For three days, some of the best artisans and specialty food sellers descend on Saskatoon. Some 200 booths are crammed into our stadium on the top mezzanine and bottom floor. They have craft demonstrations, a children's area, an ethnic food court, constant entertainment and give away over $4000 in Gift certificates from the people displaying their wares!
As my favorite bands were playing first thing in the morning, that suited my Mom well as she always likes to go early and so agreed to go. We enjoyed listening to Dr. Don & The Black Mambas, Soundwave (totally instrumental band no vocals) and Zydegogo (a woman was playing the washboard). Mom & I picked up a love of Cajun music when we were in New Orleans and listening to all the lively bands playing on the streets :)
The bands played in front of the food court area and we sat up in the stadium to listen:
the place was huge, but packed:
This is Louise of Iskwew (woman) Beadworks, who is from La Ronge, where my Mom was born. She is the most incredibly talented beadwokrer I have seen in a long time. its a dying art, but she is bringing it back to life. When she saw how moose hair tufting was done, that gave her the idea to try 3D beadwork and she worked at it until it turned out the way she wanted:
These flowers lift up. A 2D image does not do them justice:
This jacket (which she sewed up from scratch) has a big eagle design on the back (I so wanted it)
She also made these gauntlets and mukluks:
Her personal favorite colors were silver and black:
I for sure will be wanting to contact her to make a vest for me. I love my vests, I live in them :)
I always get a kick of the metal sculpters that use anything they can get their hands on to make something, talk about saving the enviroment!
one place was making these silly fleece hats:
More incredible metal work, what detail!
The incredible lost art of real wooden rocking horses come back to life in a very artistic way:
The wood he used and the rendering were awesome. I didn't look at the price tag, but imagine only the very well to do would be buying these for their grandkids :P
Go Riders! I would say Go Canadians maybe if you were actually playing :P
Got to have more horses here:
Well, having Mom along put a monkey wrench in my plans as its tough to get her something when she is right there, but at the same time, it gave me the opportunity to see if anything actually caught her fancy, but unfortunately, nothing did :( I was kicking myself for not thinking of getting the Saskatchewan Roughrider metal sculpture for my nephew's new house as he is a HUGE fan -he even saved a bag of potato chips that had the Roughriders on it, don't know how old it was, but my sister wanted it moved out of the house with him lol.
Well, I had a thoroughly unproductive day. I 'slept' in, staying in bed late and actually getting 5.5 hours of broken sleep, more than I have had in a long time. It felt so good to rest. Part of the difference was I could tolerate sleeping on my right side for a while before waking up. I am usually too uncomfortable sleeping on my side. Even with the cushioning of pillows and blanket, my shoulder, elbow, feet and knees generally don't like weight stacked on them. Might be the painkiller is working enough to allow me to do it, which means my back isn't sore in that position. I worked out with 60 minutes on the elliptical and power walk with weights DVD for 45 minutes, showered, had a late breakfast and tried to catch up with my Spark buddies. I ended up doing that for most of the day and never getting to the club work that I wanted to. bad girl. That annual meeting is next weekend and I am not even half done my statistics and data entry :P. I did four loads of laundry, scrubbed up my dishes and went to the club in the heavy snowfall to set up the game. Woohoo, the first to make tracks!
A visitor who maybe didn't think we were going to get much snow and never turned completely white!
I had an almost normal tummy day, so I am hopeful the worst is over. I don't know if the big turkey meal I had Saturday might change that. Overate to the tune of 4,000 calories -my big weakness is the dressing and I indulged in two cups of it along with a generous helping of the whole berry home made cranberry dressing. I also don't know if the acidophilis treatment may have finally kicked in, but I am almost out of those capsules. Not sure I will get more if my GI tract is finally settling down.
Thanks for stopping by and all your support.
Have a Marvelous Monday!