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Earth Day rocks in Kitchener for 2013

25 Jan

I’ve been away for a while, attempting to hit fame with my own crafty business, and i apologize. Hopefully you follow us on Facebook and Pinterest, because I’ve been in there like a crazy person. AAAnyways… I’m back and i have some fun stuff to share that i just can’t keep it inside anymore.

This year our earth day show is takin a big step … into awesomeness. We’ve all heard the suggestion that the passion for our planet should extend beyond “earth day”and I firmly agree… therefore Bloomin Earth is starting a new trend – Earth MONTH!

We are planning eco-friendly activities, lessons, seminars and discussions ALL MONTH LONG. Yeah. We are taking over city hall for the whole month!!

We are still in the planning stages, but i really couldnt keep this inside any longer. We hope to have a calendar released soon but here are a few things to keep your eyes open for…

  • Make a tshirt rugs
  • Save a sweater with felting
  • Revive old jeans with embroidery + beads
  • Beginner Weaving
  • Fabric Jewelry
  • Monster making (sewing for kids or beginners)
  • Massive clothing swap (proposed date April 20th) $5 + one bag of clothes

There will be a fee to attend, but we are working to try keep these as low as possible.

We also have plans to add Seminar’s for small business owners, helping you take the right steps towards success.

** We are still looking for leaders if you have a skill to share. It is a compensated position. Please see our online registration, or email meg at remakeable@gmail.com if you have any questions

AND KEEP WATCHIN THE BLOG, I’m back on track, and I won’t ever leave you alone for so long again.

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losing the best little art shop in K-town

31 May

I am very sad to share that the greatest little shop for vintage funk and artists creations has come to their end, and even sadder is that i see this happening to shops offering handmade goods all across the world. They make it to 5 years, and then kaput!

This shop I’m speaking of is RareFunk, and its right here in Kitchener.

RareFunk is the only shop of its kind, offering jewelry, clothing, and housewares to dolls, purses and even funky undergarments! there is nothing else of its kind in Kitchener, and nothing offering this diverse range of items in any of the surrounding cities either. most are just jewelry, or just housewares. But its closure is going to effect a lot more than just our ability to purchase funky gifts for all our loved ones. Tamara, the owner, is more than just a shop keeper. Shes a motivator of artists, encouraging all of us to be bigger and better than we think we are. She’s a promoter of art related events, enthusiastically spreading the word of local shows even though the activity has nothing to do with her shop. She built a large community around a tiny little trend, and all of these Kitchener artists – and art events – really have Tamara to thank. She is our leader — and i worry how connected we will all stay without her.

As an artist selling goods through the shop i worry about the success of my own crafting business without the help of RareFunk. She was an easy connection to my customers, and i really relied on her advice and ideas, as well as the feedback she was able to share based on my consumers opinion – “ooh this one is waaaay too much money” … “woah this one is awesome! i want SEVEN”. Easy was the key, as my little clothing line unfortunately is not my only job, leaving little time to do what it takes all by myself to become famous. I’m not saying i wont keep trying, just that now it will be more difficult, and time consuming

if you’ve read this blog before, you will know i am also the organizers of a huge earthday festival (bloomin earth) … which i fear will also suffer from the loss of this shop. Artsy folk who shop at RareFunk are the very people who attend our show and buy from our vendors. if the shop is gone, they will have no reason to come downtown. eventually they will find another favorite shop … will their connection to what used to be bring them back for all the art shows Kitchener has to offer? Have we created a tight enough community of artists and art lovers that will be able to sustain itself without its fearless leader? … or will it fizzle off until someone else steps up to the plate?

WHAT!? you’ve never heard of RareFunk?! well there’s the issue right there.

why haven’t you checked it out yet? Now, im not ordering you to do it (not really) … im actually interested in why you may not have ever entered the funky doors of the unique little shop. Were you unable to find it? Were you just not interested in buying handmade? Were you unable to travel downtown Kitchener? Or perhaps you dont buy gifts for other people (ooops that one was rather sarcastic – sorry). really though, i want to know.

You see… i too had a dream of opening a shop. but is Kitchener just the wrong place? is it inevitable that all art shops born here will die?

for the purpose of future growth, please share this post so others can share why they do or dont shop handmade in Kitchener

looking for some recycling bin junk

21 Mar

hello bloggy friends…

while i am a hoarder of things that should be going into the blue box, my collection is just not big enough for the plans i have. so i put it out there to you… i need some things from your recycling bin too.

please let me know if you can provide any of the following:

  • metal jars to glass containers — like pickle jars, cheese whiz, jams. any size but the bigger the better
  • magazines
  • toilet paper rolls
  • cardboard boxes — cereal, cracker, snacks etc.
  • sticks (this one is a long shot, but we are making nature mobiles at our upcoming Bloomin Earth. any other nature collectables would be great too)

… i do need the jar lids asap, but the rest i need by april 20. i will come pick them up so please email me asap remakeable@gmail.com

thanks y’all!!

 

get involved in this year’s Bloomin Earth Eco-Fair

9 Mar
This being the sixth year of our Earthday show, there are now so many ways to get involved in our show…

LOVE! Red Daisy Bag

3 Feb


Red Daisy Bag, originally uploaded by dezreen67.

this bag was posted to our recycled craft group in flickr, and i instantly fell in love. i know… i fall in love easily, but this one is totally justified!!

take a look at her etsy shop too for more fun creations… www.etsy.com/shop/DezreenDesign

vendor call: Back to School Party – Downtown Kitchener

30 Aug

this great event has just been passed my way, and im totally excited for what its offering. in the past the focus of our shows have been university aged, or young families — this time the event is totally for grade school kids!!

i love the number of activites that are included: gaming lounge, nail painting, funky crafts, vendors and fashion show — even a screening of the movie BEASTLY right out on the street! oh if only i was a kid again.

interested in participating? get on over to http://btsp.eventbrite.com to register now… event is coming up fast!

thinking of a late september show…

16 Aug


vendor market @ hype on king, originally uploaded by reMAKEable.

its a little late notice, but the city of kitchener has asked me to pull together a mini festival of artists, crafts and musical entertainment. it will be our 5th year of presenting shows, usually just an earthday event — but this september art + urban music mini festival has been a dream of mine for years. eons. for-ever!

right now im just looking to see who would be interested. we would purchase a licence to allow vendors from all cities, but i will tell you now, if you make body lotion or soaps you will need to have your own insurance (something has changed that the retail market permit no longer can cover these types of goods)

you can like the post on here, or on facebook to let me know if you would be interested in both attending or vending — i need to know both really.

in a week or so i will open up the registration for both artists and musicians so keep an eye on the blog (or facebook page http://facebook.com/remakeable)

click the photo to see other shots of our first (and only) september show called Hype On King, or check out our earthday show at http://bloominearth.wordpress.com

will be outdoors, tents + tables provided. space approx $40 depending on the support of local shops.

HYPE it up baaaby!!