Your Local Farmer's Market - Millarville Markets 2016 - It's Not Just Produce

June 14, 2016

Millarville Farmer's Markets are coming soon! This farmer's market, in my opinion, is the best local farmers market in the Calgary Area - held at the Millarville Race Tracks @ 306097 192 St W, Millarville, AB

 Starting on Saturday June 18th, the markets start with a bang and a half marathon race ending at the Millarville Market.  What is better than a run on the beautiful rolling roads of Alberta's foothills south of Calgary and ending at a farmers market with local juicy produce, fresh squeezed lemonade and handcrafted artisans with their unique goods? The run starts in Black Diamond and heads into Millarville - roads may be a little slower than usual coming in from the south.

Markets open on Saturdays 9:00am-2:00pm from June 18th - Oct 8th, 2016

Admission is $3/car or you can buy an annual membership for $40 at the office which includes admission to all 17 Millarville Farmer's Markets and free admission to all their annual events.

What can Millarville Market do for you? 
It can be a half day outing, cruising the race track roads filled with vendors. Lunch can also be purchased on site. 
At least 80% of vendors "Make It, Bake It & Grow It in Alberta".  If you are looking for fresh BC fruit, they have it there too!  Local honey? You bet!  Stocked Oats? That too! 

Enjoy the fire in handmade beautiful cast iron designs, handmade jewellery (Stone Willow of course ;)), knitted items, large weave baskets to carry your produce, baby carriers, all weather mats.  There are so many original and high quality items that you won't need to be inside at the mall anymore this summer.

Enjoy talking to the local farmers, artists and makers about what they love to do. It's our passion and we love to share.  

There is plenty of room for strollers, buggies, wagons, wheelchairs, there are bathrooms, food services, bank machines, shade, sun and sometimes even rain and hail. The market stays open rain or shine so come prepared and ready to buy what you need no matter the weather.  Bring your re-usable shopping bags or baskets to carry home your purchases.  Some like to bring an umbrella on the hot days and the rainy days.  Visitors to this area especially like to enjoy the market as it has a unique local Alberta and Western feel.

Who can resist these bright coloured sweet peppers and juicy ripe tomatoes??  and don't forget the garden carrots, potatoes and plump raspberries!

This year,  I will be at the market with my original handmade Stone Willow designs on the following dates:

Sat June 18th
Sat July 2nd
Sat July 16th
Sat July 23rd
Sat Aug 27th
Sat Sept 10th
Sat Sept 24th
Sat Oct 1st

Lots of leather bracelets to choose from in many colours and styles.  I will be ordering some cork leather soon - hopefully ready by July for purchase.  
I have thick band leather, thin multi wrap wrist straps, natural earthy colours and bright fun colours, embellishments with flowers, owls, hammered texture metal, and many other fun designs.

One of my passions is creating fun & classy pieces from sterling silver metal. This half-cuff bracelet is adjustable with lengths of chain and silver ball end piece.  The cuff is solid polished finish with lengths of contrasting hammer finish.  

For the lovers of crystal and bling, there is plenty to choose from. My links and ear wires are all handmade from sterling silver wire purchased from a Canadian refinery.  

I'm having fun with stones.  Yes, they are all real gemstones cut and drilled so I can make unique pieces with them. These stack-able bangle bracelets look great paired with a triple wrap leather wrist strap.  They open and close to ensure that they aren't too loose on the wrist and they come in many fun colour combinations.

While travelling this year, I came across some beautiful Lapis Lazuli gemstone.  These post earrings wrapped lovingly with sterling silver are just one of the creations I've made with the Lapis in a deep navy blue.

A close up shot of one of my latest designs - triple layered necklace without the fuss.  It's adjustable at the back with stone dangles on the extra length. The 3 necklaces won't shift and tangle since they are all encompassed into one necklace, but still give the appearance of layered necklaces.  The longest chain has a vertical stone pendant combination.

Some of my designs are not yet listed on my website or Etsy shop, but I hope to have them on soon.  In the meantime, you can always contact me for more information and purchasing before they go live:

You can check out more of what the Millarville Market and Millarville Race Track has to offer on their website:

Hope you get out to enjoy the markets this summer!

