By Linda Disbrowe
Native Nova Scotians may appreciate the creativity of their friends and neighbours, but as a recent transplant from Ontario, making the rounds of Seaside Christmas was an eye-opener. Everywhere I went, I found new examples of the richness of talent along the Shore.
Artisans are not only keeping the traditional crafts of the past alive, they’re modernizing the old practices and creating lots of new products. There were plenty of beautiful hand-hooked rugs from the days when commercial rugs were not available or affordable, but now hookers are offering wall hangings, mug coasters and even table décor. Coloured lines used for fishing nets appeared as baskets, wine holders, keyrings, pet balls and even rugs made from both new and used rope.
Nor was there any shortage of goods for those of us who love old stuff, everything from old Christmas decorations, glassware, and cigarette items, to tins and bottles that contained everyday use items. And I couldn’t resist picking up some of the beautiful bees wax candles.
I shopped from Webbers General store in the east all the way over to Lawrencetown; I could never have done it in just one day. Thanks to all the artists and artisans and store owners who worked so hard to make this year’s event so successful (and I almost forgot all the wonderful treats, and the seafood chowder at the Yacht Club!). I can’t wait until next year!
Photo: Looking out the window at the Ship Shape Barbershop in Musquodoboit Harbour