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Portobello West Spring into Summer 2014 Craft Fair in Vancouver Recap
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[caption id="attachment_1003" align="aligncenter" width="610"]Marissa and Sami of Momomints at our first Portobello West Craft Fair in Vancouver! Marissa and Sami of Momomints at our first Portobello West Craft Fair in Vancouver![/caption] The Portobello West Spring into Summer 2014 Craft Fair in Vancouver was a big hit for Momomints! It was our first Spring craft market and we were more than excited to showcase our spring handmade products including new amigurumi stuffed toys, keychains and housewares, as well polymer clay keychains and stationery gifts. We brought along our new Peas in a Pod couple, DIY Amigurumi Sheep kits, Paperclip Organizers, Orca Whale keycharm keychains and SO much more! [caption id="attachment_1005" align="aligncenter" width="610"]Amigurumi Bunnies, Peas in a Pod, and Sheep at Portobello West 2014 in Vancouver Amigurumi Bunnies, Peas in a Pod, and Sheep at Portobello West 2014 in Vancouver[/caption] The Peas in a Pod couple set proved to be a big hit during this spring craft fair. With wedding season near, many customers dropped by to buy them as wedding gifts for friends and family. [caption id="attachment_1006" align="aligncenter" width="610"]Featured Wedding Momobunny Amigurumi Bunny Couple at Portobello West 2014 Featured Wedding Momobunny Amigurumi Bunny Couple at Portobello West 2014[/caption] We also featured our very much coveted Momobunny Wedding Couple for the first time at a craft fair! We had always made them as custom orders but thought they would be the perfect featured product for our Portobello West booth. Our time at the Creekside Recreation Centre at the Olympic Village for Portobello West was truly memorable, as it was the first time that we got the chance to meet many new and well established local Vancouver vendors! Everyone was super friendly in sharing their experiences and tips with us! There is such a supportive community of artisans and crafters in Vancouver. [caption id="attachment_1008" align="aligncenter" width="610"]Momomints with our neighbor Noriko of Dancing Leaf Design Momomints with our neighbor Noriko of Dancing Leaf Design[/caption] Our neighbor Noriko, of Dancing Leaf Design, was especially kind. She has been attending craft fairs for years and had lots of encouraging words for us. It was nice to have the little chats with her in the mornings when setting up and seeing her beautiful jewelry the in corner of our eyes was always a treat! She makes lovely lace integrated jewelry that you have to see for yourself! You could tell that all her customers loved her dearly and she had many friends and returning customers. You can find her jewelry at local shops in Vancouver, see her Etsy Shop for more details: Dancing Leaf Design. [caption id="attachment_1011" align="aligncenter" width="610"]Momomints with our Portobello West neighbors, Makers&Co Momomints with our Portobello West neighbors, Makers&Co[/caption] To our left was the lovely duo of Makers&Co, who came showcasing their handmade ceramics. All their items were beautifully handcrafted and unique in design! They were new to the scene so we can't wait to see more of them at future shows and events! Keep up to date through their Instagram: Makers&Co. [caption id="attachment_1004" align="aligncenter" width="610"]Making new friends with C Yarn Hut's amigurumi handmade gifts Making new friends with C Yarn Hut's amigurumi handmade gifts[/caption] It's especially exciting to meet artists who share the same craft as us, so we would have to thank Portobello West for giving us the opportunity to meet Clara of C Yarn Hut. Clara is also and amigurumi artist and the first that we have met in Vancouver! [caption id="attachment_1007" align="aligncenter" width="458"]Momomints with Clara and Clarissa of C Yarn Hut Momomints with Clara and Clarissa of C Yarn Hut[/caption] What's so amazing about Clara is that she has handmade the biggest amigurumi stuffed toy that we have ever seen! "Clarissa" actually took Clara 3 months to crochet and we are in total awe! Maybe she can teach us how to make a giant Momobunny someday. [caption id="attachment_1012" align="aligncenter" width="610"]The C Yarn Hut booth at Portobello West's Spring into Summer 2014 Craft Fair The C Yarn Hut booth at Portobello West's Spring into Summer 2014 Craft Fair[/caption] Her booth featured many whimsical handmade amigurumi gifts and crochet accessories. We have a lot to learn from her as her booth display was very well done! You can tell she is an experienced