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Get Crafty Embroidery Tutorial – Etsy Craft Party

I recently took up embroidering after taking a Make & Mingle workshop through Crafted with Stef of Needle and Pine. I am now officially addicted. I love the fabrics, the numerous colours of threads to choose from, the creative possiblities and most importantly, it’s a craft that I can do while watching tv. I find embroidering so relaxing! Today I’ve made up a really simple embroidery project. It includes a simple template and you only have to use the back stitch to create it. Have some fun with it! Choose some fun patterned fabric, colourful thread and get crafty!

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Supplies needed:
Template
6″ Embroidery Hoop
Patterned fabric (the lighter the better)
Embroidery thread in a complimentary colour. Black is always a good way to go.
Water Soluble Pen (regular pen will work in a pinch but it will be permanent)
Needle
Needle threader (optional but will make your life so much easier!)
Scissors

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Step 1:
Print out this “Get Crafty” Template and tape it to your window. Cut a piece of fabric roughly 9″ x 9″. Place the fabric over the template and tape it to the window. Using a Water Soluble Pen trace the words “Get Crafty” onto the fabric.

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Step 2:
Place your fabric over the inner part of the embroidery hoop as centred as possible. Place the outer hoop over top and twist the screw to tighten the hoop. From the back of the hoop gently pull the excess fabric going around the hoop. This will make your fabric nice and tight within the hoop.

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Step 3:
Cut a piece of embroidery thread roughly 14″ long. Using your needle threader, or a steady hand, thread your needle and then tie a knot at the opposite end of the thread.

From the back of the hoop come up through the fabric with your needle just in from the end of the letter.

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Step 4:
Pull your thread tight and then go back down through the fabric at the very end of the letter.

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Step 5:
Pull your thread tight again and come back up through the fabric just in front of the last stitch you made.

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Step 6:
Pull your thread tight and then go back down through the fabric at the point where your last stitch started.

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Step 7:
Repeat this process along the line until you’ve finished the whole letter.

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Step 8:
Keep working through your project one letter at a time. I would suggest going left to right but it’s up to you.

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Step 9:
As you get to the end of your pieces of thread just tie them off on the back side of your hoop. Grab a new piece of thread and keep going.

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Done! You can cut off the excess fabric from around the hoop leaving roughly an inch and then secure it to the back of the hoop with glue. Or you can add a piece of felt to the back with glue to hide the excess fabric. There are many options for cleaning up the back.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! Now go Get Crafty!

Lindy is a stationery designer and runs her Etsy shop, craftedbylindy, out of her home studio in Calgary, Alberta. You an also find Lindy writing lifestyle posts on her blog and sharing her every day on Instagram.

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Coloring Page Printable – Etsy Craft Party

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It’s time to let your inner child out! Suzy of Tinged has designed this amazing colouring page for us to enjoy! Download the page here, print it out and then grab some crayons, markers, pencil crayons, paints, whatever you prefer and get creative! Be sure to share your work on social media with the hashtags #etsycraftparty and #etsycalgarycraftparty.

Suzy from Tinged is a self taught artist. Growing up in a small town gave her an appreciation of handmade items and a love of nature. Her favourite things to draw are animals and the forests and mountains they live in. If she isn’t drawing or painting she is creating jewelry to fulfill her love of all things shiny. 

Find Suzy on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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Paper Flag Banner Tutorial – Etsy Craft Party

Welcome to the Etsy Craft Party!   I’m Kathy from Kiwi Tini and I am thrilled to be able to share this paper craft tutorial with you.  The techniques that I have used in this tutorial are ones that I use often when making my cupcake toppers and banners for the shop.  I hope that you find this banner easy to replicate with your own craft supplies and that you are able to put your own spin on it!  Remember to share photos of your creations.

The inspiration for my banner comes from childhood vacations which were often road trips taken throughout various parts of Canada and the US.  We would stop at local tourist spots and take in the view or learn something new wherever we went.  Quite often the journey was just as much fun as the destination, unless your parents declared: “We’ll see it on the way back”.  My sister and I started our own souvenir collections to keep track of the places we visited,  I had a spoon collection and my sister started a pennant collection.   For the craft party I thought it would be fun to create a paper banner similar to the one’s my sister collected all those years ago.  Inspirational quotes are so popular right now and I chose: ” Wild + Free” I hope this banner captures the spirit of adventure for you, whether it is climbing a mountain, dipping your oar in a glassy lake, jet setting to foreign lands, or relaxing on the patio….be wild and free this summer.

