Downers Grove Handmade Market Booths
Thank you to all of the artisans, crafters and vendors who showcased their wonderful items at the 2018 Downers Grove Handmade Market!
Adercycle Upcycled Bottleware
Jim grew up with a strong appreciation for our planet and has always been an avid recycler. Several years ago the bottles he was throwing into the recycle bin started speaking to his inner artist and he started to experiment with cutting beer and wine bottles.
Adercycle has vases, trays and candles all made from recycled wine, beer and liquor bottles. Our bottle edges are finely sanded and polished and the candles are all made with 100% natural soy wax.
Artfully YourZ creates multi-media art focused on pop icons. The artist, Diana Pasikov, paints original Rock Star portraits on canvas with acrylic paint. She then uses a sublimation process in which a digital image of her artwork is transferred onto Limited Edition purses, wallets, and flasks, creating a portfolio of rock’n, wearable art.
Bead Streetz is like a Perler Bead heaven. It has so many unique gifts ideas that have
a creative and geeky flair. At most art and craft shows, Bead Streetz has the option to customize an item on the table into any number of options perfect for your needs. Be it your child, your family, your friend or even yourself, Bead Streetz has something for you! Perler Beads Creations from Bead Streetz can be used for a multitude of things including keychains, coasters, ornaments, charms, potted plants, zipper pulls, bagtags, necklaces, gift tags, birthday cake deco, wall art, desktop decorations, and much more. Bead Streetz is always finding new ways to make Perler Bead Creations unique and fun for all.
The Bomb bath bombs
The Bomb Bath Bombs is locally owned and run by two young sisters who have a passion for natural products and creative ways to nurture body and soul. The girls found themselves spending all of their free time creating new bath bomb scents and styles, then expanded their efforts making body scrubs and lotion bars. After getting rave reviews from the friends and family who received these wonderful handmade treats as gifts, the girls decided to start their own business. When they’re not creating new scents or experimenting with new products, the girls enjoy music, dance, ice skating, soccer, and taking a little relaxation time for themselves.
ClicketyClak was established early 2008. ClicketyClak reminds the founder, Donna, of the sound of a Singer foot pedal sewing machine, which she actually used early in life.
4 years ago Donna actually started selling her products at a Home Decor shop a 3 hour drive from Chicago. She has also sold in a Chicago suburb and currently in Wisconsin and on Facebook, search ClicketyClak.
Not only a crafter, seamstress, she also creates her own products, modifies other patterns to simplify processes or can easily look at a item and create a pattern through knowledge. She also does machine embroidery at times. She works with a library of purchased digitized designs.
Why carry around an ordinary handbag when you can carry a Daisy Bag?
Jill has always loved sewing-in high school she made my own clothes. When her girlfriends started having babies, they all got baby quilts. Sewing has always been a part of her life. In 2004, she was on the search for an affordable bag featuring a photo of her first “baby”-a black Labrador retriever named Daisey. She found one — for $200. Rather than fork over that much cash, she decided to just make one herself. Jill took it to work and everyone loved it. Timing was perfect–it happened to be right before Mother’s Day. Handbags with pictures of children, grandchildren, pets, and loved ones were the perfect gift idea. Several orders where placed and Daisy Bags was launched. Jill left her retail management job that fall to create and design full time. During the past 14+ years, Daisy Bags has evolved into a multiline handbag and accessory company for the whole family.
Have Camera Will Travel Photography
Amanda Davila is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and an avid traveler. She created Have Camera Will Travel Photography in the hopes others would find the scenes and moments she witnesses as beautiful as she do. In addition to travel and fine art photography, she also specializes in on location portrait and event photographs.
Just Switch It
Accessorize any room with a bit of fun and color! Just Switch It offers a huge variety of
decorative metal Switch Plates – Music, Art Deco, Animals, Pretty Prints, Sports, Kids
& Babies, Man Cave, Outdoor Scenes, etc. They have over 1600 plates available. They
also do custom orders!
K and M Krafts is a mother daughter duo that loves crafting! The business began last year as Coasters by Kim and later changed when Kim brought her daughter on to help her. This duo enjoys making coasters, magnets, hair ties, painted mason jars and Christmas Ornaments. They are always looking to expand and add new things to their repertoire.
Mion Artisan Soap
The goal of Mion Artisan Soap is to provide safe and pure body products for their family, their customers and the environment. The product is made of natural ingredients, oils and butters, no preservatives, harsh chemicals, acids or artificial colors.
My Boys & Me
Jowayne Kostner is the artisan behind “My Boys & Me”. Jowayne finds blank home decor items (signs, shadowboxes, trays, recipe book holders, mason jars, holiday items, etc) and adds craft vinyl to them to decorate with words, sayings, and personalizations. She also decorates blank clothing and fabric items (shirts, socks, onesies, blankets, oven mitts, etc) with heat transfer vinyl.
My Charmed Life
From traditional to trend, My Charmed Life has the designs to match your style. Their charm bar offers more than 2000 sterling silver charm creations as well as a collection of vintage and 14kt gold. Let your individuality shine by adding your favorite charms to a charm link bracelet, bangle, leather braid bracelet or necklace. Or, grow an existing bracelet, even if it’s a Pandora® or Alex & Ani® style. Personalized gifts, like a charm bracelet or a custom monogram necklace, are always on point!
Piggy Toes and Bows
Piggy Toes and Bows is honored to be participating in the 2018 DG Handmade Market. A resident of DG and long time crafter, Cathy Santie creates boutique quality infant, toddler and girl’s headbands, bows and beaded necklaces for all holidays and everyday!
Angela’s journey as a “paper shaper” began in 1969 after her third grade teacher taught her class the basics of this visual form of art. She has been quilling ever since. Quilling has evolved over the years thanks to social media. Angela loves to share and learn new techniques with fellow “quillers” all around the world. Preserving a wedding invitation embellished with custom quilling makes the perfect gift for a wedding, bridal shower or anniversary. The same can be done with a birth announcement or commencement celebration. Get personal with a “Blooming” Heart or a “Blooming” Letter. Monogram letters are available in block or script. Each is made with colorful flowers and leaves and can be customized to match a color scheme . It comes framed and ready to be hung on your wall or a great gift idea to give your loved one on any occasion! Greeting card prints of “Blooming” Hearts are suitable for framing. Bookmarks and magnets make for a little extra “something” to add to a gift.
Red Letter Decor
Tracy Wierda is the owner of Red Letter Decor. She had been painting wooden signs for years and have only just recently started do work for other people. Tracy really enjoys the creative process in designing new signs and loves to help others find the perfect piece for their home. She uses reclaimed wood for most projects and even has some authentic barn wood straight from Montana! She also uses mason jars and reclaimed wood to make fun centerpieces.
Robin's Craft Nest
Robin has always loved working with color. She started her career working for the Estee Lauder Company and stayed with them for almost 30 years! She held many positions as an Account Executive, to a regional trainer and then on to be a Regional Makeup Artist. Robin started out 2 years ago, making wreaths for herself and so many people loved them and wanted them. She decided to start making them and sell them at craft shows and her first one was so successful that she now is making wreaths all the time.
Wreaths aren’t just for front doors anymore! They make great room accents, and people are having them made in themes that interest them! They make fantastic gifts for Christmas or Birthdays the possibilities are endless and can be as whimsical and fun, or classy and elegant as you want! Matching a room decor or a unique personality, or a special event.
Rosaries by RC
Rosaries by RC offers a selection of handmade Catholic rosaries, Protestant Rosaries, and Ecumenical prayer beads, made from beautiful glass, crystal, stone, and semi-precious stone beads.