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Saturday, August 27 9 AM – 6 PM Sunday, August 28 11 AM – 4 PM Trade Mart, Jackson Benefiting the following Mississippi charities: Cedarhill Animal Sanctuary Community Animal Rescue & Adoption

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August 27 & 28. Trade Mart. Jackson Saturday 9am - 6pm | Sunday 11am - 4pm $7 at the door. Children 12 and under FREE

Pet Food & Adoption Drive Donate to WIN! We will be hosting a donation drive at the show for both of our guest charities. Bring dog or cat food, or other items needed by our charities to donate on the day, or simply donate cash to either of our charities at any time during the show and you could win a stay package (accommodation and meals) from Riverwalk Casino, Vicksburg; subscriptions to Mississippi Magazine; or other great prizes. Every donation receives an entry into the drawing. Contact our guest charities to find out what is on their ‘wish lists’. C.A.R.A. will also hold an adoption drive at the show.

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State of Mind


Magnolia State of Mind™ is the official companion magazine for the Mississippi Craft Show™ published by Mississippi Craft Show, LLC

EDITOR & DESIGNER Miranda Jordan GRAPHIC DESIGN Amanda Lucius Miranda Jordan CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jess Delrie Rachel Deer Miranda Jordan Monique Troth Liz Walker In addition to those listed above, The Mississippi Craft Show™ and Magnolia State Of Mind™ would not be possible without the assistance and dedication of the following people: Keith Armstrong Lynnsey Douglas Louis Roubion Susan Britt Roubion Sandra Robinson Slawson Darrell Troth

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ON THE COVER “Shazadi the tiger painting” Cedarhill Animal Sanctuary. Story page 19. Photo by Katelyn Booth © 2016. Copyright © 2016 Mississippi Craft Show LLC. All rights reserved. Magnolia State of Mind™ is the official companion magazine for the Mississippi Craft Show™ and is published by Mississippi Craft Show, LLC., PO Box 2291, Ridgeland, MS 39158. Ph. 601.790.0654. magnolia@mscraftshow.com. All materials contained in this magazine are protected by copyright law and may not be used without written permission of MS Craft Show, LLC or in the case of third part materials, the owner of that content. Mississippi Craft Show® and Magnolia State of Mind® and distinctive logos are trademarks owned by Mississippi Craft Show, LLC.

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Welcome Our Donations With a Heart for Art Magnolia Style Maurice’s Wooden Creations A Party in Your Mouth Anderson Square Crazy Stitches Chas Evans FeatherMore Naturally Yours Randam Art Hinkle Creek Pottery Yazoo Toffee Cedarhill Animal Sanctuary Beneficiary of the 2016 Show Simply Concocted Frames & Thangs MS Craft Show Exhibitors Community Animal Rescue & Adoption Beneficiary of the 2016 Show Cross My Art All Wrapped Up MS Craft Show Exhibitors DCZ Designs Heatherwood Crafts Bear Creek Herbals Timber Creek Candles MS Craft Show Exhibitors MS Craft Show Exhibitors

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Welcome Back! Miranda Jordan, Director

We would like to welcome you to the 5th annual Mississippi Craft Show! Held in August each year this is the premier handcraft event in the state offering 100% Mississippi Handmade products. This year over 1000 years of combined crafting experience will come together all under one roof! Showcasing the hand crafting excellence of Mississippi artisans Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28, 2016 at the Trade Mart, State Fairgrounds, Jackson, Mississippi. Featuring a selection of Mississippi’s finest independent makers from 42 cities and towns around the Magnolia state, shoppers will find a variety of outstanding handmade goods ranging from one-of-a-kind jewelry, ceramics and pottery, clothing and accessories, art prints, house wares, furniture, glass, food and much more. This year the Mississippi Craft Show team is pleased to announce a portion of the proceeds from the Show will benefit 2 Mississippi charitable organizations: Cedarhill Animal Sanctuary and Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA) who will both be in attendance at the show. You can read more about each of these organizations inside the magazine.




Donating from the show’s proceeds is just one aspect of what we provide to our charities. In the four years pervious we have donated money and goods to the value of over $50,000. But it is not just about handing over a check. We encourage our guest charities to have a presence at the Show to gain exposure to new potential supporters and volunteers. In this way we have been able to effectuate additional donations from those who attend our shows. According to reports from previous beneficiaries this total to date is in excess of $16,500. On top of this a number of homeless animals found homes at adoption drives held at our past events. Myself and a team of animal-loving friends who make this whole thing possible, hope you will join us once again at the Mississippi Craft Show in August. With so many wonderful handmade items to see and buy; entertainment throughout the weekend; and being able to meet and chat with our charity guests, you will not want to miss this fun weekend: Come and find the creative adrenaline you’re looking for! See you at the show!



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Mississippi Craft Show 2015 Donation : $13,000! September 26th, 2015 was what we call our “FUN DAY” where the hardworking team who bring you the Mississippi Craft Show each year get to present the donations to our guest charities. Last year we had the pleasure of donating to three very worthy charities; 9 Lives Cat Rescue of Oxford, Copiah Animal Shelter, and Mississippi Horses. It was a joy to have these amazing groups join us at the 2015 Mississippi Craft Show. We were thrilled to donate funds from the proceeds of the 2015 show to 9 Lives, CAS and Mississippi Horses - each received a check for $4333.33. The grand total of donations from the 2015 Mississippi Craft Show totaled $13,000.00. We know each of these amazing organizations will have put the money to good use for the advancement of their missions and the benefit of the community they serve. We feel blessed to have met and worked with the wonderful people from all of these organizations. From all of us at the Mississippi Craft Show, we would like to thank everyone who attended the show in 2015 for having a hand in the success of the show, culminating in our ability to make these donations. We would like to thank our supporters and sponsors, especially WJTV News 12 for their continued support and helping us to create such a wonderful event that benefits so many. We hope that everyone who was involved in any way had an enjoyable experience! We look forward to seeing you all again this year for an even bigger and better show in 2016. 

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Donations March 2016 Handmade USA Show Jackson Friends of the Animal Shelter The Mississippi Craft Show team were thrilled to be able to donate 840 pounds of quality cat food to Jackson Friends of the Animal Shelter. Thanks to the hard work of everyone involved in the Handmade USA Show in March we were able to make this donation. Thanks also to our good friends at Hollywood Feed, of Ridgeland Mississippi, who once again worked with us to get this large order of food delivered so quickly! We presented Jackson Friends with this donation to help them feed the numerous cats that are in their care. Jackson Friends continues to survive only with the generous donations from the community. Every single $1 helps, every single bag of food, kitty litter, or anything else that you can donate is always welcome and greatly appreciated. And of course all of those animals are patiently awaiting a home of their very own so drop by any of their adoption drives and visit them on Facebook to find a loving dog or cat that you can welcome into your family! Or if you can’t adopt, consider becoming a foster family. There are many ways you can help! Thank you to Jackson Friends of the Animal Shelter for joining us at the Handmade USA Show; thank you to all the exhibitors who made the show so amazing; thanks to all our wonderful shoppers and craft loving fans, and thanks to the Mssissippi Craft Show Team who work so hard to make all this happen. None of this would be possible without every single one of you! 

