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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.