news from effie's studio

Next stop: Etsy: Made in Canada Halifax - Saturday Sept. 24, 2016

For the 3rd year in a row, I'll be at the Etsy: Made in Canada event in Halifax, so I've been busy in the studio preparing for that. If you're in the Halifax area, it'll be back at the Forum this year on September 24th & 25th.

This year it has been expanded to a two day show, with completely different vendors each day - so mark your calendar for a weekend of handmade goodness! I'll be one of the Saturday (Sept 24th) vendors, so I hope to see you there!

Coming Up: Pop-Up Market in Wolfville, NS - Saturday Nov. 14, 2015

I'm looking forward to heading to the Valley this Saturday for a 1-day Etsy pop-up market! With such an awesome list of makers, it'll be a great chance to get started on that Christmas list!

ICYMI: Etsy: Made in Canada 2015 at the Halifax Garrison Grounds

Did you have a chance to check out this year's Etsy: Made in Canada market on Sept. 26th?  If not, here are a couple images from the Halifax event, which was held in the heart of the city at Citadel Hill. The vendor tent was massive, and attendance was way beyond expectation. Nevertheless, it was an incredible, hectic, awesome day, and everyone who turned out was so supportive and happy to be there - amazing!  

(If you look really closely, you can find me in the last pic. Look for the effie sign!)

These are just a few of the official event photos taken by Halifax photographer Michelle Doucette. More of her photos from the event can be found here.

Gearing up for Etsy: Made in Canada 2015

Just a friendly reminder that the 2nd annual Etsy: Made in Canada market is this Saturday.  If you're looking for something fun to do in Halifax this weekend, look no further! :)

Check out the map below for the full list of awesome makers & vendors.  I'll be set up just inside the entrance of the main tent, so be sure to stop and say Hi! 

Hope to see you there!

The last few days of summer

Last week I took a few days off to tour Nova Scotia with friends who'd never been here before (highlights: a traditional salmon planking on the South Shore, and a drive around the famed Cabot Trail). But this week it's back to reality (aka my studio), and full steam ahead!  

In addition to working on a couple of wholesale orders, I'm gearing up for the Etsy: Made in Canada market later this month.  This year Etsy:MIC is happening in over 30 Canadian cities, and I'll be at the Halifax event at the 
Citadel Hill Garrison Grounds on Sept. 26th from 10am - 7pm.  Last year's show was terrific, and if the RSVPs are any indication, this year will be twice as big - I can't wait!

If you're in Halifax on September 26th, I hope to see you there - come find me in the big tent and say hello!

Pop Up on Argyle St Coming Soon!

argyle street downtown halifax nova scotia

On September 4th & 5th I'll be in downtown Halifax, NS for an outdoor pop-up market.  

To go along with its festive new paint job, Argyle Street is closed to traffic on weekends this summer for a range of fun outdoor events. On Sept. 4-5 you can find me there (along with other local makers) at a pop-up market hosted by Etsy and the Downtown Halifax Business Commission.

Come say hi!   Friday 5pm - 8pm, and Saturday 11am - 7pm.

Crazy about Cashmere

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you may have already noticed my cashmere obsession.  If not, welcome!  :)

I absolutely LOVE it - nothing feels softer or more indulgent than plush, felted cashmere!  I look for old, past-their-prime sweaters especially, but as long as it's 100% cashmere and I like the colour, I'll usually snap it up.  Once I get them home, I carefully inspect and repair each piece, then felt (basically shrink) them until they’re even thicker and softer than they started out (for supreme coziness!).  

For the past few years, I’ve been making cashmere hot water bottle covers to sell during the holiday season, and this year’s selection is larger than ever!  Most of them are still one-of-a-kind, though, so if you see one you like, don’t wait! Check them out here.

This year I've also been working on designing some new cashmere goodies, because the piles (and shelves, and bins...) of super soft cashmere are just too fabulous to resist. It's not the easiest material to work with, but it's a lot of fun!  Watch for some new items to make an appearance soon - and leave a comment below if there's a cozy item you'd like to see made from cashmere!

Find me at the Etsy Made in Canada Pop-Up Market in Halifax this Weekend!


On Saturday September 27th, 2014 (this weekend!), Etsy is hosting a day of Made In Canada pop-up markets in over 20 cities across Canada. I don’t do that many in-person shows, but this one sounded like too much fun to miss!

Join me at the Halifax event which runs from 10am – 3pm at the Halifax Forum Bingo Hall - more than 50 local Etsy sellers will be there showcasing their handmade & vintage goodies!

Admission is free, there'll be swag bags for the first 50 in the door & more!  If you'd like a sneak peek at the participating vendors, click here.  And if you're looking for the other locations across Canada, find them all here.

Planning to go?  Let me know!