Extended Holiday Hours for Open Studio & Shopping:
Dec 19th – 10am-5pm
Dec 20, 21, 23 – 10am-6pm
Dec 22nd – 10am-8pm
Dec 24th – 9am-3pm
During this time you can sew or craft for $10 per hour open to children and adults (children under 12 must be accompanied by and adult)
* adult + child working together will only be charged as one person
We will also have lots of card making and paper craft materials and tools available should you wish to use them during your time (included in fees!)
For more information about our Open Studio please click here. Please note that The Makehouse will be closed for holidays from December 25th – January 3rd!
November 16th kick-off celebration at the Bay Centre:
6:00 pm – Silent auction and bar open
6:15 pm – Judges make their rounds
7:00 pm – Kick-off celebration and award presentations
We can’t wait to see you!
We’ll be posting our favourite moments from the kick-off celebration, and watching for yours too. Celebrate with us and inspire others to help BC’s kids! #FOTYYJ
Don’t forget about the Flight Centre – Harbour Air Balloon Pop Raffle and 50/50. BCCHF will have payment terminals on hand. To avoid line-ups we suggest you bring cash. Balloons are $20 a pop and 50/50 tickets are 3 for $5, or 10 for $10.
There will be a silent auction (new this year!) featuring 25 unique items to celebrate 25 amazing years including:
Ultimate Vacation Experience Package – two tickets anywhere WestJet flies, Bugatti luggage set, and a $500 Bay Centre gift card, an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal BC Museum followed by a special tea at the “Sky Bar” which has generously been donated by the Museum
Stay tuned for details of our family friendly workshops in sponsorship of the Festival of Trees 2016!
Join us at The Makehouse on Thursday, November 24th between 4-9pm for our fourth annual late night shopping event sponsored by Used.ca.
We have a diverse group of makers slated for this year’s market so that you’ll find something for everyone on your holiday gift list (and maybe a few treats for yourself too). The Makehouse will be featuring our largest selection of bamboo underwear for ladies and this year gentlemen too!
Here’s a preview of some of the creative art and gifts you’ll find this year (click on any title for links to artist pages)!
Atinuke has begun experimenting with natural dyes and fabrics to make cushions, scarves and other one-of-a-kind textiles. This compliments her line of handknit jewellery, which combines organic yarns with vintage chain and charms.
Darcie, an elementary teacher-librarian, named her Etsy shop after her two grandmothers: Ruth and Nelly.
“Ruth and Nelly Vintage and Handmade was founded out of a love of crafting with an environmentally-friendly focus. Using recycled and upcycled materials sourced from local thrift shops, Ruth and Nelly specializes in OOAK bags, scarves and hand embroidered pillows. With Ruth and Nelly, I hope to provide unique vintage finds for those looking to enjoy quality in the everyday.”
Known primarily for her magnets, Uniquely Cedra has been dabbling in larger scale decorative tiles and quirky collage pieces.
“Uniquely Cedra will help you stuff your stockings! Cedra’s vibrant and eclectic collection of handmade vintage inspired magnets, matchboxes and trinket boxes are perfect gifts for the discernible folk on Santa’s list.”
My name is Jessie Beauvilliers and I was born in Quebec, but I hitchhiked across the country when I was 17 years old all the way to Victoria, B.C. During my travels, I’ve seen so many beautiful places, fascinating animals and wonderful people. I started to sketch and paint everything I saw. With a twist of imagination and lots of practice I have been able to create some pieces I am really proud of using a simple fine tip pen.
Always up for a challenge, Radjuli recently remade box cushions in leather for a local tour boat.
She’ll be bringing a selection of wallets & bags made from the offcuts!
“Radjuli’s fabulous leather accessories are part cowboy, part steampunk and all West Coast! Crafted exclusively from offcut and reclaimed leathers, vintage belts and unique hardware, this is wearable art that is built to last!”
Miss Belle is having a grand old time working with felt and embroidery. The latest creations are Mad Money Bags with baby animal appliqué and teeny tiny Tooth Fairy Bags!
Sugar + Candy
Every Sugar + Candy bag is handmade by Mandy Greyling Holmwood – from sketch to template to prototype to production. When you buy a Sugar + Candy bag, you can be confident in its uniqueness, its durability, and of course, its style (you picked it, so it MUST be stylish!).
We are pleased to be partnering with the BC Children’s Hospital Festival of Trees – Victoria and Used.ca to bring a holiday craft studio live from The Bay Centre.
Each Saturday during December we will be at The Bay Centre offering holiday themed crafty activities for children including Christmas card and gift tag making as well as hand sewn decorations and pom poms.
Saturday December 5th 10am-5pm
Saturday December 12th 10am-5pm
Saturday December 19th 10am-5pm
Saturday December 26th 10am-5pm
We are also hosting a Needle Felt Workshop
Saturday December 12th from 10am-12pm
(this workshop mst be pre-registered as places are limited)
All the Bay Centre events are free to attend.
We are looking for material donations and crafty volunteers to help make this event a big success! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.