification from Honey Hound (I picture Abby, the dog, putting her paw print seal of approval) and just two days later, a beautiful gift basket.

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Inside was a Coconut Crème Whipped Body Butter, Lavender Oatmeal Honey Soap, Coconut Lip Balm, and of course, a jar of honey from their apiary!  Each product is packaged in quality containers – a glass jar with tin lid for the body butter and honey, complete with a wooden honey wand – and still I can smell the incredibly fresh aroma of lavender and coconut through the packaging.  The body butter is substantially thick, but not greasy.  It absorbs quickly leaving a light scent.  The lip balm is not too thin or gritty, but a perfect blend.  It also contains Evening Primrose Oil which makes me want to use this balm as a wrinkle treatment too.  I haven’t used the bar of lavender soap yet, but I am making a crockpot honey mustard quinoa chicken tonight using Honey Hound Farm honey.  I’ll be sure to include pictures!

Being fairly new to the business, it is refreshing to see how excited Justin gets about his brand.  I already know Justin and Emma are a great addition to the Marketspace Vendor Events family because we encourage a strong brand and excellent customer service among our vendors.  Justin even brings his bees to shows!  I can’t wait to meet the makers, literally.

Please visit the Honey Hound Farm website at: www.honeyhoundfarm.com.

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Brian Donovan - BrianMetalCraft

Artisan: BrianMetalCraft
Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/BrianMetalCraft
E-mail: briandonovan@rcn.com

My name is Brian and I am the owner of BrianMetalCraft. My backyard started my passion to craft. While sitting and enjoying the scenery around me, my idle hands decided to try to recreate some of the little scenes I found there. But I didn’t know how best to continue until I discovered copper wire trees. What contentment I found twisting away, forming little trees! Then after a while, I started building various other metal craft skills and interjected them into my work and real scenes were finally born. I just started my art in 2017 and I now have over 120 scenes made with a majority of them for sale.

My trees are combined with objects you may find on the lawn or in your very own yard. Boats, outhouses, bikes, flower beds, and many more are all born from copper and mounted on wonderful remnants of granite saved from re-purposed counter tops. Many cute scenes exist including a couple favorites; A BBQ scene with corn stalks and a bee hive, a tool shed with various garden tools stacked for choosing, a canoe and boat scenes... and my best seller is the campsite scene.

Motivation isn’t an issue for me. I always find myself having to “try” to stop creating. So much so that I can't find space to put them all!  Marketspace Vendor Events will be a big help in that area as I have signed up for a number of their events and plan to sign up for more. My in-person event journey will start with The Marketspace at Summit on May 19th and 20th. If the photos of my scenes entice you, seeing them in person will surely grab your attention. These 3-D scenes are quite impressive when you are able to look from all angles. I hope you will come by and enjoy them with me. You can also find my work on Etsy.

BrianMetalCraft will be at these upcoming events!
May 19 and 20, 2018 - The Marketspace at Summit in Summit, NJ
November 24, 2018 - Winter Village at the Red Mill Museum in Clinton, NJ

Roseann Capobianco and Mary Cermak - Launderette

Artisan: Launderette
Instagram: www.instagram.com/bylaunderette
E-mail: roseann.capobianco@gmail.com

Mom (Mary) and I have lived in Cranford, NJ for over 50 years.  We are collectors of many things and have purchased many great pieces at local antique markets that no longer exist. And with that, way too many Longaberger baskets (it was a 90’s spending craze). While I worked in New York City enjoying a global life around shoes, fashion and hosiery, Mom enjoyed life at home. She is creative by nature, an important trait I believe was passed on to me - it’s innate.

Our homes are filled with Mom's creations, new and old, including needlework, holiday decor, quilts, curtains, pillows, ceramics from the 70's and, as it relates to our new chapter, a wonderful laundry bag. As neither of us are getting any younger, I’ve given up the daily trek to NYC and decided it time to spend time with my mom and learn her unique skill. It was finally time and we’re having a blast together.

We are very excited about our handmade drawstring bags. Born as a laundry bag but, can also be utilized in many other ways. For example, storage for toys, seasonal clothes, comforters, and flip flops. It is great for guests at beach houses, filled with their towels, soap, treats, etc. And when it is time for the guests to depart, they can strip their beds and their sheets are ready for laundry. You can even use it as a beach bag!

About 10 years ago, I gifted one to a friend who lives in NYC and she uses it every week for her laundry drops and dry cleaning drops. We can make our bags in many sizes, however I am partial to the large ones. And I admit, I stuff it like a sausage - and it holds! Many of our bags are made with vintage fabrics, pulled directly from Mom’s vault. It truly is a one of a kind, unique gift.

It is also a tried and true method to teach kids to (finally!) put away their worn clothes and is so much more decorative than a plastic basket. I hang mine on my closet door. To add to our product line, we’re also creating lovely aprons.