For this tutorial you will need the following materials:

Paper, background paper for flag and also paper for the flowers in different colors or textures
Scissors, ruler, pencil
Wooden dowel
Hot glue gun
Feathers (optional)
Computer or pen to print “Wild + Free” Template
Exacto knife and cutting mat or cutting board

Instructions: Cut your patterned paper down into a 8.5″ x 11″ size. Download this Wild + Free template and print it directly onto your patterned paper. Once you’ve done this, cut along the grey lines with the Exacto knife and this will form the triangle shape of your flag.

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For the flowers cut out four squares.  I used the following measurements for my flowers: one 4″, one 3.5″ and two 2.5″.

Next take one of the squares and cut a spiral out of the square.  I cut my spirals about 1/4″ wide so the flower is relatively flat, stop near the end leaving a small circle, this will be the bottom of the flower.  (there are lots of you tube videos on how to make these flowers if you need more assistance)

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Take your dowel and start wrapping the spiral for one of the flowers onto the dowel.  Try to keep it as tight as possible.  Once you are finished rolling your flower remove it from the dowel and using the hot glue gun cover the last portion of the paper with glue and glue the rolled spirals to this.  Repeat this process for the rest of the flowers.

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Take your flag at the widest part and estimate about  two inches in from the edge on each side to make two parallel slits in the paper using the exacto knife.  This will be the openings for the dowel to slide through.  Note, you will have to make the slits long enough for the wooden dowel to pass through.  If you make the slits too long then the dowel will not stay in place but you can always use some tape on the back side of the flag to hold the dowel in place.

Cut out a triangle for the arrowhead and a rectangular shape for the tail of the arrow.  Fold the tail in half and using scissors you can make parallel cuts to make the fringe but do not cut all the way to the centre.  Glue these pieces on to the arrow.

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Next arrange your feathers and flowers for how you would like them to be and glue them in place.

Cut two 5″ x 0.5″  rectangular pieces of paper and fold them in half and then glue them slightly off centre and attach to the flag from behind.  I have attached mine to line up with where the slits for the dowel are.

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That’s it!  You are ready to display your banner.

Remember to share photos of your creation on Instagram using the hashtags:  #etsycraftparty and #etsycalgarycraftparty.

Kathy lives in Calgary, Alberta where she runs her shop, featuring handmade paper party decorations and accessories.

“For now I am a one woman operation, from designing, making, shipping and marketing. Every day I spend at my shop on line and in my studio is so enjoyable. It is great connecting with party planners, DIY brides and event coordinators. I am so happy to be a part of the Etsy community and the handmade movement at large.”

 

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Paper Cutting Tutorial – Etsy Craft Party

Hello!

This is Sam from Catfriendo with my paper cutting tutorial. I’ve included a supply list, the tutorial, and a tips section. Sorry if this is a little bare bones!

Supply List:
All items can be found easily at a craft supply store or even a stationary shop. That’s the beauty of paper cutting: the supplies are pretty easy to find!
– Original hand-drawn Catfriendo template – provided here.
– Paper of choice – printer paper is great to practice on – it’s thin and easy to cut through, however, it tears pretty easily and isn’t archival grade. Cardstock or another acid-free paper will last longer and look nicer, but it can be more difficult to cut through and dulls blades faster.
– Access to a printer
– Knife of choice – I like to use a swivel kraft knife because I find it easier to control, but whatever knife you have lying around will work fine!
– Cutting mat or cutting board – these keep your blades sharper for longer and help to protect the surface below the piece you are cutting out.

– Container to put discard paper.

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1. Print the supplied template.

– The bigger you print your template, the easier the design is to cut out! The example shown here is about 5×7 inches. I’ve mirrored the template because the side of the paper you are cutting into is the back of the piece; when you are finished and flip it over, no lines will show and the text will be in the right direction.

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2. Start cutting!

– I like to start by cutting out the smaller, more detailed areas of the design. For example, here I cut out the inside of the letters and the delicate parts of the border. Loops are a great place to start as they are usually the most finicky areas and when the surrounding paper is still there tears are way less likely to occur.

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3. Bigger Pieces
– Once the detailed pieces are removed, move onto the bigger areas. I like to start in one area and move across the piece. Here I started in the lower left of the piece and moved across and up. I find it easier to break down the areas I remove – smaller pieces are easier and less difficult to extract and are less prone to causing the piece to tear if they get caught!

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4. Moving across the piece.
– Keep moving upwards on the piece. In really delicate places, I use my index finger on my non-cutting hand to stabilize / keep the paper tight in order to avoid tearing.
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5. Cut off excess.

– Almost done, all that’s left is to cut out the surrounding paper. You can do it!

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6. The reveal!

– Time to flip over your new piece of hand cut paper art! Thanks so much for following along with my little tutorial; I hope you had a blast!

