3 things I’m excited about

3 things I'm excited about

First off, I am finally getting back to my kinda normal after the Spring One of a Kind, and working on some great custom canvases that patrons at the show requested. One of the best parts of this show is meeting fantastic people, both patrons & exhibitors. Yes, and of course, buying stuff.

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My cow, Annabelle was a big hit at this show. People were very attracted to her and loved the background colouring. I am pretty sure she is now hanging in the office of a lovely lady. I definitely plan on creating more canvases using this style. By the way, Annabelle is now available as an 8×10 print at my OOAK Online Shop.

3 things I'm excited aboutNext, I am thrilled to announce that I have been asked to be part of the 2016 Joggles Design Team!!! Joggles is an on-line art & craft store that has fantastic supplies, as well as great videos & tutorials. Look for exciting projects from this very talented Design Team starting this month. I can hardly wait to start playing!

Finally, I am excited that Miss Know-It-All has survived her first year of university and will be home VERY soon! I have actually talked her into accompanying me to the Creativ Festival this weekend, on our way home from moving her out of residence. For those of you who are local, I have many art back in stock at the GACAG, Energy Flow Yoga (Keswick location) & Daylyn. Remember if you can’t find what you are looking for, just contact me!

Enjoy this very fine weather we are having!

with gratitude…nadya

OOAK Spring Show giveaway!

OOAK Spring Show giveaway!

This weekend, I will be at the Inaugural Love Project Art Show & Vendor Sale at Belinda’s Place in Newmarket. Belinda’s Place is a York Region/Salvation Army facility that supports women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This event aims to raise funds & awareness for Love Project & Belinda’s Place. It runs on Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Admission is $2. Please drop by if you are in the area.

I’ve been enjoying creating these little notebooks that will soon be on my One of a Kind Online Shop.

OOAK Spring Show giveaway!

The Spring One of a Kind Show is only 23 days away! If you would like a pair of tickets to the show, be the first person to email me with the words, “bunny” in the subject.

with gratitude…nadya

OOAK ticket Giveaway!

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Happy first day of Spring! I am getting so excited about the show next week. Here are a few of my latest creations. Let’s celebrate with a ***GIVEAWAY***.

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If you are in the Toronto area next week, to win a pair of tickets to the  Spring One of a Kind Show,  you can do one of two things, either:

1. LIKE & SHARE my Facebook page, or

2. LIKE my blog & SHARE this post.

The winner will be announced Monday. Good Luck!

with gratitude..nadya

 

 

spring will return!

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It may not seem it, but one day soon, we will be able to have exposed flesh outside for longer than a millisecond before succumbing to frost bite. And with that in mind, the Spring One of a Kind Show is just around the corner. Click on the link to save $3 when you purchase your tickets online. These are my new moo business cards that just arrived! What do you think?

with gratitude…nadya

Fall — in love

DSC_0352I love autumn. New beginnings and a time for change. The days get shorter, mornings are cool and all the shades of yellows, oranges and reds are seen from my windows.

It also means Arts & Crafts Shows season! That means that I am busy creating. The Georgina Studio Tour was a blast. Probably the most perfect weekend — thank-you to all the wonderful people who stopped by Homestead Orchards to visit (and to buy apple pie).

I am preparing for beyondCRAFT Show & Sale which starts in little over a month, at the Latcham Gallery in Stouffville. If you have never been, it is a great show —  like a mini One of a Kind. Speaking of which yes, I am getting ready for my first Christmas One of a Kind. Remember if you are going to the show, I am there during the second half, December 2nd to the 7th.

Here are some of my newer canvases. As you can tell, this home quote is a favourite of mine. It seems to resonate with many other people too, so it is a keeper.14-h28 214-h28 14-h28-2

 I am also enjoying my woodland girl canvases. I think a boy is next — perhaps a couple?

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And the girls are so much fun to create. I love the texture of her hair.

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Have a great weekend!

with gratitude…nadya

OOAK Online Shop

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I’m every excited to announce the launch of the One of a Kind Online Shop! It will open May 7, so now you will be able to purchase from the show’s artisans all year long! The website is: www.oneofakindonlineshop.com .

I have been hard at work creating my OOAK shop. Please visit once it goes live. As a bonus, I will be offering free shipping on all orders during the first month.

Here is a glimpse of some of my new art that will be available at my OOAK shop!

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with gratitude,  nadya

OOAK Coupon

Below is a link to purchase discount One of a Kind Show tickets online:

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Fox with a blue scarf.

with gratitude…nadya

 

3 Things I Learned at the Toronto One of a Kind Spring Show

Nadya Edwards - Mixed Media artist

Me & Miss Know-It-All in front of my “booth” – click image to enlarge

I am back!

First off, I would like to thank everyone who came out to the Toronto One of a Kind Spring Show to support me. I had a fabulous 5 days of meeting awesome people and feeling like I belonged there. The show has truly opened up so many doors for me!

3 Things the BIG SHOW taught me:

1. I can never be too organized.

2. Expect the unexpected and be prepared to deal with it.

3. Don’t underestimate the buying power of people who like my art.

 

My 9 square foot booth built by Mr CFO was set up in our living room for about a month. We had the cards & canvases displayed on it, and tried to anticipate its workflow. Yet the first day of the show, I was still scrambling around my booth trying to organize myself. “Can you make this with that, or can you do this on a huge canvas?” were questions I was constantly asked and at one point, I felt I was haggling in Mexico. I was so eager to please, I practically offered to do a huge, custom canvas for someone for a cost that barely covered the canvas — without a deposit!

I quickly learned to slow down, enjoy the conversations and really listen to what people were saying. Having said that, I didn’t think “big” enough. My bags for cards were only big enough to hold about 2 cards — people tended to buy more than 2 at a time. Also, when I saw people looking and enquiring about more than one canvas, I always assumed they were trying to decide between one or the other. Imagine my surprise when a couple stacked up 5 and bought them!

The morning of the first day of the show, I woke up and thought, “I  was chosen to exhibit my work at the OOAK show?!”  Even after 2 months it was still sinking in for me. I was so busy getting ready for the show, I had not allowed myself the celebration of the acceptance. Set up the night before had me stressed, a head full of ache and trying to stay well in the midst of sickness in my family. Thank goodness my kindred spirit — Ms Over-Analyzer was there to help me. She set up all the canvases and generally took care of me.

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Favourite OOAK purchases over the years – click image to enlarge

This show has been a religious experience for me for the past 2 decades. Beautiful things adorn our home that have been purchased there. The relationships that we have built with artists at that show, the stories, the memories. Now suddenly I am on the other side — I am the artist. The support and feedback I received there last month have meant so much to me. Miss Know-It-All was an amazing asset to me the 2 days she helped out. She was the efficient businessperson & salesperson extrordinaire, allowing me to wander around on the last day, (this time not as much as a shopper, but as an exhibitor, planning my official booth space for next year’s spring show). Yes, I will be back next year, perhaps even sooner (cross your fingers).

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Check out my Easter Bunny Contest entry at The Toronto OOAK, entitled “Peter Rabbit”. So many came to my booth to tell me how much they liked him, which was so awesome because there were so pretty incredible entries!

 

 

 

Were you there at the show? Share your experience with me – I love getting feedback. And don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog too via the commentluv feature here on the site.

with gratitude,

nadya