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Double the Craft Fairs = Double the Fun
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This past weekend was a very busy weekend for Craft Fairs.  There were two local craft fairs happening at the same time this year:  Make-It! The Handmade Revolution and Circle Crafts. Seeing that I was already busy and short on time, I attempted to squeeze in both shows on the same day.  Craziness, I know...but I didn't want to miss the craft fairs again this year.  Believe it or not, this was the first time I attended a craft show let alone a holiday craft show.  I attended a mini craft/tech fair earlier this year but nothing on this scale.  I didn't know what to expect or how to prepare myself for all this handmade goodness. (I'm not too sure what the protocol is for posting pictures of craft fairs so I will just mention about the interesting vendors I saw and provide some links to their shop/blog.  If you could mention what the procedure is, that would be very helpful too.) First stop was the Make-it! craft fair.  There was a line up to get in but luckily it went by really fast and it weaved through some food booths.  There were lots of baked goods and handmade chocolates.  One of my favorite chocolate places called La Chocolaterie was there too! They have a wide selection of non traditional chocolate flavours from red bean to salad.  Once we got our tickets, we started making our way through all the vendors.  There were many handmade jewellery, photography prints and terrariums booths.  It was a very fun atmosphere and a delight looking through all the beautiful handmade crafts.  I was definitely inspired by many works.  It took about 3 hrs to go through all the booths which I think was not too bad and exactly what I planned for.  After a quick lunch stop to refuel, it was time to check out the second craft fair of the day. Next stop, Circle Crafts.  They had beautiful Christmas trees set-up all over the convention centre.  I spotted some very adorable Gingerbread men on some of the trees. There were many vendors at Circle Crafts that sold Christmas Ornaments and goodies.  It was so festive!  Much like Make-it! there was an abundance of handmade jewellery and photography booths.  Most of them one-of-a-kind.  It took about 3 hrs to see everything at this show too but I bet for some people they could easily make it a day trip. I had a really great time at both craft shows and saw many unique handmade goods.  Such talented individuals.  I had a hard time selecting the crafts I wanted to buy...everything was just so nice and cute.  In the end, I got a totoro stamp (MYOGA Craft Cave), pocket mirror with a beautiful water colour image (ola design) and a wood etched elephant brooch (cabin+cub).  All beautifully hand crafted.   Visiting these craft fairs was such a fun experience.  I look forward to many more craft fairs and events in the future! Something for M & S to participate in in the future, I do hope so!   -M

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