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Tips: 
– thicker paper is more durable and less likely to tear, but will dull your blades faster
– if your paper of choice will not go through your printer, print the piece on regular paper and use carbon copy paper to trace the design onto the paper you want to use. Carbon copy paper is pretty easy to find at stationary or office supply stores.

– if you are drawing your own design and it includes text, make sure to write the text backwards to get a way cleaner design in the end. Try holding a mirror up to the backwards text to make sure that all of your letters face the right way!

Sam of Catfriendo is a hand cut paper artist based in Calgary, Alberta. Sam sells her paper creations at local markets as well as through her Etsy shop.

“The process of cutting out a lace like image from a single piece of paper using only an Exacto knife has not lost any of it’s charm. I’m still just as excited now, almost 5 years after my very first papercut , every time I start a new piece and see the light behind the very first subtractive cut.”

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Vendor Introductions: Part Sixteen

Today’s vendor introductions are staring out with Stephanie and Chelsea of Stevie and Bean Paperie.

1. What do you make/sell?

Our products range from table numbers, place cards, vow journals, coffee sleeves, prints, banners, envelope seals and accessories to complete wedding invitation suites.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

We love stationery, and have a passion for weddings! We are inspired by every bride and groom’s individual love story.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

We design complete wedding stationery suites, and custom designs upon request.

You can find Stevie and Bean Paperie here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stevieandbeanpaperie

Instagram: @stevieandbean

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/stevieandbean/

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Next up is Summer of The Art of Summer Breeze.

1. What do you make/sell?

I make wonderfully colourful abstract-realist paintings featuring nature and the wonders that surround us. If I had one word to describe my art it would be “colourful”; I love colour and the emotions it can inspire.  I strive to make eye-catching out of the ordinary pieces that can brighten any space and encourage a state of wonder. My work is available as originals, prints, greeting cards and magnets.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

When I look at nature I not only see the beauty of its surface, but more importantly I see the overlooked beauty of the shapes and lines and colours that when added together, create scenes of whimsy. I started drawing at the age of 2, often sitting next to my dad with a blank stack of printer paper as he graded exams. My mom has told me that even at such a young age, not only was I prematurely holding my drawing implements correctly, but that it was evident in my artistic vigor and determination that I had something to say. Creating and playing with art has always been something that I’ve HAD to do, something that when I’ve not been able to spend time on I’ve felt lost and I would continue to create art whether or not anyone else was interested.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

Apart from my traditional art experience I also have a strong digital art background which has brought new life to my work. As a working artist I never like to rule anything out, all the while looking for new ways of expressing myself artistically. This “job” has been a whirlwind of sorts, lots of ups and downs, but with every down the ups have gotten bigger. I am still so elated with the fact that I can make a living as an artist, and it still puts such a smile on my face when I see the looks on people’s faces when they ask “…and what do you do for a living” and I respond, “I’m a full-time artist!”

You can find The Art of Summer Breeze here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theartofsummerbreeze

Twitter: @summerbreezeart

Instagram: @summerbreeze_art

Website: http://www.summerbreeze.ca

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Finally, we have Terri of Lucky Wall Art.

1. What do you make/sell?

My shop specializes in whimsical animal prints that are reminiscent of vintage portraits. As a mother of two girls, educated in art and design, I noticed how difficult it was to find realistic animal portraits for my girls’ rooms. This is when Lucky Wall (Etsy: LuckyWallArt) was born, specializing in canvas and watercolour prints of my original oil paintings.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

I am very much inspired my nature. I recently went hiking with my husband and two girls when a black bear poked his head out from a bush beside us. If it wasn’t for my sheer panic, my camera would have captured the perfect picture of this adorable animal. I paint animals, and a black bear may just be the next animal I paint!

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

My work strives to be playful and fun while demonstrating a high level of technical skill and an attention to detail. Deliberately gender-neutral, the animals and the background colours I choose compliment a wide variety of colour schemes and room styles, and the materials I use are high quality, durable and archival.

In addition to canvas and watercolour prints I will be unveiling a series of 2”x2” magnets based on my painted animals.

You can find Lucky Wall Art here:

Website: www.luckywall.ca

Twitter: @Lucky_Wall_Art

Pinterest: @luckywall

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/LuckyWallArt

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Vendor Introductions: Part Fifteen

Starting off introductions today is Lindsay of The Village Hound.

