Tuesday, December 11, 2012

W.E.S.T. Handmade & Vintage Holiday Sale Closes Craft Season

Just a reminder that if you are still looking for Christmas gifts then you need to head to the W.E.S.T Handmade & Vintage Holiday Sale on Saturday.  It is your last chance to get something great and locally made.  Also remember there are many stores around Winnipeg that specialize in locally made products.  My favourite of these is Sew Dandee in Osborne Village.  She makes unique screen printed clothes and paper goods, makes accessories, as well as sells nice used clothing and locally made body products (my favourite Just the Goods), locally made handbags, and more great stuff.

Etsy, local shops, and craft sales make it sooo easy to shop locally.  Please do if you can.  :)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Another R.A.Steen Craft Sale Tomorrow For Craig St. Cats

Craig St. Cats is having a Craft Sale at R.A.Steen Community Centre Sunday, December 2nd from 10am-4pm.  980 Palmerston Ave.  I saw the signs and popped in thinking it was today and instead the kids and I crashed a private Christmas Party.  :)  We sneaked out with balloon animals in hand before anyone realized we were uninvited guests.  ;)  I guess I will have to pop in tomorrow for the actual sale.

Constance Popp for Stocking Stuffers

It seems I annually have a post about Constance Popp's chocolates.  I stopped in today to buy stocking stuffers for the kids.  No Hershey around here if I have a choice.  ;)  I bought them chocolate coins and each a large chocolate lollypop...one of St.Nick and one of a Nutcracker.  Along with that I ate the best vanilla icing in the world and I would say that I am a icing pro.  I eat a lot of icing.  They have cupcakes and I chose a vanilla bean iced chocolate cupcake.  The icing tasted like vanilla ice cream.  You need to try it!!  Not too sweet...just perfect!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Springs Christian Academy Christmas Craft Sale Is This Saturday

Springs Christian Academy Christmas Craft Sale
595 Lagomodiere Blvd.
Winnipeg, MB Saturday, Dec. 1, 201210 a.m. to 4 p.m.
100 Unique and Fabulous Crafters!
Beautiful, spacious surroundings!
High quality, unique gifts for all occasions!

Get in the holiday spirit with festive music and delicious food!

Admission $2 (children under 12 free)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuxedo Holiday Craft Sale Is On This Sunday

Just got some more details on this sale:

Join us at the 23rd Annual Tuxedo Holiday Craft Sale!
Sunday, December 2, 2012
368 Southport Blvd.
10am - 3pm 
$2 Admission (children under 12 are free)
Loads of FREE parking!
This years sale will include 3 buildings full of 50+ of Winnipeg's best crafters and artisans
 featuring their handmade goods.

Visit all 3 buildings and receive 3 tickets for the door prize! (the lawn bowling building,
 the skate building and in the Ecole Tuxedo Park Gym). 
A hot lunch will be served, with hot and cold refreshments served all day. 

Proceeds from this event support the puppies and dogs in care of Manitoba Mutts Dog Rescue.

Monday, November 26, 2012

What's Going On In The Craft World This Weekend

West Kildonan Memorial Community Centre Christmas Craft Sale
Saturday, December 1st, 2012 (10am-4pm)
346 Perth Ave (corner of Perth and Powers)
Admission: $1 or a non perishable food item

Tuxedo Community Centre Holiday Craft Sale 
Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 (10am-3pm)

St. Boniface Museum Arts and Crafts Sale
Saturday, December 1st, 2012 (noon-5pm) 
and Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 (noon-4pm)

Gala of Gifts Fine Art & Craft Sale
Saturday, December 1st, 2012 (10am-5pm)
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba
710 Rosser Ave, Located on the Main Level of the Town Centre
Brandon, MB
Admission: $2

La Verendrye School Winter Craft Sale & Trade Show
Saturday, December 1st, 2012 (10am-4pm)
La Verendrye School
500 7th Ave. NW
Portage la Prairie, MB

Craft Sale/Trade Sale
December 1st, 2012 (9am-4pm)
TransCanada Centre
1 Rivard St., Ile des Chenes

Winter's One Stop Shop
Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 (10am-3pm)
Lord Roberts Community Centre
725 Kylemore Ave

