Sarah Catherine Art - Sarah Catherine Maxwell

Artisan:  Sarah Catherine Art
E-mail:  sarahcatherineart@gmail.com
Website: www.sarahcatherineart.com
Facebook: facebook.com/sarahcatherineart
Instagram: instagram.com/sarahcatherineart

Hi! My name is Sarah Catherine Maxwell and I am the New Jersey ceramics artist behind Sarah Catherine Art. I have always been interested in art ever since I was a little girl. However, my interest in ceramics did not start until December two years ago. I was chosen for a leave replacement job as a high school ceramics teacher. Since I wanted a job, I took it even though I had never really used clay before. After the job ended in December, I decided to take a Christmas break three-day wheel throwing pottery workshop to get a better understanding of it. That workshop sparked my infatuation with ceramics. For the past two years I have not stopped taking ceramic classes and pursuing different techniques. My business got started because I no longer had room for all of the handmade ceramic pieces in my house. I sell because I need room to make more!

My latest obsession is with raku ceramic firing. The process of making a raku piece is very involved and keeps you engaged the entire time. I especially love that the artist only has so much control over the colors and patterns. Each time the piece comes out of the raku pit, the finish is a surprise.

My goal for my business is to one day be able to fully pay for my art with my art. Marketspace Vendor Events provides me with the opportunities I need to get my art out in the community.

Sarah Catherine Art will be at these upcoming events!
March 30, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing Spring in Flemington, NJ
May 18, 2019 - 3rd Annual Hackettstown Maifest 2019 in Hackettstown, NJ
November 29 & 30, 2019 - Winter Village at the Red Mill Museum 2019 in Clinton, NJ

Kimpressions LLC - Kim Mulligan

Artisan:  Kimpressions LLC
E-mail:  kimpressions.nj@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/kimpressionsllc
Instagram: instagram.com/kimpressions.nj

My name is Kim, hence the name of my Annandale, NJ business, “Kimpressions”. I am a freehand lettering artist, making hand-lettered wood home decor signs, bridal shower signs, wedding signs, baby shower signs, hand-lettered menus for restaurants, and custom hand-lettered event signs. I was born and raised in Hunterdon County and have been doing craft-related things for as long as I can remember. When I felt the stress of my full-time job weighing on me, I decided to give myself this creative outlet to help alleviate some of the bad vibes I was bringing home.

I can letter on pretty much any surface, and since I do everything freehand without stencils or printouts, it is completely customizable. Every piece is unique! I especially love lettering on chalkboards because I love the look of white lettering on the black background. I’d have to say hand-lettered Clinton, New Jersey signs are a top-seller for me! I make freehand lettered signs featuring Clinton’s iconic Red Mill and our awesome community loves them!

My goal for Kimpressions is simply to do it as long as it makes me happy. The fact that I get to play a small part in people's new homes, business ventures and major life events brings me such joy! I’ve learned so much from so many interesting people that I’ve met through Marketspace Vendor Events and social media since starting Kimpressions and it reminds me that inspiration is everywhere!

Kimpressions will be at these upcoming events!
March 30, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing Spring in Flemington, NJ
May 18, 2019 - Red Mill Retro Ride, Picnic & Handcrafter's Market in Clinton, NJ

Art Across Borders - Sam Matthews

Artisan:  Art Across Borders
E-mail:  sam.artacrossborders@gmail.com
Website: www.artacrossborders.com
Facebook: facebook.com/artacrossborders
Instagram: instagram.com/artacrossborders

Hi! My name is Sam Matthews and I am the creator behind Art Across Borders, a vintage VW bus mobile art studio in New Jersey.

My life has always been colorful and chaotic like a Jackson Pollock painting. I was raised by divorced parents who are both hard working and creative. I was taught to pursue whatever my passion was and was encouraged from the time I could hold a crayon that what I made mattered. I spent much of my free time drawing, coloring, painting, stamping, anything creative, because many of my immediate family members were artists and supplied me with materials of all kinds. Working hard to make my dreams a reality was a big part of my upbringing.

