May242012

Scout Vendors: Karla’s Specialteas and Twig Home

Thursday May 24th 2012, AT 6:00AM   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!

Karla’s Specialteas

Owner/artisan: Karla Turner

What is the story behind your business?

About 12 years ago I went to school to become an Registered Aromatherapist as my passion has always been to help people and do it through natural methods of healing. Shortly after I started creating handmade all natural products that had the therapeutic benefits of the essential oils. I was 20 and knew nothing about starting my own business and people weren’t quite ready to pay what it was costing me to produce these wonderful products.

After going back to work and then having two children I felt like I needed to explore my options for a career again. I looked into becoming a Clinical herbalist and discovered that the program I needed would be four years! My youngest was two years old, and a four year program with no flexibility didn’t make sense…..yet, I WILL do it!!

My love of tea has been since I was a small child and one day while I was going back and forth of what I should do it came to me. TEA. There was a way that I could incorporate my love of essential oils, herbs and healing, and tea. The aromatherapy and herbalism always comes back to being a part time career. But I could combine all these things into something that there is and always will be a demand for…great tea!

I started my company in May of 2011 and the Scout Market will be my first year anniversary. I started with $100 and have built from there, slowly letting my business develop as it can and so that I can still be a stay at home mom for my children.

Where and when do you craft your goodies?

I am living in Mission and do all the blending and packaging out of my home. I am a little more productive when the “helpers” are in bed! I sell at fairs, festivals, farmers markets and some small local retailers.

What will you be selling at Scout?

I will be selling my loose leaf teas, tea accessories, custom pottery, hand felted tea cozies, gift boxes, glass teapots and flowering teas and will be sampling hot tea…or cold.

Why do you like these events?

I am an extrovert. Being a mother of two young children is wonderful…but I’m talking to kids all day! Fairs and festivals are what drives me. I love to be able to talk to my customers one on one. There is so much information that I want to share with people about the benefits and differences in high quality loose leaf teas, local and wild herbs and essential oils! Isn’t it just wonderful that something can taste so delicious and be so beneficial for your health and wellness? I love being with other entrepreneurs that are doing what they love to do!

What is next for you, personally and professionally?

Personally, I will strive to find a perfect balance between my business and my family, and I look forward to spending time with my friends and family this summer. I can’t wait to start camping again and am hoping to learn to ride a motorbike this year. I will continue to working towards my goal of becoming a Registered Clinical Herbalist.

Professionally, I look forward to creating new and wonderful tea blends to share! I love working with other local artisans so there may be new exciting things coming this year. I want to continue to slowly grow my business as my kids get older and more independent, and spread the word about tea! I have a bunch of fun festivals for this upcoming season so I look forward being able to get out there.

Find it here: Karla’s Specialteas

Twig Home

Owner/artisan: Kevi Zupancic

What is the story behind your business?

I grew up with an interior decorator for a mom, so I have always had a love for making ‘the home’ beautiful in my blood. I also have always loved vintage furniture and home accessories (and the hunt to find them!), as well as resurrecting things that have been cast aside and giving them new life. A few months after getting married in the summer of 2010, I decided to quit my job as an administrative assistant and pursue making a living doing the things I love!

Where and when do you craft your goodies?

I ‘hunt’ for my vintage treasures every chance I get; thrift stores, garage sales, craigslist, dumpsters, you name it! Often the items I find are in need of a little love (usually in the form of paint), and since we live in a small loft/condo and don’t have a garage yet, I am fortunate enough to be able to use my dad’s shop to store and fix up my finds. Finding the time to do all of the above has gotten a little trickier since we had our first baby in January of this year. I am trying to teach her to love thrift stores at a very young age!

What will you be selling at Scout?

I will be selling vintage furniture… some original, and some refurbished, as well as vintage home accessories and decor, even some vintage jewelry!

Why do you like these events?

I love doing these markets mostly because I love to be included with all the other local, creative, and talented people! I also love meeting people who enjoy and appreciate the same things as I do.

What is next for you personally and professionally?

Well, personally, I am just planning to continue to enjoy my cute, chubby, four-month-old daughter, Wren. My husband and I are also in the middle of selling our little loft and hoping to soon buy a small house.

Professionally, I would love to one day set up a little shop within our home where I can sell and refinish my vintage treasures while staying home with my daughter. I also hope to get an online shop up and running soon! In the meantime, I will continue blogging and of course, doing markets like Scout!

Find it here: Twig Home

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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