Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Some Good Market March 8

Back to St. John's this Saturday at Canonwood Hall (also known as St. Thomas' Hall) 8 Military Road across the street from Coffee Matters.
The following vendors will be on site for this event:
Natalie Jewellery
Kelp Me!
Quidi Vidi Pewter
My Goodness Vegan Eats and Treats
In Your Face Cookies and Ice Cream
MDC Boutique
RiddleFence
ME Photography
Best Kind Bakeshoppe
The Trivet Man
Who Knit You?
Kerri's Crafts and Accessories
Sealed With a Kiss
Doodlepalooza
OneRoot Healing
Katlyn's Designs
Foggy Rock Fibres
Brassy Lassy Jewels
Atlantic Rock Threads
Gluten Free Treasures
Foggy Island Crafts
That's Sew Dee
Nan's Kitchen
The Blue Box Pantry
Fabric Creations
Shoshi's Scarves
Top O' The Hill Glass Designs
Northeastern Folk Art
Sealskin Treasures
Megan Natasha
Ren Squires Designs
Simply Handmade by Lana
Stef Smith Ceramics
April's Glass
PGP Photography
Dawn's Creations
Juanita's Art
Sheila Ford
Because I Felt Like It
Holyrood Studios
Tickle Kids
The Newfoundland Chocolate Company
Brittania Teas
Fire Dove
Kate De Cent
Spindrift Handknits
Mewfoundland Purrrfections
And more including fresh eggs, baked goods and preserves.
Admission is $1 and includes entry on door prize. Kids get in for free.

You can follow us on Twitter @somegoodmarket, on Facebook or contact us somegoodmarket@gmail.com or 709.746.4434 for information on becoming a vendor.

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 somegoodmarket@gmail.com.  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:

http://www.charlesokeefe.com/

http://twitter.com/#!/TheNLVampire

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=826155483

thenlvampire@gmail.com

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 info@kelpme.com
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. ..here 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
Doodlepalooza
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
QuacKidz
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:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Doodlepalooza

https://www.facebook.com/Doodlepalooza

http://doodlepalooza.blogspot.ca/

https://twitter.com/doodlepalooza

http://doodlepalooza.tumblr.com

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