Only one week left to Win a Doll..please check September 10th post for details!
Today we went into Victoria to check out the Sunday Market on Government Street to see if it could be a potential vending spot for Bamboletta next summer. I’ve been checking out all the different markets to see where I might ‘fit’ next year. I really liked the Moss Street Market, which is more of a Farmer’s Market, but I’m not sure how I’d do there. Farmer’s Markets can be tricky because most people are there for produce. The Vancouver Farmers Market that I did this year was great, but most of my sales where from people knowing I was there.. either they were past customers or read the blog. Anyhow, I think I’m going to try today’s market next summer. I was most fortunate to run into one of my FAVORITE Etsy sellers Hollyhawk selling her wares there. Holly is super nice and I felt like I got a good low down on how the market operates. I like the hours and I like that you get lots of tourists going through. There isn’t any produce just artisans and some really great ones at that. Isadora Clothing was there as well..her dresses and tops are so very flattering and stylin’!
I bought a very cute wallet from Hollyhawk, that I’m giving to myself as an anniversary present (I can’t load up a pic.. not working!). It’s been 6 years (!) today that we’ve been married. John and I are so ridiculous about things like anniversaries and Valentine’s day type of events, it’s kind of a non event. I think it’s because the kids just demand so much of us right now..especially little Jasper- who last night had John utter these words..’this isn’t a way to live a life ‘. We just about doubled over laughing so hard, I think you had to be there.
This is just a reminder to anyone who is thinking about ordering a custom doll. I’m almost ‘maxed out’ for Christmas dolls, so if you are thinking about ordering one, please do so soon! Thanks so much 🙂
I have to include a picture… this was the weekends work that John and I did. It’s all prep for the next 10 days. The other picture is of wool I dyed this weekend drying in frount of our fire. Lol, it was a total Little House on the Prairie moment.
So everything in these pics is what you did over the weekend?? Wow, that’s amazing! You are such hard workers, the two of you.
And how cool that market seems like a good place to sell, I must remind myself to see if we have things like that here. And a really nice way to meet others who are also creative and sell what they make.
Btw, did I miss something or haven’t you announced that big news yet you were talking about a few weeks ago? Or is it too early to tell? 🙂
I know what you mean about kids demanding so much, I was making a list of things I’d still like to do someday and realized there was quite a number of things that will have to wait until they are bigger. It’s ok though because this is a special time that’s over before we know it, just frustrating sometimes. As a parent of young ones we are second place for a while I guess. 🙂
Waouh ! you both did well over the week end.. How does it work? do you wait for you kids to be asleep and then you work as a team in front of TV or radio… It is great to have a husband who is happily sharing your job/dream/passion… By the way happy anniversary… here too I often buy myself something small to celebrate anniversary… as i don t have a good income yet… so hard when you start a practise isn t it…
anyway I love the colour of the hairs…have a great week
and one more week with my fingers crossed… take care
Ps : we, as parents have all the same tiredness and doubts… but at the end… our kids are the best thing in the world isnt it!
Hi! Thanks so much for sharing dollmaking advice. I sell some small felt/felted dolls, but the true “companion” dolls that I make I give to my kids! So time-consuming, but beautiful. Your dolls are the best I’ve seen on non-Euro sites. Lovely.
I bought myself a nice piece of art for my 5th anniversary on the 20th – glad to know I’m not the only one who does this, hee hee! If DH had his way, there would be a new windsurf board in our garage…
happy anniversary! I think the “little house” moment is sort of romantic, really… and we’re having moments like that with our Jasper, too. Will he never sleep?!
Naomi.. the Jaspers NEVER sleep, it’s very weird. I don’t get it, he is awake from noon until around 11:30 with NO nap. He has a nap in the morning, usually for around an hour but that is it. He’s just so intense, and now the walking..lol.. we just follow him around making sure he doesn’t bang into things. Crazy little man, good thing he is just so gosh darn cute!
Good job on the art purchase April! I think us women have to take gift buying into our own hands.
Thanks so much for that lovely compliment Sarah. I drool over some of the European and Japanese dolls, I love that aesthetic.
Pascaline, we were fortunate to have a friend take care of the children for a few hours on Saturday. Instead of going out for breakfast, or doing something like that we had a morning of dollmaking. John watched an important soccer game (they are all important according to him!) and I listened to podcasts while sewing. Then we work together and stuff the dolls. He likes doing the arms.
Christine! You should sell at a market, it is so much fun.
No announcement yet, it didn’t happen the way we thought it would..yet!
Your dolls have the most beautiful hair! Now I know why. I hope you find some markets to sell from. This summer I shopped almost exclusively at farmers markets and if I had seen one of your dolls there, I definitely would have bought one! My daughter and I are in love with your dolls!
I’m so glad to know I’m not the only one with a son who doesn’t sleep!
Bethany, thanks for the compliments 🙂
Oh April, it’s ridiculous how little sleep he needs and wants- he can’t miss a thing.
Adrianne, thank you!