|Posted on September 18, 2013 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
I think I've already said it a million times but I really can't say enough how much I adore Supercrawl! Since the first rainy one night event in 2009 with 3,000 people to the two day event they estimated 100,000 people attended, I have loved Supercrawl! I have loved it every year and this year was no different! It makes me so proud of my new adopted home town and despite any hiccups, it's always one of my most favourite days of the year.
We got there bright and early and after a slow start to setting up due to a sculpture being installed on the street (SOCOOL) everything was set up and ready to go for the crowds!
It was so wonderful to see so many familiar faces and catch up with visitors from past years. I so love doing Hamilton shows and seeing some of my little regular customers who's parents bought them Needlings years ago, and come back to buy one for themselves or let me know where they keep their little guys Santa brought them. (So sweet!)
My mom was there as well with her knits mixed in to the booth! It was chilly enough by the end of the night that we had to wear our own cowls and happy to say Hamilton cleared us out and not one cowl was left by the end of the night! Same goes for my cell phone sleeves and little owls! Thanks everyone!
We we set up right out front of White Elephant which is a great little shop owned by two talented Hamilton girls. I tried to get a photo of them sitting perfectly on their super amazing painted bench during a couple minutes' down time but things picked right up and we were all too busy to stay long enough for my phone to turn on or for me to find my camera burried under my table but they are forgiven! I took a couple later on!
I, of course, loved their window filled with pompoms! You can see more about Foropolis on their blog.
The late morning set- up meant all my photos needed to be taken fairly quickly in between the crowds which were pretty consisten all day but I still managed to get a few to document the day!
Luckily, Hamilton photographer Vanessa Jeakins also documented a few little moments at my booth that she has so kindly let me share here with you guys in these next seven photos! You can see more of her beautiful photos from Supercrawl here.
Also some good shots of my booth neighbours, MC² Designs, who were super sweet and lovely all day!
There were so many awesome booths close by and in other parts of the street and Makers' Market, I regret not taking more time to look around at but the day just flew by and it was over before I knew it! Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello! I loved seeing every single one of you and I hope (and am sure!) everyone of you had as great a day as we did. I love being a part of the Hamilton art/craft community and your hugs and hellos are a big part of why I love Supercrawl so much!
So that's it for this year! I'll be all One of a Kind show prep all the the time now until December so get ready! I hope to see some of you there too!
|Posted on September 9, 2013 at 10:40 PM||comments (0)|
Last year, you may or may not remember, we set up for the festival in a crazy downpour. Tarps were needed before we could even get the tent all set. This year at least it waited until we got the tent up! This awesome Hamilton show is probably one of maybe two outdoor shows I have ever done that regardless of how much rain we have, it's still great! Sure the first few hours were a pretty big bummer but halfway through the day I had almost completely forgotten about the downpour from earlier (with the reminder of my wet shoes and dripping pompoms).
I was super excited to test out my brand new display this year and although it took a couple trips in the Yaris - we got everything there and I'm really happy with it! A few things to tweak for Supercrawl this coming weekend but overall I think it worked out great. Even my mom's knits are all mixed in!
I saw so many familiar local faces from past shows and it was great to do a local show again - my first one of the year! It's so wonderful to do this show every year and see the same sweet families and people return. It is absolutely one of my favourite days of the year. I feel like Hamilton is such a supportive city and these shows make me so excited to be a part of this community more and more every year. I literally tear up at how lovely my Hamilton customers have been over these last six years. Sappy! But seriously! I really can't say how much I have appreciated the local support I've gotten for Needlings.
A very wet day but all in all a very great one! I can't wait to get out there again this weekend at Supercrawl and do it all over again! Here's hoping it's a little sunnier out there. See you soon!
|Posted on June 17, 2013 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
We're in to week 293 here but after a week of preparing for Heirlooms show in Welland over the weekend and spending some Father's Day time with my dad, it took me the day to get back in to things.
Because my display has changed a bit and I'm still getting used to it, I did a little mock set up at home during the week that I added to as I finished up some last minute goodies for the show and finished tagging and prepping everything for the show.
Here's how it turned out!
I still need to figure out a good way to prop up those Owl Mama faces so they aren't so tucked away when it's all loaded up but it did the job and I'm happy to use my trunk again for the first time after One of a Kind show!
