Here we are with the holidays upon us. Can you believe it? As I type this I can smell something delicious in the oven which we will share with family over Thanksgiving dinner (US Edition) tonight. Hopefully you find yourself warm of body and heart. If you can manage, maybe find a way that is meaningful to you to extend your warmth to others in need.

One way of trying to bridge the marketplace and the desire to do right by our community is to seek out places where these values meet. That is one of the reasons I really enjoy participating in the Ottawa Valley Crafts & Collectibles Guild (OVCC) Joy! show. The organizers do their utmost to showcase the varied talents of Ottawa and Outaouais area artisans, to promote the local small businesses as well as to shine a light on a charity. This year, the OVCC Joy! show will donate the proceeds from the $2 admission to "Sit With Me" dog rescue and "Adopt Me" cat rescue.

The Joy! runs for two days but please note that I will be there on the Saturday Nov 28, 2015 only. This will be my last show of the season.

If you are not able to come by tomorrow but are interested in browsing my work, the National Gallery of Canada Bookstore carries a selection of SeaCycledGlass Jewelry. My Etsy store and Web store will be active throughout December and I will add new listings regularly. If you wish to send a gift from my store, I can ship directly to the recipient if you add their information in the shipping address form.

Here is some more information about OVCC's Joy!:

"Our shows are renowned for bringing an exciting variety of art, crafts, designs and artisan foods together in a unique venue, and "Joy!" will be no exception.

Swag bags loaded with goodies for the first 50 visitors daily!

A $5 gift certificate - redeemable at any of the 100 vendors - handed out EVERY 10 MINUTES to visitors brave enough to wear a REALLY ugly Christmas or Hanukkah sweater!

NO commercial vendors - NO resellers - 100% LOCAL artists and artisans

Parking free - admission $2 (door tickets only - proceeds go to "Sit With Me" dog rescue and "Adopt Me" cat rescue).

Wine bar provided by Savour Italy, who are also taking care of: tea, coffee, water, pop & juices, and beer.

Event music provided by (live on location!) - Ottawa's little station making BIG noise!

Lunches & treats available.

Library and Archives Canada is located at 395 Wellington Street (west of the Parliament Buildings, between the Supreme Court of Canada and the Portages Bridge).. Parking in the Library and Archives lots as well as in the Supreme Court lot is free on weekends so please ignore any signs that say "permit holders only" etc. as these only apply on weekdays."

Parking is free in the Library and Archives lots as well as in the adjacent Supreme Court of Canada lot. There are signs saying "permit holders only" but this does not apply on weekends so please ignore them.

Ottawa Valley Crafts and Collectibles Show's photo.






A very interesting crafts show coming our way on Nov 29. Will be fun to go!

Kristina Rudnitski
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