Shiny Fuzzy Muddy: Heritage Hall Dec 8+9

It’s the 13th edition of Shiny Fuzzy Muddy at Heritage Hall this weekend!


Created in 2003 and curated by 5 local artists-Laura McKibbon, Janna Hurtzig,
Kari Woo, Arleigh Wood and Frances Dickinson, the event happens the
second week of December every year. Find up to 25 artists, brought together
by the common thread of quality, craftsmanship and sensibility of design.

Here’s a few favourites to start your list!

Kari Woo Contemporary Art Jewellery
Heliotrope Jewellery Design
Sandpiper Studio

Morena Clothing
Sans Soucie
Funk Shui Felt
Adhesif Clothing Company

Mikind Ceramics
Laura McKibbon 

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Got Craft?: Back this Weekend, Bigger & Better than EVER!

Got Craft? celebrates it’s 12th show this coming weekend at their new location, the Croatian Cultural Centre. Previously held upstairs on the Drive at the Royal Canadian Legion, the show moved this season in order to accommodate 45% more vendors. Given the careful curation we’ve seen in the past, this year promises to as fabulous as ever.


One of our favourite things that makes Got Craft? different from other craft shows in the city is their coveted swag bags for the first 50 people through the door each day. We’re envisioning line-ups out the door for these so get there early!


Got Craft? also offers FREE workshops so customers can all go home with something  they’ve made by hand themselves. Between that and all the unique products
from local vendors, this indie craft fair is definitely inspiring!

It’s so hard to choose but here’s a quick highlight of some of our favourite vendors:

Abeego: natural & reusable food storage
Banoo:  reclaimed leather & silkscreened accessories; handbags, wallets, cardholders
cabin + cub: lasercut wood accessories, woodburned art panels and coasters, cards
Carmen West Creative: new & upcycled vintage finds
DaniPress: travel-inspired greeting cards
Granola Girl: natural, vegan & locally made granola
Hold Handmade: felted wool bowls + uncommon textile objects
Kove | Westcoast: knitwear inspired by the Canadian West Coast
Make Cheese Inc: all you need to make cheese at home
Nostalgic Links: cuff links with style
Think & Ink Studio: greeting cards & social stationary sets

Got Craft? takes place from 10 am – 5 pm December 8th + 9th at the Croatian Cultural Centre at 3250 Commercial Drive. Admission is $3 and kids under 10 are free.

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Interview with Make It Vancouver’s Jenna Herbut

Make It Vancouver marks the kick off to the Holiday Craft Shows this season, November 8-11 at the Croatian Cultural Centre on Commercial Drive. The term “craft show” may conjure up ideas of Christmas decorations and fruit cake but the brother/sister duo behind this event have put a fabulous spin on the idea. We spoke with Jenna Herbut to find out a little more about what makes this 4 day event so special.

Tell is about Make It Vancouver:  Make It is a craft show extravaganza that features designers and artisans from all over Canada. We also have performances from super awesome musicians, food carts and a bar! It is pretty much all the best things you can imagine all under one roof.

How long has the show been running? For over 4 years. This is our 7th show in Vancouver.

Who’s the team behind the show? Make It is organized by my younger brother Chandler and I. We get along like peas and carrots most of the time! Chandler is really savvy at designing all our marketing materials, creating the floor plan and finding musicians. I deal with all the lovely designers, sponsors, and the press and media. We are always looking for new creative ways to improve the show for our designers and customers.

How does Make It differentiate itself from other shows? I think the vibe at the show is pretty darn amazing. Everyone is always having such a great time…and it is not just because of the bar 😉

Make It is coming up in less than a week! What makes this year different than previous? What are you most excited about? This is our biggest show ever! We have over 140 designers this time and are ridiculously excited about how the show has grown over the past few years. We are expecting over 10,000 shoppers so the Croatian Cultural Centre is going to be bumping!

Make It provides a fabulous opportunity for people to find amazing locally made goods, twice a year in two major Canadian cities. Why do you personally feel its important to shop local? What are some ways that you shop local throughout the year? I think it is important to shop local for many reasons. It is a great way to support creative people to keep doing what they are doing. You also find super cool stuff that hardly anyone else has which is always a great feeling. I always love hearing the story behind the products and about who made them. In Vancouver there are SO many amazing independent stores that focus on carrying local and Canadian made items so it is pretty easy to shop this way throughout the year. It is win win!

You introduced Make It University in the Spring. What was your goal with launching this program? How has the response been? What can people look forward to in the future? I started Make It University in March 2012 because I wanted to help designers and artisans sharpen their business skills so they could have as much success as possible doing what they love. The response has been great and I have over 100 students. I also worked with Etsy in creating a course that helps Etisans get started online. In the future I am planning to relaunch and improve the usability of the site. I also have tons of ideas for new courses. I am so new to the online education world and there is so much I am constantly learning.

