Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Glisten! A Handmade Holiday Event. This Saturday!

Friends! Exciting news! This weekend we're hosting an event at the GCTC (home of Urban Craft) called Glisten! Glisten is a handmade holiday event featuring crafters from across Ottawa. Attendees will be able to shop from some incredibly lovely vendors, including some previously undiscovered talent! This show is presented by the GCTC and we've selected a slew of new vendors--different than those you will see at Urban Craft--for you to peruse!

A preview:

Mynta, whose work I have admired forever, will be on hand with some seriously stunning and unique sterling silver jewelry. It's probably going to take all my control to keep myself from buying all her stock. Someone on my Christmas list is surely getting a piece of her jewelry!

Kokobaru will be in attendance with these adorable animal caps and really precious, hand-sewn stuffed animals (above). Her stuff is perfect for the little ones you have on your Christmas list!

urbanfĂȘte will be showcasing their gorgeous, modern holiday cards and will have designs for not only Christmas, but for Hanukkah and other occasions too!

Patricia at PR Design makes gorgeously unique stained glass goodies including night lights, wall art and really neat jewelry.

Epidemic 613 will bringing ties for the guys and other awesome home decor and assorted goodies. Stuff for dudes! Yay!

Thistle & Maple makes some of the coolest, most unique rings I've seen in a while (and believe you me--I see a lot of jewelry)! Her unique creations are made from clay and are seriously gorgeous!

And Poppy Studios will also be in attendance with lovely bunting for Christmas and all other seasons! Perfect for dressing up your mantle for the holidays, or just decking the halls in general!

Show Details:
Glisten! A Handmade Holiday Event
Saturday, November 19
The GCTC (Holland & Wellington)

Full List Of Vendors:
Blush Beads
Thistle & Maple
Face To Grace
Eufemia Bella
Sarah's Card Company
Clean Hands Warm Hands
PR Design
Urbanite Jewelry
My Stow N Tow
Epidemic 613
Oh My Ampersand
Bytown Beanery
Bez Gluten Free
Poppy Studios
Pink Wagon
Operation Come Home
iDi Designs

For more info & updates, join us over on Facebook!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

More Photos from Urban Craft's November Edition!

Some more lovely photos from Urban Craft's November edition, courtesy of our good friends at foodiePrints (who write one of our very favorite Ottawa food blogs)!

Photos 1: Macarons from Urban Baking Co., 2, 3 & 4: Laser cut toys from 3 Princesses Engraving, 5, 6 & 7: Sterling silver jewelry from Jasmine Virani, 8, 9, 10: The koko chocolate crew with their special Movember 'staches & boxes, 11 & 12: Flights of Fancy's lovely accessories--featuring ML from 20 York Street! All photos courtesy of foodiePrints.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Handmade Awesomeness at Urban Craft November

We had a record turnout for the November edition of Urban Craft, and the vendors we had on hand were ridiculously good (as always). Some images from the day:

{goodies from purple urchin}

{gorgeous green macarons from urban baking co.}

{the koko chocolates crew sporting 'staches to promote their movember boxes!}

{Cheryl of oh my ampersand with her lovely & unique wood jewelry)

{makerjane's lovely linoblock print cards}

{adorable stuffed goods from liv well toys}

{dempsey press' lovely letterpress goods}

More lovely pictures of our lovely vendors + details about all the lovely food packs we were able to assemble for The Ottawa Food Bank on the way very soon!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Our Feature in The Ottawa Citizen

At the beginning of last week, I got a call from an editor at The Ottawa Citizen whom we've worked with before. She mentioned she'd been wanting to do a piece on Urban Craft since we launched, and thought now would be the perfect time to do so. We were more than happy to oblige, obviously, and found out our piece was to run on Friday or Saturday--right before the November edition of the show!

On Friday, the piece ran and in the midst of our day-before-the-show prep, we found the article online and I was pretty over the moon excited. I didn't think it could get any better until we picked up a copy on Saturday and saw that the article was a full half-page big and included images from Anne-Marie Bouchard of AMBPhoto, one of our very favorite photographers to work with in Ottawa. We were thrilled and so thankful for the article. You can read it here: Shop Local At Ottawa's Urban Craft.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Urban Craft November: A Sneak Peek

Ladies and gents, we've got some fan-freakin'-tastic things in store for you during this month's edition of Urban Craft! I'm going to cut right to the chase:

This month the really awesome folks at The Lost City Of will be joining us with their fantastic threads. Danica makes handmade clothing--which is drafted, designed and sewn by her own two hands--as well as printed shirts that run in small editions. Her stuff is really fantastically unique and she also happens to have one of the coolest websites I've seen, which you should go check out.

Cheryl of Oh My Ampersand makes some really darn cool jewelry. Cheryl cuts salvaged wood into slices and sands each them smooth. Each piece looks different, each has its own story to unfold. She then sketches a design for the jewelry and then does wood burning. Cheryl's graphic design background is very evident when you see her pieces. They're so well executed and unique.

makerjane makes gorgeous linoblock print cards. Some are simple and incredibly beautiful in their simplicity, some are detailed and filled multiple colors and details. So gorgeous. I can't wait to pick up some of her cards to give out during the holiday season.

Stirling of Winged Beast Outfitters is bringing some more awesome threads in the form of really cool t-shirts. He totally has awesome stuff for dudes. Did you hear that? For DUDES! We love it when we come upon vendors who make stuff for guys, because they are often few and far between. We're 123% sure you'll love Winged Beast's stuff.

And last but certainly not least, 3 Princesses Engraving will be on hand with THE most ridiculously cute and modern wood toys for kids. I am in love with Rachael and Tyson's stuff so much that I'm scrambling to find kids to buy their stuff for these holidays. Sort of makes you wish you were at 5 year old again so you could get in on their awesome princess wands!