Silverhill Design is a jewelry line made of primarily natural materials such as leather and cork, and tends towards a more classic minimal style. The owner, Sheila, has lived in Maryland since she was three and loves being part of the close-knit maker community here. When she’s not creating, Sheila enjoys spending time with her family, practicing gratitude, and running her own retail store, Chosen, which is located in Cockeysville.
Uniquely Vetty Artistry creates unique jewelry and home décor items, carefully taking the time to handcraft each individual piece. The owner, Yvette, is a Maryland native who spent 22 years serving in the U.S. Air Force. When Yvette is not making, she loves to sing, listen to murder mystery podcasts, and play pickleball. Yvette says that her passion is creating and she puts her heart into every item.
F. Guldal Kirkali
Keche is a line of gorgeous hand-made scarves, shawls, pin & bags. They are crafted from the finest fabrics such as merino wool, felting silk, organic cotton, and linen. Guldal Kirkali, the owner of Keche, is originally from Turkey and was a professor of Biochemistry before starting this business. She enjoys jazz and classical music, which she listens to while she creates. She also enjoys traveling to see her granddaughter and loves that she can make people happy through her creations.
Jen Aranyi is a talented watercolor artist who focuses her work on brightly colored, nature-inspired scenes. She creates most of her designs from places she has seen combined with images from her imagination. Jen loves music and always has something playing while she paints. She also sings and plays the ukulele. Jen is happiest when she is outside in nature, taking walks or hiking, and she is so excited to have recently purchased a new home with her husband.
The Projects Lady was born from its owner Jessica’s energetic and creative personality. As a child she was constantly creating and constructing new things. After graduating from the University of Maryland and obtaining her doctorate degree, Jessica took a job as a nuclear engineer for the federal government, where she currently works. Jessica is a proud mom to two young children, and is an outspoken advocate for encouraging women to enter STEM fields. She even incorporates that message into her art.
Linda, the owner of Dolly Doodle Designs, is a Maryland native who grew up in Montgomery County. She specializes in drawing abstract colorful doodle art designs inside of recognizable images. Her art focuses primarily on animals, nautical/beach themes (crabs are her most popular), and musical instruments. She also draws a series of fun character faces. Linda uses her unique original art to make prints, notecards, and coasters. When she’s not making art, Linda enjoys listening to audiobooks, cooking, and baking.
Jennifer has taken her appreciation for vintage postage stamps to the next level with her business, Modern Postmarks. From her vast stamp collection, Jennifer selects appropriate themed and colored stamp to creates art by intentionally inlaying them into a hand-cut design. Jennifer is inspired by history and color, and enjoys including historical information about the stamps she uses in each of her pieces. In addition to creating, Jennifer works full-time and has two small children who also keep her busy.
No offense to Kraft Foods, but Mad Marshmallows are not your typical bagged grocery-store treat! These are serious gourmet marshmallows in lots of delicious varieties such as S’mores, Peanut Butter Cup, and Chocolate-Covered Cherry. They are lovingly handcrafted with the finest natural ingredients by owner, Jen, who describes Mad Marshmallows as a true passion project. When she’s not making Marshmallows or spending time with her family, Jen is a full-time beauty influencer on You Tube with 288K followers.
RADOST, the czech word for “Joy” which is evident in owner Martina’s vibrant and colorful work. Originally from Prague, Czech Republic, Martina has lived in Maryland for 20 years and currently works from her home studio in Kensington. She is a painter, textile designer, and art educator, whose work has been featured at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and other notable venues. Each of her pieces has a name and story which she enjoys sharing with her clients. Martina is active in the Maryland art community and currently serves on the Board of the Montgomery Art Association.
From a workspace in his garage, TJ creates beautiful modern wood furniture, primarily tables, inspired by minimalist Scandinavian and Japanese design. His business name has special meaning as it incorporates his father’s and his own middle names. TJ is a Maryland native who grew up in Montgomery Village and now lives in Urbana. He loves music, art, traveling, and Jiu Jitsu (in which he’s a black belt). We love TJ’s personal motto - “do what makes you happy – there’s no time in life for things that don’t.”
