Made by Hand Postgame Breakdown

(Looking to appeal to the male audience with that blog post title)

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter (@halyardflags) you will have seen that I was at Made by Hand this weekend.  It was a great show with a collection of excellent makers.  Me and my mom (aka Halyard’s number one employee) bought for ourselves/for Christmas presents from five booths soooo that’s a small indication of the high quality of work at the show.

My new Made by Hand craft show pals informed me that this was the first year the show was two days AND that admission was 7 dollars for customers (usually there is admission but it is less). Through many conversations it was deduced that this may have effected attendance so the crowds weren’t insane.  As my mom succinctly put it, “I want it to be so busy that people have difficulty navigating their strollers.” Don’t get it twisted, my mom doesn’t wish ill will on people with strollers, she just wanted a few more customers to be there, and same with me.

However, lowish attendance aside, this show was amazing for Halyard as a business.  I met a variety of GREAT CRAFT SHOW MANAGERS who enjoyed my work, encouraged me to apply to their shows, and pumped up my ego.  I don’t want to name the shows yet because I am being superstitious and don’t want to claim I have anything before I actually do. Let’s just say, my mom and I did a variety of celebratory dancing and laughing after these show managers were out of earshot. It’s great that Made by Hand was at the spacious International centre as there was barely enough room for my ginormous head after the compliments.

I was also approached by the very cool owners of a very cool store in the Hamilton area. Halyard is going to be present in a couple stores in the next month and I can’t wait to tell you about them once everything is confirmed! (Again, superstition, can’t say things are definite until they are definitely definite).

Finally Halyard was asked to make 17 little flags for a travelling couple’s upcoming wedding.  They are foregoing table numbers. Instead, their guests will find their table by looking for their assigned country’s flag.  And they won’t be looking for just any flag.  They will be looking for a wooden, hand-made, one of a kind flag made by Halyard.


Thanks for having me Made by Hand!

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