Our Trip to Handmade Market Spring 2013

This past weekend, on Mother’s Day, we took a trip to the Handmade Market (http://www.handmademarket.ca/) in St Davids at the Ravine Vineyard (Niagara region). Despite the crazy weather, the event was gorgeous and included 60+ Artisan Vendors, Live Music, Food Trucks and Wine while you shop.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts visits the Handmade Market in Niagara Spring 2013

It was our first trip to the Handmade Market and it definitely won’t be our last! We loved the market so much that we wanted to share our experience with all of our lovely customers and friends. Since we’re working on a new packaging design for our Chardonnay Wine Brittle, this was also the perfect venue to get some inspiration!

Vintage Truck at the Handmade Market Spring 2013

Some of our favourite parts of the show included:

Everything we sampled from ‘Itty Bitty Pie Company’ was completely amazing, from their pies – of course – to her meat marinades. Our favourite product of theirs was definitely the Salted Caramel Sauce! We imagine it would go very well with sliced apples for an easy treat or appetizer. (Yummy!) This is definitely a shop we will be following around to craft markets. ;)

Itty Bitty Pie Company, Salted Caramel Sauce and Meat Marinades

‘a little hello’ has found an amazing use for those vintage buttons that just don’t have a home. Gorgeous one-of-a-kind earrings! Our very favourites were their pearl button earrings, and the sailor inspired silver anchor buttons. Their set-up was also beautiful, very earthy with fresh flowers – perfect for Handmade Market!

'A Little Hello' Vintage Buttons repurposed into earrings

  • Handmade Tiered Dessert Tray from ‘Cupcakestands Dream’

Tea & dessert together in one beautiful tray – we’re officially in love! ‘Cupcakestands Dream’ uses repurposed vintage china to create gorgeous tiered dessert trays, which in our minds would be so perfect for Afternoon tea. Another factor we love – each piece is completely unique!

'Cupcakestands Dream' Tiered Vintage China Dessert Tray

The Handmade Market really inspired us overall and we wanted to share a quote that embodied that inspiration! Feel free to share, pin etc. We believe it really is true! “Small things become great when done with love”.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts "Small Things Become Great When Done With Love." #quote

Behind the Scenes at the One of a Kind Spring Show 2013

This past March we celebrated our second year at the Spring One of a Kind Show in Toronto and what an exciting experience it was!

The first day of the show finally came – in the wake of a lot of preparation – and that preparation was well worth the effort. We met lots of Christy’s Gourmet Gifts fans and gained some new fans along the way! Our most popular products at the show were our famous Christy’s Crunch, and our Double-Dipped Belgian Chocolate Sugar Cookies. The bunny cookies were a top choice with the flowers leading not too far behind.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Sugar Cookies

Our new Chocolate Strawberry Toffee Crunch was also well received!

This year’s One of a Kind Spring Show was definitely one to remember. The show featured many new artisans, delicious goodies, and some very creative products! Some of our favourite booths included: Tricia O, tealish, and glamjulz. We also loved the designs by Headmistress. There were so many amazing artisans at the show, there are almost too many favourites to list!

All in all, the show was an amazing success and we want to give a great big thank you to everyone that stopped by our booth. See you at the Christmas One of a Kind Show!

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Christy at the Spring One of a Kind Show 2013

International Women’s Day Series: Christy’s Passion

As we approach International Women’s Day I have taken time to reflect on my life journey.   I am so blessed to do what I love.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts Family Picture - Christy's Passion to Business

10 years ago I turned my passion into a business.  It started as a spark, and quickly grew to an unstoppable flame.  I never knew I was an entrepreneur, but as my business grew so too did my passion and drive to build something from nothing.  Everyday that little voice in my head would tell me “keep going, you can make this better, keep creating and believe in yourself”.  Now joined by my husband Bernie and my Mother Diane I am so proud of what we have achieved together.

I have always believed that to be truly happy you must find passion in your life’s work.  I love bringing joy to others and for me there is no better way to do that than to share a sweet treat.  I believe we have all been given gifts and everyone has something they love to do.   Are you lucky enough to do what you love?

Enjoy this video by Maika Bauerle, believe in yourself and be happy!


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Christy Visits Las Vegas

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas NevadaFirst day in Vegas we arrived early. Headed out to Grand Canyon and found our first chocolate shop. Okay so its not “Vegas style”, but I loved the vintage sign. Chocolate in the desert? Mmm…. Interesting concept. Have to wonder what kind of chocolate doesn’t melt in this heat??????

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Las Vegas - Chocolate Factory
Yesterday was a very exciting and busy day filled with chocolate adventures. We started our day at the Ethel M chocolate shop. They have a fantastic pecan brittle that we watched them make. Then we enjoyed some Mexican hot chocolate with chili and cinnamon. Next stop Vosges Haut Chocolat. Vosges was beautiful and carried many exotic flavours. Bernie tried the “bacon bar”. I enjoyed the more traditional exotic caramels. Next stop Jean Phillipe patisserie! Great day in Vegas!
Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Christy Visits Las Vegas
Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Christy visits Las Vegas
Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Christy visits Las Vegas - Bacon Chocolate Bar
Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Christy visits Las Vegas
Wow, what a site at the Jean Philippe Patisserie in Las Vegas! A beautiful chocolate fountain that mixed milk, white and dark chocolate. Other gourmet treats included designer cakes, truffles, nut brittles and nougat. Bernie and I enjoyed the most wonderful coffee and of course a treat. I couldn’t resist the vanilla nougat with almonds and pistachios. Delicious!
Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Christy visits Las VegasChristy's Gourmet Gifts - Christy visits Las Vegas