Louise has been the face of Cream of the Country Bazaar since day 1. She is the organizer of the Bazaar and has been responsible for it's growth over the years.
Louise is best known for her famous green pepper jelly. Green pepper jelly and Cream of the Country bazaar go hand-in hand. For the last 28 years show goers have traveled to the show once a year to purchase the year's batch of the pretty green jelly.
Each batch is made from 3 varieties of peppers, all locally grown. The jelly is best served with cream cheese on crackers and makes a perfect gift during the holidays! Buy a jar for yourself and one for a friend! Samples available during the show just to tempt your taste buds. Jars sell for $4.75 each which include an attractive fabric topper and informational card.
Deborah (Deb) Doehler has been a participant of Cream of the Country for over 18 years. This year she will be adding her new line "Home Grown Pottery." Her low fire, brightly glazed pottery items will be a whimsical addition to the mix of hand-crafted items available at the bazaar. Deb will also be bringing her collection of vintage and found items for the collector with an eye for the unique. Deb has been a long time collector and has a booth at Living Vintage antique mall in Eldridge, IA as well as C & S Antiques in Geneseo, IL. She searches for unusual vintage and gently used newer items including jewelry, furniture, kitchen items, garden items and linens. Look for the tags labeled "#88 Deb D." for unusual finds!
Danica has been a part of Cream of the Country Bazaar for the past 14 years. She does Stoneware Pottery: bowls, casseroles dishes, spoon rests, cups, plates, wall hangings, etc. The pottery is oven/dishwasher safe. Additionally, the glazes that are used are lead free.
Baskets filled with chocolate covered pretzels with an M&M, aka "fried eggs" are also made by chef Danica.
Danica specializes in jewelry, earrings, and necklaces in the lacy pattern. They are repeating and quite intricate patterns. The pattern is simple but the result is a beautiful beaded necklace. Very elegant.
Dee is a veteran crafter who has been a part of the Cream of Country for years, almost from its inception! She is a jewelry maker and also works in mixed media. She dabbles in antiques and older kitchen ware. She will also tempt you with hand-carved gourds, mini pumpkins and unusual fall dried materials.. She has a whimsy all her own! You'll love her style!
SWEET ARTS BAKERY CLUB
These girls have the winning formula when it comes to food. You won't be disappointed when you see the tables of cookies, cakes, fresh pies, jellies, jams, noodles, breads, candies and the list goes on. All bakery is fresh to you (many times its warm when it arrives!) and the prices. reasonable and fair when you consider the time and ingredients that have gone into the process of the items! What a talented bunch of women who love to share their baking skills with us! Many repeat customers on these items!
Looking for something special that you just won't find at the Mall? Karon shares old toys and baby things from years past!
A vendor since 2011 Mary's talents are varied. She has hand crocheted necklaces, knit scarves and beautifully embellished jean jackets! Mary spends her winter evenings knitting baby hats and matching booties. Welcome Mary to the mix of other artisians!
Handmade soap is very affordable yet such a luxury! Tianna has many other products (the sweet smellin' kind) in her inventory! Lotions, scrubs and shea butters are all 100% natural and done in the cold press method. Tianna's web site is: www.midnightperfumery.com and is a seller on the popular etsy web site. Tianna keeps busy at local farmer's markets in the Quad City area. Welcome Tianna to the flock!!!
Pauline is a "veteran" of the show bringing in sewn items including totes, purses, pillows, small quilts, aprons, flannel rag quilts, baby quilts and coasters! We love the variety that Pauline share with the show, and everything is made with a professional appeal! We love your things, Pauline!
Deborah has been in the show since 2011. She is most original in her cloth zippered items of purses, small bags and totes of just the cutest fabric! With a "Vera Bradley" flair her work is perfect !!! It could be just the special gift on this year's Christmas list . Check out her many designs and patterns for this one of a kind item! Welcome Deborah!
