Need it? Get it! At Got Craft? holiday edition

Monday December 3rd 2012, AT 3:23PM   Leave a comment

You know a craft market is really making an impact when the list of vendors gets longer and more amazing for every subsequent event, and when the market is able to expand into a larger space…and with those two markers, Vancouver’s Got Craft? is at the very top of markets to make it out to.

The Got Craft? holiday edition is happening this coming weekend — that is, December 8th and 9th, and it has moved into new digs at the Croatian Cultural Centre!

Over the next week we’re presenting an overview of the fabulous crafters, handmakers, foodies and fashionistas who will be selling their wares and goodies at the Holiday Got Craft? market. Today I’m repeating coverage from the last Got Craft? market, as these same folks will be at this one.

Abeego Designs
Abeego food storage items offer a healthier and more cost effective alternative to plastic food wrap and single-use plastic bags. Use them to top food containers in the refrigerator, or to wrap cheese, sandwiches, snacks and more. They are easy to clean and when cleaned right, will last and last.
Bake Sale Baking Co.
Any company who describes themselves as offering things “just like grandma used to make them”, has gotten my heart. And let me tell you, I’ve sampled their goodies and they have my sweet tooth too! From past experience, this place will have a line up early and it’ll last through the whole event, so don’t miss out on the yumminess.
You’ll see a lot of handcrafters at this sale, like Banoo, who use these events to supplement their sales from other places, such as etsy. The bonuses abound: being able to touch and feel the wares, AND saving on shipping! I can’t wait to check out these adorable handmade accessories for men and women.
The Beautiful Project
I am SUCH a sucker for a nice card, or any beautiful paper objet, really. I’ve already earmarked a few things I might need to have, including their sweet recipe cards, and perhaps just maybe a few “Sorry For Being Such An Ass” note cards…to have on hand in case of emergency.

Craft sales are not just for women, and this really cool company will prove that to any men in attendance. For gentlemen seeking sartorial assistance, Belvedere’s selection of “men’s accessories…inspired by the gentlemen of the 1950s as well as today’s modern chap” will shine like a beacon.
What a wonderful idea this is, to use all of that ephemera that one collects on travels and adventures in unique, handmade creations that ensure found treasures will live on. I can’t wait to see some of these works of art with their own stories to tell, in person.
cabin + cub design
Go ahead, get burned. Woodburned, that is. This line features woodburned art like this great owl block, and cork coasters and boards. I also love the wood gift tag sets in their etsy shop, and hope they’ll be bringing some to Got Craft?.
This raw crystal and stone jewelry line is just stunning, and so interesting to contemplate. Take the raw black tourmaline crystal chunk pictured here. A close look reveals scratches and scars, and it makes me wonder what natural forces left their mark. It would be quite lovely to wear something that hasn’t been cut and polished so that it no longer resembles how it came out of the earth. CAMPandQUARRY also has beautiful hand dyed textiles.

Carmen West Creative
Utterly fabulous, that’s what a woman who wears one of these feather headpieces would be. Vintage-inspired and featuring feathers and up-cycled vintage jewelry, this would be the perfect accent to a great outfit. Getting married soon? Make sure to check out her bridal goodies.

dani press
I love these cards, I love the stories of where they came from, and I love the pairing of photography and words that make you think. The designer/artisan Dani, says, “i have wanted this for nearly ten years. to have a card line of wayward travel photos and old typewriter text to inspire people, to give them the words they want to say but don’t know how to, to give something meaningful.” Mission accomplished, girl!

Divina Denuevo, Pieces of II
These leather purses, accessories and one of a kind items are made from, wherever possible, reclaimed leather, and feature antique and vintage hardware and adornments.
I am looking forward to checking out the uber-cool Cambden Rustic Leather Business Card Holder, with its “Pop Up” Design.

It was love at first sniff for me, when I first came across Feest during the last Got Craft? event. I actually wrote an effusive post about that, here. Since then, designer Miranda has added to the candles with a whole bunch of great products you can expect to find at her table, including bath products, illustrated kitchen linens, prints and more. I’ll be stocking up for gifts — for family, friends, and myself!

Firefly Notes
The fun vintage inspired items from Firefly Notes include cards, tins, magnets, prints, tea towels, and more! You can find something for your home, something to wear, and even something funny just to look at. Perfect little inexpensive goodies to keep on hand as gifts, or gift (as I like to do!) yourself.
There doesn’t seem to be a web site for this designer, but the Got Craft page says this: “Handmade leather accessories. Veggie tanned and latigo belts, a collection of unique cuffs and incredibly durable guitar straps.” Sounds good to me, I’ll check them out!
Created in a garage space/studio with music or the Food Network as company, this jewelry line features stained glass, metal work, beads and other found objects. The designer must have a wonderful time making her creations! I’m looking forward to seeing it all in person.
honey canada
I bought myself a little treat during the last Got Craft? event, from this vendor. It was the Christmas sale, and I got her last felt ball wreath. And while it’s already mid-April, it is still hanging on my office door — not from laziness, no, but because it’s simply too cute to put away. Definitely stop by this table! (I’ll see you there!)
Just Potters
I have two small pinch bowls from these fine folks, perfect to use as a salt cellar or to put beside the sink to hold rings. I am absolutely enamored with the pitcher in the picture, and will have to try to find it this time. These ceramic pieces are made by potters in East Vancouver who are overcoming barriers in their lives. The organization behind the initiative, JustWork, aims to provide “dignity and community through work”.

Kawaii Eats
Oh, THIS is a table I’m interested to see! Take French specialties like macarons and other pastries, and add in a healthy dose of Japanese adorableness, and you’ve got the new Kawaii Eats.

Map jewelry – what a perfect way to commemorate a trip taken, or a dream destination! Kohana takes custom orders, and there will also be a nice selection of their necklaces, lockets, earrings, rings, cufflinks, keychains, drawer pulls, bookmarks and wine stoppers at Got Craft?.

Creative, vintage-inspired, handcrafted earrings are on offer from this vendor. I love her cute and cheerful take on accessories, as well as her firm belief that great fashion can be affordable and produced locally!

Brought to you by husband and wife team Jay and Aaron Matte, Locomotive offers t-shirts and other wearables for all members of the family, with really great screenprinted illustrations. I love the bunny for myself, the cafe racer and the tractor for my husband, and the caboose for my wee Thomas the Tank Engine fan!

It makes me happy to think of all of these artisans and makers, busying themselves in market prep mode. I know that’s what I am doing!!

Stay tuned for more Got Craft? holiday edition coverage.

Make everything with love,

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