After a few weeks of fun family filled awesome-ness, Naryn and I took off to the country for the Full Circle Festival and the Avondale Art Fair. The two events are not related, but I had applied for the craft show and bought tickets for the festival realizing after that they were the same weekend. Luckily for me they were within walking distance, more or less.
The festival was such a great break from the past few weeks of running around and life in general. Sleeping outside and live music are two of my favourite things and so many of our buds were performing over the weekend, that it made for a magical couple of days. It was a bit chilly the first night, as we came just a wee bit unprepared (never trust the weather report, how many times must I learn this lesson…) but as the weekend carried on it got warmer and brighter. I think this is the festivals fourth year and from what I understand it was its busiest. I’m pretty sure the whole weekend was sold out. So many little families with dancing babies and smiling friends and beautiful scenery. I’m sure we’ll be back next year with the little bean. Here are a few images from the weekend. If it looks familiar it’s because the festival takes place in the same spot as the Heritage Artisans in Action even I did at the beginning of the month. (As always I should have taken more pictures…)
tent city 1
tent city 2
tent city 3
my love and our tiny tent
the shipyard where the music is
lovely clothes for sale by Maggie MacCormick and the youthful peoples yurt
Heather Kelday and son on the stage
Sunday’s crowd, my sunburnt face
Saturday morning I snuck out from the festival to spend the day up the road at the Avondale Art Fair at the Avondale Sky Winery. A beautiful spot on a lovely piece of land, fields of grapes growing in the background. The winery building is an old church with lots of beautiful stained glass inside and funny church things left over like the collection box that has different holes for different types of donations like “poor”, “general offering” and “special offering”….Oy vey…
The fair had a great collection of artisans, lots of folks whom I met for the first time at last years NSDCC Summer Show. The weather around the province seemed to keep people at home despite the dry windy weather we were having at the winery. But I think over all there was a decent crowd and it’s always nice to chat with folks about what I do and send a few business cards out in the world. Here’s what the day looked like:
a nice lady took my picture in front of this sign
some wine tasting and more food vendors off to the right… there was so much yummy food..
Church turned winery building with the music stage
One end of the tarps
My wee booth
So there we go… June’s almost over and I’m flabbergasted at how fast that all went… It’s kind of terrifying…
Working on some fun custom pieces and projects, some more summer shows are coming up and hopefully I’ll get it together to organize a workshop by the end of this month, fingers crossed.
I had the privilege to take a little visit to Montreal this month for a little solo vacation time and to go to my wonderful cousins wedding… So much fun! I love Montreal and this time around I think I finally figured out where I was going and where things are (I’m more than a little bit directionally challenged)… I stayed in a great little place I found on Airbnb, I’ve never used it (Airbnb) before but it’s great, I would totally suggest trying it out. I walked incessantly for 3 days straight till my legs were like jello and I had a good 2 hour nap every day, which was awesome. I saw some beautiful art at the Museum of Fine Arts (which was free for folks 30 and under… I’m still “young” for another 6 months, thanks heavens….), ate delicious smoked meat sandwiches at this really super deli/ restaurant on St. Laurent St, also waaayyy too many bagels and cream cheese, and went to Cirque du Soleil which was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I may or may not have cried during the entire first half…
Here’s some pics from the trip!
My tiny bed
Schwartz’s- world renowned smoked meat sandwiches
My monster sandwich
Napoleon’s first wife, Josephine and her incredibly low cut dress
Dali’s thumb chess set
beautiful sculpture (forget the artist!) I just adore those back dimples.
Damn…forget this artist too and what a terrible photograph, but a gorgeous painting!
The best shop in Montreal- Eva B’s
Cirque du Soleil! My only photo, was far too distracted to take any inside.
Finally, I met up with my brother and his wife and eventually my partner, Naryn and we headed to a wonderful wedding… Here’s a pic or two…
Nayrn, me and our tiny bump getting classy and one quick image from the ceremony..
pre wedding selfey
the beautiful couple!
June isn’t over yet! Part three tomorrow: Full Circle Festival and the Avondale Art Fair
A bit of a delay writing this post.
I’m working on being a little more disciplined in all areas of my life… baby steps…
So the beginning of June (wasn’t that just last week!?) brought with it an exciting opportunity to take part in Heritage Artisans in Action. The event is held on the first Sunday of every month till October and each has a theme to include a group of artisans from specific disciplines that essentially bring their studios to the Avon River Heritage Society Museum to demonstrate what they do and how they do it. Right on the Bay of Fundy and the highest tides in the world (I learned this weekend that more water flows in and out of the Bay of Fundy every day than all the rivers and streams in the world combined….THINK ABOUT THAT), here are some images from the very first event, Wood and Leather:
Panorama of the land
Avon River Heritage Society Museum
Alfred Carter, artistan in residence at the Museum, wood carver, drum maker and gardener extrordinaire (among other things!)
Wood Carver Tim Connolly’s cutie pie daughter watching her pops’ booth
The beautiful view…
Wood carver Tim Connolly
Some artifacts from the museum
My demo spot
The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful and I’m looking forward to taking part in this again. It’s always fun to make stuff with people around to ask you questions and to explain exactly what it is you do.
Next up: a trip to Montreal!