Alea profiles Ottawa’s Idle Hands Craft Sale

Photos courtesy of Alea Cardarelli

Alea Cardarelli is the mastermind behind the allergy-friendly blog My Real Food Life. She also makes a delicious cupcake.

Photos courtesy of Alea Cardarelli

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).

 

Photos courtesy of Alea Cardarelli

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.

Photos courtesy of Alea Cardarelli

Photos courtesy of Alea Cardarelli

From the beautiful pottery, felt work, prints, and hand made children’s toys…

Photos courtesy of Alea Cardarelli

Photos courtesy of Alea Cardarelli

…to the jewelry and lovely artistic breads and baked goods…

Photos courtesy of Alea Cardarelli

All photos courtesy of Alea Cardarelli

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.

Photos courtesy fo Alea Cardarelli

We were even serenaded by one of the artists’ little ones!

Photos courtesy of Alea Cardarelli

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.

To meet Alea in person, feel free to stop by the Main Street Farmer’s Market this Saturday (9 to 2 p.m.) – she’ll have a booth full of treats!