Sok Kheng(Soks) Martz Meet the Director of Christmas in the Country llc
Sok Kheng Martz
About the Director Soks Martz
Immigrating to the United States from Cambodia with her family when she was ten, Soks found herself in the land of opportunity in the State of North Carolina. There she learned English and fast-tracked her way to catch up with her undergraduate education. Throughout her life, she has capitalized on the opportunities afforded to her in this fine country. She is a self starter and motivator with lots of energy.
In 1995 while waitressing, she dislocated her shoulder and was unable to continue her job. During convalescence, she tuned into HGTV and watched the process of making covered gift boxes out of cardboard. Using old cereal boxes and used clothing, she created a lovely gift box and took it down to the local craft store. The owner loved it, customers loved it, and soon she was engaged in making 20 boxes a week. Thus began her career in crafting. While shopping at estate and yard sales to get antique lace, silk ties, and unique fabric for the boxes, she discovered and acquired many very torn antique quilts and chenille blankets. It was then she began to create her own Santa and snowmen patterns using the antique quilts and chenille blankets to make their outfits.
Soks was 19 when she married in 1992 and moved to Monterey Bay Language Institute with her husband who was stationed there for Army Intel School. Later after his graduation, they moved to Ft Huachuca, Arizona in 1993. While her then husband was stationed there, she became a member of the Military Wives Crafters Group and helped to organize, acquire sponsorships and help promote their craft shows at the Officer’s Club. In 1998, she moved back to Hendersonville, N.Carolina where she was a member of the Henderson County Crafters and helped with recruiting new vendors, and helping to advertise and organize their craft shows, three a year in the local mall. Starting with 25 vendors, over 120 participated by 2001. While in N.Carolina, Soks was also a member of Dogwood Crafters, an artists’ cooperative that required shared time running the shop, managing and promoting it. It was and still is one of the biggest attractions in Dillsboro, NC.
In 2001 Soks moved to Bainbridge Island and debuted her antique quilted Santas at the BI Chamber of Commerce 4th of July celebration in Winslow as an adjunct to her online store, Crafty Designs. It was there that Sharon Soames-the former Owner and Director of Christmas in the Country, discovered Soks’ skill and unique craft and invited her to participate as a vendor in Christmas in the Country at Sharon’s home-based floral design studio, Rose of Sharon’s. Unfortunately, because of her husband’s job and the tragic incidents of 911, Soks had tomoveagain all over the United States. Finally in 2005 they moved back to Bainbridge Island and eventually settled in Kingston in 2005. Since returning to the NW, she has been a constant favorite crafter in Christmas in the Country to date, as well as the NK Festival in Poulsbo, the Kitsap Fair, Hansville Crafters, Port Gamble Art Show, and Kingston Arts and Crafts Festival where was the Vendor Coordinator for two years. She has also filmed a craft show segment on HGTV's, That's Clever.
In 2009, Soks remarried to Timothy Martz who was born and raised in Bremerton, WA. Together, they make a fabulous team and run a 77 acre, self sustaining farm in Shelton and a 10 acre sustainalbe farm in Kingston with many animals from cows to pigs, chickens, rabbits and many types of exotic pheasants and other birds, and micro mini pigs.
Individually Tim is a tile setter and handyman and is owner and operator of TM Services. Tim focuses his business on a referral base only. He started the business in 2012 and have been thriving since. He strives for perfection in his work and farm.
Soks was formerly an Office Administrator at Edward Jones and later transitioned to Morgan Stanley. She has worked with the Poulsbo Chamber and the the Poulsbo Marketing Coalition as the Digital Marketing Coordinator for www.visitpoulsbo.com. She is also an Ambassador for the Poulsbo Chamber.
Soks and Tim are full time farmers who plan to continue building their sustainable farms and they plan to keep Christmas in the Country a thriving part of Bainbridge Island’s sustainable culture for many years to come.
You can will find Soks at the St Barnabas Church for Christmas in the Country.
I am a South Georgia girl that ended up in Indianola , Wa, via Cincinnati, Ohio. My husband, Matthew, and I are gob smacked, everyday, by the beauty of the Pacific North West! We've been here for 8 years and it never gets old.
I have always had a love for glass. In 2012 Santa Claus surprised me with a small kiln and a pack of glass. I was hooked! Now ,I have a few kilns and a studio full of supplies! The larger of the kilns allows me to make pieces that are up to about 1.5 feet by 3 feet.
When my brother in law , Ed, and sister in law, June, relocated to Indianola, from New Jersey, DeeDee Goodwin Glass grew.
While I do the fused glass work, Ed does the stained glass and wood work. The possibilities are endless. If you have an idea, we'd love to make it come to life for you. We enjoy making bits as small as sun catchers and chimes as much huge driftwood garden art and custom lighting.
Feel free to contact me at 360-860-0136 and like us on facebook at Deedee Goodwin Glass.
You can find me at The Bainbridge Pavillion for Christmas in the Country.
Mark and Jean Priest
2015 Featured Artist Tecweld Metal Art Mark and Jean Priest
Tecweld creates standing sculptures and wall hangings for home and garden. Mark does the "dirty work" of cutting, grining, bending, welding, heat-treating and powder coating. Jeanne does the "clean work" of editing or creating patterns for the computer-run CNC plasma torch. Products include over 50 dog breeds, dragons, mermaids, sea serpents, herons, fish, crabs, sand dollars, Saguaros, barrel cacti, agaves and many other items.
