Make It! Craft Fair

It’s getting closer and closer to Christmas, and I don’t know about other cities, but when it’s this time of year, a lot of craft fairs pop up to promote local artists and vendors.  I find that throughout the weeks, there will be quite a bit of the same vendors at different events, so if I don’t get something at one, I won’t necessarily be kicking myself for missing out on the opportunity.

At any rate, I almost missed out on the Make It! fair this weekend, if not for a prompt from a friend’s post.  I ended up going on the last day and it was crowded.  I didn’t really have a mission to buy anything; I just wanted to check out the local crafters (and poach some ideas – not to sell and make money, but so I can go home and get the satisfaction of putting together something myself).  Most of what I ended up getting were food items, which I certainly cannot make for myself at home.

Left to right, from the top:

Art print from A Cagey Bee; I saw it and I had to have it.  It’s like the artist drew a picture of what I look forward to the most on my time off from work.

Sample of Cola scented body spray from Smell This! Aromatherapy; interestingly, I only got the sample from the vendor booth (which smells just like the cola gummy candy from my youth) but ended up winning a package they donated to the silent auction.

Artisan peanut butter from Monkey Butter; I greedily tried all the samples they had, and ended up leaving with three flavours, Maple Bacon (of course!), White Chocolate Raspberry (actually better than the bacon, believe it or not), and Salted Caramel.  I’ve been mostly eating unsweeted/unsalted peanut butter, so the new flavours will put a kick onto my breakfast bagel ritual.

Seafood curry sauce and tomato chutney from Jules+Kent; I tasted the samples and really liked the tomato chutney, but we’ll have to see how the curry sauce turns out once I actually put a meal together.

Free fingerless gloves; I got these from signing up at the Yelp table, and they’re kind of ugly, especially since it says “Yelp Life” on the fingers.  Free swag is free swag, though.  I’ll have to see about re-decorating them.

Vintage photograph magnets of English Bay and Kits Beach; very simple but drew a pretty emotional response from me on how the areas I live in “used to be”.

And the last few bits… cards and information I picked up from various vendors I may consider purchasing from and/or contacting when I need gifts for people in my life.

There is another craft fair coming up soon that I will most likely attend, but I’ll blog about that in more detail later.  ‘Tis the season for local crafts!

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