Alea profiles Ottawa’s Idle Hands Craft Sale
This past weekend I was kinda pumped to have a gluten free goodies booth at the Idle Hands Craft Sale, so I wanted to share a peek into the indie artisan crowd and their beautiful work.
Idle Hands isn’t just any old craft sale in a church basement…although…it is in a church basement.
There is a jurying process – which means your stuff has to be cool enough to get in: No polyester crocheted toilet role covers with plastic flower wreaths here (you know what I’m talking about).
What I love about Idle Hands is its pervasive sense of aesthetic, combined with just a hint of edge. Everything is beautiful, and everything makes a bit of a statement.
From the beautiful pottery, felt work, prints, and hand made children’s toys…
…to the jewelry and lovely artistic breads and baked goods…
It’s like walking into a room of vintage coolness – you really don’t want to leave, and your wallet practically jumps out of your purse (or pocket) throwing itself desperately at the vendors.
Believe me, baking until 2:30 in the morning and getting just two hours of sleep was absolutely worth it – there’s a wonderful sense of community and openness amongst this friendly group of artists, and I felt so at home – even though I didn’t know any of them.
We were even serenaded by one of the artists’ little ones!
Please click here for some more great shots from the show. This city really does have some wonderful artists. You should also check out local felt artist Annie Bananie’s blog, to read about the vendors.