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Etsy: Made in Canada – Vendor Features

Etsy: Made in Canada – Vendor Features

And on we go with the introduction of our brilliant Etsy: Made in Canada vendors. The letters L, M & N will be in today’s focus.

Loft 90 is the brainchild of Nick and Keshia. The couple designs and makes dapper and cute wooden creations with fancy engravings. So sweet!

Sweet Amelia brings us joyful bath and beauty products with her brand Mint & Daisy. Everything she makes is 100% natural and free of synthetics. And the fragrance, oh I wish you could smell it right now!

Then there is M Mackenzie Jones who is a jeweler extraordinaire. All her pieces are inspired by the Rocky Mountains and Canadian wilderness in general. We just love her style.

Erin is the artist behind Mod Menage. She takes photos and designs super trendy prints for the trendy baby.

Mark is one of the few male crafters of our time and does beautiful woodwork. Mr Man Crafts stands for art made from reclaimed, naturally aged, rustic barnwood.

Talking about wooden art. Have you checked out Mug’s Emporium? Emma just loves to makes home decor and we love what she makes.

I’ve been doing yoga for a couple of years now but let me tell you, it only really started being fun when I wore my first pair of Muladhara Yoga pants. They’re the prettiest and most comfortable design and I wish I could wear them all day long (maybe I am, who really is to say?!?)

Whimsical, quirky and ever so creative – Heather of Mumble Tease is a one woman t-shirt company. She silk-screens her unconventional doodle designs onto t-shirts and sweaters in fun colours. If you’re looking for something truly unique, look no further!

Up next: the letter N & Natura Soy Lights. As the names says, they make natural soy candles with promising names like “Cherry Blossom” or “Coconut Lime” and I can’t wait to smell them all!

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Etsy: Made in Canada – Vendor Features

Etsy: Made in Canada – Vendor Features

Hello, hello! Today we’re going to see which of our lovely vendors start with the letter L and M.

There’s Randee of Little City Market who makes felt ball mobiles and garland for nuseries. Oh, have you seen those lovely colours?

L as in Lively Leaf Designs. Melissa does an excellent job in creating jewellery from leather, inner bicycle tube, stainless steel and freshwater pearls. Amazing!

Logee Photo is one of our organizers and a true power house. Jillian organizes markets, goes on photo shoots with her customers and creates the most unique products with her brilliant photos.

Lost in Layers is the perfect name for Lindsay’s dreamy kimonos. Who wouldn’t want to get lost in layers and layers of these beauties?

Lindsay of L Rempel Art turns her water colour paintings into all kinds of art for your household. From scarves to baby blankets and we love it.

What a fun name, what a cool product! Kayla of the Lucky Pineapple designs her own line of kids and adult shirts.

Our next letter is M. Mmmmmmmmmmh.

When most people think of quilts, they think of their grandma. Let me assure you, this is not the case when you have a look at Ann’s gorgeous quilts that she sells under her brand Magpie Quilts.

Stephanie of Mary Make makes beautiful art. She silk-screens her beautiful designs on paper but that’s not all, no, the true stars of her creations are high quality sculptures of animals that can be mounted to a wall. They’re so beautiful, I’m speechless.

It is a bit awkward to write blog posts about vendors when you’re one of the vendors. Well, it has to be done, so here it comes: Maple And Oak Designs is the name of my creations. My name is Leonie and I design and sew funky fashion accessories from vintage, reclaimed and retro fabrics.

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Etsy: Made in Canada – Vendor Features

Etsy: Made in Canada – Vendor Features

Today we’re fit enough to learn three letters, aren’t we? So there’s J, K & L. I’m sure you remember J from our last lesson. So just to refresh your memory:

J as in Jewelnotes Michelle makes dichroic fused glass jewellery. If you have no clue what that is: imagine a puddle of shiny, shimmering colourful oil somehow turned into a beautiful piece of glass jewellery.

The letter we’re mostly going to focus on today is the letter K. So many great Etsy vendors start with K, what a wonderful letter.

There is Rebecca of Kasual Kiddo Handmade and her staple piece is the bandana bib which she sews from the most adorable and cute fabrics.

Kathy Lycka Studio are the creations of Kathy. She designs whimsical and charming art for nurseries and bedrooms. Her favourite paint is acrylic paint but you can also get a print of her sweet paintings.

As the name says Khaos Theory Leather works with leather. But Brent and Brit not only craft beautiful bags, shoes and wallets, they also create fantastic masks that immediately make you think you’re in a different world.

If you’re planning on throwing a big party this Christmas (or any time really), you’re right at Kathy of Kiwi Tini Creations. She handcrafts each item and you can just feel the love she puts into her designs.