Madison Countians Allied Against Poverty The Mississippi Craft Show team delivered a donation of 240 boxes of Mac and Cheese, 72 Nesting Measuring Spoon Sets, 72 Nesting Measuring Cup Sets, 72 Cooking/Serving Spoons, and 72 Mixing Bowls to MadCAAP. MadCAAP provides a food box each Monday to about 90 families living in poverty in Madison County. But they do so much more than that. When we first met with Deborah Edmonson MadCAAP’s Development Director, we learned about their educational programs. These educational programs are designed to help stop the cycle of poverty. One program in particular caught our attention; their Nutrition & Healthy Cooking program. Many families do not have the basic kitchen essentials that most of us take for granted. So along with the donation of food, we wanted to also donate these basic kitchen items to make sure everyone who participates in the cooking program will have what they need to prepare the meals they learn to make at MadCAAP. We appreciate everything that MadCAAP does to help the community and we wish to thank everyone who attended the Handmade USA Show: you all helped us to be able to make this donation!  8

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With a Heart forArt By Jess Delrie


f you were to look up the definition of low income schools, you would find Holmes county Mississippi schools as the premier example. In a school district where 100% of meals are free, William Dean Jr. Elementary school has a great number of students with very little opportunity or money for extra curricular activities like music or art. Karey Johnson is a first grade teacher at Willliam Dean Jr. Elementary in Lexington, Mississippi. She sees first hand children who would love to learn art, but who quite simply have no money for such a luxury. In an attempt to find money for art supplies, She reached out for support through donorschoose.org, a website specializing in helping raise funds for classrooms in need, to help. The Mississippi Craft Show, with its heart for art, were please to be able to meet that need. The donation was made, art supplies were purchased and a classroom of 24 children were given the opportunity to explore their creativity. Now, a year later, we were able to catch up with Mrs. Johnson and her students and see how a year of access to art supplies was able to help her first graders. Mrs. Johnson was able to use the donated supplies for year long holiday art projects. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring and Mother’s day were all included in the years worth of art projects. First graders had the opportunity to bring home their own hand painted art

projects as gifts to their parents. This simple joy is something that otherwise would have been pushed aside for lack of funding. When asked about art in the classroom, Mrs. Johnson’s response was “Art in schools gives kids an out. Low income families have nothing like this.” For her 24 first graders, access to and the participation in making art was something new and fun; a treat for children that brings learning alive. We were thrilled to receive photos of the children’s paintings through the year and we also received some thank you letters from the children letting us know they were enjoying painting. We are planning to share some of their art work by displaying their paintings at the 2016 Mississippi Craft Show. For other opportunities and ways you can help equip teachers with resources students need, visit DonorsChoose.org and find a project you’re passionate about. 

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” -Albert Einstein

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Items made in The ‘Sipp with a Magnolia State theme!

Spoon rest from Pottery by Gail. P. 30

Magnets and plaques from Heatherwood Crafts. P. 31 Serving platter from Fused Glass by Roger and Carla. P. 24

Door hanger from Mimi’s Doorhangers. P. 37 Coffee mugs and various size trays from Hinkle Creek Pottery. P. 18


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Style Ornaments from Angelic Artwork. P. 35

Soaps from Daily Blessings Farm. P. 35

Pendant necklace from Kreations. P. 35

Painted bottle lamps from Randam Art. P. 17

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Wooden Creations By Jess Delrie

At 80 years old, one would expect Maurice Smith to be retired and enjoying a life of quiet luxury. However, if you knew Maurice and his wife, you would know that is simply not the life they would ever choose. Maurice and his wife, Lucinda, have been married now for 13 years. For 5 of those 13, they have worked together to form Maurice’s Wooden Creations. While being self-employed for nearly 60 of his 80 years, Maurice has only more recently begun turning beautiful chunks of wood into marvelous creations for others to enjoy. His love of all things wooden began at a much younger age, while under the tutelage of his father.

Maurice truly has a heart for wood turning and says that the money he makes from selling his wares at craft shows he attends only helps to recoup the cost of his equipment and its upkeep – the real joy is in the process of crafting the items! In the five years Maurice rediscovered his passion for wood crafting, he has made many pieces to which he is partial. In fact, he says that when he creates one he particularly loves, he brings it home. Lucinda decided when they first started that any piece that arrived at her home belongs to her! Maurice speaks so lovingly of his wife, saying that she is his inspiration and that they work this business together because they simply love it.

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Maurice says that his only advice to new artists is to buy the best equipment you can afford for your craft. He says that it has been his experience that you produce better quality work with quality equipment.  Maurice’s Wooden Creations | Brookhaven Maurice Smith ( 601-833-6904 View full profile at: mscraftshow.com /msmith Copyright © Mississippi Craft Show, LLC | www.mscraftshow.com

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Roughly five years ago Maurice finally

He has been transforming pieces of wood into such things as bowls, rolling pins, cutting boards and cheese trays ever since.

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In Maurice’s teen years, his father owned a cabinet shop. For safety’s sake, his father would only allow him to practice with the turning lathe. That young teenage boy spent his free time turning spindles and bowls on his father’s lathe, all the while developing a life long love of crafting with wood. When Maurice was about 17 years old, his father sold that cabinet shop. Maurice moved on to other businesses that included 25 years in the glass business. For 30 years he went without turning a piece of wood on a lathe, but the love for wood remained somewhere under the surface.

rediscovered his love of wood crafting and bought the best lathe he could afford.

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By Liz Walker

he South is renowned for its love affair

with amazing food. Ask just about anyone, and they will tell you that the perfect marriage is a combination of spicy, laced with just the right amount of sweet, that ”pops” in your mouth. If you have never experienced this unforgettable sensation, then you have never tried Jalapeño Kandy. While living in Alabama in 2004, native Mississippians Gaylynn and Don Goff were introduced to a recipe that encompassed their love for anything spicy. They gathered the ingredients, made a batch and they were hooked! When they moved back to Mississippi in 2005, they brought their own version of the recipe with them,

and Jalapeño Kandy was born. They describe it as being similar to a relish, or a chunky, pepper jelly. Gaylynn shares, “In the beginning, we made a few small batches, but at that time it wasn’t legal to sell products from home. The Mississippi Cottage Food Law was passed in 2013, and following strict guidelines, it allowed us to make our product and sell it at trade or craft shows. In September that year, I made 4 cases (48 jars) by myself for our very first show. We only sold 17 jars. Last year at the Mississippi Craft Show, we had 21 cases of product, and sold out by noon on Sunday!” Their labor of love is definitely a joint effort. Don buys the supplies, while Gaylynn slices all of the peppers and chops all of the onions by hand. They share the cooking/canning duties, and usually process 90 pounds of peppers in one weekend. Although they both hold down full time jobs, their passion for creating the Kandy still drives them. Goff reflects, “I

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hear, “Somebody told me I needed to come over and try this”. Gaylynn says, “They try it and I can’t remember a single time that someone did not buy a jar or even two....

think what keeps both of us going is the reaction we get every time someone tries it for the first

happens every time. Everyone seems to have their favorite way of eating it and we love it when customers give US serving

time. They are literally hooked.... just like we were the first time we tasted it!”