Sarah is a talented watercolor artist whose business name is a nod to her friends and family and also reflects her work. Sarah’s art is best be described as light and airy with a bit of punny humor thrown in. So it makes sense that why she enjoys listening to a “happy hits” playlist from Spotify when she creates. Although Sarah is a Maryland native and has lived here most of her life, she is obsessed with traveling and has already visited and explored 25 different countries.
Ruth & Dottie combines lots of things that owner Becky loves: color, kindness, crafting and the '80s. The business is named after her grandmas, Ruth and Dorothy, who were also creatives. Becky describes her products are “whimsical handmade.” Flair buttons (pinback and magnets) were Ruth & Dottie's signature item for many years, and foil-stamped pencils joined the crew in 2021. Becky currently lives in Bethesda with her husband and two teenage kids. She loves to read, knit and watch baseball (Go Nats!).
David & Daphne Lee
Potahto Home creates cement and wood plant holders for air plants and succulents, vertical live garden wall décor, and air plant terrarium kits. Owners Daphne and David say the goal of their business is to help enhance their customers’ home aesthetic through accessible designs, and to bring joy to those who see their products. They create from their home and from their shop, and they (and their plants) enjoy having classic jazz and blues music on in the background while they work.
Amanda is an oil painter whose style is primarily contemporary realism with a bold, graphic influence. Through her paintings, she focuses on the meticulous details of an object to capture its quiet and complex beauty, and she is particularly intrigued by color and textures and the way that light and shadows play with them. Amanda is a Maryland native who currently resides in Bethesda, where she paints from a home studio with lots of natural light. Her paintings were most recently exhibited at Brookside Gardens in Silver Spring.
Originally from Lima, Peru, Jacqui Cassana moved to the U.S. seventeen years ago and started her business, Boite (which means “box” in French) after graduating from UMBC. Jacqui creates colorful one-of-a-kind pieces of wood and acrylic jewelry and accessories, as well as high-quality apparel items with clever and unique sayings. Jacqui is a self-described dreamer who believes that life should be a vibrant and joyful experience, and she reflects that philosophy through her art. In her personal life, Jacqui loves spending time with her husband and four year old son and listening to Spanish rock music.
Woodnote means “a natural and untrained musical note like wild birdsong,” and that is exactly how Carrie Morin approaches her jewelry line. Instead of following traditional methods while creating, Carrie tries a variety of unusual combinations of metal and stones until she is satisfied with the final product. She describes her pieces as being made for the “magical and creative at heart” and reflects the wearer’s free spirit. Like many creative people, Carrie enjoys being around art and other artists, and loves museums, music and pop culture.
Megan is a writer, editor, life-organizer, and author of the beautiful poetry collection, Leap, which is a compilation of poems and prose written over a fifteen year period. The six chapters take the reader through stages in Megan’s life from Childhood, Self-awareness, Pain, Love, Success, and Adulthood, each exploring the nuance of everyday occurrences. Megan finds poetry to be an amazing medium for artistic expression and skillfully uses the written word to describe her own experiences while invoking independent thoughts and feelings from the reader.
Charm City Fidgets is the brainchild of owner, Jacki Szimanski, a Maryland native from Baltimore. Jacki makes jewelry and key chains that have a kinetic quality for people (particularly those with ADHD) to fidget with. While she’s making her products, Jacki likes to concentrate on her work by listening to ADHD Focus music, which is comprised of binaural beats and can create the same brainwaves as meditation. In addition to creating her fidget products, Jacki enjoys being outdoors and watching the Great British Baking Show.
Arlen Groban and Froma Sandler
Bows, etc. began in 1997 when Froma and her daughter, Lisa, started creating quality hair bows for her young granddaughter. Arlen joined the team in 2003, helping Bows Etc. expand into a thriving business with products featured in more than 25 stores throughout Maryland, DC, and across the country. Arlen describes their products as a rainbow of color and a garden of flowers, and says that they love creating classic, fun, sparkly and trendy hair accessories because they provide the finishing touch to an outfit that bring smiles and happiness to those who wear and see them.
