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blog entries about the life of starting a small organic business, a look into being a vendor at craft fairs & festivals in british columbia and life on salt spring island, BC

Road trippin' to Wells, BC

We raced along the stunning Sunshine Coast to catch two connecting ferries to Horseshoe Bay. The plan was to meet two road trippin' friends, who I was hoping would fit snuggly in the back. One, lounging on my bed, the other propped up on the makeshift seat of the cooler and a camping mat. At Diversity Festival on Texada Island, I met a German girl who was heading to Artswells Festival too, and needed a ride. The two of us chatted about her trip so far in Canada, how she ended up travelling for a few weeks with a First Nations group and their caravan of horses, and how now she's helping out a smoothy food truck at festivals. We arrived late that evening, and met the two friends joining me for

Sober Trip at Diversity Festival

Diversity was the first festival where I was doing a soap making workshop- which ideally will be my focus next summer. It not only raises awareness about what people are putting on their skin and what it takes to make soap but brings in a crowd who gets to know me, and gives me a chance to build their trust- muhahaha! Diversity Festival is set on Texada Island, a beautiful spot with a beach and forest. There were three stages- a live band stage, a techno beach stage, and a funky disco yurt. It brought in a great balance of people, provided an outlet for any mood, and offered well, diversity to the festival. I set up in a vending area that had a tent for massage, my new wood whispering friend

Vancouver Folk Fest Bazaar

I was looking forward to the Vancouver Folk Music Festival Bazaar, not only because it was to draw thousands of people, but because I actually knew some of the line up of bands to play that weekend. My focus on small festivals has opened my ears to many new amazing artists, but none that I had actually listened to before. The Vancouver Folk Fest was hosting some of my favourite artists like Frazey Ford and Rising Appalachia. The Bazaar was situated just outside the festival at Jericho Beach, and the parking for the bazaar was at the sailing club. We weren't able to drive right up to the stand to unload gear, like I had become accustom to. I was warned about this and brought my tiny dolly wit

luminosity festival: fires burning

I picked up my helper and two of her friends at the Crofton ferry to head to Luminosity Gathering on the Sunshine Coast. We had to coordinate three ferries to get to a night market in Gibsons, a town close to the festival, the day before Luminosity began. The first ferry was full, second was late, third was a different time than we thought- which got us to Gibsons three hours later than anticipated, but my new crew was in high spirits and unpacked my set up in lightning time. The market was small but successful. Since it was opening night of the market there was a band and curious folk from town. All packed up in the morning, my van wouldn't start. It was the fourth time that summer that I h

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