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Archive for November, 2015

Trim our tree & meet a bona fide blacksmith

November 20th, 2015


Step back in time at the Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and there will be a wide range of fun family activities to get you in the holiday mood!

  • Thread cranberries and popcorn and trim our outdoor tree in vintage style!
  • Watch a bona fide blacksmith at work! In addition to giving demonstrations, blacksmith Mark Garvock of Fall River Forge will also have some of his hand forged iron work available for purchase.
  • Listen to holiday music on a handmade street organ.  Alan Rushforth‘s musical medley and festive animatronics will put a smile on anyone’s face. A retired Aeronautical Engineer, Alan’s talents are incredible. He loves to tinker and even created the snowmobile simulator at the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology!
  • Write a letter to Santa. The Calligraphy Society of Ottawa will also be on hand to help adults draft beautiful gift tags.
  • Have a photo taken with Santa! No shopping mall line ups here! Get it printed in colour or old-fashioned sepia tone.
  • Roast marshmallows by the fire & warm up with hot chocolate & apple cider. Volunteer extraordinaire Lynn Griffiths will also be bringing her homemade cookies for visitors to sample.
  • When it’s time for lunch, Pizza All’Antica will bake your fresh, personal size pizza in their wood-fired oven while you wait!
  • And, last but certainly not least, there will be a selection of talented vendors peddling their wares at an Outdoor Artisan Market. Bring your Christmas list and get a head start on your shopping.

Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road in Stittsville. Free parking is available on the street.

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Meet the Artist: Tracy Kerr Elements Photography

November 19th, 2015

Eagle Pano

Tracy Kerr Elements Photography specializes in fine art photography from Canada and abroad with a focus on landscape and wildlife scenes in both colour and black-and-white. Owner Tracy Kerr will be selling her art cards, calendars and prints (both framed and unframed) at the Museum’s Outdoor Artisan Market on Sunday.

“While wildlife and landscape photography are my specialties, I also pursue architectural and street photography. Over the last few years I have been exhibiting locally at galleries, markets, cafes and online through my website and Facebook page. A strong wanderlust resides in my soul and I travel several times a year with my camera ever at the ready. I also enjoy creating whimsical projects like The Red Chair and Wanderslost series. For me there is beauty in everything.”

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Meet the Artisan: Touch of Glass

November 19th, 2015

Touch of Glass

Started as a retirement hobby 20 years ago, Touch of Glass creates one of a kind stained glass pieces including sun catchers, Christmas ornaments, windows, lamps, jewelry boxes, kaleidoscopes and more. Owners Paulette and Ed Grassi, residents of Stittsville, say their business is a true labour of love. In fact they often immortalize their favourite places and things as stained glass pictures.

Be sure to visit Touch of Glass at our Outdoor Artisan Market this Sunday.

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Meet the Artisan: Sheila Cain-Sample Pen & Pencil Artist

November 18th, 2015


Sheila Cain-Sample draws hyper-realistic drawings of many different subjects – whatever may catch her eye.

“It’s really about the contrast between light and dark that I find appealing,” she says.

Sheila has also designed a colouring book for adults and teaches classes using colouring and pen work for relaxation and meditation. She has original monogram initials drawn in coloured pencil and she also accepts commissions. You can purchase many of her drawings in print and card form which make great gifts.

Sheila works out of her home studio in rural Ashton, Ontario. “Being surrounded by nature is a great inspiration for me.” She has been creating art professionally for over 15 years and teaches art locally.

Sheila will be among the talented vendors at the Museum’s Outdoor Artisan Market this Sunday.


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Meet the Artisan: Sandee’s Country Kitchen

November 18th, 2015


We are thrilled to announce that Sandee’s Country Kitchen will be participating in our Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market on Sunday. Get here early to stock up on their fresh baked bread, pies, cakes and cookies made from scratch with quality, wholesome ingredients.

Owner Sandee Rosien always loved to cook. After developing food allergies and sensitivities she had to get creative in the kitchen. Her wholesome recipes were met with rave reviews so, after close to 30 years in the real estate field, she decided to quit the rat race and follow her heart.

“Now I create great meals, all from scratch, and have a great many clients who enjoy eating quality food,” she says. “We create baking, meals, frozen dinners, hot weekly meals, desserts, and cater weddings, showers, birthdays, anniversaries and more.”

Sandee’s Country Kitchen also has a large selection of frozen dinners for seniors and busy families.

