Between trying to keep up with Christmas sewing, finding suppliers for some of my upcoming projects, voting for and promoting the MOMpreneur Award of Excellence, it has been a very busy few weeks.
As if I don't have enough on my plate, I have been accepted to instruct a 2-day Bargello Quilting class at the Saskatoon Quilters' Guild Spring Retreat in May! Which means that I need to start prepping my samples now, because we all know that if I wait until after the New Year it will be May 1st and I'll be scrambling to get everything put together. Word of caution to all friends and family members, if your Christmas present is not exactly "finished" and comes with a "return for completion" tag on it, you might not get it back until after the Retreat. Sorry, but the best way to teach a technique is to show it in various stages :)
While in Canada we celebrated Thanksgiving last month, our American neighbours will be celebrating this week. While I am very thankful for being Canadian, and while our culture can sometimes be best described as "Not American," there are sometimes I wish we celebrated in a similar way. I learned a new thing this year as a result of American Thanksgiving called "Small Business Saturday." It's the Saturday after "Black Friday" but before "Cyber Monday." The aim is to support local small businesses, which can often be left out of the big shopping rush of that weekend. This year it falls on Saturday, November 24. Conveniently, around Saskatoon atleast, there are a few show options that I'm aware of:
Martensville--First Annual Shopping Extravaganza 9am-5pm at the Martensville High School
Saskatoon--Wilson's Greenhouse 11th Annual Christmas Craft and Tradeshow (Friday-Sunday, hours vary)
I'm sure there are others going on, but I'll be at the Martensville one and a good friend will be at Wilson's.
So, whether you're looking to help Santa out with his gifts, or checking your own list twice, remember to support local! It's well worth the effort.