Thursday, 10 October 2013

Some Good Market - Schedule 10/2013- 6/2014

Did you know that Some Good Market runs from February till December?  The schedule has been finalized until the end of June 2014. For February until July Some Good Market is open every two weeks in Makinsons and once a month in St. John's.

Makinsons location is at the Makinsons Community Centre which is on the main road a little less than 1 km from the Veterans Memorial Highway.

St. John's location is at Canonwood Hall aka St.  Thomas Hall across the street from Coffee Matters on the corner of Military Road and Kingsbridge Road.

Potential vendors can contact SGM through Facebook,  Twitter and  All vendors must be approved and must meet standards of quality and pricing (no hobby pricing allowed).

Help keep our vendors costs down by sharing information about Some Good Market with your friends,  family and the people that you meet walking down the street :)

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Meet Some Good Peeps: Charles O'Keefe

October and chilly already!  Today we shall have a chat with the man who brought our very own Newfoundland Vampires to life.  Charles O'Keefe is a self published writer who puts a local spin on vampires. A great lover of music, gaming and animals he writes from the heart and that comes through in his novels. 

So Charlie...

Q: Where are you from?

A: I'm from here, Newfoundland, born in St. John's but have lived almost all my life in CBS.

Q: Why do you do what you do?

A: I really love writing, I find it both relaxing and rewarding to engage in. I also love to receive feedback and talk to new people about my books and writing in general.

Q:Who/what inspires you?  (In relation to your craft? )

A: I guess initially a friend of mine writing a book was an inspiration. Now it's my for my own sense of accomplishment and some recognition. I hope that my writing makes a difference in some people's lives and maybe even raises awareness of a few issues.

Q: What is your favourite part of your craft/process? What takes the longest?

A: When I initially plot out a book, that's a lot of fun. When I can clearly see in my mind what will happen in a scene/chapter and it just flies onto the page, that's another great moment that I really
get into.
The least favorite would be the editing afterwords, fixing grammar is tedious and taking out stuff I really like is never fun but it's all part of the process. For book 1 I spent more time editing than writing, for book 2 it's the promotional activities that take the most time.

Q: What do you think craft means to NL?

A: I think Newfoundlanders are very talented and that crafts are an important part of our culture. Whether it's a homemade sweater or the favorite dessert  your grandmother made these are part of most people's childhood (who live here I mean). The fact that so many wonderful craftspeople live and work in Newfoundland speaks well our heritage/culture and the sense of pride Newfoundlanders have.

Q: Words to live by?

A: "Above all else, to thine ownself be true" Shakespeare

Q: Do you have any pets? What kind and what are their names?

A: I have two cats I love very much. Jude (male black cat) and Esther (oranage tabby) Jude is actually in my newest book :-)

A: Youngsters?

Q: Nope, no kids, I had a vasectomy too so I'm not having any. I enjoy my freedom, free time and my sleep too much for them. Being an uncle is plenty for me =)

Q: Favourite food?

A: I would pick oranges right off the vine. For homemade there is nothing I love more than pumpkin-chocolate chip/nut cookies (very hard to get right and almost no one makes them, hint! ;) )

Charlie will be in attendance at Some Good Market in Makinsons October 12 and in St. John's at Some Good Market Goes to Town - Happy First Anniversary October 19.

He can also be reached in the following ways:!/TheNLVampire

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Meet Some Good Peeps: Heather Jones

Time to meet another of our wonderful craftspeople. Today we'll talk to Heather Jones of Kelp Me! Your nostrils will get a workout sniffing all her products because they all smell some good.

So Heather....

Q: Where are you from?

A: Twillingate, NL

Q: Why do you do what you do?

A: I got hooked on the idea of homesteading and started doing everything from raising chickens to making soap .. the chickens are gone, but the soap stuck with me!

Q: Who/what inspires you (in relation to your craft)?

