Friday, May 6, 2016

Presenting BH Upcycled Designs!!

For several months I've been working toward what is for me a big change. I've "been" Bethany Homecrafts for 12 years, officially, and for about 8 years before that unofficially. When I started out I made braided rugs, trivets, potholders and the like. Then I started making needle felted creations - that was so much fun! When my shoulder gave out, I moved to doing clothing design, and that's the iteration my business has today. 

So I've changed the name to reflect that, and now there's a brand new website where you can order your very own upcycled design. There's some sadness in leaving the name behind (no one will call me Bethany anymore!), but a lot of excitement to see where this will lead me next. 

Thanks for being with me on the journey!  Click here to see the website and continue on!

Many thanks to DDrobney Photography for wonderful the wonderful images you see all over the website, and to Sue Muldoon Images for web design services. They made it possible!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Play Time!

It's slow time for markets and shows, which means that I have time to play and come up with new designs. I'm also working on building inventory and applying for shows (cross your fingers for me). I have a couple of people working with me now, and some time each week is spent in training them to cut, pin and sew the designs. So though markets are few and far between, I'm keeping busy!

Here are the markets I am involved in over the winter: 
*Coventry Winter Farmer's Market (one Sunday a month)
*Stonington Farmer's Market at the Velvet Mill
*Amherst Winter Farmer's Market

I'll also be at the NOFA Winter Conference at Western CT State U on March 12. I have several events in April, which doesn't seem that far away now!

Enjoy your winter!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Time For Rest

I just finished my last show of the year! I am so grateful for all the people I've met this year, visitors, customers and fellow vendors. It's been a good one, and I'm looking forward to another in 2016, but now it's time to rest for a bit. We'll do some hiking, spend time with family and friends, and just Be. (Knowing myself, it won't be for long!)

If there's anything you need or want, please email me @ I'm no longer running an online shop, but I'm always happy to do custom orders or to ship you what I have in stock. 

With all best wishes, hopes and prayers for peace in the world, our homes and our hearts. May your holiday celebrations be blessed! 

Monday, May 25, 2015


Welcome to Bethany Homecrafts!  

I hope you enjoy browsing through my web page - exploring the galleries, reading through some of the things I've shared - and that it gives you a sense of visiting my booth at a farmer's market or craft show.  If you're new to Bethany Homecrafts, I  cut up sweaters and jerseys that people were done with, and sew them into new designs so that they get a  whole new life.   Look through the galleries and you'll get an idea of what I do.

You can see my schedule to find out where you can visit me at a market or fair, you can click on the Etsy link to visit my online shop and make a purchase, or...

If you'd like to order something custom made, please contact me (!  What you see in the galleries are examples of my work.  I may have what you'd like in stock, or if not, I will happily make it up for you.  I do a lot of custom work, and it's a joy to make exactly what a customer dreams of.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Spring's Here!!
Here's the schedule:

April 11: Come visit me at Swift Waters Artisans' Cooperative

April 19: Hartford's Trashion Fashion Show at City Hall -                                festivities start outdoors at 11 am                                             

May 2-3: Shire City Sanctuary's Spring Shindy - 40 Melville St.                     Pittsfield, MA

May 7: NORA Cupcake's First Thursday Pop-Up, 7-9 pm, 
            700 Main St. Middletown, CT                                                   

May 16: onTrend Spring Craft Fair, 10-4, Route 9, Hadley, MA

June 6-7: Celebrate! West Hartford Arts and Crafts Show 

June 27: Salem Vintage Market 

I'll be adding in farmer's markets and more shows as my acceptances come in. 
Have a wonderful spring!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy Winter!

It's been cold with not much snow where we are. We're grateful for the sunshine we've had - not only does it soothe the soul, it's now powering our home! It's fun to run down cellar to where the inverter is, and see on its panel how much power we're generating. I love having a business powered by the sun!

It's slow season, but I do have something going almost every Saturday between now and the beginning of April. I've also got my Etsy shop up and running
If you want to see my work in person, but don't want to travel to a market, you can visit
  Swift Waters Artisans Cooperative in Willimantic, a wonderful shop full of handmade artisan wares.

Here's my winter schedule:
February 7: I'll be minding the shop at Swift Waters
February 28: Tentatively Amherst Winter Farmer's Market
March 14: Tentatively Amherst Winter Farmer's Market

By the time we get to the end of this schedule, it will be Spring!!!
Have a happy, healthy, safe winter!

Monday, November 17, 2014

The holiday market season has been going very well, for which I am so grateful to all of my new and returning customers! 
So here it is, Monday morning, and I am charting out my week, planning what to sew so that I have plenty to bring with me next weekend ~
Here's a quick look at my schedule for the rest of the year:

November 22: Waterbury Holiday Artisans Market at Waterbury City Hall, from 10-6.

November 23: Holiday Market at Housatonic Valley Waldorf School on Dodginton Rd in Newtown, 10-4

December 4: Killam and Bassette Vendor Open House at 77 Tryon St. South Glastonbury, from 5-8 pm.

December 5-6: Old St. Andrew's Holiday Bazaar at 59 Tarriffville Ave., Bloomfield. Friday from 12-8 pm, Saturday from 9-4.

December 8:  2hopewell Artisan's Open House at 2 Hopewell Restaurant at the corner of Main and Hopewell, South Glastonbury, 4-8 pm

December 13: Holiday Market at the Granby YMCA, includes Breakfast With Santa, at the Y on Salmon Brook Rd, from 9am-noon.

December 14: Market Days at Hartford Stage (while the Nutcracker is running) from 12:30-4.

December 20: Stonington Farmer's Market at the Velvet Mill at 22 Bayview Ave., from 10-1