CoMo Events: Farmers and Artisans Market

There is a new market in town that serves more than one purpose. It’s the new Farmers and Artisans Market in the North Village Arts District. Such a great concept for Columbia! The community loves its artists and farmers and really care about buying locally. It is on Sundays until November 13th and goes from 9am to 2pm.

I’ve gone the past two weeks and it almost doubled in size over that time! I think there is a great mix of farm stands with awesome looking produce, and art booths with wonderful handmade items. And I appreciate that it is on Sunday and not Saturday. Saturdays are usually busier and makes it harder to get to the farmers market. It’s nice to have a choice now!

While I was there I had to pick up some new potatoes from the community garden, a bar of handmade soap, and an adorable little handmade pot. Next time I will plan my grocery shopping better so I can pick up some more fresh produce. The art is an added little bonus to the trip! It will be great to pick out handmade gifts for upcoming birthdays and holidays.

You should definitely stop by and check out the new Farmers and Artisans Market. It is located at the Wabash Bus Station at 126 North 10th Street. Just grab a smoothie or coffee up the street at Kaldi’s or Main Squeeze and do some shopping! Visit for more information.

CoMo Event: with heart handmade market

This Saturday is the first ever with heart handmade market in downtown Columbia. This is an event you won’t want to miss! There is quite a line-up of talented vendors and I want to introduce you them.

Pale Horse Studios




c. jane create    


Along for the Ride    


the shirt off his back     


Adore by Leslie    






Little Bird’s Stolen Press 


Curley Fish Crafts  


brittney’s buttons  


Mama Roots   


whimsy vintage 


Just a short introduction – I want you to visit and meet everyone in person. Everyone will be out there rain or shine – so make sure you stop by and get yourself some goodies! Think about upcoming birthdays or other things you might need gifts for! 🙂

Yes, that’s me {c. jane create} up there… I’m participating, too!

The market is at 9th Street and Elm near Shakespeare’s from 9am to noon. Hope to see you there – if you visit, make sure to tell me that you read my CoMo Collective post, I might have a special deal for you!


CoMo Etsian: Mama Roots

Chris, the woman and mother behind Mama Roots, makes toys based on a Waldorf inspired tradition of toymaking. I got to meet her at her lovely home where she showed me the entire process behind her toys, and it fascinated me!

First, Chris draws out what she wants the toy to look like. Then she’ll trace it onto her wood.

She gets a lot of her character ideas from childen’s books. Chris is the book buyer for the University Bookstore, but she originally started making toys when her oldest son was young. She didn’t want her house filled with a bunch of plastic toys, so she opted to make some toys for him.

She uses long wooden boards and cuts out as many shapes as she can. Chris uses the scraps as firewood, so none is wasted. Her primary tool is a scroll saw that she houses in the unfinished part of her basement.

Then, Chris uses an electric dremel sander to smooth all the edges of the toy.

She moves over to another part of her basement to add the details to the toys. Chris follows behind the dremel with a ton of hand-sanding to make sure everything is completely smooth since it will be used by children.

Chris uses an industrial wood burning pen to hand-draw on all the details of the character. They usually don’t get mouths, smiles or frowns, due to the Waldorf traditions. The idea is that children will more easily project their own feelings onto the toy while playing with it if it doesn’t have a predetermined emotion.

Then she’ll hand paints each toy with a non-toxic water color paint. Each toy, and piece of wood, takes the paint differently and can sometimes create a nice pattern.

Each toy is finished and sealed with a beeswax. It is also non-toxic and safe for children to chew on.

Here are some of her finished toys!

As soon as we moved over to the art area, her boys each pulled up a chair and dove right into the paints. I loved it!

I fell in love with Chris’ toys while I was at her house! I actually emailed her a few days later and ordered a couple! One is a gift for a little boy – it will be larger so he can chew on it, and one I’m keeping for myself. It’s the Rebuilding Bluebird and the profits go to the Joplin relief efforts. Not to mention… it’s really cute!

I wish I could have had a bunch of these growing up! How fun would it be to act out your favorite story book with some adorable wooden toys!

In addition to her etsy shop, Chris also has a blog and facebook page, so make sure you stop by and visit her there, too!

