Kristen Skelton, community leader A self-taught sewist, Kristen runs her business, Milo and Molly, while staying at home with her two small children.  Fueled by an endless supply of tea, she sews late into the night when the house is quiet, most often accompanied by her faithful poodle, Casey.  Stop by and see her collection of bold modern accessories and home goods. Website | Instagram | Twitter |  Facebook miloandmollyshop@gmail.com

Kristen Skelton, community leader

A self-taught sewist, Kristen runs her business, Milo and Molly, while staying at home with her two small children.  Fueled by an endless supply of tea, she sews late into the night when the house is quiet, most often accompanied by her faithful poodle, Casey.  Stop by and see her collection of bold modern accessories and home goods.

Website | Instagram | Twitter |  Facebook miloandmollyshop@gmail.com

Alonda Baird-Juhasz, Community leader Alonda Baird-Juhasz, hue-savvy designer and owner of Designer Dwellings, believes in adding color to life. Her shop features bold and modern home goods and décor. Designer Dwellings has been featured in Coastal Living Magazine, Refinery 29 and Connecticut Magazine. When not in the studio you can find her on set decorating and visually styling photo shoots or on a road trip adventure with her husband.  Website | Instagram | Twitter |  Facebook designerdwellingsllc@gmail.com

Alonda Baird-Juhasz, Community leader

Alonda Baird-Juhasz, hue-savvy designer and owner of Designer Dwellings, believes in adding color to life. Her shop features bold and modern home goods and décor. Designer Dwellings has been featured in Coastal Living Magazine, Refinery 29 and Connecticut Magazine. When not in the studio you can find her on set decorating and visually styling photo shoots or on a road trip adventure with her husband. 

Website | Instagram | Twitter |  Facebook designerdwellingsllc@gmail.com

Alison Cox Alison Cox is the designer and metalsmith of Zoey Bean & Pearl handcrafted jewelry. Her style is somewhat anchored on breaking the rules of joyless industrialized jewelry.  Passionate about the process of creation, each of her pieces is one of a kind and distinguished by simple lines with thoughtful details.  Alison solders, files, hammers and lives in Old Greenwich with a husband, 3 teenagers, a dog, a cat and a parrot. Website | Etsy | Instagram  alison@ zoeybeanpearl.com

Alison Cox

Alison Cox is the designer and metalsmith of Zoey Bean & Pearl handcrafted jewelry. Her style is somewhat anchored on breaking the rules of joyless industrialized jewelry.  Passionate about the process of creation, each of her pieces is one of a kind and distinguished by simple lines with thoughtful details.  Alison solders, files, hammers and lives in Old Greenwich with a husband, 3 teenagers, a dog, a cat and a parrot.

WebsiteEtsy | Instagram  alison@ zoeybeanpearl.com

Amanda Holt Corey Amanda Holt Corey of oscar & ollie:  After seven years in the fashion industry she followed the advice of friends & family and pursued a dream of selling the hand painted wooden decor for kids she'd been creating for years.  Amanda lives in Westport with her husband, young daughter and a few animal friends. Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Etsy  amanda@oscarandollie.com  

Amanda Holt Corey

Amanda Holt Corey of oscar & ollie:  After seven years in the fashion industry she followed the advice of friends & family and pursued a dream of selling the hand painted wooden decor for kids she'd been creating for years.  Amanda lives in Westport with her husband, young daughter and a few animal friends.

Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Etsy  amanda@oscarandollie.com

 

Amy McNamara Amy McNamara creates watercolor drawings capturing the beauty of everyday life in a simple whimsical style. Her favorite things to illustrate: landmarks, pets, houses, beloved objects, fruits and vegetables.   She works in her studio at home, but her top choice place to create is the Collaboratory at the Wallingford Library. You can often find her there making time lapse videos of her art-making process for her Instagram and Facebook accounts.  In addition to her art business, she and her husband homeschool their daughter, run a household and support each other in their businesses. Their life is full these days! Website | Etsy | Instagram | Facebook

Amy McNamara

Amy McNamara creates watercolor drawings capturing the beauty of everyday life in a simple whimsical style. Her favorite things to illustrate: landmarks, pets, houses, beloved objects, fruits and vegetables.   She works in her studio at home, but her top choice place to create is the Collaboratory at the Wallingford Library. You can often find her there making time lapse videos of her art-making process for her Instagram and Facebook accounts.  In addition to her art business, she and her husband homeschool their daughter, run a household and support each other in their businesses. Their life is full these days!

Website | Etsy | Instagram | Facebook

Andie and Larry Freibauer When starting Andie’s Cookies in 2014, owners Andrea (Andie) and Larry Freibauer knew they wanted to have the company embrace the qualities that were important to them in their personal lives – local, natural, and environmentally friendly. Andie’s Cookies are craveable artisan cookies handcrafted in small batches in Clinton using local ingredients and without preservatives or anything artificial. Andie enjoys creating new cookies that have their own unique “personalities.” In her free time, Andie is also deeply involved in local volunteer efforts including being current President of the Killingworth Women’s Organization and co-leader of her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram  

Andie and Larry Freibauer

When starting Andie’s Cookies in 2014, owners Andrea (Andie) and Larry Freibauer knew they wanted to have the company embrace the qualities that were important to them in their personal lives – local, natural, and environmentally friendly. Andie’s Cookies are craveable artisan cookies handcrafted in small batches in Clinton using local ingredients and without preservatives or anything artificial. Andie enjoys creating new cookies that have their own unique “personalities.” In her free time, Andie is also deeply involved in local volunteer efforts including being current President of the Killingworth Women’s Organization and co-leader of her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

Avé Rivera Avé Rivera makes funky happy pottery for the artful home out of her studio space in Hamden, CT. Her pottery is inspired by clouds, humanity, and fun. When she’s not in the studio, you can find her enjoying quality family time with her husband and two dogs, Moose and Lucy. Website | Instagram | Etsy ave@averivera.com

Avé Rivera

Avé Rivera makes funky happy pottery for the artful home out of her studio space in Hamden, CT. Her pottery is inspired by clouds, humanity, and fun. When she’s not in the studio, you can find her enjoying quality family time with her husband and two dogs, Moose and Lucy.

Website | Instagram | Etsy ave@averivera.com

Bethany Meyer Bethany Meyer is a woodworker specializing in tables, shelving, and Connecticut-themed decorative wooden items. She has a degree in Interior Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. It was her passion for architectural model making that developed into a love of building her own furniture. Once friends started requesting custom pieces, her side hobby became B Meyer Studio, and has been evolving ever since. She works out of her studio in Hamden with her intern, a little dog named Oscar Meyer. Etsy | Instagram | Facebook | Website

Bethany Meyer

Bethany Meyer is a woodworker specializing in tables, shelving, and Connecticut-themed decorative wooden items. She has a degree in Interior Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. It was her passion for architectural model making that developed into a love of building her own furniture. Once friends started requesting custom pieces, her side hobby became B Meyer Studio, and has been evolving ever since. She works out of her studio in Hamden with her intern, a little dog named Oscar Meyer.

Etsy | Instagram | Facebook | Website

Betsy O'Reilly Betsy O’Reilly moved to Stamford 30 years ago to start her family. The joys of raising three kids came coupled with heartbreak and stress as her youngest son has significant, lifelong medical issues. Seeking solace and the need to recharge her batteries, she has spent thousands of hours hunting sea glass on the beaches of Stamford.  As part of her continued “therapy”, she began creating designs within picture frames utilizing her sea glass as well as shells and driftwood - the end result being unique beach cottage style decor.  Betsy is the perfect example of how art therapy soothes the soul.  Facebook | Etsy | Instagram NBseaglass@gmail.com

Betsy O'Reilly

Betsy O’Reilly moved to Stamford 30 years ago to start her family. The joys of raising three kids came coupled with heartbreak and stress as her youngest son has significant, lifelong medical issues. Seeking solace and the need to recharge her batteries, she has spent thousands of hours hunting sea glass on the beaches of Stamford.  As part of her continued “therapy”, she began creating designs within picture frames utilizing her sea glass as well as shells and driftwood - the end result being unique beach cottage style decor.  Betsy is the perfect example of how art therapy soothes the soul. 