When you attend the Mississippi Craft

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suggestions to share with others.” Show be sure to visit the Jalapeño Kandy booth. It just may be the best thing you have never tasted! 

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Square By Jess Delrie

A geologist by trade, Suzanne Boyd is no stranger to gemstones. In 2005, following an injury that sidelined her geology career, Suzanne sunk into what many may call a depressed state of being. Her injuries began to control her life. Seeing her struggle a friend of Suzanne’s encouraged her to take a pottery class. That class was instrumental in developing what we now know as Anderson Square. Pottery was only the beginning for Suzanne. Working with precious metal clay she taught herself to create jewelry. Even while she is experiencing downtime from injury, Suzanne spends her time creating new designs; working with her hands to help keep her mind focused and positive. A few years after her initial life changing injury, Suzanne was diagnosed with cancer. A quick growing cancer meant that chemotherapy was a must. During chemo, Suzanne understandably had very little strength. But she continued creating earrings, as it was one of the few things she had strength enough to do. Creating those earrings kept her going during the tough times in her life, and she often gave them to nurses and orderlies that helped her during her chemo stays. These days Suzanne is quite the busy lady, but jewelry still takes the bulk of her time. Her favorite piece she ever made was one of her very first. Created for a Daughters of the American Revolution competition, the necklace she created was a picture painted in oil pastels, crafted into a locket and then encased in resin. The locket won the state competition. That same necklace

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went on to win the southeast heat and ultimately came third in the nation. The success of this piece gave Suzanne the courage to strike out into the jewelry making business for herself. Often in the creation of her unique pieces, Suzanne finds she can invest a great deal of time on a piece that she ends up not liking at all. One such piece sat on a shelf, strung on pearls, for about a year before Suzanne could finish it. Started initially as a trinity piece, when finished a year later it evolved into a guardian angel. Angels show up quite often in Suzanne’s work, as do dragonflies and hearts. Suzanne’s love of nature and belief that good triumphs over evil shows in so many of the wonderful items that Suzanne continues to create. Anderson Square | Laurel Suzanne A Boyd (601-498-6905 8www.andersonsquarejewelry.net View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/sboyd


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Crazy Stitches By Monique Troth


magine a U.S. Marine. Do you have that picture in your head? Does that Marine sew and embroider? More specifically, does she create purses and other bags? If you said yes, you might already know Kimberly Smith, the designer behind Crazy Stitches Bags & More! If not, prepare to be amazed. Starting with a 4-H project at the age of 9, Kimberly was hooked immediately on cutting fabric and creating new things. Those initial pillowcases and an apron quickly turned into a love of making her own clothes, wedding and bridesmaid dresses, quilts, and “everything in-between!” After a side foray into painting (even becoming a certified teacher), she went back to sewing and discovered that she had an improved sense of color coordination and textures. Being raised in south Jackson, and currently living in Byram, Mississippi, Kimberly loves

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all things “Southern” and incorporates flowers and southern slang into her embroidery and searches out fabric that represents Mississippi and the rest of the South. Kimberly was trained in Logistics and Supply by the Marines (where she learned her extraordinary organization and discipline) and she worked as a Marketing Coordinator, an Auto Claims Service Assistant, and a Property Officer for Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. She says, “As the years went on, I knew this [sewing] is what I wanted to do when I quit working outside the home.” She quickly found a new passion in creating purses, bags, etc. “I love finding fabric for sale from folk right here in MS and use 100% USA products. All of my bags are unique, one of a kind and 100% handmade with love.” When asked about her style, Kimberly says, “My style of sewing is both contemporary and modern – but I love the look of vintage as well. I love it when a client calls and tells me what they want and just lets me have fun designing!” Kimberly has surrounded herself with a wonderful family. She credits her husband of 41 years, Charlie, with having been there for her in all her “endeavors and craziness.” Thanks to her son and his wife, she has two amazing young granddaughters, and she says that being with them is her greatest pastime. For the last ten years, Kimberly and Charlie have been adopting rescue cats. They now have eight cats, and she believes “Rescue is the best pet you can have!”  Crazy Stitches Bags & More! |Byram Kimberly Smith (601-750-2388 View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/StitchCrazy

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Chas Evans Guitarist

Chas Evans is a top performing classical guitarist. His educational background includes studies and master classes with some of the world’s great players and teachers. A native of Meridian, Mississippi he attended the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Chas performs extensively in a wide variety of musical settings including clubs, restaurants, private events, regional arts festivals and more. Chas Evans Guitarist|Conehatta ( 601-383-2738 8chasevansguitarist.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/chasevans

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Each feather tells a story. Not merely blank canvas to be covered up, feathers exhibit deep integrity, vibrancy, and diversity that Elaine Maisel emphasizes through her illustrative style. All of her miniature paintings are created on real feathers from Mississippi farms, parrot owners, and local turkey hunters. She offer them as professionally framed pieces, matted and ready for you to frame, inside glass ornaments, and on notecards with her favorite quotes about birds, flight, and living a good life. FeatherMore | Ridgeland Painted feathers ( 662-722-2776 8feathermore.me View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/feathermore

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Naturally Yours

Roxanna (Lynn) Crane offers products crafted with 100% all natural ingredients, including pet products, soaps, lotions, deodorants, and more. Her personal care products are handmade in small batches for quality control. With no artificial additives and no fillers, every ingredient is there for a reason, so the products often work better than their name brand counterparts and go farther, too. If you are looking for products that are good for sensitive/allergic skin, trying to avoid the dangers of artificial chemical additives, or you just want to “get back to nature,” see what Naturally Yours has to offer. Naturally Yours, Inc. | Pascagoula Bath and body products. ( 228-623-1020 8realsoap.net View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/naturally

Randam Art

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Miranda Jordan produces visually interesting, decoratively painted art on glass, created with vibrant, lively colors and a dash of whimsy. Specializing in a stained-glass style of painting on bottles, and upcrafting them into lamps where the light shines from within the bottle to cast a spectacular glow of light. Miranda has been making her hand painted glassware, bottles, glasses and such, since about 1989. A lover of paint and color for as long as she can remember, she particularly loves painting on glass because of the way it lets light flow through the applied colors to make them more vibrant and alive. Randam Art, LLC | Ridgeland

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Hinkle Creek Pottery

Nestled peacefully in the quiet hills of North Mississippi sits a delightful little pottery studio called Hinkle Creek Pottery. The artisans in residence are the mother and daughter team of Lynn Barnwell and Rebecca McCalla. The pottery, which started out as a hobby, turned into a business in July of 1999. They make functional handcrafted stoneware that is both microwave and dishwasher safe. Items include dinnerware - plates, bowls, mugs, bathroom sets, and more. Hinkle Creek Pottery | Corinth ( 662-462-8341 8hinklecreekpottery.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/hinklecreek


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Perfect Pairing: Coffee mug from Hinkle Creek Pottery and Toffee from Yazoo Toffee. What a perfect pair!