1. What do you make/sell?

I make custom leather dog collars, rope and leather dog leashes as well as dog/cat beds and dog bowl stands from old furniture that I refurbish and design.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

I grew up in a home with a DIY mother and father. When I wanted a leather name stamped collar for my 170lb Newfoundland dog, I figured why not try my hand at leather working! I enjoyed the learning process, fine tuned my skills and decided to make a small business out of it.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

First and foremost I’m a dog lover, so when I create my items I put a lot of care into each and every piece I make.

You can find The Village Hound here:

Instagram: @thevillagehound

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Next we have Lisa of YYC Beeswax.

1. What do you make/sell?

We sell a range of beeswax products and supplies including rolled and solid candles, lip balm, and crafting supplies.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

In Calgary’s dry climate, it has been a challenge for me to find a lip balm that will stand up well during busy times in the winter. The lip balm I envisioned was soft (so it doesn’t hurt to apply on those days lips are extra dry) and absorbed well in a short period of time (allowing a wind instrument to be played without wiping off the newly applied lip balm). I also wanted to avoid chemical dyes, so I was interested in all natural dyes. Careful consideration was also put into the packaging of our lip balms. As someone who travels a lot, I really appreciate the portability of the mini lip balms. They are great to throw in my instrument case, a backpack for hiking, and more. The larger lip balms are great for everyday use and I usually have a few around including on my nightstand, music stand, and at the computer.

I have always loved the soothing atmosphere created by candlelight. A number of years ago, I volunteered to make candles for a fundraiser and enjoyed it so much, I started sourcing materials for my own projects. Rolled candles are so easy to make and the result is both beautiful and natural. At this point, I was interested in giving solid candles a try and also in helping other people learn how easy it is to make candles for themselves! This is when DIY kits and Make and Take were born. Make and Take is an interactive part of the booth when I’m at events. Anyone who wants to try their hand at making a candle can choose a sheet of wax and set about making their very own candle with guidance as needed. It’s always a delight to watch someone make their first (or hundredth) rolled candle! If there isn’t time to make a candle, kits are available to try at home and beeswax sheets, solid beeswax, and wick are also available. The kits make great gifts! Expanding this concept, I am delighted to offer candle making parties as well. The solid candle line is fairly new and consists of tealight and hand-dipped taper candles. Both types of candles showcase a natural beeswax colour.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

Sometimes what’s available doesn’t quite meet your needs. We are delighted to work with you to create a custom product for you. Some examples of customization include wedding favours, feature candles for a particular area in your home, and more!

You can find YYC Beeswax here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/YYC-Beeswax/282051598664115

Twitter: @yycwax

Website: www.yycwax.com

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Next is Parvin of PK Arts and Crafts.

1.What do you make/sell?

I do acrylic painting, on canvas or paper. I do abstract art, or fine art also. I also make paper craft and painting on greeting cards. I sell printed greeting cards (prints of my original painting). I also paint of mugs or wooden panels

2.Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

I had been interested in all kinds of arts from my childhood. My mother herself was an artist in spite of her limited resources. I am highly impressed by the nature and colors around me.

3.Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

My main project includes abstract acrylic paintings. I also do landscape painting. I love photography and use that to do painting. I have taken part in displaying my art at Caprices Art Show. Two of my paintings were auctioned for a charity to help Nepal earthquake victims.

You can find PK Arts and Crafts here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pkartsandcrafts?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Instagram: @pkartsandcrafts

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Next is Sarah of Juniper and Jay Designs.

1. What do you make/sell?

We make and sell handmade and crafted greeting cards, wedding invitations, baby announcements, as well as individually made and hand knitted items, we have a number of hats and headbands but are looking at expanding to sweaters.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

I make and sell these things because I love them. I made my wedding invitations when I got married and loved how they turned out. I wanted someone else to love how much love and attention their invitations received. The same when I had my babies, I wanted to make my own announcements, because I loved and preferred the way they looked over the store purchased ones. The knitted items were for my kids. I’ve knitted since I was little, so when I had my kids I made them hats that they couldn’t take off. And as my oldest got older she now has a say in how the hats look and turn out. She wants a princess hat? She gets a princess hat. She wants a doggy hat? She gets a doggy hat. My family have been and continue to be what inspire my work. Everything I make is typically made with someone in mind, or from an idea or conversation I’ve had with them. Each piece is a crafted expression of love.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

People take one look at my cards and believe it’s easy or they can do it. Well they probably can, but there’s so much more to what I’m doing with all my cards. It’s colour choices, it sizing, it’s placement. You aren’t able to just throw pieces of paper together, stamp it and call it a card. There has to have a feel, a mood, and certain tone to make everything work together. More importantly, I’m still learning. I take every opportunity I’m given to learn about what I’m doing with cards, invitations, announcements and knitting and how I can improve upon the skills I already have. I also like to think I’m a very customizable shop. I am so willing to make things just to people’s liking. Didn’t I mention I usually have someone in mind when I’m creating?

