Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t been around for quite sometime. Summer and I got pretty serious. But now that summer has left and the leaves are starting to fall I am starting my mad market prep. I don’t have much time to write but just wanted to pop in and share some of my upcoming markets with you. Besides these markets you can find me weekly over in Kenora at the Whitecap Pavillion. It’s an awesome farmers market that takes places every Wednesday and goes strong till the first week in October! Lots of great veggie vendors, meats, chesse, this great local company called Fifth Avenue Farms, soap from Lake of the Woods Sunrise Soap Co. and tons more. Plus if you are all stocked up on those things you should just come pop in for a bite to eat at the awesome food truck The Black Oven. Cherilee makes some of the best wood fired sourdough pizza ever using local ingredients.
Okay first up for major markets is the Manitoba Fibre Fest. Taking place this weekend, September 15 and 16 at the Red River Ex Grounds. I love this market! I have never been here as a seller but have supported it for the last 3+ years. I love everything about it. The vendors/makers, the sheep, workshops you name it it is a perfect festival for any fibre farmer or user. The other great thing about this festival is that it is very family friendly. Last year I took my boys and made sure we were there so they could watch the sheep sheering. It was great experience to see how these farmers handled their animals so quickly and carefully. My one boy thought it was funny when the sheep fell asleep while he was getting his hair cut. So now head on over to their page and see who is all attending and how to sign up for a workshop.
Do you love Etsy? I do! And I will be presenting some new fall goodies at the Etsy: Made In Canada: Manitoba Market. This market was started a few years ago by Etsy themselves as a cross Canada one day market. It was a great initiative that put the buyers in touch with the makers, local makers to boot. It put a face to the people that we buy from etsy online. I love it and I have been very fortunate to be involved with this market every year. This market is taking place on September 23 at the Victoria Inn and Conference Centre.
Well that is it for September markets so far and I will be touching base to let you know about October! I hope to see you at one or both of these markets, get out grab a friend and a coffee and come meet some local makers! To see what will be available at any of these markets you can check them out on Instagram.
As well you can find me on IG https://www.instagram.com/wildforesthandmade/
Welcome to my Wonderful Things blog tour day! As always I am incredibly excited and jazzed that I get to be a part of something so cool. I have enjoyed each and every time that I have been asked by a designer to make something to showcase their work. Albeit I am totally stressed about it as there are so many incredible makers out there and I always feel like I struggle to find something to make and put it together in a timely fashion. As per usual I am a day late and a buck short. Working till the wee hours and making up things as I went along. Thankfully despite the stress of it I managed to put together something that I am quite proud of and above all I had a lot of fun doing and I learnt some stuff along the way. So let’s get to it.
Living in Canada it always takes me a little longer to get my fabric and being in full on market season I knew I didn’t have time for an extensive project. I wanted to make something that would be simple but still creative and would really put a spotlight on Bonnie Christine’s gorgeous designs and show off the premium fabrics that Art Gallery Fabrics makes. I decided to snatch up some canvas as I had envisioned a uber flashy tassley picnic or beach blanket of sorts almost turkish towel-esque. I used the Aquarelle Study Wash in Canvas and made the tassles just using a bulk teal yarn grabbed from the local box store. I used Art Gallery’s blue bottle field denim for the back.
I had some amazing help this time prepping for this project. I am truly blessed with some awesome ladies in my life. I bribed one of my crafty gals with my company and a bottle of wine if she helped make a bazillion tassels. I had two other friends who made the trek out to my neck of the woods to help me stage, shoot and offer up their kids as models for some clothes and of course my awesome company.
I drafted a simple knit top for the youngest using the Sweet Bubbles Sugar knit and the Joy Crossroads Azure knit for leggings and then again using the sweet bubbles sugar knit for the cuff to make a complete outfit.
For my older model I ordered in some of the wovens to make a lovely cheerful vintage feeling dress. I even had a local maker friend Britt from Southern MB Comforts donate some lovely felt headpieces for the girls to wear.
It’s interesting or lovely how things work out for a reason or fate or just sheer coincidence. I originally thought we might have to do this shoot in my home as it had rained all morning and was calling for thunderstorms. We decided to chance it when there was a break in the clouds and when we got to the beach the skies parted and the sun shone and we were able to capture some great photos and the kids had a lot of fun playing in the water and sand too.
As always I had an absolute blast putting everything together, being a part of this tour and working with Bonnie Christine and Art Gallery Fabrics. If you would like to grab some knit from this line I have some in my shop Boreal Fabrics. If you would like something made in any of the pieces shown or interested in having something made for your little, you can head over to my other shop Wild Forest Handmade and send me a message or grab something ready to ship. If you would like to follow along head on over to Bonnie’s site Going Home To Roost and you can see previous makes and see who is coming up.
Tomorrow Maria is up on the blog tour block so make sure to check her out here: https://mariaelenabliss.wordpress.com/
*Also if you are looking for even more inspiration Art Gallery Fabrics puts together amazing lookbooks with all of their collections and they are packed full of quilts, pillows, bags, apparel patterns and more. Their lookbooks are one of my go to’s for any form of inspiration whether it be pattern or fabric inspo and you can view it here. You can also view the whole collection here.
Tell me have you made something with Art Gallery Fabrics before? What was it? What do you think of the Wonderful Things Collection? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
I love love love this dress! When Maureen Cracknell released her Nightfall Fabric line I was head over heels or more like head over steel toe boots, heels don’t work so well in the bush. I knew I had to have all of her fabric line and it seems like a lot of other people had to have it too. I couldn’t keep her prints especially the knits in stock.
As with most of my pieces I day dream about what a piece could be long before my scissors hit the fabric. This one was instant. I had wedding to attend too so I wanted something with length and a full skirt I wanted a piece that I could wear out on a date as well as wear in my everyday life. Also I knew it had to go with my amazing cowboy boots. So grabbed my trusty Sew Caroline Out and About Dress Pattern and got to cutting.
I made just above elbow length sleeves and full mid calf skirt. I made absolutely no modifications on this dress. It sewed like a dream and turned out perfectly. As always I got my amazing friend Emily Christie to photograph me and let me tell you she does wonders with someone who has absolutely no modelling skills and is camera stupid! It was a chilly day when we shot the pics and the waves wear high. Thankfully being a bush girl I can totally hold my own on a floating dock while trying to look completely poised.
*This dress was made last fall and photographed then as well. I wear this dress religiously! The fabric washes and wears well as well it is a great fabric for every season.*