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Arts in the Park 2015, and catching up

I’ve had a great spring so far, with two Drakestail events already done and a third coming up soon.

First, we kicked off spring with MAC Fair: Bloom edition. MAC Fair is a pleasure to attend. It’s incredibly well organized, there’s always a great mix of vendors, and a great atmosphere. I never come away empty-handed, either.

Drakestail Jewellery at MAC Fair Bloom 2015
Drakestail Jewellery at MAC Fair Bloom 2015, with a peek at our neighbour, Carolyn of Maidenstar!

This past Sunday was Ravenswing, which is hands down my favourite outdoor show. The weather was glorious, which makes a great show even better! I didn’t have much of an opportunity to walk around this time, but I was near the music tent and got treated to some great music and entertainment.

Drakestail Jewellery at Ravenswing 2015
Drakestail Jewellery setting up at Ravenswing 2015. Look at that brilliant sky!! It was perfect.
Drakestail Jewellery at Ravenswing 2015
Drakestail Jewellery’s display at Ravenswing 2015

Coming up next, on Sunday, June 7th, will be Arts in the Park. This is an established show but it will be my first time participating. It will be an outdoor show, featuring more than 70 professional and amateur artists, writers, culinary specialists, musicians, and other creators. They also host a variety of performances, special activities for kids, and fundraising snack sales. There will definitely be something for everyone! Arts in the Park 2015 takes place at Village Square Park, in Stittsville, in the west end of Ottawa, from noon until 5pm. Come join me and explore this fun show!

-Robyn

MAC Fair: BLOOM Edition – A Review

It has taken a few days to recover, but I had a fantastic time at the MAC Fair last Saturday.

The MAC Fair takes place at Immaculata High School.  I got there bright and early, and when I pulled up to the door, student volunteers unloaded my car and took all my gear right to my table. (This is one of my favourite parts of the show, the awesome support from the student volunteers.)  I parked, found my table, and got set up.  Meanwhile, more students were grilling up a pancake breakfast, which was very tasty!

There was a steady stream of visitors through the day, especially considering how bright and sunny the weather was outside.  The show was well advertised, and Heather Bryce, the main organizer, even appeared on CTV Morning Live and Rogers.

Happily, I was neighbour once again to Carolyn of Maiden Star.  We ended up with some great neighbours to either side of ourselves, and the room was full of a wonderful mix of vendors.  I didn’t leave empty-handed, getting some gifts and a little treat for myself.  I love to buy local and buy handmade as much as possible, and these shows are a great opportunity to do just that.

So, a great big thank you to the organizers, to everyone who came out to shop and spend the day, and especially to the volunteers who helped keep everything running so smoothly.  I had a wonderful time, and can’t wait to be back again. (I apologize for the blurry photos, I was rushing when I took them!)

– Robyn

Ready to set up at the MAC Fair
Ready to set up at the MAC Fair. The volunteers stacked everything neatly for me to set up.
My neighbour across the way and their amazing vinyl record crafts.
My neighbour across the way and their amazing vinyl record crafts. I’m kicking myself for not getting the Paul McCartney handbag.
Our little corner, with Drakestail, Maiden Star, and some adorable diaper cakes!
Our little corner, with Drakestail, Maiden Star, and some adorable diaper cakes!
Robyn, all set up and ready to go!
Robyn, all set up and ready to go! I love my new apron, and the new table setup.

Getting ready for the MAC Fair

The countdown is on!  MAC Fair: Bloom Edition is coming up on Saturday, May 10th, and I’m incredibly excited.  As you know, I’ve been working away at revamping my booth, and I’m very pleased with how it’s looking.  While I do love going to craft fairs and art shows, it’s always a bit stressful to make sure that all our gorgeous jewellery is displayed in just the right way.  I’d been feeling that the booth needed freshening up, especially since it hasn’t changed much over the past year or so.  This spring’s shows were the perfect time to change things up and I think it will give a better feel to my displays and ultimately show off just how fabulous our jewellery is.

In my effort to freshen up my show display, I’ve done a fair bit of shopping.  I’ve bought new tablecloths, new busts, and a set of gridwalls.  I picked up some new tote bins that will double as a riser for the back portion of the table, to give some of the displays some height.  (I love when things can do double duty!)  Now I get to play around with arranging them.  Take a look at the pictures below, and tell me in the comments which one is your favourite!

-Robyn

Drakestail Jewellery's 2014 Ottawa booth display #1
Drakestail Jewellery’s 2014 Ottawa booth display #1. The earring rack is up front and on the corner, ready to be perused.
Drakestail Jewellery's 2014 Ottawa booth display #2
Drakestail Jewellery’s 2014 Ottawa booth display #2. I’ve moved the earring rack to the riser, and added in the “treasure chest” of sale items.
Drakestail Jewellery's 2014 Ottawa booth display #3
Drakestail Jewellery’s 2014 Ottawa booth display #3. I’ve changed the display boards in the front, using one larger one in the middle with two small ones, rather than four small ones in the previous images.

Grid walls and goodies for upcoming shows

I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter weekend.  I enjoyed the time off from my day job, and the chance to get together with some extended family.  Those events never seem to happen quite often enough, and with several little ones around now, it’s fascinating to see how they have grown since the last holiday meal.

I got to spend my holiday Monday getting some things done.  First up, I got to visit a new store in town.  Roy Sims Display is in the east end of the city, and they have, as you might imagine, quite a good selection of display materials.  They were extremely helpful, giving suggestions and helpful tips, and even so far as to letting me put some items in my car to make sure they fit before I bought them.  I was very happy to give them my business, and came away with some grid wall panels that will be added to my show displays.

I hit up a few more stores (as well as a sushi place for lunch) and picked up some more items to make some DIY displays.  Once my tablecloths come in, I’ll be wrapping some nesting boxes in matching fabric and they’ll be perfect for displaying tiaras, headbands, and other hair accessories.  I really can’t wait to set up and see how it all looks together!  My new table display, complete with the grid walls, will be making its debut at the MAC Fair: BLOOM, coming up on May 10th.  I’ll be breaking out the new canopy on May 25th at Ravenswing.  Come by and see it for yourself!

-Robyn

My new gridwall shelf, for Drakestail Jewellery.  www.drakestail.com
A corner shelf for my gridwall panels. A good place to display things and it doubles as a support to keep them upright!
New gridwall panels & tent for Drakestail Jewellery.  www.drakestail.com
My new gridwall panels, shelf, and my new canopy for outdoor shows.

Catching Up

I hope you’re enjoying the 100 Day Challenge as much as I am. I’m re-discovering some fantastic beads and it has been pushing my creativity in some great ways. Taking a moment to step back and take a look at the first third of this challenge, I’m very pleased with the pieces that I’ve been creating, with the variety of designs and styles that still all look very “us”. The timing couldn’t be better, either, since there will be spring and summer shows coming soon.

So far we have one Ottawa show scheduled, the MAC Fair: BLOOM edition. This show falls on the day before Mother’s Day, and will be a great chance to get out and see some fantastic Ottawa artisans and artists, and taste some delicious local treats. The Christmas show was wonderful, and I can’t wait to be back at Immaculata High School for this one. If you’re in the Ottawa area, get to this show. I promise you’ll love it!

We will be planning more shows for the year, and look forward to seeing you in person. Have a favourite craft fair or art show that you love to attend? Tell us in the comments!

-Robyn

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