A:  I'm inspired by undersea life and my wandering imagination... and mermaids.

Q: What is your favourite part of your craft/process ? What takes the longest?

A: Creating new products .. especially new soaps. I use natural pigments and oxides for colour and effect and its always a bit of a surprise to see the end result!

Q: What do you think craft means to NL?

A: It is the people of this rock that make it shine ... it is through our craft and art that we make it sparkle! (cheesy but true!)

Q: Words to live by?

A:  I can't think of a really epic quote right now so I'll just list the best words in the English language: respect, compassion, courage, chocolate.

Q: Have you received any awards for your craft?

A: Yes. Craft Council Award for Best New Emerging Craftsperson/ Artist, Youth Ventures Venture of the Year Award, Agricultural Integrity Award, and a couple of others from Youth Ventures when I started up.

Q: Do you have any pets?

A: Maggie- goat, Boots - Beagle, Woody - NL Pony, Gypsy - Black cat

Q: Any youngsters?

A: Silas - 4, Samuel - 2

Q: What is your favourite food?

A: Eggs ... shoulda kept the chickens

You can reach Heather through her Facebook Group - Kelp Me! or email at
She is an occasional vendor at SGM and you can find her at other events around St. John's and area.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Some Good Upcoming Events!

The remaining events for 2013 are:
September 28 - Makinsons
October 12 - Makinsons
October 19 - Happy First Anniversary St. John's
October 26 - Makinsons Halloween
November 16 - Some Good Christmas Market St. John's
November 23 - Makinsons
December 7 - Makinsons
Some Good Market will reopen in February 2014 (and we will be announcing dates soon)

Lots of vendors have signed up for all events. is a sneak peak of the lineup for a couple (for all events check out the Events section of the Facebook page or stay tuned here on the blog)

September 28:
Shoreline Jewellery
Baynoddy  Knitwear,  Spinning and Weaving
Fahey Farm
Spindrift Handknits
Mewfoundland Purrrfections
Fireside Creations
MDC Boutique
Katlyn's Designs
Foggy Rock Fibres
Sealed With a Kiss
OneRoot Healing
Fit to be Dyed
Natalie Jewellery
Top O' The Hill Glass Designs
Creative Metals NL
Brenda Crane Photography
That's Sew Dee
Foggy Island Crafts
As well as the usual Some Good eggs, produce and preserves!

Our celebratory First Anniversary event will be in St. John's on October 19:
Crafty Missus Fabrics
Bobbi Pike Art
OneRoot Healing
She Makes Cakes
Kelp Me!
Brassy Lassy Jewels
Natalie Jewellery
Foggy Rock Fibres
Fireside Creations
MDC Boutique
Katlyn's Designs
Christine's Creations
Stain Glass Reflections
Desirée Baker
Sealed With a Kiss
Morgaine Parnham
Pedlar Press
Sum Sweet Fudge
Northeastern Folk Art
Top O' The Hill Glass Designs
Ruby J's Room
The Purple Raven
Atlantic Rock Threads
Nana's Bowtique
Brenda Crane Photography
Ren Squires Designs
Fire Dove
Brittania Teas
Catherine McCausland
D. Silvey Photography
Quidi Vidi Pewter
Olivia Canela
Judy Cooper
P.S. Paraknots
Stephanie Crowley
Simply Handmade by Lana
Nan's Kitchen
St. Michael's Printshop
The Newfoundland Vampire
Shoshi Scarves
Shoreline Jewellery
Who Knit You?
Tickle Kids
Spoiled N Sweet Bowtique
Kandy Floss Kisses
Janet Peter
My Goodness Vegan Eats and Treats
Breakwater Books Ltd
Clyde's Crafts
Velvet Snow Accessories
Spindrift Handknits
Mewfoundland Purrrfections
Fit to be Dyed
Wet Your Whistle (tea, coffee and water)
And the usual Some Good eggs, produce,  baked goods and preserves!

