You know I am in serious adventure mode when I take the seabus across the water to North Vancouver!
The The Pipe Shop Building is so rustic and gorgeous! I love the evergreen boughs decorating the wooden pillars of this heritage building. Nice artistic touch.
The first vendor I took an interest in was Made With Love: Delectable Edibles. They had many of their spice blends for sale that are naturally gourmet, to help make food easier and tastier.
It is astoundingly beautiful! I loved every drop. It is made with freshly picked lavender buds and if it was available in decaf, I would have bought it in a heartbeat.
Her teas are natural and organic. Karla is a Tea Sommelier and Registered Aromatherapist with an emphasis in Herbalism! Could I ever tell by the Earl Grey with Lavender tea. It was not just tea, it was art.
That was just the first aisle of the market that stood out to this foodie! There were many different types of makers there.
Short and Sweet Cookie Co. had many fabulous cookies for sale and they even had a sign that said, Don’t be shy! Ask for a sample! Which I wanted to do but they were so busy I did not get a chance. Their Baileys Classic Toffee Cookie had my eye in particular but I was only going to buy one treat. Too bad! Had I had a sample, this might have been where my money went.
Raincity Prints is a great name and OMG, so appropriate right now! I do live in Raincity!!! I immediately had to photograph these dish towels that have been screen printed with quotes from Julia child such as, “If you are afraid of butter, use cream.” The little illustrations that go with the quotes are priceless! Good job Hilary.
Art & Soul Creative Company is owned by Laura Uy and she publishes some of the happiest and cutest cards I have ever seen, often with food-related themes.
“My style is child-like and whimsical. I am constantly inspired by animals, nature, and food…” which is absolutely clear in her artwork.
Get this, she has a food alphabet colouring book! I have never been interested in colouring books before but that? That sounds fantastic!
Fancypop Handmade Jewelry is special. Absolutely inspired by food, her jewelry made me hungry and smile.
“At 16, I came across a book on beading at a local Japanese bookstore. Without having any tools or supplies, and without knowing how to read Japanese at the time, I bought the book… From that book I learned the basics of beading, and from there I just started to make whatever I wanted to make.”
Absolutely inspiring! I can totally relate, as I am a self-taught foodie and jewelry-maker. You rock Fancypop Handmade Jewelry!
The colours drew me in immediately, as did all the charms. When she told me she was a treasure hunter, I knew I had met a kindred creative spirit.
She mentioned that she finds unique buttons and turns them into pendants. I believe she said these are Czech buttons and what stunning pendants they are! Just look at those colours. Brilliant. Literally!
“My jewelry is a fairly accurate reflection of who I am and what I love. I adore history, art, music and fashion, literature and design, all things unique and vintage, not to mention the beauty of nature…”
On her bio on Etsy she shares that the name of the store is the result of a silver trumpet she sold so she could buy a one way ticket to Europe to find herself. Since then, jewelry making has been a source of art therapy.
Anyone who makes a pendant with a Victorian lady in a teacup is a creative spirit I want people to know about. Coming across Silver Trumpet Jewelry was a highlight of my trip to the market. I know exactly what is like to yearn to use your hands to help heal your spirit.
What did I end up spending money on? Who got my cash? Made With Love was the winner!
I absolutely had to try their organic Aztec chocolate truffles. The sign said that you could buy one for $4 but apparently I was the only one who did because she had to break into one of her packages to sell me an individual bite.
I enjoyed it on the way back to downtown on the seabus. It was totally a wild foodie ride! The crunchy top juxtaposed with the creamy ganache was shocking. The slow build up of heat as we neared the other side of the water? Surprisingly overwhelming. Suddenly I found I was quite warm despite such a dark and gloomy day in downtown Vancouver. Foodie magic!
I absolutely fell in love with the print A Grand Adventure by A Cagey Bee. Although I would love her to be reading a cookbook and dreaming of all the wild and crazy kitchen adventures. Still, pirates will do!
The Winter 2016 Etsy Vancouver Market was absolutely inspiring. I love all things creative and being with artists is always life affirming for me. Whether they make greeting cards with illustrated hamburgers or pendants out of baubles, art feeds my spirit.
If you did not make it today, not to worry, it is open on Sunday December 4 from 10 am to 5 pm at the The Pipe Shop Building, located at 115 Victory Ship Way in North Vancouver.
It is absolutely worth the travel and $5!