Naturally Yours

Susan Nonn has been hooked on gourds for nearly 20 years – ever since she attended the Ohio Gourd Society’s festival in 1999. She bought five gourds and a gourd crafting book that day and a passion was born.

 “It was through the American Gourd Society’s website that I found local gourd growers and tips about crafting gourds,” Susan says. “My earliest creations were simple birdhouses and bowls with embellished rims. As my skills improved, so did my appreciation of the natural gourd. I always try to enhance the gourd without hiding its natural shape and beauty.”

 Many of Susan’s designs are inspired by nature and are embellished with natural materials such as stone beads, pods and feathers. For color, she uses dyes or inks that penetrate the gourd surface but also enhance the fundamental gourd patterns. Her products range from functional items to whimsical seasonal creations.  

“I am fortunate to have discovered a craft for which I have a personal passion,” she says.

Come see Naturally Yours on September 14 from 10AM – 4PM at McConkey’s Market in Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA).

Anna Welsh, littlebags.BIGIMPACT

Some entrepreneurs work around their day jobs while they build their businesses. Anna Welsh must work around school and homework. Just 13 years old, Anna is CEO of a thriving company that combines fashion, recycling and philanthropy.  

“I handmake bags from recycled materials, and I donate 15% of proceeds to Tree House Books, which provides free books to kids in Philadelphia,” says Anna, a graduate of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a national program that helps young adults find their passion and create businesses.   

Anna has been sewing since age six, but her business idea wasn’t born until 2016 when she made three clutch bags for her mom. Soon, strangers were asking where her mom got the bags. They were astounded when they heard the answer.

Today, Anna’s company, littlebags.BIGIMPACT, is churning out eye-catching clutches, mini-clutches, sunglass cases and more from fabric that would otherwise be thrown out. In just two years, she has recycled over 1,000 pounds of fabric and donated enough money to purchase 1,000 books for children in need.     

Come see Anna on September 14 from 10AM – 4PM at McConkey’s Market in Washington Crossing Historic Park (PA).

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