CoMo Event: Art in the Park

{photo courtesy: a hasty life}

Art in the Park has already happened, it was last weekend. I had never been before and wasn’t sure to tell you all, so I’m going to give you a heads-up for next year. It is hosted by the Columbia Art League and takes place at Stephen’s Lake Park.

There were so many fabulous artists there. Painters, wood-workers, jewelry makers, sculptors… everything was outstanding. It’s a juried show, meaning that the artists have to apply to be in the show.

I think my favorite part is that you are able to talk to the artists about how they created their things – I think it adds to the handmade experience.

I even ran into our friend Joe from Twinwood Carving! His bowls are just stunning.

I actually volunteered on Saturday in the children’s tent – it was SO much fun! There were four free crafts for the kids to do, a t-shirt tie-dye station that cost $10, and a young collector’s tent where each piece of art was $5. And of course, since it was 95 degrees, a lot of people took advantage of the splash park and lake. There were also yummy concessions to fill your belly with.

So I know that you can’t take part this year, but make sure you plan on attending next year!

CoMo Art: The Larry Show

If you have a chance to stop by the George Caleb Bingham Gallery in the art building on the corner of Hitt and University, make sure you do so. What I really meant to say is – Plan to stop by and see the Larry Show. It runs until August 25th when they will hold a reception from 4 to 6.

Larry, the star of the show, is a model for the art department. He poses for the students to draw, paint, or sculpt him. When I was in school I had the pleasure of meeting Larry and I sketched him in my drawing class. He is such an interesting man.

I don’t want to show too much, you should experience it yourself.  You’ll get a good glimse into Larry’s life. And a look at some fabulous art work. It is a collection of pieces from several artists.

The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. You can call 573.882.3555 if you have any questions. Enjoy!

CoMo Artist: Twinwood Carving

all photos courtesy of Joe Marshall

Joe Marshall is the craftsman behind Twinwood Carving, a fabulous shop full of gorgeous hand-carved wood bowls.

Joe was born and raised in Ireland. He came to Columbia 11 years ago after meeting his future-wife, a Columbia-native, while she was studying abroad. While in high school, Joe learned the craft of hand woodcarving – the teachers didn’t believe in teaching how to use power tools because they could be learned in an afternoon. Twinwood Carving was started shortly after his twin boys were born so Joe could be a stay-at-home dad while still earning some income.

He uses a single solid piece of wood that he buys locally to make each bowl by hand. Five different tools are used to create each one, including electric and hand tools but no jig or template. Each bowl is completely unique. He had to make his own vices because the hardware store didn’t have anything that would work how he needed.

Joe finishes each bowl with a natural tung oil, and they are completely food safe. This is not the same tung oil you buy at the hardware store. Joe used pure tung oil that was squeezed from the nut of the tung tree – a chinese tree. It takes 2 weeks to apply the finish. He puts on 6 coats with 24-36 hours to dry inbetween and then it takes two to three weeks for the bowl to fully cure – so each bowl takes five to six weeks to create. Joe says that most people use mineral oil, which is a chemically produced oil. He doesn’t use it because mineral oil evaporates after three to four months and you would have to re-apply the oil. Tung oil penetrates into the wood and creates a hard, permanent finish.

While speaking with Joe I could tell that besides his family, hand-carving was his passion. You have to care about something if it’s going to takes six weeks to create! He takes pride in his work and really enjoys seeing how people react to his work.

I stopped by Blue Stem Crafts {located at 13 S. Ninth St., near Sparky’s} to see some of Joe’s work in person, but I am most looking forward to seeing his booth at the Columbia Art League’s Art in the Park on June 4th & 5th at Stephen’s Lake Park. He has been working for months to prepare the items he’ll take with. If you visit Joe at Art in the Park, be sure to tell him the CoMo Collective sent you!

You can visit Twinwood Carving on etsy, Joe’s blog, facebook, or twitter.

CoMo Shopping: Artichoke Annie’s Antique Mall

In North Texas, where I spent the latter part of my childhood – you know, the part you can actually remember – there were tons of antique stores in our little downtown square. My parents are collectors, in a small fashion, so antiquing grew on me too. Then, in 2005, I found myself in a new place without a car and a desire to hunt for treasue. I had to wait until I returned home to go antiquing. Until 2007 when I offically became a Missouri resident and had my own mode of transportation. I started asking around and googling antique stores. The first one I decided to visit was Artichoke Annie’s Antique Mall, so I paid them a visit.

