Happy New Year, and a great link

I hope your new year has gotten off to a great start, and that 2012 is everything you’d hoped for, and more.

I love to read jewellery blogs and learn about techniques, fashion, and materials.  I came across a wonderful blog posted on Ganoksin, a website devoted to goldsmithing and other jewellery creation.  The particular post that caught my eye was one on the history of Peridot, the gemstone for August.  Since I couldn’t possibly say it better myself, here is the link: The Story of Peridot.


A big thanks, and time to relax.

I had the perfect send-off to the Christmas craft show season with the Shenkman Arts Centre‘s Baz’ART event this past weekend.  I had a great time meeting visitors, seeing some exceptional art and artisanal work, and getting to know the other vendors.  A big thanks to all the organizers for their hard work!  The event was a huge success and a lot of fun.

That’s it for my in-person appearances for 2011.  I’ll add my roster of shows for 2012 to the calendar on the right-hand side of the site as I confirm them.  For now, I’ll be concentrating on getting more items in the Etsy store in time for Christmas shopping.  Have a special request? Drop me an email and I’ll see what I can do!

2011 Holiday sale appearances!

Whew!  It’s that time of year again, when people begin their holiday shopping.  What better way to get a unique gift for someone special than to get something handmade and locally produced?  I love picking up gifts from craft fairs and art shows, and I have to admit I’m a bit spoiled – I can always scope out the other vendors that I’m selling with.  We all love to talk about our craft, and it adds something to the gift when you can tell the recipient exactly where it came from and how it was made.

That said, Drakestail will be making two more appearances in 2011.  On Sunday, November 27th, I’ll be at the RA Centre (map here) from 10am – 4pm.  I’ve been at this show on past years and have always found great gift ideas from the vendors.

My other appearance will be Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4th at the Shenkman Arts Centre (map here), from 11am – 5pm both days.  Baz’ART will be a new show for me, but considering how much fun their spring show has been, I can just imagine the holiday bazaar, with local artists and artisans and lots of food and activities, is going to be amazing.

Check the calendar app to the right of the blog for full details, or email at info@drakestail.com for more info.  Hope to see you!

Spotlight: All Saints Catholic High School Charity Fundraiser

Our next show will take place at the All Saints Catholic High School (map here) on Saturday, November 5th, 2011, from 9am-3pm. This annual craft fair show is now in its 10th year and has become quite popular. There will be over 100 vendors selling their handmade treasures from around the region.

There will be performances by talented student musicians, as well as a café, a supervised children’s play area, raffle prizes, and lots more! Admission is $1, or a donation of a non-perishable item.

From the organizer:

“Funds raised from the Craft Fair support our school’s Christmas Hamper program which coordinates with the Kanata Food Cupboard. As well, this year we are supporting Grands & Friends – a group affiliated with the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign. This is a group of Ottawa and area women who work to raise awareness, funds and advocate for the Grandmothers of Africa who are raising millions of orphaned children in sub-Sahara Africa due to the AIDS/HIV pandemic. These women are courageous and are giving new hope to their communities and changing the future for many but they need us to lend our voices and to support their efforts.”

Hope to see you there!

Spotlight: Women In Business Ottawa

Women in Business Ottawa (WIBO) is a Trade Show & Sale that was organized to help Ottawa-area women with at-home businesses to promote their products and services.  Vendors predominantly hail from the Ottawa-Gatineau region, and cater to Ottawa-area women and families.

Created and organized by Angele Villeneuve, WIBO had its first trade show in the fall of 2010.  Since then, it has expanded to include vendors from farther away.  The show has grown since its inception, expanding from 60 vendors in the spring of 2011 to around 100 vendors this October.

As the organizer, Angele participates in the event with Norwex and Gold Canyon products.  She started this event after attending an Orleans trade show as a vendor and realized that there were no such events organized for the Kanata/Stittsville to central Ottawa area.

Entry is free of charge; however, donations are collected upon arrival for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.

Event location: Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Ave, Halls A & B, from 9-3pm.

The website (currently under construction): www.wibotradeshow.webs.com

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