We are currently in countdown mode to our first ever show! We are launching our brand with Marketspace Vendor Events at their May 19th event, The Marketspace at Summit. We’ve also committed to their November 24th holiday show, Winter Village at The Red Mill Museum, so it will be a busy summer sewing. I’m excited to partner with Marketspace; their concept takes me back to my outings with Mom. I believe in the shop small/local concept AND they also live in my hometown. Lastly, we plan to share a portion of every sale to support victims of domestic violence in Union County, NJ.

Launderette will be at these upcoming events!
May 19, 2018 - The Marketspace at Summit in Summit, NJ
November 24, 2018 - Winter Village at The Red Mill Museum in Clinton, NJ

Launderette Laundry Bags: Cleaning Up in Cranford, NJ!

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Laundry.  Lots of it!  Did you know that we do about two loads of laundry per day in our house?  Yep.  That’s life with twins plus one.  I’ve struggled for a while to find laundry baskets that are both durable and decorative.  Most are covered in ballerinas or sports balls, neither of which really match the style of my kids’ rooms.  I settled on a fabric bin for Liliana’s room and splurged on a wire frame farmhouse style hamper for Landon’s room.  Noah received Landon’s hand-me-down canvas hamper because it was better than most of the other options I’ve seen.  We got so into a more efficient laundry process, that Kevin built a 3-drawer laundry basket cabinet for our mudroom. The problem, now, is that Landon can’t lift his wire basket high enough to make it down the stairs, Liliana drags hers by flimsy handles, and they have to take turns piling Noah’s soiled baby garments into one or the other.  They thud their way down two flights of stairs and wind up throwing everything into a big pile on the floor.  Why am I telling you all of this?  Because Cranford-made Launderette laundry bags are the solution I have been waiting for!

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We met by chance, or maybe the laundry gods sent her to me.  Roseann spends her free time perfecting her sewing skills mentored by business partner, affectionately, Mom.  The talented duo match fun prints with functionable fabrics, like burlap and machine washable cotton liners.  My favorite is the upcycled Mexican coffee burlap bag with attached carrying strap and subtle floral lining. 

Truly, the thoughtfulness doesn’t stop there!  Each stitch contributes to an intricate leaf or cross pattern, the drawstrings are topped with handmade pom-poms and bows, the laundry bag fabrics range from custom nursery designs to pet and outdoor enthusiast themes. There really is no detail overlooked.  The best part is that these bags double as beach duffels and multipurpose totes.  They are lightweight but heavy duty – enough to support a full sized knit blanket and four luxury king sized bath towels.  It is the perfect match for these messy little laundry monsters!

If you have a chance to stop by The Marketspace at Summit next weekend, Roseann and Mom will be debuting their line of laundry bags, aprons, and other fun creations.  I adore their drive and entrepreneurial spirit.  They are proof that you always have time to carry out your dreams!

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Kristen Bieri - Soulmates + Scripts

Artisan: Soulmates + Scripts
Instagram: www.instagram.com/soulmatesandscripts
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/soulmatesandscripts
Etsy: https://soulmatesandscripts.etsy.com
E-mail: soulmatesandscripts@gmail.com

I believe that everyone has a creative side, and that we need to invest time in that side of ourselves in order to become a well-rounded individual. Creativity definitely doesn’t come easily to everyone and I frequently struggle to be creative myself! Soulmates + Scripts is my creative outlet. Soulmates + Scripts was born after my wedding in June 2017. I had spent an inordinate amount of time wedding planning, including making my own handwritten signs, and once the wedding was over, I felt a void in my life. I needed something to fill the time after my full-time job in Corporate Finance and something to bring out the creative side of me.

One of the things I enjoyed most about planning my wedding was picking and making the décor. Full disclosure – I did not DIY everything! I found that handwritten signs really added a personal touch to our wedding décor and I felt a great sense of pride seeing them at our ceremony and reception. Soulmates + Scripts offers a wide variety of handwritten wedding and home décor.

I love custom orders. It is amazing, yet sometimes incredibly difficult, to create a design and bring it to life on wood, canvas, chalkboard, etc. One of my favorite pieces I’ve created so far was a custom baby shower chalkboard sign. My client wanted to incorporate an owl into the design, and I was definitely unsure if I would be able to deliver their vision. The owl turned out better than I could have imagined, and it helped to instill a sense of confidence in me. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to help personalize someone’s special day or be a little part of their home.

Soulmates + Scripts is still a very new business and I am learning every day. My handwriting and designs have come a long way in just 8 months and it is exciting to see my creativity and confidence shining through more and more. I cannot wait to partner with Marketspace Vendor Events at their pop-up shop in Summit, NJ (my home!) on May 19th. To check out my signs for yourself, find me there in person, visit my Etsy shop, or follow me on social media. Keep in mind I can customize anything!

Soulmates + Scripts will be at this upcoming event!
May 19, 2018 - The Marketspace at Summit in Summit, NJ