West Kildonan Memorial CC Christmas Craft Sale this Saturday

Monday, November 19, 2012

This Weekend's Great Finds and The Craft Sales To Look Forward To This Week

This weekend I finally got to a couple of craft sales and spent too much money as usual.  :)  I got to the Holiday Sale at the Unitarian Church on Wellington and the R.A.Steen Craft Sale.  They were both great and I found some nice things....lots of yummy edible things too.  :)  I bought an apple pie in a mason jar that I am looking forward to eating and a huge loaf of artisan cheddar and onion bread that my friends and I munched on the walk home.  Along with that I got my Just the Goods stash for the beginning of winter, my annual chocolate ornaments, peach blackberry jam (204-654-4281), and red pepper salsa.  I also got my kids' Hello Kitty & Cat in the Hat crocheted hats from the Blessings by Charity table (they are in the top left corner).  My kids will love them.  I unfortunately didn't get very many business cards but I was very interested in Retro Glitz jewelery and may keep an eye on her.  :)

I need to walk the kids to school now so here is what to look forward this weekend:

1st Annual St.Boniface Hospital Research Art & Science Craft Show
Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 (10am-8pm)
St.Boniface Hospital Research Centre
351 Tache Ave
Featuring unique, handmade items.

The Manitoba Craft Council's
Handmade Holiday Sale of Contemporary Craft
Friday, November 23rd, 2012 (5pm-10pm)
Saturday, Novmeber 24th, 2012 (10am-4pm)
318 Ross Street

Vineyard Christmas Craft Sale
November 24th, 2012 (10am-4pm)
Winnipeg Centre Vineyard
782 Main St

Oakville Annual Christmas Craft Sale
Saturday, November 24th, 2012 (10am-3pm)
Oakville Community Hall
55-PTH 331
Oakville, MB (3km south of intersection of Hwy 1 & 13)
More info: contact Barb 204-267-2394

Holiday Craft Show
Saturday, November 24th, 2012 (10am-4pm)
Ecole Lansdowne
715 Wiginton St

Teulon & Area Winterfest Craft Sale
Saturday, November 24th, 2012 (10am-3pm)
Teulon Hall, Teulon, MB
100% Handmade

6th Annual MHV Craft Show
Saturday, November 24th (10am-4pm)
Mennonite Heritage Museum Auditorium, Steinbach
(Located on the #12 Hwy, North of Steinbach)

Altona Craft Sale
November 24th, 2012 (10am-4pm)
The Exchange Building
116 Main St
Altona, MB

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Gifts For Giving Starting November 17th at Prairie Stained Glass

“Gifts for Giving” holiday sale in aid of Winnipeg Harvest.

Winnipeg, Manitoba – November 17, 2012 – McMillan Gallery at Prairie Stained
Glass, 587 Sargent Avenue kicks off the festive season with a holiday sale featuring
locally made fine craft.

Giftware will include handcrafted jewellery, painting, art glass and more. All items
priced from $20.00 to $200.00

“Gifts for Giving” open house will take place on Saturday, November 17 th from 9:00
a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and will continue until Saturday, December 15, 2012. A portion
of all proceeds will be donated to Winnipeg Harvest who work tirelessly to support
those in need.

Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate.

Check our website, www.prairiestainedglass.mb.ca or call us at 204.783.1117 for
hours of operation.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Slew of Craft Sales Coming Up This Weekend

This is when the craft season starts getting a little crazy.  There are so many options that it is hard to decide on where to head.  I actually haven't had much luck this month with craft sale attendance.  I just can never get to the ones I want.  This weekend I am planning to attend at least the R.A.Steen Fall Craft Sale because it is in my neighbourhood so I rarely miss it.  Even in a snow storm I can strap on some snowshoes and make it there.  :)  

Hope all the sales are a great success and that many of my readers find great locally made Christmas gifts for their loved ones.....or good finds for themselves of course.  ;)

R.A.Steen Fall Craft Sale
Saturday, November 17th, 2012 (10am-4pm)
R.A.Steen Community Centre
980 Palmerston Ave

32nd Annual Craft & Gift Sale
Saturday, November 17th, 2012 (10am-4pm)
25 McArthur Ave
Lac du Bonnet Community Centre

St.Norbert Y Neighbours 4th Annual Christmas Craft & Vendor Sale
Saturday, November 17th, 2012 (10am-3pm)
Richmond Kings Community Centre
666 Silverstone
Admission is $1.00