Facebook | Etsy | Instagram NBseaglass@gmail.com

Caroline Finnegan Caroline Finnegan is a florist, landscape designer and farmers' market manager.  She has been a part of the CT market scene for about ten years, running the West End Farmers’ Market in Hartford for the last four seasons, growing it into a thriving and vibrant farmers' market.  Caroline is passionate about supporting those bold enough to create their own business path, and sees markets as the bridge between vendors and their customers. In her spare time Caroline fosters cats and kittens, is obsessed with making pottery, and will pickle or infuse pretty much anything.  Instagram 1 | Instagram 2

Caroline Finnegan

Caroline Finnegan is a florist, landscape designer and farmers' market manager.  She has been a part of the CT market scene for about ten years, running the West End Farmers’ Market in Hartford for the last four seasons, growing it into a thriving and vibrant farmers' market.  Caroline is passionate about supporting those bold enough to create their own business path, and sees markets as the bridge between vendors and their customers. In her spare time Caroline fosters cats and kittens, is obsessed with making pottery, and will pickle or infuse pretty much anything. 

Instagram 1 | Instagram 2

Cassandra and Drew Archer Cassandra and Drew Archer started their business in Santa Cruz, CA and have now established Blackkat Leather in downtown Chester.  Their designs focus on quality, sustainability, functionality and are crafted with the highest quality materials to create a product that won’t fall out of style. Every design is cut and sewn by hand; ensuring a product that lasts forever. Inspiration for the name comes from their cat Roro (Rohan) who is always close by while they are working in the workshop. Website | Instagram | Facebook  

Cassandra and Drew Archer

Cassandra and Drew Archer started their business in Santa Cruz, CA and have now established Blackkat Leather in downtown Chester.  Their designs focus on quality, sustainability, functionality and are crafted with the highest quality materials to create a product that won’t fall out of style. Every design is cut and sewn by hand; ensuring a product that lasts forever. Inspiration for the name comes from their cat Roro (Rohan) who is always close by while they are working in the workshop.

Website | Instagram | Facebook

 

Cyn Thomas Cyn Thomas is the illustrator, designer and pattern maker of RiverDog Prints (RDP), a place for playful, useful and meaningful paper goods and gifts.  RDP is ferociously eco-friendly and Cyn combines illustrations, stencils, and patterns, with a love of pets and home, to create goods that make thoughtful gifts and are thoughtful to the environment. She works in her basement studio in Avon, when she's not cooking, canning, reading or celebrating five o'clock.  The beasts in her bungalow include one supportive husband, two messy boys, one crazy/sweet rescue dog (Luna), and two hep-cats (Frank and Charlotte.) Website | Instagram | Pinterest |  Facebook woof@riverdogprints.com  

Cyn Thomas

Cyn Thomas is the illustrator, designer and pattern maker of RiverDog Prints (RDP), a place for playful, useful and meaningful paper goods and gifts.  RDP is ferociously eco-friendly and Cyn combines illustrations, stencils, and patterns, with a love of pets and home, to create goods that make thoughtful gifts and are thoughtful to the environment. She works in her basement studio in Avon, when she's not cooking, canning, reading or celebrating five o'clock.  The beasts in her bungalow include one supportive husband, two messy boys, one crazy/sweet rescue dog (Luna), and two hep-cats (Frank and Charlotte.)


Website | Instagram | Pinterest |  Facebook woof@riverdogprints.com

 

Dan, Beth, and Mae Bolduc Marilyn Mae Farm started with our goat Marilyn and five chickens and mixing ingredients for aromatherapy sachets to assist Mae in her physical therapy. Since then Marilyn Mae Farm has transformed into a hand-poured soy candle business with a diverse selection of scents. Mae still helps with the candle making and supplements her physical therapy! Along with the growth of the candle business the farm has grown as well to include multiple areas of self-sufficiency - a full garden, chickens and two other goats, one being a fiber animal and one for milk! Facebook | Instagram | Website info@marilynmaefarm.com

Dan, Beth, and Mae Bolduc

Marilyn Mae Farm started with our goat Marilyn and five chickens and mixing ingredients for aromatherapy sachets to assist Mae in her physical therapy. Since then Marilyn Mae Farm has transformed into a hand-poured soy candle business with a diverse selection of scents. Mae still helps with the candle making and supplements her physical therapy! Along with the growth of the candle business the farm has grown as well to include multiple areas of self-sufficiency - a full garden, chickens and two other goats, one being a fiber animal and one for milk!

Facebook | Instagram | Website info@marilynmaefarm.com

Dana Schicker A life-long creative at heart, Dana Schicker, owner of Roost Candle Co, handcrafts a line of small batch, all-natural soy candles inspired by the simple idea of home and of her own family traditions. She believes that there’s nothing more comforting then a familiar scent to transport us, whether it’s conjuring up old memories or creating new ones. When she’s not making candles, Dana can be found spending time with her husband, their three children and their dog Daisy in Sandy Hook. Website | Facebook roostcandleco@gmail.com  

Dana Schicker

A life-long creative at heart, Dana Schicker, owner of Roost Candle Co, handcrafts a line of small batch, all-natural soy candles inspired by the simple idea of home and of her own family traditions. She believes that there’s nothing more comforting then a familiar scent to transport us, whether it’s conjuring up old memories or creating new ones. When she’s not making candles, Dana can be found spending time with her husband, their three children and their dog Daisy in Sandy Hook.

Website | Facebook roostcandleco@gmail.com

 

Danielle and Cindy Kindschi Baby Blossom Company is owned and operated by Cindy & Danielle Kindschi, a mother-daughter duo from in Killingworth, Connecticut. Baby Blossom Company creates unique and hassle-free baby gifts, including baby layette bouquets and diaper cakes, to celebrate your favorite new moms. They believe business meetings are best held over pedicures and family members always make the best co-workers. Website | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest

Danielle and Cindy Kindschi

Baby Blossom Company is owned and operated by Cindy & Danielle Kindschi, a mother-daughter duo from in Killingworth, Connecticut. Baby Blossom Company creates unique and hassle-free baby gifts, including baby layette bouquets and diaper cakes, to celebrate your favorite new moms. They believe business meetings are best held over pedicures and family members always make the best co-workers.

Website | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest

Denise Pace Denise Pace, sole creator of InDeeDesigns, is a jewelry artist primarily working with Precious Metal Clay. First discovering the medium in the 90s, the new passion led to the purchase of a kiln, and the creation of InDeeDesigns. Denise’s organic creative style is often inspired from her love for nature. She also incorporates metalsmithing with her PMC designs. As a result, her work is constantly evolving and is growing in new directions to create enjoyable wearable art. Instagram | Twitter | Facebook  denise_pace@sbcglobal.net

Denise Pace

Denise Pace, sole creator of InDeeDesigns, is a jewelry artist primarily working with Precious Metal Clay. First discovering the medium in the 90s, the new passion led to the purchase of a kiln, and the creation of InDeeDesigns. Denise’s organic creative style is often inspired from her love for nature. She also incorporates metalsmithing with her PMC designs. As a result, her work is constantly evolving and is growing in new directions to create enjoyable wearable art.

Instagram | Twitter | Facebook  denise_pace@sbcglobal.net

Dorrie and Adam Doolittle Dorrie and Adam, the husband and wife team behind Basic Bars Soap, started their business out of necessity due to over exposures to toxic chemicals from career choices. Their need turned into a love and passion for making wonderful and healthy products for not only themselves but for other people who want/need them as much as they do. Website | Facebook | Instagram basicbarssoap@gmail.com  

Dorrie and Adam Doolittle

Dorrie and Adam, the husband and wife team behind Basic Bars Soap, started their business out of necessity due to over exposures to toxic chemicals from career choices. Their need turned into a love and passion for making wonderful and healthy products for not only themselves but for other people who want/need them as much as they do.

Website | Facebook | Instagram basicbarssoap@gmail.com
 

Eina Rieger Eina of einamade loves bringing a bit of extra color to everyday objects as she plays with textures and colors in the decoration of her pottery in her West Hartford studio. She is inspired by nature, vintage and modern textiles and the printmaking process. When Eina doesn't have her hands in clay she can be found knitting and spending time adventuring with her husband, two boys and her dog Piper. Instagram | Facebook  

Eina Rieger

Eina of einamade loves bringing a bit of extra color to everyday objects as she plays with textures and colors in the decoration of her pottery in her West Hartford studio. She is inspired by nature, vintage and modern textiles and the printmaking process. When Eina doesn't have her hands in clay she can be found knitting and spending time adventuring with her husband, two boys and her dog Piper.

Instagram | Facebook

 

Elizabeth McVerry Hanlon Elizabeth McVerry Hanlon of ElizaDoLittleToday Photography loves snapping photographs on the run and editing during quick, quiet moments.  Focusing on Volkswagens, trees, and unique angles of Connecticut, her worked is printed on metal and canvas, as well as mounted on mats and cards.  Website | Etsy | Facebook | Instagram  eemhanlon@gmail.com

Elizabeth McVerry Hanlon

Elizabeth McVerry Hanlon of ElizaDoLittleToday Photography loves snapping photographs on the run and editing during quick, quiet moments.  Focusing on Volkswagens, trees, and unique angles of Connecticut, her worked is printed on metal and canvas, as well as mounted on mats and cards. 

