Thursday, February 24, 2011

Rosenort's Muddy River Market Place

Once again Rosenort will be holding the Muddy River Marketplace as part of the Rosenort Summer Festival, happening this year on August 26th-28th.  They are calling out for any crafters and home business makers to become a part of the Marketplace.  More info can be found on our website:

This is a bit on their market from their website:

"We are very excited to be holding the third annual Muddy River Marketplace this year!  After last year’s rain out, we are hoping that we’ve learned a few things to make the Marketplace even better for 2011! 
The Muddy River Marketplace will be open during the Festival on Saturday, from 10:00am until 4:00pm.   We expect a great turn out, so if you have some wares you’d like to share, please come and join us.  We are looking for all types of items, including baking, sewing, crafts, cards, gift items, home business products, garden produce, canned goods, books, etc.  So make your Christmas list (or just bring your wallet) and come browse the Marketplace!"

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Crafty Minions: The Handmade and Vintage Sale Returns

I am taking the easy way out and cutting and pasting from their Facebook page.  Just go and you will have lots of fun and see lots of great stuff.  :)

"Crafty Minions: The Handmade and Vintage sale will run at Aqua Books on Saturday, March 12, from 11:00am – 5:00pm. Admission is free.

Featuring Winnipeg's hottest established and emerging crafty superstars such as Sew Dandee, Papertrail Craft Co., Of Course You Can, Whipped Cosmetics, Mrs. Glockenheimen, 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.

This shindig will be the biggest yet. Our talented sellers will include:

- Head in the Oven
- Marathon 1981 

- Lady Tees
- Just the Goods
- Julrei
- Midkid
- Papertrail Craft Co.
- Mrs. Glockenheimen
- Urban Peasant
- Swai Design
- Sew Dandee
- Dizzie Dame
- Cloverdale Forge
- Kaleigh Quinn
- Boomerang 360
- Dana Kletke
- Blackbird Bazaar
- Of Course You Can
- Echo Creations
- Fancy Glass Vintage
- House Fires
- Zenbecca
- Whipped Cosmetics
and more!"

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Local Upcycler Is Heading To Toronto's One of a Kind Show

Lisa of lisalesa is a self taught artist and upcyclist.  She is bringing new life to vintage finds has been accepted to the One of a Kind Show in Toronto March 31 - April 3, 2011.  I have previously posted about her upcycled graffiti pumps, purses, bags, and totes as well as her upcycled lighting fixtures.  It is a very big deal for this Winnipeg Artisan to be chosen for this event and is fundraising to cover much of the costs.  There will be an anticipated 200,000 people in attendance over the 4 days of the show and this is an awesome opportunity to spread the Manitoba Homemade word!  If you would like to support her in this venture she is happily excepting donations here:

This is the press release of her wonderful and exciting news:

"lisalesa takes thrift store drab and applies a variety of found and saved materials to create unique upcycled styles. lisalesa designs are whimsical, kooky and chic and are all truly unique. From one of a kind graffiti designed pumps to upcycled 2nd hand purses, bags and totes, lisalesa mashes thrift store shabby into sustainable high style.

Her passion is for thrift store garage and yard sale lighting finds.

After years of fine tuning her skills of finding vintage treasures at yard sales, thrift stores and beyond to then resell on EBay, Lisa decided to take a giant leap to bring new life to chandeliers, fixtures, lamps and more, all thrift store upgrades, and all using re-purposed materials to make lisalesa truly eco-minded.  With impeccable skill, lisalesa creates handcrafted designs, inspired by everything from her favorite Japanese restaurant, Paris in the spring or the colors of the Aegean Sea, lisalesa designs are an invitation to “bust out of the sameness”.  Specializing in custom pieces, you can either provide your chandelier, shoes or purse for her to work her magic on or let her pick out a “canvas” for you.

Lisa has been accepted to The One of a Kind Show in Toronto in March 31, 2011 She is an avid Blogger and writes to raise awareness of Child and Adolescent Anxiety. As a sufferer herself, Lisa has watched as 4 of her 5 daughters battle with, depression, anxiety and eating disorders over the past 5 years. They are the principal reason she started, her home grown design business.

To see more of lisalesa’s work and to learn more about her very touching and inspiring story contact lisa at or her Etsy shop at"

Lisa will have to take lots of pictures and fill us in on the show when she gets back.  Again, if you can help her out just a little to afford the thousands of dollars you can do it online.  Have a peak at her website, blog or Etsy shop to see her awesome upcycled fashions! We wish you luck in Toronto Lisa!!!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Of Course You Can!

