Kelowna Christmas Show 2013

Kelowna Christmas Show 2013 at Prospera Place

The first day of the new annual Kelowna Christmas Show opened at Prospera Place today. Doors opened at 10:30 a.m., so I thought I’d mosey on over shortly after 11. The long line up to get in moved quickly. I got my hand stamped and found my way into the central arena. It was wall-to-wall people. Who knew it would attract such a crowd! Practically unable to move, I decided to come back later on in the afternoon. Good move, because at that time I was able to talk to a few very interesting vendors.

The first products to really catch my eye, were the beautiful dolls made by Yolanda Robinson.

Yolanda Robinson of Boom Boom Kids at the Kelowna Christmas Show, November 23, 2013

Not finding suitable dolls to purchase, she started making them for her own children.

Boom Boom Kids

Her children requested mermaid dolls that had legs, too, and could be played with as “land dolls” when the mermaid “tail” was removed. I thought this was a clever idea!

Boom Boom Kids

Yolanda’s website boomboomkids.com is under construction, but in the meantime, you can visit and “like” her facebook page, Boom Boom Kids. More cute pictures there, too!

It was a particularly cold day and I was drawn to this display.

Karren Ferreira of Knitz Specialty Yarn at the Kelowna Christmas Show, November 23, 2013

Karren Ferreira is a self-confessed Yarnaholic. She specializes in colourful scarf yarn made of mohair, wool and cotton with textures that are fuzzy, shiny or funky.

In addition to the fuzzy, compact and colourful scarves (above), Karren crochets practical all-in-one hooded scarves (below). Some are made with alpaca wool.

Karren’s selected yarns can be purchased on her Knitz Specialty Yarn website (knitzspecialtyyarn.com).

After having her own children, Alma Gurgol wanted to use cloth diapers.

Alma Gurgol of Ogobumz at the Kelowna Christmas Show, November 23, 2013

She began making them with a soft removable liner. She sells these and other baby accessories through her online shop, Ogobumz.

Cloth diapers at Ogobumz

Ruthy Penner upcycles fabric into the cutest little shoes and sundresses.

Ruthy Penner, "nooks", at the Kelowna Christmas Show, November 23, 2013

I asked if she had any with a Canadian design. These ones had a maple leaf button on them. Just a bit bigger, and they might have been good for Buddy Canuck! Check out the nooks website for more (nooksfootwear.com).

Mother Moon Designs also attracted a lot of attention with fleeces and home decor.

Mother Moon Designs

If any of these items catch your eye, you still have a chance to buy them in person at the Kelowna Christmas Show tomorrow, Sunday November 24, 2013 at Prospera Place, 1223 Water Street, Kelowna between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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Odette Nicholson’s Collection of Canadian Art Magazine

Canadian Art Magazine 1948 to 1958

Canadian Art Magazine 1948-58 - Odette Nicholson -

Professional visual artist, design consultant and renovation contractor Odette Nicholson has a vintage collection of Canadian Art Magazines. After she’s finished reading them all cover-to-cover, she plans to find a public access home for them.

Left: Cover of Summer 1953  |  Right: Cover of Christmas/New Year 1951/1952

Covers - Canadian Art Magazine - Odette Nicholson

Odette says:

“Serious stuff inside these magazines: art, craft, architecture, industrial and interior design, book illustration, politics, conferences, essays by artists and art historians. There are full colour inserts and reproductions. The magazines cost 35 cents each in 1948. The magazine is living history, full of text and pictures, events and adventures: how art agency began, influence of the commercial and museum gallery systems, corporate sponsorship, marketing, and yes, the good old CBC radio and other broadcasters in early television.”

Odette tells us that the subscription cost for seasonal quartly Canadian Art Magazine in 1955 was $1.50 per year. Below, she shares with us some intriguing photos of the magazine’s contents.

The Winnipeg Ballet in “Visages”

Winnipeg Ballet in Visages, 1949 Canadian Art Magazine - Odette Nicholson

Group of Seven artist Arthur Lismer’s painting, Georgian Bay 1947
in the Christmas 1951 centrefold

Arthur Lismer, Georgian Bay 1947, Christmas 1951 centrefold, Canadian Art Magazine - Odette Nicholson

Canadian designs  |  Left: 1950  | Right: 1954

Canadian designs - Canadian Art Magazine - Odette Nicholson -

Eaton’s ads (remember Eaton’s College Street in Toronto?!)

Eaton's, Canadian Art Magazine - Odette Nicholson -

Canada Packers ads designed by Commercial artist Walter Tier, glued onto the page

Canada Packers ads - Canadian Art Magazine - Odette Nicholson

1952 in memoriam to Group of Seven artist, Lawren Harris

1952 Lawren Harris - Canadian Art Magazine - Odette Nicholson

If you’d like to see more, visit Odette’s Canadian Art Magazine photo album and like her Facebook pages Odette -> Artist Canada and Odette Nicholson Special Projects (you’ll have to log in to your Facebook account). You can also find out more about Odette Nicholson and her art on her website, odette.ca.