Yazoo Tofee

Mother and daughter duo of Terry Vandevere and Brittany Ketchum are the creators and owners of Yazoo Toffee Company. The business started out when they were looking for another item to sell in their local booth space at a marketplace in Yazoo City. After tossing around ideas, the pair eventually came up with toffee. They started with an original recipe from Terry’s mother and through many trial and error batches, the Yazoo Toffee Company was born in November of 2011. This delicious confection, handmade in Yazoo City, has three flavors; milk chocolate with pecans, plain toffee without a topping, and almond toffee with white chocolate. Yazoo Toffee Company | Yazoo City ( 662-571-1032 8yazootoffee.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/yazootoffee


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Animal Sanctuary By Miranda Jordan

“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.” -- A.A. Milne


t is just past 5 a.m. in the morning as the dawn begins to inch the sun upward, lighting the sky an aqua blue.

A slight hint of orange at the horizon turns to a tint of yellow as the aqua blue creeps higher displacing the darker indigo of the night. Slowly becoming lighter with every passing minute; an ensemble of crickets and the whistles, chirps and shrills of an array of birds accompanies the scene. At first there is a shadow; just an outline and a sense of movement. As the colors continue to slowly embrace the sky the light gives shape to a large, sleek and graceful feline meandering back and forth at the back of his enclosure. A gentle breeze carries the chuffing sound of the tiger, patiently waiting as the day starts, knowing that breakfast time is coming soon. A rooster crowing in the distance joins the melody. Trickling water from the tiger’s pond adds a harmonious background, infusing a sense of peace and calm. As the light stretches further more birds join the chorus. The bark of a single dog heralds in several

others. The dogs become louder barking in reply to one another, then suddenly the baritone timbre of a lion’s majestic roar permeates the air with strength and authority. The din grows for a few moments, the dogs barking and the lion announcing his presence; then in another moment they all fall quiet again. The birds continue, paying no mind to the lion’s proclamation. The tiger ceases his rhythmic pacing, flops down on the ground, and yawns. The sun rises higher adding orange to the underside of the wispy clouds. So begins another day at Cedarhill Animal Sanctuary. Where It All Began Kay McElroy and her life-long friend, Cheryl Craig grew up in Oklahoma. Never did they imagine then that building a sanctuary was to become their life’s calling. It all started back in 1987. Kay was reading the local Sunday paper. “I love the classified adds when I get a newspaper all I read are the classifieds.” Kay said. She recalls the headline, “Six-month-old cougar cub for sale. $1,000.00.” Out of curiosity Kay went to see

the cougar. “I will never forget it as long as I live.” she said. What she found that day both broke her heart, and shaped her future. A little cougar cub, housed in a small dog pen, and almost starved to death. His paws were terribly infected from a botched declaw job. He was in pain and despondent. Kay had just moved to Mississippi and could not afford to buy the cougar. “I told the guy that I had a tractor that I would trade for the cub.” recounts Kay. But the owner refused, wanting the money. Kay let him know where to find her, should he change his mind. Two weeks later he arrived with the cougar chained in the front seat of his truck ready to make the trade. Kay suddenly had a cougar, named Zack. “After days of phone calls trying to find Zack a home at a zoo, I came to the realization that I either had to build an enclosure for him or have him euthanized.” said Kay. Zack was the first resident of what was to become Cedarhill Animal Sanctuary. One After Another After Zack, others followed. One after another, animals needing sanctuary started coming to Cedarhill. The pair discovered cats in deplorable conditions, each story more heartbreaking than the last. Kay recalls the story of a lion they found in Memphis. “We were on our way to pick up a cougar from the airport and we saw a sign that said, ‘Hear the lion roar .25 cents.’, So we stopped on the way back. He was living in a chicken pen.” Kay pauses, choked by the emotional memory and unable to finish. Cheryl takes over the story for her. “He used to live in the back of an ice truck with welded wire on the front” Cheryl describes the place as “selling velvet Elvis and rebel towels, it was

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Another lion, rescued from Michigan, had been kept in a cage in an abandoned dairy barn where there was no light. He had never seen sunshine until he came to Cedarhill. Kay recounted, “We’ve got two tigers we took in who had lived in a garage all their lives. The first time they touched the ground was here. They were amazed, they just ran and ran. They’d never ran before. At first Kay and Cheryl thought they could simply find a better place for these animals, and facilitate their transportation. But they soon realized there simply was no such place. They began to understand the magnitude of the horrible plight of exotic animals in the United States. There are no federal laws and at the time, only seven states had any laws controlling the breeding, selling and trading of exotic animals. Concerned for these animals prompted Kay to spend 4 years getting a law passed in Mississippi and her hard work paid off. Legislation passed outlawing canned hunts, exotic auctions and requires the registration of all exotics

with the State Game and Wildlife Department. Cedarhill got its USDA license, and became accredited by The Association of Sanctuaries and The American Sanctuary Association. “I did it for my own sanctuary but it helped a lot of animals in the meantime.” said Kay. Daily Rituals

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just a kind of roadside junk sale.” There was nothing Kay and Cheryl could do for that cat that day, but a few months later the owners called Cedarhill and asked if they would take the lion. Of course, they did.

Spend any time with the caretakers at Cedarhill and you soon realize this is not a job, it’s a passion. The staff know the name of every single animal at the sanctuary, and can tell you the story of each one of them. This place is special and while everyone at Cedarhill will tell you it is always about the animals, it is indeed also because of these dedicated people that the sanctuary exists. Currently Cedarhill is home to 10 tigers, as well as lions, bobcats, cougars, 6 pot belly pigs, dogs, rabbits, 7 horses, including 2 miniatures, 5 exotic birds and around 200 regular domestic cats, 50 of them senior or disabled. The sanctuary houses between 280 – 320 animals on any given day. Along with daily feeding and cleaning, with that many animals, vet visits are also usually a daily necessity.


