One of a Kind Wrap up and more Blog Love…

Last week I did my first One of a Kind Show in Toronto.  It’s the biggest show I’ve ever sold at and it was quite exciting to meet so many new great vendors and customers.  Over the five day show I talked to thousands of people and got lots of great feedback about my products as well as learnt many tips and tricks from other vendors.  All in all it was a great success and I’ll be applying to be back for the Christmas edition.

Over the week I got some great publicity, including this spot of Breakfast TV.  I also got some blog love at Design Maze and the Recreational Decorator who even did a design talk at the show on how to bring Spring into your home.

Finally, I’d like to highlight a couple of great friends I made in the Etsy section over the show.

Pikelet Workshop

Pikelet workshop sells wonderful kids plush toys.  My little one was particularly smitten with a tooth fairy pillow as she recently got her first lose tooth.

Route 401Next is Route 401 who makes awesome art out of vintage license plates.  I’ve got a few in the back of my studio that I’ll have to find and send him.

Hopefully this week I get around to my studio clean up.  Many plans to move things around but never enough time to deal with it all.

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One of a Kind Show Spring 2015

Things have been busy in the studio lately, getting ready for One of a Kind Spring show in Toronto.  It’s a big step up from any show I’ve done so far in terms of costs and length, so I’m hoping I’ve prepared enough product to last throughout the show, but selling out the last day around 5pm would be just perfect…

Production has been very smooth, with only a couple of machines breaking down, both easy but pricey fixes, and both involving motors wearing out.  Thankfully I was only down a day or two with repairs so nothing to delay me too much.  I still desperately need to do a massive re-org on my studio, but between moving the machines, rerunning the dust collection and electrical, and just general clean up, I really need a week to get it all done.  So far the orders have been quite consistent and I simply haven’t been able to shut the shop down for so many days in a row.

I’m excited to announce a few new products that I’ll be showcasing at One of a Kind. First is a German inspired Breakfast Board.  It’s a walnut board with a slight dish to it and a colour block edge.  Often used to serve breakfast on, it can double as a serving tray or just look nice on display.

Walnut Breakfast board

Next product is a happy accident.  I had a failed glue up and the only part of the larger board salvageable was a tear dropped shape.  I played around with the size and came away with a new walnut serving and chopping board.  It’s got a rounded edge and a hole for easy hanging.

Walnut tear drop cutting board serving

These products won’t be on Craftcollective.ca or on my Etsy shop till April, so if you you’re keen to have them, be sure to come down to One of a Kind, you’ll find me at booth P44F in the Etsy section.

Big News!

Amidst all the Christmas craft shows, custom orders, and everything else going on in life, I applied for the One of a Kind Show in Toronto (Spring edition).  I’m quite new to all these craft shows, but at the big Etsy sale in September I was approached by someone from the One of a Kind Show who raved about my stuff and said she would hound me until I applied for the show.

 

It was a very lengthy and thorough application, and I’m happy to say that I’ve been accepted for the spring show.  So anyone in the GTA can come see me March 25-29, 2015.  More info to follow as we get closer, now I’m off to the studio to make more products… I can sleep next year.

 

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One of a Kind Show