Whidbey Community Makers Markets! Woo hoo!

Welcome to our 2022 Whidbey Community Makers Markets!

Makers Market Location

Silly Dog Studios & Ritual Mischief at 4683 Tompkins Road, Langley on Whidbey Island, WA, USA. Corner of Saratoga & Tompkins. Just outside the west edge of downtown Langley, two long blocks west up Saratoga, past The Machine Shop and St. Huberts Catholic Church. From Langley, if you reach the Chocolate Flower Farm, stop there for a while–they’re awesome–then come back toward town one block to find us.

Makers Market Dates & Times

In 2022, our Whidbey community makers markets are from 11 am to 3 pm on the 3rd weekend of the month, from June to November. Join us outside on these Saturdays and Sundays: June 18 & 19, July 16 & 17, August 20 & 21, September 17 & 18, October 15 & 16 and then inside all three buildings on November 19 & 20. Scroll to see which vendors will be here which days…

Parking & Accessibility

Follow the signs to park in the orchard/open field just past our driveway. If you can’t walk half a block up a slight incline or you have other mobility needs, you’re welcome to park in the driveway itself to be closer to the vendors. If you enjoy a 3-block walk or ride, you can also easily walk or bike to our place from Langley, and we encourage that! All buses on Whidbey Island are free, too, because the women here are total bad asses and have been for a very long time. Yay buses and bad ass women! June – October, this event happens in the front yard of our home/studios, which is flat and half concrete, half solid ground/grass, in rural Island county. For November it’s inside our home and two adjacent work studio buildings. We do our very best to make it accessible to anyone who wants to visit. And, because we’re working makers/artists who aren’t wealthy and this is our home, it’s both lovely AND not perfect. Like us. If you have accessibility concerns, text or call Lori. We’ll figure out together how to make it work!

Market Vendors (2022)

October 15 & 16

Here’s who’ll be here October 15 & 16, 11 am to 3 pm. Scroll down past the names to see photos of some of their work…

Saturday only:

  • Jordan of @heliosbotanicals – wellness products such as candles, salves, room sprays, and incense (handmade or intentionally sourced with quality in mind & use only organic essential oils, never artificial fragrance to enhance our candles and other products)
  • Chelsea of @covelands – jewelry inspired by Whidbey & the Pacific Northwest and handmade on Whidbey Island
  • Jennifer of @stitchedbyjennifer – embroidery gifts for the home, kitchen towels, earrings and more

Sunday only:

  • Nick of @nicks.perspective – scenic, wildlife, and macro photography prints
  • Tracey @igniteyourchampions – happy handmade cards to make someone’s day!
  • Randall of @randallhaller – framed prints of handmade seaweed pressings and seaweed inspired things

Both days:

  • James of @jamesbrannon – beautiful handmade cutting boards, wood decorations, seasonal decorations, resin clocks
  • Heather of @lovelybyheather – crafts including string art, fluid art, jewelry, abstract paintings, and vinyl signs
  • Renee of @freelandartshack – mandala stones, jewelry, and other one-of-a-kind art
  • Jamie of @watercolorwhidbey – watercolor paintings of Whidbey and the Salish sea
  • Cammy of @cammys_doll_closet – makes 18″ doll clothing – each outfit is designed and created by Cammy, making each its own unique piece
  • Lori of @ritual_mischief – playful community + emotional support offerings made with local plants & windfall trees (from shampoo bars and soaps to sleep pillows, salves, lotion bars, lip balms, dish soap bars, dog shampoo bars, and more)

Scroll down to see who’ll be here next and who has been here in the past!

November 19 & 20

Both days:

  • Gina of @gwhitecreativebee – always a surprise! For past November markets Gina’s brought her famous hand-woven scarves, plus hand-poured candles, handmade soaps and bath bombs, hand-crafted bracelets, mask sprays, and more
  • Jane of @goldenginkgostudio – nature-inspired ceramics made on Whidbey Island
  • Zina (zina.hajduczok on Facebook) – Hand-painted planter pots inspired by Ukrainian pysanky (Easter egg) designs. Zina is an American with 100% Ukrainian roots. At the moment all of her proceeds go toward assistance for Ukrainians in different parts of Ukraine, where she has personal contacts, distant relatives, and long-time friends.
  • Colleen OHair of @colleenohairart – beautiful hand-dyed, natural-fiber clothing in a variety of sizes, some are upcycled and some are new
  • Lori of @ritual_mischief – playful community + emotional support offerings made with local plants & windfall trees (from shampoo bars and soaps to sleep pillows, salves, lotion bars, lip balms, dish soap bars, dog shampoo bars, and more)

Saturday only:

  • Chelsea of @covelands – jewelry inspired by Whidbey & the Pacific Northwest and handmade on Whidbey Island
  • Tracey of @igniteyourchampions – happy, handmade cards to make someone’s day!
  • James of @jamesbrannon – beautiful handmade cutting boards, wood decorations, seasonal decorations, resin clocks

Sunday only:

  • Randall of @randallhaller – framed prints of handmade seaweed pressings and seaweed inspired things
  • Jennifer of @stitchedbyjennifer – embroidery gifts for the home

About Us As Hosts/Venue

We focus on island community-building first here. So we choose vendors who make things with their hands and who have whole island community-centered hearts. We host super-small local businesses (typically 1 to 5 people running the biz max). We try to get a mix of people from the north, central, and south ends of the island (and sometimes neighboring communities), so we can contribute to building fun and loving whole-island community. We adore new and emerging creators, very small businesses, and people who aren’t fans of huge markets for whatever reason–people who need true community as much as we do. Each month we also try to get a nice mix of offerings and seasonal items. And this year with bleeping Covid still around and causing some trouble, we split the market across two days and have 9 vendors maximum on Saturday and 7 vendors max on Sunday each month so crowds aren’t too large.

