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

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

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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