This was the start of Christmas season for me. Yummies in a Jar (Baysville, Ontario) holds an awesome "Fab Fall Christmas Show" every year in their studio. There are only a handful of vendors but the show is packed. Invites are mailed out, customers come and enjoy a glass of wine, some snacks and are able to purchase Christmas items for 3 hours on a Monday night. This was my 2nd year selling at Yummies and its always a good show for me. Every year it gets bigger. People line up outside the doors for the 5:30pm opening.
The Riverside School Christmas Sale (Huntsville, Ontario) is also a great place to sell your items. Running for 20 years the vendors not only fill the gym but also in the hallways as well. Money made from this show goes towards school activities. I think there are a lot of people that start their Christmas shopping here. This is my booth the night before.
Mittens...just can't make enough for my sales. I have 75 pairs laid out on my kitchen table for the upcoming shows. No two are alike and all are made from sweaters, wool, fleece and the odd cotton. Most sweaters are pretty tacky when I buy them at thrift stores (great for tacky sweater days). I wash and, dry and make sure to shrink the wool ones. Then I cut out mittens around the design on the sweater. The tacky sweater becomes "awesome mittens". My mittens are very warm with either a fleece or wool lining. No cold fingers this winter!
This season I started making my elves again. I had one for sale at the craft show and it was purchased by an extremely excited customer. The new owner asked me to make two more...a girl and a boy. Both elves are made from recycled sweaters and fur. All of my elves are different and each personality comes out as they are sewn. I never know what they will look line in the end.
I am a self-taught wildlife artist from Muskoka, Ontario Canada