Crafting up a storm: Honeymoon Bay Christmas craft fair

Everything from baked goods, quilts, specialty wood products and pottery was up for grabs at Honeymoon Bay’s annual craft fair

  • Nov. 22, 2011 10:00 a.m.

Everything from baked goods, quilts, specialty wood products and pottery was up for grabs at Honeymoon Bay’s annual craft fair that happened on Nov. 19 and 20.

Hundreds of people and dozens of vendors from the Cowichan Valley area funneled into Honeymoon Bay over the past weekend to get their hands on the assortment of crafts and home goods that were available.

Elaine Nurse of Cowichan Valley, along with her daughter were operating two different tables. It was the third consecutive year Nurse has attended the Honeymoon Bay Christmas craft fair and she was excited to be back in the swing of things.

“I have an awesome time here. I enjoy it,” she said.

Nurse has been reading tarot cards for 35-years and she offered this service to the patrons of the craft fair. Her other table, tended to by Nurse’s daughter, was her treats for pets company, Mama Nature’s. She adores the atmosphere the Honeymoon Bay Christmas craft fair offers.

“I enjoy talking to people, I enjoy watching and seeing what other people do. Our mind is the most magical tool that we have,” she added.

Nurse anticipates she’ll see roughly ten tarot card customers by the conclusion of the weekend. Mama Nature’s fresh, healthy pet cuisine, especially their venison dog treats were quite popular at the craft fair, as well.

Nurse, who is also a nutrition enthusiast, has her own weekly nutrition radio show on local station, 98.7 FM, The Lake. Nurse’s program is called, “Eating Closer to the Source.”

Lorne Parry, a Honeymoon Bay resident of Legacy Wood Crafts was also on hand to display his vast array of specialty maple wood goods. His company’s famous Cowichan cutting board has become iconic in the region. A customer walks past and praises Parry for a past purchase.

“I do it every day. I make new things every day. There isn’t one board the same so I don’t have a template. It’s creative and there are no said rules,” said Parry.

Honing his passion for wood crafting over the past 12 years, it was evident that he considers his work is not only an art form but a lifestyle, too.



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