Victoria creates adorable hand-crocheted stuffed animals. She gives each animal a name which she believe appropriately fits their personalities. Among them are Maisie the monkey, Lianna the lion, Una the unicorn, and Geraldine the Giraffe. Outside of their cuteness, Victoria’s animals are durable and hold up very well for small children with their tight stitching and safety eyes. Victoria has an endless list of animals that she would eventually like to create, and we can’t wait to see who she brings to us next!
Jen specializes in making artful home décor using alcohol ink. She describes her work as having a colorful minimalist aesthetic. It is intended to provide a small pop of color to add interest to a home without overwhelming a space. When it comes to her art, Jen says that she is most inspired by her kids’ creativity and carefree nature, and she tries to apply those traits to her creations. In her free time, Jen enjoys being with her family outdoors, especially hiking on the many trails and parks near her home.
Raw Blossom produces luxury artisan-crafted body care products including all-natural soap, body scrub, body butter, pillow mist, bath bombs, and shower steamers. Owner Iryna handmakes all of her products in small batches using botanicals and plant-based oils and butters. She aims to give her customers a spa-like experience with products that are the highest quality, beautiful, and luxurious. And there is also a lot of science that goes into producing Raw Blossom products so she must be focused on the correct percentages, temperatures, and timing of ingredients.
Marta Vergara & Elymar Vargas
MEL jewelry represents three generations of lovely ladies - Marta, her daughter Ely, and Ely’s young daughter, Lucia. Marta emigrated to the U.S. from Venezuela in 2014 to be with Ely and her family. It was here that she began making jewelry, which she says gave her strength during difficult times, helped her discover a new passion, and begin a new life. MEL’s jewelry is entirely handcrafted from precious metals and gemstones, and their designs have a contemporary minimal aesthetic. Both ladies agree that they while they love making jewelry, they are at their happiest when spending time with family.
When Meghan lost her job as a graphic designer at the beginning of the pandemic, she seized the opportunity to go out on her own and start a business creating original designs, both digitally and through hand illustration and lettering. As a Maryland native born and raised in Baltimore County, Meghan has always had intense Maryland Pride, so it’s not surprising to see many Maryland-related items such as crabs & Black Eyed Susan flowers in her art and products. In her free time, Meghan loves to run and gets much of the inspiration for her designs while she’s listening to music while out running.
Matt uses his skills as a photographer and professional architect to create amazing photo collages in which he reinvents an image through spatial relationships, time and composition. After Matt chooses his subject (typically places and sites around the DMV), he takes photos of the same subject from different angles, over many days, and at different times of the day. He then arranges those photos in collage style to create one incredible scene. We love Matt’s personal motto to live in the moment and always appreciate what is around us.
Courtney Stevens & Chloe Cocco
Courtney and Chloe are a dynamic mother-daughter duo with an incredible amount of creativity and talent between them. Among other projects, they make wood signs, knitted accessories, water-painted greeting cards, original sea glass art, and more. It seems that there is very little these two ladies cannot do. Both ladies are Maryland natives and currently reside on the Eastern shore near Annapolis. When they aren’t making art, Courtney and Chloe like to spend their time cuddling their pugs.
Bozie’s Bags is a collection of handcrafted bags and accessories made from ethically-sourced and environmentally friendly cork fabric. Kristina prefers that material because it is lightweight, vegan, washable, sustainable, and scratch-resistant. Kristina is a native Marylander, born and raised in Chevy Chase, and currently lives in Silver Spring with her family (including two cats and one dog). Her studio is in her home basement which is filled with fabric, sewing notions and machines. She describes her style as “practically creative,” and aims to make products that are both aesthetically beautiful and practical.
Lauren Pulz is the maker behind Single Barrel Soaps. She designs and creates handcrafted artisan bath and body products all inspired by her life and the places she’s lived. Her goal with Single Barrel Soaps is to give people a little piece of self-care that they can have every day and deserve. As a mom of three herself, she knows how much those five minutes can mean for your sanity!