Artichoke Annie’s is H-U-G-E. That is both good and bad. Good because if you are looking for something specific, you are likely to find it. Bad because you can’t just run in and out, I am always there for at least an hour. Bad because the prices match the size of the building… they, too, are big. You can find good deals, but furniture is always priced pretty high. Like that adorable teal/aqua dresser? Almost $700. For me that’s about the same as a rent payment, I don’t think I’m going to drop that kind of money on an old dresser. Even if I did pretty much fall in love with it.

Kitchen and dining items are usually a good price. I’ve gotten several Pyrex dishes there and a couple of other odds and ends. They do a great job of grouping like items together so you don’t have to search every booth for your grandmother’s prized gravy boat that your cousin stole before you had a chance to ask for it. {No, that didn’t actually happen to me, I made up the scenario.}

The people who work there are super nice and very helpful. They will hold your finds at the front of the store until you are ready to check-out and will load larger items into your car for you. They don’t allow purses into the store, but do have lockers for you to keep your things. I usually leave my purse in the car and go back out for it when I’m ready to pay.

Shopping at Artichoke Annie’s is not the same as walking my hometown square and visiting all the little shops, but it does satisfy my antique craving. As a bonus, they are open every day from 8am to 8pm so I don’t have to worry about scheduling my weekend around their hours. They do accept credit and debit cards, but some sellers are open to negotiations, so come prepared with cash to help your offer.

They are hosting a Spring Flea Market on Saturday, May 28th starting at 8am. Many outside vendors come to this market and the prices are usually better than inside the store. They will also have a concession booth with food and drinks. Make sure you have cash for this event, you pay each seller individually.

Artichoke Annie’s is located at 1781 Lindberg Dr Columbia, MO 65201-1718

CoMo Film: Vampyras

I sat down recently with a group from University of Missouri, Joel Shettlesworth (producer), Andy Neizert (director), Emily Anderson (assistant director & student) and Ben Poland (assistant director & student), to chat about a new film called Vampyras. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. I got to see the trailer before it was actually finished and posted online! And now I can’t wait to see the film! Hey guys – am I invited to the premiere??

This production was different than a typical movie. It’s harder to do a University production due to numerous reasons, mainly you have to work the way the University works and follow their rules. It was created through the MU Film Studies and Engineering department at Mizzou. Engineering professor Jeffery Uhlmann wrote the script. The last three years have been Mexican wrestling movies (it’s okay to laugh, they told me so) and then he wrote this film about vampires, roller derby, car chases and guns.

Andy Neizert teaches the Film Studies 2520: Pre-Planning and Production where students “learn to cram a year’s worth of work into 2 months, and 6 months of work into 3 weeks.” He set the class up from scratch – this is the first time this class has been offered and there are no other schools with classes of this caliber.

Andy and Joel have been doing productions at low cost for a while and they agreed to do this movie on a $30,000 budget. Remember: We’re talking a lot of makeup and prosthetic work to make humans look like vampires. Then add in roller derby, wardrobes, car chases, and guns! But they made it all work, and they only went over budget by a little bit! They called in people that they had worked with before and other crew members who were referred to them. These people have super impressive resumes! They also made connections with the hired crew members who make movies and films for a living.

The students learned about every aspect of every job required to make a movie before settling on the job they thought they’d like to do for the feature film. The kids who showed the most commitment and interest in the process at the beginning of the semester ended up with the more important, prestigious roles on set. They earned their spot. A lot of the students found their niche during that process.

It’s awesome that these students had such an amazing hands-on opportunity. They could have sat in a desk all semester, read their text book, and filled in bubbles on a scantron. Instead they were on a set, learning every step there is to making a movie. They have something fantastic to put on their resume, which certainly will put them a step above some other students.

Emily and all her paperwork!

Emily – a communication major and film studies minor graduating this weekend, and Ben – a sophomore computer science major and a film studies minor, both acted as assistant directors for the film. Neither of them had anything bad to say about the class. They both raved about what a great experience it was for them and how exciting the process was. They didn’t even mind the 12-hour overnight shifts. Their jobs were very real. Emily had to make all the schedules for the 70 to 80 people that were on set every day, and had to make sure everyone was where they were supposed to be when they were supposed to be there while making sure everyone was happy. Ben completed production reports to make sure the everything was going right every day and also made sure that everyone had everything they needed (and were happy) and that things were running smoothly.

