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Artisan Spring Market 2017

This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the second event organized by Frizzles Artisan Markets. Although it was cold, it was still an amazing day!

YYC Beeswax at the Artisan Spring Market 2017
YYC Beeswax at the Artisan Spring Market 2017

It was a delight to debut 3 new products and a packaging update:

I think the new tealight packaging is a huge improvement! I absolutely love it!

Star Beeswax Tealights
Star Beeswax Tealights

I had the privilege of being placed between two amazing vendors – Soul Gardens and mixed media artist Karen Riley. It was Karen’s very first market!

Karen of Heartful Distractions at the Artisan Spring Market 2017
Karen of Heartful Distractions at the Artisan Spring Market 2017

I absolutely loved all of Karen’s pieces, so I left it up to her to share her favourite piece with us. Unfortunately, that one has a special place at her home, so we don’t get to see it. However, the next best is this amazing sculpture:

Sculpture by Heartful Distractions at the Artisan Spring Market 2017
Sculpture by Heartful Distractions at the Artisan Spring Market 2017

The picture just doesn’t do it justice! If you have an opportunity to see her art in person, don’t miss it!

I have to say her steampunk hearts really caught my eye. That said, it would have been extremely hard to choose just one piece as everything was so beautiful.

Thank you to Kayla for organizing another fantastic event, Soul Gardens and Karen for being amazing booth neighbours, and all the new and not-so-new faces at the market! I’m looking forward to being back in Inglewood for the night markets this summer and for the Winter Artisan Market. Our next market is the Makers of Alberta Spring Market in Airdrie. Hope to see you there!

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HHAC Craft Sale and Tea and Vivo 2016

Last weekend was our final market weekend of 2016. We were at both the Harvest Hills Alliance Church Craft Sale and Tea and the Vivo Craft and Gift Fair. Huge thanks to Loleini for her help at Vivo on Saturday!

The HHAC sale was unbelievable! I came early to set up so I would have time to check out the other booths before starting on Friday. I’m very glad I did! There was so much to see.

YYC Beeswax at HHAC Craft Sale and Tea 2016
YYC Beeswax at HHAC Craft Sale and Tea 2016

Once the sale was underway, I had a chance to chat with Dana of DSL Crafts, who had a table beside me.

DSL Crafts at HHAC Craft Sale and Tea 2016
DSL Crafts at HHAC Craft Sale and Tea 2016

Dana makes all of her fabric animals from repurposed fabric. They don’t have any plastic parts and the limbs are movable. Dana also makes crocheted creatures of which she had quite a selection. The pigs were popular and sold out in short order.

Pig by DSL Crafts
Pig by DSL Crafts

She also had chickens and snow people. I know someone who would love to get their hands on a set of the snow people! Dana is happy to do custom orders and can be contacted through her brand new Etsy shop.

In a slow spell, I made a few rolled beeswax trees. I think they are pretty cute!

Rolled Beeswax Trees
Rolled Beeswax Trees

Thank you to the organizers of both the HHAC Craft Sale and Tea and the Vivo Craft and Gift Fair. Special thanks to Loleini for helping out at Vivo on Saturday. Thank you as well to Dana for being a great booth neighbour. Huge thank you to everyone who came out to the event to support local! 

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2016 Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop

I love visiting greenhouses, especially in the winter. There’s just something about being among greenery in the depths of winter that is therapeutic for me. Last weekend, the Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop was held at Golden Acre Garden Sentre. I have to say, I did wander among the plants a bit on one of my bathroom breaks!

YYC Beeswax at Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop 2016
YYC Beeswax at Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop 2016

I was fortunate to be beside Maryrose and Gabriela who are the brains behind RED Paper Boutique.

Maryrose and Gabriela of RED Paper Boutique at Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop 2016
Maryrose and Gabriela of RED Paper Boutique at Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop 2016

These two lovely ladies are nurses as well as paper fiends. It was great to chat with both Maryrose and Gabriela throughout the day.

I happened to be in need of a card, so it was fortunate we were beside each other. They have a ton of amazing cards including great Christmas card options such as boxed sets. One of the favourites they picked out was this thank you card:

Thank You Card by RED Paper Boutique
Thank You Card by RED Paper Boutique

It’s been tealight mania at our booth this season. I just realized I haven’t shared any booth pictures! We have some great scented tealights including seasonal Mulled Wine and Christmas Memories (only available until Christmas). We also have some decorative tealights featuring gingerbread men and trees that are available until Christmas as well.

