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Where’s Drakestail? Find us on Saturday!

Drakestail Jewellery will be out and about again this coming Saturday, November 19th.  If you’re in Ottawa, find us at the W.E Gowling Public School, on 250 Anna Avenue, in lovely Ottawa.  There’s a huge list of vendors who will be there, with something to suit every taste and thrill every elf on your list.  This marks our first appearance at this show, and we’re excited to be there, after hearing so many great things.  Come by and say hi, and if you’re an early bird, grab yourself a free swag bag full of great stuff, too!

(A list of vendors can be found at http://gowlingschoolcouncil.blogspot.ca/p/craft-show-vendors.html).

Admission to the event is free (though donations are welcome); there will also be a 50/50 draw, swag bags for the first lucky shoppers, refreshments, and raffles.  Proceeds from the Craft Show will go toward the long term goal of a revitalized school yard, new play equipment, and general supplies and technological tools for nearly 400 students.  Please tell your friends  – https://www.facebook.com/events/1747156502210199/?ti=as.

WE Gowling Christmas & Holiday Craft Show 2016

Last minute but lovely: Arts in the Park

On Sunday, I spent a lovely day out in the park with dozens of other local authors, artists, and artisans.  The annual Stittsville Arts in the Park show was supposed to be in June, but got rained out.  Sunday was the rain day, and boy, was it the total opposite.  We had a bit of cloud off and on, but the humidity was gone, the temperature was great, and there was a light breeze.  I got to meet loads of people and I think everyone was in such a great mood because of the weather.

The show itself was a success, too.   There was a ton of great local talent, and the kids area had some delicious lemonade for sale.  The park was pretty busy for most of the day and I barely had time to sit down.  I’m very much looking forward to next year’s show.  Watch for details!

Lavender Swarovski Pearl Hair Pins
Lavender Swarovski Pearl Hair Pins, made during a quieter moment.
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Drakestail’s set up at the park!

Ravenswing: 10th anniversary show

Ravenswing Arts Music Fair 2016

Just one week from today, Trish and I will be celebrating a very special event: the Ravenswing Arts and Music Fair‘s 10th anniversary!

Way back in 2009, Roxy and I signed up for our very first craft fair: Ravenswing! We had a lot of fun, and it really got us hooked on doing craft fairs.  Ravenswing 2009

Since then, we’ve been at every Ravenswing fair except one. Drakestail has grown a lot as a company over the years, developing our style, our displays (that blue tablecloth!!), and our work. It has been wonderful to come back each year to Ravenswing as it has developed and grown as well.  Every year the fair gets a bit bigger, runs a bit smoother, and the team organizing it continues to do an amazing job bringing together artisans, writers, musicians, workshops, and more.  Despite the growth and change, all the best parts of Ravenswing persist – great music, a fantastically eclectic collection of vendors, and a great vibe. They also do important work hosting the Clothesline Project, a public art exhibit dedicated to raising awareness of violence against women and children, and giving voices to the survivors.

We’re very much looking forward to being at Minto Park again this year, especially for the 10th anniversary. Join us in celebrating this fantastic fair on Sunday, May 29th!

Ravenswing Arts Music Fair 2016

Heart, Home and Handmade, X2!

Spring has sprung, and then some!  Roxy has been amazingly busy this spring with shows, and now it’s the Ottawa team’s opportunity to try and catch up with her.

Trish and I are lucky to have a great Ottawa show coming up twice! We will be participating in the Heart, Home, and Handmade show on this Sunday, May 15, and then again on June 11.

From the H3 website: “At Heart, Home & Handmade Shows, you will be able to shop for one of a kind goods and meet local makers. Our focus is on promoting and supporting small, independent local businesses with a unique, independent spirit.”

Admission for each event is $2 at the door, with proceeds are going to support Harmony House Women’s Shelter. As Ottawa’s only second-stage women’s shelter, they provide safe, affordable transitional housing for women and children who are survivors of violence.

Heart, Home, and Handmade, Spring Edition
May 15th at the Hellenic Meeting & Reception Centre – 1315 Prince of Wales Dr, Ottawa.
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Heart, Home, and Handmade, West Edition (link to come)
June 11 at the Bell Sensplex – 1565 Maple Grove Rd, Kanata
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Spring is in the air!

I’m dying for spring. I’m done with snow. I’m done with cold. I’m done with everything being dark all of the time.

And I can’t wait until I’m not so bundled up that you can’t see whatever new and fabulous piece of jewellery I’m wearing because it’s hiding under a hat, 2 scarfs and a giant coat!

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Will someone please invent a warm, invisible scarf so I can show these off in a blizzard?

This week has been melting Ottawa! I come home from work to less and less of a snow pile in my front yard. Soon will be pea-coats, pearls, and gemstones glistening in the sunshine! It’s happening! WARMTH!

Along with spring comes OMG! SO MANY CRAFT SHOWS!!! This is a very exciting season!

If you tuned in last week, you know the first up is the IWD Wrapped in Courage Show in Winnipeg on March 19th! Take your leftover St. Patty’s Day luck and use it to find something locally made and amazing!

IWD Wrapped in Courage
Fabulous jewellery and a wonderful cause? Sign us up!

That’s just the beginning! Through April, May and June, shows in both Winnipeg and Ottawa will be hosting Drakestail booths! There’s so many opportunities to find something PERFECT for you! (or someone else, but pick up a little something for yourself while you’re over)

Can’t make it to the show? No worries! We’ll come to YOU! Book your very own home party!

 

Last of the season!

We had our (for real this time) last show of the season on Saturday! Zaphod’s in Ottawa hosted the Bizarre Bazaar and it was fun!

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We got into the holiday spirit with some twinkling lights

The lights were low, music was playing, everyone was relaxed and having a great time!

There were so many items you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else (and I don’t just mean us) There was vintage clothing, custom buttons, love maps, vinyl records turned into art, and our good friend Maiden Star.

One of our feature necklaces from the show. This glass and copper snake has a stunning shimmer, even in low light.

I danced in the booth, finished my Christmas shopping, met some new people and caught up with old friends. This was a very fun and relaxed show!

 

Are you sorry you missed it? Rumour has it that there will be another show February 13th. It’ll be just in time to remember about Valentine’s Day.

Need your Drakestail Jewellery fix before then? Never fear! We’re still booking Home Jewellery Parties! We’ll set up a boutique your place, you’ll invite some friends, and we’ll all have a fabulous time!

Earrings, bookmarks, necklaces... So many shiny last minute gifts!
Earrings, bookmarks, necklaces… So many shiny last minute gifts!

Until then, have a fabulous holiday season!

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