Woo! It’s been a while, but I’ve been oh so busy… First off, I had a baby. Little Maple Lux came into our lives early in the morning on Saturday November 8th riding in on the tails of some beautifully cold air and bright sunshine. She’s without a doubt the coolest and most chill little creature I’ve ever met. Life is surprisingly the same but utterly different. Here we are writing this blog post with cheesy giddy smiles:
Maple came along at a pretty crazy time, the height of the holiday craft show season. I pretty much finished my stock before her due date, but towards the end of my pregnancy, those last few weeks, I (as well as my partner) could not concentrate on a damn thing… So hard to stay focused, all we could do was go on long long walks and watch netflix… So I didn’t get everything done in time, BUT some magical grandma elves swooped in and saved the day! Both my mum and my partners mum arrived in Halifax right after Maple was born and whipped up all of my last minute tasks; making mini books, ornaments, building my set up and feeding us delicious food 🙂 Needless to say, I could not have pulled off last weekends NSDCC Christmas Market without these ladies and my wonderful partner.
Here is my mother in law pouring us all a much needed glass of wine and my mom working away at mini books:
In the end, the show was fantastic! Maple was such a trooper, she pretty much rocked the entire 3 days all the while winning the hearts of everyone who saw her. So proud of this little one…
Here’s a slideshow of the event..
Building the new shelf for my fancy new set up
Suitcase full of mini books
New Xmas ornaments made with leather, fabric. and embossed star and a printed “Christmas Wishes” on the inside
Inside of ornaments
New set up!
Craft show fam jam!
Maple and I with the lovely Rebecca Taussig from Strong House
An isle at the show
New product gallery
Newfoundland Chocolate Company… i may have spent a little too much dough here and at Cocoa and Honey…
McClean Bros. Woodworking. I did a trade with these guys fro a sweet new banana tree!
Here’s that banana tree from McClean Bros. Woodworking
Hand painted silk by Mary Lund
Beautiful hand carved and painted birds by Jim Edsall
The lovely Jessie Tesolin, assistant and her fine handblown glass
Hawkins Pottery from PEI… Got some beautiful gifts for the grandmas here!
Cocoa and HOney… I could eat your entire stock of sea salt caramels in one sitting…
Anne Pryde Pottery
Aflame Creations. I had a table next to this gal a few years ago at the seaport market. We had a blast every Saturday and her half moon pendant necklace is one of my favourite pieces of jewellery
The 5×5 section where I was last year.
Actually made an effort to go around and snap some photos now that I had a crew working for me!
So getting all ready for this weekends Halifax Crafters Society’s Holiday Market! Three days this year in honour of its 10th anniversary. I do know they are on the lookout for some swell volunteers, so do get in touch if you want to be a part of the magic!
This past week I had a very interesting request for a wedding guest book on the fly. They asked me to bind a children’s book the groom had written a few years back that would serve as their guest book. They decided on a Japanese stab binding and some lovely book cloth, but the process was a bit tricky so I had to get crafty fixing this bugger up. The loose pages they provided me with came from the proofer and were pretty roughly cut, not leaving a whole lot of room for the spine space that stab bindings require. After carefully trimming the pages down, I decided to add little extenders to each page with some white acid free paper. I feel like I’ve done this before, this same fix up, and then realized that there is a bulk where the original pages overlap with the extenders. To solve this problem I glued in some spacers so that the spine thickness would be even throughout. I left it a bit rough because I liked how it looked rather than attempting to make it all flush and having it be not quite so (what I wouldn’t give for a nice big stack cutter!). I think it came out really sweet looking and the bride told me it was a hit which made me very happy. Here are a few images I snapped of the process…
trimming the pages down
glueing on the extender pieces
making the covers
cover with material
detail of the spine with the extenders and spacers
I love projects like this, so sentimental, practical, functional and a bit of a challenge.
So aside from a few project I have on the go in the next few weeks, including another miniature leather bound book with author Meghan Marentette (!!), I’m just getting ready for this weekends workshop at Patch Halifax and then the Etsy Made in Canada show on the 27th at the Forum. Still need to get my applications together for the Halifax Crafters Holiday show, a 3 day event this year to celebrate 10 years of the HFX Crafters (hot damn!) and the NSDCC Christmas show. Life is pretty bonkers at the moment, only to get far far crazier… My goal is to have all my holiday show stuff ready by mid-October so I can spend the (hopefully?) two weeks before this baby arrives (please be on time little bean….) getting cozy and doing random things around the house like organizing the junk drawer and baking and cooking like a crazy person. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking… but a girl can dream, right?
Finally getting to my some of my favourite spots today to drop some fresh stock off…
Plan B Halifax, Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique and Letterpress Studio and Kept Shop.
Now to really get going on holiday show prep!