Tag Archives: Events

Shop Local! Handmade Markets.

12 Nov

I love holiday craft fairs. I’m disappointed to miss Vancouver’s amazing Got Craft and Make It events this year. I’m hoping Saskatoon’s Flock & Gather Winter Wonders Handmade Market and Artisan Fine Craft Market can help fill this void in my DIY, local shopping, holiday heart.

I am really loving Flock & Gather’s Winter Wonders poster! How charming is this mustached reindeer?!

Flock & Gather Winter Wonders Handmade Market.
December 7 & 8.
St. Joseph’s Parish Hall.
Admission: free!

2012 Artisan Fine Craft Market
November 23, 24 & 25
TCU Place, Saskatoon
Admission: $5.00

To readers nearby and readers far away, I encourage you to shop local this holiday season! Over the past five years my parents’ favourite Christmas presents were handmade, purchased at a local shop, or bought at a holiday market. Holiday craft fairs are the perfect opportunity to shop for one of a kind goods in a casual environment where you will have the opportunity to meet the makers in person, talk about their handmade goods, and learn about their creative processes.

Doesn’t it feel amazing to support artisans and crafters like Mabel Pike!?

Happy shopping!

The Power of We with Spencer West

23 Sep

This is an unusual post. I almost never mention work on The BB Creative. But tonight I feel compelled to share an important project I’m working on at KPMG Enterprise in Saskatoon, the accounting firm I coordinate marketing and events for.

Event planning is a significant part of my job at KPMG Enterprise. I am passionate about event management. I enjoy developing strategic event plans and goals, I am happy to have the opportunity to be creative at work, and I love bringing people together and creating community.

Planning KPMG Enterprise’s event, The Power of We with Spencer West, has been an incredible and rewarding experience. Spencer is Me to We motivational speaker, author, and ambassador of international development organization Free The Children. He is also an incredibly inspiring individual who has an important message for people of all ages on the power of believing in yourself and believing in others.

Photos courtesy of Me to We

When Spencer was five, doctors decided to amputate below his pelvis to better help him get around. Something that has never held him back. Navigating life on his hands, Spencer has always lived with purpose. If you live in Saskatoon I encourage you to come hear the inspirational and charismatic Spencer speak about overcoming bullying, finding happiness, and how he never lost the courage needed to conquer obstacles. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to hear Spencer share his latest challenge – conquering 5,895 metres of Mount Kilimanjaro! Spencer will show youth of all ages it is cool to care and inspire guests to create positive change in their communities.

Please join KPMG Enterprise for The Power of We with Spencer West on October 2, 2012 at Prairieland Park – Hall B (Ruth Street & Herman Avenue, Saskatoon). This is a free community event. Please reserve your free seat on picatic.com/thepowerofwe and bring a non-perishable food item for the Saskatoon Food Bank.




Disclaimer: I work for KPMG Enterprise. KPMG Enterprise did not ask that I share this event on my blog. I am very excited to meet Spencer West and wanted to take this opportunity to share Spencer’s inspirational story with you, my readers.

I promise to return to my crafting and DIY posts next week!

My First NYC Musical

26 Aug

To see a Broadway Musical in New York has been a dream of mine since high school. Growing up in a small, farming community the big metropolis of New York City felt very far away. My worldview was small. I never knew if I would make it to New York.

In high school I was a total drama nerd. We had an amazing high school theatre program. I was involved in five shows; acting in grade nine and taking on the role of stage manager for the remainder of my high school theatre career. Being a stage manager consumed my life; I attended all rehearsals at noon, after school, and on Sundays. Being a part of these musicals was a special experience. I worked with so many talented students, teachers, and parents. We put on spectacular shows. We received standing ovations every night. Not because our parents were proud of us, but because our shows were great. I can confidently say my high school’s drama club was better than your high school’s drama club.

I know this to be true because we were the first high school in North America to receive the rights to perform Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. What an amazing feat for a high school in rural Saskatchewan!

I loved being a stage manager. It was a great learning experience. It was an introduction to a world I never knew existed. So much hard work, creativity, talent, and time went into our shows. The evening of the final performance was always bittersweet. I never wanted the show to end.

To see The Lion King in New York with my best friend was the most overwhelming and memorable experience from my epic summer vacation. It was an incredible show. It was everything I imagined a Broadway Musical would be. This musical brought the cartoon to life in such a beautiful and elegant way. It was stunning.