Website | Etsy | Facebook | Instagram  eemhanlon@gmail.com

Emily Tracy Emily is an avid knitter and bunny enthusiast. Along with her husband, Kevin, she runs Get Baked, a bakery in her hometown of Windsor that features artisan baked goods, including gluten-free and vegan treats. Having spent several winters in Antarctica, Emily dreams of one day traveling the world with her husband and two kids. Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook  emily@getbakedct.com  

Emily Tracy

Emily is an avid knitter and bunny enthusiast. Along with her husband, Kevin, she runs Get Baked, a bakery in her hometown of Windsor that features artisan baked goods, including gluten-free and vegan treats. Having spent several winters in Antarctica, Emily dreams of one day traveling the world with her husband and two kids.

Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook  emily@getbakedct.com

 

Emma Kozlowski Emma Kozlowski, owner of Emma Lyn Designs, taught herself how to sew in college and has been creating things ever since. She is obsessed with color and patterns and loves making things for herself that are fun and functional. When she is not sewing clutches and other accessories, she is DIYing things around the house.  Facebook | Instagram

Emma Kozlowski

Emma Kozlowski, owner of Emma Lyn Designs, taught herself how to sew in college and has been creating things ever since. She is obsessed with color and patterns and loves making things for herself that are fun and functional. When she is not sewing clutches and other accessories, she is DIYing things around the house. 

Facebook | Instagram

Emmy Starr Having grown up in a house full of creative people, Emmy always liked beautiful things. She is drawn to simple jewelry designs made with classic sterling silver and timeless gemstones. She feels that jewelry should be a subtle complement to a woman's individual beauty, and the delicate nature of emmy starr designs echo that belief. Emmy's most beautiful creations are, by far, her adorable four kids, original works with her charming husband. They all live happily together in Wilton. Website | Facebook | Instagram

Emmy Starr

Having grown up in a house full of creative people, Emmy always liked beautiful things. She is drawn to simple jewelry designs made with classic sterling silver and timeless gemstones. She feels that jewelry should be a subtle complement to a woman's individual beauty, and the delicate nature of emmy starr designs echo that belief. Emmy's most beautiful creations are, by far, her adorable four kids, original works with her charming husband. They all live happily together in Wilton.

Website | Facebook | Instagram

Erin DeLuca Erin DeLuca, jewelry designer and goldsmith behind Erin DeLuca Jewelry, creates fine artisanal jewelry inspired by nature and geometry. In addition to her own silver and gold collections, Erin enjoys working one on one with clients to craft custom wedding, engagement, and special occasion jewelry using precious metals and gemstones. Website | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest

Erin DeLuca

Erin DeLuca, jewelry designer and goldsmith behind Erin DeLuca Jewelry, creates fine artisanal jewelry inspired by nature and geometry. In addition to her own silver and gold collections, Erin enjoys working one on one with clients to craft custom wedding, engagement, and special occasion jewelry using precious metals and gemstones.

Website | Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest

Erin Payne Erin Payne started Payne & Comfort as a way to combine her passion for arts and crafts with her love of small business. Working out of her home in East Hartford, she creates aromatherapy pillows, decor, and accessories to keep you feeling comfortable. When not crafting, Erin enjoys spending time with her husband and two Shiba Inu puppies- Dexter and Desmond. Etsy | Website | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram  payneandcomfort@gmail.com

Erin Payne

Erin Payne started Payne & Comfort as a way to combine her passion for arts and crafts with her love of small business. Working out of her home in East Hartford, she creates aromatherapy pillows, decor, and accessories to keep you feeling comfortable. When not crafting, Erin enjoys spending time with her husband and two Shiba Inu puppies- Dexter and Desmond.

Etsy | Website | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram  payneandcomfort@gmail.com

Gail and Bruce Barton Bruce and Gail Barton are owners of Sea Glass Designs. They spend the winter months living aboard our boat in the northern Bahamas collecting rare sea glass shards. The area is rich in beautiful old sea glass as a result of numerous shipwrecks on the reefs during the early 1800’s. Their jewelry features old and very rare pieces of sea glass and pottery. All of their jewelry is handcrafted and made with high quality materials and authentic sea glass. Website | Facebook | Blog

Gail and Bruce Barton

Bruce and Gail Barton are owners of Sea Glass Designs. They spend the winter months living aboard our boat in the northern Bahamas collecting rare sea glass shards. The area is rich in beautiful old sea glass as a result of numerous shipwrecks on the reefs during the early 1800’s. Their jewelry features old and very rare pieces of sea glass and pottery. All of their jewelry is handcrafted and made with high quality materials and authentic sea glass.

Website | Facebook | Blog

Gracia Hemans-Martin Gracia Hemans-Martin, owner of The Leather Genie, hails from Kingston, Jamaica. Growing up as an extremely artistic and creative child, Gracia was introduced to leather crafting at an early age. When art met leather, The Leather Genie was born. She became skilled at making belts, wallets, motorcycle seats, and other items, and particularly loves making one-of-a-kind handbags. As such, there are some very happy women and men sporting her bags. Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook gracia@theleathergenie.com

Gracia Hemans-Martin

Gracia Hemans-Martin, owner of The Leather Genie, hails from Kingston, Jamaica. Growing up as an extremely artistic and creative child, Gracia was introduced to leather crafting at an early age. When art met leather, The Leather Genie was born. She became skilled at making belts, wallets, motorcycle seats, and other items, and particularly loves making one-of-a-kind handbags. As such, there are some very happy women and men sporting her bags.


Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook gracia@theleathergenie.com

Hadria Hermele Hadria Hermele, owner and designer of The Quark Side, is a firm believer that art and science go hand in hand. Using her B.A. in Fine Art and her passion for science, she creates whimsical designs inspired by science with a punny or humorous twist.  In 2015 Hadria also began writing and illustrating her webcomic, Microcosm, which uses humor to teach readers facts about astronomy and inform about current astronomy news. She currently resides in Manchester,  with her loving husband and Havanese dog Otto (who is also featured in the Quark logo)! Website | Facebook | Twitter Tumblr | Patreon

Hadria Hermele

Hadria Hermele, owner and designer of The Quark Side, is a firm believer that art and science go hand in hand. Using her B.A. in Fine Art and her passion for science, she creates whimsical designs inspired by science with a punny or humorous twist.  In 2015 Hadria also began writing and illustrating her webcomic, Microcosm, which uses humor to teach readers facts about astronomy and inform about current astronomy news. She currently resides in Manchester,  with her loving husband and Havanese dog Otto (who is also featured in the Quark logo)!

Website | Facebook | Twitter Tumblr | Patreon

Heather Abel Heather Abel, owner of Purring Pottery, has always enjoyed playing in the mud with her cats. She finds beauty in all things organic, often using them as inspiration in her artwork. Her love for pottery began early on in college after experiencing the purr of her wheel as she formed a bowl from what was once a just a lump of clay. Heather has recently opened her own pottery studio where she creates her artistically beautiful yer functioning pottery. Her studio is also a place where children and adults can find balance and center with Heather’s guidance.

Heather Abel

Heather Abel, owner of Purring Pottery, has always enjoyed playing in the mud with her cats. She finds beauty in all things organic, often using them as inspiration in her artwork. Her love for pottery began early on in college after experiencing the purr of her wheel as she formed a bowl from what was once a just a lump of clay. Heather has recently opened her own pottery studio where she creates her artistically beautiful yer functioning pottery. Her studio is also a place where children and adults can find balance and center with Heather’s guidance.

Heather Devin Heather Devin is owner, designer, and maker for GONE2QUONNIE, a line of handmade clothing, swimwear and accessories for children.  With a love of the beach and tired of the swimwear options available for her girls, she started sewing suits for them that were fun, functional and fit well.  In addition Heather makes complimentary clothing and accessories that are casual, comfortable and cool.  Heather creates all her handmade pieces at her home in Norwalk, CT where she lives with her husband Josh and two daugthers Dillon and Frankie, who serve as the inspiration behind her QUONNIE KIDS line. Website | Etsy | Instagram | Facebook

Heather Devin

Heather Devin is owner, designer, and maker for GONE2QUONNIE, a line of handmade clothing, swimwear and accessories for children.  With a love of the beach and tired of the swimwear options available for her girls, she started sewing suits for them that were fun, functional and fit well.  In addition Heather makes complimentary clothing and accessories that are casual, comfortable and cool.  Heather creates all her handmade pieces at her home in Norwalk, CT where she lives with her husband Josh and two daugthers Dillon and Frankie, who serve as the inspiration behind her QUONNIE KIDS line.

