Next month of shows

With the new move, I ended up backing out of several shows and a couple of applications, and I’m glad I did since I lost about 3 months of production time. However, this has left a little bit of leeway for a few new endeavours, including some very local ones!

Next week, my work will be a part of The Lodge on Amherst Island‘s All Island Art & Craft Show on Saturday, October 8, 2016 (Opening Reception 2pm-5pm. Sales Start at 2:30pm.)
Come enjoy some refreshments and see what your neighbours do when the drapes are drawn! Fine art in the show will remain hanging until November 8, 2016.

Also in October, I will be a part of the Elora Handmade Market on Sunday, October 23 from 10am-4pm, for which vendor fees will benefit the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington.

Elora Handmade Market 2016

It is located in the Heritage Barn at the Wellington Museum & Archives. I have family in Elora and Guelph and look forward to this little show (actually, not that little – more than 50 artisans!) in this gorgeous location (see below) immensely.

 

HandMade Market in Jordan, OntarioAfter that, I’ll be back in the Niagara region in Jordan, Ontario at the Honsberger Estate with over 90 artisans for my 3rd HandMade Market on November 4, 5, & 6. I do love this market for its lovely location, amazing fellow artisans, great food and drink. Also, seeing shoppers with a delicious glass of local wine in their hands as they shop handmade just seems so civilized.

Studio Georgeville,I will also have some of my work (a small selection of hats, sheepy dryer balls, catnip balls, and a variety of ornaments) in Studio Georgeville in Georgeville, Québec (southwest of Sherbrooke) as a part of their annual Christmas show, starting on November 19, 2016.

I have a couple more shows after that, including being a part of the Christmas Shopping on Amherst Island tour, but they will have to wait for another day when I have a few more details to share.

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New home!

Okay, it has been a while. But this time I have a great excuse!

Near the end of April, we planned to visit Amherst Island to see the Topsy Farms sheep shearing (my husband had never been) and see friends, so we decided (with a little encouragement, direct and indirect, from some friends and family) to casually check out a few houses that were for sale on the island. Next thing we know, it’s a week later, we’ve talked to a real estate agent in Toronto about finishing up our home (my husband had just ripped a bedroom down to the studs in order to renovate it as he had just finished another bedroom) and listing it on the spring market, and we’ve put a bid in on a home on the island! Then I packed up 90% of our 3 bedroom home in the next 2.5 weeks, put it into a storage locker and took the kids and left town for 4 weeks while our home was fixed up, finished, and sold. Those 4 weeks started out with some stress but we soon fell into holiday mode and really, really enjoyed ourselves. It was May/June and we spent time in some lovely places like Guelph/Elora, Prince Edward County, and Amherst Island, thanks to the generosity of family and friends. We moved back into our Toronto home for just over a month and then moved to our new home on Amherst Island in mid-July! And we’ve been unpacking and settling in ever since, with a few shows in there as well… I did actually pull out of several shows and pulled my application out of a few shows, too, because the move meant I lost a lot of production time, and once we were here, I just wanted to take some time to appreciate it!

Shows I went to included Artfest Kingston, where as a bit of a summer-weather-wool-accessories-experiment I shared a booth with my friend and amazing artisan Josée Huard, who started out making recycled wool sweater mittens as gifts one holiday, and built this gift into a great handmade business where she also makes sup cozy cashmere recycled sweater scarves & hot water bottle cosies, as well as amazing recycled wool sweater quilts.

A few snapshots from there:

Bye, bye Kingston! @northernsmittens & I hope to see you again next year! Thanks again for all of your enthusiasm! #artfestkingston #ygk

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That was a few weeks before the big move. After moving, my next show was in Owen Sound, where I enjoyed my first Summerfolk!

Before the dance floor in the beer tent got crazy with @goodforgrapes post-artisan hours at @summerfolk #summerfolk41

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Replenishing stock this morning at @summerfolk !

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And a few weeks after that it was Cabbagetown Art & Crafts Sale, where I had some lovely times with friends enjoyed a few TIFF films after the 3 day show!

 

Last week was the Etsy: Made in Canada – Kingston & region sale at Grant Hall at my old alma mater, Queen’s University, which was such a treat (hosted by Fat Goose Craft Collective)!

All set up! Come to Grant Hall before 4pm! #Etsymadeincanada

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As for island life, so far, so great! We’ve had some lovely times swimming, on a couple of sheep drives, enjoying the sunset, bike rides, fires by the water, and more! (You can get a taste from my Instagram feed.)

And there has been lots of work, too!

 

For now, that’s the update. Next post I will let you know what’s coming up in October-December!

Etsy Marketplace at Evergreen Brick Works Oct 25!

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I thought I should let you know that I’ll be at the Evergreen Brick Works this Sunday at the Etsy Marketplace, an event is in partnership with Etsy Canada. There will be something like 65 Etsy vendors in The Pavilions, alongside the Farmers’ Market.

Some of the blog’s featured fellow artisans will be there, if you’re curious to read their stories and get a little taste for what’s going to be there:

You can find the full list of Etsy vendors on the Evergreen website, (however the list is not quite up to date as I see some names from the August marketplace who are not taking part on Sunday).

So, if you’ve been wanting to try on one of my hats or want to check out your favourite ornament in person, come on down to the Brick Works this Sunday at 550 Bayview Ave. I will have all of my current stock with me, including catnip balls, dryer balls, coffee and tea cosies, and headbands.

Etsy: Made in Canada Day 2015 at MaRS is coming this Saturday!

This Saturday, September 26 is Etsy: Made in Canada Day! There are Etsy pop-up markets across the country so if you are not in the Toronto area, please check here for one near you.

Etsy: Made in Canada at MaRS 2015

If you are in Toronto, I hope to see you at the MaRS building. Regarding layout, this year they learned from the wedged in crowds that came last year, and the layout is significantly different, and very well spaced. There are NO vendors in the glass box in the NW corner of the building (at University and College) this year. The area that the rest of us were in only holds 40 vendors this year and the rest of us (another 100+!) are UP THE STAIRS and spaced along the entire length of the building, all the way to Elizabeth St. In fact, I am at the easternmost edge of the layout, so I heartily encourage you to walk the entire length of the building and check out everyone. The building runs along College St along the entire block from University Ave on the west to Elizabeth St on the east. The entrance is at University Ave (just south of College), and I am at the other end near Mercatto and Elizabeth St. Please note: the Elizabeth St entrance is not accessible. Here’s a glimpse at the entire building layout so you can see what I mean. (You can click for a slightly larger image, but I really shrank the original just to give an idea of the layout.)

EtsyMICToronto tiny map

And here’s a closer look at the easternmost edge of the layout – table 135 with the red box is me (click for larger):

Lynn's Lids at EtsyMICToronto 2015

I’ve featured these fellow artisans in the past who will be there:

I’m not sure about the other pop-up markets across Canada, but ours is giving out swag bags to the first 100 people in line. Last year there were people lined up from 7am, so if you want one of the swag bags, which look awesome, get up early! Go to the Facebook event and scroll down to see some of the amazing swag donated by the talented vendors. Seriously, the vendors were all saying that we wanted to figure out how to get a swag bag (not possible) at the meet-up the other night! I donated some of these tiny felted baubles, but not 100:

And if you want a sneak peek at all of the vendors, check out the Look Book:

3 more sleeps until Danforth East Arts Fair 2015!

Danforth East Arts Fair #DECAF15

Just a note to let you know that this weekend is the Danforth East Arts Fair! It’s my neighbourhood art fair and my favourite of the year. I love it because it is family friendly, is put on the by amazing dedicated neighbourhood organization DECA, the friendly attendees and amazing volunteers, and the fact that has around 50 wonderful local handmade artisans and is therefore just the right size for walking the full circuit to see what’s there, and then going back to do your shopping.

It’s held at East Lynn Park (google map here) which is at 1949 Danforth Ave (just west of Woodbine), and it’s this Saturday & Sunday (September 19 & 20) from 10am – 5pm.

To see the full list of exhibitors, check out the deca-arts.com website. The folks who will be there who have also been one of my featured artisans are:

I’ll be in a slightly different spot this year, just south of my usual spot at the top of the hill in booth 64 (beside Clayshapes & Culture Snap and behind Heart’s Haven!). Full list of vendors and their locations is here on Facebook.