(Subject to change)

Hope to see you there! Please share with your friends, family (and random strangers too) ;) thanks from all the Vendors of SGM!

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Meet Some Good Peeps: Melanie Crocker

Did you see the Harvest Moon this morning?  Looks to be quite the day shaping up! Today we are talking to Melanie Crocker of MDC Boutique.  She makes cute bows, warm cozy caps and even wee purses for your wee one.  An elementary school physical education teacher and a busy mom of a toddler she loves Halloween and we love to see her at Some Good Market!

So Melanie...

Q: Where are you from?

A: I am from Green's Harbour, Trinity Bay, NL

Q: Why do you do what you do?

A: I believe that it's important for people to have a learned skill/craft.  For me crocheting is very therapeutic. 

Q: Who/what inspires you?  (In relation to your craft)

A: I love being crafty. As a little girl, my grandfather thought me how to knit. I loved to knit but never really became great at it.  When my little boy was born in 2012 I decided that I would teach myself how to make those really cute baby hats.  So through the help of my husband's grandmother and the Internet I set out on a mission to learn how to crochet.  So I guess that was my inspiration of where I am today.

Q: What is your favourite part of your craft/process?  What takes the longest?

A: My favourite part of my craft for the crochet and the hair accessories is seeing it all come together.  Especially if a hat is detailed and has a lot of parts, when you put that final stitch in and it's all seen together its a feeling of accomplishment.

Q: What do you think craft means to NL?

A: Through out history handmade objects always played an important role in society.  It's is important that we don't lose that.  Each piece of work tells a story about the person who made it and the society in which it was made in.  That is important to our culture and heritage. Newfoundland has always been rich with craftsman and it is important that we don't lose that part of our heritage and the skills are passed down from one generation to the next.

Q: Words to live by?

A: “Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.”

Q: Do you have any pets?

A: I have one pet, a Lhasa poo, named Suzie. 

Q: Youngsters?

A: I have one little boy, Carter.  He is 15 months old.

Q: What is your favourite food?

A: Pizza

You can find Melanie at Some Good Market occasionally and she is on Facebook as MDC Boutique.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Meet Some Good Peeps: John Andrews

Tuesday again already! Today our featured vendor is artist John Andrews of Doodlepalooza. He is a master personifier of animals (if you've seen his work you'll know what we mean). His work is always interesting and beautiful...and he's a nice fella to boot!
So John...

Q: Where are you from?

A: I’m a townie, pretty much. I was born in Corner Brook but we moved to St. John’s when I was very young.

Q: Why do you do what you do?

A: I spent 20 years working in graphic design/print production primarily in the book and newspaper industries. I love doing some contract work as a freelancer but I’m not interested in doing it full-time anymore. I guess what it boils down to is that I always felt I was working on other people’s projects: now it’s time for my own projects. My painting, printmaking, and embossing projects are finally off the back burner and have become my primary focus as I try to make my living as an artist and craftsperson.

Q: Who/what inspires you (in relation to your craft)?

A: I get inspired by seeing people who are excited about the things they are creating whether it’s art, craft, music, turkey dinners or fire pits. Peter Lewis’ transition from teacher to painter to gallery owner over a few short years is inspiring, professionally (plus I really like his work). Other local favourites are Gerry Squires and J.C. Roy. I’ve admired Bill Rose’s work for many years: I find both his style and subject matter very appealing. Some illustrators I’ve admired include Edward Gorey and Ralph Steadman (Gorey for his creepy whimsy and Steadman for his chaotic ink splashes). Also, my friend Mark Wood makes a mean fire pit and an even meaner fire.

Q: What is your favourite part of your craft/process? What takes the longest?

A: I guess my favourite is that point in the piece where you realize, “Hey! This crazy idea might just work!” Exciting stuff. Making something from nothing is extremely satisfying. Though I have to say I’m really enjoying interacting with people at the markets who are engaged with the things that I make. As an introvert, it can be overwhelming but it’s definitely growing on me.

