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Monthly Archives: November 2010


Setting up for trade shows is a lot of work because you have two days to move in and set up an entire shop (including bringing in walls), only to take it down after a few days.

What I enjoy about doing these kinds of shows is being able to display my line in the way that I want to. The look I go for is boutique with a gallery influence (from NSCAD). For me it’s about showcasing the individual pieces and keeping display props to a minimum to best feature the felt detailing.

Before and after shots from my previous shows:

One of a Kind Chicago 2010

Circle Craft-Vancouver 2010

I had a lot of help with this one! My family lives in Vancouver and my wonderful brother built this booth for me and my dad helped get the walls up on location. What a difference it made to have that help. It still took me longer to put up the shelves than it took my dad and brother to install the structure.


One of a Kind Toronto 2010

My longtime friend Mairin (who I stayed with during the show) was kind enough to lend me her dresser for the week and even helped me move it there.


Some highlights. I love rearranging the colour combinations throughout the duration of the show and coming up with different arrangements. The only problem is that I often forget to take photos.


















I am so excited to be in Chicago. Last year was the first time I came for the One of a Kind Show where I was in the Etsy Pavilion. With the long show hours I didn’t get a chance to see much so this year I arrived early enough to have one full day to spend as a tourist. Did I ever have fun.

For anyone who lives here, lucky you and for anyone who hasn’t yet been I would recommend a trip. At this time of year it looks so festive and in the classiest way. Walking around downtown there are endless surprises with the beautiful old buildings juxtaposed sleek new ones plus all of the famous architecture to marvel at.

Here are some photos from the great places I visited today–including an outdoor ice rink in Millennium Park where I skated laps with Cloud Gate looming above.

Chicago Riverwalk

Cloud Gate

Millennium Park

The Loop

This mosaic ceiling is located in the Macy’s building on the Magnificent Mile up on one of the 7 floors! While I was looking around Macy’s someone approached me and said they saw me skating earlier. While I used to play ringette and love skating I’d never done it with a purse and long winter coat before but that made it so much more memorable.

Now it’s back to business – Set up for the show starts tomorrow.

The One of a Kind Show starts this Thursday and runs until Sunday at the Merchandise Mart.

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