When I graduated college with my bachelors in fine art, that’s exactly what I intended on doing. The short version of how I came to own my own business is this: I turned my senior art show title and concept into my passion project. Art Across Borders originated as an art exhibition about my travels throughout 4 different countries where I developed my passion for creative outlets, specifically for kids (to read the whole story and see pictures of the show visit the about me at artacrossborders.com). When I realized I would be stateside after graduation, I wanted to take my passion on the road. I was inspired by an organization I interned for (Art Feeds, check them out), and wanted to find a vehicle that would cart around all of my supplies as I mobilized my classes and workshops. We had a VW when I was in high school that tragically burned down and ever since I dreamed of having another one in the family. It was one night that the inspiration struck and I realized I had to seek out my own bus and make my dreams a reality. Something incredible always happens to me when I am pursuing big plans. I am constantly supported by my community of friends and family. As I was searching for the right bus, so many incredible people donated toward my goal. I found Flo, shipped her up to NJ, and have been working on her mechanically while successfully using her as Art Across Borders’ mobile art studio since 2016.

I love encouraging others to tap into their own creativity and encourage everyone to make something different. Folks who don’t have creative jobs often don’t make time for themselves to be creative and experiment with artistic and crafty materials. That’s why I decided the main goal for my workshops is to offer people the time, space, and materials to explore their own creativity. It has been a wild journey of many peaks and valleys but every part of my adventure has lead to another amazing opportunity. I love selling my artwork next to Flo at events and sharing our story with people who come by. I’ve taken on various part time jobs to help support the start of this business but have always kept my dreams first and foremost. I have the pleasure of being a teaching artist at 2 art centers during the week and fill the rest of my time with hosting northern NJ and central NJ art workshops in addition to commissioned work.

The fun thing about having a fine art degree from a liberal arts college is that I was able to experience and learn all different kinds of mediums, adding tools to my creative tool belt. I love mixing mediums and coming up with unique pieces. My favorite thing to make is marbled paper that I later use for cards and prints. My top seller is custom pet portrait ornaments. Customers also really love my paintings of VW buses in different landscapes as well as my mini inspirational paintings. A surprise hit this past year were my adult humor greeting cards and ornaments. I sold out of them at every market I did!

I have a lot of goals for Art Across Borders. A huge goal of mine is to offer free or low cost creative workshops and classes for kids in areas that don’t have many creative outlets. Another is to open a creative co-working space for artists and aspiring artists. I also hope to get Flo’s rust repaired so I can transform her into a photo-booth set up at weddings or the 50th anniversary of Woodstock in August. I am hoping to partner with Marketspace Vendor Events on a Millennial Makers NJ group market in the near future. I loved having my set up at The Marketspace at Westfield holiday market this winter (photo below) and am excited to be a vendor at their unique locations in 2019!

Art Across Borders will be at this upcoming event!
March 30, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing Spring in Flemington, NJ

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Coast 2 Coast Woodwork LLC - Tom Preiss

Artisan:  Coast 2 Coast Woodworking
E-mail: coast2coastwoodwork@gmail.com
Website: www.coast2coastwoodwork.com
Facebook: facebook.com/coast2coast-woodwork

My name is Tom Preiss and I am a self-taught Warren County, NJ woodworker. I have always enjoyed working with my hands to create functional, decorative and unique items. In 2006, I came across a website called the Wood Whisperer. As this master woodworker crafted wood items, he demonstrated his step-by-step process. This sparked my interest in woodworking. I began by crafting simple items for family and friends. I learned as I went along, progressing to the more complex processes - such as lathe turning - to expand my woodworking skills. I am always creating new items for my clients. With the help of my family three years ago, I started my part-time, local New Jersey woodworking business and Coast 2 Coast Woodwork began.

All my woodworking items are handmade and hand-turned. I make everything from lathe-turned wood pens, crochet hooks, seam rippers, measuring spoons, wooden or acrylic coffee scoops to larger items like bowls, salt and pepper grinders, cutting boards, pet accessory displays, decorative candle holders, tables and more. I happily accept special request orders. Some of my top sellers are lathe- turned wood military pens, crochet hook sets, seam rippers and cutting boards.