Starting a painting is usually a lengthy, agonizing process for me. The ideas are in my head, usually for weeks or months… they simply won’t go away until I make the damn thing. But that first scratch on a blank canvas can be intimidating and therefore slow to get underway. I’ll often place the canvas on the easel, sit back at the woodstove, have a smoke and stare at it, going through the details I’d been thinking about for a long time. When the smoke is finished, I’ll take the canvas and put away out of sight… too overwhelmed to begin. But once that first mark gets made, look out! I get lost in it for hours at a time.

Q: What do you think craft means to NL?

A: Art and craft are essential components of out history and culture. They can highlight the essence and character of a people in a way that an archive cannot (no offense, archivists, you’re important too… just in a different way).

Q: Words to live by?

A: “Change is good!” I used to swear “change was bad” but in my heart I knew that wasn’t true. Making a major change (quitting my day job for example) has led to one of the most interesting and engaging years of my life.

Q: Do you own any pets? What kind and what are their names?

A: We own two fat cats named Willow and Xander. (Yes, they are named after Buffy characters.)

Q: What is your favourite food?

A: Job to say. Used to be pizza but we’re not really into junk food like we were. I make a mean plate of nachos every Friday night and a batch of homemade hamburgers every few weeks. The markets are great for discovering new foods. Last week I found a Thai salad that I’ll be looking for again.

If you want to see more of John's work find him here:

John can also be found at Some Good Market occasionally and other events in and around the city.  Keep an eye out for his'll never know when you might see a piece!

Friday, 13 September 2013

Some Good Market by ME Photography

Matthew Emberton of ME Photography was kind enough to take some candid shots of Some Good Market Goes Back to Town on September 7, 2013. Matthew will be featured on an upcoming Meet Some Good Peeps! 
Included here are:
Brassy Lassy Jewels
MDC Boutique
Nan's Kitchen
S.K.D Art
Florence Donaway
Doodlepalooza - John Andrews
Kelp Me!
Kandy Floss Kisses
Some Good Market
And all the vendors in the Lion Room
We'll be in Makinsons September 14 and 28 and October 12 and 26. Returning to Town on October 19 to celebrate ONE YEAR! 

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Meet Some Good Peeps: Tracy Briffett Hayley

In this installment of Meet Some Good Peeps, you'll meet Tracey Briffett Hayley of Sealed With a Kiss. She has been a regular vendor at Some Good Market and always brings lots of helpers. She is also the mommy of the original Some Good Baby!

So Tracey...

Q: Where are you from?

A: I am from Newfoundland,  born and raised.   Moved away for a bit but longed to come home every moment.

Q: Why do you do what you do?

A:  I felt as though it was important for every Newfoundlander to be able to afford to wear a piece of Sealskin,  so I created a product so that they could,  on any budget.

Q: Who/what inspires you (in relation to your craft)?

A: I was inspired by my rich sealing/fishing ancestry. As a granddaughter of a Sealer, I am inspired by family.

Q: What is your favourite part of your craft/process?  What takes the longest?

A:  My favorite part of my craft has to be hand carving of the fur for each and every piece.   It provides me with a form of mediation and self-satisfaction to see each unique creation.

Q: What do you think craft means to NL?

A: Craft represents NL as a province and as a people, unique and beautiful

Q: Words to live by?

A:... there is nothing that you can't do,  if your heart desires.

Q: Do you have any pets?

A: We have 3 dogs.   All toy poodles.   Our oldest, Molly,  is 17. Our youngest is Jerry Springer, 13 and Kinder Surpize is in the middle at 14 years.

Q: Youngsters?

A: Our home is also blessed with 3 beautiful children,  ages 9, 7 and 16 months.  Constantly keeping us entertained and smiling.

Q: What is your favourite food?