craft fair vendor. You can find out more about Clara and her creations on her website at C Yarn Hut, but we're sure to see her again at future craft fairs! [caption id="attachment_1009" align="aligncenter" width="610"]Katherine of Foe & Dear with the girls of Momomints at Portobello West 2014 Katherine of Foe & Dear with the girls of Momomints at Portobello West 2014[/caption] With a sweet and clever name like Foe and Dear, you need not expect any less from Katherine. It was very sweet of her to come visit us at our booth and express her love for our handmade products and Instagram account. But if you're a regular craft fair shopper in Vancouver,  you'd be quite familiar with the beautifully delicate jewelry designs of Foe and Dear. She's quite the celebrity in our eyes and you can see it for yourself on her website: Foe and Dear. [caption id="attachment_1010" align="aligncenter" width="610"]Lana of LanaBetty with the girls of Momomints at Lana's booth at the Portobello West Craft Fair in Vancouver Lana of LanaBetty with the girls of Momomints at Lana's booth at the Portobello West Craft Fair in Vancouver[/caption] Definitely one of the sweetest vendors that we had the privilege to finally meet was Lana of LanaBetty! We have been following her on Instagram and loving her stuff and she has been doing the same but we never had the chance to actually introduce ourselves to her till last weekend at Portobello West! [caption id="attachment_1015" align="aligncenter" width="610"]Lana of LanaBetty with the girls of Momomints having some fun at the Portobello West Craft Fair in Vancouver Lana of LanaBetty with the girls of Momomints having some fun at the Portobello West Craft Fair in Vancouver[/caption] We've seen how hard she works on Lanabetty and were glad we had the chance to share our appreciation to her in person. Lana makes beautiful jewelry, with our favourite being her 3D printed line: Geometric Desires. We can't wait to get our custom Momomints inspired necklace from her! If you're looking for bold and unique jewelry, we highly recommend checking out Lana's work. Not only did we make many new friends participating in Portobello West but we also had many friends and family, Facebook fans, and Instagram followers visit us! This included the girls from Crafted Van, Anita of Make More Happy, Erica of shopmochi, Angela of dowantmakeup, and more! We apologize if we've forgotten, our brains were a bit frazzled from craft fair madness! [caption id="attachment_1014" align="aligncenter" width="610"]Momomints with the owners of Lemonlemonpie Momomints with the owners of Lemonlemonpie[/caption] To top everything off though, we were visited by the couple behind Lemonlemonpie! This goes way back for us, when we first wanted to open our own shop. We remember seeing their products and the success their Etsy shop was having and the behind the scenes photos of them packing TONS of orders, wondering  when we could ever be like that. It was inspiring and we'll never forget their super adorable animal pillows. They have since taken a break from their shop but we still follow them on social media! It meant so much to us when they became fans of our work. Thanks so much to these two for coming out to meet us and supporting our shop! [caption id="attachment_1013" align="aligncenter" width="610"]The Momomints booth at Portobello West's Spring into Summer 2014 Craft Fair The Momomints booth at Portobello West's Spring into Summer 2014 Craft Fair[/caption] Thanks again so much to Portobello West for hosting an amazing craft fair for all the vendors. They were very organized and active in promoting all of us and making the event something we'd love to attend again. Not only had we met lots of new friends but we've also learned a lot! We'll take all this and continue to grow our business! Thanks again to everyone who supports and believes in us ~ M&S.

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momomints shop

Thank you very much! We’re glad you enjoyed our post. Thanks for the comment =)


Sarah Muray

I love all the cute photos and wonderful write up about your experience at Portobello West.


momomints shop

You’re too kinda Clara! It was a pleasure to meet you in person and we will definitely keep in touch and meet again at future craft fairs and markets!


Clara - C Yarn Hut

Thank you momomints to share the beautiful pictures, it’s our honor be mentioned on your blog. Love your blog, feel love and sweet. I m a very green craft fair vendor too, let’s keep up our handcraft to share our love together. Look forward to see you two in next show. XO


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