  • Small but mighty – A warm, welcoming, not fancy, come-as-you-are venue. Always a work in progress here. Nine vendors max on any given day.
  • Community run – Run by us (Lori – herbalist/essayist/poet/market host/mischief maker and Daniel – photographer/teacher/mentor/IT support/Sci Fi geek) and by all who show up as friends and vendors. Guided by the wise women of Whidbey, the 27 trees on our board of directors, two silly dogs, two friendly cats, our ancestors, and the weather. Papa Jim, Lori’s dad, makes cookies for many of the markets.
  • Fun, mischievous, & reverent – Supported by the hilarious and wise trees and plants here, we enjoy having fun, building community, honoring the place we’re in, selling things we made & love, eating cookies, and listening to the land. We tend to draw similar folks as vendors and visitors.
  • A place for most I-don’t-seem-to-fit-elsewhere’s – Great venue for people who, like Lori, enjoy being around others who create different things than they do–now and then–yet don’t find being a vendor or shopper at the really large venues enjoyable and/or affordable (sometimes but often not). Also great for those who deeply love the land, the local, the Langley, other creators, and small (really really small) businesses. Good place to try selling for the first time or for getting yourself together before trying larger markets in the area. Good place for those burned out by travelling off-island to sell their wares–a place to refill your energy well. Good place for empaths. Good place for getting your name out in front of more people so more people learn where your farm stand is or your products are sold. Great place for those who need occasional reminders about why they left the corporate world for the wild world of making what you love and re-learning your own flexibility to make what your community actually needs right now. We’re middle age, straight, white, creator folks who welcome BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ folks with open arms, listening ears, and willingness to do whatever you think needs to be done to make this a safe and welcoming space for you. Reach out to Lori if you’d like to be a vendor. I have a glorious 4-page vendor Info Sheet that I’m so proud of.
  • Money isn’t a barrier here – No fee to join as a vendor. No set number of days you need to be here as a vendor. Always one FREE GIFTS table for those who love to come to markets (visitors or vendors) but don’t have much, or any, money to spend this month. Vendors can contribute to the free gifts table, or not, as they wish. Vendors are welcome to sell here, barter here with other vendors, and gift here as you choose. We usually put a donations basket on the gifts table to raise money for deeply loved people, organizations, and causes on or near Whidbey.
  • Covid 19 – Our family is fully vax’d and boosted to stop the spread of Covid 19–we’ve seen the remarkable power of the vax in Mom’s memory care home. In early May of 2022 after 2 1/2 years of taking precautions, we got Covid anyway. It sucked. So what Lori does in her studio now is put on a mask when somebody approaches who is wearing a mask. As a venue, the makers market is outside June – October except for Lori’s studio, where we open windows wide. We follow Langley local practice and state guidance and mandates. Currently, that means we encourage 1) loving your neighbors (even the grouchy ones) whenever possible, 2) speaking up for your needs–whatever they are–and being courageous enough to listen to others needs, too, as part of making a place feel safe and welcoming for everyone, 3) physical (sometimes called social) distancing when possible, 4) mask wearing (especially inside) as you see fit, 5) hand washing regularly, and 6) vaccinations/boosters when possible to protect those most at risk. We don’t require any of these things here at the moment, except for loving your neighbors. Vendors are encouraged to make their own spaces feel safe to them and may have their own rules within their spaces. Most vendors are outside under tents June – October. We will make a decision as a group about mask wearing for the indoor November market. Like most things in life, these guidelines may change at a moment’s notice and you’ll just need to roll with it. You will be loved here pretty much no matter what you wear on your face, head, or body (symbols and words of hate or intimidation aren’t acceptable).

Past Markets…

September 17 & 18

Both days:

  • Renee of @freelandartshack – mandala stones, jewelry, and other one-of-a-kind art
  • Nick of @nicks.perspective – scenic, wildlife, and macro photography prints
  • Heather of @lovelybyheather – crafts including string art, fluid art, jewelry, abstract paintings, and decorative vinyl signs
  • Jane of @goldenginkgostudio – nature-inspired ceramics made on Whidbey Island
  • Lori of @ritual_mischief – playful community + emotional support offerings made with local plants & windfall trees (from shampoo bars and soaps to herbal sleep & dream pillows, salves, lotion bars, lip balms, dish soap bars, dog shampoo bars, and more)

Saturday only:

  • Laura of @gypsysoul_bylaura – handmade jewelry, wired jewelry, gemstone jewelry, and gemstone accessories
  • Jennifer of @stitchedbyjennifer – embroidery gifts for the home, kitchen towels, earrings and more
  • Chelsea of @covelands – jewelry inspired by Whidbey & the Pacific Northwest and handmade on Whidbey Island
  • Zina (zina.hajduczok on Facebook) – Hand-painted planter pots inspired by Ukrainian pysanky (Easter egg) designs. Zina is an American with 100% Ukrainian roots. At the moment all of her proceeds go toward assistance for Ukrainians in different parts of Ukraine, where she has personal contacts, distant relatives, and long-time friends.