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The morning rituals begin with feeding everyone. The little cats are playing, some are sitting, watchful for signs of breakfast. The golf cart has been loaded up with food for the lions. Even with most of the residents now awake it is still very quiet. Claire McDougall, one of Cedarhill’s exotic animal caretakers is preparing to bring breakfast around for the big cats. Even though Kathy Kitchens, who cares for the little cats, is already fixing their breakfast, a couple of clever little felines decide that what is being loaded onto the golf cart is a much better option as they attempt to secure some of the lion’s breakfast for themselves. Valentino lays waiting patiently. The other lions are pacing and licking their lips. Zeus rubs his head on the side of the enclosure like an excited kitten. They know what is coming They are creatures of habit and they enjoy the familiar

routine. The big cats come into their lock up to eat. Valentino takes his sweet time, so casual and in no hurry at all. Sheeba is more aggressive about her food and growls to warn you to keep away - she’s not sharing! After the feeding and cleaning, preparation for the next day starts all over again. Different staff have specific roles at the sanctuary. There are people who only take care of the dogs, or the cats, the exotics, or grounds keeping and maintenance, etc. The animals know their caretakers, they are used to their routines. “We have a great staff, all these people when they go home for the day they worry about these animals.” remarks Cheryl. “I tell people this is a great job to have, if you don’t mind 110 degrees in the summer and 20 degrees in the winter. If you can tolerate that, you will love the job. The people we have here do more than just tolerate it, they are devoted to their job - it is the animals they are devoted to.” she explains. Funding Cedarhill Animal sanctuary, Inc., was founded in 1990 to serve as caretaker for abandoned, abused, homeless and neglected exotic and domestic felines. All of this takes money, of course. Monthly expenses at Cedarhill are around $50,000 dollars. Cedarhill is a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. They receive no government funding and rely solely on

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tax-deductible donations from individuals and private institutions. The sanctuary survives on small donations by ordinary people. “We don’t have any corporate sponsorship, we don’t have any government sponsorship of any type. Just people who love animals just like we do.” said Cheryl. Nancy Gschwendtner, Cedarhill’s Executive Director, spends most of her time working to fund the sanctuary. She talks about the responsibility of the sanctuary and the necessity for them to continue each day. “We have to be committed. It is a 365 day job, there is no holiday. You have to just be there every single day - that is a huge commitment.” Cedarhill is more financially troubled right now than in years past due to several of their long-time supporters having passed away. Operating month to month is a challenge, but necessary, as this is home for over 300 animals who rely on the sanctuary to continue to provide for and protect them. They are grateful for contributions, large or small, which are vital to the continued treatment, rehabilitation, and support of the animals in their care.

Providing Sanctuary A true sanctuary in every sense of the word. Cedarhill is not open to the public which can make fund raising a challenge.

to live at the sanctuary comes with the unwavering promise to provide a place to heal both physically and emotionally from the horrors they have endured by letting them live out the remainder of their lives in peaceful existence. Cedarhill lives up to that promise. “We do not let people in because these animals have been severely abused and we do not want to subject them to more abuse or stress.” said Nancy. While opening to the public would bring in much needed funds, that would go against their core values of not exploiting their animals and allowing them to live worry free. The Art of the Tiger One of the more recent and creative ways Cedarhill hope to help fund the sanctuary is by selling tiger paintings. That is, paintings created by the actual tigers themselves! Using flat canvas so the paintings can be easily framed, and non toxic children’s paint Katelyn Booth, one of Cedarhill’s animal caretakers, is now also the resident art curator. She tapes the canvas down in the tigers’ lock up and puts drops of color on the canvas. Then she lets the big cats in to play. “We had a female tiger that used to pick up a stick and make drawings in her enclosure but we could not figure out how to transfer that onto paper. So we had been thinking about this sort of thing for a while. Then Katelyn, figured out a way to do the paintings.” Nancy explained. Photos by

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The tigers seem to really enjoy themselves, although it’s not clear if they prefer expressionism, impressionism, or if they simply just like getting messy! It is hoped that this new fund raising project will appeal to cat lovers who would like to gain a connection to these elegant felines, while at the same time helping to fund their care by owning a piece of their one-of-a-kind artwork. The tigers’ paintings can be purchased online through Cedarhill’s Etsy store and they will have some available at the Mississippi Craft Show in August. Carrying On Even though Kay, Cheryl and Nancy must cope with the continued worry of how to keep the sanctuary operating, as the sun sets each day there is a tremendous feeling of tranquility at Cedarhill. This is a calming and soulful place. The animals who live there are truly at peace. When the dawn returns again each morning bringing with it rain, hail or shine over 300 souls will rely on Cedarhill for their continued care and feeding. That responsibility must be met, in the striking heat of summer and the chilling cold of winter, every single day without fail, the dedicated team at Cedarhill give their time, energy and care to their animal family 365 days a year. Cedarhill Animal Sanctuary will go on, because it simply must.  Cedarhill Animal Sanctuary | Caledonia (662-356-6636 www.cedarhillanimalsanctuary.org Etsy: CedarhillSanctuary

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They frequently receive comments such as “I won’t donate if I can’t have a tour.” People can be reluctant to donate if they do not understand what a sanctuary is and they want to be able to see the animals. A sanctuary is a place where animals get to live peacefully and be protected for the rest of their lives. A safe haven, where they no longer suffer at the hands of those who would mistreat them. They are not on display for the entertainment or profit of humans. They are given every opportunity to behave naturally in a safe environment. Many of the animals residing at Cedarhill came from horrible situations. Bringing them Copyright © Mississippi Craft Show, LLC | www.mscraftshow.com

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aclyn Simpson of Simply Concocted is originally from Carriere, Mississippi, and moved to Ocean Springs three years ago. She says that she discovered her love for cooking while in school, and “it became my way to unwind and allow me to keep my creative side active.” While she always loved drawing and painting, cooking allowed her to challenge herself even more. “I first began to develop my Ruby Vinaigrette while in school and off and on over the next five years. At the time, I had no idea that it would be the start of my own salad dressing and marinade company.”


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Jaclyn is a doctor of physical therapy and knows the importance of eating well and living a healthy lifestyle. Her line of allnatural, gluten free, Mississippi-made vinaigrettes are low in calories and sodium and show that you can have healthy foods without compromising flavor. She says that she usually has several ideas for new flavors “bouncing around” in her head that start with three to four main flavors and build from there to the final product. Simply Concocted’s Ruby Vinaigrette is now the official house dressing at The Shed BBQ in Ocean Springs, MS. Over thirty gift shops and retail stores across the South sell Simply Concocted dressings and marinades, and Jaclyn credits her mentors who helped her with the business side of her creative efforts: “Without them, I would have had no idea what I was doing when it comes to margins, contracts, and all the legal aspects of starting a company.”

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Positive feedback from customers is what really keeps Jaclyn going. She loves hearing from people who are discovering that healthy can still taste great! When she’s not helping patients or creating amazing dressings, she can be found fishing, playing golf, and spending time with her family. When asked for any tips for others, Jaclyn had this to say: “When you truly believe in your product, idea, development, etc, and pour your heart into it, people are going to notice that and love that about you. Surround yourself with positive people who believe in you, and reach for the stars!” 