YYC Beeswax Tealights at Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop 2016
YYC Beeswax Tealights at Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop 2016

Lastly, our tealight sets with earrings have been going over quite well. How often do you see super heroes and minions merged?

YYC Beeswax Theme Tealights at Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop 2016
YYC Beeswax Theme Tealights at Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop 2016

Thank you to the fabulous organizers of the market. Huge thanks to Maryrose and Gabriela of RED Paper Boutique for being great booth neighbours. It was fantastic to reconnect with The Tea Wagon and Lamb’s Soapworks as well! Special thanks as always to everyone who came out to the market! I look forward to seeing you soon!

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2016 Bearspaw Christmas Market

This weekend, we were at two amazing shows – the Crazy4Crafts Bearspaw Christmas Market at RockPointe Church and the Etsy Calgary One-Stop Christmas Shop. This week, I’ll share some details on the Bearspaw market and next week will be all about Etsy!

I have to say, I had an amazing drive out to RockPointe Church on Saturday. It was clear and the mountain views were amazing! I had to pause for a moment to enjoy the view before setting everything up.

YYC Beeswax at Bearspaw Christmas Market 2016
YYC Beeswax at Bearspaw Christmas Market 2016

I was also fortunate to have a helper for the day. Alyssa was a huge help, and it was great to have her at the booth. I hope she’s able to make it out to other markets!

There were a ton of amazing vendors, and I was fortunate to be situated across from Anna at Woolly and Whimsical Wonders.

Anna of Woolly and Whimsical Wonders Bearspaw Christmas Market 2016
Anna of Woolly and Whimsical Wonders Bearspaw Christmas Market 2016

Anna spent the day creating between sales. It was fascinating to watch her at work. In between sales at my booth, I got to see the adorable penguins peeking over their box.

Adorable Penguin
Adorable penguin by Woolly and Whimsical Wonders at Bearspaw 2016

Thank you to the organizers for putting on such a great event. Thank you to Pebble and Bee for being fantastic neighbours and Woolly and Whimsical Wonders for sharing their fibre art. It was fabulous to reconnect with Kristi of Wire Expressions and Stephanie of Hillcrest Naturals. Special thanks to Alyssa for helping out and everyone who attended and stopped by our booth. Hope to see you again soon!

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Artisan Winter Market and Aspen Crossing Christmas Market 2016

This last weekend, we were at two shows! We headed out to Aspen Crossing for the annual Christmas market and also made an appearance at a brand new market in Inglewood.

The Artisan Winter Market was the first market hosted by Frizzle’s Artisan Markets.

YYC Beeswax at Artisan Winter Market 2016
YYC Beeswax at Artisan Winter Market 2016

Located at the Inglewood Community Hall, it was nice and central. It was great to see some of the vendors we’ve met before including Stitch Plus Stitch and Lil Shop of Fairies. Thank you to everyone who came out to support this brand new market! Thank you to Loleini for doing a great job at the booth as well!

The second event we were at this weekend was the Aspen Crossing Christmas Market.

YYC Beeswax at the Aspen Crossing Christmas Market 2016
YYC Beeswax at the Aspen Crossing Christmas Market 2016

There were two greenhouses full of vendors with something to fit everyone’s Christmas list. I had the opportunity to wander for a bit and crossed one gift off of my list! This colouring book was created by local artist Brenda Jean Campbell (check out an article about her here).

Canadiana Colouring Book by Brenda Jean Campbell
Canadiana Colouring Book by Brenda Jean Campbell

It features 16 beautiful pages showcasing Canada from coast to coast. There’s even a hidden mouse on every page. I’m really looking forward to giving this!

This market is also the first market our beeswax melts are available! It was exciting to finally share them!

Beeswax Melts
The first market with our brand new beeswax melts!

Huge thanks to Loleini for running our booth at the Artisan Winter Market on Saturday. Thank you to the organizers at both events. Special thanks to Kayla of Frizzle’s Antiques and More for all the hard work she put in to make the first Artisan Winter Market a resounding success. Thank you to everyone who came out to both markets to support local vendors. We’re looking forward to seeing you next weekend at the Crazy4Crafts Bearspaw Christmas Market and the Etsy One-Stop Christmas Shop.

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Etsy Foothills Holiday Market 2016

This weekend we were at the Etsy Foothills Holiday Market at the Elks Hall in Okotoks.