You can find Juniper and Jay Designs here:

Facebook: Facebook.com/juniperandjaydesigns

Website: juniperandjaydesigns.com

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Finally for today we have Saveria of Jewelry by Saveria.

1. What do you make/sell?

I sell jewelry that I make in my home studio. I use mostly sterling silver and natural gemstones. Just recently ive been working on a new line of copper and enamel piece that I’m very excited to showcase at the Etsy: Made in Canada Market!

2. Why do you make/sell it?

What inspires your work? I love making jewelry, I grew up with a dad thats a goldsmith so I have always been interested in jewelry making from a young age. Ive learned so much from him over the years. Jewelry will always be a part of my life, the whole process of making it and then seeing the final product is so satisfying for me. Im inspired by everything around us – nature, simple geometrics, and often the materials im using.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

I make my jewelry from start to finish, everything is handmade; I do my own casting, polishing and stone setting. I love working with clients and making custom pieces so I’m always happy to hear your ideas!

You can find Jewelry by Saveria here:

Instagram: @jewelrybysaveria

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jewellerybysaveria

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Vendor Introductions: Part Fourteen

Starting off today’s vendor introductions is Becky of Becky Warren Design.

1. What do you make/sell?

Becky Warren Design creates whimsical animal themed greeting cards, stationery and art prints all originally hand drawn by Becky. We also create block printed home decor items.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

I create drawings that are relatable to people from all walks of life, and strive to make pieces that connect people to each other. I believe that laughter is the best medicine , and that a love for animals is something people bond very deeply on. That a simple card can make such a difference in someone’s day.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

I love to do pet portraits! I have an adorable 10 month old Rottweiler that I love to talk about, let’s talk about pets!

You can find Becky Warren Design here:

Instagram: @beckywarren_draws

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Next we have Jenny of Hop & Flop.

1. What do you make/sell?

I make and sell illustrated paper goods such as art prints and greeting cards as well as some knit and crochet accessories.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

It was after making custom holiday cards for family and friends that I realized it was the passion of hand crafting that gave me the stepping stone to continue with it. The idea of hand crafting whether with knits or drawings, is inspired by natural patterns and animals that I love. It brings a joy to me to see others smile when they get a card or accessory from me because I enjoy every minute learning a new technique or just creating something from scratch.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

I do everything on my own and during my own time after my day job. It’s important to me to create fresh new things by learning or practicing techniques and I’ve fallen in love with block printing and hope to expand the materials and equipment I use.

You can find Hop & Flop here:

Instagram: @hopnflop

Twitter: @hopnflop

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hopnflop

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Next we have Kaitlyn of Pink Chicken Creatons.

1. What do you make/sell?

I make hand-blended chalk paint created from recycled paint and my own compound. With my paint I then upcycle both furniture and decor items in a shabby chic style. I also sell clothing I’ve hand painted with unique designs.

As well, through my shop, I sell vintage items! Anything from unique vintage clothing to china and toys.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

With my hand painted clothing I really enjoy creating the designs and adding colour to something that was once plain and boring! It’s very similar to why I make my chalk paint. I wanted my colours to be unique and striking, while using recycled materials. I’m all about taking something that is discarded or or unwanted and making it into something new and exciting.

My vintage items are finds from my travels that were just too good to pass up. I love finding unique items and connecting them to people who will cherish them!

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

I’d like to say thank you first! Then I’d love to tell them to think of my items as an extension of recycling! Feel free to get creative with things you see, personalize your world! 🙂

You can find Pink Chicken Creations here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PinkChickenCreations

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Next we have Katie of Billie Boone Vintage.

1. What do you make/sell?

Billie Boone Vintage is a focused mix of vintage, much of it cottage-inspired Nordic/Scandinavian pieces as well as Canadiana. Our pieces are quality, usually hand-made, and are a mix of housewares, home decor, art and accessories.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

I love selling vintage because people always have a story for me or a special way of relating to pieces. People really seem to connect with them – whether their grandmother had this exact blanket or they remembering growing up with these dishes in their home. I also love the idea of giving something beautiful a second chance in a new home. I’m inspired by minimalist interior design, calming neutrals and natural textures.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

One of the most unexpected joys I’ve found in what I do is meeting new people and finding out how what they’re drawn to. I’m new to selling vintage and I’m surprised by how kind everyone in the Etsy community has been so far!

You can find Billie Boone Vintage here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Billie-Boone-Vintage-271150526382998

Instagram: @Billieboonevntg

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Finally for today we have Kristina of Joy of Little Creations.

1.What do you make/sell?