My heart was filled with happiness after seeing The Lion King. I am very fortunate to be in a position where I can have these experiences and make my high school dreams a reality.

Osheaga – Female Powerhouses

22 Jul

The countdown is on! 11 days. 16hours. 10 minutes.

This summer I’m going to Osheaga (pronunciation: O (hard o)- she(soft e)- ha – ga) with my bestie and it is going to be totally amazing. I’ve never been to Montreal and I’ve never been to a three day music festival. I have very high expectations and I know that Montreal, Osheaga, and my 3,500+ new friends won’t disappoint.

Almost all of my favourite artists are performing at Osheaga 2012. I’m most excited to see Metric, Feist, and Florence + The Machine (not necessarily in that order). I have a girl-crush on these amazing, female powerhouses. I’ve seen Emily Haines and Feist perform live and they were both mesmerizing.

These women are true artists; watching them perform live is like watching an art project come to life. They show so much of their creative process during their concerts. Their performances are poetic, captivating, inspiring, thrilling. Both Emily and Feist can wail on the guitar and break your heart with a single note.




I cannot wait for this unforgettable trip! (Squeal!)

Saskatoon Summer To-Do List

17 Jun

Can you believe it’s already June 17? There are only two and a half months left of summer! I have so many projects to start, parties to plan, and events to attend before the end of August arrives.

I am a very organized person and am a huge fan of goal setting and to-do lists. Soooo here is my Saskatoon summer to-do list full of fun summertime goals!

- Start and finish a painting. I bought a 20”x40” canvas yesterday. This summer I will complete my first large acrylic painting since my first year of university!
Read at least three books. Sometimes I am so exhausted at the end of the day it is much easier to watch television or mindlessly surf the interwebs than read a book. I want to spend as much time as possible reading this summer (preferably outside in the sunshine at the beach or park). Any good book suggestions out there?
Organize a potluck. After living in Saskatoon for nearly five months I have accumulated enough furniture to have more than one person over at a time. Par-tay!
Play bocce ball. I have a bocce ball set that has only been used a handful of times. It needs to be used more often.
Go stargazing. Vancouver was terrible for stargazing. I can’t wait to spend an evening outside with a quilt looking up at the stars and dreaming about the future.
Organize a photo shoot. I promised my friend Elysse that I would organize a photo shoot with her when I moved back to Saskatoon. This needs to happen soon!
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan. I loved Bard on the Beach in Vancouver. I can’t wait to check out the Saskatoon equivalent.
Check out Saskatoon’s best summer festivals: Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Wake Ride, A Taste of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Folk Fest and fireworks! I just realized that I’m not here for the Finge Festival, which makes me a little sad.
Visit the Mendel Art Gallery. I seriously can’t believe I haven’t been to this gallery yet, it is only a few blocks away from where I live. Shame on me.
Plan a crafternoon for my Saskatoon girlfriends! I haven’t had a crafting party since my birthday. I hope to have a crafternoon sometime in July. Ideas include: Cake Stands from Table Legs, Colour Blocked Coasters, Fish Scale Pendant Lamp, and Hemp Hoop Earrings.

Phew! On top of that long to-do list I am visiting friends in Vancouver and planning a vacation to Montreal and NYC! I’m looking forward to an amazing first summer in Saskatoon and a fabulous vacation exploring some of the best cities eastern Canada and America have to offer.

There is a lot of text in this post so here is a cool video for some visual stimulation:

I COULD HAVE DONE THIS.. from Briar Mark on Vimeo.

ps – please don’t judge me too much for creating a summertime to-do list!

Saskatoon Blog Round-Up

10 Jun

Once again I am complaining about the prairie rain. It is damp and ugly outside so I’m spending most of my day catching up on what is new in the blogosphere and watching Netflix.

Despite the rain I do want to show Saskatoon some love. Here are some awesome, random finds from bloggers and people who call this (currently) rainy City of Bridges home.

Puddle Vision in London by Gavin Hammond (found via City of Skies)

Go Green! Lentil Salad with Sorrel & Asparagus (from Renee at Sweet Sugar Bean)

S’more Stuffed French Toast (from Bob at BS in the Kitchen)

Coffee night with Cathy Terepocki (organized by Flock & Gather)

Saskatoon’s craft collective is hosting an evening chat with artist Cathy Terepocki to discuss the perks and challenges of selling handmade goods by consignment and wholesale June 19 at the Mendel Art Gallery.