A:  My favorite food HAS to be my mom's special Mac and Cheese, with her secret ingredient. Mmmmmm!

Please visit her website at or like her FB Page, "Sealed with a Kiss".  Or come and visit at Some Good Market!

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Meet Some Good Peeps : Andrea Dicks

Today we'd like to introduce you to Andrea Dicks. She's the sweet tooth behind One Bite at a Time. She makes cupcakes and other delicious treats. Things you might not know...she loves pygmy goats and knitting with fern green Briggs and Little Heritage wool.

So Andrea...

Q: Where are you from?

A: St. John's

Q: Why do you do what you do?

A: This could take a while....
a) I love cupcakes
b) it's an accomplishment to sculpt little sugary critters that will sit atop a cupcake. I love looking at the finished product. It's like a little edible piece of art.
c) it's a stress release! Creating the cupcakes is like a form of meditation for me.

Q: Who/what inspires you?  (In relation to your craft? )

A: I'm most inspired by nature and my nephews. They're the ones who wanted to see whales and octopi on cupcakes.

Q: What is your favourite part of your process? What takes the longest?

A: My favourite part is also what takes the longest. Sculpting critters and flowers to decorate the cupcakes. It takes quite a bit of time to sculpt/mold them but it's totally worth it for me.

Q: What do you think craft means to NL?

A: Character. It think a lot of NL crafts add to and reflect the character of our province. The knitting with moose/puffins, trigger mitts, jewellery made from NL beach rocks, beauty products inspired by the sea, cupcakes with moose/ whales on them:-) .... the list goes on.

Q: Words to live by?

A: "Where there's a heartbeat, there's hope."
             - not a clue who said this

Q: Do you have any pets?

A: I only have the cutest, sweetest little boy in existence, a shi tzu named Simon. (He's 7)

Q: What is your favourite food?

A: Chocolate covered strawberries. The perfect balance between good, bad and delicious.

You can reach Andrea through her Facebook page:

She attends various markets in and around the city of St. John's and of course is an occasional vendor at Some Good Market.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Meet Some Good Peeps: Bobbi Pike

In this installment you'll meet Bobbi Pike,  a self taught artist. Her use of colour catches the eye and you'll always be looking for a hidden feature in each of her works.

Q: Where are you from?

A:  I am  the baby sister to two older (but not necessarily  wiser :) ) brothers.  I was born in Carbonear Hospital, and grew up in Spaniard's Bay.

Q: Why do you do what you do? 

A:  Even though I always felt there was something undiscovered inside me, I grew up my whole life feeling disappointed  that I was not artistic.  I claimed, rightfully so, to not be able to draw a proper stick man if my life depended on it.  I even joked cautiously that my heart was artistic, but my hands seemed to be more  of the autistic variety.
I literally stumbled unto painting by accident.  We had just finished decorating our new home, when I drew a line at our bedroom door... I was done spending $$. The new bedroom paint colour didn't match any of the old accessories, so I took matter into my own hands - old dried up craft paints, plus water and presto...brand new accents :)  Among the lot, were two old Walmart canvasses had been transformed and were now ready for the walls.  Fast forward to the next day...this normally happy go lucky lady was foul, crabby and overall not myself.  After much consideration, and self examination, I realized it was because I didn't have anything to paint...I missed the brush in my hand. A quick trip to stock up on real paints and some canvas to play with and an artist was born.  Who knew. Looking back now, if I had stumbled upon this much earlier in life, how different my life would be.

Q: Who/what inspires you (in relation to your craft)?

A: My inspiration comes from an intense love of Newfoundland and all her people.  I have had the advantage of touring over 90% of the Island.. I've had the pleasure of taking the road less traveled and have explored many a small cove, community and back road.  Our Province is bountiful with absolutely breathtaking scenery, every turn in the road reveals another geographical wonder.  At the end of those roads, you usually find an old fisherman, a war veteran, or a nanny with a story to tell.  I think I fell in love with each and every one of them.
To this day, if I accepted every offer to drop in for a quick cup of tea from all these wonderful people, it would truly take me weeks to travel from one end to another.