So after a wrong turn and rushed morning, we made it to Vermeer's Garden Centre and set up inside the greenhouse just in time! The setting was beautiful and despite it being quite warm in that greenhouse, it was a lovely show.
Here are all the vendors outside! It was a perfect day, not a cloud in the sky, and it was nice to see some familiar faces and meet some brand new ones too!
My mom was there too of course! We put out some of her cowls and despite how warm it was in there, lots of people did some early Christmas shopping and we left with quite a few less. I shouldn't be surprised seeing as I have about ten myself and love them all (when it's a little cooler out obviously).
One of the familiar faces was Gillian of Pip Robins, who was outside with her beautiful belt buckles and bags! We had a nice little chat and I look forward to seeing her at the Christmas One of a Kind show in December (and I'm sure our crafty paths will cross before then).
And another familiar face was my dear friend Lisa of Nerdbiskit of course! We had a fun time as always laughing and chatting as well as spying on the resident kitties of the garden centre. One even stopped by for a bit to play with one of Lisa's catnip mustaches - who could blame him?
So precious! Also take a little peak behind the scenes of the mess that's hidden behind the tables...
I usually manage to refrain from spending too much on myself at the shows I do now despite there always being so many amazing things from other vendors that I'd love to own, but this time I couldn't help myself when I saw a few booth of amazingly priced little hair flowers. I couldn't decide on a colour so I had to buy three!
I wore one the very next day for some Father's Day visits and I'm sure I will be getting lots of wear out of them!
So that was it! I'll be spending these upcoming weeks on some store restocks and general building of stock for my own shows coming up later on in the year. So many exciting events I can't wait for, Locke Street Festival, Supercrawl, and of course One of a Kind!
I hope you're all enjoying the great weather! See you next week!
|Posted on April 22, 2013 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
As I mentioned in my last workroom update, I went in to Toronto on Saturday to check out the amazing City of Craft Spring Show with one of my crafty friends Lisa of Nerdbiskit. I'm so used to being a vendor at all the craft shows I attend so it was nice to be a customer/visitor for the day!
We walked in to Trinity St. Paul's on Bloor Street and it was adorably decorated with handmade paper flower decorations so even though it was quite a chilly day for Spring, it was beautiful and sunny and cheerful!
I could have bought something from every single vendor there but I refrained and only spent a teeny bit and had a great time looking around at some new and some familiar favourites.
One of the cards is from We See Inc. that had a booth up in preperation for a performance piece and their Soul Bank! We happily donated our souls via our fingerprints and strand of hair! Yep, we did that! Anything for art's sake.
The other card was from Have & Hold Design that puts together super cute photobooths and photo props! Lisa and I of course couldn't pass them down.
So much fun!
As we were walking down the street after our craft show fun times, a girl who turned out to be Karyn of KillerKurves.com, a plus size fashion blog, asked me to participate in a street fashion feature on her blog! Turns out we even have some friends in common! Small world!
Forever squinty glasses girl. Windy but bright day! Someone needs some prescription sunglasses...
All the details from my outfit are over on the blog feature including a little Needlings plug. I'm so happy to make Karyn an Owl Mama of her own now! It's funny how just walking down the street sometimes can end up exciting.
So that was our day! I can't wait to visit the holiday City of Craft this winter and will be spending some solid time visiting the vendor's via the internet in the meantime. Check the vendor's list here. Every single one of them is worth a look!
See you soon! ♥
|Posted on April 4, 2013 at 2:00 AM||comments (0)|
After months of build up and preparation, the five days of the One of a Kind Show finally came and went last week/end. It's so hard to include everything that happened because it seemed like every day was packed with visits and exciting events but I will do my best!
We set up the night before the show started at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. Made some quick changes to my display when I saw the space in person finally but I was happy with it in the end!
This was by far the biggest show I've ever done and being a part of the new Etsy section was a big honour! I think all the customers were just as excited as we were because our little packed section was packed with people the whole week!
It was a busy busy week of driving in to and back from the city every day but the customers and visits from my super supportive and wonderful friends and family helped keep me going!
I'll have to do a separate post of my outfits for the show! I always have fun trying to match my booth so five days of it in a row was fun for me. I'm also currently working out the details to start making the custom Needlings illustration skirts I make for myself available for purchase so watch out for those in the future!
