Saturdays at Made In Whistler

Made In Whistler 2013After a not-so-restful holiday season, I’m happy to greet 2013 with a winter market. All of my new designs are being debuted at the Made in Whistler Market.

This Saturday will be the fourth weekend I’ve spent at the lovely Westin Hotel with other artisans. The market will be every Saturday until Easter in April from 2-7 pm.

In addition to jewellery, pottery, baked goods, and visual art, the Westin will be selling homemade soup and bread with all proceeds going to local charities.

Made In Whistler — Winter Market
January – April, 2013 (Saturdays)
2:00 – 7:00 pm
Westin Resort & Spa
4090 Whistler Way, Whistler (Village), BC

Edmonton, here we come!

Wish us luck! We’re trying our new snow tires for the drive from Vancouver to Edmonton. We’ll be at Edmonton’s annual Butterdome Craft Sale. This is our last show of the season, so if you’re in the area, come down and say hello. Stock up on woolly MelonHead goodies before the holidays!

Event details:

December 6 – 9, 2012
Butterdome (Universiade Pavillion)
University of Alberta
114 Street – 87 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Show at the Seymour Gallery

Seymour Gallery - Winter ShowSome of my hats will be living in Deep Cove for the Winter Gift Show at the Seymour Art Gallery. Lucky ones might even get to go home with a new owner!

Winter Gift Gallery
November 20, 2012 to January 5, 2013
4360 Gallant Ave., North Vancouver, BC

Gallery Hours: 10 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week

Opening reception: Sunday, November 25, 2-4pm

Setting up for Circle Craft Christmas Market

We are exhausted, but had a fantastic time in Prince George. Drove back and loaded straight in to the Convention Centre for Circle Craft Christmas Market this coming week.

Circle Craft is one of the Lower Mainland’s biggest craft events, so don’t miss out on this annual tradition November 7-11, 2012. Here are the event details:

Dates & Hours:
Wednesday, November 7: 10am – 9pm
Thursday, November 8: 10am – 9pm
Friday, November 9: 10am – 9pm
Saturday, November 10: 10am – 7pm
Sunday, November 11: 10am – 5pm

Vancouver Convention Centre West
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC

Off to Prince George

We leave bright and early tomorrow for the drive to Prince George. This will be our second year attending the Prince George Studio Fair organized by the Prince George & District Community Arts Council. We had such a great time last year and cannot wait to see you all this year November 2-4, 2012. Here are the event details:

Prince George Civic Centre
855 Dominion Street
Prince George, BC

Friday, November 2: 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday, November 3: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, November 4: 10 am – 4 pm

Counting Down to Filberg

So far this year feels like everything has been tossed into a blender.  No end or beginning, just a constant carry though –until Sunday.  It was my last Farmer’s Market before my big summer shows.  Why, you ask.  At some point this inventory needs to get bagged and tagged.  I….t’s a huge job.

My work style is not dye one roving, spin one roving, knit the hat from that roving, stitch it up and block it and then put a label and a hang tag on it and stack it in a box….hardly.

My style i s more like this:  OMG, I am going to stay at the studio for 14 hours a day spinning until my legs feel like rubber and just agonize about knitting it later.  And then today, like a slap in the face with a wet fish,——I don’t have enough felt hats for my shows…..

So starts my crazy counting….The show is in 9 days and I need.

40 hand spun, hand dyed skeins of yarn.

50 felt hats

30 more children’s hats

20 scarves

OKAY, so that is 140 things divided by 9 days at 15 waking hours a day, minus eating showering , getting dressed and commuting between home and studio, possibly petting the cat and maybe a load of laundry in there.  This give me 15.5 things to make in 15 hours that I will be awake in the day.    This is not what I would call a good plan.

Or I could try this….Keep busy, focused…try not to be a crazy person, make what I like and let the chips fall where they may and enjoy several caffeinated beverages.

I’m feeling better already.  Oh, and this handsome guy in the corner, is my neighbour Nathan’s grandfather  sheering on his farm in the UK many years ago.  The picture just makes me really happy.