May082012

Scout Vendor: Jen’s Dream Decor and Whatever Lola Wants Lola Gets

Tuesday May 8th 2012, AT 7:33AM   4 Comments;

Delish Magazine is honored to be a sponsor of the upcoming Scout Handmade + Vintage Market! This fantastic event is brought to you by Rachel & Lily of Birch & Bird Vintage Home Interiors, the same dynamic duo who brought you the Fieldstone Vintage Market.

From now until May 25th, Delish will be bringing the sellers to our readers! Consider this a sneak peek to entice you to come to the market (make sure to say hi to us at the Delish General Store booth!), or an introduction to an amazing artisan, handcrafter or business for those of you who are not local to the Lower Mainland, or cannot make it out. Check back every day for new vendors!

Jen’s Dream Decor

Owner/artisan: Jen Curtis

What is the story behind your business?

I love creating something new from something old. When I am sewing or crafting I lose track of time and can’t believe it when the end of the day arrives. I’ve been crafting, sewing, redecorating and upcycling for as long as I can remember. I have a certificate in interior decorating after attending night school for five years. It was a fabulous experience but I like the process of manufacturing my own product best.

Because my greatest love is decorating with fabric, I make small upholstered items like photo memory boards and re-purpose vintage frames into magnet boards, jewelry frames and other decorative items for your home.

My husband is my biggest supporter and a great help. We always say that he does the “nitty gritty” and I do the “pretty”. Lucky me!

I’m also a self confessed garage sale and thrift shop junkie and love searching for items to add character and charm to my home. So I decided to open a second shop to share some of my finds with other collectors and lovers of the Shabby Chic style.

Where and when do you craft your goodies?

I work full time at home on my business, I have some space in the garage for painting but mostly work on my kitchen island upholstering memory boards and making framed jewelry organizers. I get up around 5am and work most of the day, on most weekends we go garage sale-ing and I am happy to get my husband’s help with cutting and drilling for my projects.

What will you be selling at Scout?

At Scout I’ll be selling my handmade memory boards, magnet boards, bulletin boards and framed jewelry organizers and racks. I’ll also bring a clock or two, something I enjoy making once in awhile. If I can fit more than that in I’ll add in some vintage items, mostly ones that I’ve upscaled by painting or re-purposed into something else.

Why do you like these events?

I love the craft shows that Birch and Bird have put on because of the vintage twist…I find my kind of client there, people who love vintage and re-purposed items as much as I do. Craft shows in general are a great way to get face-to-face feedback from my customers and to talk about custom orders as well.

What is next for you, personally and professionally?

Well, we are empty nesters and my husband will retire in about five years, after that we plan to expand into furniture and upholstery a bit more. I’m hoping to take some courses in upholstery in the next year or two. I already work on smaller projects like chairs and our next personal project will be an upholstered large ottoman out of a coffee table. I’m also starting to experiment with antiquing mirror without harsh chemicals which is a work in progress!

Find it here: Jen’s Dream Decor and Jen’s Dream Vintage.

Whatever Lola Wants Lola Gets

Owner/artisan: Rochelle Gaukel

What is the story behind your business?

My love of creating and design has been with me for a while. I have created with many different mediums but I find that my love remains with jewelry. I enjoy finding new ways to bring the vintage into my jewelry. Old photos, ephemera, and vintage jewelry parts become part of my pieces. I find that using these elements creates a “story” with each piece. Custom work has been a favorite of mine. A special photo of one’s grandmother or great grandmother can be forever put into an heirloom piece of jewelry.

Where and when do you craft your goodies?

I have a small studio in my home and it is my “happy” place filled with all my vintage goodies and supplies. My studio also has many nostalgic things that I love, so naturally I have surrounded myself with these in my space. I am definitely creating something each week and always looking for new techniques to add to my craft.

What will you be selling at Scout?

I will be selling my jewelry at the Scout market.

Why do you like these events?

I love being involved as a vendor at these events as it gives me the chance to connect with other “like minded” individuals who appreciate and love vintage items like I do.

What is next for you, personally and professionally?

For me personally – there’s always something on the back burner. I love to have fun and to travel….maybe a trip somewhere far away – soon?! For me professionally – I am off to Los Angeles to participate as a vendor at a show and to also make some contacts there. Coming up soon I will be teaching some jewelry classes locally – I am working with a few venues who have asked me to be a guest teacher, so I am really excited about this.

Find it here: Whatever Lola Wants Lola Gets

Scout Vintage + Handmade Market Info

When: May 25th-26th, 2012
Friday, May 25th from 6-9pm will be open to ticket holders and invited guests only. A limited number of tickets will be available to purchase on April 15th for a First Dibs night of shopping, wine + cheese and live entertainment. Saturday, May 26th will be open to the public from 10am-4pm for a small admission fee.
Where:The Parallel Marketplace (across from Thrifty Foods) 1920 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford BC.
Partial proceeds of the admission will go to a local charity, Life Recovery, a non-profit residential women’s recovery program.

See them here: Scout Vintage + Handmade Market

And see you there!

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4 Responses to “Scout Vendor: Jen’s Dream Decor and Whatever Lola Wants Lola Gets”

  1. Thank you so much for the feature…this is going to be a fabulous show coming up and I’m loving learning all about the other vendors!

  2. colleen says:

    oh these two ladies are so talented…I have bought off both! ..well I am buying of Jen ..she is so sweet to hold two wonderful pieces till we meet again! And Rochelle, well this lady can make jewelry! wow!… I have a necklace of hers and love it!..yeah!

  3. Leanna says:

    So nice to meet you ladies!! See you soon!

  4. local grain says:

    Love the text pieces!

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