I’m not much for Christmas decorations. I find them a bit tacky and try to keep them at a minimum putting them up at the very last moment. However there is the odd handmade item or plastic decoration from my childhood that is tattered or has been glued that brings back nostalgic memories and because I have two daughters I am careful not to be too conservative. The sparkles, plastic poinsettias and twinkly lights help bring kids (& remind adults) of the joy and excitement of the season.
Last night I was out at a teen women’s motivational speaking event with our 13 year old daughter Gracie. When we arrived back home we were greeted by 10 year old Emily aka ‘Emily the Christmas Elf’. She was wearing an elf hat with a glittered green bow tie, singing carols and full of cheer she had dragged out our Christmas bin and decorated the entire house.
It looked like Santa had barfed…all over our house.
It is Nov. 19th I am not ready, but Emily’s joy for the season is contagious. I couldn’t help but feel some Christmas spirit and an urge for a hot chocolate in an ugly Christmas mug (with a splash of Bailey’s.) Kids are amazing.
Looking at the fully lit village she had carefully set up atop our old piano my mind wandered to Christmas shopping. Last year I started and finished my shopping at the incredible Fine Craft Christmas Show in Owen Sound. On the last weekend in November the Bayshore will be filled with local artists selling their handmade fine craft and food. It’s easy to find gifts (none of them tacky or plastic.)
I’ll be at a table this year signing my NEW ‘Learn with Learn’ Hardcover Books and plan to spend some of my time at the show starting and finishing my Christmas shopping.
Here are the details;
Friday November 29
Saturday November 30
Sunday December 1
The Bay Room
1900 3rd Ave E, Owen Sound, ON N4K 3M6
Shop for handmade by local artists and makers
The Fine Craft Christmas Show features a multitude of mediums including textiles, wood, pottery, jewellery, photography, beauty products, glass, fine foods and more.
Find unique and useful gifts for others (and a little something for yourself!) from independent designers, makers and artists from the region and beyond. As you shop, take the time to meet and interact with the artists and makers to find out the inspiration and ideas behind their one-of-a-kind work.
Enjoy ample free parking and admission is $2 per person. A portion of the admission will be donated to The Workshop in Owen Sound.
About the Show
This year marks the 10th Anniversary! Established in 2009, the Fine Craft Christmas Show is a dynamic show and sale featuring both established and up-and-coming fine artists, makers and fine food producers from mid-western Ontario. The show attracts thousands of visitors who are looking for high-quality, interesting and meaningful handmade art, fine craft and fine food.
From the humbler beginnings, the Fine Craft Christmas Show has expanded to become one of the region’s top shows for local, handmade, high quality products. With over 70 vendors, it’s become a premiere event in Owen Sound for unique holiday shopping.
In 2018, the Christmas Fine Craft Show moved to its permanent home at the Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound. It is a perfect venue for artists, makers and fine food producers to sell their unique wares.
Hope to see you there,