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!

Shopping Columbia @ C. Jane Create

I met Christa through her blog, C. Jane Create, and later discovered we both lived in Columbia! We shortly realized we both worked in the same building on the University of Missouri campus. It is a small world. Christa is a graphic designer, crafter, and artist. Not necessarily in that order. Her shop is filled with whimsically designed coasters, hair pins, note cards, and journals. Being into textile and apparel, I was first attracted to her unique fabric hair pins.

IMG_8877I have a set myself in purple and gray, a custom order I requested. Christa is great about making hair pins in the size and color that you prefer. You can completely customize a set that will match perfectly to a particular outfit. Her hair pins are ideal for everyday use or special occasions. I wear mine with dresses and jeans. They are truly versatile.

Her moleskin journals seem to be what she is known for in the world of blogging and Etsy. Christa suggests using the journals for keeping to-do, shopping, and project lists. Wouldn’t these journals be the prettiest way to keep lists? Who wouldn’t love shopping with this sweet journal keeping them company? She also makes these journals in a variety of sizes: a smaller size perfect for on-the-go needs and ideal for keeping in your purse and a larger size for long lists or detailed notes to keep on your desk.

I’m a big proponent of sending hand-written notes. There is something so charming about receiving a stamped note in the mail. It doesn’t take too much time to write a heart-felt note and slip it in the mail but the impact is tremendously more genuine than firing off an email. Sure I love technology as much as the next person (I blog, I tweet, I facebook) but I also love coming home and unplugging for a while and finding a personal note in the mail. Christa has some of the sweetest notecards around. Finding one of her notecards in the mail would surely make someone’s day!

For more information about C. Jane Create:
Visit her blog
Visit her Etsy shop

Shopping Columbia @ Along for the Ride

Local Columbia resident, Laura, founded her Etsy shop, Along for the Ride, almost a year ago. Since then, the colorful and delicate look of her necklaces, hairpins, and earrings have won over many happy customers. Myself included. Her handmade items even found a home in Maude Vintage where their success is almost too much for Laura to keep up. Almost. Laura is dedicated to providing her customers with quality products “made with love and care.”

Recently, Laura added a new product to her shop: The Limited Edition- Pink and Pearl Double Rosette Hair Pin/Brooch. 100% of the proceeds of this item will go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Laura’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer this year and this is Laura’s heartfelt way of supporting the cause.

According to the Susan G. Komen website, “As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, [Susan G. Komen for the Cure is] working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.”

The limited edition pink and pearl double rosette hair pin/brooch features two delicate carnation pink rosettes attached to both a hair clip and a pin back. Rosettes are backed with felt for comfort and durability. Three pearls are hand sewn between the two rosettes.

I placed my order for this hairpin last week.

On Laura’s etsy site she says, “My motto is ‘keep it simple.’ That’s how I approach my work as well. I create jewelry and accessories that are simply delicate, whimsical, and beautiful.” Perhaps that is why I’m such a big fan of her bias tape earrings. They really do embody her motto and how she describes her products. The earrings are truly simply, delicate, whimsical, and beautiful. I try not to wear my pair every day, it is good to change things up a little. But these earrings are so comfortable and versatile, that they have quickly become my go-to accessory!

For more information about Laura and Along for the Ride:
Visit her Etsy shop here.
Visit her Facebook page here.

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