Q: What is your favourite part of your craft/process? 

A: My favorite part happens after the process has been completed.  It's in the reaction of the beholder.  Many people have told me my artwork is 'nice', 'vibrant' or 'beautiful'..but the part that truly speaks to me is when it helps people to feel something, or remember something from their past.  My most awesome moments are when people tell me "my grandfather was Captain of that ship, and I remember sitting in the wheelhouse with him on Saturday morning, while eating breakfast"  or " Thats my nan's house!! I remember when they towed that across the harbour!" It is truly a humbling experience when a complete stranger is so touched by something you've created, that their eyes tear up as they give you a parting hug. THAT'S what its all about for me.  That's what makes me feel special.

Q: What do you think craft means to NL? 

A: In a nutshell, its preserving tradition as well as building value in ourselves. More and more we're seeing modern glass buildings replacing grassy fields, or developers ripping every tree from a building lot, and even (STILL today!!?!) whole communities having to pull up roots and move lock, stock and barrel to a new place. Away from everything familiar, away from people they grew up next door to all their lives and away from their chosen life.  We need to preserve our culture, to bring/build value to our heritage, our outports and our craft.  We need to concentrate on tourism and bringing people and their dollars into our back yard. We need to stand tall as Newfoundlanders and show 'em what we're made of.

Q: Words to live by?

A: "It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child." - Pablo Picasso

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!” ― Hunter S. Thompson

"Don't worry, bout a t'ing..every little t'ing's, gonna be alright" - Bob Marley

Q:  What is unique about your work?

A: In all of my paintings, you will find 3 crows, most are easy to find, but others you'll have to search a little to find them. The reason? Nicknames were developed in outport Newfoundland, so families could be differentiated from others with the same last name. (Mercers- Foxes, Nishes, etc) For my Maiden name Seymour, the Nickname was Crow. Rumour has it the first Spaniard's Bay Constable was a Seymour. He was often spotted patrolling the lanes and drungs wearing a long black cape to protect him from the chilly nights. He became the first 'Crow', because of how he looked when out on patrol.
My three crows represent many things to me; myself and my two brothers growing up, they represent my inner core of three at home now. They are my comfort, my contentment and the real me.
Can you find all the crows?

Q: Do you own any pets?

A: Pets??  My house seriously feels like like a zoo sometimes. There are two shih-poos (Shihtzu X poodle) the oldest and the Diva of the bunch is Squiggles.  Squig is black and beautiful. Then is Chiquita, she's is the gobble guts of the family. Chiq constantly steals everybody else's food..and I mean everybody's!!  Chiqqi is blonde, or yellow, like a banana (Chiquita Banana) :) Next is Pixie, our grey tabby that was rescued from the Humane society. Pixie is still known years later at the shelter as 'the pretty one' She is a very pretty cat. Next is Shira and Kibo aka Robin and Hoodie, they were the famous little kittens that were almost crushed in a van at Robin Hood Bay dump when they were less than five weeks old. The black fuzzy kitties with big blue eyed, are maturing into gorgeous smoky grey terrible twins. They climb everything in sight, ransack the house every evening and then snuggle down in our queen size bed with the rest of us. Does anyone know where I can get a good deal on a King sized bed :)

Q: Youngsters?

A:  Alex Mackey is and always will be my pride and joy and my rock. Since he was in kindergarten, teachers have been telling me - I don't know what your child is going to do in life, but what ever he chooses, he's going to do well and he's going somewhere.  How cool is that. Alex and I spent a fair bit of his earlier years with just him and I, after the divorce from his dad...makes me wonder if we grew up together.  My s'daughter Samantha Pike came into my life later in life as an added value with my new Hubby Geoff. I can honestly say, if I were able to build a daughter from the ground up, not only would she be just like WOULD be her. She is gorgeous and poised and full of life. Her only flaw, is like most ladies, she doesn't realize how wonderful she really is.