Make It takes place in the Spring and Summer in both Vancouver & Edmonton. For more information and for a full list of designers, check the website at Find more information on Make It University here.
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Shop Local: Spend on Trend, September 14-16 at Heritage Hall

Spend on Trend is an annual event in Vancouver which features 30 local independent designers. This event is often used by designers to launch their new collections.

Find long-time favourites like Elroy ApparelAdhesif ClothingFilou Designs and Astrosatchel as well as emerging artisans such as MulieroseViva Diosa and Meiku Designs.

The event is organized by Fiona Louie of Filou Designs. Here’s a little insight into this great event from her perspective.

What’s the story behind Spend on Trend?
Spend on Trend was started by two talented Vancouver designers in 2004.  I joined the show as an emerging designer in 2005.  In 2009, I was given the opportunity to take over the show.  I always enjoyed being a designer at Spend on Trend because I enjoyed the company of the other designers and the shoppers who visited, an overall warm and friendly place to grow a young business in the arts.  I wanted the show to continue, so my hubby and I took the project up together as co-producers.  Over the years, we’ve had great help and advice from Nicole (from Nicole Stewart PR) and this year we’ve been fortunate to have additional help from Lindsay O’Grady, who specializes in marketing and communications.

How does Spend on Trend differ from other shows in the city?
Spend on Trend is a small boutique event, showcasing up to 30 designers.  With a smaller group, designers get to know each other and it offers more opportunity to get noticed.  Spend on Trend has received a lot of support from the media, which really helps the designers bring their new brands and collections into the public eye.  Shoppers also appreciate the one on one experience when purchasing from the designer themselves.  We’re proud to have hosted many of Vancouver’s established brands as emerging stars. We are also excited to see new designers join us, as we’re sure there are many gems hidden among them.  It’s no wonder that shop owners come by to get the latest scoop on our talent.

When you’re not planning shows or your next collection, what do you do to relax?
I love to Travel.  Though, traveling isn’t always relaxing.  So, the ultimate relaxing day in town may include biking to Trout Lake Farmers Market, doing yoga, or going to my local hide-outs around Commercial Drive and East Village.

What is your favourite thing about Vancouver?
I grew up in Vancouver so it took quite a bit of traveling and living overseas to truly appreciate how unique a city it is.  We’ve got beautiful, beautiful nature, great food…and a flourishing local design scene.

 Filou Designs ( can be seen along with other local designers Sept 14-16 at Spend on Trend (
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@VisaMexicana brings Mexican inspired jewels to @local_E BAZAAR! Saturday 11am-4pm

We’re totally digging this fresh line from local designer, Visamexicana. This collection is inspired by Mexican colours, textures, forms & old style cartoons.

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Diva’s Niche brings a nostalgic touch to @local_E BAZAAR!

Diva’s Niche offers bespoke millinery services, get that one of a kind head piece or hat for your special event, weddings, grad or festival costume. Vintage inspired and often made with vintage fabrics we have hats and facsinators and minis as well as shawls, scarves and armwarmers……all original and with a unique style, just like you.

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@SofiaClothing1 is having a SAMPLE SALE at @local_E BAZAAR! Flirty dress, quality items at great prices! July 7th 11am-4pm

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@DaubDesign will get you beach ready at @local-E BAZAAR! This weekend at the #Biltmore

Daub + Design is a Gastown based, textile design house. They specialize in hand-dyed swimsuits, leggings, scarves & seamless panties for ladies. We can’t wait to pick up a bikini so we can soak up the sun this weekend!

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Funny and Fashionable Men’s & Women’s t-shirts from @HerroHachi at local-E BAZAAR!

Herro Hachi makes t-shirts that laugh with you, not at you. We believe that you can make someone laugh without sacrificing style and dignity (okay, maybe a little dignity), which is why our philosophy is to make funny fashionable for everyone.

It all started with an idea to be funny on a t-shirt without being boring. Throw in an obsession with travelling and a fascination with the quirkiness found in every culture, and a cool t-shirt company was born. We’re fun, funny and our t-shirt designs aren’t too shabby either.

Whether you’re a gamer, a foodie, a photographer or just a jolly person who loves giant bowls of noodles, we have something for everyone. We aim to make you smile, laugh and look good whenever you wear one of our designs. It’s just how we do.

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@AnayaLeather has her beautiful hand-crafted leather purses and jackets at @local-E BAZAAR!

Family-owned and designed, Anaya Leather, is currently featured in the Georgia Straight. Anaya Leather creates beautiful colorful hand chiseled leather handbags and stylish leather jackets for men and women with a unique Spanish touch. These bright & cheerful clutches (upper right photo below) are regular priced $199, on sale this
weekend for $99 plus HST. We can’t wait to get our hands on one!

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