I LOVE going out to Millarville for the farmers’ market. It’s a beautiful location, the vendors are lovely, and it’s very well organized. Not only that, the shoppers are delightful people too!
Each week, it’s a pleasure to catch up with regular vendors. That said, it’s also wonderful to meet new vendors! This often happens during special event weekends. For Fair Weekend, I was fortunate to find myself beside the delightful Clare and Pam from The Cookie Cupboard.
Clare and Pam make delicious baked goods, especially the raspberry shortbread. I ate mine long before it crossed my mind to take a picture, so here is a picture courtesy The Cookie Cupboard!
For the summer, they also made very clever watermelon crisp rice squares. Watch for their special holiday themed squares coming out later this year! I know I can’t wait to see them!
We’re back into the swing of market season and we’re so excited about our lineup this summer. We’re at Millarville Farmers’ Market, Stephen Ave, and Calgary Stampede Maker Market to name a few! We were very excited to be part of the inaugural Etsy: Made in Canada Spring market this year.
I love meeting new makers and was fortunate to be beside Nastasha of Nastasha Designs. She makes absolutely gorgeous watercolour flowers. They are available as prints (ready to frame or framed) and greeting cards. This market was one of her first markets ever! Before returning to her art, Nastasha did quite a bit of travelling through school and work. I enjoyed her stories throughout the day!
When I asked her about her favourite piece, Nastasha picked this lovely pink flower (buy it as a print or a card).
Did you know her flower designs are inspired by her daughter?
My daughter is the inspiration behind the flowers, she has brought so much love and beauty even if she’s little firecracker full of energy. The abstract flowers are a representation of our life now, blurry from the lack of sleep, time, energy but still incredibly beautiful. It’s nice to come back to my root after spending most of my 20’s traveling and working in the corporate world.
What a great inspiration! I had a hard time choosing which design I liked best and ended up buying a mixed package of cards. One can never have too many blank cards on hand just in case!
Huge thanks to our lovely organizers for putting on yet another fantastic event (learn more about Jillian and Lindy here)! Thank you to Nastasha for being such a great booth neighbour. Special thanks to everyone who came out to support the local talent. We couldn’t have a successful day without you!
I can’t believe it’s time to start markets already! It feels like winter doesn’t want to end this year. Our first market of the season was the Downtown Valentine Market organized by Delisle Marketing at Gulf Canada Square. Aside from a couple small markets in January in years past, this has been our earliest market to date.
We had a fun day providing shoppers with unique gifts just in time for Valentine’s Day. I was fortunate to have a table beside Laula Handmade. Catherine and Nicole make beautiful knit and woven products.
When I asked what their current favourites were, Catherine chose their pom pom toques.
Nicole’s selection was a gorgeous scarf they displayed on their mannequin all day (except when it was being worn in this picture or tried on!).
I couldn’t resist using them as models 🙂
There were two items that caught my eye on their table – the woven scarves and wooden buttons.
We had a fun day downtown and I’m looking forward to the next market. Thank you to Laula Handmade for being great booth neighbours. Thanks to Delisle Marketing for putting on the event. Huge thanks to everyone who came out to support us.
I bought two of Melaine’s beautiful cards – a snowman and an angel. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture! I mailed them off too quickly. That said, the recipients loved them! I’m sure these two designs will be back in stock for the holidays this year.
Thanks to Lia and Brie for being such a great booth neighbour. Huge thanks to Candace of Curated for putting together FOUR weeks of awesome at Deerfoot City. Special thanks to everyone who came out to support the local makers this holiday season!
It was a pleasure to return for another market organized by Frizzle’s Artisan Markets. Kayla always does such a wonderful job!
I was delighted to meet Kate from Sweet As Candy at this market. Her products are so fun!
Kate’s goal is to share her love for all things sparkly and bright (with a unicorn or two thrown in). Her favourite product of the day was the Over the Rainbow Foaming Sugar Scrub. Today’s scent was lemon sugar cookie. Mmmmm. Her love for fun definitely comes through on this one with the mix of vibrant colours.
I have a snowman lover in my family, so her Snowman Bombs caught my eye. So simple and adorable! The only problem is they are too cute to use!
Huge thanks to Frizzle’s Artisan Markets for organizing this event. It was a pleasure as always. Thank you to Sweet As Candy for having such a fun display to look at all day! Special thanks to everyone who came out to shop. Your support means so much!
It was a bit of a crazy start to our holiday season due to the weather! Our first holiday market was Make It! Calgary. There were so many vendors!
One of the reasons I love the holiday season so much is because I get to decorate my setup! As a growing one person operation, November and December present a huge challenge. There are orders, markets, customer service, social media, and so many other things to do! Plus, my music life is usually quite busy too! For the last two years, I haven’t had a chance to decorate my house. Instead, my display gives me the opportunity to have some holiday decorating fun. This year, I added some snowflake lights, which I absolutely LOVE!
Greg makes stunning shelves, tables, and food safe platters from deadfall aspen. He finds all the wood himself in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Beautiful slabs of slate complement the wood.