Q: What is your favourite food?

A: Seriously??  I think the majority of women have the same answer.  Chocolate. Although a good feed of CDG has been known to throw me right off a diet at any given time.

Bobbi can be reached a number of ways:

Bobbi Pike Art

Twitter  @BobbiPikeArt

Bobbi Pike Art
Where Canvas Meets Rock
And of course at Some Good Market (check events to see if she's there)

Some Good Market will be featuring our many vendors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hope you enjoy getting to know our #somegood peeps!

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Meet Some Good Peeps : Natalie Austin

Our first installment of Meet Some Good Peeps is with Natalie Austin of Natalie Jewellery. A member of the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador,  Natalie has been a regular vendor at SGM since March 2013.

Q: Where are you from?

I’m from Carbonear, went away to school for a few years and drifted back here again.

Q: Why do you do what you do?

I’m a Folklorist by trade, meaning I’m interested in vernacular culture, but I am a non-traditional jeweller making designs from reclaimed copper pipe by passion. 

Q: Who/what inspires you (in relation to your craft)?

My Uncle, Sid Butt is a potter and painter and I’ve always admired his work, his ability to create something from nothing, and I wanted to be able to do that.  I’ve gone through several mediums before I arrived at copper, the material just lends itself to my particular style.  I spend a lot of time in and around the natural landscape of the province where I find much of my inspiration.    My interest in fine craft and material culture has led me to a career as an artisan.  I came from a family of artisans and artists; from potters and painters, to cooks and actors, there was even a silversmith, it only makes sense that I became one myself.  I love to learn new techniques and work with my hands.  I’m is dedicated to the preservation of the Newfoundland cultural Landscape, creating abstract designs from upcycled materials that help preserve the natural heritage of the province as well as express it.  Every piece of material I can upcycle is one less thing that ends up in a landfill.  We are on an island - a beautiful island - and the less of that space we take with unnecessary waste, the better.  I want to keep using the natural landscape as inspiration - every rugged shore and flowing wave is reflected in my designs.  Through jewellery design, I am making my own small daily cultural and environmental contribution.

Q: What is your favourite part of your craft/process? What takes the longest?

When I open a pipe for the first time I don’t know what’s going to be inside and there’s something exciting about that.  I love the moment when a Watermark™ - the natural erosion patterns inside the pipe - reveals itself, I instantly know what it will become.  Taking a piece of pipe and transforming it into a visually appealing piece of jewellery is time consuming.  From start to finish there are about 15 steps to get a polished piece, enamels take even more.  An enameled piece is fired 3-5 times in the kiln at about 1500 degrees to achieve the desired colour and texture. There is a clear layer on the front and a black layer on the back before colour can even be thought of.  In between each layer the piece has to be sanded along the edge to remove any firescale that developed in the firing process otherwise on subsequent firings the scale will migrate into the surface of the piece and cause the glass to pull away from the metal.  An enameled pair of earrings takes the longest having up to 40 steps between the two of them.

Q: What do you think craft means to NL?

Craft in Newfoundland is the backbone of preserving our cultural heritage in a sustainable way, but it is also the forefront of the art scene as well.  Some crafters are keeping traditional crafts alive; some are embarking on new mediums and styles, while others are bridging the gap between what is considered strictly art and craft.  Craft in this province is also a major aspect of the tourism sector supplying it not just with finely crafted souvenirs but giving tourists a chance to see how things are made.  Crafts represent the people who make them and the place where they are from. 

“Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.”
Winston Churchill

Q: Words to live by?