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Frames & Thangs By Rachel Deer

Behind gorgeous frames, crosses and “thangs” you will find Wendy Floyd and her husband Glenn. Based out of Brandon, MS, Wendy and Glenn began crafting in 2010 by building frames and crosses. As Wendy puts it, “We began working with wood because we already had the tools we needed.” It also helped that Glenn was really good with building things from wood and as she jokes, “He trusts my ideas…and he has some ideas.” As a side note, Glenn worked in building construction his entire career, mostly framing houses.

It wasn’t until the housing market hit a low point around 2010 and affected Glenn’s work that their crafting really started to take off. After some serious praying, Wendy says God opened the doors that lead them into the crafting business. Her favorite pieces are mosaic crosses and she has a passion for any kind of cross. Wendy finds inspiration, “from literally anything,” she says, “I see something and get a vision of what I can do with it, then make it happen.” Frames and Thangs attempts to build things

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that appeal to what everyone will need or want at some time or another in their lives, and designs it with their own style, as if they were going to use it in their own home. However, they do take custom orders. Wendy maintains, “If you can describe what you want or show us a picture, we can build it for you!” When Wendy and Glenn are not building craft items, they spend time maintaining their land and tending to their animals, which include a sixteen year old male dachshund, Stretch, another older dog, two older horses, and four cats. They also enjoy time spent with their three grandchildren. Visit Wendy and Glenn at the Mississippi Craft Show and see their hand made creations for yourself. 

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Connie’s Creations | Petal Bath and body products and soy candles. ( 601-606-8874 8 conniescreationsonline.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/conniescreations

Make Mine Fabulous | Ridgeland Cupcakes. pretzels, peanut brittle, etc. ( 912-492-9134 8 makeminefabulous.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/makefab

Windham’s Woodworks | Brandon Wooden spoons, bowls, peppermills, etc. ( 601-862-8615 8 windhamswoodworks.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/windham

Alex North | Gulfport Landscape and nature photography. ( 228-860-4419 8 naturallynorth.net View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/anorth

Fused Glass by Roger & Carla | Florence Fused glass. ( 601-845-2645 8 fusedglassrogerandcarla.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/sturdivantglass

Fudge Etcetera | Meridian Fudge. 25 flavors. ( 601-917-1020 8 fudgeloversfudge.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/fudgeetc

Bangles and Baubles, LLC | Jackson Wire, chain maille, metal clay jewelry. ( 601-506-1982

TomboyART | Greenwood Bags, carousel skirts, hoodie tops & more. ( 662-299-6790 8 tomboyart.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/yolandevh

Pearson Ceramics, Feathers & Flies | Clinton Crochet, coats, corsages & fishing flies. ( 601-924-8618

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how Exhibitors Down South Shabby | Olive Branch Wendy Pirtle was inspired to paint while undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Once treatment was over Down South Shabby was born; offering home & garden decor including boxes, trays, churches, plaques, cross door hangers and more. ( 901-832-6684 View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/downsouth MorganMade Essentials | Richland Bath and body products. ( 601-454-5318 8getmorganmade.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/morganmade

2 DYE 4 | Tylertown Tie-dyed clothing. ( 601-876-4274 82-dye-4.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/2dye4

Mickle’s Pickles | Picayune Jars of homemade pickles. ( 601-798-0705 8micklespickles.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/micklespickles

Ms Betty’s Baubles & Such | Jackson Fan pulls, jewelry, bottle bling. ( 601-942-5886 View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/bstrait

The Muddy Mushroom | Greenwood Susan Sheridan produces stoneware pottery at The Muddy Mushroom in Greenwood, Mississippi. Her main focus is producing functional, stoneware items with nature overtones. Her work includes mugs, platters, bowls, and trays using food-safe glazes. She also creates sculptures of angels, birds, frogs, turtles and Nativity sets. ( 662-453-6127 View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/mudshroom

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Steadfast and Heartfelt Community Animal Rescue and Adoption

In 2001 four animal lovers came together to pool their rescue efforts and CARA (Community Animal Rescue & Adoption, Inc.) was formed. In the 15 years since its birth CARA has grown from a backyard operation to become Mississippi’s largest no-kill animal rescue organization. Operated by volunteers, volunteer board members, and part-time shelter employees, CARA works to place adoptable pets into loving homes and to reduce overpopulation of stray and unwanted animals by supporting spay/neuter programs, ensuring that all animals in their care are spayed or neutered prior to adoption, and by educating the public on responsible pet ownership. Since its inception, CARA has placed over 8000 animals into loving homes. Currently they care for 430 cats and dogs. - about 30% above capacity - which creates a constant financial struggle. The shelter does not receive any funding from the city, county, state or federal government, they operate

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exclusively through the generosity of the community by private donations from individuals, businesses, and fund-raising events.

Steadfast Dedication Part of the struggle is the balance of adoptions versus intakes. Typically CARA receives about a dozen calls a day regarding

stray or abandoned animals, that number far outweighs the amount of calls from people looking to adopt. The harsh reality is there exists a finite physical space to house an infinite stream of homeless animals needing help. It can feel like an overwhelming battle, but they remain steadfast in their dedication and never give up. CARA works hard to keep their ever revolving door moving. As

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heading into the summer months the shelter is in need of industrial fans to help manage the oppressive heat. Using air conditioning is not feasible or realistic, even if they had the funding, given they occupy a 30 thousand square foot metal building, surrounded by dog yards with dogs and people coming in and out all day - so using the fans to mitigate the Mississippi summer heat is vital.

soon an animal in their care finds a home that space is filled with another in need. It costs around $42,000 per month $1400 dollars per day - to run the shelter. That cost includes 7-8 thousand dollars in vet bills alone. Just to feed the dogs it takes 300 lbs of dog food per day. In order to keep the shelter in operation the budget must be responsibly managed. Taking care of the animals is hard work, but the shelter can only afford to pay staff minimum wage at 32 hours or less per week. And yet there are staff who continue working - unpaid, off the clock - well beyond their 32 hours each week simply because of their steadfast love and dedicated for the animals in their care.

And of course, there are hundreds of animals waiting to find their new home. CARA works to meet the needs of both the animals and potential adopters by helping people determine what pet is the right fit for their household. Why not visit the shelter today and let them introduce you to your new best friend? When you adopt a shelter pet you help save 2 lives: the one you bring home and the one who takes its place. ď ś

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complement the centerpiece. One of her favorite things to do, is to use someone’s heirloom jewelry, take it apart, and fashion it into a cross design. This allows the owner to cherish their keepsake and also gives them a good story to tell. Her customers are her biggest inspiration. She enjoys taking their ideas and making them come to life.

ynn Dascus is the creator behind the magnificently beautiful crosses that are her signature trade. These crosses are made out of nails and wire, and then intricately decorated with jewelry, beads and ornaments. For the lover of all things crosses, Cross My Art is sure to please. Lynn has a cross design that appeals to anyone. Sizes range from the smallest at 1-5” x 1” to the largest at 12”x 9” which means Lynn’s crosses can be used for decorations, necklaces, key chains, cabinet hardware, or hung from a rear view mirror, lamp switch or even used as a sun catcher.