As a craftsman and Warren County small business owner, partnering with Marketspace Vendor Events provides a forum to showcase my woodworking creations in a variety of locations alongside other talented artisans. Working with Marketspace Vendor Events’ owners, Kim and Kevin, is seamless from the initial registration to the conclusion of an event. They choose unique craft market venues in New Jersey such as local breweries and art museums, provide ongoing communication, and advertise their events to draw customers from a wide area. During the event, Kim and Kevin are organized and attentive to all the vendors’ questions and needs. Marketspace is helping me to grow my Coast 2 Coast Woodworking business!

Coast 2 Coast Woodworking will be at these upcoming events!
March 30, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing Spring in Flemington, NJ
April 6, 2019 - Crafts and Drafts at Jersey Girl Brewing Spring in Hackettstown, NJ

Blueberry Fields Artisan Soap - Carol Steinhauser

Artisan:  Blueberry Fields Artisan Soap
E-mail: blueberryfieldssoap@gmail.com
Website: www.shopblueberryfields.com
Facebook: facebook.com/BFartisansoap
Instagram: instagram.com/Blueberry_fields_artisan_soap

Hi! My name is Carol and I am the owner of South Jersey handcrafted soap company, Blueberry Fields Artisan Soap. Way back in 2007, the production manager at my full-time laboratory job encouraged me to make soap and lip balms and sell them at craft shows. I decided to give it a try and I became addicted to the craft! My background in biochemistry really helps me when formulating new recipes. In 2008, Blueberry Fields was born and in May of that year I vended at my first craft show.

I really love the creativity of making cold process soap. I like to challenge myself by trying new swirl techniques and using new ingredients. Last year’s top seller was from my all-natural handmade soap line. It is scented with lemongrass and eucalyptus essential oils and made with green tea. Also popular among my customers are lavender oatmeal and patchouli.

My future goal for Blueberry Fields is to purchase more equipment to make production easier since I still work a full-time job and my time is always limited. I worked with Kim and Kevin from Marketspace Vendor Events in 2018 at Sharks and Crafts at Adventure Aquarium and I have signed up for their events in 2019. They really care about their vendors and they promote us individually, in addition to promoting the event.

Blueberry Fields Artisan Soap will be at this upcoming event!
September 28, 2019 - 4th Annual Hackettstown Oktoberfest in Hackettstown, NJ

Little Luna Village - Samantha Jo Wolf

Artisan:  Little Luna Village
E-mail: Hello@LittleLunaVillage.com
Website: www.littlelunavillage.com
Facebook: facebook.com/littlelunavillage
Instagram: instagram.com/littlelunavillage

Hi there! I’m Sam, founder of Little Luna Village. In 2015 I became a wife to an amazing person and on that very same date, May 25th, in 2017 I became a mum to the biggest spark of joy in my life. Early on in my motherhood journey I found that the saying is true, it really does take a village to raise a child. LLV started because I had a need to connect with other parents who lived a natural lifestyle. Parents who questioned everything and only want the best for their family. My spouse lovingly calls it “Punk Rock Parenting”. I was totally stuck and grasping at any opportunity to connect with other moms about the amazing products I found and could make! As a trained screen printer and painter, my passion for printing & creating quickly fell in line with my vision for Little Luna Village. I could curate products for the natural minded community with my own alternative lifestyle spin.

Every single one of the products from Little Luna Village are organic, sustainable and ethically sourced. I’ve had too many opportunities to cut corners, have a larger margin, but feel very strongly that these small seemingly insignificant products are making a difference for the future of our planet. We stock a little bit of everything from beard tonic, bottles made from Mason jars and a whole line of organic graphic tees. Something for everyone in your family! My favorite item to sell is by far our reusable stainless steel straw sets. With a quirky little quote on the bag, it’s a great gift and gateway item to living a more sustainable lifestyle.