YYC Beeswax at Etsy Foothills Holiday Market 2016
YYC Beeswax at Etsy Foothills Holiday Market 2016

There were many great vendors once again including Corey from Baskin Boy Art.

Baskin Boy Art at Etsy Foothills Holiday Market 2016
Baskin Boy Art at Etsy Foothills Holiday Market 2016

Check out his selection of art prints and greeting cards online. You can also request custom work or a painting party!

Baskin Boy Art Greeting Cards at Etsy Foothills Holiday Market 2016
Baskin Boy Art Greeting Cards at Etsy Foothills Holiday Market 2016

Special thanks to the organizers of the event and everyone who came out to support local businesses!

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Celebrating Rosh Hashanah at JCC 2016

Over the summer, I was fortunate to connect with Shula. She is the Cultural Arts Manager at the Jewish Community Centre (JCC). In mid-September, she invited me to share some of my bee and honey knowledge with a group of young children at the JCC. It was a wonderful experience, and the children had a ton of knowledge already!  Fast forward a couple weeks and I was back again with my beeswax products in a mini market in the JCC foyer. How are these two disparate events related?

Rosh Hashanah

For the month preceding the mini market at JCC, I learned a lot about the Jewish New Year. It is also known as Rosh Hashanah. One important custom involves honey. To symbolize a sweet new year, apples are dipped in honey and eaten.

When I was at the JCC to share knowledge with the children, I brought a few different kinds of honey. Some were from my hives and some were from another beekeeper in BC. Honey differs in flavour and colour. It’s also interesting that honey preference changes in different areas. In some areas, light honey is favoured. However, other areas prefer dark honey. It’s quite fascinating!

At the mini market, a local beekeeper sold honey including cinnamon flavoured and creamed. Delightful! In honouring the Rosh Hashanah tradition, there were 70 apples cut up. Anyone interested in trying the honey could dip an apple slice. I had the privilege of helping children make rolled beeswax candles. Many took them home for their families and some planned to give them as gifts (or a mix of the two!). Shula had a station set up beside me honouring another tradition – greeting cards.

It is traditional to send and receive greeting cards for Rosh Hashanah. Shula put together some gorgeous cards featuring apples with a variety of add-ons. The table was busy all night with people of all ages. It was a pleasure to see them colouring, gluing, and taping away to make cards for their loved ones.

I had a wonderful time learning about the Rosh Hashanah traditions. It was a pleasure to pass on my knowledge to people of all ages. Thank you to Shula and the JCC for having me!

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Etsy Foothills: Made in Canada 2016

This weekend, I had the privilege to head out to Okotoks area once again to participate in the Etsy Foothills version of Made in Canada. It was a beautiful drive both ways – I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to see the beauty this province has to offer as I travel to different markets.

YYC Beeswax at Etsy Foothills: Made in Canada 2016
YYC Beeswax at Etsy Foothills: Made in Canada 2016

Last year’s Etsy market was very busy, and I didn’t have a chance to meet my booth neighbours; however, this year, I had time to connect with Kristi from Wire Expressions. She makes gorgeous wire jewelry, keychains, tea bag steeper clips, and more.

Wire Expressions at Etsy Foothills: Made in Canada 2016
Wire Expressions at Etsy Foothills: Made in Canada 2016

I think my favourite piece was her cards – they are so adorable! She also makes some beautiful tree of life pendants (she’s wearing one in this picture)

Kristi of Wire Expressions at Etsy Foothills: Made in Canada 2016
Kristi of Wire Expressions at Etsy Foothills: Made in Canada 2016

I also had some time to chat with Jennifer from Bird on a Barbed Wire. Her repurposed barnwood art is lovely, especially the snowmen (I happen to have a snowman lover in the family I’m considering buying for 🙂 ).

Thank you to the Etsy team for organizing a great market and to everyone who made it a great day! I look forward to returning for the Christmas market on November 12!

 

 

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Okotoks MarketSquare at ChiliFest 2016

This weekend saw us at the last of the Okotoks summer festivals – ChiliFest! I didn’t have an opportunity to try the chili, but I heard it was great!

YYC Beeswax at Okotoks MarketSquare ChiliFest 2016
YYC Beeswax at Okotoks MarketSquare ChiliFest 2016

This market, I’d like to introduce two new vendors I met. The first is one of my booth neighbours – Kelsey of Trove of Stones. Kelsey brought her unique selection of handmade jewelry including, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and more. My favourite part of her table was the decor. It was such a great fit with her beautiful work!

