{handmade: harvest time}

Isn’t it great how many options there are for the non-crafty types who like to have and give crafty things? Or more like the ‘I wish I had time to do stuff like that’ types. Sure, Etsy is amazing and we’re all guilty of spending just a tiny bit of time browsing & buying on Saturday mornings but it’s kinda nice to be able to check out the item in person and meet the hard working artist behind it. 

If you’re in the Ottawa area, come by and visit Handmade Harvest this Saturday, May 3 in beautiful Almonte. It’s the brain-child of my very close friend and sister-from-another-mister Emily Arbour and her crafting partner in crime, Colleen Hewitt. 

It’s a juried show so you’ll only find the cream of the crop crafters. And if you haven’t been to Almonte before then this is a great opportunity to take a little weekend trip or drive to check out the show as well as all the other great local art and food available in charming Almonte. I’ll be there volunteering and shopping and not necessarily in that order. 

When: Saturday May 4th, 10am-4pm
Where: Almonte Agricultural Hall (map)
BONUS: The first 50 people in the door get handmade swag bags full of items from each vendor. 

Here’s a small roundup of what you’ll see this weekend. 



{DIY: sweet hereafter}

It’s so funny how you anticipate something for so long and it seems so far away, then all of a sudden it’s come……and gone!

The much anticipated Handmade Harvest craft show was this past weekend. I’m so happy to report that it was a HUGE success! So happy for Emily & Colleen. Must’ve been great to see all their planning and hard work come to life and have such a big turnout. There wasn’t tickets or anyone at the door to know numbers but I can say that the traffic didn’t even start to slow down until around 3 or 4pm. And before noon it was just a circus!

People were ready to shop!

Me working it. I really had no idea this picture was taken.

I was a little nervous going in – you know there’s always that fear that no one will like anything. But I had a great day and lots of positive feedback about my stuff. The buttons & tags were a big hit and the place mats were a surprise hit, I sold out! I also got a ton of great comments about my photography and sold a bunch of those. My last minute arts & crafts felt party garland ended up being very popular and I sold out as well as even getting a few requests for more. The only thing that didn’t really sell were the silk-screened shoe bags. I thought they were cute! But I guess the fine folks of Almonte just aren’t as into fancy dinner parties where having the perfect pair of dress shoes for your outfit is a must. They probably have more fun in their comfy socks anyway.

Here’s the booth at the beginning of the day. Came together even though I was late and had to pretty much throw down everything 10min before the doors were open.

And I even have a picture from a shopper (Thanks to the Lotans, who stopped by my booth a couple times that day) with their Party Garland up in their kitchen window already.

Overall a great day! I’m sure the upcoming Spring show will be even bigger & better.