Tag: handmade crafts

It’s Showtime! Christmas craft fair season is in full swing

Drakestail is on the road now that Christmas craft fair season is in full swing.  This past Saturday I took part in the annual craft fair at All Saints Catholic High School.  I had a great time two years ago at this fair, and was thrilled to be back.  This is a huge craft fair, spread throughout the school.  The variety of crafters selling their wares was impressive too.  My nearest neighbours were selling handmade bath and body goodies, baked treats, hand-sewn purses & tooth fairy pillows (too cute!), stained glass, woodworking art, clothes, knit hats & scarves, the list goes on.  The volunteers were fantastic, and the whole sale had a great vibe.  I definitely hope to be back next year.

I like to bring projects to work on during the quieter times of the day.  I get to show off some of my techniques, let clients see my process, and add some new things to the table as well.  Plus, I’m doing what I love while I hang out and talk to people about doing what I love.  That’s what I call a win-win situation!


Drakestail at the All Saints Christmas Craft Fair
Drakestail at the All Saints Christmas Craft Fair
Vendors and shoppers
Vendors and shoppers
live green chandelier earrings
New at the craft fair: olive green chandelier earrings
Copper charm bracelet
New at the fair: copper & crystal charm bracelet


Upcoming appearances

We’ve both been extra busy these days. Here in Ottawa, it’s because Drakestail Jewellery has some upcoming appearances. I’ve been in my studio, working away on some exciting new pieces that will be coming to our two upcoming shows.

All Saints CHS Craft Fair & Fundraiser

First up, on Saturday, November 2nd, I’ll be at the All Saints Catholic High School’s annual craft fair.  We were last there in 2011, and I’m excited to be going back and support some great causes.  In the words of the organizer:

” This will be the 12th year that All Saints Catholic High School hosts this fundraiser with funds raised going toward the support of Grands & Friends, a group of local women who are raising funds for African Grandmothers who are taking care of millions of orphaned children due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. Funds and dry goods collected at the door will support the school’s Christmas Hamper project in conjunction with the Kanata Food Cupboard and Victoria’s Quilts for cancer patients.
The fair features over 140 tables of treasures handmade by Crafters & Artisans from Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. A supervised child’s play area, café, musical performances and raffle tables are just some of the added features of this event.”

MAC Fair

Following a few weeks later, I’ll be sharing a table with Maiden Star Jewellery at the MAC Fair.  The annual craft fair at Immaculata High School will be on Saturday, November 23rd, and features 120 handmade artists, door prizes, face painting, and more.

As I said before, I’ve been busy making some great designs for the fairs.  Here’s a sneak peek of what will be available.  Which one would you pick up?  Would it be a gift for someone special, or a special gift for you?


New pieces for Fall 2013
New pieces for Fall 2013. Join us at either of our shows to snap up these beauties! Which would you pick?

Etsy Treasury: Turquoise Treasures

‘Turquoise Treasures’
by Drakestail

It’s a long weekend in most of Canada. Let’s celebrate with a treasury filled with handmade and vintage items from Canadian Etsy sellers! Whether you’re relaxing on a beach or chilling at home, these cool turquoise-coloured treasures will help you enjoy the best weekend in August.

Turquoise Necklace Copper Lariat Necklace - LovelyJewelsBoutique
Turquoise Necklace Copp…

Lilikoi Lane Movember Appliqued Mustache Shirt You Choose Size and Color 6m, 12m, 18m, 2t, 3t, 4t, 5t, 6t, 7t - LilikoiLane
Lilikoi Lane Movember A…

Painting of Woman with Big Hair and Goldfish - EarlyMorningProjects
Painting of Woman with …

Ocean Soap, Handmade - Blue Water, Men's Soap - Maplecreeksoap
Ocean Soap, Handmade – …

90s GRUNGE Dress Indian Beaded - Indian Sari - Maxi - Hand Stitched Pearls - Sequins- Loose Flowy - Turquoise - Womens Size S - BuzzingBeesVintage
90s GRUNGE Dress Indian…

Sparkling Electrical Blue Apatite, Faceted Rondelles Beads 5-7 mm - Pack of 10 pcs - 110331-04 - AliveGems
Sparkling Electrical Bl…

Baby clothes, Infant Onesie: Zebra print on blue- 6-12m, baby boy gift - pineapplepetekids
Baby clothes, Infant On…

California Subway Sign, Hollywood Bus Roll, Tram Scroll Vintage Style Art Printed on Styrene 12 x 36 - wordology
California Subway Sign,…

Turquoise flower clip on earrings.  In silver. For unpierced ears. - LittleBearsMom
Turquoise flower clip o…

Vintage metal plates and trivet, set of three painted in blue, wall decor, jewelry display, accessory holder - jensdreamvintage
Vintage metal plates an…

3D Blue and Turquoise Beveled Stained Glass Star Ornament with Copper Lines - Large - SNLCreations
3D Blue and Turquoise B…

Nautical Magnet Board, mixed media message board with vintage maps, boat and lighthouse images, french cottage decor - jensdreamdecor
Nautical Magnet Board, …

Peacock - Wool Felt Finger Puppet - stayawake
Peacock – Wool Felt Fin…

Turquoise and Black Porcelain Cup Mug - jansonpottery
Turquoise and Black Por…

Poolside,,,,,Blue and green chevrons Dog Collar - neckcandycollars
Poolside,,,,,Blue and g…

Compass Necklace - The Navigator - - AevaLillithStudios
Compass Necklace – The …


Treasury tool by StylishHome.

Charity Spring Craft Show March 19th

Tomorrow, Saturday March 19th, we’ll be at the Bronson Centre, in Mac Hall, for the Charity Spring Craft Show.  Come join us and over 45 other vendors for some unique, handmade spring shopping.

Entrance is free, and raffle tickets will be available to support Heart and Stroke Foundation, Autism Ottawa, Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa, and The Glebe Center.

The show is on between 10am and 5pm.  See you there!

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