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Meet the Artisan: Monkey Mud Pottery

November 17th, 2015

monkey mud collage

Monkey Mud Pottery sells one of a kind fully handmade pottery pieces ranging from simple bowls and cups to intricate pieces of art and jewelry with a variety of price ranges. Each piece is made to be unique, and no two pieces are ever alike. Utilitarian pieces can be put in the dishwasher, microwave and oven. Pieces of Art incorporate glass, granite, metals and naturally found objects. “There is a story behind every piece, it can be mine, it can be yours, or it can create itself,” says Megg, the artist behind the creations.

For Megg, the best feeling in the world is having her hands covered in wet clay and being exhausted and inspired from hours in the studio. She dreams in shapes and colours and enjoys travelling the world looking for new ideas for her clay pieces. She sees pots in architecture, nature, animals, people and feelings and translates these to her pieces for others to enjoy. Monkey Mud Pottery is the result of a lifetime of learning, experimenting and creating. Megg finds serenity and joy in creating her pieces and wants to share these feelings with others.

You can buy your very own piece of art from Monkey Mud Pottery this Sunday at the Museum’s Outdoor Artisan Market.

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Meet the Artisan: His & Hers Home Co.

November 17th, 2015


For many artisans, perfecting a craft is a fun, creative process. For Shondra McLean, however, learning to make soap was a life or death situation.

When her infant son suffered from kidney failure at birth, Shondra had to find an alternative to commercial bath and body care products. With just one kidney left, she feared that regular products would cause him to develop bladder infections which would lead to kidney infections.

“Creating his bathing and body products myself allowed me to control the additives and ingredients ensuring that they were made of only the best and were all natural,” she says.

An entire decade and three healthy children later, the demand for Shondra’s products has spiraled into a successful little business: His and Hers Home Co. In addition to her signature all natural soaps, she also produces bath and body products, fragrant soaps and 100% soy candles and wax melts.

Having been raised in the Ottawa Valley where hunting season is taken very seriously, Shondra was inspired to create a line of all natural men’s products that are perfect for the hunters, campers and fishermen in your life. “Women are always pleased to see a vendor that carries gifts for their hard-to-buy-for husbands!”

Shondra will be bringing her unique line of products to the Museum’s Outdoor Artisan Market this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Meet the Artisan: Mud Mitts

November 14th, 2015

Mud Mitts

Mud Mitts: the Wet Pet Wipers were invented when pet owner Janet Sullivan tired of needing a hand to hold a rain-soaked cat, and two hands to wield a towel – one more hand than she possessed. They are made of flannelette with a terry-cloth palm that’s two sided, so you can grasp a wet back/tail/foot with one hand and the other hand is free to hold the wriggler still. When dogs were added to the family, the Mud Mitts became even more useful for wiping muddy feet. A loop was added so they could hang on the leash hooks at the door.

Janet also makes pet quilts in varying sizes, from tiny for a chihuahua’s basket, chair sized with patterns for dogs and cats, to large and extra large for dog beds and dogs that expect half a couch to lie on. These have a warm side of fleece, and a cooler side with cotton, denim or flannelette. I find it easier to have one of these on the preferred chair or bed – it can be whipped off when company arrives, and is simpler to wash.

You’ll find Janet and her Mud Mitts at the Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market on Sunday November 22. They make great Christmas gifts for the pet owners in your life!

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Meet the Artisan: Marketa’s Creations

November 14th, 2015

Marketa's Creations

Marketa Stastna creates one-of-a-kind, fully handmade whimsical pottery. Whether you need a quaint flower pot to make your home happier, a solid mug to make tea time warmer or a bowl to fill with your favourite goodies, she’s your gal.

Marketa’s Creations are inspired by Marketa’s upbringing in Prague, where pottery is one of the dominant forms of folkart. Her pieces are the type of functional art that makes you smile. If you walk by her booth and don’t smile, walk by again. You are sure to find a quaint piece to call your own.

Marketa will be peddling her whimsical wares at the Goulbourn Museum’s Outdoor Artisan Market next Sunday, November 22nd. Smiles are free!

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Artisan Profile: Lilly Luvs Bowtique

November 13th, 2015


Lilly Luvs Bowtique makes a wide variety of adorable accessories for all ages including many with owner Sandra Andrew’s signature nerdy touch! Sandra makes everything from hair accessories to lanyards and key chains and ever-popular colourful children’s tutus.

Catch Lilly Luvs at the Museum’s Outdoor Artisan Market on November 22 and stock up on stocking stuffers (say that three times quickly!) for all the nerdy lovelies in your life!

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