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Local Artisans Deck the Halls

I realized recently that I’m not great at following up on events I mention in blog posts. For instance, the chair I created for Chairs for Charity got auctioned off like two months ago, and it did well on the auction block.

And so, for the sake of keeping a bit more up-t0-date, I wanted to talk a bit about the Artisan Market I participated in last weekend. Due to the fact that is was the weekend following “black Friday” it wasn’t a very busy day for the vendors but it was an excellent time to meet new people and catch glimpses of students from the Vancouver Circus School flying through the air (really, there is a circus school on the second floor of the River Market. I’m totally signing Sofia up when she turns 4.)

Despite by recurrent nightmare that I would not sell any pillows, I was able to sell a grand total of six (I had made like 30…a bit over-zealous). It might not seem like much but it was a very affirming experience for me to sell that many on a slow day. As well, I was invited to sell some of my pillows at the New Westminster Christmas Treasury, located in Queen’s Park, where they display and sell locally crafted items from December 1-23rd.

I had a hard time setting up my display because I had made so many. Less than half of my inventory is up on that table.

I had a hard time setting up my display because I had made so many. Less than half of my inventory is up on that table.

The pillow with the funky blue and green floral is one of my favorite new patterns from Robert Allen.

The pillow with the funky blue and green floral is one of my favorite new patterns from Robert Allen.

I was also selling a small variety of craft and sewing books.

I was also selling a small variety of craft and sewing books.

In addition to selling, the slowness of the day allowed me to do a significant amount of browsing and buying. Some old favorites from the Curious Flea were there including sketcher Won Kang who has branched out and is now selling some tote bags and funky wrapping paper with his sketches on them.

Sketch by Won Kang of Sinclair Centre in Vancouver

Sketch by Won Kang of Sinclair Centre in Vancouver

Wrapping paper by Won Kang. But who would want to rip it?

Wrapping paper by Won Kang. But who would want to rip it?

Tote bag commemorating Copps Shoes in New Westminster which recently burnt to the ground.

Tote bag commemorating Copp’s Shoes in New Westminster which recently burnt to the ground.

Some new favorite vendors I was introduced to at this Artisan Market include “Get Thee to the Nunnery” where I bought some precious and inexpensive fabric wreaths. They also sell beautiful earrings and stationary (shown below).

Christmas Stationary by artist Krista Gibbard.

Christmas Stationary by artist Krista Gibbard.

There were  also many vendors selling impressive jewelry.  I directed my mom and mother-in-law to Bead for Life for beautiful beaded jewelry, handmade by women in Africa, and to Kathy Hart’s stand where she sells stunning bracelets made from vintage silver spoons (not shown).

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Examples of some beautiful beaded necklaces.

If you are beginning to feel like you missed out, you will be happy to know that there is another artisan market being held at the River market on December 14th and 15th from 12-5pm. I will be participating on the 15th and look forward to seeing what it is like when the artisans take over both floors of the market.

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Catching Fleas

Every month my husband and I get out cash for “fun” money. This is money we spend on things like coffees, movies, fabric, etc- the things that are wants rather than needs.

I had a lot of “fun” at the Curious Flea, held at New Westminster’s River Market, over the past weekend. So much “fun” that I’m going to be making my own coffee for the rest of the month.

My first temptation came in the form of sketches done by Won Kang. For the past three years he has been trying to do a sketch a day of sites mostly around East Vancouver. Having spent the first year and a half of my marriage living in that hood I was especially drawn to his work. The colours he has chosen to enhance his images with are stunning. I would love it if he would start going around Queensborough next and capturing our unique neighborhood! Do visit his site, it’s a delight! Here is one of the pics I picked up:

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My second temptation came in the unassuming form of a small family run stand called Time of Origin which specializes in up-cycled jewelery as well as vintage home decor items. I picked up some birthday presents here as well as a few goodies for my own home.

The pictures on these lockets are from old children's books.

The pictures on these lockets are from old children’s books.

I love this little bird I bought.

I love this little bird I bought.

I plan on painting this brass candelabra a bright high gloss colour.

I plan on painting this brass candelabra a bright high gloss colour.

Next came Brick and Mortar. They have a store front in downtown New Westminster (see link for details), but I was lucky enough to catch them at the Curious Flea. They sell all sorts of locally made home goods including divine smelling bee’s wax candles, funky mason jar lights, and coasters made from old maps, magazines, and dictionaries.

Check out the cutting board in the background. It is in the shape of British Columbia (sideways).

Check out the cutting board in the background. It is in the shape of British Columbia (sideways).

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My last great temptation came at The Vintage Sisters stand. Their eye for style was evident in the artful way they set up their display of goods. Had I not already spent all the money I could I would have been hard pressed not to buy some of their beautiful vintage goods and creatively re-purposed items.

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I love this creative way of hanging pictures: a frame, chicken wire, and paper clips.

I love this creative way of hanging pictures: a frame, chicken wire, and clothes pins.

All in all a good (child-free) morning was had. These four vendors were my favorites but there was plenty more to see at the Curious Flea. If you wish you had been there but couldn’t be, don’t fear. The Curious Flea is coming back in November, just in time do do some Christmas shopping.

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