Thursday, December 30, 2010

"Cookin' up a Storm..."

with Lisi! If you like to cook, you will enjoy this blog. I am basically inept in the kitchen, and getting even more so (I thought that one was supposed to improve with age...no, wait a minute, that is wine!) but I so enjoy reading this blog and hearing of Lisi's adventures as a "foodie". Her photos are lovely, as well, and I have picked up some great recipes and product hints...."Bon appetit!"

Friday, December 24, 2010

Holiday Wishes...

from all of the "Sisters"....a day late! (originally started Dec.24th, continued Dec.26th!) A Christmas not to be forgotten, even though all of the presents did not get completed, purchased, delivered...(but hoping to accomplish that in the next few weeks...), the treats did not get made, the house was not decorated the way that it usually is, most of the decorations remaining in the many storage bins that house them...but nonetheless, the things that mattered were there. Great visits with family and friends, sharing the homemade gifts which did manage to get completed, and a wonderful holiday meal.
Most of the reason for the delay was not procrastination on my part. While at the show in Toronto, I managed to "take a great fall", and have been doctoring for this stupid walking accident ever since! I am sure that the invention of a "klutzy" sister will be in order for 2011!
Standing on the affected leg for three eleven hour days was likely not what a doctor would have ordered. However, on the "mend" now, and looking forward to a return to normalcy shortly. Hope that there were no similar accidents in your holiday adventures!


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Handspun from Newfoundland!

Meet Shawn O'Hagan, of "Island Sweet" handspun yarns! Shawn was one of my lovely "neighbors" at the "One of a Kind" show. She dyes and spins her own yarn, plus at this show, had some great kits, complete with handmade knitting needles!

Beautiful handspun and hand-dyed yarn from Shawn's line. She had very little in her booth after just a few days of the show! Very popular artist, but sadly will not be returning to the show in the future...just too difficult to keep up with the demand! One can purchase her yarn and items in her "Etsy" shop, and there will be more items arriving after the holiday break. Every skein has a name! I have just knit a cowl as a gift for someone and it was called "whirling dirvish"!
One of Shawn's lovely cowls, all "made up", and now in the hands of some lucky buyer!

Although we will miss Shawn's presence at the show in the future, it is great to know that she will be able to keep up with the demand as she expands on her internet sales in the upcoming year.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Neighbors at the show!

Meet Pamela Lauz....jewelry artist! Pamela was our "neighbor" at the "One of a Kind" show this year. In addition to being intrigued by her lovely jewelry designs, done in gold and silver, we were thrilled to meet Pamela, her sister, her mother, and the rest of the family! So much fun to have working near us!
Pamela studied her craft after having a successful career in the corporate world. She left that to start her own business, and exhibited at this year's show for the entire eleven days! Visit Pamela's site to read and see more of this talented young lady's work! I am already starting to save up for a coveted piece of jewelry from her line when I see her at next year's show!amela’s designs are distinguished by stylized curves, dramatic angles, and captivating twists. All jewellery features a contrasting high-polish and textured finish to accentuate its striking f

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sisters, Sisters, everywhere!

As promised, photos of the show, and the pre-show preparations! Lots of "sisters" took up residence in the "home gym" part of the house. (they may as well go there...it is the only action that room has seen in a long time! :)
"Project Nunway" as taken from the stairs showing a partial view of the "sisters" prepared for the show, before categorizing them and doing "nun-ventory" so that I would be able to find certain ones as the show progressed....
Set-up of the booth....featuring the "sisters" with a "side" of Christmas....for those wishing some of the items shown at other shows throughout the season....
Under supervision of the life-size "sister"..."Big Sister" is watching! Once again, a great show!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Return from the show...

and it was great! Photos to follow, but was very pleased with the experience of my second time at the "One of a Kind" show in Toronto. The show continues as this is being written...it is an eleven day show, and I opted to exhibit for the first five day "stint". Most vendors are there for the whole eleven days...and my "hat" is off to them! The hours, except for Sunday, run from 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., so five days was plenty for me! My number one salesperson, Cathy, was ready to go home at the end of five days as well. Customers kept us busy for the entire time, and we met some fantastic people. Met Lisa from "Fairy Card Maker" and Meg from "Priscilla Mae" with whom I have had great email conversations in the past!
...more, with photos, to follow...