Fort Richmond Collegiate's Craft Sale
November 17th, 2012
All money raised goes towards clean water for northern communities

Valley Gardens CC Annual Craft Sale
Saturday, November 17th, 2012 (10am-3pm)
Valley Gardens Community Centre
218 Antrim Road
Admission $2

John Pritchard School Christmas Craft Sale
Saturday, November 17th, 2012 (930am-3pm)
John Pritchard School
1490 Henderson Hwy
Crafts, Baking, a Silent Auction

The Holiday Market
November 17th, 2012 (9am-3pm)
First Universal Unitarian Church
603 Wellington Cres @ Academy

Winakwa Community Centre Craft Sale
Saturday, November 17th, 2012 (10am-4pm)
980 Winakwa Rd

Window on Christmas Craft Sale
November 18th, 2012 (11am-4pm)
Greendell Park Community Centre
75 Woodlawn Ave, St.Vital

Monday, November 5, 2012

Snowflake Boutique Christmas Sale is on this Saturday

Hope you can attend the 5th Annual Snowflake Boutique Christmas Sale on Saturday, Nov. 10th, from 10 AM - 5:00 PM at the Selkirk Rec Complex, 180 Easton Dr., Selkirk, Mb. Featuring some of Manitoba's finest artisans and crafters offering their unique creations for sale at this juried show.
-Welcome gifts for the first 500 customers.
-Spot prizes every 1/2 hour.
-Join us for coffee or lunch in Igloo Cafe.
-Silent auction with awesome prizes. 
-Live entertainment between 1 - 3 PM.  Laurie & Kelsey Sutherland will perform every 15 minutes. Patsy Cline & Christmas carols come together for this unique performance. 
$2.00 admission (children 13 and under free)

Part proceeds to Palliative Care.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Boutique Unique on the Corydon Strip

There is a newish shop called Boutique Unique on the Corydon strip that features handmade jewellery, all sorts of accessories,  clothing, and beads to make your own creations.   Pop in to shop and/or look at their website for more photos and info.

Boutique Unique
653 Corydon Ave

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Aeliosdesign's Environmentally Friendly Jewellery

There is a new to me crafter; Kat of Aeliosdesign.  Kat has sent me a wonderful who I am email that I am cutting and pasting here.  Hope you check her out at one of the many craft sales she will be at.

"I’m a mostly self-taught metal smith and jewellery designer originally from Winnipeg. I spent many years overseas and learned my craft while living in Europe. I am influenced by European style and design, and am committed to creating works that are environmentally friendly. I use only all natural materials including metals, wood, leather, semi-precious stones, horn and bone in my designs; I avoid chemicals in my process and favour water based solutions and dyes. I’ve been running my etsy shop for a little over a year now and it has been amazing. It’s exhilarating to know that there are people all over the world wearing my designs. I’ve been trying hard to become involved with local artisan and crafter circles in the months that I have been back in Winnipeg, and in a few weeks I’ll be one of the artisans at the first annual W.E.S.T. sale!"

Her up coming craft sales where you can find her:
W.E.S.T. – R.A. Steen CC on October 13th
Brandon’s Big One – October 20th and 21st
Dakota CC – November 3rd and 4th
R.A. Steen CC – November 17th
Window on Christmas (St. Vital) - November 18th
Tree and Light Festival – December 1st and 2nd
Holidaze Craft Show – December 7th and 8th

Kat has also been at the Forks on the plaza (in front of the pancake house) every Sunday and will be until the end of the month (only 2 weeks left!) and at the Wolseley Farmers’ Market every Tuesday (4pm - 8pm ).  For more details about Kat and her work check out her about me website.

1.       Industrial Earrings and Ring Set – made with bronze and recycled sterling silver, oxidised with a water based solution
2.       Runway Bangle – made with natural wood, genuine smoky quartz, sealed with organic oil
3.       Sand Blast Ring – made with bronze and genuine quartz set in sterling silver
4.       Geometry Bangles – made with German silver
5.       Pearls in a Pod Earrings and Necklace Set – made with bronze, sterling silver and fresh water pearls

Shop in The Forks Market is looking for Artisans

"Hi, I am Lesia Anna who owns an art/craft gallery at The Forks Market, main level, centre court.
We have opportunities for artisans here at my gallery to rent spaces for selling their work. I am on site at all times since I am an artist, selling & working on my craft. I am looking for other artisans to join me. Rental is very minimal depending on size, $ 50.00 to $100.00 per month with 20%commission on all sales (since I provide bags, packaging & admin). Looking for any quilters, blanket makers, hand painted scarves, ceramicists, metal works, etc.