Website | Etsy | Instagram | Facebook

Heather Galarneau Having always considered herself an analytical rather than artistic person, Heather discovered a love of creating after stepping away from a career in the sciences to care for her three daughters. After dabbling in knitting, calligraphy, weaving, and quilting, she began sewing rope with her machine and Wild Carrot Cordage was born. Her appreciation of simple, natural design can be found in each basket, bowl, and tote she creates. Website | Facebook | Instagram wildcarrotcordage@gmail.com

Heather Galarneau

Having always considered herself an analytical rather than artistic person, Heather discovered a love of creating after stepping away from a career in the sciences to care for her three daughters. After dabbling in knitting, calligraphy, weaving, and quilting, she began sewing rope with her machine and Wild Carrot Cordage was born. Her appreciation of simple, natural design can be found in each basket, bowl, and tote she creates.

Website | Facebook | Instagram wildcarrotcordage@gmail.com

Heather Torre Heather creates modern talisman jewelry.  As maker for Verdilune, her pieces are for women who draw inspiration from the fables and fairytales of their childhood; women who rely on their imagination and creativity to blaze their own path to become strong, successful women.  Heather began her journey by creating beaded jewelry for herself in the 1990's, inspired only by a desire to possess jewelry she couldn't afford to buy.  Fast forward through a career selling mozzarella, marriage and 2 kids, a second career as a children's librarian, and several metalsmithing classes, she is now Verdilune: Artisan Metalwork Jewelry.  Website | Etsy | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest  

Heather Torre

Heather creates modern talisman jewelry.  As maker for Verdilune, her pieces are for women who draw inspiration from the fables and fairytales of their childhood; women who rely on their imagination and creativity to blaze their own path to become strong, successful women.  Heather began her journey by creating beaded jewelry for herself in the 1990's, inspired only by a desire to possess jewelry she couldn't afford to buy.  Fast forward through a career selling mozzarella, marriage and 2 kids, a second career as a children's librarian, and several metalsmithing classes, she is now Verdilune: Artisan Metalwork Jewelry. 

Website | Etsy | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest

 

Isabella Tonski Isabella, maker behind Bella’s Custom Crochets, puts a modern twist on crochet with her colorful pieces of wearable art. With a belief that she was created to create, she began roughly ten years ago by crocheting an orange fox hat. Once she started making, she couldn’t stop! Although specializing in wearables, she also creates items for the home, patterns, & amigurumi (toys). Bella lives in Bolton with her husband, and when there isn’t a hook in her hands she can be found cooking, baking, or petting her two cats. Website | Etsy | Instagram | Facebook bellascustomcrochets@gmail.com

Isabella Tonski

Isabella, maker behind Bella’s Custom Crochets, puts a modern twist on crochet with her colorful pieces of wearable art. With a belief that she was created to create, she began roughly ten years ago by crocheting an orange fox hat. Once she started making, she couldn’t stop! Although specializing in wearables, she also creates items for the home, patterns, & amigurumi (toys). Bella lives in Bolton with her husband, and when there isn’t a hook in her hands she can be found cooking, baking, or petting her two cats.

Website | Etsy | Instagram | Facebook bellascustomcrochets@gmail.com

Jaclyn Pare Jaclyn Pare is the creator and mom behind Brimmer Boys. Her brand specializes in classic clothing and accessories for young boys. The name Brimmer is a symbol for where her young family began. Jaclyn lives with her husband and three young sons in Avon. They are the inspiration behind all of her work. Website | Instagram | Facebook

Jaclyn Pare

Jaclyn Pare is the creator and mom behind Brimmer Boys. Her brand specializes in classic clothing and accessories for young boys. The name Brimmer is a symbol for where her young family began. Jaclyn lives with her husband and three young sons in Avon. They are the inspiration behind all of her work.

Website | Instagram | Facebook

Jane Berling A desire for creative expression, and a respite from the corporate world, led Jane Berling to glass in 2003. She taught herself to lampwork and was instantly hooked. Her initial designs were received well by friends and craft show audiences. After a ten-year hiatus from glass in which she dedicated her time to her two young daughters, Jane rekindled the spark of her glass obsession and you’ll now find her melting glass, dabbling in graphic design, and spending time with her family. Website | Instagram | Facebook

Jane Berling

A desire for creative expression, and a respite from the corporate world, led Jane Berling to glass in 2003. She taught herself to lampwork and was instantly hooked. Her initial designs were received well by friends and craft show audiences. After a ten-year hiatus from glass in which she dedicated her time to her two young daughters, Jane rekindled the spark of her glass obsession and you’ll now find her melting glass, dabbling in graphic design, and spending time with her family.

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Jane Lies O'Mahoney Jane has had a life long interest in fashion, sewing, design, antiques, and art. After her two adult children flew the coop the stars aligned and her passions culminated in the birth of New Territory Jewelry, highlighting Jane's unique use of metals, leather, recycled and repurposed findings, crystals and bits and baubles. Jane is self-taught and works out of her home studio in Newtown. When not enjoying the sanctuary of her studio you can usually find her enjoying nature, antiquing or at a flea market! Etsy | Facebook | Instagram

Jane Lies O'Mahoney

Jane has had a life long interest in fashion, sewing, design, antiques, and art. After her two adult children flew the coop the stars aligned and her passions culminated in the birth of New Territory Jewelry, highlighting Jane's unique use of metals, leather, recycled and repurposed findings, crystals and bits and baubles. Jane is self-taught and works out of her home studio in Newtown. When not enjoying the sanctuary of her studio you can usually find her enjoying nature, antiquing or at a flea market!

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Janet Colwell Janet turned a lifelong passion for vintage into a second career curating vintage fashion accessories and home décor. As owner of FindzShop, she loves to connect discarded treasures with new owners looking to add unique vintage style to their homes and wardrobes. When she’s not scouting out estate sales or working on her eBay shop, Janet writes for several healthcare publications and maintains a vintage blog. She lives in West Hartford with her husband, two sons, a trusty spaniel, and a feisty terrier. Website | eBay | Instagram | Twitter

Janet Colwell

Janet turned a lifelong passion for vintage into a second career curating vintage fashion accessories and home décor. As owner of FindzShop, she loves to connect discarded treasures with new owners looking to add unique vintage style to their homes and wardrobes. When she’s not scouting out estate sales or working on her eBay shop, Janet writes for several healthcare publications and maintains a vintage blog. She lives in West Hartford with her husband, two sons, a trusty spaniel, and a feisty terrier.

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Jennifer Angerame Jennifer is a Texas girl, and sewing is in her DNA. For as long as she can remember, she’s been designing and sewing clothes and accessories.  After graduating from college, Jennifer moved to NYC and worked in fashion. Walking home from work, she noticed a beautiful baby blanket made with vintage handkerchiefs in the window of a children’s boutique and thought, “I can do that.” She bought a bunch of vintage handkerchiefs and whipped up her own baby quilt.  Since then she’s been creating one-of-kind accessories and children’s clothing using vintage linens and other upcycled fabrics. Website | Instagram | Facebook |

Jennifer Angerame

Jennifer is a Texas girl, and sewing is in her DNA. For as long as she can remember, she’s been designing and sewing clothes and accessories.  After graduating from college, Jennifer moved to NYC and worked in fashion. Walking home from work, she noticed a beautiful baby blanket made with vintage handkerchiefs in the window of a children’s boutique and thought, “I can do that.” She bought a bunch of vintage handkerchiefs and whipped up her own baby quilt.  Since then she’s been creating one-of-kind accessories and children’s clothing using vintage linens and other upcycled fabrics.

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Jennifer Thorpe Pallo Jennifer comes from a long line of artists, designers and vintage enthusiasts. She grew up at the Jersey shore, worked in NYC for 20 years designing everything from pharmaceuticals to circus posters and settled in rural CT to become a Master Gardener and create HicksterTees. She’s influenced by the many strange and wondrous things in her life. Etsy | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | hickstertees@gmail.com

Jennifer Thorpe Pallo

Jennifer comes from a long line of artists, designers and vintage enthusiasts. She grew up at the Jersey shore, worked in NYC for 20 years designing everything from pharmaceuticals to circus posters and settled in rural CT to become a Master Gardener and create HicksterTees. She’s influenced by the many strange and wondrous things in her life.