Little Luna Village is still in the newborn stage at only 5 months old. I really do hope that I will be able to vend many events to spread awareness, show off some cool product and meet amazing people along the way. I am by nature a social butterfly and love to chit chat, especially when it comes to our planet and eco-friendly parenting. I am so excited to partner with Marketspace Vendor Events in the near future, I am beyond impressed with the ease of sign up and communication the team provides. Cheers to our new relationship!

Little Luna Village will be at this upcoming event!
July 21, 2019 - Shop the Shore at Porta in Asbury Park, NJ

Pedal Pusher Press - Jenn Consoli

Artisan:  Pedal Pusher Press
E-mail: pedalpusherpressnj@gmail.com
Website: www.pedalpusherpress.com
Facebook: facebook.com/pedalpusherpress
Instagram: instagram.com/pedalpusherpress

My name is Jenn. I’m a stationery and paper obsessed artist and illustrator. I always had a vision of becoming a fine artist who exhibited in galleries, but quickly realized that my real passion was in designing fun, sometimes silly, illustrations. These original illustrations would often be of myself, food, things I thought were funny, and things I loved. What originally started as a fun way to express myself outside of my day job, these illustrations became the beginning pieces for my original card designs. In the winter of 2017 I launched the Pedal Pusher Press website and this little stationery biz has been growing ever since.

All of the Pedal Pusher Press collection is designed by myself from my original illustrations, including pen drawings and watercolors. The Pedal Pusher Press collection currently offers various greeting cards, art prints, mugs, stickers, and custom prints and greeting cards. One of the most popular items I make are the New Jersey cards and prints. I’ve grown up in Jersey and always loved how different certain towns and shore points were. I always felt like many of these places felt like “home” to me. This resonates with a lot of our customers because many of them know that same feeling of loving their “home” place, whether it’s down the shore or in their favorite downtown area. Making these unique maps for each of my customers is really special and I enjoy hearing their stories and why they love the places they do.

In 2019, I’m very excited to begin partnering with some small businesses, selling in shops and boutiques. I’ll be launching more fun card designs throughout the year, as well. I’m also really looking forward to upcoming Marketspace Vendor Events, like Shop the Shore at Porta in Asbury Park.

Pedal Pusher Press will be at these upcoming events!
April 20, 2019 - Hopped Up Hackettstown Pub Crawl in Hackettstown, NJ
July 21, 2019 - Shop the Shore at Porta in Asbury Park, NJ

HANDMADE Macrame and Knit Products - Adonica Cabreja

Artisan:  HANDMADE Macrame and Knit Products
E-mail: handmadeinjc@gmail.com

Hi! I’m Adonica Cabreja with North Jersey-based HANDMADE Macrame and Knit Products, or as we say HANDMADE. I’ve always loved crafts, but it was really my husband who started me on this amazing journey. When I learned that he liked knit ties my first instinct was to surprise him with one that I had made. Friends of his liked it and asked for their own. Once word got around that I knit, things blossomed. Even our macrame started that way. He wanted a big wall piece, so I did some research. It seemed easy enough -so I made him one! A coworker of his saw it and wanted one too. Soon I was doing something that I had never thought of doing!

Macrame is something that’s pretty much always in stock, but custom pieces can be made too. Everything is locally sourced, including the driftwood I use, which comes from the bay behind my house. I clean it up and repurpose it, matching the macrame or knit piece to the wood. Knit Products are hard to keep stocked due to demand, but it allows me to create custom products. I’ll even try doing things that aren’t knit or macrame. As long as my customers are willing to be patient when it comes to creating something that’s new for me to do, I’m willing to give any creation a shot. A big HANDMADE seller are the hand-knit blankets. They’re big and bulky -but BOY are they warm and perfect for our winter weather! As for my favorite thing to make, it has to be the feather macrame pieces. It might be a little more time consuming and tedious, but they come out so beautiful when they’re finished. I can be hard on myself when it comes to my work, but these are pieces that I can just enjoy.