Joy of Little Creations offers a variety of handmade paper goods and home decor. Such as cards, post-it note holders, trinket boxes, coasters, dreamcatchers with crystals and Sari ribbon, mixed media art, and more !

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

I originally started Joy of Little Creations with just cards. I wanted to offer a more personable option to the $10 plain generic cards being bought from stores. Then my mind started racing with lots of other ideas and now I create a wide range of items ! Most of which are one of a kinds !

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

I’ve always enjoyed doing arts and crafts. In school I couldn’t wait for art and home ec class (sewing) ! Now that I’m at home with Makena, I enjoy doing diy projects to decorate our house.
However, Joy of Little Creations started when I was pregnant and opened a year after Makena was born. I’m able to create on a daily basis, share my creations with everyone, and best of all, I get to watch my daughter grow up ! A hobby turned business and it’s just another creative outlet for me!

You can find Joy of Little Creations here:

Pinterest: www.Pinterest.com/joylilcreations

Facebook: www.facebook.com/joyoflittlecreations

Instagram: @joyoflittlecreations

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Vendor Introduction: Part Thirteen

First up today we have Lisa of Cuddle My Bug.

1. What do you make/sell?

I make cloth diapers, specializing in very absorbent nighttime diapers and inserts.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

I have designed all my diapers for my son and tweaked the designs based on customer feedback and custom requests.
I want to create the best experience with cloth diapers especially for babies that are challenging to diaper.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

I love using natural fibers in my products and buy as much natural and organic as I can. However, I also use some man made products that are very useful for cloth diapers, such as polyurethane (Eco-PUL). Polyurethane is a very efficient water resistant layer that is breathable for the skin and makes a very trim diaper.

You can find Cuddle My Bug here:

Facebook: Facebook.com/cuddlebugdiapers

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Next we have Keshia of JDB Mercantile.

1. What do you make/sell?

We make handcrafted gifts & deco, mostly out of wood, but look out for some new mediums coming soon!

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

We make what we make because we both love working with our hands and watching the raw materials take on new life! We love making that perfect finishing touch or gift that our customers have been looking for!

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

We take our work really seriously. JDB is named after Grandpa who is our inspiration. He owned the town mercantile and was an honorable man and entrepreneur with high values and standards and we strive to be like him.

You can find JDB Mercantile here:

Twitter: @jdbmercantile

Instagram: @jdbmercantile

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JdbMercantile

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Next we have Kristi of Wire Expressions.

1. What do you make/sell?

I am a Wire Work Artisan! I make sterling silver jewellery and unique gifts with wire. The gifts I create include Tea Bag Steepers, Beverage Glass Charms (Useable on all types of glassware), Personalized Ornament Hooks, Bookmarks, Keychains and Magnets.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

Putting a smile on your face and mine…Everything I make is an expression of my creativity, which is the main reason I do wire work. I sell it, because my creative expression becomes your expression as you enjoy it by wearing it, using it or giving it away! I’m inspired by swirls, flowers, symmetry and general usefulness.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

It sounds silly, but I love the monotony of repetition. Making the same tea cup over and over again, is relaxing for me. I also make everything freehand without a jig, which I think gives me more freedom to get things exactly the way I want them! (That’s the perfectionist in me!)

You can find Wire Expressions here:

Website: www.wireexpressions.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wireexpressions

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/wireexpressions

Instagram: @wireexpressions

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Next we have Rachel of The Bleached Tee.

1. What do you make/sell?

I hand paint designs with bleach onto different clothing items.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

What started off as a Pinterest-inspired hobby, has now expanded into a passionate business. If you start looking around, geometric shapes are everywhere. It is easy to find inspiration that I can bring to developing new designs.I truly enjoy the process of the work, it is like art to me, even if it is just triangles and lines.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

People always ask me if I have a stamp I use for the designs, or pre-made stencils. But I pride myself in making all of the designs unique by doing them all by hand – I have a ruler and bowls that I use for precision needs, but otherwise its all just free-handed with a paint brush.

You can find The Bleached Tee here:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thebleachedtee

Instagram: @thebleachedtee

Twitter: @thebleachedtee

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Finally for today we have Sarah of Pink Sun Malas.

1. What do you make/sell?

I make Mala Bead Necklaces and Gemstone Bracelets. Malas are “Jewelry For Inspired Living”.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

I love Malas because they help people to live a more genuine and centered life. Through goal making, meditation, and grounding they help us to become our best selves.

Creating Malas is deeply meaningful. I believe that life is amazing, but it is so easy to get off track; I love creating beautiful “reminders” to remind us of who we are and what we can become.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

Another wonderful quality about Malas is that they are natural. Made from natural woods and gemstones, they have unique attributes that make them very personal for the wearer. Gemstones have energy that can heal, uplift and inspire us.

