Saturday, January 28, 2017

MRDA Flea Market!

Check Out Three of WEST's Sellers at the MRDA Flea Market! 

We are excited to share with you that three of our local Winnipeg Etsy Street Team Vintage sellers will be at the Manitoba Riding for the Disabled (MRDA)18th Annual Super Flea Market taking place on February 4 and 5, 2016 at the Assiniboia Downs!

There will be 80 booths of antiques, vintage, collectibles, health products, crafts, jewellery and more! AND there will be a raffle for some great prizes!

Westies Lisa from Bitchin' Kitsch 'n' Kitchen, Kali from Atomic Age Vintage Shop and Liza from Rose and Rook will be there to share their extensive knowledge and their awesome wares--you don't want to miss out!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Holiday 2016 - WEST Etsy Market!

An amazing group of over 30 vendors!

Handmade toys, jewellery, wood, leather, pottery, soap and so much more!

Saturday December 17, join WEST for a last minute Holiday market
St James Civic Centre
2055 Ness Avenue, Winnipeg
11 am to 5pm
Admission is $2 with 12 and under free

Last minute shopper special!
Free admission from 4-5pm!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

WESTie Wednesday featuring PJs Scraps and Paper!

WESTie Wednesday with Patrice Skovgaard of PJs Scraps and Paper!

Welcome to WESTie Wednesday, where each week we get to know a proud WEST member and their Etsy shop! Learn about Patrice and her shop, PJs Scraps and Paper.

My shop's inspiration came from my recent retirement! I have always been a craft chick and when I no longer had a fulltime job, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to do something I wanted to do. I have a few craft hobbies that I love, so I found I couldn't limit it to just one thing, hence the scraps and paper in my shop. So far I buy my materials wherever I can find sales or from things that have been given to me. I'm now looking for some specific things for my new designs and I've been lucky enough to find a supplier on Etsy that has reasonable prices, so I'll be happy to support that shop in the future! I have taken over two rooms in our tiny house for my cardmaking and sewing. And I don't feel one bit guilty about it! My husband still has his workshop, so I think it has worked out fairly. I also tend to spill over into other areas - the dining room for taking shop photos, and my comfy chair for handwork."

"I sell items made from fabric and paper that are intended to be useful for the buyer or to be used as gifts. I sell greeting cards - photo cards and handmade cards and I sell fabric things such as coasters, hairbands, wine totes, toddler aprons, bags and purses, and quilted Christmas stockings. I hope to branch out into more designs of some of my items once I have a little more time. My demographic is anyone who is looking for practical and pretty things for gifts or to treat themselves. I am always going to try and include some things for kids as well, just because they are so fun to make!"

What makes Patrice feel just-so about having her very own Etsy shop for the world to see? Says Patrice, "I am finally able to fully indulge my creative side and share the things I make with others!"

Want to see more? Be sure to check out PJs Scraps and Paper on social media:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

WEST Fall Market Wrap Up

On a gorgeous fall day WEST held their annual Fall market at Holy Cross Gymnasium in the lovely neighborhood of St Boniface in Winnipeg Manitoba.

Many thanks to our customers who make our events special! Over 1700 of you patiently stood in line or shopped our VIP event to support our makers and curators! Thank You for Shopping Local.

And wow did you come to shop!

So many wonderful WESTies

With amazing products!

These are some of the people that make up WEST, a volunteer group that helps local Etsy sellers!

Many thanks to Rebecca of Bixipix Photography for the stellar snaps!

Completed your holiday shopping?
You have one last chance with WEST!

Pre shop our amazing vendors here -

Friday, December 2, 2016

Foodie Friday: Island Style Chicken

As Winter approaches I feel the need for something tropical, and this is a recipe I received from a friend so many years ago. The handwritten recipe card is faded and stained. That's a good sign in my books.

Chicken Island Style

1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
2 tbsp. oil
1 14 ounce can pineapple
2 tbsp. soya sauce
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
1 cup sliced celery
2 medium tomatoes
1 diced red pepper
1/2 cup coconut
2 large chicken breasts cut into serving portion sizes

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Brown chicken pieces in the cooking oil in a skillet. Drain pineapple juice into the pan, bring to a boil and add the water, soya sauce and cornstarch. Stir until it thickens, add your vegetables and cook till fork tender. Add pineapple chunks just until heated. I am perfectly happy to eat this without meat. Either way, colourful, tasty and fast to prepare.

Served with rice or rice noodles. This dish keeps well and makes a great lunch at work!

Thanks to Nancy of NancyBloklandPottery for this wonderful recipe.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

And the Countdown to the Holidays Continues!

Still have some slots to fill on your holiday gift list?  Eight of our WESTies are madly creating more goodies for you--meet them in person at the Under the Mistletoe Market this Sunday, December 4, 2016!

Our eight artisans will be among 80 local vendors at the sale!  Stop by to say "hi!" to our our WESTies who will be selling handmade mosaic artisan jewelry; handmade pottery; personalized gifts; handmade leather baby shoes; fun greeting cards and illustrations; funny handmade cards, handprinted towels, onesies and baby bibs; vintage-inspired and vintage jewelry; and beaded and gemstone jewelry. Check out their wonderful items ahead of time using the links below!


Nancy Blokland Pottery


Sarah Neville Studios

Sew Dandee

Heidis Jewels

Kristas Jewellery

Little Loves Closet

Sunday, December 4, 2016
11 am to 4 pm
CanadaInns Polo Park
1405 St. Matthews Avenue, Winnipeg

Admission is $2, children under 12 free
lots of free parking!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

With Christmas less than a month away, you are going to want to check out all of the potential gifts at the Springs Christian Academy Christmas Craft Show on Saturday, December 3, 2016!

Among the 80+ local crafters, you will find 5 of our WESTies onsite, selling handmade wool socks, mosaic artisanal jewelry, recycled and vintage jewelry, buttons, handmade bags, wallets, accessories and adorable sock monkey toys.

Monkey Business Card Company

Blueberry Lane Craft

Sox n Such

Periwinkle Dzyns

Mosaic Pendants Plus

Don't miss out on getting some handmade, original gifts for those you love!

Saturday, December 3, 2016
10 to 4
595 Lagimodiere Ave, Winnipeg

Admission is $4, children under 12 are free
Free parking, coat and parcel check
Childcare provided
Christmas Cafe