Stone Willow Interviewing the Talented Singer, Songwriter & Artist Sarah Troy Clark

April 6th, 2016

You may already be wondering what Sarah Troy Clark has to do with Stone Willow or jewellery?  Sarah Troy Clark is an artist both musically and in her sketching.  She comes from my home town of Bragg Creek, Alberta, Canada. I had the opportunity to watch her music career develop and blossom since she was a teenager at the Bragg Creek Centre for Youthtopia - a concert event supporting and highlighting young talent.  I have purchased Sarah's CDs over the years and have been so impressed by her talent and growth.  Now, I have Sarah's self written and sung music singles playing on my website:   - Artists supporting artists - and it helps that I love her work ;)

So I asked Sarah if I could ask her a few questions to highlight this talented young artist, post on my blog and other social media.  Share her talent and her story, along with her music playing on my site.
This is what she had to share:

1)      Looking back into your childhood, when was the first moment that you knew you wanted to be a singer/songwriter? What inspired you?

I don’t really have a specific memory of that moment. I know my parents always had music playing in the house since the day I was born, weather it was Backstreet Boys, Enya, Allan Jackson, or ABBA (Yeah not exactly a lineup I associate my music with nowadays, but certainly some legends haha), so I think some of the early moments were inspired by that. I’m sure I just wanted to try and replicate the sounds I was hearing even if they didn’t make sense to me. I think as early as 3 or 4 I was playing around with piano and mumbling melodies, and by 5 I was starting to write my own songs. I think it really became clear to me that a life of music and songwriting was possible when my Mom and I started going to concerts regularly when I was 8 or so. I loved watching people perform on stage and pour their heart and souls out in front of an audience, and, as much as it terrified me, wanted people to gather in a room and watch me play my music too. It takes a confidence and willingness to be vulnerable that I’ve always been enchanted by and aspire to have. 

2)      How has your work developed over the years and for any specific reasons?

There have been a handful of specific times in my life that have led to a lot of changes in my music, and they continue to happen today. I think my work started out as an outlet; something that wasn’t even really intended to be shared that was just my way of letting out whatever I was feeling, and being a kid who was bullied in school it lead to a lot of ominous piano ballads. haha Songwriting really helped me get through some stuff!
Fast forward 11 years and music is more of a craft for me now. It’s pretty much impossible for me to sit down and write a song these days without considering how it might effect other people, how it might sound on a record, how it might do on radio, how suitable it might be for another artist to perform, etc. It’s harder to just pump out song after song now; there are so many different influences and restrictions I can put on myself. My understanding of how songwriting works has also expanded a lot so I’m pickier. I can never just stick with whatever line or melody first comes to mind; there’s always something to refine or clarify. Some days I wish I could go back to my ten-year-old approach to writing and just not give a crap about anything except expressing myself, but I suppose that's how most things worth loving or having work. The more you get to know whatever it is and the more time you spend with it, the more intention you need to have about it all if you want to stick with it and take it to the next level. Songwriting isn’t just a hobby or passing fancy for me anymore; it’s my life…so it isn’t always easy.

3) What is your most cherished moment or memory of your singing/song writing experience?

      Tough question! I think some of my most cherished moments are ones that involve a small venue full of people, some strangers, some family, listening to me perform and looking over at the people in the front row to see someone crying or smiling or closing their eyes. The intensity of that moment will never leave me. I love making people feel something. The handful of memories I have of moments like that are what keep me going on the more challenging days of being a songwriter. 

        4)   What part of your work brings you the most joy? What is the most challenging?
       Being in studio is probably my favorite part of the day to day life of being a songwriter. I love the creative process and love being in a room with a bunch of instruments and a producer and just messing around! It never gets old.
      The most challenging part of my work is probably the vagueness of it. I think most other jobs have a clearer path and value in society (like being a doctor or lawyer or accountant or what have you). When you’re a creator you have to have incredible patience because the moments that remind you why you do what you do and why your job is important can be much more rare. That can be really demotivating at times. It’s also harder to tell if you’re doing things right or if your work is paying off, because you might be writing the best songs of your entire life but have no idea because you’re still a nobody in the industry and only your roommates and your cats have heard your songs

 5) How often do you release new songs? Are you on a schedule to write or do you produce when it feels     right and you are ready?

      These days I just try to write and create as much as possible. As for releasing music, I only really release anything if I think it’s high enough quality to be shared. I don’t always have access to a producer and don’t know how to record my own music myself yet so I can’t really have a schedule. I just have to keep creating and networking and co-writing and sometimes that leads to having a demo of a song that I’ll share. I think in the next year or so though I’ll be able to return to the drawing board and start thinking about my own record or whatever, but in the mean time I’m just trying to write great songs. 

  6)   Over the years, there must be hurdles, stumbling blocks, quirky stories.  Anything that you would like to share with an audience?

        Oh man, well I’ve said and done some pretty stupid stuff in front of audiences before so I guess those might count as quirky stories or as road blocks.
       As for hurdles, I think one of the biggest hurdles for me as a creator has been learning to not interpret other peoples successes as my failure or inadequacy. The deeper I delve into the music business the more people I meet, and most of these people are more talented than me or more successful than me. Some of them are even younger than me and are seeing a lot more success in their career than I am so far despite having spent less time working on it. So it’s hard some days to not be discouraged by that and to sink into a dark cloud of self pity that includes thoughts like… "I’m not as successful as they are so I must not be capable of reaching that level of success” or “Their successes stand in the way of my success” (as if there are a limited number of golden tickets being given out to the ones who get them first). Thoughts like that are completely useless and inaccurate  The music business is a very unpredictable industry and nothing is as simple as winning or losing. That can be both helpful and scary as a creator, because if you’re somebody who has yet to see the success you want you can still have it if you keep working for it, but if you’re someone with a record deal and a fan base, even those things are not for certain. The landscape can change for the better or for worse super quickly in this industry.

 7) I've seen some of your visual artwork as well and I hear that someone discovered this other talent of yours.  Please tell me about that. Do you have a favorite piece?

       Long story short, one of the artist managers at the company I work for (an artist development and publishing company called Be Music) saw my sketches one day when things weren’t busy at work and he eventually asked me to draw up some album cover artwork for his artists' Christmas singles this past Christmas. It was a crazy feeling to have anyone care about my visual artwork as I hadn’t really spent any time doing stuff like that since high school and had certainly never been paid to do it. So now Marc Martel, one of Be’s artists, has two Christmas singles with artwork that I created. Super weird.  I think my favorite piece might be my latest actually. I drew the cover of Gwen Stefani’s latest single “Mercy” and I think it turned out pretty good despite being just a sketched replica of her photo. It’s been really nice to have an excuse to get back into that stuff and I think having more than one creative outlet has added a fresh spark to my songwriting! 

 8) Do you have a favorite song that you’ve written and why?

       Much like my visual art, I usually love my latest work the most so my favorite songs of mine right now are the ones Ive just finished. I’m always trying to create something better than my older work so sometimes I won’t even finish a song If I don’t think it has the potential to be better than something I’ve already created. 

 9)    What do you find helps you to song write and be creative? Any tips for others?

       Fearlessness, I suppose. Not to say that Im always fearless, but the days where I feel confident in my abilities and open to failure are the days where I usually create the things I’m most proud of. I don’t think very many legendary things are created without taking a risk and being willing to create something that is absolutely terrible. So If I could give any advice to creative people it would be to leave the theory and the practicing at the door as much as you can when enter into a creative space. I fully support honing your craft, learning theory behind music and art and being picky when creating something, but when it’s time to pick up the instrument or paintbrush and be an artist I think it’s best to just go with the flow and trust yourself. I think the most original and beautiful works of art are created that way. 

10)  Where can people find your work?

My latest demos can be found here
My two latest records available for purchase can be found here
My Instagram account where people can find pics of my recent adventuring can be found here

Sarah Troy, originally from Bragg Creek, had moved on to graduate from Berklee College of Music and now lives in Nashville fully delving into the music industry.  Writing her own music, playing piano, and of course singing/songwriting, Sarah brings a full range of emotions to her music - a true artist.  Over the past 5 years, she has been busy touring and promoting her most recent album in cities including: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, New York, Boston, Gibsons, Canmore, Edmonton and Lethbridge.
 The songs that you are listening to on the Stone Willow website are two of my favorites:
"Turned Around" Anoesis album:  Turned Around
"Teach Me How to Love" SIXbySIX album:  Teach Me How To Love

I hope you've enjoyed getting to know artist Sarah Troy Clark and delving into the life of this young, beautiful and talented young artist.

Stone Willow Spring Shows:
On another note, you can find me, Nicole of Stone Willow at the 2016 Spring Calyx Art Show on Sunday April 24th from 10:00-4:00 at the Crescent Heights Community Centre in Calgary for their bi-annual juried art show and sale.  This is a great show with lots of wall art work and a little bit of everything else you would be looking for from a local handmade artisan.  Artists are there in person to discuss their artwork and creative process. 

Dates are yet to be determined, but I am also intending on being at the Millarville Farmer's Markets this season bi-weekly :) 
Hope to see you there!  Happy Spring!