Mala beads and necklaces are so beautiful that they are fun to wear…but it is their true meaning that makes them so special.

You can find Pink Sun Malas here:

Website: www.pinksunmalas.com

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Vendor Introductions: Part Twelve

First up for today’s Vendor Introductions we have Kalen of Mini Bytes.

1. What do you make/sell?

I make cute crocheted critters, including little pincushions, teddy bears, and crocheted home decor. I’ve just recently expanded into making wedding favours, and I’ve also been known to make custom mobiles for nurseries. I love custom orders and trying new things.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

For me crafting is a way for me to express myself & create. I love making things with my hands, and it is a nice change from my dayjob as a web programmer where I stare at computer screens all day. I’m obsessed with the tiny details, the small stitches, the vivid colors, and crafts that are slowly dying away or aren’t done anymore.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

I constantly have ideas for what I’m going to make next, if only crafting could pay the bills full-time! 😉 I love supporting the handmade movement, I think it’s great that so many talented people are going to be under one roof on September 26th! Looking forward to seeing everyone!

You can find Mini Bytes here:

Instagram: @minibytes

Facebook: www.facebook.com/minibytes

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Next we have Tracey of Tracey Cameron Creative.

1. What do you make/sell?

I create art for the modern naturalist looking to inject a little colour, pattern and optimism into their lives. My art includes fabric sculptures, art pillows and watercolour paintings.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

For me there is nothing more fascinating than nature, I love to study observe and than recreate that joy and wonder that I feel. The goal of my work is to help people connect to, and lift their spirits with artwork that inspires wonder. We get so wrapped up in the familiar that we forget all the amazing details that surround us, I want my work to help people see the magnificence in the everyday.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

Creation has always been part of my life. My Grandmother was a quilter and crocheter, my mother is a seamstress and decorator, and my dad is a builder. My family is always creating something and I grew up with that maker mentality being a strong part of my everyday.

You can find Tracey Cameron Creative here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TraceyCameronCreative

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/traceycameron/

Instagram: @traceycameroncreative

Website: www.traceycameroncreative.ca

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Next up is Nicole of Salt Water Tea.

1. What do you make/sell?

I hand-make crystal jewelry, mala prayer beads and crystal infused candles.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

I’m inspired by nature and the beautiful shapes and coloured offered to us in the form of gemstones. I’m a trained artist with a degree from the Alberta College of Art + Design in drawing, but transitioned to jewelry in 2014 and fell in love with the craft. I make my work because it makes my happy – I absolutely love the process of designing, making and selling.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

Salt Water Tea is a one-woman show – everything is hand made in my home! I love doing custom pieces, bridal jewelry, bridesmaid gifts and custom mala necklaces.

You can find Salt Water Tea here:

Instagram: @saltwaterteajewelry

Facebook: Salt Water Tea

Twitter: @saltwaterteayyc

Pinterest: @saltwaterteayyc

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Next we have Maria of Anita’s Peg Dolls.

1. What do you make/sell?

I design and hand paint little wooden peg dolls that are the perfect toys for kids, as well as “child friendly decor” (like I like to call it) for any room of the house/office. A lot of people also use them as cake topper decor and/or keepsakes of special moments as weddings or birthdays. I do from princesses and superheroes to personalized dolls and my original designs.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

I started by creating our family for my girls to play with, and the way they kept playing with them and how proud they were when they showed them to people and said “My mom painted them!” made start creating different peg dolls, joined my First Christmas Market and Etsy shop. I get inspired by nature, children’s books, fabrics, and any new interest/chapter in my girls’ life that would relate to other kids too.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

I really love what I do, specially when I get to do custom or personalized couples or families because it gives me an opportunity to get to know people from all over the world, plus the challenge of recreate their personalities through their clothes, hairstyles, etc. where the difficulty and detail level changes all time!

You can find Anita’s Peg Dolls here:

FacebooK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anitas-Peg-Dolls/386183841547862

Instagram: @anitaspegdolls

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Finally for today we have Lindsay of Lost in Layers.

1. What do you make/sell?

I hand make women’s and toddler’s kimonos!

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

I started making kimonos for myself when I couldn’t find cool and unique fabrics and something different than what was in main stream stores. My friends started bugging me for their own and then many more people and then Lost In Layers was started.
I make kimonos to create one of a kind pieces that are easy and fun to wear for women. I’m always inspired by the different colors of the seasons, my clients and the beautiful fabrics that jump out at me while shopping

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

I only make two kimonos in each fabric selection, this makes every piece very special for the woman wearing it!