Etsy | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | hickstertees@gmail.com

Jenny Fields Jenny Fields is a fiber artist specializing in processing, dyeing, spinning, and felting wool and other protein fibers. An active member of the Connecticut fiber art community, Jenny is an American Sheep Industry certified fleece classer, a judge at local agricultural fairs, and an educator and speaker. Jenny's days are spent raising her toddler, and her nights are spent in her home studio, turning fluff into rainbow colored inspiration for fiber artists everywhere. Website | Instagram | Ravelry

Jenny Fields

Jenny Fields is a fiber artist specializing in processing, dyeing, spinning, and felting wool and other protein fibers. An active member of the Connecticut fiber art community, Jenny is an American Sheep Industry certified fleece classer, a judge at local agricultural fairs, and an educator and speaker. Jenny's days are spent raising her toddler, and her nights are spent in her home studio, turning fluff into rainbow colored inspiration for fiber artists everywhere.

Website | Instagram | Ravelry

Jessica Eveleigh Owner of Treefort Naturals, mom to 3 young kiddos and nature lover, Jessica Eveleigh started making soap as part of an eco-conscious lifestyle overhaul. Her handcrafted soap business offers natural alternatives to commercial products, all made with 100% natural & organic ingredients. Website | Instagram | Twitter Facebook treefortnaturals@gmail.com

Jessica Eveleigh

Owner of Treefort Naturals, mom to 3 young kiddos and nature lover, Jessica Eveleigh started making soap as part of an eco-conscious lifestyle overhaul. Her handcrafted soap business offers natural alternatives to commercial products, all made with 100% natural & organic ingredients.

Website | Instagram | Twitter Facebook treefortnaturals@gmail.com

Jessica Labowski Jessica Labowski of Start Talking Vintage: Jessica is a full-time 1st grade teacher and self-proclaimed vintage enthusiast. With one part procrastination from a college midterm, two parts of a do-it-yourself outlook and three parts creativity, the company “Start Talking Vintage” was born. Start Talking Vintage marries together her love for the handmade movement with her passion for collecting and re-purposing previously loved vintage goods.  Website | Instagram | Twitter | StartTalkingVintage.etsy@gmail.com

Jessica Labowski

Jessica Labowski of Start Talking Vintage: Jessica is a full-time 1st grade teacher and self-proclaimed vintage enthusiast. With one part procrastination from a college midterm, two parts of a do-it-yourself outlook and three parts creativity, the company “Start Talking Vintage” was born. Start Talking Vintage marries together her love for the handmade movement with her passion for collecting and re-purposing previously loved vintage goods. 

Website | Instagram | Twitter | StartTalkingVintage.etsy@gmail.com

Jessica Rosario

Jessica Rosario

Jillian Morgan Jillian Morgan, of &Morgan, grew up watching her dad hand print thousands of t-shirts at his screen printing shop in Bristol. It wasn't until after she graduated from college with a BA in Literature and few job prospects ahead of her, that she realized she had an opportunity to combine her artistic interests with her dad's experience and start her own business. Instagram

Jillian Morgan

Jillian Morgan, of &Morgan, grew up watching her dad hand print thousands of t-shirts at his screen printing shop in Bristol. It wasn't until after she graduated from college with a BA in Literature and few job prospects ahead of her, that she realized she had an opportunity to combine her artistic interests with her dad's experience and start her own business.

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Johanna Hibbs Johanna Hibbs is the creative force behind the upcycled/paper bead jewelry from JoHa Designs. After being hospitalized for a severe depressive episode in 2009, Johanna found the art of rolling paper beads to be both therapeutic and creatively rewarding. For the last eight years, she has used her love for paper beads to help manage her anxiety/depression as well as build her confidence as a woman and an artist. Johanna has a BA in Art History and an MA in History from Arcadia University. She now lives in Stafford Springs with her partner and their two cats. Instagram | Facebook | Etsy

Johanna Hibbs

Johanna Hibbs is the creative force behind the upcycled/paper bead jewelry from JoHa Designs. After being hospitalized for a severe depressive episode in 2009, Johanna found the art of rolling paper beads to be both therapeutic and creatively rewarding. For the last eight years, she has used her love for paper beads to help manage her anxiety/depression as well as build her confidence as a woman and an artist. Johanna has a BA in Art History and an MA in History from Arcadia University. She now lives in Stafford Springs with her partner and their two cats.

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Julie Veilleux Julie Veilleux, owner of Simply Soy, LLC is a wife, mother of four, and also runs a children's charity.  Her passion for a clean, beautiful smelling home is what drove her to create all natural soy candles.  She creates unique fragrances, hand poured with love by her and her daughter, Mattingly.  Julie loves that her candle business has given her a creative outlet, cherished time with her 10 year old daughter, and opportunities to meet new people every day. Website | Facebook

Julie Veilleux

Julie Veilleux, owner of Simply Soy, LLC is a wife, mother of four, and also runs a children's charity.  Her passion for a clean, beautiful smelling home is what drove her to create all natural soy candles.  She creates unique fragrances, hand poured with love by her and her daughter, Mattingly.  Julie loves that her candle business has given her a creative outlet, cherished time with her 10 year old daughter, and opportunities to meet new people every day.

Website | Facebook

Ken Fredette Ken Fredette of Ken Frets Comics is a cartoonist and illustrator who specializes in creating on-the-spot original artwork. Ken draws his inspiration from a variety of sources, including music, math, and breakfast. Ken and his fiancee love exploring New England restaurants, farmers' markets, art galleries, and concert venues. Website | Instagram | Facebook kenfretscomics@gmail.com

Ken Fredette

Ken Fredette of Ken Frets Comics is a cartoonist and illustrator who specializes in creating on-the-spot original artwork. Ken draws his inspiration from a variety of sources, including music, math, and breakfast. Ken and his fiancee love exploring New England restaurants, farmers' markets, art galleries, and concert venues.

Website | Instagram | Facebook kenfretscomics@gmail.com

Kerri Michaud-Bagley Kerri Michaud-Bagley is the potter behind Heart Stone Gallery. Her love of all things art started in her childhood but it wasn't until college when she found her calling with clay. She believes that pottery should be made with both beauty and function in mind. Her hand carved designs are inspired by her love of nature and they add a personal touch to each piece. Etsy | Facebook | Instagram heartstonegallery@gmail.com

Kerri Michaud-Bagley

Kerri Michaud-Bagley is the potter behind Heart Stone Gallery. Her love of all things art started in her childhood but it wasn't until college when she found her calling with clay. She believes that pottery should be made with both beauty and function in mind. Her hand carved designs are inspired by her love of nature and they add a personal touch to each piece.

Etsy | Facebook | Instagram heartstonegallery@gmail.com

Kevin Mahoney What started as a home project has evolved into Rusted Nail Salvage: a passion-driven creative outlet for salvaging, re-purposing and re-imagining custom home furnishings. Kevin loves to bring life back into discarded old pieces from around the home. He builds creative decor from anything he can find, from reclaimed wood to furniture discards.

Kevin Mahoney

What started as a home project has evolved into Rusted Nail Salvage: a passion-driven creative outlet for salvaging, re-purposing and re-imagining custom home furnishings. Kevin loves to bring life back into discarded old pieces from around the home. He builds creative decor from anything he can find, from reclaimed wood to furniture discards.

Kristina Lough Growing up Kristina always had a passion for the arts, but didn't start out as a full-time artist, coming from a background in accounting. It wasn't until 2013 that a glass painting hobby turned into a full-fledged home decor business and art instruction studio. Painted by the Shore creates designs inspired by everyday life and  pieces that are meant to be enjoyed in yours.  Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter paintedbytheshore@gmail.com

Kristina Lough

Growing up Kristina always had a passion for the arts, but didn't start out as a full-time artist, coming from a background in accounting. It wasn't until 2013 that a glass painting hobby turned into a full-fledged home decor business and art instruction studio. Painted by the Shore creates designs inspired by everyday life and  pieces that are meant to be enjoyed in yours. 

Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter paintedbytheshore@gmail.com

Laura O'Shea Laura O'Shea, owner of Laura's Paper Creations, has been crafting and creating for over 25 years. She spends her days stamping in her home studio, with her havanese Shamrock curled at her feet. When she is not working, Laura enjoys reading, yoga, cooking vegan meals and enjoying time with her two children and husband. Website | Facebook paperlaura132@gmail.com

Laura O'Shea

Laura O'Shea, owner of Laura's Paper Creations, has been crafting and creating for over 25 years. She spends her days stamping in her home studio, with her havanese Shamrock curled at her feet. When she is not working, Laura enjoys reading, yoga, cooking vegan meals and enjoying time with her two children and husband.