Please contact me at : lcbord@hotmail.com or call 204-330-9601"

October 13th, 2012 WEST Handmade & Vintage Sale

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Fall and Winter Craft Sales??

Hi Folks!  I just wanted to send out a request for those of you with craft sale information to send it my way.  I can add it to my Up and Coming Craft Sale section.  If you'd also like a post on your craft sale closer to the date, send me information about it.  What's handy is who's going to be there (crafters & vendors), anything exciting or new for my readers to look forward to, photos of sale from previous years, contact information, charities you are supporting, and whether you still have space left for potential crafters or vendors.  Email your craft information to handmadeinmanitoba@gmail.com.


Also, I'd recommend adding Made In Manitoba to your Facebook community.  The contributers there always have new information about crafters and events.  It isn't affiliated with Handmade In Manitoba but they have way more information than I will ever have here.  :)  Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Midsummer at the Wolseley Farmer's Market

I posted way back about the approaching farmers market at R.A.Steen Community Centre at 980 Palmerston Ave.  Now it is midsummer and I have been frequenting it most weeks.  It is close, fun and now that it is midsummer there is a lot of great vendors to take my money.  I made the mistake of only bringing a small amount of money with me this week because I was biking with the kids and was planning on stopping in for a couple of Debra-Jean's delicious treats on her bake table.  I do now have a wish list though for next week.  I didn't get a card from all the vendors and my memory is awful so you will have to check it out to find out those kind of details.  My brain works great at cataloging everything I want though: the whole wheat sourdough bread from one vendor, the baguette from another, smoked rainbow trout for my hubby, and a huge $25 container of local honey.  These I have to buy next week. Along with that I recall Jonnies Sticky Buns, a soap making lady, and yummy looking carrots from Jonathan's Farm.  There were a few other vendors that have slipped my mind because I had no money so I skipped over to Bee Project Apiaries for my children's chocolate honey and then we left sadly because I was out of money.  I did get one card for Watersong Farms.  I am a vegetarian but alas my husband is not so I thought he may be interested in some clean and fresh rainbow trout.

If you are in the area or not too far of a drive from Wolseley it is a great drop in.  Bring the kids because there is the R.A.Steen wading pool that is open until 5:30pm.  Shop, swim, and enjoy beautiful Wolseley.  The Farmer's Market hours are Tuesday and Thursday 4pm-8pm.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Winnipeg Harvest's Tools For School Program

Just got this sent to me.  It looks like a lot of fun!!  

Winnipeg, are you Ready4School?

Come join us on Saturday, August 18, 2012 from 10am-5pm at the St. Norbert Community Centre Arena for the first annual Ready4School Family Expo... and make back to school fun again
Bring your kiddies for a full day of fun, live entertainment, learning, arts & crafts, a bouncy castle park, face painting, 40+ commercial exhibitors for mom and dad, and a Swap Meet!

Would you like to become a commercial, non-profit, or artisan exhibitorClick here!
Come support Winnipeg Harvest's Tools for School program by donating school supplies!
Join us on August 18 for the most affordable day of fun you'll have with the whole family before everyone is back to school...only $2 admission per person (children 3 and under are free!)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Nancy Blokland's Spring Pottery DeClutter Sale

Nancy says it's time to move out the old, and seconds and one of a kinds to new homes.   Here's the details of her great pottery sale:

Spring DeClutter Sale
June 6th, 2012 (6-8 pm)
June 10th, 2012 (1-5 pm)
273 Enfield Crescent 
Winnipeg Manitoba

Come out and enjoy her garden too.  She has an edible landscape in progress and lots of things growing...rhubarb for sale!!!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Boon Burger on Food Network

Boon Burger was featured on You Gotta Eat Here! on the Food Network this weekend.  It is pretty darn cool and you can watch it online if you missed it's viewing or you don't have cable like me.  ;) http://www.foodnetwork.ca/video/index.html.  Right now it is right on the main video page but if you are reading this months after I posted this you should be able to find it by searching on the left side of their video page under the show name.

