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Small Business Saturday ~ Shop Small, Support Handmade This Christmas

Today is post Black Friday blues to some and Small Business Saturday to others!! I encourage you to shop small this holiday season, and support local makers. You can start off today by checking out any number of local holiday markets that focus on handmade items. Or pop over to Etsy where you will find thousands of shops offering special sales this weekend to celebrate small businesses! Even I’m getting into the spirit of things… enjoy 25% off my ENTIRE Etsy shop today & tomorrow! Sales don’t come along too often in my shop, so please take advantage of this one!

 

And thank you for supporting local!

Curated. Holiday Market

Curated. Holiday Market in Calgary Nov 18-19th

THREE SLEEPS!!! That’s it until my last market of the year! And what a show to end 2016 on, the inaugural Curated. Holiday Market!! Formerly Vixens of Vintage, this market has undergone a huge facelift and brand update to meet the growing handmade scene. Still run by the same wonderful organizer and still full of amazing local vendors!

Curated is being held at the Red and White Club by the Stadium. There is a Market Eve shopping night on Friday Nov 18th from 5-9pm. Purchase your tickets NOW for that event, as only a limited number of tickets are being sold for it to ensure a relaxed shopping experience. Beat the crowds, grab a cocktail and start your Christmas shopping!

The market opens to the public on Saturday Nov 19th from 10am-4pm, with $4 admission at the door.

And again, this is my last market of the year, and last one for a while probably, so stop by and say “hi”.

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In the Studio: Dreamcatcher Sneak Peek

In the Studio: Dreamcatcher Sneak Peek ~ Bubblegumsass ~ Nursery & Kids Room Decor

You guys! Don’t miss out on any of the new design sneak peeks happening! Follow along on Instagram. So many fun fabrics arrived last week, just in time for me to make up some new Dreamcatchers for the holidays. I’ll only be able to make up a limited number of them though, so contact me right away, if there’s a print that interests you (through the Etsy shop is best).

In the Studio: Dreamcatcher Sneak Peek ~ Bubblegumsass ~ Nursery & Kids Room Decor

Hoping to bring a few of each along to my last market of the year, Curated (Nov. 18th & 19th). For local Calgary peeps, you can pre-order any Love Catcher or Dreamcatcher design now and pick it up at the show!

In the Studio: Dreamcatcher Sneak Peek ~ Bubblegumsass ~ Nursery & Kids Room Decor

Excited to offer the Mermaid & Unicorn Besties print in an Extra Large 12″ Dreamcatcher, the first themed Dreamcatcher in this size (Love Catchers are already available in custom order 12″). Just the beginning for all the fun stuff coming in the New Year!

Holiday Gift Guide: For Home & Hostess

Holiday Gift Guide: For Home & Hostess ~ By Bubblegum Sass ~ Shop Handmade Canada

I’m diving in good & early with my holiday gift guides this year. I’ve already started quite a bit of my Christmas shopping online from local and Canadian shops, so that I don’t have to worry about things getting delivered in time for gift giving. I also wanted to share some of my ideas with you now, so that you have a chance to work in a few local, handmade goodies into your Christmas shopping list {or even your personal wish list}.

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Etsy Calgary: Made In Canada

Etsy Calgary: Made In Canada Pop-Up Market 2015

Only ONE more sleep until the big market!! I’ve been so busy making, making, making for it, that I’ve barely had time to pop on here. If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you might be getting sick of hearing & seeing all the stuff I’ve made for the show. I’ll be bringing along close to 100 small Love Catchers, 20 large Love Catchers, along with a selection of upcycled & shabby chic accessories.

Shabby Chic items handmade by Bubblegum Sass

Love Catchers handmade by Bubblegum Sass

There’s been a crazy amount of response to the show. We’re expecting anywhere from 5,000-10,000 folks in a single day!! You’re going to be running us off our feet! For the first 125 lucky folks through the door, there are some amazing swag bags with contributions from the vendors & sponsors (including copies of Uppercase Magazine). I provided 50 adorable button magnets.

The first 10 customers who make a purchase at my table, will receive a 10% coupon for future purchases! So come down to the show early. Also, check out the directions for taking public transit, since parking might be an issue with that many people. I’m lucky enough to have my sis-in-law waking before the sun to pick me up & drive me down to the show.

If you missed the news segment on CTV this morning discussing the show, you can catch it here. Such a great variety of vendors featured, and you might spot a Love Catcher by little ‘ol me!

Can’t wait to share some photos from the show with you! Hope it’s a huge success for all the vendors!

Holiday Gift Guide: Rugged Gentlemen

Holiday Gift Guide: Rugged Gentlemen ~ Bubblegum Sass

For the third installment of my Holiday Gift Guide series, we turn to treats for all the wonderful gentlemen in our lives. The only thing is, most of the gents in my life are rough-around-the-edges, cabin-bound or farm-bound men, so my gift guide is inspired by them. Cheers to all the rugged gentlemen out there! (And don’t forget to check out the other posts in this gift guide series.)

Medicin River Soap Gift Set
NGNG (No Guts, No Glory) Gift Soap Set from Medicine River Soap Co. (Red Deer, AB)

 

Ole Originals Alberta T-Shirt

Alberta T-Shirt 2nd Edition by Ole Originals (Vancouver, BC)
*The BEST tees around. Hubby & I each own a few of Chandler’s designs.*

Wood Journal by Forest Nine
Wood Covered Journal from Forest Nine (Calgary)


Mammoth Beard Co.
Hazelnut & Hemp Beard Oil Sample from Mammoth Beard Co. (Calgary)

Don’t forget to check out ideas from more great local shops on my Etsy Holiday Gift Guides page. Hope you’re starting to feel like you’ve got a number of things checked off your gift list. Would love to hear your own gift ideas for the gentlemen in your lives! I always find shopping for the gents the most challenging. So let’s hear it! What are you getting the menfolk for Christmas this year? {post in the comments}