You can find Lost in Layers here:

Instagram: @lostinlayers

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lostinlayers

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Vendor Introductions: Part Eleven

First up today is Bonnie of Stufd!

1. What do you make/sell?

I make monsters! Majority are made from new socks, as well as a few from sweaters, or upcycled shirts.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

The reactions from people when they give a monster a little squeeze is so awesome, I love the “monster love”. People in general are inspiring. Each and every one of us is different, and our character what makes us interesting! Just like monsters.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

I only use new socks, I get a lot of offers for free used socks, but I always decline gracefully 🙂 I continually work towards making them unique and one of a kind. Always on the lookout for new socks and supplies, I try not to duplicate.

You can find Stufd here:

Facebook: facebook.com/stufdmonsters

Instagram: @stufdmonsters

Blog: www.stufd.net

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Next we have Jennea of Jennea Frischke Jewelry and Birds Eye Vintage.

1. What do you make/sell?

I design and make jewelry using traditional metalsmithing techniques. I create a broad range of jewelry items including rings, cuffs, necklaces, and earrings using a diverse range of techniques, metals, vintage components, and alternative materials.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

I love creating pieces for adornment, and have been creating since a very young age. I started my first jewelry business when I was 13 (a friendship bracelet company called Forget me Knots) and went to art school out of high school. I graduated from the Jewellery and Metals program at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2006 and I have been creating wearable art ever since. Creating/making is a very important part of who I am, and I am so fortunate to get to do what I am passionate about as a living and share my work. I love experimenting with new techniques, and love seeing where my process takes me. My work is also inspired by historical jewelry, vintage, nature, dreams, and my surroundings. I am a vintage seller as well (Birdseye Vintage), and curate my vintage collection from trips taken within the Prairies. These trips are also a great inspiration for me.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

As well as creating lines of jewelry, I also love creating custom work. Please feel free to contact me if you have an idea for a custom piece of jewelry for yourself, or as a gift.
Looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting lots of new ones at the upcoming Etsy Market.

You can find Jennea here:

Instagram: @jenneajewelry and @birdseye_vintage

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jenneajewelry

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Next up we have Needle and Pine.

1. What do you make/sell?

Rustic woodworkings alongside textile and embroidery art.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

We create pieces with the intent of bringing the mountains into your home. Inspired by nature and outdoor adventures with our little family.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

We love to use reclaimed, salvaged and even foraged materials.

You can find Needle and Pine here:

Instagram: @needle_and_pine

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Next we have Kristin of Harper’s Hats.

1. What do you make/sell?

Hand-made crocheted hats inspired by my little ones and made for you and your little ones! You will find beautiful hats, headbands and scarves to keep you stylish and cozy throughout the chilly seasons! My two favourite materials are chunky yarns and coconut buttons. If you already crochet, make your own by purchasing one of my original design patterns.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

My son Harper was my inspiration to start selling newborn baby hats but my business has grown so much since then. Now I have two sons and I am constantly inspired by them and my love for fashion. Living in a Canadian city so close to the Rocky Mountains gives me more than enough inspiration for keeping my family warm eight months of the year. 🙂

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

I am a one woman show. I design, create, crochet, model, photograph and market everything in my shop by myself!

You can find Harper’s Hats here:

Fashion and Lifestyle Blog: www.harpershatslove.com

Instagram: @harpers_hats

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Harpers.Hat

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Finally for today we have Carmen of Twisted Links Jewelry.

1. What do you make/sell?

I make chainmaille jewelry, and dabble in a few other jewelry techniques, including wire weaving, bead weaving, wire and beads and polymer clay.

2. Why do you make/sell it? What inspires your work?

I started making it because the techniques of weaving rings together to make beautiful patterns were fascinating to me. The simple beauty of the materials, metal and stone, still captures my imagination. The end result is truly lovely jewelry. Eventually I made so many pieces that I thought I should sell some of them to at least offset the cost of materials and tools, and make a bit of money for the holidays, so I started doing Christmas craft sales. As my skills grew, I found I wanted a new outlet for my favorite pieces and my Etsy shop gives me that outlet. I love that people all over the world wear and love the pieces I make.

3. Is there anything you’d like to tell others about what you do?

I have two autistic children, so my life is hectic and I use my craft to help me stay calm and focused. Since I am a stay at home parent for the foreseeable future, the income from my jewelry is my contribution to the household finances. I find the pursuit of my art to be a kind of meditation, and I find time to maille whenever I can.

You can find Twisted Links Jewelry here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/twistedlinksjewelry

Twitter: @carmen_mclellan

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