Matt HunterObservations

This week I had the pleasure of working with acoustic guitar player, Matt Hunter, for a work event. Matt recently created this charming music video; not only is the music lovely but the video highlights the quiet beauty of Saskatoon.

Happy Weekend! 


31 Mar

Last Saturday I attended TEDxUofS. It was an incredibly refreshing, inspiring, and exhausting day. It has been a very long time since I sat in a university lecture hall and listened to people share passionate, inspiring stories about their lives, studies, and careers.

When I was a grade twelve student in high school I felt invincible. I truly thought I could do anything I wanted. With enough hard work, perseverance, and chocolate I could take on the world. This feeling of invincibility wavered during my university career; I became a little jaded and cynical somewhere between writing socialist papers on the concentration of media ownership in Canada and the democratic potential of the internet. I left the world of academia feeling… uncertain. I felt smart and capable. I did not feel brave.

Is it naïve to follow your dreams? No matter how unrealistic they are? Maybe. But these naïve, crazy people are inspiring! They make me feel like I can pursue my passions and dreams. Though, I confess, I don’t know what those passions and dreams are (and I’m pretty satisfied with my day job). But I do love feeling inspired, sharing stories, and learning where people find their happiness.

What is TED and TEDx?
TED is an event of riveting talks by remarkable people. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. TED is building a clearinghouse of knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading”. TEDx is designed to give communities, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

The theme for TEDxUofS was The Wisdom of Play. The conference’s presenters shared stories of how they use creativity and curiosity to deepen their understanding of the world and discover new ways to connect with local and international communities.

Lots of ideas and stories were shared during TEDxUofS. It was total information overload. I enjoyed every minute of it. Here are some highlights from the day:

Ryan Leier: I very much enjoyed Ryan Leier’s presentation on the Oneness of Yoga. Ryan was sincere, engaging, and funny. He reminded me we need to focus on harmony not harm, we should not react negatively to life, and whatever we do we should try to do the very best we can. Fun fact: Ryan is the go-to yoga teacher for the band Arcade Fire.

Photo from TEDxUofS facebook page.

Curtis Olson: Curtis Olson is an incredibly inventive individual that is blurring the border between public and private spaces. Curtis’ projects revitalize neighborhoods and build community. Curtis repurposes old buildings and renovates them with materials from the community that carry historic and sentimental value. The buildings Curtis builds have the ability to connect a community of people together through shared history. His buildings encourage collaboration and sharing; these spaces create community. Curtis challenged attendees: What type of communities are we building?

Photo from TEDxUofS facebook page.

Greg Johnson: Greg Johnson is a storm chaser. Such a cool job, such a great guy. Greg is incredibly genuine, approachable, and smart. Greg shared the story of how he was unhappy with life. He built a successful marketing and communications firm from the ground up and was unsatisfied. He gave it all up to take photos of nature’s most beautiful and extreme storms. He recently published a gorgeous book of photos and stories from his adventures chasing storms and tornadoes across North American.

Photo from TEDxUofS facebook page.

Greg ended his engaging presentation with the following quote from Therou: Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but for the love of the job.

Words to live by.

Photo from TEDxUofS facebook page.

Thanks TEDxUofS! I had a fabulous day! 

Flock & Gather Springtime Handmade Market

27 Mar

I am super excited for the upcoming Flock & Gather Springtime Handmade Market!

I love springtime and I love craft fairs!

I am very excited Saskatoon has an independent craft fair. Flock & Gather looks and feels very similar to my favourite Vancouver craft market – Got Craft?.

Got Craft? is the original, indie, East Vancouver craft fair that supports all things handmade. I cannot wait to see how Flock & Gather compares. I am sure it will be equally awesome.

Check out these beautiful posters for Flock & Gather by Shauna Buck.

Here are some lovely behind the scenes images of Flock and Gather’s printing process.

In summary:
Flock & Gather Springtime Handmade Market.
April 13 & 14.
St. Joseph’s Parish Hall.
Free Admission.
Yup. I’m excited.

Check out Flock & Gather’s blog and facebook page for more information.

All images from this post are borrowed from Flock & Gather’s blog.

