You might never have known based on all my chipper Facebook posts, but man, that was a brutal winter!
Retail is hard enough in this economic climate, but throw in an environmental climate that's as unpredictable as an adolescent girl on hormone supplements and you're really in trouble.
We made it though. The sun is shining today, the snow is melting, and we're ready to launch into a whole new season of handmade fabulousness.
I'm going to start knitting these suckers now so maybe I'll be done in time for Christmas next year. You can too.
Last week I high tailed it to Toronto to hit up the One of a Kind Show.
It's always a great resource for me to find new North American made product, but I was so thrilled to see so many new vendors in the house. I've got so much great stuff coming over the next few weeks I can hardly stand it.
Here are a few of my favourite products you can expect to see in the shop very soon.
That's all I'm showing you for now.
She's freelance blogging for them now and pitched the shop.
Much to my excitement, they agreed that Hello Yellow would be a good fit and now I am frantically working away at populating my online shop so I can try to maximize on the exposure.
Do you know about Apartment Therapy?
That's all for now.
I have some more stories about how I bought a framing company and have been invited to speak at the Etsy Summit in Toronto, and got named Etsy Team Captain for Ottawa, but I don't want to overwhelm you.
A few weeks ago I was approached by Etsy asking if they could feature my shop on their wholesale blog.
Obviously I said yes.
And then proceeded to freak out because my online shop wasn't exactly prepared for any special social media attention.
Nothing a little scrambling and some help from friends couldn't solve, however.
Here it is.
Since 2010 I have been co-hosting a fantastic craft show called Handmade Harvest with my friend and former co-worker Colleen Hewitt.
We host the show twice a year (three if you could our new Food & Drink Show) here in Almonte and it's flipping awesome.
This year we had more submissions than ever (over 200!) for our Holiday Show and I am so jazzed to see so many new makers in the mix.
The event takes place over two days (50 different vendors each day) and is hosted at the Almonte Old Town Hall NEXT weekend.
Looking for an(other) excuse to come to Almonte?
This is it!
For more details and a list of vendors visit Handmade Harvest online at www.handmadeharvest.com.