Website | Facebook paperlaura132@gmail.com

Laura Sinsigallo The whimsical mind behind the mixed-media Art of Timeflies by Lauralie is Laura Sinsigallo. When she's not at the flea market finding vintage treasures, or teaching herself a new art technique , you can find her in the garden or outside with her dog. Her family of a husband, son, and daughter support her in her endeavors and can sometimes be found behind the scenes at shows or farmers markets. Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest timefliesbylauralie@hotmail.com  

Laura Sinsigallo

The whimsical mind behind the mixed-media Art of Timeflies by Lauralie is Laura Sinsigallo. When she's not at the flea market finding vintage treasures, or teaching herself a new art technique , you can find her in the garden or outside with her dog. Her family of a husband, son, and daughter support her in her endeavors and can sometimes be found behind the scenes at shows or farmers markets.

Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest timefliesbylauralie@hotmail.com
 

Linda Davidson Linda Davidson found her love of designing jewelry to be the perfect diversion from everyday life in her 50’s.  Motivated by a desire to find something to keep her busy in her upcoming retirement years, Quilibet was conceived.  Linda is inspired by color, texture, found treasures and balance, which is reflected in her creations.  Her deep appreciation of art has led her to incorporate other artists’ components into her designs, with an additional reward being new friendships and collaborations. 

Linda Davidson

Linda Davidson found her love of designing jewelry to be the perfect diversion from everyday life in her 50’s.  Motivated by a desire to find something to keep her busy in her upcoming retirement years, Quilibet was conceived.  Linda is inspired by color, texture, found treasures and balance, which is reflected in her creations.  Her deep appreciation of art has led her to incorporate other artists’ components into her designs, with an additional reward being new friendships and collaborations. 

Lindsey and Matt Pattavina Lindsey and Matt, owners of fallenpeach lane, are dreamers, road trippers, readers and artists in love with all things geeky, adorable and steampunk. Matt's love of cats inspired the illustrated star of fallenpeach lane - Sammy the black cat. They are only just beginning to explore Sammy's world and his friends. When not thinking up cute adventures for Sammy, Lindsey and Matt design logos and invitations at Side Route Studio, work regular jobs and plot ever more elaborate adventures of their own. Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Lindsey and Matt Pattavina

Lindsey and Matt, owners of fallenpeach lane, are dreamers, road trippers, readers and artists in love with all things geeky, adorable and steampunk. Matt's love of cats inspired the illustrated star of fallenpeach lane - Sammy the black cat. They are only just beginning to explore Sammy's world and his friends. When not thinking up cute adventures for Sammy, Lindsey and Matt design logos and invitations at Side Route Studio, work regular jobs and plot ever more elaborate adventures of their own.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Laurie Sylvia Eco-entrepreneur- Laurie Sylvia owned and operated a residential cleaning service for 25 years, prompting her to develop an all- natural line of cleaning products. Being a mom and having sports kids resulted in an all natural odor spray; working in the garden and being attacked by flying pests demanded a unique insect repellent that is moisturizing and effective.  Each product is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and smells great too! Laurie lives in Hebron with her husband and two sons. Website | Facebook | Instagram homeprep@ymail.com

Laurie Sylvia

Eco-entrepreneur- Laurie Sylvia owned and operated a residential cleaning service for 25 years, prompting her to develop an all- natural line of cleaning products. Being a mom and having sports kids resulted in an all natural odor spray; working in the garden and being attacked by flying pests demanded a unique insect repellent that is moisturizing and effective.  Each product is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and smells great too! Laurie lives in Hebron with her husband and two sons.

Website | Facebook | Instagram homeprep@ymail.com

Lori Dziedzic Lori Dziedzic is a graphic artist, farmer and owner of Flatland Alpacas. She breeds huacaya alpaca for their fiber and myotonic (fainting) goats - just because.  From yarn to rugs to delicate shawls, all yarn is spun and dyed by hand with fiber donated by her herd. Along with weaving and indigo dyeing, she also plays with stoneware clay and makes colorful, textured, kiln-fired ceramic buttons and beads. Lori recently retired from her 30-year stint in the prepress/print/graphics industry to focus on her farm. Etsy | Instagram | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Lori Dziedzic

Lori Dziedzic is a graphic artist, farmer and owner of Flatland Alpacas. She breeds huacaya alpaca for their fiber and myotonic (fainting) goats - just because.  From yarn to rugs to delicate shawls, all yarn is spun and dyed by hand with fiber donated by her herd. Along with weaving and indigo dyeing, she also plays with stoneware clay and makes colorful, textured, kiln-fired ceramic buttons and beads. Lori recently retired from her 30-year stint in the prepress/print/graphics industry to focus on her farm.

Etsy | Instagram | Website | Facebook | Twitter

Lori Meehan Lori Meehan, the metalsmith and designer behind LMM Design, creates handcrafted jewelry using 24K gold, fine silver, silver, copper, and gemstones. Looking for a creative release while working in the hectic NYC television industry, she discovered the art of making jewelry. A few years later her love (addiction) for working with metal began. Much of her creativity and designs are inspired by nature. Says Lori, “I enjoy the process of taking a flat piece of metal or a straight piece of wire and creating shapes, forms, textures and sculptures.” Website | Facebook | Instagram lorimeehan@gmail.com 

Lori Meehan

Lori Meehan, the metalsmith and designer behind LMM Design, creates handcrafted jewelry using 24K gold, fine silver, silver, copper, and gemstones. Looking for a creative release while working in the hectic NYC television industry, she discovered the art of making jewelry. A few years later her love (addiction) for working with metal began. Much of her creativity and designs are inspired by nature. Says Lori, “I enjoy the process of taking a flat piece of metal or a straight piece of wire and creating shapes, forms, textures and sculptures.”

Website | Facebook | Instagram lorimeehan@gmail.com 

Lynn Goodwin and Kim Welch Farmtrue is an Ayurvedic lifestyle company that produces organic, grass-fed, ghee-based food and body care products. The dream of Farmtrue began as an adventure of healing for Lynn Goodwin and Kim Welch. There is a strong connection between our lifestyle choices and our health, and what we eat affects the well being of our body, mind, and spirit. At Farmtrue, there is a deep commitment to align people with food and self care that is seasonally appropriate. They now have their own manufacturing, distribution, and retail facility in North Stonington, providing education and opportunity in the community.  Website | Instagram | Facebook

Lynn Goodwin and Kim Welch

Farmtrue is an Ayurvedic lifestyle company that produces organic, grass-fed, ghee-based food and body care products. The dream of Farmtrue began as an adventure of healing for Lynn Goodwin and Kim Welch. There is a strong connection between our lifestyle choices and our health, and what we eat affects the well being of our body, mind, and spirit. At Farmtrue, there is a deep commitment to align people with food and self care that is seasonally appropriate. They now have their own manufacturing, distribution, and retail facility in North Stonington, providing education and opportunity in the community. 

Website | Instagram | Facebook

Lynne English Maillet Lynne English Maillet has been a maker her entire life. Starting with loop potholders and paint by numbers, she has since graduated to basket making. She started weaving baskets in her home twenty years ago while her daughters were small. Now she weaves in her dining room studio! She loves all things wool, and can also be found knitting and rug hooking. Lynne is a life long student and is currently learning to play the celtic harp! She loves animals, and currently has a snowshoe kitty and a rat terrier/whippet. Etsy | Instagram | Facebook nutmegbasketry@gmail.com

Lynne English Maillet

Lynne English Maillet has been a maker her entire life. Starting with loop potholders and paint by numbers, she has since graduated to basket making. She started weaving baskets in her home twenty years ago while her daughters were small. Now she weaves in her dining room studio! She loves all things wool, and can also be found knitting and rug hooking. Lynne is a life long student and is currently learning to play the celtic harp! She loves animals, and currently has a snowshoe kitty and a rat terrier/whippet.

Etsy | Instagram | Facebook nutmegbasketry@gmail.com

Lynne Patnode Lynne Patnode is a self taught artisan jeweler who loves to play with metal, stones, and glass. She is a music therapist by day, so her life is filled with creativity.  She makes custom jewelry in Torrington, primarily using nature's most beautiful stones and combines them with silver that she handcrafts in her studio. Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Lynne Patnode

Lynne Patnode is a self taught artisan jeweler who loves to play with metal, stones, and glass. She is a music therapist by day, so her life is filled with creativity.  She makes custom jewelry in Torrington, primarily using nature's most beautiful stones and combines them with silver that she handcrafts in her studio.

