May092012

Scout Vendor: Opechee and Bookas

Wednesday May 9th 2012, AT 8:33AM   1 Comment

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!

Opechee ~ handmade and upcycled jewelry

Owner/artisan: Monica Ott

What is the story behind your business?

I haven’t always loved art. In fact, I was a tomboy growing up, most of my time was spent climbing trees and playing baseball. But I have always loved treasure! Items that have a history have captured my interest since childhood. Where did it come from? What was the person like who owned it? With Opechee I am able to incorporate history into a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. Upcycled vintage skeleton keys, chandelier crystals and old buttons, all find new uses as upcycled jewelry accents.

Where and when do you craft your goodies?

Each upcycled piece is handcrafted in my little country studio. Under the watchful eyes of my yellow lab Roofus I transform pre-loved items into unique eye-catching designs. As I also have a full time job, most pieces come to life well after the sun has set.

What will you be selling at Scout?

I’m thrilled to be a vendor at the Scout Handmade & Vintage Market! At my booth there will be one-of-a-kind jewelry, necklaces with upcycled vintage skeleton keys, vintage beads and crystals, rings with vintage buttons, matryoshka doll earrings and bracelets made with vintage bits and bobbles! I also have a line of handmade stuffed critters! Little owls, bears and bunnies made from upcycled vintage fabric and vintage Mother of Pearl buttons. What once was an old man’s suit is now a one of a kind critter! (All vintage fabric is washed and pressed before use!)


Sharalee Prang Photography

Why do you like these events?

Handmade and vintage markets are my favourite. I love meeting other vendors who enjoy vintage as much as I do, and the look on customers’ faces when they walk into a world of vintage is just priceless! The vibe is like nothing else!

What is next for you, personally and professionally?

Opechee will be at the Old Farmhouse Market on June 23rd, and at Art on the Farm on August 18th. During the summer months I will be busy tending my organic vegetable garden, hiking with my husband and yellow lab Roofus and riding my vintage cruiser! I will continue designing and creating upcycled jewelry and also working full time at the Abbotsford Hospice Society.

Find it here: Opechee

Bookas

Owner/artisan: Chandra Micom

What is the story behind your business?

My Name is Chandra Micom, and I’m 32 years old. First and foremost, I’m a mom of a beautiful and special two year old son named Griffin. I’m married to a wonderful Belgian man named Jorian … he is a wonderful support to me and my work.

I haven’t been sewing very long, it’s been about two years. But I always knew I would love it once I got over my fear of the unknown…the sewing machine!! I have been sewing quilts by hand for the past few years, but never tackled anything else because I only could sew a straight line. Then my mother-in-law came for a visit from Belgium and she is a professional seamstress. She showed me the ins and outs of a sewing machine and my fears were diminished. Ever since then I’m on my machine every spare minute I can find.

I have always loved working with my hands and creating something. I’ve been ‘crafty’ ever since I was little. I loved to color, paint, arrange dry flowers (remember that?!), photography and scrapbooking. Some of these things I still do.

But sewing has taken over…there is something about the hum of the sewing machine that just sets me at ease. The best thing though is the items that I create are for someone to use, keeping babies warm, to help moms feel stylish and help their little ones do the same.

So far I’ve only sold my items to friends and family, on Etsy and at a few local small markets. It’s been a dream of mine to have my own business, and BOOKAS is doing that for me.

Where and when do you craft your goodies?

I do all my sewing at home in my studio. I grab any spare moments that I can to create, either when my little guy is napping or if he’s being watched by my mom.

What will you be selling at Scout?

I’ve been sewing nonstop for Scout. There you are going to find all of Bookas sleep sacks in all four sizes from 3 months to 24 months. Blankets of all kinds from quilts, receiving blankets and minky blankets. I’ll also have my little man ties (boys need accessories too!) Plus, I’ll have some handy accessories for mom…diaper clutches and shopping cart covers.

Why do you like these events?

I’m drawn to local markets because I get to be a part of the community. There is nothing like supporting local handmade vendors. The environment is always friendly and creative.

What is next for you, personally and professionally?

Bookas future? I have lots up my sleeve…many more handy ideas for mom and baby. Some car seat covers (keep the sun out of baby’s eyes, or even just to keep baby asleep) and even the everywhere highchair. I plan on doing many more local markets this year. So make sure you stay updated with liking my Facebook page! I’ll share all my updated events there.

Find it here: Bookas and facebook.com/bookassh

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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One Response to “Scout Vendor: Opechee and Bookas”

  1. colleen says:

    Love the enthusiasm of these vendors! I have a Opechee creation & love it!

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