Makeology brings together local vendors to share their talents and homemade goods several times a year. The spring craft fair, and fifth fair so far, was held on April 15th, on a day that felt oh-so-appropriately like spring: damp and a bit chilly during the morning, with the sun finally shining through and a hint of warmth by mid-afternoon.
Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology hosted the fair, with each of the three buildings occupied by a vast array of amazingly made items. My friend and 5-month old son joined me for the day and we were surprised by a) by how packed but yet non-claustrophobic the place was; b) how people were incredibly kind to manoeuvre out of the way when seeing a stroller and c) how I could have spent way more than I did, but paced myself for sure!
With 65 vendors, there was plenty to take in. From tea towels to posters and cards, to products for beards and delicious peanut butter, to clothes and goods for kids to jewelry, purses, tote bags, toys, candles, pillows and so much more! It was easy to stop and marvel at the vendors’ handiwork and appreciate the uniqueness of what they had made.
My first purchase after admission was from The Wild Kids Apparel (at left). Many of their onesies, shirts and pillows feature adorable hand-drawn animal characters, and I’m not lying when I say it took me a good few minutes to decide which one to get! I ended up with the sloth, especially after my friend nailed the impression of the creatures from “Zootopia”. It was thanks to their Instagram that I had found out about this craft fair, and I had to thank them in person! Check out my latest Instagram post to see Vince showing off his new onesie!
Not long after, we were enamored by the dainty yet exquisite work of Mai Lin Jewelry (top post photo), who specializes in reminder bracelets made from silk and featuring beads of quartz, white topaz and more. Again, it was hard to come to a final decision as they were all so beautifully made but I was drawn to Fool’s Gold and loved the quote from Rumi on the packaging (I am a sucker for good packaging).
And the food! Monkey Butter (at middle) offered samples along with smaller and larger jars of their delicious peanut butter, but the lingering smell of dumplings were calling our name. Steambox Dumplings (left photo) had a long and well-deserved line-up, and we inhaled our pork, beef n’ basil, and kimchi bacon dumplings in about a minute. We also indulged in some coffee from sponsor Durand Coffee and were knocked off our feet by Donut Monster (right photo). They deserve a post all on their own but they essentially deliver amazing donuts to coffee shops throughout Hamilton from Thursday-Saturday. We were the lucky ones who grabbed the last couple of Ube donuts – purple yam, typically used in many Filipino desserts. The thought of having another one is making me drool! It was a little too brisk for ice cream, but Foundry Ice Cream was also there with scoops and pints, and I hope they’ll be there at the next craft fair!
Speaking of, if you feel you missed out – never fear! Makeology’s first “Almost Summer” craft fair is returning to the museum on Saturday, June 3rd and is sure to boast a wide variety of vendors, both returning and new!
“Insider” tip: make sure to follow Makeology on Instagram; a few weeks prior to the spring craft fair they had a bunch of giveaways through both posts and Insta stories – from swag to free admission, it’s worth a shot! Plus, if you’re ambitious and one of the first fifty people in line, you also could end up with swag!
Over the last few years I’ve really come to embrace the importance of buying local and I am so grateful for craft fairs like this that bring those local vendors together for the community to both support and enjoy!