I loved Of Course You Can's mix of upcycled goodies.  I think it is fabulous that they have more than one price for the same item depending on what you can afford or think it is below you will read that they are also interested in barters too.  :)  Old world ideas with a new world charm.  I LOVE their rag rugs and may be buying one for my sewing room once it is ready to decorate.

Note from their Etsy Site:
"Celeste and Dandy are folks who pretty much just make awesome stuff all the time. Between the two of us we do screenprinting, film photography, illustration and painting, graphic design, clothing design, bookbinding, rugmaking, knitting and crochet, as well as a smattering of other random things.

When we're not making art and crafts we're usually volunteering at the local bike co-op, the local radical library, at food not bombs, or making music. Dandy works at an art-focussed drop in center for inner city youth. Celeste plays accordion on street corners.

We also do craft fairs, zine fairs, bookfairs, and farmers markets and have done them in Halifax, Montreal, Victoria and Portland Oregon.

We're also big into the idea of barter.  If you like something we've made, and want to trade us something you've made for it, get in touch!"

Chocolatier Constance Popp's Relationship Series

Here is a favourite of my friend Sandi.  Constance Popp Valentine's Day Chocolates look beautiful.

"Join us with our newly developed Relationship Series Chocolates this Valentines… at the Valentine for You event on Feb 7th at Kenaston Wine Market.
Why not try our:  Puppy Love truffle with honey and cinnamon in milk chocolate or our Drowning-In-Sorrow dark chocolate with blueberries and vodka…  Or our L’amour white chocolate truffle with raspberries and white rum….  Or The Mistress dark chocolate with allspice and Jamaican rum and sealed with a kiss! And what’s a relationship without Love Potion #9 with rose hips and passion fruit!  Wouldn’t you be the Perfect Pair in pear-shaped white chocolates with pear jelly and yes,  pepper!
And of course we have our Lavender Hearts and our big bulbous, infamous creamy Caramel Hearts!
New this Year: Chocolatier Constance Popp’s “Relationship Series” chocolates! Featured here: The Mistress with Allspice and Jamaican Rum in Dark Chocolate sealed with a kiss! And the Lovely Puppy Love with Honey and Cinnamon in Milk Chocolate complete with a Cinnamon Heart!"

Chocolatier Constance Popp
1853 Portage Avenue

Monday, February 7, 2011

Upcoming Features Are.......

Yey!  I cleaned out the pantry and found my tin of cards from the December craft sales I visited.  I found a few cards here and there last month but I knew I had a bunch somewhere.   Some were old favourites of mine and here are some of the new ones that I have not written about: - upcycled rugs - web & print design - personal fabricators - fibre art (I have written about but she has some new things.) - photography
Prairie Girl Pottery
Heike Eidse - Rags & Regalia
My Clementine
Tara Lee Garcia - Wine Bottle Glasses
Crochet Design - crochet accessories
A Yarn Lover
Fille Crocheteuse - crochet accessories
Elli & Olli Quilts & - artist & photographer - photography

Decadence Chocolates' Valentine's Day Treats

I think it is time to talk about local Valentine's Treats.  There are many local chocolatiers so their is no reason to choose the Pot of Gold this year for your honey.  :)  I just got this from Decadence Chocolates:
"Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.  Show that special someone how much they mean to you with a box of handmade Belgian Chocolates from Decadence Chocolates.  Free delivery on phone or email orders over $25 within the City of Winnipeg limits – or stop in at Chocolate Zen Bakery, 553 Osborne Street!

Along with our original flavour selections, we have added Harissa Spice (Moroccan spice mix in a moulded white chocolate) as well as our special Valentine’s selections which include: 
Red heart        cinnamon & chili moulded in a white chocolate
Red heart          raspberry truffle moulded in dark chocolate
Red heart        macadamia nut moulded in a white chocolate
Your favourite selections can be custom packaged in a 5 or 12 piece box or our Valentine’s heart box (9 piece) pictured below.  These flavours are sure to please!  Happy Valentine’s Day!"

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Assiniboia Downs Craft Sale This Weekend

I just got a note about this sale so it is just a tad late but if you are looking for craft or other good things pop in today or tomorrow.

"It is a fundraiser for Manitoba Riding For The Disabled Association MRDA and is being held at the Assinioboia Downs 3975 Portage Avenue. Times are Saturday Feb 5th 9am - 4pm, Sunday Feb 6th 10 am - 3pm."