Good work Boon Burger!!  Love your burgers!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Soko's Outdoor Market Will Be Behind Polo Park

It looks like this event has been cancelled but they will be doing a fundraiser event for Habitat for Humanity in a month or so.  Keep an eye out here because I will update when I hear the plans.  :)

Just got this sent from Paula of Soko:

"The Soko Market has secured the site for an outdoor market this summer.  The site is the Bomber's Stadium Parking Lot, on the corner of St James and St Matthews.  It is a high traffic area especially on Saturdays and Sundays.  It would be right across from Old Navy, Best Buy, Michaels, and Future Shop.  Not far from Polo Park, Silver City Polo Park.  For those of you who know Polo Park, you know you have tremendous traffic from Home Depot and Chapters on Empress, Toys R us on St Matthews, Walmart on Empress, The Superstore and Rona on Sargent near St James.  Plus there are numerous hotels in the area.  We will be advertising with Destination Winnipeg as well, to let the tourists know where we are.  The market will run from around mid june to September and possibly to the end of October (depending on the weather).  We would like to start Saturdays and Sundays.  Ideally would like to start June 16th, 2012 until 29/30 of September, 2012 depending on how many vendors we can get as early as possible.  Please let me know if you are interested to receive an application and information sheet."

Contact Paula Mohsen at thesokomarket@gmail.com for more information.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Wolseley Farmers' Market Coming Soon

I just got exciting news that a farmers's market is starting in my own neighbourhood with veggies, baking, and artisan tables.  Here is what I have on it now and will update when I get more information:

“The Wolseley Farmer’s Market is a first-time venture for the area and is set up in conjunction with Jonathan Steven’s Community Supported Agriculture drop-off program. Every week Jonathan will be driving in from the Interlake to drop off fresh produce boxes to his share members. These share members will hopefully make up a large portion of the market attendees as he will have well over 150 shares this season.

The market’s initiation date is set for June 19th and will run well into October, and potentially throughout the fall and winter, depending on interest from the community and from vendors. The market will take place every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-8pm at the R.A. Steen Community Center, outside in the courtyard.

We hope to have a wide variety of vendors and have space for 12 tables. There has been interest from a wide range of local producers and we hope to have a solid base of vendors for produce, meat, honey, and bread. Our priority for the market is to support the local community and therefore we are making local businesses and producers a priority. We are also excited about home-based businesses run by individuals in the area to premier their products at the market.

So far the list of interested vendors include folks who make pottery, glass jewelery, body products, grow produce, grass-fed beef, and make freshly squeezed juices and teas. We are still looking for people who are passionate about baking, and preparing fresh on-the-spot snacks (as well as a host of other goods!).

The final components of the market are vital to making this a successful weekly community event: Workshops and Musicians. We have had lots of enthusiasm from skilled people who are willing to share their talents with the community through a presentation or hands-on skill-shares. This has included bike repair, herbalism, bee-keeping, and fruit drying. We are looking for more!

Lastly, music will be a great way to showcase local Winnipeg talent, while providing a great, relaxed atmosphere at the market! If you are interested, or know of musicians looking for a venue, please pass this information along.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Looking Forward to Crafty Minions Sale on the 26th

I have missed the last two Crafty Minions Sales so I am looking forward to May's.  Their location has changed a couple times so be sure to check their Facebook page before you head out in case any changes have been made to the location.  It is at Aqua Books at 274 Garry St from 11am-5pm.  It should the last time it is at this location.  Here are the exciting details about the sale that I grabbed from the site.  Hope you can all make it.  I will be there early buying up all the good stuff so you better get their early.  ;)

"One of Winnipeg's biggest indie craft sales features the city's hottest established and emerging crafty superstars and vintage finders.

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 baby wear, weird and wonderful stuffed animal-ish creations of all sorts, smart alec eco-friendly gift cards and much more. This is the new world of gorgeous guerilla DIY craft, right here at Aqua Books.

This will be the last Crafty Minions to take place at this location of Aqua Books so come be a part of crafty history! (We mean last this time too!)

Expect to see these fine local crafters and vintage finders at the sale:
Blue Star Studios, Inspyred Creations, Papertrail Craft Company, Julrei, Just the Goods, Periwynkle Designs, SoGa Soap, Prairie Peasant, Cat Haus, Mozy Rue, CrushCraft, Dreaming Tree Paper...and more to come as I get confirmations...