The Beautiful Maria Modelling for Stone Willow

February 2, 2016

I had an opportunity to use the beautiful Maria to model some of Stone Willow jewellery and wanted to share a few of the photos from this session, as well as our experiences.

Hours spent with Maria - she was so patient as I tried to get a nice angle, the perfect light, a focused picture.

As the day went on, the warm light from the sun became stronger and we laughed as we tried to hold umbrellas to shade the strong harsh sun light.  My calm and steady model, while trying to look relaxed, held one arm out to hold a heavy large umbrella.  I gave it a try, holding the umbrella while trying to position my camera on the tripod, focusing the lens and clicking at the right moment. I needed another hand.

We moved to another room, we adjusted the blinds, we moved into the shade, we used the umbrella some more, we switched which side of her face to use, we got knocked in the head with the falling umbrella.

And after all this, we ended up with some deep warm coloured photos and of course a few more that didn't quite turn out.
There were also many that had just the right amount of light as perhaps the sun went behind a cloud at just the right moment.  


Modelling and photography is not as easy as you  may think. Behind the cool exterior and relaxed expression of the models face, is a lot of holding position, changing clothing/jewellery, focus and patience - not to mention giggles, swaying, and little things that you don't see in the cropped image such as juggling an umbrella.  Of course, without being a professional photographer, there are many more hiccups and struggles.
Thanks to Maria, it was a lovely day spent sharing my passions.

Sept 18th, 2015

2015 Fall Show Schedule & Sneak Peek

I have been participating in some of the Saturday Millarville Farmers Markets depending on availability and can update these events the week of a market.  Please check back on Thurs or Fri before market days - last market is Oct 10th.  We bought giant zucchini squash for $4 last weekend along with local honey 1 kg for $8.

The Calyx Art Show is coming back this fall - I will be at the show on Saturday Oct 24th/15 from 10:00-4:00 pm at the Crescent Heights Community Centre located at 1101 - 2nd Street NW, Calgary, AB.
Free Parking, Free admission, Free Prize Draw
This show is an amazing collection of artists (many graduates from Alberta College of Art) collectively showing their arts in a gallery type setting.  Original paintings of all mediums, pottery, glass work, silk, fibre arts, jewellery, accessories, hats, woodwork, ceramics and much more.  

The Millarville Christmas Market will be an exciting and busy event - Friday, Nov 6: 12pm – 8pm, Saturday, Nov 7: 10am – 5pm, Sunday, Nov 8: 10am – 5pm

Family Activities (12pm – 7pm Friday) (11am-4pm Saturday and Sunday)

  • Hay rides courtesy of Horsepowered Adventures every afternoon (find them at the North End of the Grandstand).
  • Have your annual photo with Santa in Santa’s Workshop (located in the basement of the Hall). Hosted as a fundraiser by Oilfields High School Travel Club in Black Diamond.
  • Kids Only (12yrs and under) Shopping area sponsored by The Eagle 100.9 FM
  • Glass blowing demonstrations

The Kananaskis Country Christmas Show is running Sat Nov 14th & Sun Nov 15th  from 10:00-5:00pm both days.  This show is a great mix of handmade and local goods and runs the same weekend as the Bragg Creek Artisans Show just 10 mins down the road.  It's a great weekend to do the Christmas Craft Show rounds with so much to choose from so close together!
Hosted in Redwood Meadows in the Redwood House (community centre beside the fire hall)
For directions link here:

The Waldorf Faire has always been one of my favourites.  It is an eclectic mix of people and arts hosted by the local Calgary Waldorf School.  If you are looking for something orginal, local, handmade or Waldorf style toys, this is the place. It is a one day show on Sat Nov 21st from 10:00 - 5:00pm located at 515 Cougar Ridge Drive S.W. Calgary, Alberta
While you are shopping, the kids can tour the school and join in on many fun activities and crafts in the classrooms.  Certainly a family affair!

Dartique Lodge is having their Christmas in the Country show once again.  This show runs on Thurs Nov 26th 1:00-6:00pm, Fri Nov 27th 1:00-6:00pm, Sat Nov 28th 10:00-4:00pm.  