Violet Red Studios is all about bold colorful art with feminist messaging. Artist, Violeta, originally from Nicaragua, started painting and drawing fifteen years ago following a cancer diagnosis. She incorporates positive inspiring messages in her art, which she hopes will bring joy to people and help lighten the struggles of every day life. Violeta works from her home studio in Kensington which she describes as tidy and colorful, with lots of big windows that help her connect to nature and animals. We love her personal motto that what is coming will be better than what is gone.
Monica Gomez Biderman
Monica, who moved to the DMV from her native country Columbia in 2016, brings us her beaded jewelry line, Amaya Accessories. Her business is named for her daughter, Amaya, which means “beloved daughter” in the Quechua language spoken by an indigenous tribe in Peru. When creating her accessories, Monica draws on two primary sources of inspiration – contemporary art from painters like Henri Matisse and Omar Rayo, and traditional crafting techniques like beading and crochet. Monica says that combining modern and traditional is at the heart of Amaya Accessories.
Gracefully Rustic is a perfect description of Phil’s woodwork designs. And the business name has special meaning as it incorporates his daughter’s middle name, Grace. Phil’s full-time job is in law enforcement, but he loves to spend his time off making wood projects in his garage. One of his staple products are charcuterie boards made from wood that Phil locally sources from farms near his home. Many of the boards are accented with colored epoxy resin. They are all unique pieces, every one beautiful and functional.
Nagihan has been sewing since was eleven years old in her native country, Turkey. As she grew up, her interest in fashion design led her to pursue an undergraduate and masters degree in that subject. Nagihan now lives in Maryland with her husband and two children, and she is still sewing, focusing primarily on making neck wraps and eye pillows, available in both unscented and scented with lavender. Nagihan strongly believes that handmade items, especially those created with natural materials, carry positive energy that she is happy to share with customers.
When Brittany got hooked on the sticker craze, she was disappointed in the lack of snarky but beautifully designed options — so she did something about it! SHEWOLF's mission is to create whimsical and offbeat designs that empower individuals to live boldly and unapologetically. What started as just stickers has evolved into a lifestyle brand that offers everything from mugs and stationery to dog bandanas and bottle openers. Brittany is a self-taught graphic designer who is passionate about uplifting other women and anyone who embraces the unconventional.
Madi started making jewelry from the floor of her college apartment and hasn’t stopped since. She handcrafts each piece from high quality materials such as 14k gold-filled wire, sterling silver, semi-precious gemstones, and sea glass. Her jewelry can best be described as dainty, minimal, classic, and perfect for everyday wear. When Madi isn’t busy making jewelry, she spends her time with family and studying to become a Registered Dietician.
Ayelet’s niche business is making pet-themed and shaped vinyl stickers with a Maryland Flag design. Although Ayelet is originally from Israel, she has called Maryland home since she moved here when she was 7. Her business started in 2016 when she adopted her corgi. She created a sticker in the silhouette of her dog and chose to display her Maryland pride by incorporating the State flag. After much demand from pet owners, she now offers stickers in well over 50 designs of various dog breeds, cats, and other common household pets.
Echo Barkery is a social enterprise created to empower individuals with disabilities. The bakery creates handmade dog treats featuring natural ingredients by persons with disabilities. Each biscuit is individually handcrafted and designed with your dog in mind. It all begins with mixing the ingredients, rolling out the dough, cutting out the shapes, baking the biscuits, and finally packing them with love and care. The treats come in three varieties – chicken, bacon and peanut butter.
Meghan uses the process of tie dyeing on ice to create colorful unique patterns on clothing and accessories. She began her business, which is named as a riff off the popular song Ice Ice Baby, as a side hustle in addition to her “day” job as a food scientist. Meghan enjoys creating her products outdoors when the weather permits but can also frequently be found in her kitchen baking with her niece and decorating royal icing sugar cookies.
Marsha hand sews multi-functional products including tissue & business card holders, drawstring bags, baby burpcloths, and wine bottle bags. She chooses fabrics with a variety of colors, patterns, and designs. Marsha’s workspace is in her home basement. While she’s working, she usually listens to Muzak, Broadway tunes, or anything that’s on TV in the background. When she’s not sewing, Marsha likes to read, bake, and spend time with her grandson.