Lynn's Lids will be at booth 64 at the Danforth East Arts Fair 2015
I’ll be at booth #64!

Here’s their schedule of events on both Saturday & Sunday (10am-5pm):

Danforth East Arts Fair 2015 events & activities #DECAF15

So come by with the kids and check out the amazing local handmade wares, plus food, live music, and children’s activities!

Fall Events

Now that we are into August and my shows are starting in less than a month, I thought it might be time to give you a list. There may be shows added to this (ones with later application times and deadlines) but here is the list to date. Click on the name to go to the event’s website. Click on the event location to see on a map.

This information is also kept up to date on my WHERE page and also on a map on my Etsy Local page.

Greenbelt Harvest Picnic

Greenbelt Harvest Picnic
August 29, 2015
11am-11pm
Christie Lake Conservation Area
1000 Highway #5 West
Dundas, ON


Danforth East Arts Fair

Danforth East Arts Fair
September 19 & 20, 2015
10am-5pm
East Lynn Park
1949 Danforth Avenue
Toronto, ON


Etsy: Made in Canada Day at MaRS Building in Toronto

Etsy: Made in Canada Day
September 26, 2015
10am-6pm
MaRS Building
101 College Street
Toronto, ON


Christmas HandMade Market

Christmas HandMade Market
November 13, 14, 15, 2015
check website for hours
Honsberger Estate
4060 Jordan Road
Jordan, ON


Make It! Show - Edmonton

Edmonton Make It! Show
November 26, 27, 28, 29, 2015
check website for hours
Edmonton Expo Centre (Hall H)
7515 – 118 Avenue
Edmonton, AB

Also, the 100 days of needle felted ornaments challenge (explained here with more here) continues (I’m on day 64) with some new ornaments and some repeats. I had to submit a photo to a couple of shows for marketing material so I asked people which were their favourites and they came up with the ones below. To see all of them to date, check the #100NFOrnaments hashtag on Instagram, or Twitter, or check my Facebook Page. I have not yet listed these on my lynnslids.com or my Etsy shop but I will. If you see something you like, you can always comment on an image, tweet me, or contact me and I will get back to you. Most are $17 with a few more complicated ones higher in price.

New website & new hats!

Well, it’s been a looooooong time coming, but I finally have my very own e-commerce site! Please check it out at www.lynnslids.com (or use the linked logo to the right)!

You may notice that I put a few items up there that are “sold out” – sorry about that. It’s being used to showcase my works for an application to a show, so I need as much of my work up there as possible, and want to make sure it gets found. However, you can order custom hats, tea cosies, or even ornaments at any time.

Next up: the Leslieville Flea. I’ll be back at the Fermenting Cellar for Sunday, January 18 and Sunday, February 22 (and possibly March, but some other plans may hinder that) 10am-4pm. I hope to bring at least 1 of each style that I currently make, so if you want to come and try on all of the styles, January 18, 10am-4pm at the Fermenting Cellar is the place to be! I will be including one that I’ve only made for a custom order (this is the custom order. I have yet to felt the one I’m bringing) which the customer described as a watch cap:

Lynn's Lids hand knit, felted wool watch cap

I will have a bowler, a flat brim, a couple of cloches, as well as the ever popular red bucket hat (this photo doesn’t do the gorgeous red any justice. Trust me, it’s a stunning scarlet/crimson. At some point I will get my husband to take a proper photo of one of these beauties.):

Lynn's Lids bucket hat in red

And I will have a couple of the rolled brim hats (that I showed you in the previous post) as well as a couple of baker boy hats… The list goes on. So, come by and get your lid warmer for these super chilly windy winter days! Remember the thick and dense felt is windproof!

Tomorrow I am off to St. Catharines for my needle felting class! I spent some time this week putting together kits for my learners:

… and putting together some wool packs since they tell me there’s nowhere near them to buy wool:

wool roving variety pack wool roving natural colours

That’s all for now. I’m hoping for a fellow artisan post or two before the flea, but we’ll have to see if people have time to do a little write-up on themselves.