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IN PHOTOS: Ship to Shore restaurant rings in the holiday season with its first annual craft fair

Donna Nicholson paints a hockey image taken from a photograph onto a rock she collected on a nearby beach. "People give me images, and I paint them on rocks which can be used as garden ornaments or even as a door stopper," she said while showcasing painted shells, handmade cards, as well as rag dolls that were made by her sister, Carole Sentner.
Donna Nicholson paints a hockey image taken from a photograph onto a rock she collected on a nearby beach. "People give me images, and I paint them on rocks which can be used as garden ornaments or even as a door stopper," she said while showcasing painted shells, handmade cards, as well as ragdolls that were made by her sister Carole Sentner. - Desiree Anstey
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —

Shoppers flocked to catch a bargain on crafty items, festive gear, holiday pieces, covetable gift baskets, and food and drink to boot on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Joanne Lewis (Ocean Designs by Joanne) said what started as a hobby grew into a jewellery business five years ago. "I now collect sea glass around P.E.I. and Nova Scotia and incorporate the pieces into necklaces, bracelets, and earrings," she said. - Desiree Anstey
Joanne Lewis (Ocean Designs by Joanne) said what started as a hobby grew into a jewellery business five years ago. "I now collect sea glass around P.E.I. and Nova Scotia and incorporate the pieces into necklaces, bracelets, and earrings," she said. - Desiree Anstey

 

Ship to Shore's first craft fair proved a success that restaurant owners Duncan Smith, and his wife, Coreen Pickering, plan to make it an annual tradition.

Ship to Shore restaurant owners Duncan Smith, and his wife, Coreen Pickering, plan to make craft fairs an annual tradition at their location in Darnley. - Desiree Anstey
Ship to Shore restaurant owners Duncan Smith, and his wife, Coreen Pickering, plan to make craft fairs an annual tradition at their location in Darnley. - Desiree Anstey

 

"Last year, we hosted several Christmas parties, but because of COVID-19, my husband suggested we scale-down and have a craft fair instead," said Pickering while pointing out the mask-wearing and social distancing between vendors and shoppers.

Jason Arsenault said his wooden art is all cut by hand. "These ideas pop into my head, and then I put the designs into my computer, print off the stencil and cut the wood from it. The more intricate art pieces can take anywhere from five to seven hours to produce," explained the carver from Miscouche. - Desiree Anstey
Jason Arsenault said his wooden art is all cut by hand. "These ideas pop into my head, and then I put the designs into my computer, print off the stencil and cut the wood from it. The more intricate art pieces can take anywhere from five to seven hours to produce," explained the carver from Miscouche. - Desiree Anstey

 

Thirty vendors responded to the call for participants, but the couple took just 10 because of limited space limit. 

Pictured is Jill Crabbe on the left and Baylee Jollimore, the creator of Bath Bombs by Baylee. "It (bath bombs) started when I was on maternity leave and needed a hobby, so while scrolling online, I saw a company that makes similar products and I decided to give it a try. It has been a few years now making these bath bombs. I start each September and I also work full-time," said Baylee. - Desiree Anstey
Pictured is Jill Crabbe on the left and Baylee Jollimore, the creator of Bath Bombs by Baylee. "It (bath bombs) started when I was on maternity leave and needed a hobby, so while scrolling online, I saw a company that makes similar products and I decided to give it a try. It has been a few years now making these bath bombs. I start each September and I also work full-time," said Baylee. - Desiree Anstey

 

"Since opening at 10 a.m., there has been a steady stream of shoppers – it is great," Pickering said.

Joy Gallant, owner of Hands of Joy, commented on the significant support for artisans this year. Gallant was selling a variety of handmade items from hooked rugs, pictures to festive ornaments. - Desiree Anstey
Joy Gallant, owner of Hands of Joy, commented on the significant support for artisans this year. Gallant was selling a variety of handmade items from hooked rugs, pictures to festive ornaments. - Desiree Anstey

 

The craft fair, held on Route 20 in Darnley, is an opportunity to support local businesses that have struggled during the pandemic, says Pickering. 

"We want to allow artisans and their businesses to succeed, so I think we will do a few more of these craft fairs next year," she said.

Pictured are rocks, cards, shells, all made by Donna Nicholson (business known as Nana Rocks). - Desiree Anstey
Pictured are rocks, cards, shells, all made by Donna Nicholson (business known as Nana Rocks). - Desiree Anstey

 

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