Tag: Ottawa craft fairs

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

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

Heart, Home and Handmade logo

Updates and more

Trish and I had a great time at the Tudor Hall this past Sunday.  The show had a great turn-out, and we got to meet and chat with lots of great new people.  We shared our cozy table with Carolyn from Maidenstar, and it was great to have such a wide array of jewellery available.

Trish and Robyn | Drakestail Jewellery
Our lovely display at Tudor Hall

It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through our festive appearances already.  Next up is the First Avenue Holiday Craft Fair on November 28.  Get a head start on your holiday shopping and browse the 30+ local artists and vendors. Entry is free and there will be activities for the kids as well as door prizes and home made goodies. This event is organized by the First Avenue School Council and all proceeds raised go to this organization.  We would love to see you there!

Arts in the Park 2015

I love trying new things, and this past Sunday I had the opportunity to try a new show!

Arts in the Park is put on by the Stittsville Village Association. It’s an annual event, showcasing artists, artisans, and authors, and also includes a few local food vendors.

This was my first year participating. I arrived early, and picked out a shady spot under a lovely maple tree. There were loads of visitors long before the show even started, as well as lots of joggers and cyclists passing through the park. There was a light breeze, some light clouds that burned away to reveal a blue sky by the end of the afternoon, and a fantastic, relaxed atmosphere.

My neighbours were great company, our visitors were lovely to chat with, and I had a wonderful time. I was two spaces away from an Asian taco cart.  The smell was irresistible, and they were absolutely delicious.  That was a fantastic coincidence!!  Arts in the Park is on my list of shows to apply for again next year!

A view down the main pathway at Arts in the Park 2015
A view down the main pathway at Arts in the Park 2015
Drakestail Jewellery at Arts in the Park 2015
Drakestail Jewellery at Arts in the Park 2015. I loved being next to the taco cart. They were delicious.  Booth placement win!

Now that my spring shows are out of the way, I’ll be turning my focus back to all our dear fans online. Expect to see some new goodies on Etsy, and of course check back for new articles, information, and fun.


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!


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.
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