I love attending craft shows, and I have many fond memories of my parents taking me to Christmas craft shows growing up and allowing me to pick out something to buy. I was always astounded by the things that people could make and I thought it would be so neat if one day I could have my own booth of handmade goods, meeting many interesting people along the way! Although I never ended up having a booth, I do have this blog to display my projects and I have indeed met MANY interesting and wonderful people through it :) I still enjoy attending craft shows and seeing people’s creativity and handiwork displayed in full force!
This past weekend, we attended “Make It! The Handmade Revolution”, a large, hip, urban craft show in Western Canada that takes place in Edmonton and Vancouver. It was the very first craft show that we took Myla to when she was less than two months old and we perused the booths with her strapped to us in the carrier a year and a half ago. It was our first time attending their spring show this past weekend and I was very excited to see what vendors were participating! I wore this pink crop top that I got from Forever XXI over my long black belted maxi dress from Old Navy. I brought along the “Crochet Mesh Bag" that I made last year and hoped that I would be able to fill it with some wonderful handmade goodies! The step-by-step blog post and link to the free pattern for this mesh bag can be found HERE in case you didn’t see it before! It is the perfect accessory for all your spring and summer adventures coming up at the beach or farmer’s markets!
"Make It" has a beautiful venue as the high glass ceilings allow natural light to pour in, giving it a very open, bright, airy feel. It’s also a very popular event, so it was hard to maneuver around at times. I wish I could’ve spent more time looking at each booth, but time was of the essence with a fidgety toddler! Pictured below are some of the items that we purchased- we were looking for some gifts for friends, so this craft show was the perfect place to buy them!
- Wooden Bow Tie by Dear Fawn Inc: I first met Loan at a different craft show last summer, and Ryan and I were really impressed by her crocheted handiwork and sewing skills (and killer sense of style :D). She has since focused her company to selling bow ties, and she offers fabric bow ties with some really fun prints (Star Wars, Ninja Turtles) as well as fresh and modern wooden bow ties! We couldn’t resist picking up a wooden one for a stylish little boy who we know :) If you act fast, you could win two Storm Trooper baby bow ties by vising the Dear Fawn Inc facebook page HERE (giveaway ends tonight [Wednesday, April 16] at 8 PM MST)!
- Bunny Earrings by Foe and Dear: We were really impressed by Katherine’s beautiful booth as her jewelry was gorgeously displayed on books and vintage trays. I love wearing stud earrings and I was immediately drawn to these adorable little bunny studs! They are incredibly cute and lightweight as I can’t even feel them when I wear them (I hate wearing earrings that are too heavy!). Katherine does a great job with packaging too!
- Spring Shoes by WildCotton Gifts: We picked up these pretty little shoes for our friends’ baby girl and had a fun time looking around Kara’s booth. Her sewing skills are amazing as she had beautiful boots, blankets, bibs, onesies and shoes on display with gorgeous prints and designs. I really admire people who can create so much with their sewing machines….I have yet to use mine again since sewing the curtains for Myla’s nursery -_-‘
We absolutely fell in love with the work by Caitlin Bodewitz of “CMBPrintWorks" as they all had a beautiful, romantic, ethereal feel to them. It was fun choosing what to get and hang in our house, and as soon as we saw this wood print, we knew it was perfect! We love the quote and the beautiful image. We hung it up in my workspace as soon as we got home and it reminds us that we’re adventuring together as husband and wife through love, faith, family, travels, crafting and life till we’re old and grey, paving new territory and taking risks along the way!
We had a great time at the craft show, and I enjoy connecting with local crafters and hearing them excitedly and proudly explaining their work and what they make. I would LOVE to hear about what your favourite craft shows are from your hometowns or places you’ve visited! Wouldn’t it be absolutely amazing to attend craft shows all around the world and see what the local artisans are doing in each city? Thanks for reading, and I’ll be blogging about an amigurumi that I think you’re going to love next week!
After making the little fuzzy white bear with brushed fur, I wanted to make another teddy bear, but this time a bigger one using thick brown yarn that I had picked up. I took inspiration from Pepika's absolutely adorable bears with big fuzzy heads and limbs of a different colour.
We did a very rough sketch of what the bear would look like and thought it would be sooo cute to give the big bear a tiny bowtie. I made up my own pattern for this bear and excitedly began…
I started off by crocheting a big round head, placing 12 mm safety eyes, and then stuffing it. He kind of looks like an alien since he doesn’t have a nose or ears yet, hey?
Then we brushed the yarn vigorously with a dog slicker brush (see fuzzy white bear post to see what this brush looks like) to fuzz up the yarn. To make the nose, we used a piece of felt and black yarn.
I crocheted the head, body and ears using the same thick brown yarn that was easily fuzzed up. I used a different yarn for the arms and legs to give a nice contrast. Once all the pieces were crocheted, we were ready for assembly!
Before assembly, however, we decided to add more details to the arms and legs. Ryan helped me add a piece of felt (we used a glue gun, but you could also sew it on) and then sewed three black lines on the top portion of the felt, giving a cute ”bear paw” effect.
Then it was time for assembly! We attached the body, the arms, the legs, and the ears! Teddy bears look so funny without their ears, hey?
I must say that sewing the body and ears to the head proved to be a bigger challenge than expected. I used the same thick brown yarn to attach these parts, and this particular yarn became stretched very thin when I pulled too hard. You can see how wispy it could get in the picture below:
There were a number of occasions where it actually just came apart when I was sewing. This was quite frustrating, so I tried to be as gentle as possible. Thankfully, I used the “normal” yarn to attach his arms and legs, so that was done much more easily.
To make the bowtie, I made three separate parts: two “triangular-ish” parts and one round ball. Then I attached the three pieces together! The bowtie gives the teddy a classy look, hey?
I also made my teddy bear a tail so that he could sit more easily. These pics are funny because it looked like poor teddy face planted onto the ground :(
Here is how he turned out!
I thought it’d be nice to make this bear a Valentine Teddy since Valentine’s Day was coming up, and he already looked so classy with his red bowtie. I followed Pepika’s free tutorial on how to make a 3-D heart.
And now to give the teddy this special heart!
This is the biggest amigurumi project I’ve ever made! Look how big he is when I hold him up!
And this is how big he is compared to the little fuzzy white bear!
And here’s one last pic of the Valentine Teddy sitting atop my shelf :)
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I hope this teddy brings a smile to your face no matter how you’re spending the day :) The free pattern to this Valentine Teddy can be found HERE. Check out how other people’s Valentine Teddies turned out in my “Crochet Corner" post here! Please "like" my facebook fan page if you would like regular updates on my projects!