Wintry Market – Handmade for the Holidays – Art and Craft Market Boise, Idaho


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Application & Open Studio

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Just a friendly little reminder to all the talented Idaho makers – the Wintry Market 2014 vendor application is due on Monday – October 20th!

Also the gracious Bricolage is letting us host a couple open studio sessions in their space on Saturday October 25th & Saturday November 8th from 3-5pm…. bring your projects and join us and your fellow makers!


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Poster Sneak Peek!

We are thrilled to have artist and photographer Melanie Folwell on board creating this year’s Wintry Market poster! After a previous career in graphic design and marketing, Melanie jumped behind the camera lens after her two children were born. Her portraiture business captures the fleeting moments of childhood, creative settings and unstuffy, everyday environments. Additionally, Melanie has done a number of fine art photography exhibitions, public art projects, and continues to work in graphic design a bit here and there. We’ve partnered with a different local artist each year of Wintry Market to create a one-of-a-kind artsy poster for us and are so excited to reveal Melanie’s creation soon! For now, here’s a sneak peek:

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Don’t forget – you’ve got ten more days to get your applications submitted for this year’s Wintry Market (due October 20th)!


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Angela Stewart of Ladybug Press

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We love visiting the creative spaces and studios of past Wintry Market vendors. It’s so much fun to see our artists at work, be it at home in a kitchen, in a backyard garage space, or a rented studio in a Boise high-rise.

Printmaker Angela Stewart is the brains and creative force behind Boise’s Ladybug Press, which has been in operation a little over five years now. A native Boisean, Angela got her bachelors degree in graphic design from Boise State University. She’s a natural businesswoman it seems, as Angela started seeking out clients as a student and went on to start her own professional graphic design business, successfully securing many major local companies and do a great deal of design work. Right around the time her son was born she got the itch. “I knew I didn’t want to sit behind a desk in an office any longer. I wanted to make something, do something more creative,” Angela shared. Luckily, a family friend and neighbor mentored Angela in printmaking and piqued her interestin the craft. After reading every book she could find on the subject, Angela began experimenting with the medium and was thrilled when her old friend gifted her with a real treasure, her beloved one-hundred year old big blue press. She’d already designed a number of wedding invitations with unique and personal touches and really liked it and, thus, Ladybug Press was born.

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While Angela continues to make wedding invitations, she’s branched out to many other papergoods, including coasters, recipe cards, greeting cards, gift tags, and more. Her business has grown so much in the recent couple of years that she has had to hire not one, but two employees, including an illustrator, Lauryn, and a packing/shipping helper, Erika. In 2012, Martha Stewart magazine featured some of Ladybug Press’ beer coasters, and Angela was invited to be an official ebay seller on Martha Stewart Living’s American Made Collection.  As a mom, Angela is happy to be able to work from home, having built a studio in her backyard, where the view is now her tomato-filled garden and shady apple tree. New projects are underway for Ladybug Press, including limited edition watercolor prints and a Lost Landmarks series of Boise buildings coasters (we at Wintry are so excited to see both!).IMG_1188

You can find Ladybug Press on their website, Facebook, and Etsy, as well as many, many local boutique stores and across the nation. Thanks for letting us into your workshop and home, Angela!


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Holiday Craftin’

We know, it’s still September, but we’ve got Wintry on the brain! Being in the throes of planning for the big weekend in November has got us brainstorming holiday crafts and we’ve found a few too cute not to share.

DIY Gold Leaf Pine Cone Garland

This simple DIY gold leaf pine leave garland is awfully sweet and could be something to save and decorate your mantle with year after year. (Or if you’re short on time and patience, you could get the same effect with gold spray paint and tying the twine directly around the top or middle of each pinecone, forgoing the eye screws.)

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These whimsical ornaments have a mid-century mod feel and are easy to make with scraps of cardstock you might have lying around. Smaller ones hung around a tree or larger ones suspended from the ceiling with fishing line would both by cheap and easy holiday décor.

gingerbread house that sits on the edge of a mug

And, our most favorite, when crafting and cooking collide! These wee gingerbread house cookies that perch on your coffee mug are too die for. A  culinary construction masterpiece for sure.

Be sure to follow our Wintry Market Pinterest boards for more wintry crafts, baking, treat making, and vintage decoration ideas!


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Booth Layout & Display

For those of you who haven’t done a market before (and for those who have) we wanted to provide you some ideas for setting up your display. The booth spaces at El Korah Shrine are 6’x6′ again. Please use your space to best display your product, below are a few layout suggestions for an outward facing and inward facing design.

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Here are some useful tips for displaying your goods:

  • Layout and access to your booth makes a difference for your patrons – do a mock-up at home before the event if you can.
  • Decide where you want to sit / stand in your space.
  • Plan a location for additional merchandise and gift wrap.
  • Create signage so patrons know what your booth name is.
  • Be creative with your booth materials, create more than one level of display.

Below are some display ideas – check out our Pinterest board  for more!

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Plum – organic and modern metal – Wintry Market 2011 (Laurie Pearman)

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Belle Fourche – Wintry Market 2011 (Laurie Pearman)

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Block+Fiber – Wintry Market 2012

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Weave Gold – Wintry Market 2012

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Nifty-Fifty Vintage – Wintry Market 2013 (Allison Corona)

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The Black Scottie – Wintry Market 2013 (Allison Corona)

Don’t forget to apply by October 20th – Early applicants are invited to attend this event at Bricolage on September 18th!

El Korah Shrine!

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We here at Wintry Market headquarters are so excited to announce the venue for this year’s 2014 market – El Korah Shrine!

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Located downtown Boise on the corner of 11th and Idaho (at 1117 W. Idaho, to be exact), the Shriner’s building is right across the street from The Record Exchange. It has ample street and lot parking nearby and is just a hop, skip and a jump from the Capital City Holiday Market. It’s walk-able and bike-able, just the way we like it.

The Shrine Center is a local historic landmark, built in 1914 in the spot of an old burned out livery stable. Its great ballroom space is a perfect spot to host a large event like Wintry Market – providing us with space for about 42 vendors and a stage for live local bands courtesy of Go Listen Boise. It’s downstairs restaurant, the Oasis, will be open during Wintry this year, providing us with a lil’ diner for a snack, coffee, cocktail, or lunch.

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