Monday, November 24, 2008

My Seventh Culture Crawl - Over!



Well it's all over now! We had over 800 people through our living room over the passed week end. I have to thank my children, Max and Sophie for help and tolerance for such a busy week end. Hugh, my husband, helped throughout the week end. I don't think that I could have come through unscathed with out his help. Thanks Hugh.

Friday was very rainy so only 100 brave souls weathered the storm to slog from studio to studio. I was surprised there were that many. It was a good wet coast down pour. I am glad that we decided to put up my summer market tent over the door way to give people an area to shake off before they came in. And as Hugh frequently says ( or quotes ? ) "nothing says event like a tent".

Saturday and Sunday were both very busy with 340 calling on Saturday and over 440 on Sunday. There goes my theory that Saturdays are always busier then Sundays. One of the visitors took pictures of our crowded living room and I will post one if she sends it to me.

Now I must go down stairs and start packing things away for the Women's Craft Faire next week end and recover my studio/living room in the process.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Crunch to the Crawl


This is the day on the Eastside Culture Crawl. At 5:00 PM people start coming through the door until 10 PM tonight. Tomorrow and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM it will be more on the same. Am I ready? Of course not. The rest of the day will be race to pull the living room/studio into a show place. I would like to leave the studio/living room as it is but there is a choice to be made. I can show my work or my work space but not the whole of the two at once.

If you are in the neighbourhood drop in and see me. There is a map on the website. Even if you can't make it to the Culture Crawl drop into the websit and get a tiny sample of what it is all about.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Buttons in West Vancouver

On Friday I went to see Ingrid at Knit & Stitch Shoppe in West Vancouver. When you enter this shop from the main street for the first time it is like entering a magic world. Down the stairs you enter a cozy area with couches and women chatting and knitting. When you turn a world of wonderful wool wraps and dazzles your at every turn.

Of course you can park at the back of the shop and go through the back door. No stairs to add to the adventure but still you will be dazzled as you step through the door.

Ingrid and Sharon are warn helpful people who greet you with a smile. This is a shop worth taking a look at.

Oh yes, they have the good taste to sell my buttons too.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Getting Stuff Out


This is the maddest time of year. On Monday I will be taking work to The Ferry Building in West Vancouver and the Seymour Art Gallery in Deep Cove. Both places have Christmas Markets and I am one of the elves delivering goodies that we elves have spent the year making in our collective work shops.
The market in West Vancouver's Ferry Building is called Great Stuff. It runs from November 22nd to December 20th. There is a sneak preview Friday the 21st from 4 to 8 PM but I have never made to this event because I will up to my eyeballs in the East Vancouver Culture Crawl on the same day every year.
Seymour Art Gallery will also have a Market in the gallery for the first time this year. I will be helping to set this one up on Monday so I will know more about I after that.
I am looking to the serenity of the new year. More making and less getting out.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Let There Be Buttons


Today I delivered more buttons to Three Bags Full, a wonderful knitting shop on Main Street. It is an amazingly busy little shop with a truly wonderful selection on wools. It manages to be both charged with energy and relaxing at the same time.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

On the way to a Button


Well I was going to have completed buttons at the end of yesterday but I am not quite there yet. One of the other things that I did was to go to Circle Craft Winter Market to help out my friend Carmen, Melonhead Knitwear, who was brave enough to have a booth at the mother of all craft markets for Vancouver. My photos were not to great but I will try again to capture the retail insanity of it all. I am not sure if I am brave enough to try this market. Open from 10 AM to 9 PM seems little the kind of hours that one thinks about in the industrial revolution but the lovely patrons come and everyone is happy so life goes on.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Many Little Angels


Another market done and today I will work on many things. But not angels. I made these little guys in October when I was visiting Penticton. Today they may become pins. Most of all I want to work on some buttons and I will post the results tomorrow if I am successful.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Where to find me this Weekend


CARNEY SCHOOL'S 10TH ANNUAL
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR

Sat. November 8 9:00am-4:00pm
Sun. November 9 10:00am-3:00pm

1335 Dominion Ave., Port Coquitlam (Near Costco, across from Art Knapps)

Many wonderful surprises are waiting for you. Angels, Candles, Chocolates, Soaps, Stained Glass, Toys, Hand Knitting, Snowmen, Santa, Baking, Ornaments, Jewellery, Wood Crafts, Home D├ęcor, and….Much, Much More…

Over 110 juried tables!




The Okanagan Fall


When I drove home through the Okanagan Valley last Monday, I paused to take a picture of Keremeos in her fall coat. There was snow in the high country that wasn't there a week ago. When next I see this view it will be blowing with snow. This has been a beautiful fall. It is the coast now and rain for the next four months or so. Good thing that I have webbed feet.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Not a Reindeer in Sight


Well Santa Presents is all over now. We had a big rain storm but then the sun came out and it looked glorious, not at all what you would expect on November the second. The market was successful considering one of the major roads north has been closed because of fear of a landslide and the economy is not so hot.

I am looking forward to the five hour drive home tomorrow partially because I am part way through Amy Tam's The Hundred Secret Senses on tape. I love talking books and I listen to a lot of them while I work.

So tomorrow I am on the road and I don't want any of these pesky deer on the road, reindeer of otherwise.

Flashback Fall back


We have just changed the clocks so I'm spending my extra hour playing on the computer. Here is a watercolour I did for a seed company, Manhattan Farms. There are lots more where that came from and if my like works you will be able to see them if you want too.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween is Over

So this was the first day of the 2008 Christmas craft fair season. Seems to me that just yesterday was Halloween. Oh wait, it was wasn't it. Not a pumpkin in sight at Santa Presents at the Lakeshore Inn, and tomorrow there will be more of the same. I took pictures but forgot my cable so there will be not pictures on this blog until I return to Vancouver on monday. So to bed early and banish all visions of reindeer and sugar plums. And to all a good night.