This past weekend I took part in the Etsy Made in Canada Pop Up at the Halifax Forum and it was incredible! I had no idea what to expect and was so pleasantly surprised by pretty much all aspects of the show. First off, the organizers were amazing. They did such a bang up job putting it all together and keeping it all organized. A HUGE thank you to Oh My Handmade , Silver Lily Jewelry and all the rest of the volunteers and shops that made this all happen !
Secondly, it was great to see and meet some of the local sellers that I’ve only seen online. It made me realize how big the craft community is in this province, it’s really impressive and makes you really proud to be part of such a talented community.
And lastly, holy cow there were so many people who showed up! The line up before we opened wrapped around the building. We were immediately flooded and busy pretty much the whole time. It was amazing.
I think the response all around, from vendor and customer alike, was super positive and I’m pretty sure from reading some reviews from the rest of the Made in Canada pop ups that this will no doubt happen again.
Here are a few pics I took with my handy dandy little phone…
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?
Wow. So many things happening and opening and being awesome during this slow finish to the summertime …. First, a warm welcome to Patch Halifax! Patch is a much needed fabric shop and workshop spot. This beautiful space, owned by the lovely Christina Pasquet, opened its doors this August on Robie St. and now I can purchase all my fabric for book cloth locally, (finally) learn how to sew with a sewing machine and maybe even try my hand with a pattern or two (Momma will be so proud!). Even more exciting, Mule Mother Books is teaming up with Patch to host a fabric book making workshop Sept. 14th from 1-4pm. The cost is $35 and all you’ll need is some sweet fabric and some patience. Here’s a peek at what we’ll be making:
A week or two after the fabric workshop, Mule Mother will be down at the Forum in Halifax for the Etsy Made in Canada Marketplace. I’m thinking it’s going to be pretty great and I’ll have a lot of back to school-y kinda stuff, so definitely get your arse down there if your around!
Lastly, I just finished this lovely little custom recipe book. It’s a bachlorette gift from a group of buds who contributed all their favourite recipes. This is my favourite stuff to make for people.
(This last one is the book being formatted and my cluttered desk…)
And it’s Monday and maybe we can all use a good kick in the pants, so I’ll leave you with a track from Tribe Called Red who we went to see for free at Aldreney Landing last night! Felt so good to shake my hips… guhh I need to dance more…