Shopping Trip, Winter Markets

  More New Stock and Upcoming Winter Market Schedule I am going back to Madagascar! I returned to the Great Red Island mid-October until the beginning of November for a 3-week stock-shopping and photo/video/story gathering trip. It was my hope to return with as many new pieces as i could cram into my luggage, to…

Update on baby Evah (the clubfoot op)

Onja, the mom of baby Evah with the clubfoot, came by today to give an update on the operation and how they’re all doing. Evah was, i was so glad to see, happy and cooing like any contented 3-month-old. Sigh. It does my heart good to see that! I’ve been praying so much that she…

2015 Season

It’s time to start storing up treasures in the work room! πŸ™‚ It seems this website serves mostly as a run-up to the bi-annual Distaff & Spindle sales that happen in Southern Manitoba when we return with bags bursting with baskets and all manner of other beautiful hand-made Malagasy products. I’m thrumming with enthusiasm just…

Post Sale Update

  I hope the customers didnt mind too much that i made them wait outside in the sunshine until 9:30 this morning until the sale began. πŸ™‚ There were people waiting before then, ringing the doorbell while those of us on the hosting team set out the remaining items. The rush happened again just like…

Sale Tips and Notes

This year’s sale there are many more baskets available for purchase. It seems as though the baskets are – by far – the most popular item. I think this because most people, when they request things for me to bring them, almost always request a basket. And, the last time i had a sale, the…

Baby

One of the things Distaff&Spindle has been created for is to make money to pay for medical costs for a woman i know who has experienced difficulties with pregnancy. In the past she has lost many babies in the first trimester because of some unknown cause. It caused unimagined heartache and, reportedly, was a reason…

First Madagascar Public Sale

My son’s French elementary school had a garage sale December 3 (incidently, my son’s birthday – so it was a hectic day for me: prepping the birthday party and the sale items the week before and then sitting the sale for the morning, leaving early to pick up drinks and whatnot and then rushing home…

Labeled

After much hemming and hawing about design, colours, and what all i wanted/needed included on the labels and stamp, i finally just bit the bullet and had them made as simply as possible. I used the money i had earned from my garage sale a few weeks ago to pay for these investments so that…

Almost December

There are a few new serviette sets that are ready for Saturday to sell (photos to come). I’m planning to put up a few more lambahoany aprons and embroidered ones. I’ve got children’s lambahoany aprons. and zip pouches. I’ll have finished the baby quilt by Saturday as well. The most exciting development, however, is the…