For some really great smelling candles be sure to stop by the Onyx Exchange. A returning vendor, they are on everyone's shopping list...and if they aren't on yours then they should be...at least we think so.
Instead of getting the cookie cutter cards for your holiday grab some wonderful letterpress cards from Ari Press. Your cards are sure to be the talk of all your family and friends.
Imagination Kids Toys
Making classic wooden toys for kids Imagination Kids Toys will bring fun playtime and lots of imagination to any child. This is a must stop for anybody who has kids on their holiday list this year.
Some of our favorite monsters will be making their way back to the BHM this year with Bearmojo. Always a crowd pleaser we are happy to have them back. Make sure to pick up a cute and cuddly fuzzy monster pillow for the kids on your list this holiday season.
Featuring handmade soaps and wonderful lip balms Get Lathered is a returning vendor to the BHM. Don't forget to stop by and stock up on your favorite scents.
Featuring beautiful ceramic work Smollthings has you covered for nature inspired mugs, bowls, and more. They are a great gift idea for a coffee lover in you life who needs just one more mug.
In her own words Cordial Kitten "is a master at creating Amazing Cute Animals You’d Want To Snuggle." How awesome of a description is that?! The only thing we have to add is that her illustrations are so stinkin cute!
Moira K Lime
Beautiful botanical jewelry inspired by nature is what you will find from Moira K Lime. Her jewelry is so pretty, it's perfect for everyday wear or that formal occasion you have coming up.
Two Seaside Babes
After taking a year or two off from the BHM we are pleased to welcome back Two Seaside Babes. Be sure to stop at her booth and grab a great hat to wear this winter for you and the littles.
At this point in time, we can pretty reliably say that Gather would not exist if it were not for the Bloomington Handmade Market, nor would the Bloomington Handmade Market exist if it weren't for Gather. We're symbiotic mechanisms that feed off each other and create a vortex of amazing indie handmade work in the center of downtown Bloomington.
If you've not been into Gather yet, go - no RUN and check out the nearly 200 individual artists who are making a living selling their work through venues like Gather (and Bloomington Handmade Market). At Gather you can find new items for sale nearly every day, sent in by artists who are often alums of the Handmade Market or current vendors, or vendors to be. They host a Gallery Walk opening reception EVERY First Friday, they host a multitude of classes and workshops throughout the year as well as hosting other events and supporting the downtown businesses as part of downtown Bloomington.
Coming up - be sure to visit Gather and MANY other downtown merchants for the Downtown Halloween Trick or Treat Trail on October 30th from 5-8pm. You can park for free, after 6pm in the 4th Street Parking Garage and step inside Fountain Square Mall to start your tour and treating. A listing of participating merchants and attractions will be available on posters and fliers at each location - and of course, Gather is one.
We are going to continue our vendor spotlights with more of our Indiana artists today.
What started out as a way for a med student to help future patients with natural foot care products has turned into a great new vendor, Southern Hospitality. Who wouldn't want to try out a great product that just also happens to be made by a doctor.....be sure to stock up for the winter months when you see Southern Hospitality at the BHM.
Part Time Hooker
Working to combine old craft traditions with modern design Part Time Hooker has some pretty interesting stuff. Her little crocheted cati are super cute and who couldn't use a nice growler cozy.
It's all a family affair for Victory Crafts. Ranging from woodwork to sewn wears this husband, wife team makes some pretty cool things. From wooden phone speakers to bowls to sewn shopping bags, aprons, and cuffs there is definitely something for everyone here.
Three weeks!! That's how long you have to wait for the next BHM. Yay!! So for the last couple of weeks we have been introducing you to our vendors and you may have noticed (or may not have since I really didn't say I was doing this) that all the vendors have been local to Bloomington so far. Well, we are moving on and going to introduce you to our wonderful vendors from the rest of Indiana. And when we are done introducing the Indiana vendors we will be moving on to other states we have vendors from. So, on to Indiana.......
