Milk & Bones - Caitlyn Cordova

Artisan:  Milk & Bones
Facebook: facebook.com/milkandbones
Instagram: instagram.com/milkandbonesllc
Website: milkandbonesllc.com
Email: milkandbones7@gmail.com

Sewing has been in my family for generations. For the longest time, though, I thought the ‘sewing gene’ skipped me. My amazing aunt tried to teach me but I was always hesitant, and mostly watched instead. I always loved it but I didn’t know where to start. When I attempted to make clothing items for myself, I’d sew sleeves inside out. It was a disaster. Sewing took a backseat for a while until I was preparing for my newly adopted Spanish Greyhound to come to our home. I consider myself very stylistically picky, and could not find a bed perfect enough to complement her elegant beauty. I decided to source some beautiful fabrics and put together a sweet dog bed for her. That is the beginning of my story.

At that time, we were living in Germany because of my husband’s military service and surprisingly there were almost no fabric stores. I was planning a road trip to the Netherlands and discovered a weekly fabric market in a city called Utrecht. That fabric market changed my life. I came home with tons of beautiful and fun fabrics, but without plans for them. I browsed around and started making small plush toys and dog bandannas. Simple things. Friends and family loved them and began requesting other items. Thus Milk & Bones was born! I kept learning how to make new things, discovered a traveling version of the fabric market, and kept on making.

My products have evolved since those early days. Before my daughter was born I learned how to make baby items like bibs, hats, and burp cloths. I have since added many baby and toddler clothing items to my sewn product line. Customers love the bright, colorful and playful fabric choices that I use to create adorable bloomers, rompers, dresses, shirts and more. My best sellers are my super durable and absorbent baby bibs and my bloomer outfits.

I love taking opportunities to exhibit in craft fairs so people can shop, see, and feel my products in person. Creating new items and finding fun prints I know other moms and their little ones will love is what keeps me going. Creating will always be a part of me. I’m also excited for the possibility of expanding my business adventures through Marketspace Vendor Events while I’m in the exploratory phase of a brand new clothing line concept.

Milk & Bones will be at this upcoming event!
May 18, 2019 - Hackettstown Maifest 2019 in Hackettstown, NJ

Louise Waterfall - Textile Trolley

Hi all, I’m Louise, owner of Textile Trolley, currently a one woman show! My business is primarily sewing beautiful items for babies and children like bibs, blankets, aprons, tooth fairy pillows, etc., but I’m branching out into the odd gifts for adults too like beer coasters, toiletry bags, wristlets, etc. I’ve been sewing all my life (as a hobby) and 5 years ago after being made part-time at my job I decided to make a business out of it, and currently no looking back!

Everything I sell is handmade by me. I am a perfectionist to detail so everything I make is of the top most quality. I primarily sell online, direct wholesale to businesses all around the world including China and Taiwan (would you believe?), Malaysia, Switzerland, England and various states within the U.S. I do take part in a fair amount of craft shows and love getting out and meeting all my customers, many who return with new additions to their family. My biggest seller by far at craft shows are my baby bibs. For outdoor shows, I have a vast display with many different fabrics which are all really eye catching.

My goals for the future are to be able to keep on doing what I’m doing, increase sales and hire a seamstress to help with the workload. I am currently in the process of developing my own website which will enable me to break away from my Etsy shop and become more independent. I’m so excited to work with Marketspace Vendor Events and their upcoming events, such as Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing on November 11th. It’s a totally fresh, young, and modern way of dealing with craft shows and the fact that they are bringing craft shows to breweries, well it doesn’t get much better than that (maybe the wineries next year???). I wish them much success in the future and look forward to partaking in more of their shows.