It was a perfect day for the Etsy: Made in Canada Halifax Event on Saturday, September 26. Bright and sunny, maybe a little chilly but I love the crisp fall air for being out taking photographs. I spent several hours visiting the local makers, collectors and artisans displaying handmade wares and vintage goods. I was overwhelmed with all the beautiful items for sale! I enjoyed having a chance to chat with many of the vendors learning more about their creative process and the inspiration behind their products.
I'm happy to share some of my favorites finds of the day! Being a Halifax wedding photographer, I noticed so many fun little wedding ideas; great ways to use local products to make your wedding day beautiful and unique. I have a few new ideas for my own business and plan on teaming up with a some makers to design creative packages for my photography clients.
Thank you to the local Maritime Makers team who worked hard to organize this event. Looking forward to next year already!
I loved these little paper boats decorating the tents!
Poison Pear – Quirky handmade clothing. I love the infinity scarves and have one myself!
SilverBoards – Unique home decor pieces created using reclaimed materials.
The Yarn Over Project – Lots of cute knitted pieces like these pacifier clips.
Big Pony – Clothing and gifts. Great vintage finds!
Make Merry Events – Gorgeous rentals for weddings and events. These ladies have an eye for everything pretty!
A booth where you can make your own paper boats!
Better Beard Company – Quality products for men. Cool booth! Loved the old photographs.
Double Dare Print Studio – Hand screen printed stationary and art prints. Love the unique designs and quirky little messages.
Karolina-Anna Hajna – Ceramic artist. I fell in love with the ceramic jewellery inspired by the street maps of Paris.
The Lunenburg Makery – Workshops, craft kits, sewing and fabric. These craft kits are so fun! Great idea for a kid's activity.
Effie Handmade – Travel accessories and gifts. Lots of bright colours and patterns!
Mule Mother Books – Hand-bound books in all colours and sizes. The Scotch book was my favourite!
Kat Frick Miller – Artist and Illustrator. I love the warm and friendly feeling of Kat's illustrations.
The Girl From Away – Cards, prints, t-shirts and totes... so many fun maritime inspired items. It was the notebooks and pencils that caught my attention, loved these!
Ment Jewellery – Oh so beautiful! I wanted everything at this booth, especially the tiny little pinecones. The textures and details inspired by nature really resonated with me.
Better Left Said – Hand Lettering and Illustration. Pure eye-candy, inspirational and fun!
Blossom Hill – Gifts inspired by nature. Check out these little love birds for a cake topper! Great wedding idea.
Impact Engraving and Design – These custom engravings on wood are a fun idea for wedding cake or cupcake toppers.
Les Nanaseries – Handmade decor and decorations. Adorable little paper hearts and colourful felt balls for wedding cake or cupcake toppers.
Bad Mouth Soap – Soap for Filthy People. Genius branding, love it! Everything smelled amazing!
Distinguished Jewelry – One of a kind statement pieces. The colourful patterns of the bracelets caught my attention right away.
Cocoa and Honey – Fueled by the love of chocolate. I've tried the chocolate a few times and it was delicious. These marshmallows were tempting too!
Berkeley Brown Jewellery – A stunning collection partially inspired by the artist's love of baking and cooking utensils... something I can relate to! I thought these pieces were really beautiful. The blue Enamel Shaker Locket was my favourite.
Lily Lake – Gorgeous hand made wool-knits. Super cosy, great for this time of year.
Oh My! Handmade – A gathering place for creativity, community and collaboration. These community-minded messages and colourful prints caught my attention.
Inkwell – Modern Handmade Boutique and Letterpress Studio. Always one of my favourites! Fantastic shop of locally made cards, gifts and art prints.
Therese Bombardier Designs – Elegant ceramic jewellery and functional housewares. Lovely colours and textures, I especially loved the mugs!
East of Ordinary – Men's accessories, bow ties and pocket squares. Love the colours and patterns! What a fun way to make your wedding outfit unique!
Of course, there were many many more fantastic vendors at the Etsy: Made in Canada Halifax event... too many include in one blog post. I recommend checking out the Maritime Makers page for more ideas. We have such creative talent here on the east coast and I love supporting local business. Enjoy!