My dolls had their own little fashionable moment when they were asked to be a part of the kids' fashion show on the weekend!
Pretty much the cutest thing I've ever seen! The little (human) ones did an amazing job and it was fun to scoot away from my booth for a little bit to check out the show.
I wouldn't have been able to do it without the help of my amazing mom who helped me throughout the entire show. Every day! I can't even say how much I appreciate her and everything she does for me. And my family and friends too - who visited me, took care of my puppy, and generally made me lucky I know so many amazing people! I won't post all their photos here but if you hop over to Instagram you can see all the photos I took throughout the show including some of my lovely visitors.
The show was pretty amazing and my little table was packed with goodies; front, back, side - everywhere! I'm excited to do One of a Kind again in the future and move everything around again! My trunk worked perfectly, too, which made me pretty happy!
On Saturday morning, I was happy to hear that my little ladies had been featured in Toronto Life as one of the top 15 picks from the One of a Kind Show! One of the vendors told me in the morning and then I heard the same thing from customers throughout the day which was exciting! I was happy that a few of them found new homes and shed a tear or two when they head off with their new owners.
And it seemed as quickly as it started, we were packing up and heading out!
All gone! Well, a lot of it!
Thank you again to everyone who came to visit and if you missed me this year, don't worry! I'll be back again!
|Posted on January 20, 2013 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
Last week was an exciting news week for Needlings because I found out I will be participating in the One of a Kind Show in Toronto as a part of the new Etsy section! It's going to be a busy couple months getting ready for it but I am excited and looking forward to doing an exciting new show that boasts being the largest consumer crafts show in North America. AH! I just read that to include it here. It's so big, you guys!
I'm sure I will update you as I go along! Super relaxed updates with no freaking out at all!
Before I got the news of the show, I finished another doll since I was kind of on a doll roll for a bit there.
Her hair is pretty crazy isn't it? Anyway, I got her up in the shop but took her, along with a few other of the new ones, out because I was asked by One of a Kind to send a few items in to them to have a little photoshoot to potentially be included in the show's web and print material.
I whipped up a few other owls and Needlings goodies and sent them on their way.
So off they all went! They'll be back after their exciting stay at the One of a Kind headquarters in Toronto.
I also found these little boxes this week and got to thinking about new display ideas for the show. Notice I am pretty plum out of stock myself so you and I can both look forward to a few weeks of stocking up on goodies for the show!
I will be out of the workroom for all of next week starting on the 25th so there might be a bit of a hold on the workroom updates depending on how it goes. If you know me or have read for awhile then you know that my daddio has some health problems and because his wife will be out of town, I'll be staying with him in Binbrook (about a half an hour from me) to get him to and from his kidney dialysis and general taking care/hanging out stuff. I'm bringing along some handsewing work to keep on top of things of course but in general, it'll be a little slow on Needlings work for the week.
See you soon, friends!
|Posted on December 10, 2012 at 5:20 PM||comments (0)|
Back again! December is flying by, isn't it?
We had a blast at Crafternoon Delight on Saturday and ended the 2012 show schedule happily in the company of some of my favourite Hamilton crafters. It feels like it has been relatively non-stop for shows since the summer so it is a bit bittersweet being able to take a breath and focus on the other elements of Needlings running.
Last week started with a custom order for a tablet sleeve which is a large version of my owl cell sleeves.
Looks familiar but it's nice to see yet another use for this owl o' mine! I hope it's future owner (who will apparently be receiving it as a gift) will love it!
The worktable was a little messier than usual while I packed up some orders and took inventory of everything I had to bring to the show at the end of the week.
We were lucky enough to be able to head down to the Crafternoon Delight pop-up shop location downtown Hamilton on Friday night which allowed us to set up early (and sleep in the next morning). I'm a big fan of sleeping in, you guys.
But seeing as how it was pretty quiet for us on Friday night...
Obviously we're dealing with a bunch of morning people!
One last show to document the table display for the year - we'll see what sorts of changes lie ahead for 2013.
I was happy to wear my Needlings owl print outfit again and spend the day with lovely people behind yet another craft table.
Another happy craft week/day!
This week will be spend filling orders and tidying up the workroom and any other things I can fit in to 7 days.
