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our 2011 ♥

I don’t usually get wrapped up in the end of year hoopla, but 2011 has been monumental and at least personally, I wanted to collect our experiences in one place. Dudes, we moved to another country! Although temporary, we have already been living in London, UK for coming up to 12 months and I am still in disbelief that we just packed up everything and relocated – whoah! Here’s to looking back…

January: With Blue Olive Photography, we hosted the third annual Indie I Do event. (photo credit: studio jeanie)

February: Landed in London, UK and met up with the lovely Debbie from Craft Guerrilla who took us for coffee and bagels in Brick Lane.

March: We met the wonderful Lana and Rick and discovered Camden Passage. Oops! Just realized that we don’t actually have any pictures together – ha!

April: We headed to Liberty for the decor8 book launch and then to Brixton for the Crafty Fox Pop Up Market.

May: We checked out the Clerkenwell Design week at the House of Detention and then headed back to Vancouver for Got Craft?. Lucky us, we squeezed in a quick trip to Seattle and Portland before heading back to London.

June: Got Craft? was named #49 of 101 Greatest Things About Life in Vancouver by Scout Magazine. We had our second round of guests and together, took the train to Llwyngrwril, Wales for a friend’s wedding.

July: Held a DIY badge making workshop as part of the SW Craft Club Pop Up event. Decided to be social and went to Blognic.

August: Spent two weeks in Exmouth, Devon with family.

September: Excited to be a contributor to Poppytalk’s Dispatches from the UK column. (photo credit: anamu)

October: My mom came to visit and we took a day trip to Bath, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle. The week after, we met up with Miranda and spoke at the Summit of Awesome in Baltimore, MD. We also went to see Erasure for my birthday!

November: We held our first Got Craft? UK at the Tooting Tram and Social and headed to Paris with Miranda the very next day. (photo credit: Blue Olive Photography)

December: After a whirlwind of craft fairs in Vancouver, we returned to London and then went up to Cambridge to spend Christmas with friends.

Wow, 2011 was sure a crazy ride! Happy new year!

field trip :: baltimore, md part two

We had a day in Baltimore before the start of Summit of Awesome and the arrival of M, so we explored the inner harbour and Little Italy as it was just a block from our hotel. Once the conference started, we attended sessions in the morning / early afternoon and then spent the rest of the day exploring the rest of Baltimore including the Baltimore Print Studios (is there something similar to this in Vancouver, BC?), the Open Studio Tour and the Baltimore Cemetery (we happened to be driving by – beautiful place) and eating at our new favourite restaurants – Golden West Cafe and Arroy Thai.

Thanks Baltimore! Looking forward to our next visit. X Stay tuned for our notes from Summit of Awesome!

field trip :: baltimore, md part one

After being delayed leaving Heathrow to Ottawa, we missed our connector and ended up being rerouted from Ottawa to Toronto to Washington where we picked up our rental car and drove to Baltimore. Needless to say, we were absolutely exhausted by the time we arrived at our hotel, but it was completely worth it.

The Summit of Awesome was just that – awesome! An annual conference that brings together crafters and creatives from across the U.S. to learn, grow, and be prosperous in today’s economy. After meeting the ladies of Hello Craft at last years’ event, we were honoured to be invited to present two sessions at the event last week with our new friend, Rachel from Red Prairie Press and the Charm City Craft Mafia – Craft Fair Applications + Organizing a Craft Fair. For those that attended the talk or missed it, I will be posting my notes on here soon.

The event always offers an amazing line up of sessions presented by some of the most influential people in the creative field including Jay McCarroll and Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel from BUST magazine.

It’s hard not to leave the 2.5 day event without feeling inspired and a list of things to change / tweak / improve! We had a great time exploring Baltimore and meeting up with new and old friends! Thanks so much to Hello Craft for having us. You can see more images from the event on the Hello Craft flickr group here and if you ever wonder if investing in a conference like this is worth it, I recommend checking out this blog post by Isaac B. Watson!

life :: a little of this + that

Our next round of guests arrive on Sunday morning, the same time that we are leaving for Baltimore which is a little weird, as we won’t actually see each other! We have been busy bees prepping the house and working on oodles of good stuff…

Roxypop was featured on Poppytalk as part of the Renegade London round up!

Downloading Joy the Baker Podcasts in preparation for our trip (thanks to My Paper Crane for the tip!)

Ana Maria and I have a new London Shop Tour up on Poppytalk. Check out Handmade Interiors here.

Come visit me at the Spitalfields Market on November 5th, 2011 as part of the Crafty Fox ‘4 markets in one day’ event! I will have a selection of Roxypop goodies for your holiday shopping needs.

We are headed to Baltimore for the Summit of Awesome this weekend! We’ll be there covering topics such as Craft Fair Organizing + Craft Fair Applications. Enter awesome25 for $25 off a three day pass. Any tips for Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD?

Have you seen the Got Craft UK vendor line up? Check it out here + make sure you pencil in that date!

The River Market Holiday Show in New Westminster, BC is taking place this December 10+11 and December 17+18. Curated by Got Craft?, stalls are going fast, so make sure you submit your application here!

Things are pretty busy. It can be a bit overwhelming at times, but it’s also exciting. You know what I mean? Would love to hear what all of you are currently working on!

summit of awesome 2011

Last summer, Miranda, Robert and I decided to drive down to Portland and attend the Summit of Awesome. We had a few friends that would be speaking at the event plus Miranda had never been to Portland and really, Rob and I didn’t need an excuse to drive down there, so tickets were bought and suitcases were packed. I must admit that I’m not the biggest fan of conferences. I think I struggle with the idea of sitting still and having to listen for long periods of time, but I was wrong. This event changed everything. I had found my people!

Organized by Hello Craft, a non-profit association dedicated to the advancement of independent crafters and the handmade movement. They will be hosting their third annual Summit of Awesome from October 20-22, 2011, in Baltimore, MD and we are pleased to announce that we, along with Rachel Bone from Red Prairie Press, will be presenting two sessions at the event:

  1. Craft Fair Organizing
  2. Craft Fair Application Critique

The Summit of Awesome will bring together over 200 creative types from across the country – from the dabbler to the pro – to learn about the indie craft world, how to jump start their business, and sell their wares in this recovering economy. This 3-day event will include business seminars, craft education, and hands-on workshops. You can see a full line of speakers here including keynote Jay McCarroll, season 1 winner of Project Runway! Register for your tickets here!