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!
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!