Back again to the show this year, Deb will be displaying a variety of primitive pillows, framed embroidery and penny rug mats. She also has been busy doing pincushions, needle books and many other fabric crafts. New in 2015 are Deb's fabric-covered boxes, all done in folk art style. Deb's items have been well received by our faithful followers!
DALLAS AND ROXIE DESHANE
How would you like a piece of 100 year old history? Roxie will be bringing hand embroidered pictures and sayings all framed in old barn boards! Also,sayings and verses on tiles and magnets for your viewing! Roxie is well known for her gourds and she won't disappoint us with her display! Barn board vases and framed pieces will add to her offering in 2015. Find the unusual here!
Snowmen, santas, Raggedy Ann's and more are made by this returning crafter. She has been working feverishly all winter to bring you a huge selection of the best of the best! Also Fall and Halloween items will add to the mix of Linda's handiwork....Linda's work is impeccable and it is evident in her items! Linda is the maker of the white sheep given out with purchases of $100 or more. You're goin' to love them!!
Mary is back with us for a fourth year and we are so glad she is! She is the "Garden Bugs" lady in a very whimsical way! She also makes cell phone pockets, purse tags, garden deco, bricks, wind chimes, duct tape creations, and bug ornaments with an attitude! You'll want some for yourself and several for Christmas gift giving. Mary is reasonable and fun with her products! Watch for her!
DEBRA A. CARPENTER
What a clever idea to add a little bling to the bedroom with jazzy pillow cases and Debra has made lots of different colors and prints! Reversible table runners, tooth fairy pillows, knitted dish clothes, receiving blankets, and crayon holders are just a few of her items. Debra was a first timer in 2014 and we welcome her back for 2015!
Have you ever seen fleece blankets with crocheted edges for detail? They will be a part of this crafter's focus! The crocheted edges are put into place rather than the knotted edges seen at so many other shows. Paula also will be displaying fleece hats in a variety of colors and styles. It's all in the detail and Paula proves it. This is Paula's second year at Cream of the Country! We welcome her creativity and originality!
Hand carving is a lost art but not where Thom is concerned. Santa's snowmen and pumpkins are very affordable and 100% hand carved. Thom will be at the show for a live demonstration of his hand carving expertise. This will be a first for Cream of the Country in 2015!
RITA AND HOWARD JOHNSON
These two make sitting scarecrows, haystacks, chenille halloween trees, wood turkeys, and gingerbread kids...all with a whimsical flair! We're excited to have Rita and Howard join us in 2015.
TWO GEMS JEWELRY
Monica Schons has been a professional jewelry designer for 12 years and lives locally in Bettendorf, IA. She specializes in vintage silver and brass in making one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelery. Her prices are very affordable. We're excited to display Monica's work as a new artisan at Cream of the Country. Take a peek at her website www.twogems.net for a preview of her design work!
LINDA AND RON LEIBY
Back to the show are the Leiby's, bringing their vintage wares. Linda has been busy handsewing "American Girl" doll clothing.
ALWAYS LAVENDER THYME LAVENDER FARM
The benefits of using lavender are many. It's healing effects to calm the stomach, mind and skin have long been noted. Using lavender has a positive effect on controlling anxiety, insomnia, depression and digestive issues. Brenda Wessley comes to the show from Iowa City, Iowa with a complete line of Lavender Bath melts, lotions, soaps, bath salts, dryer bags, dried bunches of Lavender . We welcome Brenda for the lst time and are excited to display her 100% natural and beneficial products. Check out her web site www.AlwaysLavendarThyme.com
Quick Tip: Always set short term and long term goals when making your craft projectsl A short term goal might be to purchase all the necessary supplies for the project at once. A long term goal might be to have all items finished by a certain date or for a special occasion. If a project is broken down into segments it won't seem so insurmountable!
Keep your craft projects in an area of your house which has easy access. Don't spend valuable time and effort getting all the materials out each and every time you want to work on them!