Sunday, May 30, 2010

Crazy Buzy!!!

As the title says I've been "crazy busy" & I will be for the next couple of months as I'm moving!

The first Market day went, sunny, great entertainment & a good crowd for a long weekend, fun was had by all! The only negative was I had a necklace stolen!!! I didn't get any photos last week...I actually forgot!

Yesterday was another wonderful Market day, two warm sunny Market days in a row, so perfect. Our yearly Pancake Festival was very well received, we had huge crowds of people at the Market yesterday. Unfortunately I had another necklace stolen and another vendor had her cash box stolen($500.00)...I was not happy last week, but this Saturday I was down right angry!!!! We contacted the police but we don't hold any hope in anything being returned or the perpetrators being caught...having said that the Police department needs to be aware...we plan on checking into what we can do about having a police presence at the Market once or twice during the day!

On a happier note here are a few photos I managed to take yesterday...

In the booth next to me was an occasional vendor, a great lady by the name of Claudette Jesso, (not in the photo)...she makes fabulous bags from upholstery fabric, some with a bit of bling for added can see the fellow holding up two! :0) Claudette also makes wonderful baby quilts and cute long eared bunnies!

Checking out some of the gorgeous potted plants available at the Market!

If you look very carefully, depending on how good your eyes are...:0) there is a sign on the left hand side, hanging from the blue tent which says "Pancakes $1.00"...there was a long line most of the Market day with people waiting to enjoying tasty pancakes drizzled with delicious Mathews Maple Syrup... a heartfelt thank you to the folks from Mathews Maple Syrup a local producer & one of our vendors for making the pancakes & supplying the syrup! Well done!!!

I didn't get photos of the Buskers, but they are somewhere in the sea of people above!!! A young fellow by the name of Aidan entertained us with his violin skills first thing followed by the Celtic sounds of Stack of Barley...I enjoy the festive feel the Buskers bring to the Market!

All things considered it was truly a great day!!! Looking forward to next Saturday...


Monday, May 17, 2010

Count down is on...

This Saturday May 22nd, is the opening of the North Bay Downtown Farmers' Market!!! I felt the excitement when I spoke with a few of the 33 vendors who are busy preparing for the big day...I know the customers are anticipating! Won't be long now...we will have, limited vegetables, plants, herbs, potted flowers, baking, health & beauty products, jams & jellies, weaving & knitting, eco-friendly products, jewelry, cards, maple syrup, honey, meat, wood crafts, flower arrangements, candles...all manner of unique hand made goods!!!

Beginning May 22nd, the Market will be open very Saturday 8:30am to 1:00pm, RAIN or SHINE until October 9th, at the McIntyre Street parking lot between City Hall and TD Canada Trust on Main Street.

Don't forget...when you buy drinks or snacks from the North Bay Downtown Farmers' Market Booth you will be helping to make the possibility of a permanent home a reality as all the proceeds go towards this endeavor!

Local resident Derek Morin, (musician/singer) will be at the Market to entertain on opening day...Derek recently produced his first DC!

These two photos were from the June 1st, 2009, North Bay Downtown Farmers' Market!

There is even a "Market Season Opens" page on Facebook...take a look!!!

Stop by & say hello, we would love to have you visit us...there is so much to see as we begin a new North Bay Downtown Farmers' Market season!


Saturday, May 15, 2010

A heartfelt gesture...

Last December a friend of mine was kind enough to do a guest post featuring my Heart and Stroke jewelry series!

The creator of Crystal Allure jewelry, Stephanie, sent me a lovely "Designs Featured Banner" to put on my side bar...take a few minutes to visit her as she features her gorgeous hand crafted jewelry on her blog "Behind The Design" as well as her website. Stephanie also makes awareness jewelry "Animal Awareness", "Cystic Fibrosis Awareness" and "Transplant Awareness"...

As many of you know, I make pendants such as the "Broken Heart" from sterling silver, sometimes I stamp messages on the pendant or sometimes I "mend" the hearts like this one ...I also make heart shaped earrings with wire...

Great Etsy artists pendants are fun to use in my pieces!

Heart shaped semi precious stones are always make great necklaces & earrings!

As I mentioned to Stephanie...the reason I make this series is simple...heart disease has touched my life!!! When something I make includes a heart as part of the design, sells, I make a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. I've been doing this since December 2008. I feel there isn't enough understanding of just how "deadly" heart disease is... unfortunately it isn't taken seriously until it is too late!!!

A heartfelt thank you to Stephanie for her part in bringing to attention all manner of issues with her guest posts and her awareness jewelry!
Enjoy your weekend!

PS....was anyone have a difficult time with Blogger this morning, not doing what it is suppose to do??? This is not how the post looked when I was finished but I'm not going to fight with it any things to do!!! :0)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Snow, May 8th, 2010!!!

I think these photos taken this past Saturday May 8th, 2010 speak for themselves!!! I was sure it was coming because there had been snow out west last week...

Sitting out side enjoying the sun wasn't an option!

My poor tree...the snow was very wet & heavy!

Today is sunny..still cold but most of the snow melted yesterday!!! :0)


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Thank You!

Great show last night... I want to say "thank you" to everyone who stopped by & helped make the evening a huge success!!! As some of you will know I won't be doing another one of these shows until the previous commitments, (shows/markets) have to come first!

A heart felt thank you to those who've made all three shows this winter a huge success!

On another note...
A good friend of mine...someone I've known since we both were around 11 sent me the following in an email this morning...I thought I would share with you!


¨ Real Mothers don't eat quiche; they don't have time to make it.

¨ Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably in the sandbox.

¨ Real Mothers often have sticky floors, filthy ovens and happy kids.

¨ Real Mothers know that dried play dough doesn't come out of carpets.

¨ Real Mothers don't want to know what the vacuum just sucked up....

¨ Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?' And get their answer when a little voice says, 'Because I love you best.'

¨ Real Mothers know that a child's growth is not measured by height or years or grade...

¨ It is marked by the progression of Mommy to Mom to Mother.....
The Images of Mother
4 years of age - My Mommy can do anything!
8 years of age - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!
12 years of age - My Mother doesn't know everything!
14 years of age - My Mother? She wouldn't have a clue.
16 years of age - Mother? She's so five minutes ago.
18 years of age - That old woman? She's way out of date!
25 years of age - Well, she might know a little bit about it!
35 years of age - Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.
45 years of age - Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?
65 years of age - Wish I could talk it over with Mom.

¨ The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

What it means to give a yellow rose!!!
" Joy, gladness, friendship, a new beginning, I care"

Here is to a wonderful Mother's Day...I hope you are able to spend the day with those who are important to you...