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:
That was a few weeks before the big move. After moving, my next show was in Owen Sound, where I enjoyed my first Summerfolk!
A few of my artisan sisters earlier today at Cabbagetown! #Repost @bijouxbead with @repostapp ・・・ Craft show friends, from left to right, @lynnslids @northernsmittens @bijouxbead @redthread . They are all holding me up because this is the final day of ten craft shows in a row with just one weekend off in the middle. Devorah looks tall because she is wearing fabulous fall boots! #friendsforever #supportnetwork #artisans
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)!
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!
I have been working hard making ornaments this week for #etsymadeincanada #kingston this Saturday! Just a few more to go, but there will be robins, blue jays, cardinals, barn owls, penguins, hens, foxes, polar bears, piglets, Santas, a frog, and there was a special request for snowmen, so I've got a few of those too! #needlefelting #ornaments #ygk
For now, that’s the update. Next post I will let you know what’s coming up in October-December!