Admission is FREE. Can't beat that."

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Artisan Square at Fire & Water Festival This August Long Weekend

If you are planning your summer holidays already there is an exciting event happening on the August Long Weekend.  It is Lac Du Bonnet's Fire & Water Music Festival.  Along side wonderful music, art, and a farmer's market is an Artisan Square.  In 2010 they started with a dozen artisans and it ended up a huge success so this year they will have up to 70 artisans and trade show representatives.  The Artisan Square will be open at the Festival Saturday, August 4th (10am-8pm) and Sunday, August 5th (noon-8pm).  

They are now accepting vendor applications and the deadline for these is May 15th, 2012 so make sure you hop on it quick if you are an interested artisan.  They will be selective with their artisans to ensure they have variety and quality.  

Click above website link for more information or contact: Deb at 204-345-0205,  woodfine@mts.net  or  Marlene at 204-345-6329, annyhall50@hotmail.com.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Muddy River Marketplace Has Openings for Vendors & Crafters

This summer will be the fourth annual Muddy River Marketplace. It just keeps growing with variety each year that passes.  It is a part of the Rosenort Summer Festival that runs from August 24th to 26th.
"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!"
If you are an interested vendor/crafter, please contact Heather Plett:  204.746.2829 or email heather.plett@gmail.com.  There is more informations available on the Muddy River Marketplace at the link above.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Manitoba Craft Council's Free Events

Just got this in my email and the events look pretty interesting.  Thought I'd post it here so no one misses out.  :)  Sorry for the cut and paste look....my blog posts always look goofy when I use anyone's else's notes.  

The Manitoba Craft Council invites you to three FREE craft events:


Free Screening: Sum of its parts
A Film about rug-hooker and artist Nancy Edell and her legacy by Kirby Hammond
Apr 19, 7pm   Winnipeg Art Gallery, 100 Memorial

Nancy Edell (1942 – 2005) is best known for the transgressive, representational works she created using an unlikely medium: rug hooking.  Her practice also included woodcuts, monotypes, drawings and animated films.  Throughout her career, that began in Nebraska, ended in Halifax, and included many years in Winnipeg, Nancy was rigorous in her craft and passionate about her feminist content.  Towards the end of her life, she envisioned herself an “art nun”, and created visually spectacular representations of art nuns in action!  Her last solo exhibition was featured at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 2005.
This film by Winnipegger Kirby Hammond Sum of its parts, is an intimate portrait of the artist and a stunning visual representation of her works. It also contains interviews with Nancy’s heirs, and discusses the difficult problem of artist estates and inheritance tax laws.
As a special bonus, Nancy Edell’s animations from the 1970s and another short by Kirby, Universal Movement Machine about Whitehorse textile artist Meshell Melvin will be screened.
This event is co-sponsored by MAWA and the Manitoba Craft Council.

Free Public Talks by Dr. Sandra Alfoldy

The Manitoba Craft Council is pleased to present free public talks by Dr. Sandra Alfoldy, Professor of Craft History at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and and Associate Curator of Fine Craft at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.  

Wednesday, May 9, 7:30 pm
The Allied Arts: Architecture and Craft in Postwar Canada
Lecture and Book Signing
RAW Gallery, 290 McDermot Avenue
Painting, sculpture, architecture, design and craft continue to jockey for status in the artistic landscape, and one of the most coveted positions is that of public art. Materials easily classified as craft when produced on a small scale in a studio setting suddenly appear sculptural or painterly on a large scale. Since World War Two Canadian architecture has provided unique occasions to challenge and shape the field we call contemporary craft.  This lecture will explore instances where Canadian architecture and craft have worked together, and sometimes at odds with each other, in an effort to demonstrate that even in the twenty-first century they remain Allied Arts.
Thursday, May 10, 7-9 pm
DIY Will Never Die!
Lecture and reception
Eckhardt-Grammatte Hall, University of Winnipeg
The DIY Movement has received much attention as a new driving force behind craft economics. This lecture will contrast historical craft pioneers with contemporary crafters to argue that in order to understand future craft economies as they are connected to the power of do-it-yourself crafting, it is essential to examine past craft economies.  What ideologies keep repeating, and what are the elements that keep DIY alive and financially vital across generations?
Dr. Sandra Alfoldy is Professor of Craft History at NSCAD University, and Associate Curator of Fine Craft at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. She is the author of The Allied Arts: Architecture and Craft in Postwar Canada (2012) and Crafting Identity: The Development of Professional Fine Craft in Canada (2005), editor of Neocraft: Modernity and the Crafts (2007) and co-editor of Craft, Space and Interior Design, 1855-2005 (2008). She was the Chief Curator of the national Canadian exhibition at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale (2009) and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. She is currently at work on a new book on craft and popular culture.

