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Whirlwind Tour of Crafty Goodness – YEG

Yesterday was crazy. There was so much going on that I wanted to do and, unfortunately  couldn’t do them all. (Like make it down to Calgary for the Alberta Craft Council 2012 Craft Awards. *shakes fist* Next year, for sure!) I made a commitment to myself to visit 4 of the craft shows that were on in Edmonton and I’m happy to say I made it to each one.

 

Margo

I started off in North Edmonton in Beverly. The show was at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church from 10-3 and had a wide assortment of crafters and home based sellers there. When I got there it was a bit slow but I was told it was super busy earlier. I met a friend and amazing mosaic artist who was selling her wares there, Margo of Mosaics by Margo. (Beautiful works!) I also found a delicious smelling soapmaker’s table, Mother Earth Essentials, in the corner and, soap being my weakness at craft shows, had to buy a piece. (Smells divine!) The Bethlehem Lutheran Church craft sale was a fun little show full of surprising finds, you should definitely visit it next year!

 

Mosaics by Margo

Mother Earth Essentials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iona Bailey

Next stop was the Fireflies Annual Sale in the St Andrews church by Westmount. As always, there were so many beautiful beads, jewellery pieces, and home furnishings. It can be hard to pick a favourite! I did end up buying some gorgeous beads by the talented Iona Bailey of FireFrost Studio from Cold Lake, but I’m kicking myslef now for not getting the super cute Angry Birds bead or the Mario turtle shell! The Fireflies sale is always a good show and I definitely recommend checking this show out next year.

Firefrost Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stone Willow

Headed south to the Pleasantview Community League for the Calyx Distinctive Arts show and met a fellow Etsy Alberta Street Team member there. Nicole, of Stone Willow makes lovely bead and wire jewellery and was set up selling her wares at this amazing art show. There were so many artists and distinct art styles present in the tiny community centre; it was amazing to see! I definitely recommend checking this show out next year.

 

 

 

 

AFHandcrafts

The final show was way, way to the south, past the Henday, past Ellerslie Road, at the Edmonton Oilfield Technical Society, the Our Home to Yours Tradeshow. To be honest, I was not expecting such a large show! It was huge! There were plenty of crafters mixed in with home based sellers and, strangely, a real estate agent. As I walked in, the cutest little guy in an Oilers jersey stopped me and asked if I would like to buy a calendar to support his hockey team. He certainly made a good salesman!

Alliston spinning.

 

 

 

 

 

I went in to visit with Alliston of AFHandcrafts who dyes and spins wool roving into gorgeous yarns, but was surprised to see the diverse crafters and artists there. I definitely fell in love with the adorable polymer clay monsters of Lifelines Creations and I loved the Fruits of Sherbrooke‘s table. Don’t be daunted by the out of the way location, this is another definite must visit show for next year.

Fruits of Sherbrooke – Tangy Chutney Apple (Delicious!)

Fruits of Sherbrooke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seriously cute monsters

 

 

 

It was a crazy afternoon filled with crafty goodness and shopping (because, of course I’ll be shopping if I hit a craft sale!)  It was amazing to see just how many crafters we have in Edmonton. Enough to fill 4 craft shows plus enough to fill all the farmers markets that go on every weekend as well. Although I as running like mad to hit all the shows, it was a great way to spend a Saturday, getting out there and supporting local artists.

 

 

 

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Author:Jasmin

Attracted to shiny things, hence my fascination with making jewellery, I also make fun things involving dinosaur buttons and felt. Mad organizational skills in the office that never quite seem to transition to the home front, but what is life without a little chaos?

10 Responses to “Whirlwind Tour of Crafty Goodness – YEG”

  1. November 5, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Hi Jasmin,

    the organiser, Jennifer, commented that she will try to get a higher-traffic location for next year’s event. She was unhappy with the amount of attendees and feels that the location was too far off the beaten track.

    I think she should go back to that location in a couple years once there are more homes on Ellerslie!

    Alliston

    • Jasmin
      November 5, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

      It was hard to find, I won’t lie. I kept driving down this dirt road going, ‘is this right? Should I be going the other way?’ But. It’s a great show and an amazing venue. A pretty park and a huge area for vendors. I think they need a bit more signage on both Ellerslie and Rabbit Hill Road so people know they’re going in the right direction.

      Every new venue up is a learning experience (speaking from experience!). Sorry to hear it wasn’t very busy but hopefully next year is better!

      And I agree! In a few years that area will be teeming with new people and will be a great location for a show.

  2. November 6, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    Thank you so much for attending the Fireflies Fall Sale. Looking good Iona!

    Looks like you had a fun day attending lots of great sales. Good to see some many great local crafts-people/artists showing their stuff, and lots of people shopping local and handmade.

    If you’d like to keep up with Fireflies events, and get to know the artists a little better you can follow us at http://www.firefliesofedmonton.com.

    Regards,
    Amanda from Fireflies of Edmonton.

    • Jasmin
      November 6, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

      Thanks for the like Amanda! It was a great day and I was so happy to be able to pop into the Fireflies show, and all the rest of the shows, even just for a few minutes.

  3. November 6, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    thanks for stopping by Jasmin, and featuring my work. sounds like you had a GREAT day!

    • Jasmin
      November 6, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

      You’re very welcome Margo! It was a blast!

  4. November 6, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    Wow, you were busy Jasmin! Thanks for sharing all of the photos, they are great to see.

    Awesome job everyone on such unique and cool items!

    • Jasmin
      November 8, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

      Thanks Jacque! It was a lot of fun!

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