This shelf was one of Greg’s favourites and it sold over the weekend!
This small freestanding piece kept drawing my attention throughout the weekend. I love the colours!
My small living space must reflect what I’m attracted to because this small shelf also caught my eye! These cinnamon stick candles debuted this weekend and I didn’t have a picture of them yet. Greg’s shelf was a perfect platform to showcase both beautiful pieces of work!
Thank you to the organizers of Make It! Calgary for all the work they put into the event. Huge thanks to Greg of Aspen Stone for the great conversations throughout the weekend and being a great across-the-aisle neighbour! Thanks also to everyone who came out to support the artisans. We couldn’t have events like this without you!
Once everything was set up, it was a pleasure to meet my booth neighbour Cornelia from StarSeeds of Grace. Not only does she make beautiful jewellery, she is also an energy healer.
Cornelia’s work is absolutely stunning. She works with copper and silver in sacred geometries. She also integrates crystalline energy with crystals, minerals, and meteorites.
When I asked her which piece was her current favourite, she picked this white beauty.
One of my favourite pieces was a black pearl pendant, which I forgot to take a picture of :'( I ended up buying one of her beautiful halos though.
Thank you to the organizers of The New Earth Expo. Thanks to Cornelia of StarSeeds of Grace for being such a wonderful booth neighbour. Huge thanks to everyone who came out to support all of us at the expo. Look forward to seeing you again next year!
It’s always a pleasure to be part of Etsy Calgary events and this time was no different! They are well organized and I know there are going to be amazing people there.
I enjoyed catching up with the vendors I already knew and meeting new ones. One of the new people I met is Jenny from Hop & Flop.
From art to put on your wall to calendars and cards, Jenny hand paints each design. She started out by creating custom illustrated cards for friends and family. The reactions from friends and family were positive. Jenny decided she needed to share her talents with the world. I’m so glad she did!
When I asked her what her current favourite product is, she picked this wall calendar. Adorable!
As I was looking through all her cute cards and canvasses, I spotted this bee canvas and had to share it.
Thank you to the organizers at Etsy Calgary for putting on yet another wonderful event. How can you go wrong with a fun environment and great people? Thank you to Hop & Flop and Emm and Skootch for being great booth neighbours. Huge thanks to everyone who came out to support the local artisans.
Do you love supporting local? We do! We were delighted to help support both Curated and Rosso in a pop up. Rosso is celebrating 10 years in business and Curated is getting ready for the holiday market season (already!).
I have never been to this Rosso location and absolutely LOVED the building and the space we were in for the day. The weather was gorgeous, and we had a pleasurable day out in the sun despite the wasps.
I had the pleasure of having a space beside Jacqui from Revive Leatherworks for the day. Jacqui is a self-taught seamstress. She makes beautiful, functional leather bags out of old leather garments and upholstery. I love the story behind her work!
Each piece Jacqui makes is unique and it’s hard to pick a favourite. That said, this piece is one of Jacqui’s favourites.
I had a hard time picking a favourite, but this one caught my eye. According to Jacqui, it gets a lot of attention!
Thank you to Jacqui for being a wonderful booth neighbour for the day. I am looking forward to seeing her again at the Curated Christmas markets. There are FOUR weekends of handmade awesomeness at Deerfoot City this fall. There’s no excuse to miss it 😉 We’ll be there the weekends of December 1 and December 15. Thank you to Candace from Curated for organizing this pop up. Congratulations to Rosso on ten years in business! Thank you to everyone who came out to support all the local businesses as well.
Calgary is a great community to start a business. Since starting YYC Beeswax, I have felt welcomed by local businesses and business owners. I am fortunate to learn from many of the amazing people here. I’m also glad I can give back by supporting those who are starting their journeys.
When I first heard of the Made in Calgary Spot the Dot campaign, I was intrigued. If you haven’t heard of it yet, look for the red dots around town. Businesses put a red Made in Calgary sticker in their windows to help shoppers shop local. It’s a great idea, and I love looking for the red dots when I’m out and about.
Last Christmas, I contributed to the Made in Calgary campaign supporting the EvenStart Foundation. EvenStart provides support for young children in at-risk environments. Their goal is to provide the means for these children to realize their full potential. We had fun raising funds to support this great cause!
The fun continued with Made in Calgary as they launched Bootkik, which includes the new podcast. The podcast features wise words from local business owners in Calgary. I enjoy listening in each week. It’s great to learn about other local businesses and take a few nuggets away to help me build YYC Beeswax.
In July this year, Made in Calgary ran a pop up shop at the Calgary International Airport. I was fortunate to be one of the 22 businesses participating in this unprecedented event. I spent a few hours running the counter at the shop. It was a ton of fun chatting with travelers before they went through security. Although we were in the domestic terminal, people from around the world were stopping by.
Huge thanks to Made in Calgary team for organizing this! It was no walk in the park to organize, and I loved being part of the adventure.
Thank you once more for all you do Made in Calgary! I can’t wait to work together again!
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