SLOW CRAFT: Call for entries
Deadline: May 3

SLOW CRAFT is the theme of the MCC’s 2012 Juried Exhibition.  All craft-based artists are encouraged to apply.
SLOW CRAFT takes as its starting point the issues emerging from the broader Slow Movement that developed as a response to our increasingly fast-paced Western lifestyles and our unsustainable consumer culture.  Slowness is often associated with craft.  Craft skills take time to learn; craft processes cannot be rushed.  Many makers today are developing critical positions in response to our consumer behavior, questioning modes of production through new processes, looking at issues of stewardship and sustainability as well as collective making and the reworking of everyday objects.
SLOW CRAFT will represent approximately 15 craft artists who reside in Manitoba and whose work pushes the boundaries of their media and reflects fresh approaches to diverse cultural and material traditions. Works will be chosen based upon artistic merit (technical skill, formal effect, and conceptual success), with a particular interest in pieces that connect to our exhibition’s SLOW CRAFT theme.  Original works (ie. not derived from a pattern or kit) rooted in traditional approaches to craft and those that encompass new technologies, are performative, reflect a d-i-y ethic or challenge preconceived notions of craft are equally welcome.
Click here for full details.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Montrose School's Spring Craft Sale coming May 5th

Just a quick note about an upcoming Spring Craft Sale at Montrose School.  They are now open for vendors and are looking for diverse and unique talents to make this the best show possible.  They have 8' tables for $30 available and limited quantities of 10x10' booths for $50.  If you are interested in more information have a look at the sale's Facebook event at the link above and they will soon be promoting the vendors there.  

I will update more on this sale when I get a sneak peak at the vendors.  :)

Reminder For This Weekend's Craft Sale

I am one day late here but just wanted to remind you that tomorrow is the last day for the Spring Craft Sale at the Red River Exhibition Hall at the Assiniboia Downs.  It should be pretty great.  I am hoping to get there Saturday.  Hope you can all go.  :)   

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Jonnies Sticky Buns

I have walked and driven past Jonnies Sticky Buns probably 100 times but haven't stopped in.  I like cinnamon buns but it isn't my first choice when I want something sweet.  A friend of mine mentioned she liked the place and her son is under the weather so I thought I'd pick her family up sticky buns today.  Nothing like dessert at the door to cheer anyone up.  I was VERY surprised how many ways you can do sticky buns.  They even tempted me so I ended up getting four for my family too.  I didn't know what my friend's family would like so I got them the straight up Leroys....the classic fluffy white cinnamon buns (vegan).  Since I know my family's likes I got a Carrot Ginger Sticky Bun with Cream Cheese Icing for myself, BAM bun (bacon, apple, and maple syrup) for my guy, and little pull apart sticky buns for the kids.  They were obviously yummy or I wouldn't be writing a post on them.  :)  I would definitely recommend popping in for a treat.  They have daily sticky bun specials and they seem to have pretty much anything you can think of made into a sticky bun.  There are vegan, gluten free, savory, and sweet sticky buns with bacon.  Being a veg head myself I don't get the appeal with bacon but it seems that the omnivores in the world can't get enough of it.  ;)

I do have to agree with Jonnies Sticky Buns that they certainly have local, organic, original, tasty little buns.  They also brag that they are deceivingly healthy so I guess it wasn't an indulgence but a healthy snack.  ;)

Jonnies Sticky Buns
941 Portage Ave (Between Lipton and Banning)
Facebook Page
Tues-Thur 8am-5pm
Fri 8am-6pm
Sat 9am-3pm
Sun 9am-2pm

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Upcoming Events to Look Forward to

Hi Folks!  I know my blogging has been pretty slow over the last year.  I have been taken away with various commitments and hobbies but I have not forgotten the craft world.  :)  I just got emailed some updates for Spring to Fall 2012.  Some are far in the future but I know they fill up quick so if you are a crafter it would be a good idea to get on them soon if you are interested in selling your awesome crafts at their sale.  :)

Crafty Minions will be March 3rd (11am to 5pm) and I have been told that this sale will be the last one at Aqua Books at 374 Garry.  The next one will be in their new location 123 Princess for the new nonprofit Winnipeg's Cultural City Hall Inc. 