Set in a historic dance hall built in 1934, you will find handcrafted items with a country theme, rustic decor, antiques and so much more!  Dartique Lodge is located 23 kms north of Cochrane, AB on Horse Creek Rd 
Link here for directions:

Clothesline Festival and Art Sale - Leighton Art Centre

May 29, 2015

If you like art, this may be the event for you.  The Leighton Art Centre near Priddis, AB, (south of Calgary), hosts its annual Clothesline Festival and Art Sale June 6 & 7 from 10:00- 4:00.  Stone Willow jewellery will be displayed and on sale.

"This annual art sale features 1500 original unframed artworks hung outdoors on clotheslines! The Clothesline Festival and Art Sale represent over seventy Alberta artists, including pottery, jewelry, glass, sculpture and fine craft."

Enjoy their 80 acre property, live music, art demos, children's art activities and YYC food trucks.
Best of all, Admission is free!

Musical Line-Up:

Saturday June 6th:                                             

11:00 to 11:45 - Tone Indbryn & Toni Vere

12:00 to 12:45 - The Freshman Year

1:00 to 1:45 - Kevin Phillips

2:00 to 2:45 - James Thurgood

3:00 to 3:45 - James Thurgood

Sunday June 7th: 

10:00 to 10:45 – Emma Rose

11:00 to 11:45 - James Thurgood

12:00 to 12:45 - Tone Indbryn

1:00 to 1:45 - James Thurgood

2:00 to 2:45 - Kevin Phillips

3:00 to 3:45 - The Freshman Year

You may prefer to attend their "Sunset Soiree" preview & wine tasting on Friday evening June 5th from 5:00-8:00pm. Tickets are $40 and available online.  More info on the Leighton Art Centre website:

New For Spring 2015

April 21, 2015

The snow is gone, ski season is over, so time to get back to new spring designs.  

My new spring designs will be showcased for their first time at the Calyx Distinctive Art Show on Sunday May 3rd.  This fabulous setting is where my cold forged, wire work, metal work only designs are shown.  There isn't a better place to display them for their first viewing.  The Calyx Art Show is a bi-annual, high quality arts show where everything is local and hand made.  Come meet the artist that fused the glass coaster, the ceramist who formed the porcelain vase, the wood worker who turned wood into a bowl, the jeweler who silver smithed the earrings, the fibre artist who hand dyed the scarf, the painter who used encaustic techniques and so much more.  Each day is a completely different show with different artists.  Admission and parking are free. 
May 3, 2015 10:00-4:00 Crescent Heights Community Centre 1101 2St NW, Calgary, AB

For a sneak peak, I have posted a few of my new Stone Willow items on my FB page, as well, a few photos here.

My "Cleopatra" hammer texture sterling silver stick necklace on subtle sterling silver cable wire.  At the back is a section of chain to adjust length.  Matching earrings as well as the necklace come in smooth polished finish or hammer texture.

 A wide array of colour combinations of interchangeable earring sets on my hand formed kidney shaped ear wires.  Oh so many colours from warm earthy tones to bright spring bling in Swarovski Crystals.

I will also be showing my new collection at the Mountain Made Show at Elevation Place (700 Railway Ave) in Canmore, AB on Sat May 16, 2015 from 11:00-4:00.  I will be on the 2nd floor level. This show has grown immensely.  It is an artisan market for locally grown and made products from the Bow Valley Corridor and beyond.  This monthly market has become a destination for many.  I am excited to be a part of this show again this spring.

 A new earring collection posted here for the first time.  I am so excited about these beauties.  They can either be purchased as a simple sterling silver earring, with one stone embellishment, or with 2 sets of stones to swap out and change up the look.
Shown here is pyrite and amazonite gemstones.

Black Onyx in the middle, turquoise on the right and bottom left you can see a little of the lemon jade.

I will have a collection of different stones/colours on this casual long necklace made adjustable and with stone dangles at the ends as shown here.  Silk cord casually tied in a loose knot will determine how long the necklace is and how long the dangles hang at the back.  
The front is a metal worked and hammer textured solid piece of sterling silver with a cluster of genuine gemstones fashioned in a unique way.

The start of a gold collection.  Soon to come is solid gold.  These are made of 14K gold fill which a fused process to attach the solid gold to other metals to form gold fill.  This will NOT wear off like gold plating does over time, but it is more affordable than solid gold.

My simple gold twist & gold wishbone earrings are the first to be created. 

I will be set up at the Millarville Farmers Market during a few of their market days this spring, summer, fall.  Dates to come.....and already booking into the fall for some great fall shows.  

But as always, my Etsy shop and FB page are always open for business if you can't catch me at my in person shows.
You can link to FB & my Etsy shop from my web page: 
Happy Spring!