They both admit that they weren’t quite sure what they were getting into when they signed up for the class. Andy sent them an email in December letting them know it would be a time commitment, but they still didn’t expect 12-hour days (or nights). But – they are both extremely glad that they went through with it and gained the experience that they did. “The whole experience almost formed a new family for all of us. We worked the long hours and there were really tough times, and really fun times, all of us really bonded,” Ben noted. Emily already has a potential job lined up from a connection she made while working on the film. Ben hopes to work on both sides of production (pre and post) once he graduates.

They shot the entire feature film in 15 days. Fifteen days! Don’t balk. The production value is outstanding, better than you would expect from a ‘student’ film that was shot in 15 days. If you don’t believe me, watch the trailer. Then sit on the edge of your seat and wait until they show the movie in Columbia. Make sure you follow them on facebook to keep up with the status!

CoMo Art: events tomorrow!

There are a couple of awesome events happening tomorrow (May 5th)!

The first is the craft sale at the Craft Studio on Mizzou’s campus. You can’t really find much info online, but I know it runs from 10am to 1pm in the basement of Memorial Union. I went last year and bought a bunch of fantastic handmade clay bowls of various sizes. They had the most beautiful glazes! I gave a couple as holiday gifts and kept a few of them for myself. They are priced wonderfully, so I hope to grab a few more to have on hand for gifts. They also had some knit and crocheted scarves and some sewn goodies. There is always a variety, so if you have time over your lunch break stop by and check it out!

The Museum of Art and Archaeology is also hosting an event tomorrow from 4 to 8pm called Slow Art Day. It is actually an annual global event. The idea is that you’ll slow down and enjoy a few select pieces of artwork instead of running through the museum trying to everything at once. It is free and open to public and they’ll be serving some snacks and wine. You can learn a little bit more on their website.

I also want to mention one event going on this weekend in St. Louis. I know it’s not in Columbia, but a lot of people might be traveling for Mother’s Day this weekend! The 24th annual Art Fair will be running Friday through Sunday at Laumeier Sculpture Park.

Oh! And don’t forget to stop by the Columbia Art Leauge to see the Red Show. I stopped by the other day – there are some amazing pieces. I specifically enjoyed the drawings of the pomegranate and the Tootsie Roll Pop wrapper.


-christa jane

CoMo Sports: Mizzou Softball

First things first: I’m no sports writer. I’m not even a sports fanatic. But I want to let you in on a little Columbia Sports secret: Mizzou Softball.

Mizzou Softball Team

The softball team is arguably the best Mizzou sports team this year. They are ranked eighth in the country and have won 40 out of 46 games so far this season. Chelsea Thomas, a redshirt sophomore, is their top pitcher and leads the country in earned run average (0.72) and has been named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week five times. Two-time All American Rhea Taylor is one of the most exciting lead-off hitters in the country. She holds the Big 12 record for most stolen bases in a career. Mizzou has made it to the Women’s College World Series two years in a row and are hoping for a three-peat this season.

Chelsea Thomas

They are a serious group, as evidenced by this recent article. A lot of other teams have cheers and chants and matching hair bows – pretty reminiscent of high school ball if you ask me. The Mizzou team are all professionals – each time they walk onto the field, they are there to do their jobs.

Fans at University Field

There are only six games left in the regular season, all at home, and then the Tigers hope to host the first round of post-season play. Tomorrow they play a double-header at University Field against Western Illinois starting at 3pm, and this weekend they take on Texas at 2:00 on Saturday and Sunday at noon. Sunday’s game will also be shown on ESPN. If Missouri sweeps Texas, they will become number one in the Big 12 and will be inline to win the Big 12 overall.

This could be their year, and you should bare witness! Tickets are $5 for adults, children and seniors are $3, or free if you have a Spirit Pass. Bring cash for the concessions – they serve a mean grilled hot dog! If you already have weekend booked up, plan ahead for next weekend when they play Iowa State. All game dates and times can be found on

-christa jane