While there’s still room for growth, I’d like to keep HANDMADE a small business. I want to make sure that I keep the passion I have for my craft and the happiness that it brings me. I don’t want to get caught up in the growth of the business so that I lose my passion and the quality suffers. This venture helps me be a stay-at-home-mom, which I love. Given my workload as a mom, artisan, and small business owner, I find it hard at times to know when events are taking place. Marketspace Vendor Events helps me to easily find events that I can be a part of and with plenty of notice. Their events calendar and advanced emails for those of us in their network help me better prepare, stock, and plan my schedule. I look forward to participating in new events this year and meeting wonderful new people!

New Jersey Artisan Agave Artworks - Judy Okun

Artisan: Agave Artworks
Facebook: www.facebook.com/create9497/
Website: www.agaveartworks.com
E-mail: judyokun1@gmail.com

My love of the outdoors has inspired my alcohol ink artwork on ceramic and glass. I have been painting, drawing and teaching art for years. Trained as a watercolorist, I began using an incredible medium, alcohol ink, several years ago and love the result. The ink works best on non-porous surfaces and brings out vibrancy, dimensionality and luminosity in my paintings.

Agave Artworks has been exhibited throughout New Jersey at the venues including Voorhees Art Center, the Mullica Hill Art Center, and the Center for the Arts in Southern New Jersey (Marlton). I’m thrilled to have 50 paintings on display in the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill through December.  I’m a Cherry Hill resident and am excited to bring my artwork northward to The 2nd Annual Marketspace at Westfield this holiday season! Stop by to see hand-painted porcelain ornaments and framed paintings from mini size to 8x8---perfect for holiday décor and gift-giving. Hope to see you on December 15th!

Agave Artworks will be at this upcoming event!
December 2018 - The Marketspace at Westfield in Westfield, NJ

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 these upcoming events!
December 8, 9, 15, and 16 2018 - The Marketspace at Westfield in Westfield, NJ
May 18, 2019 - 3rd Annual Hackettstown Maifest in Hackettstown, NJ
July 21, August 4, and August 18 2019 - Shop the Shore at Porta in Asbury Park, NJ

Waving Goodbye to Summer at Pinelands Crafts and Drafts

Special thanks to my team for their hard work!

Special thanks to my team for their hard work!

To set the stage for you, I first have to say that everyone in the crafting community is genuinely kind. You won't find a single soul who doesn't pour their heart into their craft and vibe of the event. We were fortunate enough to have 11 of these souls on our team last weekend. Add to it unique craft beers, a lively duo of bartenders, and a friendly local crowd. That's Pinelands Crafts and Drafts!

From community protector flags to comic book and pop culture merchandise to custom bar-ware and home décor to handmade soy candles, soaps, and all-natural pain management, our vendors offered something for everyone. What stood out most for me was that Thin Line US exemplified the very essence of small business as Officer Nagy's parents and children proudly wore their team shirts and literally built their display on-site. Reese of Empress Herbal Products not only invited a steady stream of customers to her table with welcoming scents, but her calming and educational dialogue about her craft. The warm energy she had after traveling all the way from Philly was incredibly refreshing. I also fondly recall two young women adorned with flower crowns captivated by August Snow's intricate fairy scenes and Sensations Le Soleil's aromatic soap display. To say I wanted to buy one of everything myself is no exaggeration!

For a little added fun factor we challenged customers to meet our vendors with stamp cards in hand. Those with a full stamp card were entered to win a Pinelands Brewing Company t-shirt and growler with their choice of fill. We excitedly brought in the How You Brewin' cold brew and nitro coffee Jeep (tap handles on the side of a Jeep, you guys!) as well as gourmet hot dogs from PJ Dog House. I'm still salivating.

As the day came to a close, we counted it a success. Our marketing efforts via radio, print, and social media and careful selection of vendors leading up to the event brought 200 new faces in front of our 11 crafters. With three other festivals in the area and the most perfect beach weather, it felt good to be a part of “local summer” before we welcome the chilly fall weather at our next Crafts and Drafts at River Horse Brewing Company.


