We live, raise beef cattle, keep hens, garden and make handcrafted goods, on our farm: Tranquility Pastures, near the Mississippi River in Northern Minnesota.
A Tranquil Nook is what we call our small home based handicraft and antique business. Our different skills combine and collide to produce a variety of handmade goods: Hats, Accessories, Stone and Fiber Jewelry. We also refresh, restore and recycle select vintage goods.
Prior to life “on the farm,” Frank was career Air Force, Jane worked as a nurse following Frank around base to base. Currently, we live a pretty basic life-style, growing most of our own food.
Frank spends much time with his farm equipment, managing crops, cattle; watching deer, making maple syrup, and baking. Frank also creates jewelry from polished semiprecious gemstones such as tiger eye, jasper, agate, et cetera. Some is stranded on flexible wire with a variety of metal findings. He also makes pendant necklaces on cotton cord which hand braids/weaves.
Jane helps out some with the animals and garden but spends most of her time sewing and felt making. Jane creates a variety of wearables - hats, totes, accessories; mostly from natural fiber/fabrics and from recycled clothing. She also creates some home decor type items- such as napkin rings and soap in a wool coat.
We like to share the joy of making it yourself. And have developed some kits and craft supplies. Kits we have done to date include: Kumihimo braiding kits and How to make Soap in a Coat Kits. Supplies we prepare include handmade wool felt beads, and cut felt shapes
A Tranquil Nook is not a brick and mortar store.
If you wish to get up close and personal with our goods visit:
Bad Cat Creations
315 Irvine Ave NW in Downtown Bemidji, MN 56601 USA
Hours: Monday - Saturday:10am to 6pm (year round)
Sunday: 11am to 4pm (only open Sundays during the summer months between Memorial Day & Labor Day weekend)
Bad Cat web site
Bad Cat facebook fan page
Bad Cat Creations is a unique boutique specializing in handmade local art and fine crafts, and an eclectic mix of gifts and accessories. Frank and I are so pleased to be two of Christina’s local artist/craftors.
GRANDMA'S ATTIC - Antiques and Collectibles Mall
502 3rd Street, Bemidji, MN, 56601 USA
Hours: Mon. through Sat 10a.m. to 5p.m..
There among a bounty of Antiques, Collectibles and Gifts, you will find fabulous vintage from us: hats, accessories, clothing, vinyl records, sewing equipment and supplies. If it is too good to repurpose we refresh it and offer it in “The Hat Box,” Booth #21.
From May thru October you can find us live at:
Bemidji’s Natural Choice Farmers Market
Union Square Parking Lot, 2nd St. and Beltrami Ave., Bemidji, MN, USA
General Hours: Tues. and Sat. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thurs. 12n to 7 p.m.
BNCFM web site
BNCFM facebook fan page
Sat. Sep. 11 8:30 am to 3 pm
Thurs. Sep 16 12 n to7 pm
Sat. Oct 23 8:30 am to 3 pm
In the 2011 season we plan to set up at market the 1st and 3rd Sat; one Tues. and one Thus each month.
Felt Sew Crafty
A Tranquil Nook
News and Information:
A Tranquil Nook Facebook Fan Page
Glorious Hats Blog - Jane's personal blog
Glorious Hats Flickr - Jane's photo albums
A Tranquil Nook Blog