All ornaments, votives and coasters are up-cycled and uniquely decorated with five layers of paints and two layers of gloss finish.
Preserving an Ashby tradition of three generations, we are rockhounds. We maintain a lapidary and design shop where we transform precious stones and minerals into jewelry. Many of the stones we like to work with are found in our annual travels to well documented collecting areas through the western US. Because camping in the desert is as much a part of the process as is running a rock saw or playing with wire, we have built a collection of material primarily based on where we like to go, so you’ll see a lot of things from Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon and Idaho. At our house, every rock has a story.
Born and raised in Newark Delaware, but lucky to have had ready access to the Upstate Pennsylvania and Adirondack Mountains, I have always been inspired by the beautiful structures and details found in nature. I took my first stained glass class in 2011, and I have been combining a fascination with the texture of glass and the artwork of nature ever since.
I draw upon an education in Industrial Design (a BFA, from Rochester Institute of Technology, in 2002) to work with both form and composition, and years spent as a metal smith and jewelry designer inspire the introduction of hand worked metal elements into many of my pieces.
My subject matter is illustrated in glass, copper and solder. I place focus on the purity and spirit of each subject by employing simple lines while staying true to life in detail and form.
When I’m not in my basement studio creating, I spend time learning new handcraft skills, knitting, reading, and finding inspiration in my own wooded backyard.
From the moment I touched glass to make my first piece of fused glass art, I knew I had found a medium that truly spoke to me. The controlled process of constructing a piece combined with the surprising effect that the firing produced just felt right to me. Glass is like a child…at times unpredictable, but always delightful. Because of the way that glass heats, expands, and melts, each firing can produce unique and unexpected results.
I also love the variety of colors in the glass. I see the joy that people feel when they see the array of colors in front of them.
That love of color then drove me to create chainmail jewelry that could coordinate with my fused glass jewelry. I enjoy seeing how the different colors work together in those pieces.
I feel very lucky to have found an artistic outlet that gives me such pleasure. I hope that you will share that pleasure each time you wear or use one of my creations.
Wilt’s Woolens, employing an antique sock knitting machine process, has been a purveyor of hand cranked fine knitted socks and other woolen items since 2010. Selecting only the best natural fiber yarns from England, Germany, New Zealand and Norway allow our socks, and other clothing items, to be machine washed and dried, while maintaining their shape and comfort.
J. Bees Pressed Flower Pictures
Turned Wood by Don Jones
Glenville, PA 17329
When asked for my “mission statement” as an artist, I am always quick to respond: “I have none.” To
those who don’t know me well I may seem like a shallow-thinking person. But my friends will tell you I
seldom think at all.
I’m a self-taught artist who began with no talent for drawing. A passionate desire to learn the skills, and
the willingness to work through frustrations and setbacks, eventually enabled me to become a
professional artist. I am not boasting. I’m a man of average intelligence. (My friends will argue I’m
boasting when I say that.)
I’ve learned that talent is not a prerequisite for success in any endeavor. Each of us is born with unique
desires, interests, passions—and the potential to develop them. These are our gifts. Some people are
developing their gifts into talents and abilities, while others just play with the packaging material.
I never attended art school. At the University of Delaware, in the mid-1970’s, I was an English major, a
subject of study I later learned had as much practical application as four years’ training in stagecoach
driving. Today I retain fragments of The Lord’s Prayer in Old English, the ability to sleep through public
lectures with my eyes open, and how to use a semi-colon.
After graduation I landed a job in advertising, a business once described as “the art of arresting human
intelligence long enough to extract money from it.” My heart was not in the work, so I decided the rest
of me shouldn’t be there, either. At age thirty I began a part-time business as an artist. Six years later I
jumped into it full-time and never looked back.
I used to be a serious artist—but I got over it. It’s more fun to create “random acts of artistic nonsense.”
Now that I’m deeply entrenched in middle-age, I ‘m more convinced than ever that humor is our cosmic
night-light, because it touches emotions we all share. (Truthfully, I only do these drawings to watch my
wife roll her eyes. It works every time. Life is full.)
Writer O. Henry said that life consists of smiles, sniffles, and sobs—with sniffles predominating. In my
own small way, I hope to increase the percentage of smiles. I humbly offer these whimsical wildlife
drawings as a partial antidote to the six o’clock news.
The Deli Llama
The Howlelujah Chorus
Bacon, Lattice & Tomato
Walking Olive exclusively creates needle felted dogs! A lifelong dog lover, I create small versions of our furry friends by wrapping wool around a wire frame and securing it with a special barbed needle. Layers build shape until the final layers of color are added. It’s a long process, but the end result is a beloved treasure serving as a reminder of a dog’s infinite unconditional love! The perfect gift for dog lovers – a new dog owner, a long time dog enthusiast, a gift for dog loss or for any dog lover (including yourself). I offer small adult dogs, puppies and ornaments as well as dog vignettes. At the end of the year Walking Olive donates a portion of its revenue to organizations doing good work for animals. Look for us at Mistletoe Mart and take a sneak peek at walkingolive.com and check out our Instagram page @walking_olive
Kate Klipp Designs
Cackie was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and had the good fortune to grow up in a home that had the best of two worlds: the woods and the water. As a child, the natural world became a powerful source of inspiration, comfort, and awe. Without being conscious of it at the time, she inherently become a visually driven soul.
