Mistletoe Market was fabulous again this year. Best of all, I had time to chat with a few vendors and friends. I’m so glad Ann could join me, and I hope schedules will be different next year and more of my local pals can meet me at the Market too!
Yes, I’m already anticipating next year’s event, in part because some of the vendors are as well! You know you’re doing something right when vendors are talking about coming back next year before the event is over.
I actually did a little Christmas shopping Saturday, but only Ann will notice what I left out, and I’m sure she won’t tell you if I flash your gift…
Some are obvious. We both bought personalized ornaments at the very first booth we visited. I confess… Auntie Ann found these and basically demanded them for the fur-princesses. The year is on the back of each crown.
Next, I scored another ornament that long-time readers might think is for Sissy too. Not really… I’ve always liked starfish, but this is just a painted, ceramic version. It’s from the Chesapeake Bay Christmas Company. I actually snagged a few gifts too.
Sorry I don’t have names and/or links for all the shops. It’s very simple; if they made it easy for me to find their name/website after I got home, you get them. If not…
Such is the case for whomever sold me the Evan & Earth candle. I have DRY skin. DRY. Ann and I shared a look of trepidation when the woman asked to spoon some warm, melty soy candle wax onto our hands, insisting it was a moisturizer. I love soy – soybeans are a big crop in these parts, so I always feel I’m supporting local agriculture when I buy/use soy products – and I’m pretty sure I “squeed” out loud when the warm, rich, fragrant wax hit the back of my hand. It was lovely, and I need to figure out where the candle shall live at home so that it is safe and handy for daily treatments!
His ‘n hers bags of candy. He loves cashews and white chocolate, and I love dark chocolate and almonds. Win-win! Red Rocker Candy is a great little local business that I’m going to have to support more often. While I like cashews, I don’t like white chocolate much at all, so imagine my surprise when I truly enjoyed the sample of BOTH candies!
Last, but hardly least is a friend’s new business. You’d never guess that Eure Notes is a new enterprise! Those are but a few of the note card packs I brought home. I know I’m not too biased, because Ann snagged a few cards, and while we were gabbing with my talented friend, more customers made purchases too. She has a great eye for specialty papers and the embellishments are just perfect. I know who to call – or go sit with! – next time I want to make cards but feel uninspired.
Do you have friends – or etsy vendors or other small crafter-type businesses – who inspire you?