Well this post is a bit later than I intended, but I there ya go. I seemed to hit the ground running after the Got Craft? show, catching up on work, life and, well, cleaning my workspace!
I had an amazing time at Got Craft? and met so many lovely people. It was a fantastic show as per usual – the lotus events duo always do a stellar job. This time they had their work cut out for them a bit more than usual with the last-minute venue change. They rose to the occasion and found a great venue (Templeton Secondary – yep, we all went back to high school!) and it was a great turn-out!
I always seem to debut new products at Got Craft, last holiday show was the first time I sold my mason jar candles (which sold out the first day!) and this spring I tried out some small coloured mason jar candles, along with some vintage/reclaimed crystal and glassware candles.
I’m really excited about the great response I received to both of them and will definitely be making more for upcoming shows.
coloured mason jar candles
vintage/reclaimed glassware candles
Also, I can’t wait to take part in the mini Got Craft? at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire!
Check out the upcoming events page for more info!
Well, what a fun weekend!
I cannot say enough good things about this past weekend at the Make It! show.
It was fantastic to be surrounded by so many talented and passionate crafters, designers and artists. I had a ton of fun and met so many wonderful people. As always, Jenna and Chandler did an awesome job organizing everything and everyone I saw – both visitors and vendors – was smiling all weekend.
I was busy all weekend and didn’t get a chance to take many pictures, so unfortunately these few iPhone snaps will have to suffice.
But before we get to those – I’d like to send a huge hello and high-fives to some of the other vendors I met this weekend:
My lovely neighbours Jill at Bees Wax Works and Madeline and Laurent at Arbutus Candle Company (needless to say, our section smelled amazing!)
Anita and her awesome knit goods (definitely wishing I had made it over to get one!) at Make More Happy, Marlene (who shares my love of vintage books and ephemera) at Quotes & Notes, Jen at Jen Ellis Designs and Lana from Lana Betty who are both also going to be at Got Craft? this coming weekend!
I chatted with and met more vendors than that, but for the sake of actually posting this, I have to unfortunately leave it there.
Also big hugs to old friends Kat from Foe and Dear, Sarah from Sarah Mulder Jewelry, Kellie from The Rice Babies, Kari from Belvedere and Christi from Bueno Style!
Whew! Well it’s been a busy, busy past few weeks!
I was recently asked to take part in the Dunbar Craft Fair, and even though I only had three weeks to prepare I jumped at the chance.
I have taken part in a few of the Got Craft shows in the past with Barefoot Contessa and always had a great time , but have never done a show on my own. So like I said, it was a busy, busy three weeks leading up to the fair making stock and getting my displays ready… But it all came together and I had a wonderful time and was thrilled with how the day went.
I was also fortunate to have the greatest table neighbours – Christine, with her adorable line fieldtrip, and her husband Stephen were just the nicest and Sylvie with her line Blackbarn Ink was so lovely as well. I highly recommend you check out both their lines – such talented ladies! I also met a ton of wonderful people who attended the show – it was great to see so many of the items I worked hard to make go to good homes.
Unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to take any pictures with my fancy camera, but thank goodness for my fancy phone. Here are a few pictures I managed to snap in between rushes.
A HUGE thank you goes to everyone who came out to the show and to my fantastic family and friends for all their support!
July has been both a fantastic and very busy month.
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to blog as often as I’d hoped… but I did manage to squeeze in a lot of fun. I’m happy to say that although I have ended up working more than I’d originally hoped, I have definitely been enjoying the summer sunshine! Here are a few snippets from my July…
I did some Canada Day baking – yum!
I went to the beach… a lot. I’ve become quite the beach bum this year and I have to say, I love it! I feel so fortunate to live close to the ocean, and this is one year where I won’t regret not getting down to the beach more often come September.
I wore some cute things…
I had some yummy drinks…
And of course, admired some pretty flowers…
(all these photos are from my instagram account – you can follow me @laurenjrw and @hellolittlewren)
This past weekend all of us in Vancouver were treated to our first real taste of summer, and it was, without a doubt, absolutely wonderful.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Vancouver, it rains a lot here. And I mean a lot. Fall is grey and rainy. Winter is grey, rainy and sometimes snowy. And spring? Well it’s rainy too. Although we’re fortunate enough to be surrounded by vast amounts of natural beauty, if you add enough rain and grey and grossness it’s enough to drive anyone crazy. However, summer is when Vancouver really shines (no pun intended).
Summer in Vancouver is what makes enduring months of rain and the astronomical rents all worthwhile. The beach, the mountains, the parks, the seawall… every summer I fall in love with my city all over again.
I experienced this overwhelming sense of gratitude and city love this weekend. Here are a few instagram pictures I snapped during a walk along the seawall in False Creek. Can you see why I love it?
I also did something this weekend that I very rarely do – I spent a bit of time relaxing. Yes, it’s true, although it’s a bit of a foreign concept to me, I actually relaxed… and it was amazing! Subsequently I started thinking about why it had been so long since I actually took a break to relax and recharge… and how every year without fail I’m filled with regret by the time September rolls around that I haven’t really enjoyed the summer as much as I could have.
Not this year friends.
This year I pledge to take time to enjoy the summer. Expect many more pictures of local (and not so local) scenery, craft projects, new products, yummy treats and fancy drinks.
relaxing in the backyard with a book and glass of wine