Lynn shared an inspiring story, one of joy, hope and love, which she concedes is really all she hopes people receive from her craft. She said, “I have a customer in Jackson, Michigan

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who walks around the mall every day and hands them [crosses] out to the people he meets there and he also gives them to nurses at the hospital.” You can meet Lynn and view her amazing array of lovely crosses for yourself at the Mississippi Craft Show. 

Based out of Jackson, Mississippi, Lynn’s only helper is her two-year old miniature schnauzer, Levi, who loves to help make the crosses by pulling at the spools of wire as Lynn wires the nails together! Lynn learned to make her crosses after being inspired by her mother’s cousin who used nails and wire to make crosses. Lynn really liked the look, but decided to add jewelry to her own creations and so through trial and error, she learned how to manipulate the beads to keep them as straight and even as possible on the nails.

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To make her crosses, Lynn looks for brooches, pendants or ornaments that are appealing to her and places these at the center of the cross. Then she chooses the perfect beads to



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All Wrapped Up By Jess Delrie

After retiring 13 years ago, David Cook decided he wanted to do something with his time he would enjoy. He tried his hand at several arts, including stained glass and pottery, before finally settling on crafting jewelry. While there are many types a variations of hand crafted jewelry, the method and style that caught David’s eye was wire wrapped jewelry. Wire wrapping is one of the oldest techniques for making handmade jewelry. This technique uses jewelry wire to make components. The wire components are then connected to one another using mechanical techniques, requiring no solder or glue to hold stones in place. David undertook courses at William Holland’s School of Lapidary Arts in Young Harris, Georgia, to gain knowledge and develop his skills for wrapped jewelry. He returns about once a year to continue his education and learn new techniques. Most of his work focuses on pendants and bracelets. While David has created a few rings, he says that making rings for craft shows proves to be difficult due to the nature of sizing wire wrapped rings. David’s favorite piece that he created was a pendant he made for his wife a wrapped citrine pendant - which David says she loves! In his free time, David also works closely with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Gem and Mineral Society. The group meet once a month in Ocean Springs for workshops. David says that he isn’t alone in his love of sharing his craft as there are a number of artists who teach varying techniques to members through the society.

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David’s advice to those just starting out in crafting is to just have fun and enjoy doing what you love.  Creations by ‘D’ | Ocean Springs David W. Cook ( 228-341-9944 View full profile at: mscraftshow.com /dwcook Photo by Miran

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Rushing Images | Ridgeland Framed and unframed photographs. ( 601-853-9478 8 rushingimages.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/rushing

MeMaw’s Cheese Straws | Yazoo City Cheese straws, cookies, trash mix. ( 662-571-6805 8 memawscheesestraws.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/memaws

Valerie Norris | Seminary Hand built pottery & woodwork. ( 601-543-6444 8 sassafrasboutique.net View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/valerien

Pottery by Gail | Laurel Hand built and wheel thrown pottery. ( 601-433-6713

Henry Muse Originals | Jackson Paintings. ( 601-951-6596 8 henrymuse.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/hmuse

Country Kettle Fudge | West Point Fudge. ( 662-494-6075

9109 Jewelry | Ocean Springs Jewelry ( 228-218-0405

Sara Gatlin Photography | Madison Senior Portraiture & Fashion Photography ( 601-213-7278 8 saragatlinphoto.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/saragatlin

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Marek & Shelagh Dlouhy are the husband and wife team behind DCZ Designs. Marek is originally from the Czech Republic. Shelagh, is from Texas. The pair met a number of years ago after their respective careers led them to settle in Jackson, Mississippi. They craft original hand sculpted artisan jewelry that is inspired by nature. Both discovered their creative talents in early childhood. Shelagh paints, sculpts, and designs interiors. Marek wood-carves. They personally hand-sculpt each piece of their remarkable jewelry using chisels, hammers, pliers, and soldering techniques, combining classical and contemporary styles. Using nature as their theme the couple observe the world around them; their interpretations of those observations to develop the jewelry they create. DCZ Designs | Ridgeland Nature Inspired Jewelry ( 601-421-0808 8dczdesigns.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/dczdesigns Photos su pplied by



Heatherwood Crafts

Daryl & Sandra Alford of Heatherwood Crafts produce wood turned items such as shaving kits, pens, cigar tubes, bottle stoppers and styluses. They also create laser engraved and cut items including hair sticks, book covers, magnets, key rings, wallets, plaques, and more. Instead of a traditional retirement, the Alfords decided to pursue their home-based creative business and are continually learning and expanding on what they make. The couple believe that the purpose of their art is turning useful, everyday things into beautiful works of art that will inspire and uplift the recipient. Heatherwood Crafts | Jackson Wood turned and engraved items. ( 601-956-4568 8Heatherwoodcrafts.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/heatherwood Copyright Š Mississippi Craft Show, LLC | www.mscraftshow.com

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Bear Creek By Liz Walker


Can you imagine being diagnosed with arthritis at the young age of 30? Leslie Pickett was, and it changed her life in ways she could never have imagined. “I had two small children, a career, and no intention of putting my life on hold. After an intensive search for products that would alleviate my symptoms, I eventually decided to look for alternative treatments, which led me to develop the products for BearCreek Herbals. My favorite product is the More Motion Lotion, which is a blend of 12 essential oils and butters. It is full of warming oils that help with sore, stiff muscles and joints.” So, what exactly makes BearCreek so special? Well, pretty much everything! To begin with, they use only organically grown herbs and fillers to create their naturally scented products. Products are made to order, so they can be as fresh as possible when they are purchased. From aromatherapy, bath & body products (including bath teas, and salts), hot/cold pacs, and cuddle buddies, to lotions, lip balms, and spritzes, Leslie continues to expand the line. “Each time I get a new ache or pain, I work on a new product. Different size and shaped pacs, and another spritz or lotion. Customers give me great ideas, based on their needs. I also have a line of baby products I developed when my first grandchild was born. And while gardening is considered good therapy for arthritis, it can lead to aches and pains at the end of a long day. Sometimes heat was needed to treat a certain area, while cold temperatures worked best for others. That’s when aromawraps were born. These fit the area that hurts, and can be microwaved to heat, placed in the freezer to cool and stored in a plastic bag to extend the life of the scent.”

