Hello all you lovers of handmade! Tracy here. Maker of handmade things, hoster of handmade markets (hoster is a word right?) and lover of all things handmade. Can I say handmade a couple more times? Probably! It’s been nearly impossible because there are so many insanely talented folks taking part across the weekend, but here is my round up of the top 5 folks I’ll be (budget allowing) hitting up at the market:
NUMBER ONE: TERRA LUNA JEWELERY
Nature inspired handmade jewelery to bring out the witchy vibes I inherited from my mama. I mean come on, she even has crystals dans ma couleur préférée!
I’ve loved watching how your craft has evolved over the years Andrea, can’t wait to love up your goodies in person this weekend!
NUMBER TWO: AURORA LIGHT SCULPTURES
I can’t even describe their work so take a look. Set your eyes to stunned.
See what I mean now? These pieces are so surreal and natural. They give me Alien/Prometheus vibes mixed with a Northern Ontario flair. These are words I never thought I would put together in a sentence. So mind blown!
Founder Kim Land is coming to Sudbury all the way from Northwestern Quebec and I'm so looking forward to meeting her. We’ve only spoken via email or on Instagram so far and I get nothing but good vibes!
NUMBER 3: WOLF & PINE
I know, I know, I work with them from time to time so I must be totally biased…but nope! Working with Mercedes and Dave from Wolf & Pine has given me a peek into their behind the scenes and revealed two authentic, hard working people kicking ass at something they love. Respect yo!
This was easily one of the most fun photo sessions I’ve done to date. These people know their brand and coming from a graphic design background myself, it just impresses the heck out of me that they design everything themselves!
And of course, their vibe is sassy af, which if you know me, is right up my alley. I live for their photo captions, so hilarious and original. Mercedes, you better have a crate of dry shampoo at the market cause this sloppy head can’t live without it.
NUMBER 4: TWIG & TOADSTOOL
There’s nothing I love more than an emerging handmade artisan who so clearly loves what they do and is just starting to put it out there. This will be Twig & Toadstool’s first Makers North market and I’m sure they are going to be smothered in Northern Ontario handmade support!
Her dreamy Insta aesthetic fulfills my love of both plants and handmade! I first saw her work when I bought a little mushroom necklace for a fungi obsessed friend for Christmas…it was so cute I almost kept it! Gift giving is hard when things are this cute!
NUMBER FIVE: ALL THE FOOD!
For obvious reasons, I’m super looking forward to all of the lovely food makers that will be at the market. Nothing works up an appetite more than sleep deprivation and telling the same story about an item over and over again! From fresh handmade bagels to sugary sweets & vegan treats, everything you could ask for will be there. Here’s a roundup within a roundup!
TUCOS TACO TRUCK
While you will likely be wearing quite a few more layers, you’ll still be able to relive those summery festival days stuffing down tasty vegan noms. Do you think they would serve me a dish of crema straight up, cause that’d be grrrrreat.
CAFE PETIT GATEAU
No need for an explanation here. Cafe Petit Gateau makes the tastiest carrot muffins that I was obsessed with prior to my thyroid issues (no gluten allowed waaah!). But that won’t stop me from eating the icing and stuffing 100 meringue cookies into my face this weekend.
SALTY DOG BAGELS
Like I said, I’m not on the gluten train anymore (thanks thyroid), but I just want to say that when my day comes, I want to be laid to rest on a bed of handcrafted bagels.
Plant based, whole foods, healthy…tasty? Who knew!
As a completely dependant coffee addict, I am most excited they’ll be there serving up my fave hot brew (hopefully by the bucket load)!
It’s called Ultimately Chocolate…what else can I possibly add?!
I’ll also be there all weekend dishing out my classic knee slappers and shoving my work in people’s faces, so be sure to stop by and say hello! Admission is $3/one day and $5 for the full weekend. There will be different makers each day, so come all weekend! You don’t want to miss the festive extravaganza that’s coming at ya!
Don’t forget, every holiday season when you buy from a small handmade or local business, you’re adding to the culture and community of Northern Ontario. Be a part of the dream and support a small biz this Christmas! We all love you for it. See you at the market!