Meet the Gals who make Mercantile Gatherings come to life!
Born and raised in Willard Ohio, Fay Stanfield is founder of Mercantile Gatherings Magazine. She has 4 wonderful children Jeremy and wife Nicole, Stephanie and husband Craig, Jeff and fiance Kara and James Dean and grandma of 2 grandsons Croix and Parker and 2 granddaughters Paiten and Daycee.
Fay has always had a creative side to her. Her passion was to stay home, raise & enjoy her children. She began doing craft shows and fairs to earn extra income for the family. Little did she know that her crafting side would branch out into owner of a Magazine.
In 1998 Fay began selling her wood patterns under the name of Country Past Thymes. After 10 years at home she accepted a job at Herald Printing where she has learned to print nationwide magazines, and printing material for many companies.
Fay’s heart still tugged for crafting and she wanted a way for crafters to be able to share their talents with the world and to be able to afford to market their ideas. Her love for primitives and wanting to see more of it in magazines gave her the idea of starting her own Magazine. She wanted to help the small crafters; designers and artists with affordable advertising to get exposure. From experience she knew what advertising does for a business.
She heard about Tiffany Carnal of Primitive Blessings by Twigs and Sprigs and called her up and asked her to join her in this adventure. Together Fay and Tiffany have worked to bring Mercantile Gatherings to life.
Tiffany Wigginton Carnal (Twigs)
Primitive Blessings by Twigs n Sprigs
Born in raised in the hills of Kentucky, Tiffany, a military wife and mother to 3 wonderful children reside an 1800’s storekeepers house in Lacie, Ky. After designing primitive country wares for over 20 years, being a store keeper herself Twigs was blessed to meet Fay Stanfield. Together they created the very first primitive home decor magazine “Mercantile Gatherings.” Tiffany is writer and editor of this amazing publication. Wanting to bless other crafters the duo created “The Storekeeper” a wonderful buyers guide for shops to order directly from crafters and artist to fill their shops with amazing handmade wares.
Judy Pelfrey Wigginton
Judy is Twigs Mama who was born no. 7 of 12 children in the hills of Kentucky. Judy loves to write about her wonderful adventures growing up during the 40’s and 50’s.
Judy is the Mother of 3 children and Grandmother to 7 and Great Grandmother to 1. She resides with her husband Jim in Williamstown, Kentucky.
You will laugh and you will cry while you take a stroll back in time reading stories from times past.
Frannie is a fabulous friend of Twigs who loves to share her adventures of her exiting life treasure hunting.
Frannie is Mother of 2 and Grandmother to 4 soon to be Grandmother 5 and Great Grandmother of one.
From living the life on Capital Hill to retiring with her honey hunk husband Hank in their early cabins now known as Freedom Valley Farm in the hills of Kentucky you will be thrilled beyond measure by the tales she has to tell.
Kathy is a wonderful kind sole who Frannie found in the hills of Kantuck. Once Twigs met her she immediate knew just why Frannie loved her.
Kathy has a passion for antiques and old log cabins and has spent most of her years resurrecting old logs from the fallen down cabins around the bluegrass hills.
She has surrounded herself with things from the past and has learned the history behind all the treasures she loves to collect. She is one knowledgeable antique dealer.
Together with her husband Eddie and their slew of boys they reside in Kentucky and also own their own primitive antique shop in Bardstown known as Sugar Bucket Antiques.
Stephanie is Fays only daughter. She is a mother of two little ones and lives with her husband in Ohio not too far from where she grew up.
Stephanie is wonderful at organizing our subscriptions and keeps us on task with what needs to be done and sent out. We are so thankful for her help for she is the one who gets the list together so they can come to your mailbox.
Folk artist Rhonda Bruce made her Mercantile Gatherings debut in the fall of 2010 with tales of life in the small Midwestern town where she grew up. She still lives just a stone’s throw from her hometown, surrounded by the farms and cornfields of Indiana. Rhonda is married to her childhood sweetheart (she’s still sweet on him) and they are the proud parents of three incredible young men. Their country home is filled with music, laughter and the pitter patter of little corgi feet (paws).
Rhonda has been creating and selling her primitive wares since 1982 and spends her days stitching, reading, blogging and trying to keep up with the laundry. She has been a home educator for over 20 years-the couple’s youngest son is a high school senior this year. Rhonda loves Jesus, junkin’, fashion and laughing with friends. She considers her life “blessed beyond measure”, and is grateful for the opportunity to be part of Mercantile Gatherings Magazine. She thanks you for reading!