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!
Last week, my partner and I decided that it was time our bedroom got a little bigger. We’re expecting a third soon enough and figuring that we’d probably want optimum cuddle space, we decided to switch our bedroom and my end of our studio. Except for getting the box spring hopelessly caught in the stairwell for a good hour, it was a really quick and easy move (we got it out magically and we plan on not leaving this place for several years… can’t wait to do that again!). Here is my studio in the living room in transition:
and here’s the new space!
Still needing some shelf space and probably one last good clean, but it’s working out lovely.. Now to get that sewing machine fixed up….
Finally- sending out these, the first two books made in the new space. These are the books that I had started in my last post. Super soft, covered in dereskin and pigskin suedes, filled with 140lb watercolour paper and fitted with a back pocket and strap for closin’. Get em while they’re hot! Custom made, $90 plus shipping, you pick the leather.
Just in time for wedding season, I’ll have a slew of beautiful handmade guest books and photo albums to choose from at the NSDCC Summer Show this weekend.
Here are a few sneak peeks:
Coptic bound guest books, hand bound with recycled Dur-o-tone paper, linen thread, book cloth and a little bit of leather to tie it all together.
Black paper photo album. Japanese stab bound with blue mohair book cloth, hand sewn with linen thread and made with love.
Case bound black paper photo album with handmade organic cotton book cloth and grey suede on the spine. Opens nice and flat and will last generations
White linen Japanese stab bound photo album. Nice and large for lots of pictures.
Blue mohair guest book with blue linen thread. Stab bound with lined recycled paper.
Case bound black paper photo album built with handmade book clothand red goatskin leather on the spine
I had a lovely gal from BC ask me to make her a custom leather sketchbook recently, one very similar to the one I made for local Nova Scoria artist Daina Scarola for her Painted Road Project. I really love this style of book, the thickness, the material, the weight… It’s inspiring just to hold it. Here are a few shots of the finished book I sent out last week.
packed up and ready to go
She really loved the finished product and hopefully the word will spread and I’ll get to make some more. I think the next one I make will be for myself.
This week I’m getting ready for my second NSDCC Summer Show in Victoria Park here in Halifax. Last year was great despite one rainy day (which oddly enough was my busiest) and I’m sure this year will be even better. I have a few new books I’m pretty stocked on like wine journals, address books, a pregnancy journal and some great wedding albums and guest books that are looking pretty fab. So I’m going to now get off the computer and get to work so I’m not kicking myself in the pants come Thursday. See you all there!
If you’re in this neck of the woods this coming weekend (the 1st of June) swing by the Avon River Heritage Society Museum in Newport Landing for Heritage Artists in Action! Myself along with two other talented craftspeople from Nova Scotia will be demonstrating our crafts, selling our wares and answering your questions! A great opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes and in the studio.
I made a pretty silly mistake on the workshop poster… The date is wrong… Well, wrong in the sense that Thursday the 21st of Feb. in the year 2014 does not exist…. it is supposed to say FRIDAY the 21st.
Oy vey…. Here is the updated poster……….
Finally putting some long awaited energy into the shop….I’ve had it with the sad looking page!
I’ll be posting things throughout the day, so go ahead and take a peek… (click on the screen shot and it’ll take you there!)