Mark also creates gates, railings, trellises, and custom designs for individuals and businesses. "If you know what you want, we can do it!"
Luminaries are lanterns created from handmade and recycled paper, fibers, wax and other natural treasures. They make a beautiful illumination and atmosphere from a tea light candle lit inside. Corena started making them over 20 years ago, after dreaming about them. Her artistic education consists of North Kitsap High School art classes, as many as she could take, and still get the required amount of English and math credits to graduate. She also attended the Northwest College Of Art back in 1988 , when they first began offering classes down on Liberty Bay in Poulsbo. She has educated herself along the euntrapanuer path in retail and wholesale business. Her creativity and excitement for what she does keeps growing and expanding. You can find her creations in many gift shops, locally and in shops and galleries from Bellingham to Colton, Oregon. She is currently building a website, www.corenascreations.com, which will offer retail and wholesale ordering of her creations and offer creative workshops for beginning artists, to highly adventurous creative people. Look it up, you may just spark your creative and euntrapanuer spirit!
www.corenascreations.com 360-981-2757 You can find me at the St Barnabas Church for Christmas in the Country every year.
2013 Featured Artist Linna Lawrence of Fauntelles Designs "Artist and designer Linna Lawrence is formerly from the San Francisco Bay area in California.
There she worked for many years as a Technical Artist and Art Coordinator.
Since re-locating to Poulsbo, Washington, she used her artistic and technical skills to
create a unique line of one-of-a-kind Christmas Nutcrackers.
Rescuingonce unloved nutcrackers she restored them to beyond new givingeach their
own delightful story and personality.
Come decide which one will warm your heart and enchant your home this holiday season!"
Linna can be reached through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find me at the St Barnabas Church for Christmas in the Country.
Natalie is a storyteller at heart…a storyteller who uses copper & other materials to actualize the stories she is sharing. You may find that her pieces have an edgy look about them. They can be quirky. They are fun & whimsical…but different. Each is unique & personable!
Early in her career Natalie pursued an Industrial Design degree from Western Washington University & subsequently spent 8-10 years designing beautiful steel gates, handrails & fences for homes on the Olympic Peninsula. Since launching her own business 4 years ago she has won praise & success for her unique style…& by touching peoples’ hearts through her stories of optimism, courage, inspiration & transformation. Nat’s sculptures, designed for the home & garden, speak directly to the meaning of the Spirit of Life.
Her creations are available in limited numbers at local gift shops...in addition to select garden & art shows. She also designs & creates custom pieces for individuals & businesses. Give her a call!
You can find us at the Bainbridge Pavillion for Christmas in the Country.
Bainbridge Island artist Alex Sanso has created gifts and merchandise for years, for renowned destinations from Walt Disney World to Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks. Alex has found her favorite subject right here at home, with a line of art and souvenirs all about Bainbridge Island. Her artwork depicting iconic Bainbridge imagery in a timeless graphic style has been well received by travelers and locals alike. For more information and to shop Alex’s art and merchandise, visit BainbridgeIslandGifts.net, or follow Alex on Facebook at Alex Sanso Creative.
You can find me at the Bainbridge Pavillion and the Meli Melo Vintage Island Boutique for Christmas in the Country.
A long time ago a wise old man gave me some words of advice...
“Always keep a warm light of love around you... it’s a type of sheath to keep you from darkness”
As I travel thru life this advice comes to my mind, and I find it very real and true.
Thus the inspiration of my blankets, and pillows...
I lived in Asia for 5 years and the culture resonated with me… Stillness, simplicity, AND COLOR!!!!
MEDITATION BLANKETS - I call them meditation blankets, because they bring me to a place of comfort, stillness, and thought.
I love the feeling of silky soft fabrics.
These throws are wonderful to curl up and read a book with, wrap around your shoulders during prayer, to drape around you while nursing, or to simply lie down and take a nap with.
PATHWORK PERSONALITY- The pathwork personality blanket is just a fun use of words! I chose this name because each creation seems to develop a different vibe and personality as it is created... kind of chooses itself as I go along. Mirrors of life... to remind us there are different ways to walk a path!
These are all reclaimed fabrics... I use the remnants of what would have been thrown away and incorporate them into a one of a kind specialty! These are a lot of fun, and tell many different stories
BABY BLANKETS (warm snuggly)- These are made of Cozy shaggy suede with a silky trim. They are a quarter of the size of my large Warm Snuggly blankets.
You can find me at the Bountiful Farm for Christmas in the Country.
J'aime les Crepes
J'aime Les Crepes Downtown Kingston and Bainbridge Island
While living in Europe, Paul, the owner, learned from of the best crepe chefs in Paris and the Brittany region.
Savory crepes are made in the Brittany style using whole organic buckwheat. Gal, also known as Galettes, are one of many favorites in NW France.
Visit the quaint little shop in downtown Kingston or downtown Bainbridge Island on Winslow and try some of the locals' favorites such as Grilled chicken with garlic and artichoke pesto, or the classic ham and Swiss cheese.
Some of the sweet crepes offered include Parisian favorites such as nutella, dark chocolate with fresh strawberries.
All crepes are made fresh to order! You can find us at the Bountiful Farm for Christmas in the Country.