Kelsey of Trove of Stones at Okotoks MarketSquare ChiliFest 2016
Kelsey of Trove of Stones at Okotoks MarketSquare ChiliFest 2016

Kelsey is a fascinating person as well. She is starting a brand new adventure as program leader for Every Avenue Education Inc in October. Their goal is to help individuals learn in ways that work best for their brains. Enrollment is already open. Email Kelsey at everyavenue [at] hotmail [dot] com for more information. Opening date is October 1, 2016. All the best to her on her new venture! I’m sure it will be a resounding success.

The second vendor I met is someone I have been following on Instagram for awhile – Paterson’s Cabin.

Keri-Ann of Paterson's Cabin at Okotoks MarketSquare ChiliFest 2016
Keri-Ann of Paterson’s Cabin at Okotoks MarketSquare ChiliFest 2016

Their felted soaps are gorgeous online. They definitely do not disappoint in person either! Keri-Ann is the brains behind the operation, and it was fantastic to meet her. All her products are gluten free, so be sure to check them out, especially if you have a gluten sensitivity. One of my favourite pieces was this adorable felted bee soap (more designs available here):

Felted Bee Soap with Beeswax Sheet
Felted Bee Soap with Beeswax Sheet

Thank you to SkM Henna and Trove of Stones for being fabulous booth neightbours. I’d like to give kudos to the MarketSquare team for yet another great event. Big thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the day outdoors and support local in downtown Okotoks. I’m excited to return to Okotoks on September 24 for Etsy Foothills: Made in Canada!

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Brooks Medieval Faire 2016

This weekend, we were at the Brooks Medieval Faire for the second year, and it was awesome! How can you go wrong with jousting, hand-to-hand combat, mead, bagpipes, costumes, and, of course, all of the wares for sale? This weekend, we were fortunate to be between two great vendors – Tricked Sticks and Twilight Leather Goods.

YYC Beeswax at Brooks Medieval Faire 2016
YYC Beeswax at Brooks Medieval Faire 2016

Thanks to Phyllis for taking this picture of me with the booth too!

YYC Beeswax at Brooks Medieval Faire 2016
Photo courtesy Phyllis Stark

It was lovely to converse with Phyllis and Roy throughout the weekend. Phyllis was selling her Game of Runes, which is an easy-to-learn tile game and Roy is the carving and painting master of Tricked Sticks.

Roy and Phyllis at Brooks Medieval Faire 2016
Roy of Tricked Sticks and Phyllis of Game of Runes

And here’s a picture of Roy and I too!

Roy and Lisa at Brooks Medieval Faire 2016
Roy MacGregor of Tricked Sticks and Lisa Graham of YYC Beeswax at the Brooks Medieval Faire 2016.

Roy does beautiful wood carving and painting to make spoons, whistles, pipes, and more.

Tricked Sticks at Brooks Medieval Faire 2016
Hand carved and painted spoons, whistles, and pipes by Tricked Sticks.

I especially loved the carved handles of his brooms. The brooms are created by North Woven Broom and carved/painted by Roy. Interestingly, brooms from North Woven Broom can be found in movies/television shows and also as props for stage productions. They even worked with Raincoast Books to produce brooms to market two Harry Potter books!

Tricked Sticks at Brooks Medieval Faire 2016
North Woven Brooms beautiful broomsticks carved and painted by Tricked Sticks

Continuing with the Harry Potter theme, check out the beautiful wands Roy makes (including wand cases!)

Tricked Sticks at Brooks Medieval Faire 2016
Wands made by Tricked Sticks at Brooks Medieval Faire 2016.

On the other side of our booth, I admired the tent Twilight Leather Goods had. It was very theme appropriate for the weekend and was quite toasty for the cool, rainy start we had to Sunday morning! Wayne brought a collection of drinking horns and leather goods that were quite popular.

It is always a pleasure to reconnect with people I’ve met from previous markets, and it was great to see Porter Custom, Pixie Glassworks, and Teresa Wyss Pottery again.

Huge thank you to the organizers of the Brooks Medieval Faire for another fabulous event as well as Tricked Sticks and Twilight Leather Goods for being awesome booth neighbours! I can’t wait to be back next year!