Holiday Spirit… Got Yours?

Guess what? There’s a craft market this weekend! It’s always worth a look so I thought I’d give you the heads up. This year I got ALL of my shopping done at Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design on Charlotte St. … no, really! It was so easy, and affordable too, and I know all of my presents are one of a kind.

Now you can see the best handmade gifts around, maybe do some shopping, and meet the artisans too! Including, y’know, me! :)

322 Charlotte St., Sydney, 3rd floor (Elevator available!)
Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 12noon-5pm

Admission: Possibly free? No more than $2 I think. I can’t find it for some reason.

My favourite thing to do is buy an ornament from each vendor. Usually less than $10, I can make my tree the prettiest and unique-est every year!

Here are some of the images I could find of my fellow artisans’ work:

Irene MacKinnon, Peter Bauer, Katherine Scott, Needleit, Shari MacLeod, and Yours Truly!

Full list of participating artisans:

  • Katherine Scott (paper)
  • Irene McKinnon (polymer clay jewellery)
  • Barbara Kelly-Landry (textile)
  • Sandra Kay and Peter Bauer (metal jewellery)
  • Bob Evans (wood)
  • Gayle Bird (wire jewellery)
  • Shari Macleod (basket weaving and needle felting)
  • Linda Wright (clay)
  • Virginia Donovan (wood, visual art)
  • Gillian Lake Thompson (textile)
  • Lynn Pascoe and Lester Wood (textile)
  • Joan MacKenzie- Needle It (textile)
  • Virginia McCoy (visual art)
  • Barbara Longva (clothing, hats)
  • Whitney MacEachern (visual art)
  • Lynda Lou & Caitlyn Purcell (metal jewellery)

There is a special event on Friday night preceding the craft market. I will be the fanciest Mrs. Fancy Pants for the evening, and there are plenty of great things happening throughout the night. If you care to attend and help support the arts in your community, here is more info:

Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design will host our grand finale fundraiser Holiday Spirit on Friday November 30th to round off our ambitious 40 Years of Hands-on Creativity campaign. A campaign that set out to raise $40,000, host 40 events and gain 40 new members, all in 40 weeks. Holiday Spirit will be our 40th event and we are looking for your support to end our campaign with a bang and to help us meet our goals!

The Centre will host a special fundraising event on Friday, November 30 from 5-9pm. Holiday Spirit is the Centre’s signature fundraiser which helps us provide wonderful programs and services in our Cape Breton community, such as kids’ workshops, exciting exhibitions and many other special arts events. Holiday Spirit is a “private shopping” evening, where guests get the first opportunity to buy those one-of-a-kind pieces of fine craft and artwork while experiencing fine food, “Craftinis” and great entertainment.

Tickets for Holiday Spirit are $40 and can be purchased by contacting Jessica by phone (902) 539-7491 ext. 117 or by email

Facebook Group:

Holiday Spirit fundraiser: November 30th 5-9pm, $40

Here is some of the work I’ve been putting together to prep for the show:
Check out THESE enormous babies!


Only some of the gorgeous lampworked earrings to be available at the Holiday Spirit this weekend!

Hope to see you there!

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