This Saturday come down to Latitude 53 – 10242 106 Street – to check out the amazing artists, makers, and creators at the On the Spot Pop Up Sale Market! Featuring live music from a host of amazing local musicians, food by Oodles of Chocolates and swag bags to the first 50 shoppers (I’ll be contributing!), we’re going to rock out the heart of Edmonton!
We still have spots available for the Backbeat Block Party, Sunday, June 22. It’s going to be a blast, you should come out: http://www.onthespotcraftsale.com/features/backbeat/
We will be back again tomorrow at the lovely Boyle Street Plaza, 9538 103A Avenue, downtown Edmonton. Be sure to come down and check out these and other great artists!
So many things going on lately that it’s hard to keep up.
Finished my first 2 classes of my diploma program; while accounting kicked my butt, I still passed and got an A in my management class! I’ve started my 3rd class now, taxation, and will begin my 4th at the end of June. Just keep swimming, right?
Kicked of the craft season with our first Boyle Street Maker’s Faire in February which was, in my opinion, an amazing success. We’ve since done a couple of Mercer Collectives that have been just as great. We’re now closing in on our 2nd Boyle Street Maker’s Faire this Saturday and Sunday with a ton of new vendors, love music, a clothing swap and so many lovely artists, makers, and creators. It’s going to be a blast and I hope to see you there! Oh, here’s the event!
Work is… work. It’s interesting at times, boring at others, and still a good place to go daily.
What else? Oh! Whirlwind trip to Toronto courtesy of Etsy Canada! It was a first team leader summit/introduction to Made in Canada Day, a Canada-wide craft show! It’ll be September 27th and yeah, it’s going to be good. I’ll do a full post up on Toronto in a few days.
There’s more going on (so much more) but it’s late and I have more work to do.
I’ve been a bit distracted with work, school, and crafts… Actually, crafts have fallen off too due to the immense school workload. I’m happy to say though, that the classes I started in January are now done and, although I’ll be starting a new class in a week, it’ll be online so I’ll get my evenings back again to create and work on the On the Spot stuff I’ve been sadly neglecting.
And the best, best news right now? I got an A in one of my classes! (Still waiting on test results for the other class, fingers crossed!) Go me!
I’m pretty excited. It’s our first Mercer Collective of 2014!
There’s going to be a huge selection of handmade vendors – 40+ vendors! Handmade jewelry, clothing, food, accessories, art, children’s stuff… So much amazing local talent.
There’s also going to be local music! Mathew James Potter is coming back to the Mercer Collective and he’s bringing a group of amazing local musicians with him! The musicians all belong to The Rhythm Group, based in St Albert, is a musician collective filled with talented individuals and groups.
The Mercer Collective takes place downtown Edmonton in Vacancy Hall (in the Mercer Warehouse) 10359 104 Street from 10-4pm.
See you there?
The wonderful Marta Gold featured our Indiegogo campaign for the Maker’s Space today in the Edmonton Journal. It’s a really nice feature, not just because I contributed this time (usually it’s Marissa doing the media for On the Spot and I’m perfectly happy with that). It’s a thoughtful, well written piece. You should check it out. Also, you can check out the video for our Indiegogo campaign below.
My latest post on our Alberta Craft Alert is a super cute Mini (Fake) Terrarium project that’s super fast and easy. I had the kids doing this one at the last Mercer Collective’s Kids Craft Table and they loved it.
Time flies as you run through the day. Sleep, work, eat, create, work, sleep again. Rinse and repeat.
Working on a project for the Deep Freeze Festival on 118 Avenue for this weekend. I’m decorating a lamppost with friends. It’s a fibre art project which is challenging for me. I’m a jewelry, painter, sculpture artist. Not fibre. Well. Except for felt which is why I’m felting the face of the figure we’re making. You’ll see it later, I’m sure, on the 365 yeg Project blog. I plan on posting a bunch of the pictures I plan on taking at the Festival over next week.
I’m happy with the 365 yeg Project so far. I haven’t ventured to far from home yet, just sticking close to home and downtown. Can’t wait to get out and explore a bit more. You know. When I have time.
Other projects I’m focusing on is organizing the Boyle Street Maker’s Faire. On the Spot Pop Ups has been given a great opportunity to take over the Boyle Street Community Centre on February 8-9 and we’re taking it over in style. Instead of a regular craft show, with tables lined up, we’re organizing the sellers and items for sale into eco systems. Home decor. Fashion. Health and beauty. An entire art gallery. Local music. A coffee shop with local made furniture. I can’t wait.
As part of the growth we’re wanting for On the Spot Pop Ups, we’re looking to create a Maker’s Space and retail shop for our makers. This is my passion. I’m super excited for this. A space where makers, crafters, creators, and builders can come together to work, collaborate, and play.With the tools, equipment, and space to work with., Artist studios. Meeting spaces. Room to create. I’m so, so excited. And a bit scared.
We’re doing an Indiegogo campaign to help crowdsource the funds as we need to raise a lot of money for this. We’ve met our Indiegogo goal of $5,000 and surpassed it, but we still need to raise more. Anything anyone can contribute, from monetary funds, to equipment, to time is so appreciated.
Plus, I’m starting classes again tomorrow at NAIT. More accounting and computer classes in hopes of earning my diploma as soon as possible. Two nights a week, 4 hours a night. Until April. Hooray for higher education.
Okay, Enough rambling for now. Things to make and books to read. No rest for the busy.
I think, as an attainable blogging goal, that I’ll aim to post once a week for now, until I get back into the swing of things.