Megan Martin Artisan
Making gorgeous, modern jewelry is what Megan Martin Artisan is all about. Oh, did we mention that she uses recycled argentium sterling silver for all her wears.....how cool is that!!
Sunday Afternoon Housewife
Making Indiana themed shirts, mugs, and glasses is what makes Sunday Afternoon Housewife unique. She has screen printed shirts that are zip code specific as well as IN specific. And those designs also get printed on mugs and glasses perfect for a nice cold beer. Show your IN pride with Sunday Afternoon Housewife.
Handcrafted silver jewelry Urban Silverworks has jewelry to fit your style. Come check out the beautiful wears from a new to the BHM vendor.
Brown County Glass
If beautiful colored glass is your thing then don't miss out on Brown County Glass. Ranging from Christmas ornaments, vases, plates, and bowls they have everything you need to cover the glass loving person on your list.
Teehaus Bath & Body
Making wonderful soaps, lotions, and facial soaps from all natural products Teehaus Bath has soo many wonderful scents there is sure to be one that will just make you melt.
A new pottery vendor to this Fall's BHM, Hather Rose creates beautiful works of are from clay. Making functional works like bowls, cups, and mugs she uses creative glazing techniques to make her work really stand out.
Opposite of Far
Bringing out the kid in us all Opposite of Far makes wonderful masks...and not just for kids. She makes them in adult sizes too. If she doesn't have your favorite animal chances are she can make one for you in a custom order. But bringing out the imagination will not be a problem with Opposite of Far.
Specializing in animal illustrations and shadow boxes Sadly Harmless has beautiful images than anybody would love to have on their wall. And don't forget to stop by and pick up your 2016 calendar with 12 wonderful animal illustrations
The Butterfly Road
Creating beautiful pieces of wearable art from nature is what Butterfly Road is all about. Collecting butterflies and moths as she comes by them on hikes and walks she makes wonderful pieces of jewelry from nature.
Handcrafted metal and gemstone jewelry is at the center of Tactile Melodies. From her love of constellations she has a wonderful line of constellation necklaces. But don't worry, if that's not your thing she also has a wonderful like of copper and silver jewelry to fit every need.
Making wonderful bowls, containers, and fun decorating accessories Paper Plethora uses old magazines as her medium. These little creations may be made from recycled materials but they are just plain fun to have around the house to catch those little odds and ends.
A husband wife team that works like no other. He is an illustrator creating fun and fanciful images and she is a jeweler creating works of wearable art that is just as much part of the fantasy world. Put them together and you have a vendor that should be on everyone's list to stop and see.
Vincet Desjardins, Illustrator
Creating artwork with children in mind Vincent has some really fun and beautiful artwork that suits everyone's tastes...and lets the kid in us all out sometimes. And don't for get to check out his original stuffed animals created from his own drawings too.
The Wood Frog
Making a wide collection of wood products to help with all your homesteading needs....or just normal city life needs too. From their beer carriers, to garden baskets, to play houses for the kiddos, and custom kitchen tables they can create anything from wood.
We just can't stop!! We're so excited to share with you what our Lovely sponsors are up to lately!!! This month you can find a wide variety of films being show through the Ryder film series - but honestly, we can't wait to see this one: Finders Keepers. It runs from October 30 through November 15 and it's sure to be . . . interesting:)
"Truth can indeed be stranger than fiction. Shannon Whisnant has a nose for a bargain. So when he buys a used grill at a North Carolina yard sale and finds a severed human foot among its contents, he spies a golden opportunity to cash in on the gruesome discovery. Then the original owner shows up and demands his missing foot back.
This is the stuff of documentary legend."
So, if you're looking for something to do this week/weekend, be sure to check out the schedule for the Ryder Film series, and as always, pick up a magazine to read about the films and all kinds of things going on in the area.
Thanks to the Ryder for their continued support of BHM!