Simon Tarasiewicz / The Toy Tree
wood / toys, puzzels & games
Hometown: Birch Run, MI
After serving a couple of years in the Marine Corps, Simon set out touring the world by bike. He met his wife Joy in Australia and they continued the journey together by bike until Joy had a biking accident. While she was hospitalized, Simon caught a glimpse of the x-rays of her injury which inspired him to make her a wooden tap dancing dolls.
Later, they came to the United States, got married and exhibited at arts and crafts shows for a while. But the road was calling again, so they set out to tour Europe by bike. In Austria, Simon was impressed to meet a toymaker whose workshop was attached to his house. They visited the Nuremburg Toy Festival where they were struck by how many of them were Mom and Pop craft businesses. When they were ready to end their bike tour, they decided to return to the United States and make toys for a living.
Using maple and birch wood, they make personalized wooden jigsaw puzzles with childrens names, picture puzzles and wooden stools with puzzles on the top step. Custom orders are always welcome!
Ashley Taylor & Shaun Wrightson / Put a Bird on It
Hometown: Catonsville, MD
Terrianne Taylor / Pretty Baby Naturals
Hometown: China Grove, NC
Terrianne Taylor got her introduction to soapmaking on her grandmother’s farm and today, she and her children are fourth and fifth generation soap makers.
Pretty Baby Naturals makes carefully handcrafted, natural organic soap lotions and powders for every member of the family. Their products are cruelty-free, containing no animal fats, preservatives or petroleum products.
Every bar of soap is enriched with Vitamin E, saponified olive, coconut and palm kernel oils to make mild, long-lasting soaps. They also use infusions, butters, spices, essential oils and goats milk to ensure a robust lather and deeply satisfying experience. Pretty Baby hand and body lotions moisturize dry, cracked skin without leaving any greasy film.
At the next Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, check out their gift sets tailored to ladies, men, infants and pets!
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Hometown: Lansdale, PA
Elaine Thompson / Elaine Thompson Art
paintings, prints & fine art
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Elaine Thompson creates oil paintings, graphite pencil drawings, digital prints and limited edition giclees. Her work is inspired by her own childhood and her desire to keep those memories alive. She enjoys the opportunity to spread joy and love with her illustrations, and simply making people laugh out loud.
Customers often say her images resemble those in children’s storybooks and ask her if she illustrates any. As of fall 2017, she is writing and illustrating her own stories. She has also done one cover illustration for on children’s book, Mariner’s Hollow by F.G. Capitanio.
She often paints wolves which she feels represent a peaceful and protective spirit. She also depicts houses, which represent human beings, engaged with the spirit of a wolf.
Her best sellers are her small, matted 8 X 8 and 8 X 10 digital prints. At shows, she likes to offer these at a special price for a set of three prints.
Stop by during the next Sugarloaf Crafts Festival and take home some affordable original art!
Michelle Thompson / Shabby Girl Creations by Michelle Thompson
paintings, prints & fine art
Hometown: Goldsboro, NC
Michelle Thompson creates beautiful mixed media wall art with scriptural and inspirational messages using an assortment of found objects, paper, acrylics, ink, stains and other embellishments.
Her artwork is inspired by her Christian faith and her life experiences. She strives to encourage others to lean into their faith and feel God’s love and concern in times of difficulty.
She works out of her home studio in a building built in 1878 that originally served as a two room schoolhouse. She loves doing creative work in a building where earlier generations were educated.
Find an uplifting message for yourself or a friend at an upcoming Sugarloaf Crafts Festival!
Greg Tompkins / G & G Enterprises Limited
Hometown: East Liverpool, OH
Alexander Toto / Toto Photography
Hometown: Avondale, PA
Alexander Toto is a travel photographer who shoots breathtaking nature photography from the U.S. national parks and Iceland. He specializes in large format panoramas which showcase the beauty and magnificence of Mother Nature. Many of his photographs have an immersive quality to them that make the viewer feel like you might step into the scene.
He prints on different kinds of paper, including metallic paper, depending on the depth and texture he’s striving for. His photos are sold in two sizes: 13” X 19” and 35” X 70”.
Through his photography, Alexander hopes to inspire people to travel to beautiful places and to consider the effects of climate change on our environment. His work has appeared in several prestigious shows around the U.S.
Come have a look at Alexander’s awe-inspiring photographs at Sugarloaf Crafts Festivals!
Lisa Toups / Chanka Art
Hometown: Blairsville, GA
Willie Trezjbal & Helena Bizonova / Trezana Jewelry
Hometown: West Nyack, NY
John Ture / Trio & Co. New York LLC
Hometown: Woodbridge, NJ
Pete Turner / Turner Mastercraft
wood / wood turnings & pens
Hometown: Red Springs, NC
Before their present career as pen makers, the Turners spent 20 years working full time in Christian ministry with the Salvation Army in Alaska. They would fly all over to remote Alaskan villages. During this time, woodworking was always a side hobby.
They left Alaska in 1993 and turned their attention to woodcrafting. With a last name of ‘Turner’ and a love for turning wood on a lathe, it seemed their business focus was predetermined.
They participated in their first Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in 1995 and have been with us ever since, missing only 7 shows in 20 years. In over two decades, Peter has personally created 150,000 pens. Since they use high quality ink in all their pens, they never smudge or smear on the page.
Turner Mastercraft makes every kind of writing implement from fountain pens to stylus’ used for handheld devices. They’re happy to educate customers about the care and use of their pens.
Try several of their fountain and ballpoint pens at an upcoming Sugarloaf Crafts Festival and marvel at the rich bold ink. Even when still wet, their ink doesn’t smear a smidgen!
Hometown: Washington, DC
Mia Tyson / Living Out Loud with Mia
Textiles / Clothing
Hometown: Tega Cay, SC
Mia Tyson designs and handcrafts fine women’s apparel using only the best quality fabrics and locally sourced labor. Her company provides elegant, artistic coats, vests, capes, shirts and scarves for women of all shapes and sizes.
Mia originally trained as a ceramist. As an apparel designer, she continues to explore similar patterns of movement and line drawings in her work.
Her design philosophy took shape while watching her grandmother, who was a highly skilled self-taught seamstress. She admired her grandmother’s commitment to making the finest garments possible on limited means. Today she strives to make sustainably crafted clothing at affordable prices.
Try on a few of Mia’s sharp looking designs at an upcoming Sugarloaf Crafts Festival!