Springtime Market

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If you happen to be in Saskatoon on the first lovely weekend of May, come and say hi! Always a beautiful show – and supporting your local makers is the best 🙂

More information about the sale and vendors here, and on the facebook page

(For anyone hoping to find Boolah Baguette at Blossom in Regina – I apologize, but for personal reasons I will no longer be attending the show)

 

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To Calgary…

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Every surface in my studio is full of dolls – there are many too many to share here, but this is a little sneaky peek. On the May 22nd weekend I will pack everything into my car and end up in Calgary for the New Craft Coalition Spring Market. I was part of the sale in fall as well, so I am especially excited to return (and knowing what to expect always changes terror to excitement, right?). This will be the most dolls that I’ve had available at once! I am still doing some last minute sewing and preparing my display. It’s all fun. If you’re in Calgary I would love to see you, here’s your official invitation…

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Winter Wonders

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I’ve been missing from here – last week I was darting from place to place like a crazy person in preparation for our Flock and Gather Handmade Market, and this week I’ve been in recovery. Planning events, big or small, is a.lot.of.work. I always feel like a proud mama when people flood into the show the minute we open the doors, and then like a limp noodle the moment it all ends. I wasn’t selling at this show, but I want to say a personal thank you to everyone that came out and purchased something from our vendors – everyone who shopped at the market instead of at the mall that day. You are supporting artists and makers, giving people confidence to keep doing what they love. It’s so much more than just buying things, and we are so glad you came.

Things should get back to normal here soon, thanks for checking in~

 

New Craft Calgary!

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I spent last weekend in Calgary, taking part in the New Craft Coalition sale. This was my first out-of-province sale experience, and I’m not going to lie – the night before we left, as I was packing everything up and trying to remember every last detail, I thought, this is completely nuts. And I’m still not sure how people manage to do it all the time, especially around Christmas. This is a strange business for maker-artists…you spend 95% of your time alone, making, and then bring your goods to these intense sales that are very social and very exhausting and totally fulfilling all at once. My customers are the loveliest, and it always feel so good to meet the people who give the dolls a good home. But the real story of these sales is behind the tables, new relationships made between you and the neighbor vendor, and big hugs given to old friends. It’s preeetty great.

And shock of all shocks, there was amazing stuff at the sale, some familiar, and lots that was new to me. This is in no way everyone who was there, but just a few pretty things…

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top to bottom: Cathy Terepocki Ceramics, Rabbet, Dear Pony, Leave it to Cleaver, White Owl Ceramics, Sweet Jane Clothing, Carole Epp Ceramics

Thanks to the NCC ladies who work so hard to organize this sale, and to everyone who came and said hi or who picked out a favorite doll. My making energy is totally renewed!

Teeny Tiny Trunk Show

The Teeny Tiny Trunk Show has been an idea brewing in the back of my mind for a while now (months? years?). Each of our vendors was asked to bring a suitcase to use as their display – the small amount of space was limiting compared to the large tables you normally deal with at a craft show, and it was a good challenge to make items that would fit with the idea of the sale. Everyone could make whatever they fancied, not just within the medium they normally work – and that’s where these little clay creatures came from for me (I had to include this last photo of my wee guy really getting ready to flick them!). We set up outside of my favorite tiny shop, Tamarack General Store, and had a lovely day. Oh making tiny things, I do love it so!

 

Flock and Gather Springtime Market

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Our Springtime Market definitely happened! It was almost two weeks ago now, but it always takes some time to recover from these sorts of things – I often compare it to planning a wedding…twice a year. As always, it was wonderful to meet new makers and reunite with old friends, and be reminded again that this show is so well received. We are really lucky. And did I mention the 6′ flowers and the free candy? Oh, I think the candy got a lot of us through…

You can see all the photos over at the Flock and Gather blog  (I feel like a proud mama)

Thanks to all of our talented makers and wonderful faces!

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Flock and Gather Springtime Market!

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At certain times of the year, my mind is full to the brim with thoughts about our upcoming Handmade Market. And yes, right now is one of those times. As well as being a member of Flock and Gather (also known as, an organizer of this show), I also have a table there with dolls-a-plenty. It is double the crazy, but in a good, doing what I love kind of way. This show is, I think, unique in Saskatoon – we have a cozy venue that we pack with amazing talented makers, and then pack further with a couple thousand of the loveliest shoppers in this city. For anyone looking for a way to purchase goods directly from their makers, and to find one of a kind items that you wouldn’t see anywhere else, this is the perfect event. Plus, music, food, drinks, and free candy! For the rest of April we showcase all of our vendors on the Flock and Gather Blog, and our Facebook page – it’s fun to follow along and get excited about where you’ll spend your hard earned pennies. See you there!

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{Photos of our Winter Wonders 2013 Sale, thanks to Maki Fotos. Poster design by fellow Flock and Gather member Shauna Buck. And this lovely lady standing next to me above is Carole Epp of ceramic blog Musing about Mud}