Sunday only:

  • James of @jamesbrannon – beautiful handmade cutting boards, wood decorations, resin clocks
  • Jamie of @watercolorwhidbey – watercolor paintings of Whidbey and the Salish sea

Yay August! (August 20 & 21st, 11 am to 3 pm both days)

Zina (zina.hajduczok on Facebook) – Hand-painted planter pots inspired by Ukrainian pysanky (Easter egg) designs. Zina is an American with 100% Ukrainian roots who started painting these in Dec 2021, and since the war started 3 months later, all of the proceeds go toward assistance for Ukrainians in different parts of Ukraine, where she has personal contacts (some are distant relatives, and some long-time friends). (both days)

Jamie of @watercolorwhidbey – watercolor paintings of Whidbey and the Salish sea (both days)

Nick of @nicks.perspective – scenic, wildlife, and macro photography prints (both days)

Colleen OHair of @colleenohairart – beautiful hand-dyed, natural-fiber clothing in a variety of sizes, some are upcycled and some are new (both days)

Randall of @randallhaller – framed prints of handmade seaweed pressings and seaweed inspired things (both days)

Lori of @ritual_mischief – playful community + emotional support offerings made with local plants & windfall trees (from shampoo bars and soaps to sleep pillows, salves, lotion bars, lip balms, dish soap bars, dog shampoo bars, and more) (both days)

Chelsea of @covelands – jewelry inspired by Whidbey & the Pacific Northwest and handmade on Whidbey Island (Saturday only)

Badeah Shirazi of @badeahshirazi – multi-media art: small, handcrafted gift items, miniature paintings, photo and hand-embellished cards, keepsake gift bags, unique jewelry and accessories (Saturday only)

Laura of @lauratarasoff – signing copies of her latest book Warm Cinnamon Rolls on Sunday Mornings (Saturday only)

Jennifer of @stitchedbyjennifer – embroidery gifts for the home, kitchen towels, earrings (Sunday only)

July 16 & 17, 2022, 11 am – 3 pm

Colleen OHair of @colleenohairart – beautiful hand-dyed, natural-fiber clothing in a variety of sizes, some are upcycled and some are new (both days)

Amanda of @twistoflight – landscapes, seascapes, and dreamscapes: Fine art prints & original paintings. Plus cards, scarves, clothing, and more with her beautiful work transferred onto them (Saturday only)

Chelsea of @covelands – jewelry inspired by the Pacific Northwest and handmade on Whidbey Island (Saturday only)

Anne of @pandachronicle – adorably opinionated needle-felted creatures. Definitely pandas. A little birdie told me that bunnies are in the works too. Anne’s a remarkable painter, too. In Langley her paintings can be found at the Rob Schouten Gallery. (Saturday only)

Laura of @gypsysoul_bylaura – handmade jewelry, wired jewelry, gemstone jewelry, and gemstone accessories (Saturday only)

Nick of @nicks.perspective – scenic, wildlife, and macro photography prints (both days)

Heather of @lovelybyheather – crafts including string art, fluid art, jewelry, abstract paintings, and vinyl signs (Sunday only)

Lori of @ritual_mischief – playful community + emotional support offerings made with local plants & windfall trees (from shampoo bars and soaps to herbal sleep pillows, salves, lotion bars, lip balms, dish soap bars, dog shampoo bars, and more) (both days)

Yay June!

Will & Sarah of @hoffeltco – art and homewares – pottery, paintings, prints, & embroidery kits (Saturday only)

Jamie of @watercolorwhidbey – watercolor paintings of Whidbey and the Salish sea (Sunday only)

Renee of @freelandartshack – mandala stones, jewelry, and other one-of-a-kind art (both days)

Michael of @freelandartshack – carved-wood welcome signs, dog signs, and other signs for home and porch (both days)

Amanda of @twistoflight – Landscapes, seascapes, and dreamscapes: Fine art prints & original paintings (Saturday only in June, both days July & August)

Shelley of @shelleysolson – Botanical tinctures, balms, and fairie garden bowls filled with wonder! Sustainably wildcrafted on Whidbey (both days)

Lori of @ritual_mischief – Emotional support and community-care offerings made with local women, plants, & windfall trees (from shampoo bars and soaps to sleep pillows, salves, lotion bars, lip balms, dish soap bars, dog shampoo bars, and more) (all days, all markets)

Lori’s new (2021) studio
Cora’s hoping a dog-treat-making vendor will join us soon! Spread the word!

Prepping for past markets…