Brrr, fall seems to arrive really soon this year! So you should really check out Chantal of Knitatude and her cozy knitted goodies. Lovely toques, comfy arm warmers, colourful scarves – you name it. And believe me, this is not your grandma’s knitting!

Jennifer of Konjo Handmade makes dolls that are just so sweet. Her dolls have different skin tones so that children of any colour can identify with them. What a beautiful and important idea!

Letter number three for today is L. L like Love, Liberty or …

Lace Brick Design is Jackie’s brand of handcrafted jewellery. As you can clearly see, she finds her inspiration in the mountain lifestyle – honestly, which Calgarian wouldn’t be drawn in by that? So perfect.

Lara of Lamb’s Soapworks handcrafts natural soaps, bath and body products that you can use without worrying about nasty ingredients. As she says: “Because if our family wouldn’t use it, why would we expect you to?”

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Etsy: Made in Canada – Vendor Features

Etsy: Made in Canada – Vendor Features

Ooooh yay! School has started and we’re already ahead of everybody else in learning the alphabet and about our fantastic vendors. Does anybody know names that start with H, I or J?

There’s the lovely Heather Buchanan who makes us chuckle and even laugh out loud with her brilliant and hilarious pop art. She’s a self-proclaimed paintoholic so let’s help sustain her addiction, shall we?

Or how about that breakfast snack? Why should we do the dishes if we can just use one of Hekkal and Hyde‘s ingenious snack bags that you can re-use every day? Even better: Heidi’s designs are eco-friendly and let you indulge in that retail therapy without the guilt.

Jenny of Hop n Flop prints the most adorable and whimsical animal-themed cards. I still need the person that doesn’t exclaim “How cute is this!” when seeing her art.

The letter I comes up next, this one won’t be hard to remember!

IM Paper stands for high quality art prints. Sometimes simply stylish, sometimes really funny. There’s so much goodness, I can’t decide which one I like best.

That was easy, wasn’t it? Now let’s move on to the letter J:

The inspiration for Jacob Grace Designs‘ stylish children’s t-shirts stems from Hadley, Rome and Nixon who were all born prematurely and had to spend some time in the NICU. As a result, this great company donates always the proceeds of one shirt to the NICU. What a great reason to support and shop at the same time!

JB Leather Supply makes belts and wallets to last a lifetime. The high quality belts even carry a lifetime warranty, now that’s a brand you can definitely trust.

There are so many photographers nowadays but there’s one who surely stands out: Jen Gregoire Photography. Jen’s style is incredibly unique, colourful and you will recognize her almost surreal images of nature and travel immediately.

Jennea Frischke is a bit different from your average jewellery maker. She’s a trained metal smith and her often one of a kind pieces of jewellery are more wearable art than simple decor. Beautiful.

Our last vendor for today is Jenny Dale Designs. Her dreamy drawings and paintings tell a story in one picture. They’re perfect if you’re looking for something to decorate your baby’s nursery or want to enhance your child’s imagination.

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Etsy: Made in Canada – Vendor Features

Etsy: Made in Canada – Vendor Features

Do you remember the letter F, oh we’ve got three more amazing vendors whose names start with an F!

Forage Photo And Design is Kyla’s brain child. She makes super cute plush cameras and fun decor. They’re so cute, I can’t even.

Then there is Fox And Hare., this sweet couple makes the most luscious hair care that is suitable for vegans. But seriously, you don’t need to be vegan to appreciate that goodness.

Hannah of Fox Virtue is a master of the embroidery hoop. Have a look for yourself and tell me that you don’t want to keep them all?

Let’s learn about another couple of our brilliant vendors while we move onto the letters G and H, shall we?

Kara of Glimpse Glass is on a mission to bring us the most fabulous pieces of stained glass. I just can’t decide which ones I love more: the gorgeous glass feathers or the terrariums? I know my home needs her work.

Gypsee Art by Ksenia focuses on original art and prints in her own feminine style. Soft pastels, beautiful flowers and best of all: it can be customized!

Hilda of Handmade Therapy designs the loveliest bags. In her Etsy store you can download her patterns as a PDF and learn how to sew them yourself. But don’t worry if you don’t like sewing: you can buy those that she sews herself as well.

What would an Etsy market be without some good knitting? Check out Harmony Grace Designs for the sweetest baby shoes, stuffed animals and cozy shawls.

Talking about accessories for the little ones: Harper’s Hats crochets the cutest toques, ear warmers and scarves. Well, if there’s one thing we’ll need in Calgary, it’s some cozy accessories for winter!

H is also the first letter in Heart’n’Soul Handbags. Shannon Marie designs and makes leather purses and handbags inspired by her life in Southern Alberta. Did you see those sweet embellishments?

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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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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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