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Marion Unangst Marion Unangst, of Netherland decent, is owner and designer of BeadFreeForever. She worked in the Netherlands as a window designer and visual merchandiser for 11 years, then in 2002 she opened her own boutique in Barcelona, Spain. Before her first baby was born Marion and her husband embarked on a new adventure and moved to the US.  BeadFreeForever was born in 2013 after an inspirational vacation to Cape Cod, MA. Marion walked into a jewelry store and knew instantly that designing and making her own jewelry line was what she wanted to do, and now makes versatile, one-of-a-kind pieces with a bohemian flair. Website | Facebook | Instagram beadfreeforever@gmail.com

Marion Unangst

Marion Unangst, of Netherland decent, is owner and designer of BeadFreeForever. She worked in the Netherlands as a window designer and visual merchandiser for 11 years, then in 2002 she opened her own boutique in Barcelona, Spain. Before her first baby was born Marion and her husband embarked on a new adventure and moved to the US.  BeadFreeForever was born in 2013 after an inspirational vacation to Cape Cod, MA. Marion walked into a jewelry store and knew instantly that designing and making her own jewelry line was what she wanted to do, and now makes versatile, one-of-a-kind pieces with a bohemian flair.

Website | Facebook | Instagram beadfreeforever@gmail.com

Matt and Jill Beaudoin Matt and Jill Beaudoin carry on the family tradition at Mystic Knotwork by weaving nautical knots for weddings, homes, and fashion accessories. For more than 50 years, their sailor bracelets have held iconic status on the New England shoreline. Now, their work is available in a growing number of museums and gift shops throughout America as well here on Etsy. Matt and Jill are live-aboard sailors who also enjoy working from their shop in Mystic. Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook info@mysticknotwork.com  

Matt and Jill Beaudoin

Matt and Jill Beaudoin carry on the family tradition at Mystic Knotwork by weaving nautical knots for weddings, homes, and fashion accessories. For more than 50 years, their sailor bracelets have held iconic status on the New England shoreline. Now, their work is available in a growing number of museums and gift shops throughout America as well here on Etsy. Matt and Jill are live-aboard sailors who also enjoy working from their shop in Mystic.

Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook info@mysticknotwork.com

 

Maureen Estony Maureen Estony was introduced to Woodstock Hill Preserves 25 years ago. They were the finest preserves she had ever had. Inspired, she imagined starting a business and carried this idea around for years, musing with friends about specialty-food businesses. Hers would be local and honest, “just like Woodstock Hill Preserves," she'd say. One afternoon a neighbor overheard her. His father owned Woodstock Hill Preserves and wanted to sell. Two weeks later, she was owner of the oldest preserve company in CT. Her immediate challenges: build a kitchen andl earn how to make jam. It was time for things to happen. Website | Facebook

Maureen Estony

Maureen Estony was introduced to Woodstock Hill Preserves 25 years ago. They were the finest preserves she had ever had. Inspired, she imagined starting a business and carried this idea around for years, musing with friends about specialty-food businesses. Hers would be local and honest, “just like Woodstock Hill Preserves," she'd say. One afternoon a neighbor overheard her. His father owned Woodstock Hill Preserves and wanted to sell. Two weeks later, she was owner of the oldest preserve company in CT. Her immediate challenges: build a kitchen andl earn how to make jam. It was time for things to happen.

Website | Facebook

Michele Starzec With coffee in one hand and paintbrush in the other, Michele creates in her cozy home studio while cats rustle paper and relentlessly chew ribbons in the background. Her original hand-drawn illustrations are featured on a line of luxury stationery, paper goods and décor available at MSD Design. A lifelong CT resident, Michele currently lives and works in beautiful Colchester. Website | Instagram | Facebook

Michele Starzec

With coffee in one hand and paintbrush in the other, Michele creates in her cozy home studio while cats rustle paper and relentlessly chew ribbons in the background. Her original hand-drawn illustrations are featured on a line of luxury stationery, paper goods and décor available at MSD Design. A lifelong CT resident, Michele currently lives and works in beautiful Colchester.

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Michelle Lyon and Sue Barry Michelle and Sue are the two crazy goat ladies behind Sparrow Soaps. Sue owns Misty Highland Farm in Dayville and Michelle has Kingdom Kids Farm in Danielson. Together they create amazing goat milk soap made the good old fashioned way right on their farms.  Faith, family, and farming is the foundation their company builds upon.  Facebook | Instagram | Twitter sparrowsoapscompany@gmail.com  

Michelle Lyon and Sue Barry

Michelle and Sue are the two crazy goat ladies behind Sparrow Soaps. Sue owns Misty Highland Farm in Dayville and Michelle has Kingdom Kids Farm in Danielson. Together they create amazing goat milk soap made the good old fashioned way right on their farms.  Faith, family, and farming is the foundation their company builds upon. 

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter sparrowsoapscompany@gmail.com

 

Monica Boeckmann Whalen Inspired by abandoned homes and the little bits and pieces that are left behind, Monica created  'the house she loved'.  Using carefully selected vintage and contemporary materials Monica makes little bits and pieces for you and the house you love.   Instagram | Facebook thehousesheloved@gmail.com

Monica Boeckmann Whalen

Inspired by abandoned homes and the little bits and pieces that are left behind, Monica created  'the house she loved'.  Using carefully selected vintage and contemporary materials Monica makes little bits and pieces for you and the house you love.  

Instagram | Facebook thehousesheloved@gmail.com

Patrick J. Carroll Pat Carroll is the creative force behind Patrick Carroll Designs. Growing up in a woodworking shop/store Pat always used an engineer’s mind to express his creativity. This led him to find laser engraving and expand beyond wood as a medium. Now he has become a maker for makers, collaborating with others to transform their ideas and designs into products beyond their traditional range.  His wife and 4 cats at home in East Hartford drag him out of the clouds when they can. Instagram | Facebook

Patrick J. Carroll

Pat Carroll is the creative force behind Patrick Carroll Designs. Growing up in a woodworking shop/store Pat always used an engineer’s mind to express his creativity. This led him to find laser engraving and expand beyond wood as a medium. Now he has become a maker for makers, collaborating with others to transform their ideas and designs into products beyond their traditional range.  His wife and 4 cats at home in East Hartford drag him out of the clouds when they can.

Instagram | Facebook

Rachel Landolt Greger Rachel Landolt Greger spent years patterning costumes for the theatre industry before starting The Pink Sheep Boutique to keep her creative side going while staying home with her children. With a closet full of colorful cotton prints and a seemingly endless supply of coffee, she loves to create gifts for the child inside of each of us. Rachel spends her evenings sewing in her home studio in Canton with her husband, two daughters, a cranky old cat and a puppy who never seems to get tired. Instagram | Website | Facebook | Etsy

Rachel Landolt Greger

Rachel Landolt Greger spent years patterning costumes for the theatre industry before starting The Pink Sheep Boutique to keep her creative side going while staying home with her children. With a closet full of colorful cotton prints and a seemingly endless supply of coffee, she loves to create gifts for the child inside of each of us. Rachel spends her evenings sewing in her home studio in Canton with her husband, two daughters, a cranky old cat and a puppy who never seems to get tired.

Instagram | Website | Facebook | Etsy

Richard Kissel and Kelly Kennard Richard Kissel and Kelly Kennard of Our Secret Treehouse create scientifically whimsical buttons, magnets, cards, notebooks, wooden pendants and more based the original cartoons of paleontologist and educator Dr. Richard using as many eco-friendly and US made components as possible. When they aren’t playing with their cartoon critters, Richard and Kelly spend their days exploring museums, playing in vintage amusement parks, and snuggling their rescue kitty, Pria. Website | Instagram | Facebook   oursecrettreehouse@gmail.com

Richard Kissel and Kelly Kennard

Richard Kissel and Kelly Kennard of Our Secret Treehouse create scientifically whimsical buttons, magnets, cards, notebooks, wooden pendants and more based the original cartoons of paleontologist and educator Dr. Richard using as many eco-friendly and US made components as possible. When they aren’t playing with their cartoon critters, Richard and Kelly spend their days exploring museums, playing in vintage amusement parks, and snuggling their rescue kitty, Pria.

