Wednesday, November 23, 2011

thank you!

A big thank you to everyone who visited my booth in St. John's and Halifax over the last two weeks!

I arrived home on Monday after two weeks on the road, and I'm settling back into the comfort of domesticity. Home sweet home. I'm gonna be taking it easy over the next week and a half: I've got a couple of scarf orders, and a batch of scarves to weave for Halifax Crafters' (Dec. 3-4), but other than that, I'm focusing on relaxing. Getting back into my morning yoga routine, going for good long walks, and making good meals with my sweetie.

I thought I would share some of my favourite photos from the two shows......

My little business cards and a baby blanket I wove on my 8-harness Cranbrook for my cousin Martha (who is due tomorrow!). I used the blanket to cover my small table in St. John's and then gave it to Martha when I got to Halifax. All cotton, hand-dyed warp. I'm really liking the lightness of the greys and whites.

One of my favourite scarves of the year, hands down. A new design, inspired by a custom scarf I made for my friend Dean last year. The colours in this are heaven to me: reds, blues, oranges, periwinkle. I love the way the eye mixes them all together to create a rich, deep purple.

Every year, I seem to forget something when it comes to traveling for craft fairs. Last year I forgot my sign, and this year I forgot my dowels for my rack display. I only realized as I was setting up for my first show in St. John's. I had to think quick and came up with stringing rope between my vertical supports, creating little clotheslines, the scarves looking like bunting banners. In this shot, there's a mix of River, Wave, Dean, and Echo scarves.

River and Waves scarves.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

last minute addition

I fly back to Halifax today from St. John's, Newfoundland. I've been here for a week for the Craft Cuncil of NL's Christmas Craft Fair. Thanks to everyone who came by my booth to say hello, buy a scarf, or chat. I've done this show since 2007, and past years have been very busy and successful. But, for whatever reasons (the beautiful weather, Rememberance Day falling on a Friday making it a perfect weekend to get away, market saturation), this year was much slower than previous years. This means my sales expectations weren't met and I made a last minute decision to do the Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council Christmas Show this coming weekend in Halifax as I'm on my way back to PEI. It runs from Friday November 18th- Sunday the 20th at the Cunard Centre at Pier 23. Even though I'm feeling tired (I've been going non-stop since I finished working full-time for Parks Canada two weeks ago), craft fair season only comes around once a year.....

Saturday, November 5, 2011

St. John's, here I come!

So, after finishing up work at Green Gables this past Monday, I head out on my journey to St. John's, Newfoundland a week later. This week has been a mad dash to get everything ready for the Craft Council of NL's Christmas Craft Fair: finishing up a last batch of scarves, dyeing, tagging and pricing, printing business cards, getting my booth set-up ready for plane travel, and generally getting around to a few things that were neglected while working full-time for the past four months.

I'm looking forward to this show - I always do. I like the routine of crisp November mornings, walking from my aunt and uncle's house (where I will be staying) to the Arts and Culture Centre, detouring to Georgetown bakery to pick up a coffee and croissant, and then settling in for a day of scarf-selling and crafty socializing. If you are in St. John's, please stop by and say hello!