Casa&Co

Happy Friday everyone!  Who’s excited to meet another lovely artist?  I know I am!  Today I’m happy to introduce you to Ashley Gries of Casa&Co.
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What items will you have at this years show? I’ll have a variety of pillow options, including new colors, sizes, and holiday quotes to spruce up your decor!

What is your favorite gift memory?  Most of my favorite gift memories involve the things that I’ve given to other people. Most of the time I try to make gifts, but one year I found my Grandpa a large stack of old Louis L’Amour books. It’s his favorite author, but as a very unassuming man my grandpa didn’t realize anyone had noticed. It wasn’t much in terms of cost, but he almost cried when he opened it. I love seeing the looks on people’s faces when they open a gift they truly love.

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Where is your favorite place to eat in Downtown Madison?  I’d have to say all the places I haven’t been yet. We don’t eat out a lot, but Madison offers so much variety – I made a little ‘passbook’ to Madison eateries, and love checking off each place as we try it out.

Which other booths at the Craftacular are you excited to visit to do some special holiday shopping? I’m excited to see Naystalgia – I am also a lover of vintage pieces, as well as Kylie Parry Studios – she has some beautiful handmade jewelry!

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Ladybird Designs

I am really excited to introducing another friend and fellow artist to you all today… Andrea Rane of Lady Bird Designs!

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Website:  facebook.com/ladybirddesigns2
Other social media sites: 
madisonartery.com/madison-artists/lady-bird-designs/

What items will you have at this years show?

Handmade jewelry using mixed metals, semi-precious gemstones, vintage and found objects.
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What is your favorite gift memory?
That would be the year I had the biggest gift under the tree. Yep, it was full off hangers because my Granny said I needed to clean my room.
 
Where is your favorite place to eat in Downtown Madison?
There’s so many good places to eat in Madison! I don’t think I have just one favorite, but I really love Nat Spil. I especially love their pizzas and dumplings.
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Which other booths at the Craftacular are you excited to visit to do some special holiday shopping?
All of them! I just saw the vendor list and am planning to do a big chunk of my own holiday shopping there!
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Roots Chocolates

Today we’re going to meet Lisa Nelson of Roots Chocolates (yumm…chocolate).
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Website:  rootschocolates.com
Other social media sites: https://www.facebook.com/RootsChocolates

What items will you have at this years show? 

farm-crafted chocolates, Brew Brittle, Cholami, Crystallized Cocoa Nibs, Bean to Bar chocolate bars
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What is your favorite gift memory? 
Microwavable heating pads to keep my feet warm in the winter!
 
Where is your favorite place to eat in Downtown Madison? 
Ha Long Bay
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Which other booths at the Craftacular are you excited to visit to do some special holiday shopping? 
Barrel Aged Honey from the folks in MN (I hope they are there!)

Lindock Bag Co

This afternoon we’re going to meet Julie Brzezinski of Lindock Bag Co.

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Website:  lindock.etsy.com

Other social media sites:
facebook.com/lindockbagco
instagram.com/lindockbagco
lindockbagco.blogspot.com

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What items will you have at this years show?
At the Holiday Craftacular, I will be selling a variety of one of a kind bags and accessories; including:  totes, messengers, pouches, wallets, bracelets, and key fobs.

What is your favorite gift memory?
A few years ago, for Christmas, my sister gave everyone in the family a cook book she had made that contained family recipes.  Later we found out the book took a few years to complete because she tested and photographed every dish!  It is definitely special knowing how much effort my she put into making it as well as the fond memories I have every time I use the book because I remember eating most of the dishes when I was younger.
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Where is your favorite place to eat in Downtown Madison?
I recently moved to Madison so I haven’t had much opportunity to explore many of the eateries around town yet, but I am already a fan of Collectivo and Fair Trade Coffee
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Which other booths at the Craftacular are you excited to visit to do some special holiday shopping?

I can’t wait to see Man vs. George and Casa & Co in person, their products look great!

 

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Big River Woodworks

Happy Wednesday everyone!  I hope your as excited as I am about meeting John Calabrese from Big River Woodworks today!  The photo’s he included in his interview are INCREDIBLE!  What perfect gifts for the holidays!
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What items will you have at this years show?
We will have many cutting boards. Square, round, paddle boards, etc. Also State shaped ornaments and magnets.
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What is your favorite gift memory?
Favorite memory is watching our one year old find his toy piano under last years Christmas tree.
 

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Where is your favorite place to eat in Downtown Madison? 
I’ve never been to Madison! Shame on me. (moved to Wisconsin from Minneapolis this year)
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 Which other booths at the Craftacular are you excited to visit to do some special holiday shopping? 
As many booths as I can
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