Susannah Diemer

Artisan handcrafts it with love

Susannah Diemer, Shoparama Holiday Gift Sale Dec. 3 and 4, 2011

Susannah Diemer is putting special love into the baby things she’s making this year. She and her husband, Dan, are expecting their first baby Dec. 25 and she has come up with a lot of ideas, from toys to blankets and Advent calendars as she awaits her important day.

They moved from Fort St. John earlier this year and spent the summer crafting and attending markets around the Okanagan.

“We’re very happy that we chose Vernon and that we can work together in the area,” said Diemer, who comes from artsy parents — her father worked for the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa and her mother knits and quilts. “I wasn’t that interested in crafts until I was about 14 and then I started knitting and making recycled things. Once you get a craft table, the ideas just keep coming. I make things that I like.”

She finds lots of things to like — colourful monkeys made from new socks, each with its own name, cuddly owl cushions in different sizes, jewelry, Christmas decorations and some one-of-a-kind items made with unique pieces of vintage and new material that she finds.

“I made the baby blankets out of some beautiful pieces of fabric with flannel backing. Whenever I get a piece of material, I start to think about all the different things I could make with it. Fabric can take over your life and I find I am more creative when I start with what I have rather than getting a pattern and buying all the materials for it.”

She’s working on baby mobiles right now but doesn’t know how much time she will have to get them done.

Diemer will be at Shoparama Holiday Gift Sale at the Vernon Recreation Centre Dec. 3 from10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event features artisans, entrepreneurs and home-based businesses. There will be entertainment, prizes and a concession. Admission is free but donations for the KISS FM Santa Toy Club or Salvation Army food bank are encouraged.

 

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