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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Crafter, oh Crafter, Make Me a Craft

I had the privilege of attending the Etsy craft sale in Manitoba. . .I got there 5 minutes after the start time, and there was already a line-up! Wow, what a turn-out. 

I am reminded, once again, how Canadians are eager to invest their dollars in supporting local artisans.

I didn't get a chance to visit all the artisans {it was really difficult to walk at times!}, but here are some that I did visit. . .

Come with me on a viritual tour. . .

Flatlander's Soap Co.Lime & Lavender Handmade Soap - Medium

I purchased some lavender soap. I love lavender, and this looked like a solid soap that would last for a while. . .

I met Doug who told me how he handcrafted their wooden soap dishes.

Colour AddictionCircus Tent

Amazing tents for creative play. I love this red and white, but Cindy, the artisan of this company, also displayed her creativity in some of her more bohemian-styled tents! Definitely a work of art.

HBC: Vintage Photo PillowThreadxTwill

I met Brynn, who told me about how she was able to put these vintage photos on fabric pillow covers. I loved the local Manitoba images.  I also appreciate the many hours of labour that go into something like this. . .It looks simple as a consumer, but so much sweat goes into producing a finished product produced by some already very busy mamas!

Nancy Blokland Pottery

Dinnerware 4 piece place settings in Northern Lights Pottery wedding gift

Loved Nancy's Northern Lights colour and pattern.  The name suited the colour very well.

Ulla + Viggo

This little booth had the mamas swooning. They hit a sweet spot by re-thinking baby footwear. There were no characters on these baby leather footwear. . .no, it was a classy kind of chic.  It's so hard to get locally-made and classy baby boy items at a craft sale, as girls definitley have it hand's down. But they made this really cute pair of leather boots without the fringes that simply looked classy! (Too bad I don't have a pic of them)

Prairie ThreadsRainforest Large Round Coiled Basket / Bowl / Pot by PrairieThreads
These eco-friendly coiled baskets use up bits and pieces of leftover fabric.  To make each one, Laura wraps strips of fabric around cording, then coils it and stitches it together, shaping the basket as she goes.

I like this concept for organizing nursery toys, as coiled baskets are amazingly lightweight but very sturdy, holding their shape while being flexible at the same time.

Marbled Leaves Quilt Gender Neutral Any Size Made to Order Pick your own FabricLittle Feather Designs

I fell in love with Deanne's baby quilts. . .she had a couple with vintage prints on them. A great addition for a nursery!

We Are Bound TogetherOak Book, Remember When...Pyrography

I was most impressed by the craftsmanship by Andrea, a book artist, who puts crafty into craft! Each book is bound with linen thread using the coptic stitch which creates a braid down the spine. The wood used for this journal was from scraps of leftover wood from a friends workshop.

Script is burned onto the wood using a method called pyrography. Wood is sanded smooth and protected with a light coating of Danish Oil. As well she hand-tears all the paper for a whimsy edging!

GlamHerBands Maternity Sash Belt, Bridesmaid Belt, Bridal Belt Rhinestone Crystal AppliqueGlam Her Bands

Stephanie, the artisan of Glam Her Bands, modeled her hand-made glam belts beautifully. . .wearing a simple pink tee, she looked like one of the most elegant pregnant mamas I have seen!  She said these bands look great on any figure. Wear it as a maternity belt, bridesmaid belt, or everyday belt! Stretchy ribbon means a comfortable fit! Elastic ribbon is accented with a beautiful rhinestone appliqué.



Hoshii Designs

Beautiful handcrafted bags and more. Deborah does a fantastic job in these evening clutches. . .so incredible that they are made locally!

Jessica Hodgson

What caught my eye when viewing Jessica's ceramics, was a beautiful collander.  So beautiful you can wash fruit in it, and serve it in the same dish.  I also enjoyed hearing about her ceramic knitting bowl which was grandma-inspired!

Anita Rex DesignsBurlap Wreath, Christmas Burlap Wreath, Red and Grey and Chevron Burap Wreath, Bubble Wreath, Holiday Wreath

I purchased this wreath for the upcoming Christmas season. I'm not a big fan of synthetic wreaths produced from petrochemicals. . .which is why this resusable natural-material wreath really strikes my fancy. . .featuring red burlap, light grey burlap and grey and white chevron burlap.

If you could pick any product from any of these artisans, what would you pick?

