Hey everyone, Nikki here (ya know, the super awesome and talented designer/writer/manufacturer of all the products here on this site). I just wanted to take a quick second to update you all on my plans for this Christmas craft show season. I’M NOT DOING ANY SHOWS! I know, I know… you were really looking forward to seeing me and spending a ridiculous amount of money on my cards! Well, the good news is that you can find my cards in retail shops across Canada (use the Retailer link) OR you can buy online right here and right now spend as much money as you’d like! There are over 60 different Christmas cards, a handful of Hanukkah cards, and over 70 Birthday cards (and various other cards and stationery items like our limited selection of calendars!) that you can buy 24 hours a day from the comfort of your own home (or office. I know 90% of you are probably at work right now).
So why the fuck am I skipping out on shows this year? Cuz I need a goddamn break!
I founded this company back in January of 2007 (though it was really created in late 2006) and by the fall of 2007 I had entered the craft show scene with Portobello West. I did that show for a number of years and slowly started adding other shows to my roster like Make It (Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary) and the One of a Kind Show in Toronto (and for awhile Vancouver) and all sorts of other shows in between. Every single year for the past 12 years I’ve been doing shows at Christmas!!! The most memorable was November 2013 when I was 9 months pregnant and busy packing my crate to ship to Toronto for the One of a Kind Show. Obviously I wasn’t able to do that show myself, so I hired some wonderful folks to work the 11-day show for me. A few hours after the truck picked up my crate, I went into labour! So while my staff were in Toronto setting up my booth, I was at home in B.C. with a 7-day-old baby! Of course that didn’t excuse me from work… I still had daily check-ins. The only year I have not done a show at Christmas time was in 2014… you can blame my kid for that one.
Over the course of the last 12 years of shows, I’ve had some crazy shit happen while I’ve been away. There was the year my grandma was on her death bed while I was in Toronto (you may have seen me crying in my booth that year). There was the year my father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer (you may have seen me cry in my booth that year too). The year I had bronchitis (you may have seen my cough my lungs up that year)…. Or how about the year I was recovering from a broken rib and almost didn’t make it to the show at all? OR last year when I pulled my back setting up my booth and I could barely move? (Thank god for neighbours with drugs!) I won’t even get into the chaos that happened earlier this year during the By Hand Show in January and the One of a Kind Show in March… Let’s just say it was terrifying, but I’m still alive.
So, I need a break.
If you’ve read this far, then I think you can understand my need for a year off of holiday shows! And you can’t be too mad at me, because you can find every card you could possibly want right here!
PS- Did you know that you can comment on my posts? I just realized the other day that I’ve only ever had spam comments. Someone wanna pop my comment cherry and help me test this feature out?
Back in 2010 I went to Toronto for my very first One of a Kind Show. (For those of you not familiar with OOAK, it’s basically the créme de la créme of craft shows.) I’ve done the show on and off over the years (I missed a few after my kid was born) and I’ve always been impressed with how well run the show is, how amazingly talented the other artist are and how supportive of my work the customers are! In my 9 years at OOAK, I’ve met some wonderful customers that have become more like friends… (friends that laugh at my work and give me money.) But with all the awesomeness that comes with a big show like OOAK, comes exhaustion and time away from my family…. SOOOOO…. I’ve decided to take a bit of a break from shows, so you might notice my calendar is empty for the foreseeable future. I’ll definitely be back to One of a Kind and all those other shows I love to do (Make It, Fan Expo, Taboo, By Hand), but for now I’m going to focus on stocking my retailers and selling online! So don’t worry, I’m still around, I’m alive and making raunchy, rude and ridiculously funny greeting cards! If you want to keep track of when I’m back on tour, go ahead and sign up for my mailing list (bottom of this page).
See you when I see you!
Hey everyone! If you’re to pick up a Valentine’s Day card for your loved one – then you came to the right place! We have lots of Valentine’s Day and Love cards to choose from… or if your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/fuck-buddy is out of town, check out the Missing You and Thinking of You cards. We also have this handy dandy search bar that lets you search for cards by keywords. Want a card that says something about sex? Just type in sex! Or dick, or vagina, or search by swear word of animal! You should also check out our sexy selection of magnets and coasters!
Now for you store owners/buyers/managers/wholesalers – I’m going to be in Toronto for the By Hand Show January 27-29th! The show coincides with all those other Gift Shows (any of the badges will get you in) and is even in the same neighbourhood (with a free shuttle)! You can go on a major shopping spree between all the shows happening! The best part about the By Hand Show is all the exhibitors are artisans like myself that make everything they sell! So if you’re one of those shops that boasts about “buying local,” then this is the show for you!
‘Tis the season for winter craft shows and you’ll find us at two markets this year; One of a Kind in Toronto (Nov 27- Dec 2) and Make It in Vancouver (Dec 12-16).
While we’re out of the office selling in person our online shop will still be open, but orders won’t be processed within the normal time frame. Any orders placed between Sunday, November 25th and Sunday, December 2nd will not be processed and shipped until after our office opens back up on Monday, December 3rd. In reality this only pushes things back a couple of days, but with the rotating strikes at Canada Post, you will be looking at a longer wait for your orders. How long? It’s tough to say, but I’d recommend getting any Christmas orders in ASAP!