At college, as an art history major, she became passionate about photography. A lifelong introvert, she turned her natural penchant for being an observer to good use. For her, a picture tells a story without having to find the words to do so.
About a year after college Cackie moved to Richmond, Virginia where she has since resided. Within two weeks of her arrival, she went to work in the photography/camera business for the next 24 years. Feeling a bit burned out, Cackie turned to working in the antiques business for 10 incredibly fun years.
In 2009, Cackie started her own line of greeting cards, Glittermoon Cards, which are based on her photography. She has been an artist-in-residence at Crossroads Art Center in Richmond and a Country Living (Magazine) Fair artisan since 2011.
In 2011, Cackie launched Glittermoon Vintage Christmas: unique designs made from vintage ornaments and decorations. Her wreaths and topiaries have a national following and have been shipped all over the continental USA. She is an artisan for Beekman 1802 based in update NY; her Christmas designs are featured annually on their Holiday website. Cackie and Glittermoon Vintage Christmas have been featured in Richmond’s R-Home Magazine twice (2014 and 2021) as well as several national publications including the Los Angeles Times (2015), Holiday Decor Magazine (2019), and Flea Market Decor Magazine (2020). Mariah Carey owns one of her wreaths – a pink one, naturally.
Cigar Box Lady
I have always been fascinated with boxes and upon retirement tried different and unusual creative venues. I finally focused on a product that is very unique, quirky and great fun for me. I use old cigar boxes while utilizing as many recycled components as possible. I use a variety of scrapbooking materials for the base, then embellish them with vintage and precious items collected through my life, such as buttons, spools, jewelry, game pieces and much more. Each box has a different theme and no two are alike. Boxes are made up of individual cut and fitted items and some boxes are composed of over 55 pieces. I love my boxes and hope you will too.
I am a Howard County, Maryland-based Artisian who started creating beautiful clothing
at the age of 10 for myself. Later, I would have other women interested in having me to create
something for them. I would accompany them to purchase their materials for their outfit which
was so fulfilling. My father purchased my very first Kenmore Steel Sewing Machine and my
imagination for style took off. My passion for the love of fashion has always been at the
forefront of my designs.
Years later, my love for fashion has not waivered, but has extended into the realm of
women’s fabric tote bags, cosmetic bags, cross body bags, wristlets, change purses and more.
My designs are like a breath of fresh air. Some of my customers have compared my work to
Vera Bradley’s purse line (What a compliment!) A love of all colors allows me to go beyond the
normal blah solid fabric bags. The use of store bought sewing patterns and being able to tweak
them is amazing.
I have developed quite a following on Instagram, as well as at yearly juried Arts/Craft
Shows that I participate in.
The reason that I make beautiful women’s fabric tote bags and other bag accessories is
because I have a passion for sewing and creating beautiful bags. To see the smiles on the
faces of my customers and when they come back to purchase others is a joy within itself.
Beverly’s Beautiful Bags and More
Jay Stutman designs
Ms. Jay Stutman
Jay Stutman is an award-winning jewelry designer. She lives in Newark, Delaware with her husband, a very large blind dog, and a sassy cat. As a self-taught beader, she fell in love with off-loom beadweaving and has been exploring the endless possibilities in design for the last thirteen years. Using a variety of beaded stitch techniques and art glass, she enjoys combining unusual color palettes that result in unique works of “wearable art”.
Ignoring the latest fashion trends, she creates jewelry that is timeless. From classic elegance to bold and funky, her style of intricately woven spiral rope sewn from seed beads and her passion for color translate into one of a kind jewelry pieces. “Classic Designs with a Twist”
Jay sells her jewelry at Arts by the Bay Gallery in Havre de Grace Maryland, Ivystone Studio in Downingtown Pennsylvania and juried art fairs in the tristate area. She is also a juried Chester County member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman.
Poplar Hollow Studio
Kim creates unique and whimsical, one-of-a-kind folk art with gourds…many of which are grown on her and husband Bob’s PA farm. No two gourds are alike. Sometimes a piece is created by painting the gourd with meticulous attention to detail in its original, unaltered shape. Other times the shape is enhanced or transformed with epoxy or paper clay sculpture. A multi-step hand-rubbed aging technique finishes each piece and adds to the old-fashioned charm. Many of her pieces are holiday themed. Inspiration comes from the simplicity of country life on the family farm. The changing seasons, an affinity for treasures from a bygone era and holiday traditions…these things are all celebrated in her work.
Meadow Medley Fibers
We are three women who believe that traditional crafts such as weaving, knitting, spinning and dying should be carried on and shared with others. Each of us has been practicing our craft for over 20 years. The yarns we dye range from silk, cotton, cashmere, bamboo to beautiful Bluefaced Leicester wools and we use only natural dyes from plants, trees and flowers. Besides our yarns we will also have woven and knitted shawls, scarves, hats and caps.
Come by and see our beautiful colors and wears while you watch a spinning demonstration.