See you soon!
|Posted on December 4, 2012 at 12:35 AM||comments (0)|
Yep, two fun holiday craft shows in Hamilton! Two of my favourite shows of the year, even. I have done Merryberry Market in Westdale and Makers' Market on James St. North for 4 years now I think and they have become a big part of my own holiday season. It really doesn't feel like Christmas until we've had a bit of snow, and I've done these two shows. Happy to say, both of those things happened this weekend! We had so much snow on Friday in fact that the usual 20 minute drive to Westdale on city streets took about 1 full hour. Of course it has all been rained away but I'm hoping for a least a little white on the ground for the 25th.
Anyway, so we had Merryberry Market first which is a cute little show and fundraiser for Westdale Children's School. Only a small amount of vendors and lots of sweet little kids running around and playing Christmas songs.
So much holiday fun! These people are all some of the nicest people I've come across in Hamilton. A really nice warm night to end a snowy day. These are the kinds of shows that make me feel extra lucky I have the coolest job ever.
So we packed up and went home just to head downtown the next morning to the beautiful Christ's Church Cathedral on James St. North in Hamilton to set up for the Holiday Makers' Market show.
We were there and ready to go early so I got a few photos of some of the other vendors setting up in this beautiful space. I almost don't realize just how amazing it is until I look back at the pictures.
There are these lovely green light covers in the church that give all the photos a sort of greenish glow but it really was a fun day. It was busy for most of the day and I was happy to spend the day talking to familiar customers and new ones as well as some of my favourite crafty vendor friends.
Lisa of Nerdbiskit, one of my loveliest friends, was only a table away. Check out those aprons. And hot beverages. It was a great day but a little coffee/tea pep never hurt anyone! Unless you spill it I guess. Anyway, it worked for me!
See? That's one happy Needlings' maker.
Thank you to everyone who came out to these shows to spend their hard earned money locally supporting local artists and crafters. I wouldn't be able to do this without you. If I could hug you all I would!
I hope to see some of you at our last show of the year this Saturday, Crafternoon Delight, at Dundurn and Aberdeen, 11am-4pm.
Thanks for stopping by, friends! See you soon!
|Posted on November 18, 2012 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
Hi guys! I've been busy as a bee in the Needlings workshop getting ready for the holidays! What's a girl gotta do to get some elves?
Anyway, finished up the little stocking ornaments and got them up in the shop!
It was fun to do something a little different for ornaments this year. Still owl related but little red stockings instead of the usual little owls!
Then I got to work on some bookmarks for White Rabbit in Iowa City and some NEW Needlings Colouring Books for my first holiday show of the year at the Woodview Learning Centre in Burlington.
With sewn bindings and everything!
I was lucky enough to take a little break from work to have a little belated meeting with one of my favourite ladies who knows me so well that she got me a new pin cushion!
And delicious apple cider and cake of course!
I spent the last few days of the week finishing up a batch of Owl Mamas and a few littles and got ready to head out to Woodview on Saturday!
It was another fun day with my favourite knitter/mom where we had the nicest table neighbours and passed the time quite happily.
We have a weekend off from shows before the next three but lots of work ahead and some other exciting things so I will see you next week with more! Bye for now, lovely friends!
|Posted on October 14, 2012 at 1:30 AM||comments (0)|
This week was a busy one topped off with my last outdoor show of the year to end off a busy late summer/fall show season. I think the busiest one yet for Needlings - from Fan Expo in August to this last Art Crawl, we'll be taking a month break from shows to get the stores that carry Needlings all stocked up! Don't worry though, there will be lots of work to talk about!
After finishing up the Littles I was working on at the end of last week, I had a little custom squirrel keychain order come in.
I realized halfway in that I didn't have a squirrel doodle to go with it so I of course took a break to do that!
After packing the little squirrel and a few more orders - I got to work on a big batch of cell phone sleeves that will be heading out to a couple stores this coming week!
I said it was a big batch!
I then donned my new work uniform/Needlings skirt and headed out to Art Crawl on a chilly Friday night!
I was sharing a tent with my favourite knitter (and mom) of The Nature of Mary Jane. We had a fun night downtown and thankfully bundled up enough to stay warm.
Super fun! I am looking forward to doing a December market in the same spot (but inside) for the 5th year in a row.
But for now, I'm back to the workroom to finish off a few orders and pack up boxes to be sent out to stores!
See you next week guys!