Website | Instagram | Facebook   oursecrettreehouse@gmail.com

Rory, Callie, and Addie Gale Hartford Prints! is a letterpress studio and stationery store that is all about family. We are three sisters and a press, making pretty paper in our home city of Hartford. Addy, Callie, and Rory joined forces in 2012 to create unique letterpress stationery that is modern and fun. From stunning wedding invitations to offbeat greeting cards, our printing prowess, killer style, and graphic genius work together to make effortlessly beautiful designs. Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | contact@hartfordprints.com

Rory, Callie, and Addie Gale

Hartford Prints! is a letterpress studio and stationery store that is all about family. We are three sisters and a press, making pretty paper in our home city of Hartford. Addy, Callie, and Rory joined forces in 2012 to create unique letterpress stationery that is modern and fun. From stunning wedding invitations to offbeat greeting cards, our printing prowess, killer style, and graphic genius work together to make effortlessly beautiful designs.

Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | contact@hartfordprints.com

Ruthie Sutter Ruthie Sutter, the owner of ArtSmith, aims to create items that are meaningful, functional, and beautiful. She works out of her home studio with the company and support of her husband, two kids, and black lab, Fionnoula. She is a functioning coffee-holic, hobbyist home brewer, and has a talent for finding four leaf clovers. Check out her custom pottery and other artworks. Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Etsy | ruthie@artsmithshop.com

Ruthie Sutter

Ruthie Sutter, the owner of ArtSmith, aims to create items that are meaningful, functional, and beautiful. She works out of her home studio with the company and support of her husband, two kids, and black lab, Fionnoula. She is a functioning coffee-holic, hobbyist home brewer, and has a talent for finding four leaf clovers. Check out her custom pottery and other artworks.

Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Etsy | ruthie@artsmithshop.com

Sally McBee Sally McBee of Two Bees Design Studio (daughter Becca McBee is the second Bee when not mothering her daughter, Sylvie) is a former newspaper editor, hand-sewn window treatment specialist, garden designer, and watercolorist having way too much fun creating four lines of cards from her original artwork. Often incorporating Zentangle, the art of creative doodling, Sally aims to make people laugh through her greeting card series and to enjoy her appreciation of nature with her note cards.  She has lived part of the year in France for the past sixteen years, where she goes to paint, recharge, and eat croissants! Website | Etsy | Amazon | Facebook | Instagram 2designbees@gmail.com

Sally McBee

Sally McBee of Two Bees Design Studio (daughter Becca McBee is the second Bee when not mothering her daughter, Sylvie) is a former newspaper editor, hand-sewn window treatment specialist, garden designer, and watercolorist having way too much fun creating four lines of cards from her original artwork. Often incorporating Zentangle, the art of creative doodling, Sally aims to make people laugh through her greeting card series and to enjoy her appreciation of nature with her note cards.  She has lived part of the year in France for the past sixteen years, where she goes to paint, recharge, and eat croissants!

Website | Etsy | AmazonFacebook | Instagram 2designbees@gmail.com

Scott Priore Little Bee of CT is a family-owned apiary in Southbury, started by Scott Priore. The premise of Little Bee: provide locally-produced products from the hive and educate customers on what we can all do to help support honey bee survival. All their products are made in small batches and include minimal ingredients. They offer a variety of honey and honey/beeswax-based products including beeswax candles, body salve, and solid perfume. Website | Instagram | Facebook

Scott Priore

Little Bee of CT is a family-owned apiary in Southbury, started by Scott Priore. The premise of Little Bee: provide locally-produced products from the hive and educate customers on what we can all do to help support honey bee survival. All their products are made in small batches and include minimal ingredients. They offer a variety of honey and honey/beeswax-based products including beeswax candles, body salve, and solid perfume.

Website | Instagram | Facebook

Stacy Anderson Stacy Anderson, owner of Sea Uniquely, began collecting sea glass thirty years ago during summer vacations to Rhode Island. The old bottles that had been tossed into the ocean by man were being returned to shore in pieces that were polished and worn. By seeing the beauty in each piece, Stacy has incorporated them with her silver jewelry for all who share her love of the sea. Stacy can be found walking beaches, looking for treasure, or holed up in her studio, creating.

Stacy Anderson

Stacy Anderson, owner of Sea Uniquely, began collecting sea glass thirty years ago during summer vacations to Rhode Island. The old bottles that had been tossed into the ocean by man were being returned to shore in pieces that were polished and worn. By seeing the beauty in each piece, Stacy has incorporated them with her silver jewelry for all who share her love of the sea. Stacy can be found walking beaches, looking for treasure, or holed up in her studio, creating.

Steve Yopp Steve Yopp owns a small woodworking company in Bristol CT. He has been in business since 2015 selling handcrafted cutting boards and other home decor. His addiction to woodworking blossomed from a simple gifted tool given to him by his wife and has since grown exponentially. Steve makes all his products out of his garage-based shop that he annexed from his house. Website | Instagram

Steve Yopp

Steve Yopp owns a small woodworking company in Bristol CT. He has been in business since 2015 selling handcrafted cutting boards and other home decor. His addiction to woodworking blossomed from a simple gifted tool given to him by his wife and has since grown exponentially. Steve makes all his products out of his garage-based shop that he annexed from his house.

Website | Instagram

Susan Borgen Susan Borgen is an artist, designer, writer, stylist and photographer. For over two decades, she created graphic communications for corporate and non-profit clients. In 2003, she began devoting more time to collecting and selling antiques, opening T-Party Antiques and Tea Room. The brick and mortar store’s warm, light-hearted spirit continues to serve as inspiration for her online Etsy shop. Susan happily spends her days in her Rowayton studio and also on Martha’s Vineyard. Etsy | Website | Instagram | Blog

Susan Borgen

Susan Borgen is an artist, designer, writer, stylist and photographer. For over two decades, she created graphic communications for corporate and non-profit clients. In 2003, she began devoting more time to collecting and selling antiques, opening T-Party Antiques and Tea Room. The brick and mortar store’s warm, light-hearted spirit continues to serve as inspiration for her online Etsy shop. Susan happily spends her days in her Rowayton studio and also on Martha’s Vineyard.

Etsy | Website | Instagram | Blog

Suzanne Urban Suzanne Urban of Smirking Goddess and Suzanne Urban on Etsy. Illustrator, graphic designer and gag writer, she combines her talents to produce unique products featuring her home-brewed sense of humor. Fervently committed to her witty muse, Suzanne creates from her cozy studio housed in an eclectically furnished antique home where she resides with husband, Maltipoo and calico cat. Facebook | Instagram | Website | Etsy 1 | Etsy 2 suzanneurbandesigns@gmail.com

Suzanne Urban

Suzanne Urban of Smirking Goddess and Suzanne Urban on Etsy. Illustrator, graphic designer and gag writer, she combines her talents to produce unique products featuring her home-brewed sense of humor. Fervently committed to her witty muse, Suzanne creates from her cozy studio housed in an eclectically furnished antique home where she resides with husband, Maltipoo and calico cat.

Facebook | Instagram | Website | Etsy 1 | Etsy 2 suzanneurbandesigns@gmail.com

Tracy Weed Tracy Weed of The Tiny Wren has been crafting since she could hold a pair of scissors, and is thrilled to be able to turn her passion into a small business. A die hard romantic, Tracy’s work is heavily influenced by the Victorian era, and she loves to take vintage jewelry that is broken or otherwise unwearable and rework it into new designs so that it can be loved again. Tracy is also a historical romance writer, photographer, costumer, and actress. She lives in West Hartford with her husband and two cats, Lizzie and Bingley. Etsy | Instagram | Facebook thetinywren@att.net

Tracy Weed

Tracy Weed of The Tiny Wren has been crafting since she could hold a pair of scissors, and is thrilled to be able to turn her passion into a small business. A die hard romantic, Tracy’s work is heavily influenced by the Victorian era, and she loves to take vintage jewelry that is broken or otherwise unwearable and rework it into new designs so that it can be loved again. Tracy is also a historical romance writer, photographer, costumer, and actress. She lives in West Hartford with her husband and two cats, Lizzie and Bingley.

Etsy | Instagram | Facebook thetinywren@att.net

Vanessa Felie Vanessa Felie juggles a husband and two blond pixies while running her burgeoning paper arts and crafts business, QueenvannaCreations. Her job and family inspire her to create crafty projects for holidays, vacations, and just for fun. From perpetual calendars to scrapbooking album kits and personalized gifts of all kinds, she looks to add a little flair to everything she makes and to put some extra fun into life. Website | Instagram | Twitter |  Facebook                queenvanna@cox.net

Vanessa Felie

Vanessa Felie juggles a husband and two blond pixies while running her burgeoning paper arts and crafts business, QueenvannaCreations. Her job and family inspire her to create crafty projects for holidays, vacations, and just for fun. From perpetual calendars to scrapbooking album kits and personalized gifts of all kinds, she looks to add a little flair to everything she makes and to put some extra fun into life.

Website | Instagram | Twitter |  Facebook                queenvanna@cox.net