Sheree creates digital art that celebrates and highlights women of color, friendship, and women at rest. She believes that all women are remarkable when they’re being their most vulnerable, comfortable, and rested selves, and she wants her art to reflect that philosophy. In addition to her art, Sheree has describes herself as an all-around creative who enjoys writing fiction, poetry, and singing.
Marm & Oat specializes in cold temperature color changing beer can holders. When you pour in your favorite cold liquid, the magic happens when the original design transforms into vibrant colors. Owner, Cameron named her business after her cat, Marmalade and her bunny, Oatmeal. Cameron is not only a creative maker, she is also a soon-to-be medical student who currently works in a biomedical lab.
Located in the Montgomery County Ag Reserve, Rustic Route Coffee produces fresh-to-order small batch roasted whole coffee beans. Their coffee roastery and food service facility are in Barnesville Maryland in a two-store barn style facility. The owners have lived in Maryland for most of their lives and love living here. They say they are most inspired by the beauty around them. When she isn’t roasting coffee, Robin enjoys spending time in the pool and swimming.
Shannon’s love of greeting cards and fun paper goods started in middle school when she handmade cards as part of her youth group. She named her business Peach and Paperie as a nod to those fun Summer days when she discovered how fun it is to create and give. Born in Hong Kong, Shannon moved to Maryland when she was three. She now lives in Montgomery County with her husband and maltipoo.
Fifteen year-old Abby makes beautiful shell trinket dishes through a process of decoupage and painting. The result is a functional piece of art that can decorate your home and hold keys, excess change, or jewelry. Abby creates from her kitchen table at home while she listens to music on her earbuds. When she’s not in school or creating, Abby enjoys everything related to fashion, makeup and design, and she also plays soccer.
When the pandemic hit, Alysa needed a creative outlet and activity to do with her young kids (aged 7 & 9). So they started beading out of their family garage. Alysa gifted the bracelets they made to family and friends and realized that there was a demand for the pieces beyond her inner circle. That is how Arm Candy was born! Using primarily Sterling Silver and 14k gold fill beads, Alysa’s designs are classic, wearable, and durable so they can be worn every day and won’t ever tarnish.
Besides her beautiful products, the name of Isabel’s company is the most important part of her business since she wanted the name to have heart and meaning. It started with the logo which is a picture of her daughter's tattoo that represents the infinite love between Isabel’s husband, her daughter, and herself. Through her business, Isabelle makes gifts that she would want to receive, such as meaningful shadow boxes, doormats, ornaments, and other thoughtful home décor items.
The Kernel’s Pop specializes in handcrafted small-batch popcorn with phenomenal flavor. Owner Chris started making popcorn and perfected his recipes during the pandemic. He now offers five delicious varieties – Buttery Caramel, Better Cheddar, Caramel/Cheddar Mix, Scout Mix (with chocolate drizzle), and Sweet and Crabby (with Old Bay Seasoning). Chris chose his business name because it’s a play on words that incorporates his interest in American history. When Chris isn’t popping corn, he enjoys taking advantage of the many outdoor sporting activities around the DMV.
Irene Vangsness is a glass artist living in Montgomery County. She has been working in kiln formed glass (fused glass) for over 10 years in her home studio. Her focus has been creating bright and colorful practical items for the home, such as plates, platters, candle holders, etc. in many colors and designs. All of her creations are food safe and dishwasher safe. Irene enjoys reading, gardening and nature hikes or sometimes just city hikes. She is married to her husband of 39 years and has two grown children. Her company is named Midsummer Glassworks (employee one) since the summer is her favorite time of the year.
Always involved in the arts, Danielle Reznick founded Cards & Crafts during the pandemic lockdown when there was more time for creative endeavors. Danielle focuses on paper quilling and handmade greeting cards and envelopes. Her passion in using paper to create both abstract and 3D art includes canvas art, bookmarks, flower bouquets, cards, recycled quilling pieces and more.
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