“He who works with his hands is a laborer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”
― St. Francis of Assisi

Q: Do you own any pets? What kind and what are their names?
I have 4 cats, Benny – a long haired gray tabby, Belle – long haired all white, part Turkish angora, Huffle Puff – a short hair calico, and Spook – a short haired dilute tortie, meaning she is gray with orange running through her fur.  They all watch me assembling jewellery, Benny is the lap cat and likes to sometimes lie on me while I assemble or tag boxes.

Q: What is your favourite food?

Pasta.  All day, everyday.  The sauce doesn’t matter, oil base, tomato, cream, pesto, or whatever combination of the above.  I make my own, roll it out, and dry it on a rack.  I could make jewellery all day and eat pasta every night life.

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Or in her Studio by appointment on 24 Masonic Ave, Carbonear, NL A1Y1A9

She's also at most Some Good Markets!

We hope you enjoyed learning more about one of our craftspeople and stay tuned for another installment on Thursday!

Monday, 2 September 2013

Some Good Market Goes Back to Town Sept 7

On September 7 Some Good Market will be back in St. John's at Canonwood Hall aka St. Thomas Hall across the street from Coffee Matters on the corner of Military Road and Kingsbridge Road. It is a lovely venue with lots of natural light. About 60 vendors are spread over 2 floors (only the first floor is wheelchair accessible with a lift available)
Open from 10 am until 4 pm you will be delighted with the assortment of wonderful items available.  Each vendor must meet standards of quality and pricing. Our vendors make their consultants allowed.
Here's our lineup for the event:

Brenda Crane Photography
Sealed With a Kiss (Jewellery)
Doodlepalooza (Art)
Kelp Me! (Beauty)
Spoiled N Sweet (Baby)
Brassy Lassy Jewels
Baynoddy and Fahey Farm (Fibre and Food)
Natalie Jewellery
MDC Boutique (Baby)
NL Quarterly (Magazine)
Atlantic Rock Threads (Decor)
Top O' The Hill Designs (Glass)
Bobbi Pike Art
Stain Glass Reflections
Desirée Baker (Art)
ME Photography
Crafty Missus Fabrics (kits to sew)
Northeastern Folk Art
OneRoot Healing
Flower Hill Pottery
Nana's Bowtique (Baby)
Janet Peter (Art)
Katlyn's Designs (Jewellery)
Creations By Christine (cozies)
Shirl the Purl (shawl kits)
Catherine McCausland (Art)
D. Silvey Photography
Morgaine Parnham (Fibre)
Clyde's Crafts (woodworking)
Shoreline Jewellery
Black Hen Studio (fibre, urban chickens)
The Purple Raven (Jewellery)
Nan's Kitchen (gluten free, diabetic friendly)
Simply Handmade by Lana (decor, kids)
Foggy Rock Fibres
Ren Squires Designs (leather)
Pixie Mama Hammocks
Fancy Face (face painting)
Barb's Jewels
Best Kind Bakeshoppe (gourmet cupcakes)
Fabric Creations
Kerri's Crafts and Accessories
Reilly's Art
P.S. Paraknots
My Goodness Vegan Eats and Treats
Breakwater Books Ltd
Who Knit You?  (Fibre)
S.K.D. Art
Kandy Floss Kisses (baby)
Fit to Be Dyed (tie dye tshirts and more)
Mewfoundland Purrrfections (cat toys)
Spindrift Handknits
Wet Your Whistle (tea, coffee and bottled water)
Friends of the Craft Council - Partridgeberry Moon
Free-range eggs (green and brown shells)
SGM also has a large comfy room with couches and more for resting, relaxation, feeding the baby (breastfeeding friendly of course).

Admission is only $1 and kids are free! It includes entry on the doorprize too!
Entry is on the Kingsbridge Road side  :)

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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Some Good Market

Some good to have created a blog for Some Good Market.
Stay tuned for Some Good Event Listings as well as Meet Some Good Peeps, where you will be able to learn more about our astonishing vendors! Bookmark our link and feel free to tell everyone about us :)