All aboard for Christmas in July! Even as temperatures climbed and sunshine made a rare appearance, all thoughts were of the winter holidays at last week's One of a Kind Vancouver media sneak peek. Paper snowflakes marked a path from the docks of Granville Island to the deck of an intimate two-hour cruise. Once on board, guests enjoyed a delicious spread from the Dirty Apron as well as cupcakes by SweeTease Cupcakes. Carols played and the tables were decorated with miniature Christmas trees to put attendees in a festive mood.
Amazing food aside, it was really the preview of the vendors at this year's OOAK show that I was looking forward to. As one of the largest craft fairs in Vancouver, OOAK features work by 300 designers, artists and indie crafters. It's a great place to shop for unique Christmas presents with everything from clothes and accessories to ceramics, toys and edible delights. (I should know: I went last year and had a terrible time trying to shop for others instead of myself! It's just that good.) Here's a small sampling of what 2011 has to offer.