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.

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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{in my basket} noro

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I’m trying something a little different, today! It’s such a lovely sunny, brisk day, that I took my basket of yarn outside to photograph. The plan is knit thru this basket of Noro and make 6 pairs of fingerless gloves, exactly like the pair I made for myself. These pairs of gloves will be offered up for sale on Facebook only.

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Colour choices from top left to bottom right:
#272 (2 available)
#273 (2 available)
#1 (1 available)
#14 (1 available)

Follow me on Facebook and Instagram as I document the process! Welcome spring!

sew sweetly

sew_twg9First knitting, now sewing, my girl is picking up new skills in arts and crafts, to my delight! We attended a fun lesson with the sweet Darcy at Tea with Gladys.

The girls made their very own darling little tote bags – on a sewing machine no less! Impressed? I certainly was. And I was delighted to see how simple it was that I even have the urge to haul out my mom’s machine again and have a go at it!

sew_twg11 sew_twg7Afterwards, the girls had fun shopping and embellishing their creations with buttons and pins!

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i [heart] handmade

Over the past little while I’ve fallen in love been obsessed with handmade pouches and bags with awesome prints in natural fibres, and I’ve been using them as project bags and notions pouches for my knits.

I discovered Jenna Rose‘s work at the One of Kind Show and really loved her “ships” pattern. When she introduced a naturally dyed fabric, that tipped the scales for me and I contacted her about a zippered pouch in that pattern.

I’m absolutely smitten with the result. There are so many reasons why I support and [heart] handmade. The attention to detail, the personal touches — just a sampling of the why.