THE ART OF BASKETS, GOURDS, & SOAP
Karen Bresnahan and Leslie Bouchonville starting make soap over 10 years ago. Creekside Creations is a very small business which produces only soap of the highest quality. A typical batch of soap is about 23 bars. Special attention is given to the details with each bar being wrapped in a specialty fabric for gift giving and to keep the scent fresh.
Jo has been weaving beautiful, handcrafted baskets for 15 years. She is a member of several basket guilds and attends many national workshops and conventions where she hones her craft. She currently teaches classes at the Longville Arts Center, the Hackensack Senior Center and at various locations in the Twin Cities.
(All Things Herbal)
From the dried herbs and spices that distinguish All Things Herbal soaps, David and Christine Kennedy make soap from scratch using their original recipes and the finest ingredients for fragrant, decadent handmade soaps that look as good as they smell. Embracing herbal goodness in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, they offer a range of products for your face and body using plant oils and their handcrafted infusions. Their passion is creating earth friendly natural products that keep your skin looking and feeling amazing.
Barb Troje – Prairie Harvest
Barb works with pure beeswax from her hives. The first step is a cleaning process to remove all impurities. At this point candles are ready to be either hand dipped or molded. She designs the majority of the molds. Barb uses and applies several surface techniques to create her candles, using both the natural color and dye. Products such as salve, soap and lip balm are made using beeswax, honey and other natural oils. Gift boxes are included.
Cindy describes her artistic creations as an extension of her sustainable living way of life. Her backyard gardens provide the makings for her jams, salsas and fresh garden produce. A variety of mediums are used for home-made gift ideas like dried gourd art, recycled feed bags, birch-bark mobiles, Christmas stars and quilted items.