Thursday, July 22, 2010

Aqua Books Crafty Minions: The Handmade & Vintage Sale

I was reading up on my blogs that I follow.  Since I have been away there was a lot to read.  ;)  I read on Winnipeg Etsy Street Team about a craft sale at Aqua Books next month.  Instead of writing it up again myself I am taking the lazy way by quoting their entire piece on it.  I hope you don't mind.  I have a huge mess to clean up here after having some demolition at my house today.  Good grief!  Here is the note by Just For Goods about the Sale:

"In case you haven't heard yet, Aqua Books is organizing a very cool craft show scheduled to take place from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on August 14. A number of us have already been invited and booked our tables, but it looks like there is still room, so please do get in touch with Kelly ( // 943-7555)  if you want to be involved.

The following information was snatched from the Facebook event page:

Not satisfied with merely taking on the worlds of literature, theatre, film, storytelling, and the world-famous Kelly Hughes Live! talk show, Aqua Books proudly announces our first foray into the wild and wonderful world of local handmade DIY craft.

Crafty Minions: The Handmade and Vintage sale will run at Aqua Books on Saturday, August 14, from 11:00am – 5:00pm. Admission is free.

Featuring Winnipeg's hottest established and emerging crafty superstars such as Dizzy Dame, Marathon 1981, Echo Creations, Just the Goods, Head in the Oven Creations, and more, all peddling their wares, this is a sale not to be missed. Banish all thoughts of rows and rows of crocheted slippers or washcloths or ponybead keychains...think, instead, vintage-inspired handmade dresses, leather and ribbon wrist corsets, funky jewelery made of vintage silverware, tiny ceramic apartment buildings and octopus tentacles, retro aprons hand-embroidered with sassy 80s pop lyrics, handmade natural skincare luxuries, wall-art created from bass strings and recycled children's books, silk-screened courier bags and babywear, weird and wonderful stuffed animal-ish creations of all sorts, and much more. This is the new world of gorgeous guerilla DIY craft, right here at Aqua Books.

It's never too early to begin your holiday shopping, it's never the wrong time to pick up something completely unique and beautiful for yourself, and it's always the right time to support local artisans and crafters, and maybe even become inspired yourself. 

The "at-a-glance" deetz are as follows:

   Saturday, August 14, 2010
   11:00am - 5:00pm
   Aqua Books
   274 Garry Street
  Winnipeg, MB

It's going to  be a really fun day! Not only can you get your craft shoppin' on, but score tons of amazing books and magazines and eat at the very yummy Eat! Bistro. I know I'm excited.... whoooo! And, from the sounds of it, this might be the first of many future craft events. Kickin'!"

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Winnipeg's Eco Craft Collective Shop

Ruth from PeriwinkleDzyns has passed on to me a little information about a new local artisan shop that I had missed.  It actually opened in June but I was on holidays for the last 3 weeks.  The shop is called Winnipeg's Eco Craft Collective located at 531 Osborne St (South End).  I haven't visited it yet so I have cut some information about the Collective, from Jody of Mozy Rue who is the visionary behind this new shop:

"Taking over a former art gallery space in Winnipeg’s funky South Osborne neighbourhood, the Mozy Rue EcoCollective opened its doors to the public on Tuesday, June 13th. The collective itself is made up of several members of Winnipeg’s art and craft community, who met through local craft shows and Etsy street-team events. The collection of handmade goods on the shelves will be constantly changing and evolving (much like the people who make them), which will give shoppers a completely new shopping experience with every visit. Organized into little “boutiques” within the bright, open space, customers can browse for everything from jewelry to furniture and, believe me, everything in between. The only commonality (besides their inherent coolness, of course) is that all items are handmade and “eco-friendly” in some way, either created from new, natural, sustainable materials, or upcycled/recycled/repurposed from discarded items. This is just a small sampling of the many members and consigners at the shop, but it should give you a taste of what we’re all about."

The Eco Craft Collective includes the following artisans and not limited to:
I will post more on the shop once I hear back from Jody or visit the place myself.

Photos are all taken from the above artisan's sites so make sure to not steal them.  ;)


Everything is Ticketyboo!

Kiddlebug Designs

Periwinkle Dzyns


Mozy Rue

Winnipeg's Eco Craft Collective Shop