Oh how quickly the weeks pass! Not that life wasn’t exciting before but between now and July, there is so much going on and I’m squirming with excitement for everything.
I’ve previously mentioned that this entire website is getting made over (by a professional designer and developer, not DIY :)). That was back in November when the project commenced. We are now 4 months in and it’s almost ready to launch in (cross your fingers) two weeks’ time!!! I’m sooooo excited!!! Please be sure to check back often because we are at the home stretch and the brand spanking new site will be unveiled really soon!
Next, there’s the One of a Kind Show in two weeks’ time as well. Everything is coming together and most of my anxiety has subsided and now I’m just overwhelmed with excitement! If you have not yet purchased your tickets, discounted ones are available here. I really hope you can make it out!
The MBA is almost done – also at the home stretch. There’s about a month left to go and then officially graduating from the program – that’s undoubtedly extremely exciting!!
Our honeymoon trip is half-booked. We are picking and choosing the most beautiful pockets in Iceland, France, and Italy, and I can’t wait to bring back THOUSANDS of new photographs. I feel like I’ve been so busy running the business side of things for the last 8 months that I haven’t been able to go out and take new photographs! But this 3-week trip is here to make up for all of it. I’ll get into the details of the trip in another post.
In essence, I’m still here and trying to blog at least once every two weeks. Here’s a piece for the beach bums that will be available at the One of a Kind Show! Be back again soon.
I thought I’d take some time to dedicate a proper blog post to the One of a Kind Show 2015 given how wonderful it truly is and of course, the amount of time, energy, and resources it is taking me to get ready for it as a first-time exhibitor. By virtue of these, it deserves more than just a few words!
For those who have never been to the One of a Kind Show 2015 or don’t know about it, it is considered the flagship destination to shop for handmade goods (with a level of exclusivity) and is the most established and attended show of its kind in North America. This is the destination to shop from hundreds of artisans, makers, and designers across the country and this Spring, from Wednesday, March 25th to Sunday, March 29th, at the Direct Energy Centre, I am honoured to be joining this fantastic community as an exhibitor. This is my first juried show (one that’s the size of a mammoth in my eyes) and I’m feeling mostly excited sprinkled with a little bit of edginess – emotions which are expected when taking on a big hairy project, of course.
What I love about the show is that it cultivates the skills, workmanship, and talents of artists across Canada. The values upon which the show is founded truly strikes a chord; they care about providing artists with a credible platform to present their unique and original crafts and to reach a special and sizable group of loyal consumers (over 60,000), who appreciate handmade goods like no other. As such, the show becomes an invaluable opportunity to take an artisan’s business to the next level.
I attended the Christmas show this past December and the most wonderful realization was that every dollar I spent on any given handmade item, albeit pricey at times, goes into a hardworking artisan’s pocket and allows them to continue pursuing their passion and creating beautiful things right in our own backyard. I remembered just how much I gawked at every shop, soaking in every detail, scanning products in sheer wonder, and deeply appreciative of the talent and creativity all around me.
Products (in order) by The Imagination Spot, Ed Colberg, Two Cent Sparrow, Fionna Hanna, Bookhou, Tanya Love, Stitch & Spoke, Little Bellwoods, Route 401
It’s less about greed, capitalism, and consumerism when our dollars aren’t simply going to millionaires and billionaires who often (not always) rely on questionable labour practices and inadequate wages to faceless workers in developing countries. After all, we can all head to a big box retailer and pick up something nice that’s likely made in China but there’s an air of magic and delight when it comes to supporting a Canadian artist-entrepreneur and giving a unique, handmade gift to a friend or loved one. This is more about embracing homegrown skill and talent than anything else and it is really no different than supporting local entrepreneurs and startups, although sadly, I realize that artisans aren’t often immediately seen as entrepreneurs – a false perception that must change!
My husband and I are truly so excited to be a part of the show this Spring and represent my nostalgic art (perfect for gifts and home décor) in the flesh. It is a big step for us to build this temporary storefront from virtually nothing! We’ve been very hard at work and this is easily one of the most resource-intensive commitments, yet we know it will be among the most rewarding. So, here’s a teeny-tiny peek into our journey thus far!
Between vision sketches, extensive research and planning, lists on top of more lists, legal contracts, packaging, transport logistics, inventory prep and production, booth design and development, turning Home Depot, IKEA, and Homesense into second homes and becoming a handywoman in the process, and a million other details and moving parts we’ve never known, we’re ecstatic about being on track while also certain there will be inevitable surprises!
I have to thank my most amazing, supportive, and patient husband for being my unfailing partner throughout this process. He is the best there is.
If you have not yet purchased your tickets for the One of a Kind Show 2015 in Toronto, you can absolutely do so through my exhibitor link right here and enjoy a little discount. If you do join the handmade fun, which I truly hope you do, please be sure to swing by and say hello! I’m at booth #A38! If you’d like to pre-browse my products, my Etsy Shop is always open! Enjoy and ciao for now!
We’re finally planning our long-awaited 3-week honeymoon and finalized our destinations last night:
ICELAND: Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon, Iceland Countryside
FRANCE: Paris, French Riviera, The Camargue for the gorgeous white horses, and Provence for the gorgeous lavender fields
ITALY: Tuscany, Cinque Terre
GREECE: Athens, Santorini, Meteora
I. CAN’T. WAIT.
And I need a new Canon L-series lens.
Still busy with a million things! Be back again soon.
I’m not doing well keeping up with the blog but I sure am trying. I might as well be proactive in making an honest announcement that the next 3 months is going to be EXTREMELY busy with a million things on the go, especially with preparing for the One of a Kind Spring Show. And so I will be able to update the blog once every two weeks at best right now, maybe longer! Forgive me!
I know it’s early, but if you’d like to join the fun at the show, do come visit! You can get discounted tickets through me right here. I would LOVE nothing more than to see/meet you. <3
Here is a new picture though. Newly listed at my Etsy shop.