Friday, February 4, 2011

Winnipeg Workshops on Facebook

Hi Everyone.   There is a fairly new Facebook group called Winnipeg Workshops and it is a great resource for looking for workshops for all sorts of stuff.  In the past I have looked to the Leisure Guide to find classes to take but the classes fill up fast and the selection is pretty slim.  Winnipeg Workshops features workshops an anything and they are open for new classes anytime.  Have a peak and see if anything floats your boat or if you have a talent that you would like to share with the world perhaps hosting a workshop would be a good idea.!/pages/Winnipeg-Workshops/124440820958967

Here are some current workshops listed on their site:

Film and video production workshops by Freeze Frame
Thursday, March 3 at 6:00pm - March 12 at 9:00pm
Portage Place

"Seedy Saturday" gardening workshops
Saturday, February 19 · 10:00am - 3:00pm
Canadian Mennonite University SOUTH Campus
500 Shaftesbury

How to Adjust of Create a Knitting Pattern
Sunday, February 6 · 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Wolseley Wool
162 Lipton Street

Shibori Dye Workshop with Kelly Ruth 
Saturday, February 19 · 1:00pm - 4:00pm
125 Adelaide Street, 2nd floor 

Colour Wheel & Beyond (Colour Theory) with Indra Skuja-Grislis
Saturday, March 12 at 12:30pm - March 13 at 4:30pm
125 Adelaide street, 2nd floor 

Needlefelting Workshop
Saturday, February 19 · 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Manitoba Crafts Museum & Library
1B-183 Kennedy St

Printing on Fabric
Sunday, February 27 at 12:00pm - March 6 at 5:00pm
Martha Street Studio
11 Martha Street

Embroidery in 3D!
Sunday, February 27 · 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Dalnavert Museum & Visitors' Centre
61 Carlton St 
943 2835

Forever Flowers: a watercolour workshop
Saturday, February 26 · 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dalnavert Museum & Visitors' Centre
61 Carlton St 
943 2835

Make Your Own Love Monster at Sew Dandee!
Tuesday, February 8 at 6:00pm & February 23 at 8:00pm
Sew Dandee
105 Osborne St

SEW FREE monthly meeting
Tuesday, February 15 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Estudio Luna

Jewelry making class
Sunday, February 6 · 1:00pm - 4:00pm
shakti 194 B Osborne St
415 3338

Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket Knitting Class
Monday, February 7 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wolseley Wool
162 Lipton Street

Learn to Knit Entrelac with Julia
Wednesday, February 9 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesdays Feb 9, 16, 23 & Mar 2
Wolseley Wool
162 Lipton Street

Learn to Needle Felt a Leprechaun wtih Jolene
Saturday, February 12 · 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Dates: Feb 12, 19, 26, Mar 5, Saturdays
Wolseley Wool
162 Lipton Street
Monster Magic Loop Knitting with Odessa
Sunday, February 13 · 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Dates - February 13 & 20
Wolseley Wool
162 Lipton Street

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tea Buds & Blossoms is Educating The Prairies One Cup of Tea At A Time

Jasmine Dragon Tears Green Tea
A reader emailed me about a local tea company that they love.  Tea Buds & Blossoms has an amazing selection of tea: chai, traditional favourites, green, rooibos, herb & fruit teas, black, oolong, and traditional drinking herbs.  Have a peak at the unusual and amazing selection they carry on their website and read below their little bio on Tea Buds & Blossoms.  

"The passion for enjoying a good cup of tea was the driving force behind the beginnings of Tea Buds and Blossoms. Originally, the Owner,Susan Lamont, started out with a kiosk in the Killarney Mall,in Killarney, Manitoba. With over 70 varieties of loose leaf teas, Black, White, Rooibos, Green, Oolong and Herb and Fruit  teas, tea pots and infusion accessories from various regions in the world. she provides the tea connoisseur with the upmost tea experience.  Loose leaf teas are new to many people on the Prairies, who mostly grew up with commercial tea bags. There is a big difference between the two. Tea Buds and Blossoms travels the Manitoba landscape educating the public. You will find her at group gatherings, craft shows and ladies' night out events, as well as, the trade shows. She is committed to getting the word out about the splendid palette of loose leaf teas she carries.She attends the yearly World Tea Expo to keep up with the growing trends and resurgence of tea in the marketplace."

Genmaicha a.k.a. Popcorn Tea
Sencha Kyoto Cherry Rose Festival
Sharon also posted about Tea Buds & Blossoms on her blog.  Read her review here: