holiday market season kickoff + little helpers

The official kick-off of my holiday market season is underway and I had a little help today.

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The girls have been asking to help mommy out at her shows for a little while now, but timing had always been difficult and show locations haven’t been convenient. Today, though, the first holiday show in my line-up, was manageable on all counts! So the girls came with me for the adventure.

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It was delightful having them with me for the morning (half a day was all they could handle). My oldest seemed to have the most interest in what I was selling, what people were buying and what everyone else was selling and doing, while my youngest was a natural sales girl. She was not shy, told on-lookers about the prices and asked them to try it on!

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A wonderful experience to share with my girls, for sure! Perhaps more in the future, even!

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holiday show update

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In the next two weeks I’m hitting up a couple of local holiday shows in support of two school fundraisers. It will  be my first time at both of these events, but I’m looking forward to meeting some local artisans and crafters, and getting a kick-start on the holiday season!

I’ll have a few new woolen goodies, plus my popular cowls, gloves and cacti for sale! Start your holiday shopping now! It’s perfect wool season!

For more details on both of these shows visit my events page.

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Halloween round up with the girls. Besides Christmas, this is my next favourite Hallmark holiday! It’s especially wonderful to re-live the experience every year with my girls.

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This year, I put my crafty carving skills to work on their favourite character’s from Disney’s Frozen – Elsa and Olaf.

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While she put her creative decorating skills to work on this giant pumpkin!

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While we transformed the front yard into an extra spooky graveyard. My hope is to build upon the graveyard each year and expand it until it covers the entire front lawn one Halloween night!

Hope you all had a Happy Halloween this past weekend!

Now, hello November!

in the pot

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The story behind the name of my brand (my design persona and shop) Flowerpot Designs, really started when I was a teen and I enjoyed making crafts and in particular, handmade cards. I used to play with designing my own logo and thought it was appropriate to have a reference to flowers because of my name. It stuck with me through the years as I explored various artist outlets, and I’m still partial to the brand. I have been using FPD a lot lately in reference to it, so perhaps it’s time for a re-brand soon.

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I’ve never had anything overly floral  or flower pots, per se, as part of product lineup, however, if you’re a Facebook or Instagram follower of mine, you may have already seen my series of hand knit cacti already. I suppose it’s about time I put something in a pot, after all! cactus2

I’m so in love with these and I’m having a blast whipping up a bunch of these for the Arts Market and upcoming holiday markets, too!

4 reasons why I love the handmade market

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Reason #1

A shopping event in a winery means there is plenty of good Niagara wine available. Paired with fresh baked goods, tacos, wood-fired pizza and freshly shucked oysters, there is no other market quite like this one!

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Reason #2

I’m always amazed by the ton of talent that I am surrounded by at this event. This year I was neighbours with Leslie of The Wandering Locavore and Tara of On a Branch soaps. I love discovering the talents of other vendors and shows like this one brings together such wonderful artists.

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Reason #3

The customers in the Niagara region love handmade and really support their local communities. It’s wonderful to meet my customers face-to-face at markets like this one. I have the opportunity to try out new products and directly see the reaction when I launched my new Knit Kits concept for the first time at time this past weekend. Hearing and seeing customer reactions helps me to stay inspired and motivated to keep pursuing this dream.

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Reason #4

This show is the start of a very busy Fall and Winter season for me. I have grand plans to take my craft in some new directions this season. I’m excited for the journey to come. I hope you will be, too!

My next show will be the Etsy Made in Canada Toronto pop-up on September 27th. See the event details for information and see you there!

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The second show I’m participating in later this month is going to be a great one! It’s happening nation-wide and I’ll be in the Toronto show. It’s the Etsy: Made in Canada pop-up.

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Check out the Toronto event page and the Vendor Look Book filled with just a sampling of all the awesomeness that will had at this first-ever event by Etsy.

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Make sure you’re one of the first 50 people in the door because there’s going to be swag! I’m working on mine already and of course there will be fiber involved!

Check out my events page for more info on where you can find me this Fall and Winter. See you there!