Walkerville Holiday Walk Was Full of Locally Made Handcrafted Presents

Walkerville Loads Up on Crafted Presents During Annual Walkerville Holiday Walk at Walkerville Brewery’s Rose City Etsy Mistletoe Market and Olde Walkerville Theatre Holiday Gift Show

Music was everywhere, piped in from strategically placed loudspeakers, to give its main commercial street just that extra seasonal element for the Business Improvement Area’s 16th Annual Walkerville Holiday Walk on Saturday. Not only were its stores a glitter with seasonal décor and remarkable holiday gift ideas, the organizers went two better, adding craft markets with unique items.

Most of the gifts on offer were more than unique and for a very wide group of recipients, including items for pets and dolls. Hand sewn outfits for a girl’s prized doll, say the 18” high American Girl or My Generation variety, were there in great abundance at Carly and Reese’s Koala-T Designs.

Koala-T Designs

This 18” American Girl doll is all set for the chills of winter in an outfit created by Koala-T Designs and on display at the Walkerville Brewery’s Rose City Etsy Mistletoe Market during the 16th Annual Walkerville Holiday Walk on Nov. 17, 2018. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

Karen Alexander

Karen Alexander looks through the wardrobe options available for 18” dolls from Koala-T Designs at the Walkerville Brewery’s Rose City Etsy Mistletoe Market, one of the attractions of the 16th Annual Walkerville Holiday Walk on Nov. 17, 2018. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

The ladies say making their own collection of outfits keeps them out of trouble. They spend up to an hour hand sewing just about every kind of clothing item the dolls could desire. Patterns used in the process are found on the Internet with one pattern maker actually using the pair as a test for its work.

Just down the way in the Walkerville Brewery’s Rose City Etsy Mistletoe Market, Teal Hallam was showing off her Catnip Cat Beds along with other pet and dog accessories. While Koala-T is testing patterns, Hallam is also testing her products. Being a pet nanny gives her the opportunity to observe how her charges take to her creations. So far the taking has been good for her Bonsai Gifts by Pet Nanny with her most cherished item dog bandanas.

Teal Hallam of Bonsai Gifts by Pet Nanny

Teal Hallam of Bonsai Gifts by Pet Nanny holds one of her Catnip Cat Beds that was for sale at the Walkerville Brewery’s Rose City Etsy Mistletoe Market, part of the 16th Annual Walkerville Holiday Walk on Nov. 17, 2018. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

Speaking of pets, the inanimate kind, the biggest attraction at home décor specialist Cow Sang Row was a pair of canines. Made out of recycled newspaper, the creations were put together by creative folk in the Philippines.

Walkerville home décor store Cow Sang Row

Two dogs made from newspapers by Philippine artists were a show stopper at Walkerville home décor store Cow Sang Row, one of the many stores participating in the 16th Annual Walkerville Holiday Walk on Nov. 17, 2018. Photo by Robert Tuomi.

Meanwhile, in the Olde Walkerville Theatre, one of the vendors at its Annual Holiday Craft Show was taking the place by storm with a bit of recycling. Chris Froese had on offer authentic vintage cedar boxes retrieved from the former Krumbacher/Pretli farm’s barn. The boxes would be the starting place for growing tomatoes, cucumbers and melons before they’d be transferred to the field.

Chris Froese of Last Harvest

Chris Froese, of Last Harvest, shows one of her cedar farm boxes at the Olde Walkerville Theatre’s Annual Holiday Craft Show which was held as part of the 16th Annual Walkerville Holiday Walk on Nov. 17, 2018. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

At one time her brother had suggested taking them out to pasture and burning them. Froese had other ideas and her business, Last Harvest, began. The name, she says, came out of a random comment about the boxes and the end of the line, the last harvest.

“Owls it going?” That could be a good question for Nora Reno. At her table in the theatre she had laid out a large collection of furry holiday owls. They are made, she told Eyes On Windsor, from acorns and artificial fur to create the most cuddly of imitation Strigiformes anywhere.

Nora Reno of Nature's Touch

Nora Reno of Nature’s Touch holding one of the furry handmade owls she creates, during the Olde Walkerville Theatre’s Annual Holiday Craft Show. It was part of the 16th Annual Walkerville Holiday Walk on Nov. 17, 2018. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

A collection of furry handmade owls by Nature’s Touch at the Olde Walkerville Theatre’s Annual Holiday Craft Show

A collection of furry handmade owls by Nature’s Touch at the Olde Walkerville Theatre’s Annual Holiday Craft Show which coincided with the 16th Annual Walkerville Holiday Walk on Nov. 17, 2018. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

Old wood is also the main ingredient at a special table set up in the Thirsty Butler. There Sarah White was showing off an assortment of items created from recycled whisky barrel wood, sourced locally. Her Knotty Creations turns staves into such things as coat hangers with a bit of local history.

Sarah White of Notty Creations

Sarah White of Notty Creations holding one of her creations made from a recycled whisky barrel during the Walkerville Holiday Walk at the Olde Walkerville Theatre’s Annual Holiday Craft Show on Nov. 17, 2018. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

Knotty Creations at the Olde Walkerville Theatre's Annual Holiday Craft Show

Home accessories made from recycled whisky barrels by Knotty Creations shown during the Walkerville Holiday Walk at the Olde Walkerville Theatre’s Annual Holiday Craft Show on Nov. 17, 2018. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

For those who wanted to put their feet up and sit a spell, by donation horse & carriage rides were quite popular running through a Walkerville neighbourhood. Money raised from the donations is planned to be given to Street Help. There was also a trolley ride into history in which those on board would learn about the impressive history of this part of modern day Windsor.

The Annual Walkerville Holiday Walk took place on Nov. 16 & 17 this year.

Robert Tuomi

Article and photos by Robert Tuomi

For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.