Poetry Sunday

26 Feb

I recently moved to Saskatoon and am enjoying exploring what this new-to-me city has to offer. Shortly after moving here a friend introduced me to Tonight it’s Poetry, an event that takes place Sunday evenings at Lydia’s Pub. Tonight it’s Poetry is a community event where emerging and professional poets gather to share their poems and stories. Tonight it’s Poetry is a lovely way to end the weekend and start the week feeling fresh and inspired (or at least entertained).

Last Sunday Tonight it’s Poetry held a haiku death match. Some of the haiku’s were hilarious. Unfortunately I don’t remember any of them. Here is one I pulled off their blog:

the worst time to have
a heart attack is during
a game of charades

The week come to and end and I’m looking forward to quiet Sunday evening at Lydia’s. In anticipation of Tonight it’s Poetry I have written a poem with the help of Bentlily’s one poem a day project. I discovered this website through my good friend Megan, who is always sharing awesome stuff she finds on the internet.

The purpose of one poem a day is “to be present”. Samantha Reynolds, the creator of Bentlily, dares anyone who stumbles upon her website to:

Be a poet for a day.  Let the world in and watch as it tumbles out from your fingertips onto the page, revealing shades of the day you would otherwise surely have missed.

Here is my attempt at being poetic. My poem was written with the help of InstaPoem. InstaPoem is simple, fun, and makes you sound inspired. A more eloquent way of phrasing that would be InstaPoem helps you articulate your hidden inspiration.

Here is my friend Megan’s poem.

You also may want to check out Samantha’s daily poem.

Are you feeling poetic today? I encourage you to try out InstaPoem. If you are feeling especially creative I challenge you to write a poem using only pen and paper! Be sure to share a link to your poem in the comment section.

Happy Sunday.

Got Craft, Spool of Thread + DIY Felt Bow

11 Dec

Last week I went to my favourite Vancouver craft fair – Got Craft?. Vancouver has lots of craft fairs; it is one of the reasons why I love this amazing city so much. We have big craft fairs, small craft fairs, craft fairs with DJ’s, craft fairs with live acoustic music, craft fairs with alcohol, craft fairs with vegan/gluten-free cupcakes, craft fairs in glossy new buildings, craft fairs in well used community centers, craft fairs with how-to demonstrations, and craft fairs with DIY crafting booths. There are craft fairs for every businesswoman, homemaker, hippy, minimalist, traditionalist, and foodie out there. It doesn’t matter what your personal style, budget, or lifestyle is – when it comes to craft fairs Vancouver has you covered.

When my schedule is too busy to spend every weekend running around Vancouver to check out all the great artistic talent this rainy city has to offer and I have to choose just one craft market to attend – I always choose Got Craft?. Got Craft? is the original, indie, East Vancouver craft fair that supports all things handmade. The show is always really well curated with a good variety of local vendors and artists. It is my favourite place to find unique crafts, special gifts, DIY inspiration, and meet interesting people.

I arrived to Got Craft? later in the afternoon and it was packed. Thank goodness Spool of Thread was there with a simple (and free) craft to occupy my time while I waited for the crowd to disperse.

Photo from Spool of Thread.

Check out the super cute felt bows I made! Aren’t they darling? I think they would also make great holiday ornaments, gift toppers, or very festive hair fascinators.

Here is the tutorial for these DIY felt bows. You will need some felt, cotton fabric, needle and thread, and a safety pin to attach the bow to your sweater or coat.

If you like to sew I suggest you check out Spool of Thread.  The store is super charming and the staff are really friendly. Spool of Thread is on a great little strip of art galleries and cafes on Fraser Street (at 15th + Fraser Street) in Vancouver and is just right around the corner from the very lovely Collage Collage. Spool of Thread provides beginner and experienced sewers with the space, tools, materials and classes needed to create their next exciting sewing project. I have to admit, I am not much of a sewer. I may need to sign up for a sewing class in 2012!

Spool of Thread also has a great fabric collection. Last time I was visiting the store I spent an hour browsing their fabulous fabrics and I didn’t even have a project to work on! Spool of Thread carries modern and retro-inspired fabric from fabulous designers including Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Heather Ross, Kona Cottons, and Michael Miller. In addition to their hard-to-find fabric collection, they also sell vintage inspired designer sewing patterns like Oliver + S and Colette Patterns.

Moral of the blog post – sewing is fun + I had a great day! Happy Crafting.


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