It was so pretty! They were so welcoming. : ) There was some art on the walls by a local tapestry artist that entirely blew me away. I might just buy one on the way back - so I hope I sell some pieces while I'm here in Winnipeg so I can go spend my art money on art. Isn't that the way? It was there in Woseley that I crawled into the back of my van and shut my eyes for a bit. Yes - I slept in the vehicle on a street outside of a quilt shop. Seems like a great spot, right? Eventually, I woke up and drove the rest of the way. Alllllll the way to my hotel bed. YAWN.
The next morning, I woke up in Manitoba to a sunny day. I had a few things on my agenda and a found a few surprises along the way! First stop - CRAFT STASH SALE! How nice to see garage sale signs out again. That's a sure sign of winter being gone.
|Manitoba Craft Museum & Library 'stash sale'|
I found out about this event on their facebook page. There were boxes and boxes of rug hooking wool all sorted by color for sale CHEAP.
|fibre art supplies for sale! : )|
WOW. I filled a huge bagful, and it only came to $8! Fun fun. It was nice to meet the organizers. The Craft Museum & Library are closed today, but I definitely want to go see it next week. (See yesterdays' post for their Just a Needle & Thread exhibit. It's an exhibit of contemporary and historic embroidery from Manitoba (LOVE!!). O-M-G I can't wait.
Lunch time rolled around and I headed to the mall where the big McNally Robinson's bookstore is. (IT IS BIG> wow). In the hallway I met this fabulous silk artist!
|Rebecca Cramer : )|
So - I told her I have a blog and asked if I could show her off to me readers. She said yes. Her work is jsut gorgeous. I see a lot of silk painting that is abstract-y. Rebecca makes the most incredible designs of detailed animals... and this!
|Manitoba's 'Golden Boy' silk scarf painting in progress (WOW)|
Her scarves are for sale in an art/craft boutique there in the mall (Glitz Gallery). She also had a silk piece prepped for passers by to try their hand at painting. One lucky winner will be drawn to win it!
|hands-on silk painting|
But wait! There's more. I also got word about the Etsy Handmade West sale form some bloggers I know but have never met. (Thanks ladies!)
ALL of the sellers here are Etsy sellers that got together as a 'team' in Winnipeg. I've purchased things from some of them before. LOOK! It's Prairie Threads!
|Prairie Threads (blog & Etsy store)|
I finally get to meet her! : ) Her blog is here. I met Cloverleaf Art & Fibre too though I have no photos. (see www.cloverleaffibre.com) I also met these two women - I really liked their craft items.
|Kara Wiebe, vintage banners. www.hemdesign.ca|
|Andrea Davis, book artist. www.weareboundtogether.com|
Oh what I great day! I'm so happy I got out to meet all these people and check out all these places. If you can believe this - I saw an icecream vendor as I headed back to my vehicle from the West sale! Its' only plus 10. That's hardcore. : )
|ding ding ding - Ice cream! - ding ding ding|
More fun tomorrow!
(p.s. I hear the crocuses are blooming near Saskatoon!?) Woohoo!