Tags: Canadian-made 

Posted by Wholly Canadian at 9:54 AM


My favourite locally-made item from this craft sale is the wooden soap dishes from Flatlander's Soap Co.
October 1, 2014 2:11 PM By Wayne Lecoy
Jessica Hodgson piqued my interest the most! Another fave local company that I buy from often isn't listed here.
October 1, 2014 2:22 PM By Lindsay
Oh! The tents from colour addiction. :) I can see my kids running around and playing in them for hours.
October 1, 2014 2:29 PM By Ingrid Pulleyblank
I also loved Anita Rex Designs preferring the simpler, and non-shiny Christmas wreaths. Although her Christmas wreath with the balls has just the right mix. Thanks for sharing your finds. I can get lost for hours on these sites.....
October 1, 2014 2:46 PM By Elizabeth Vlug
Glam Her Bands look really cool! What a great idea :)
October 1, 2014 2:58 PM By Kristin
I love Nancy Bloklands Pottery. The colors she uses are gorgeous!
October 1, 2014 6:59 PM By Autumn Reid
I love collecting notebooks so I love the We Are Bound Together notebook! Super unique!
October 1, 2014 6:59 PM By JENN eRIN
prairie threads coiled basket. i have something like this and store the kids blankets and sheets in it
October 1, 2014 8:47 PM By charity k
The books by We Are Bound Together are nice
October 1, 2014 9:13 PM By Sean M
I would choose ThreadxTwill. love the look
October 1, 2014 9:18 PM By Suzie M
The tents from Colour Addiction
October 1, 2014 10:36 PM By A.s. Vermeulen
The wooden soap dishes from Flatlander's Soap Co. look lovely.
October 1, 2014 11:12 PM By Jolie
Love the rich colours in Nancy's pottery
October 1, 2014 11:40 PM By Jill
Love the Flatlander's Soap
October 2, 2014 12:30 AM By Nicolas C
I love the Nancy Blokland Pottery
October 2, 2014 1:22 AM By Bons
Glam Her Bands are very nice
October 2, 2014 1:32 AM By mv
I love the journal by We Are Bound Together!
October 2, 2014 7:52 AM By Victoria Ess
the wreaths love! Christmas crafts are the best
October 2, 2014 7:53 AM By Chandra O'Connor
Hoshii designs! I treated myself to a lovely clutch!
October 2, 2014 8:00 AM By Lorraine Orton
ThreadxTwill with vintage photos on fabric pillow covers is unique - same concept putting family pics on pillows would be great gifts
October 2, 2014 10:06 AM By Eva Mitton-Urban
My favourite out of the above are the Jessica Hodgson Ceramics followed by the Glam Her Bands. Two gifts I would love to give or receive - beautiful!!
October 2, 2014 10:39 AM By amber Y
There's so many amazing choices. But I would have to say Hoshii Designs because I love bags
October 2, 2014 10:40 AM By Jana L.
I would choose the Peppermint Handmade Soap from Flatlanders Soap Co.
October 2, 2014 11:14 AM By Glogirl
I am loving Nancy Blokland Pottery, the pottery is gorgeous! Love the color, would go perfectly in my kitchen!
October 2, 2014 1:04 PM By Debbie S.
I lovey the wood journal!!!
October 2, 2014 2:08 PM By Heather M.
thanks so much for coming to our event Lois! We had 3000 eager shoppers through the door. Next Etsy sale is WEST handmade and vintage sale VI November 8, 11-4pm at Holy Cross Gym 300 Dubuc, Winnipeg
October 2, 2014 2:25 PM By Ruth
I like the Hoshii Designs handbags.
October 2, 2014 9:58 PM By Tina L.
I like the crafted book. Hand made items always hold a special appeal to me.
October 2, 2014 10:21 PM By MrDisco
I would pick Jessica Hodgson's ceramics. Not just the colander but any piece from her work. Hand-made things are more than just objects but are individual expressions and bundles of stories. And there is something also to be said when you use a lovingly made piece and how it draws a moment of thinking - about the artist, about what went into it, etc. Whether a colander, a mug, a plate - they all draw thoughts. It sounds silly, but it's always brings a warm moment.
October 2, 2014 10:34 PM By J
I would LOVE the Flatlanders soap!
October 3, 2014 1:11 AM By Rebby
my fave is Ulla + Viggo
October 3, 2014 5:43 AM By Doris Calvert
I really like the Stratum Series Jessica Hodgson.
October 3, 2014 9:03 AM By Brad K
I thought the Ulla + Viggo shoes were pretty cute
October 3, 2014 10:11 AM By Maria McLachlan
I have two favourites in this. The Nancy Blokland Pottery is so lovely. I like the pottery look, and it's so unique and homey. I also like the Prairie Threads too. Her baskets are wonderful, or imagine something as big as a rug.
October 3, 2014 11:33 AM By nicolthepickle
My fav is Jessica Hodgson's Stratum Series ceramics.
October 3, 2014 8:55 PM By Carla B
I really love the little shoes from Ulla + Viggo.
October 3, 2014 10:15 PM By Diana Z
My favourite is colour addiction. Those tents are so much fun.
October 4, 2014 8:05 AM By Katy Emanuel
Little feather . design quilt, so cute
October 4, 2014 2:56 PM By melody
I love "We Are Bound Together". Beautiful journals make me feel very happy.
October 4, 2014 3:41 PM By Alex
I love Flatlander's Soap Co :)
October 4, 2014 4:01 PM By Karine
My favourite locally-made item from this craft sale is the Nancy Blokland Pottery :)
October 4, 2014 10:23 PM By Valerie Mallette
I really like the Little Feather Designs , loved the crib duvet and matching crib skirt
October 5, 2014 11:48 AM By Bernice
I love that wreath from Anita Rex Designs
October 5, 2014 5:04 PM By Brenda Penton
My favourite locally-made item from this craft sale is the Nancy Blokland Pottery and Anita Rex Designs Christmas wreath
October 5, 2014 5:51 PM By Carole Dube
I love the Prairie Threads colorful basket.
October 5, 2014 7:38 PM By Cheryl Almas
Prairie Threads baskets look like a beneficial tool to help me with organizing my son's toys.
October 5, 2014 9:35 PM By Linda Hoeppner
I love the Flatlanders soap and wood soap dishes plus Nancy Blokland pottery. Oh, and the Prairie Thresds baskets.
October 11, 2014 11:01 AM By Judy N

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