Melissa Nagy - ThinLineUS

Hi, my name is Melissa. ThinLineUS was created with the idea that when all HEROES come together as one, WE can achieve a positive impact on the great citizens of our communities. I am a proud female Police Officer in New Jersey and have served my community for over twenty years. I believe, with the teamwork and intelligence offered by all community first responders, along with those within the protective service professions, together WE can maintain a safe environment.  

Each stripe on the ThinLine represents a particular figure in our community. For instance, the thin "blue" line graphic indicates the following: the top black line represents the community while the bottom black line represents the ones who create fear and disorder within a community. The thin "blue" line represents the law enforcement officer(s) that stand between "good vs. evil" and protect our citizens from the situations which put them in harms way. The ThinLine is intended for all protective service professions with the same community safety mindset. When one of our community HEROES is killed in the line of duty, WE proudly wear the thin line "colors" with honor and respect for our fallen brothers and sisters. 

Please know that at least 20% of the proceeds will benefit the families of fallen HEROES through various charities associated with their immediate families.  ThinLineUS supports our community protectors:

Law Enforcement - BLUE LINE
Fire Fighters - RED LINE
Federal Agent / Military - GREEN LINE
Corrections - SILVER LINE
Dispatch - GOLD LINE
Search and Rescue - ORANGE LINE
Security Officers - YELLOW LINE
EMS - BLUE w/ WHITE LINE
Wounded Warrior - BLACK w/ WHITE LINE

Emily Gunselman - Birch House Candles

Hello! I am Emily Gunselman, owner and creator of Birch House Candles. I am a wife and mother of 2 and I craved having something to call my own. Out of a love for beautiful things and an obsession with candles, I began to develop a handmade soy candle luxury that anyone and everyone would be excited to gift and keep for themselves. The journey has also inspired me to educate on the benefits of burning soy and the self-care aspect of relaxation that comes with burning a candle.

Birch House Candles is a small-batch hand-poured soy candle company. Each candle is made entirely by hand. We use renewable U.S. grown soy wax, which burns cleaner, eco-friendly and non-toxic cotton wicks and premium phthalate-free fragrance oils. We sell a 11.5 oz glass candle and a 8oz tin in a variety of seasonal fragrances. A few of our best sellers are the sweet grapefruit, which is an uplifting blend of tangerine and grapefruit, and in the fall our apple maple bourbon is a huge hit, mixing the classic apple scent with an unexpected maple and bourbon twist. So many exciting fragrances to make your house feel like a home! Each purchase is packaged in a silver bag with bow and label, perfect for easy gifting!

I am super excited to learn about Marketspace Vendor Events and partner with them to boost my customer base as well as other crafters in the community. My goal for my brand is to broaden my customer reach and become a known soy candle company. It is refreshing to see a company like Marketspace for the sole purpose of making better events for customers and vendors alike. I look forward to see how this community will evolve. Thanks for including me!

Kimora Beaupierre-Liberati - Sucre Body Products

Sucre came about one very broke Christmas season while I was in grad school. I committed to making my gifts, as they would be more thoughtful to both my loved ones and my pockets. 

Throughout the years, Sucre underwent several logo changes and formula changes until arriving at where we are today. The most substantial change was the conscious effort to carefully select only simple natural ingredients for each body scrub. In my daily life, I try to live relatively healthily, and have a love for multipurpose household and pantry items.  I’ve been known to eat half of an avocado, and then use the other half for a hair masque!  Therefore, it is no surprise that Sucre Body scrubs use nature’s exfoliators, moisturizers, and scents to smooth and condition the skin while invigorating the senses.  Sugar acts our main exfoliant, while fractionated coconut oil delivers serious moisture! Our aromatics are provided by the 100% natural essential oils used in each scrub—no ambiguous “fragrances” here! 

Sugar, coconut oil, cocoa butter, coffee, rosemary, lavender, citrus, ginger… 
What’s in YOUR body scrub?

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!