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Craft Show & Website Inventory

Craft Show & Website Inventory

Throughout November and December, I will be taking my products to several craft shows. These are busy events and I cannot keep up with inventory management on the website at the same time.  So, all items will temporarily be unavailable on the website during the days while I am at the shows.  Once I am back home in the studio, I will get the inventory sorted out and products listed on the website again. I want to avoid disappointment should you order something that has just sold at a show, and is no longer available.  Sorry for any inconvenience that...

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March Meet The Maker

March Meet The Maker

#MarchMeetTheMaker gave me a different prompt for each day to create a social medial post throughout the month of March. This is a compilation of all of my posts. It is long, so sit back with your favourite beverage in a cozy spot. It was a wonderful challenge for me, to think about some topics and explore some ideas that have been swirling in my head. Thank you to everyone who followed along with me.

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How to Buy from Topsail Canvas

How to Buy from Topsail Canvas

I often get asked if I do custom colour combinations and also what is available to purchase right now... So, I have rearranged the website to better help with these questions.  I have created a section called *Made-to-Order* where you can see all of the different products that Topsail Canvas offers.  Within each product description is a list of the colour choices for that bag. You can order the bag via website, phone call, or email.  Then I make it up for you.  Delivery time varies widely, depending on what my work schedule and order backlog looks like at that...

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25 Years in Business

25 year anniversary sale

25 Years in Business

  Wow!  Topsail Canvas was started 25 years ago by my mother and her friend Maggie.  I remember being in the kitchen as they discussed potential names for the business.  Topsail Canvas seemed appropriate since Maggie had been a sailmaker and still wanted to offer those skills to potential customers.  We don't make sails now, as I don't have that set of skills. We also don't make bags out of old sails.  Maybe sometime in the future, but for now we use new cotton colored heavy canvas. It was 1991 when Martha and Maggie were asked to make bags for...

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The Story of The Big Oarlock

Big Oarlock photos Topsail Canvas

The seed for this idea started to grow when my children were little. Daily life with small babies is intense and I disliked the chaos of my diaper bag. I sewed a bag that was wider and shorter to avoid the explosion that happened when I was looking for something in the bottom. Then I sewed two inserts that would divide the stack of cloth diapers from the spare clothes, sippy cups, toys, etc. I put handles on these inserts, figuring if it didn't work, you could always take the little bag out and use it for organizing something else...

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