Rachel Helfand - CraftyCatPA

Hi! I’m Rachel; a Jersey girl living in Pennsylvania, often found surrounded by cats, crafting aromatherapy jewelry – hence CraftyCatPA! Everyone sometimes needs an escape from the hustle and bustle… to slow down and just create on your own terms. CraftyCatPA came into being as a creative outlet, a hobby for myself, separate from all the things on the ‘to do list’. I enjoy creating unique aromatherapy jewelry designs and sharing the benefits of essential oils; can’t wait to meet you!

 I create an eclectic variety of beaded bracelets, anklets, rings and necklaces. Most of my designs feature lava beads to pair with essential oils for aromatherapy on the go. I’m a Young Living distributor and always have my personal collection of Young Living essential oils with me to share. The CraftyCatPA collection is forever changing and evolving – most styles are one of a kind. I love to make custom, made-to-order pieces with feedback and involvement from the customer. 

I’m working on some standard styles for the CraftyCatPA Etsy shop; but I’m most excited to get out to Marketspace Vendor Events where customer can see, smell, touch and try on the CraftyCatPA collection in person as it’s meant to be experienced! In addition to aromatherapy jewelry, I’m branching into essential oil roll-ons and sugar scrubs. I’m so looking forward to Merry Marketspace, my first event with Marketspace Vendor Events, and the fun opportunities to follow! 

Scott DeCaro - Author Extraordinaire

It’s not often that, as a writer, I find I have no story to tell. Yet here I am, asked to tell my story, and I find that I don’t really have a story to tell. It’s not that I don’t like to tell stories about myself. In fact, I have quite a few of those that I could tell you, but unfortunately none that really pertain to how I became an author. I suppose, because I’ve always enjoyed reading, that writing came naturally to me. I don’t just mean short stories or novels either – I’ve always enjoyed poetry as well, so in some ways even that came naturally to me. I started from a young age, though not with anything worth publishing. That came much later, after high school and some varied studying in college and seminary. So there you have it. That’s my story – or lack thereof – and I’m sticking to it. My name is Scott DeCaro, and I am what I have always been at heart: an author.

Naturally as an author I have the products you might expect an author to have: Books. Of course, I do have a few tricks up my sleeve that you might not expect. I’ve got variety, whereas most authors I’ve read do not. If I say Stephen King, you probably think horror. John Grisham, and legal drama comes to mind. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter. But if you say Scott DeCaro and expect to find a single genre, think again. When it comes to writing I’m a jack of all trades. I don’t fancy myself master of any, but then again, if an author doesn’t grow over time, neither will their stories. Thus far, I’ve published two novels, two books of poetry, and a devotional. If you had to pick a common theme out of all of my work, I guess that you might say my relationship with God comes out in all of them. Not that you’d expect a person with a Bachelors Degree in computer science who works in shipping to have gone to seminary and enjoy writing so much that he self-publishes, but in my case, that’s what you get. Of course, that means you get books that are as varied as the man who wrote them. Twin Lights is a dramatic, reality-warping tale, whereas Theology on Tap is a simple story about a bunch of bar flies whose conversations are turned upside down when one of them begins to attend church. Holy Haikusand Theological Tanka are what you get when you combine Japanese styles of poetry with a deep, life-altering faith in God, and The Technology Devotional is a devotional series which focuses on the ways technology can bring us closer to God.

Alright, so maybe something like The Technology Devotional is what you’d expect from a computer scientist-turned- preacher. But that’s not true of all my work. The next book I’ve got in the works is about Christian Meditation, combining influences from Zen Buddhism, Christian mystics, and even martial arts. Beyond that, it will likely be another novel, but who’s to say for sure? All I know is that I will continue writing and publishing. My hope is to continue to partner with Marketspace Vendor Events to help generate interest not only in my own works but for their other partners. Naturally, I’ll continue writing for them as needed for their endeavors – like this blog, for example.

Kevin Kraemer - CozyGrayHouse

Hi! My wife and I opened an Etsy shop together in 2014. The idea came to us pretty suddenly. She had hand-made a wooden growth chart for our twins and hung it in the hallway of our house. Every so often, a family member or friend would see the 6ft. ruler growth chart and ask where we bought it. Once they found out we made it, they immediately followed up with “Please, can you make me one?” After hearing this maybe twenty times, I turned to my wife and said, “You could sell these!” Three years later, we have six different stain finishes and a multitude of design options for our growth charts. We branched out and started making wooden signs, blanket ladders, and chalkboard serving trays.

Not too long ago, we decided to bring our products to some in-person vendor and craft fairs in New Jersey. The idea being that engaging an audience face-to-face would give us a chance to demonstrate and explain our product to those who may not have found our small shop otherwise. Also, it is exponentially easier to hand-deliver our growth charts instead of packing and shipping them cross-country. Unfortunately, we were completely frustrated with the way in which each event was run and the minimal advertisements for local NJ craft fairs. I turned again to my wife saying “You could do this better!” And so is born Marketspace Vendor Events. I admire that her focus of the company is on very visible, smartly promoted vendor events that serves the vendors first. She has a unique perspective from both sides- as the craft vendor, and now as the vendor fair manager.

Handcrafting growth charts has given us a way to earn a supplemental income as well as bond with our children. Our six-year-old twins love to help us create products and track sales. They even take our scrap wood to make their own mini growth charts! We are working on getting our seven-month-old to start pulling his weight :) The time we spend in the Cozy Gray Workshop or at local vendor events is a great time to catch up with each other about our otherwise hectic lives.  It truly is a family business!