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As for memorable responses to her products, she shares the story of a customer who was working a state fair in the Midwest last summer who ordered, and used, the No More Bite Spritz. The customer and her children survived a week of heavily infested mosquito fair grounds with no bites!! In Mississippi, that is considered a miracle product! At BearCreek Herbals, quality control is at the top of the list. If the owner wouldn’t use a product, she won’t sell it. You won’t see this on a list of ingredients, but Puckett let me in on a trade secret. “I use a little bit of magic in each of my products”.  BearCreek Herbals | Madison Leslie Puckett ((601) 238-6969 8www.bearcreekherbals.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/bcherbals


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Timber Creek Candles

By Monique Troth

Carl Dykes was originally from Goldsboro, North Carolina, but having a military dad meant that his family ended up in Richton, Mississippi. He and his brother started making candles when they were in 5th and 6th grade, just as a hobby. Carl continued to be involved in the arts throughout high school and beyond, mostly in music: he’s a classically trained opera singer! About four years ago, he says, he and his fiancée Renee Strait were led to soy wax candles “by Divine Intervention.”

after work and drove three hours to meet the owner and look at the business. We both really liked the other, and we made a low offer for the company – not thinking the owner would take it. To our surprise, she said OK that will work! She also told us that she had turned down several offers that were higher because she just didn’t feel right about the deal. I have to add that since that day we have never seen another soy candle company for sale anywhere! The rest is, as they say, history.”

“One Sunday afternoon, we were sitting around doing a craft project, that’s when the idea hit me. I said to Renee, ‘You know, my brother and I used to make candles, and we had a great time doing it.’ So off to Michael’s we went and came home and poured our first candles. The very next day Renee was looking online for candle making supplies and came across a soy wax candle company that was for sale. So that very night we jumped in the car right

Carl says he tries to apply his perfectionist attitude from being in the music field to everything he does. “We strive to take care of our customers the way we would want to be taken care of. Everything is hand made and hand poured with love and attention to detail. We only use 100% pure soy wax so that when the candle melts it can be used as lotion. (Yes we did that on purpose). And the soy wax is a renewable resource that burns without any soot or black smoke.” Renee and Carl both still work full time jobs while creating candles. During peak seasons, they often put in 80-90 hour work weeks (each) on a regular basis. Additionally, they volunteer with North Mississippi Great Dane Rescue and enjoy spending time with their families. When asked what superpower he’d like, Carl quickly said “to be able to clone ourselves!!!” They agree that it would be great to grow Timber Creek Candles to the point that it could be their only work. In the meantime, you can buy their products, including their new Premium Reed Diffuser line, at the Mississippi Craft Show and in retail locations all over Mississippi and in some parts of Louisiana and Alabama. 


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Ala Carte Alice | Louisville Dry Mixes. soups, entrees, dips & more. ( 662-779-1079 8 alacartealice.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/acalice

Dr. A Photos | Ridgeland Photographic fine art prints. ( 601-667-9067 8 luiscalmeida.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/draphotos

River Cottage Kids | Waynesboro Children’s clothing. ( 601-410-1653 8 rivercottagekidsms.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/bjlee

Sassy Paisley | Hattiesburg Hand sewn bags, aprons, appliquéed t-shirts. ( 601-434-6919

Designs by ME | Prentiss Jewelry: fork/knife bracelets & more. ( 601-792-8606

Restoration Bath House | Brandon Bath bombs, bath salts, and bubble bars. ( 601-624-5027 8 resotrationbathhouse.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/jolly1

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d+p Design Build, LLC | Jackson Wooden furniture & homewares. ( 601-376-8148 8 dpluspdesignbuild.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/dpdesign

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Busy B Gifts | Bailey Jewelry including cotton boll &blackberry ( 601-480-1777

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Mud Magic | Pascagoula Ceramic art. ( 228-623-1020 View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/mudmagic

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how ExhibitorS Daily Blessings Farm | Hernando Goat milk soap bars, moisturizers, pet care, lip care, baby care, palm candles ( 662-233-0112 8dailyblessingsfarm.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/dailyblessings

Taste of Gourmet | Indianola Gourmet foods, preserves and mixes including: sweet potato muffins, southern praline pie, tomato basil beer bread, peach pecan pepper preserves and more. ( 662-887-3923 8tasteofgourmet.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/taste

Angelic Artwork | Starkville Clay pottery ,clay sculptures and watercolor paintings. ( 601- 310- 7363 View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/angelic

Picture Mississippi | Brandon Photographic prints, calendars, note cards. ( 601-260-2021 8picturemississippi.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/picturems

Kreations | Louisville Handcrafted jewelry. ( 662-779-1384 View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/kreations

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Serenity Clay Studios | Laurel Joan Adams of Serenity Clay studios is a ceramic and sculpture artist. Her main medium is clay, however, she does also incorporate some wood and gemstones into her work. Joan throws on the wheel and also hand builds her pieces. Her work tends to be more traditional rather than abstract. Joan always tries to put meaning behind her art, for example her special series “Women Standing Tall”. ( 949-205-3481 View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/serenity

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MS Craft Show 2016 Exhibitors

Pitter Potter House | Prentiss Stoneware pottery. ( 601-554-6995 8pitterpotterhouse.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/dlane

Wild Flower Heart | Kilmichael Upcycled Clothing ( 662-417-2651 8jostewartwray.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/wildflower

Ashwater Soap Company | Flowood Natural, botanical soaps. ( 601-927-9373 8ashwatersoap.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/ ashwatersoap Glassblowers Workshop | Jayess Blown, sculptured and stained glass ( 601-587-4814 View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/rogersmith Southern Belle Originals, Inc | Calhoun City Screen printed T-shirts. ( 662-637-2264 8SouthernBelleStore.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/klovorn

Fibers By Brenda |Vicksburg Knitted items, handspun yarns ( 601-383-2738 View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/brharrower 36

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Handmade in Mississippi Designs By Rocio | Pearl Bags, baby blankets, scarfs ( 601-540-4101 View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/rocio

Air Fine Arts | Olive Branch Clothing ( 901-361-3880 8airfinearts.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/airfine

Mimi’s Doorhangers | Beaumont Seasonal doorhangers and signs. ( 601-588-0106 View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/mbryars

Wyne Chyme| Brandon Recycled bottle wind chimes ( 601-259-1857 8wynechyme.com View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/wyne

Homemade Stand-Up Ice Chest | Vicksburg Ice chests ( 601- 218-0233 View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/pbarnes

Old Things New | Lucedale Jewelry and barn wood creations ( 601-808-9473 View full profile at: mscraftshow.com/ oldthingsnew Copyright © Mississippi Craft Show, LLC | www.mscraftshow.com

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Magnolia State of Mind 2016  

Magnolia State of Mind is the official companion magazine for the Mississippi Craft Show™ August 27-28, 2016 Trade Mart Jackson. www.mscraf...

Magnolia State of Mind 2016  

Magnolia State of Mind is the official companion magazine for the Mississippi Craft Show™ August 27-28, 2016 Trade Mart Jackson. www.mscraf...