Wow I just realized it’s been a year since my last blog post! In my defence it’s been quite a year... I got divorced, I moved my way-too-much stuff, my business and most of my big garden to my wonderful boyfriend Steve’s large, almost empty unfinished house (which we now share with our combined 5 daughters!). I’ve been working at my local hardware store up to 5 days a week for over the last year but now that I should finally, starting very soon, be down to 3 days a week this will give me much more time to work on and slowly expand Savonnerie de L’Estrie and Farfelu, which I haven’t had enough time to give the attention they deserve this year but are both slowly growing in sales and recognition.
I’m also still involved in the Salon de L’Artisanat Sutton (mostly my contribution was to make the website https://salonartisanatsutton.weebly.com/ ) which is this weekend!! Formerly the Quoi de Neuf annual Artisan sale, this will be our second annual show under the new management and name. We hope to see you there, so much work and expectations go into these kinds of shows that we really hope as many people as possible come to help support their local creative artisans and artisanal food producers.
From the website:
The "Salon De L'Artisanat De Sutton" is an annual artisan event consisting mainly of local artisans from the Sutton/Knowlton area but also including participants from the surrounding Eastern Townships. Formerly known since 1995 as The "Quoi de Neuf" Artisan Sale, in 2016 founders Debbie and Dodi Hornig, Anne Johnston, Judy Mullins, and Mary Ann Martin decided to retire from the organizationonal side of the event and passed that responsibility onto Lucie Fiset, Lise Bourque, Theresa Goyette, Kara Needham and Qita Reindler with the condition of using a new name, and so the "Salon De L'Artisanat De Sutton" was born!
The cozy boutique-style atmosphere of this event in a beautiful autumn country setting offers customers a chance to chat personally with the artisans and make custom orders for really personalized gifts or unique items for their own home. The artisans give so much of themselves, hours of personal creativity are reflected in the items that they sell. Showcasing a wide selection of arts and crafts for you to browse through, we will have some more new faces joining us this year, alongside your favourite artisans from previous years.
At "Salon De L'Artisanat De Sutton"you’ll find everything from pottery to rugs, toys to sculptures, soaps to furniture and everything in between. With over 30 artisans showing their products, whatever your taste or budget, you’ll find something you can’t resist!
Each year the artisans contribute examples of their crafts towards a raffle supporting the Brome Lake Food Bank. "Salon De L'Artisanat De Sutton" Artisan Show and Sale is truly a wonderful shopping experience. A place to get unique gifts, unusual items for home, customized pieces, one on one consultations with the artists, Christmas goodies, or just to experience the wondrous creativity in a beautiful country setting.
"If I give up who I am, I become who I might be."
Kara Needham is the founder and creator of Savonnerie de L'Estrie, a small manufacturer of handcrafted, all-natural and affordable artisan skincare in unique folk-art packaging.