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!

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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}