The Last Chance Craft Sale will be May 5th and I am guessing it will be at Club Regent as usual.  

Far in the future is Brandon's Big One on Oct 20-21st.  

There is also a Circle and Square Craft Festival in the works and looks like it will be pretty neat.  They have a blog where they have been writing about the ideas they have for it.  It looks like they are thinking about possibly June for the exciting festival.  Have a peak at their block for more info.

I need to run....my daughter is up and disgruntled about something.  ;)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Watch Constance Popp & Her Chocolates on CTV Morning Show on Feb 13th

Chocolatier Constance Popp will be doing a live feed on the CTV Morning Show on February13th, 2012 (Show is on from 6-9am).  Watch Constance to see what delicious treats she has ready for Valentines Day and then stop into her shop at 1853 Portage Ave for all your Valentines goodies.  :)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Loon Straits Soap Company Helps Heals Lake Winnipeg With Each Bar of Soap Sold

Sharon Monkman started The Loon Straits Soap Company three years ago.  It was borne out of a desire to do what she could for the ailing health of Lake Winnipeg.  Her father is a commercial fisherman, as was her grandfather and his father before him, so her roots run deep along the shores of Lake Winnipeg.  Sharon speaks more of this:  
"I became more aware of the amount of chemicals in our bath & cleaning products and felt that I needed to do something to try to stop the flow of such harmful substances into our Lake.  I began researching the art of soapmaking, and soon discovered how wonderful it was to create beautiful all natural bath products that were great for the skin and the environment!  I began using the herbs and flowers in my soaps that I was already growing in my gardens here in the country, and then began exploring the fields around my home, and around my parents' home at Loon Straits, finding amazing herbs and flowers to wildcraft and infuse in my soaps, salves, balms, & salts.  I had no idea how much the Earth provides for us for our own healing until I began this journey.
Now I make a wide range of all natural soaps, several different healing salves, bath salts, lip balms, linen waters, creams, and even laundry soap!  All are free of added chemicals & preservatives and contain no phosphates.  This endeavor has become my passion - one that I want to share with everyone I meet.  A portion of my profits are donated to the Lake Winnipeg Foundation - an organization dedicated to improving the health of Lake Winnipeg. 
You can find me at Pineridge Hollow Farmers' Market in the summer, as well as some of the Christmas craft sales in the winter.  I am hoping to launch my website in the next month or so, from which customers can purchase my products on line.  At present, customers just call me at my home number to order - 204 878 3691, or email me at loonstraitssoap@yahoo.ca"
Sharon has an amazing story and I will post her website here once it is up and running.  Until then feel free to contact her at the above number or email to purchase her Earth and especially Lake friendly body and cleaning products and help support an awesome cause.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Annual Spring Sale at the Red River Exhibition Hall is Looking For Vendors

This year's Annual Spring Sale at the Red River Exhibition Hall at the Assiniboia Downs will be held March 30-31, 2012 (Friday 10am – 8pm and Saturday 10am-8pm).

Paula Mohsen of Soko, the company arranging this sale, has told me that it will be a very fun sale.  "It is going to be a great show with a different twist.  We are really promoting the vendors at the exhibition by doing a treasure hunt and sending the public to different vendor’s booths.  As well, the door prizes are gift certificates to spend at the show and we are having entertainment for children and adults as well.  We want this to be focused on the vendors themselves.  So many shows focus on selling the booths, but we really are hoping to highlight each vendor.  We are also allowing people to share a booth so as to benefit the mom and pop crafters who may not be necessarily afford the cost of the booth."

It does sound like fun and their goal is to promote Manitoba's small businesses of all shapes and sizes.  :) If you have any questions or would like a vendor info pack contact Paula Mohsen at: thesokomarket@gmail.com or pmohsen@lulu-bel.com.