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Etsy: Made in Canada – Calgary’s sweet vendors of 2017

Happy hump day!

I can’t believe that it’s just over a week to go to Etsy: Made in Canada Day! The weather really seems to turn to fall and I’m slowly getting into the mood to start my holiday shopping super early and be really organized this year. How about you? Here comes a little intro to a few more of our talented vendors:

 

Kristi of Wire Expressions creates the best little gift items and silver jewellery with wire. Oh, I can see one of those as part of my holiday gift wrapping!

Jackie definitely is an adventure girl. She curates the best collections with her brand Lacebrickdesign. Cute camping mugs, sweet t-shirts and cozy blankets, you’ll love it!

Konjo Handmade are the most darling fabric dolls by Jennifer. Oh gosh, whose little ones would love one of these?

Chantal knits and even better: designs knitting patterns! You just have to visit Knitatude’s stand and treat yourself to something cozy.

Did somebody say party? Kathy of KiwiTini Creations is your one-stop-party-shop! From cupcake topper to delightful favour bags, she’s got you covered.

Jewelnotes  is Michelle’s creative love. She makes glass jewellery and other glass item. The colours are so mesmerizing, I can’t stop looking at her photos!

Jennifer Joan Skincare creates oil blends in the most devine fragrances. For you body and hair but also for your guy’s beard!

Jennea Frischke is one awesome lady! She’s a metalsmith and makes everything in her home studio right here in Calgary.

And then there’s Jen Gregoire Photography. Jennifer’s image are often rural, natural and romantic but the most stunning part is her unique way of editing her photos so that the colours pop amazingly!

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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

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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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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Vendor Introductions: Part Ten

First up for today we have Julya of Snip Snap Stitch.

1. What do you make/sell?

Fine art and craft pieces including papercut sculpture, embroidery and fibre, and alt process historical photography.

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

My work is inspired by the Canadian Wilds, and reflects my enchantment and fascination with the natural world that surrounds us.

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

Whether it’s one of my miniature paper sculptures, my embroidered imaginary hybrid creatures, or my tintype plates of native plants, I hope that my work will enchant you and inspire some sense of wonder at the marvels of nature.

You can find Snip Snap Stitch here:

Instagram: @obscuralucida

Twitter: @obscuralucida

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Next we have Pheli of Khokho Designs.

1. What do you make/sell?

I make clothing and fashion accessories

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

I love to design and sew, it is my creative expression

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

I only sell fashion accessories at markets, for the newest line of my clothing items, I a hosting a fundraising fashion show on Nov 7th 2015 at 1pm. you can purchase tickets at eventbrite by searching for “Imagine Africa”

You can find Khokho Designs here:

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

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Next we have Sophie of Tribes Society.

1. What do you make/sell?

I design and fabricate jewelry (women, men, unisex) in my Calgary studio. Most pieces are minimalist, and made of sterling silver, brass, gold-filled, and semi precious gemstones.

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

I love learning new silversmithing skills, and building on the ones I’ve honed with time. I’m also very drawn to archaeology and history. Many of my designs are inspired by some of the jewelry found during digs, and when buried hoards are discovered. Knowing that people have worn jewelry to distinguish their status, tribe, beliefs, and personality thousands of years ago, when we still do the same now, is amazing.

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

Every single piece I’ve crafted means a lot to me. The effort and love I put in fabricating, cutting, filing, soldering, polishing each piece is a reflection of the passion I have for my craft.

You can find Tribes Society here:

Instagram: @tribes_society

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tribessociety

Twitter: @sophiegabias

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Next up we have Shannon of Garden Villa Arts.

1. What do you make/sell?

I paint original watercolours, specializing in pet portraits. I also have greeting card prints of my paintings.

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

I love the watercolour medium because of its subtle beauty…the way the colours blend is amazing, and can be very challenging to work with!

I am inspired by the beauty all around me, particularly in flowers and in animals. I also love being able to capture the comic look on a dog’s face, or the way the sunlight highlights the fur on a sleeping cat.

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

Lately I have been focusing on painting lots of dogs and cats (and the odd giraffe), so am excited to take pet portrait requests. I can do a portrait from a good quality digital photograph provided by the client. Pet portraits make wonderful, unique and affordable gifts, especially with Christmas coming up!

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Finally for today we have Shannon of The Otter and the Owl.

1. What do you make/sell?

Hello! My name is Shannon Carmichael. I’m the principal artist and designer behind The Otter & The Owl.

The Otter & The Owl focuses on producing playful and creative artworks and stationery items. I offer a wide arrange of products including: playful one-inch pin back buttons and magnets; custom one-inch button wedding favours; whimsical acrylic and gouache paintings; printable wedding stationery and decor items; and printable home decor. I hand design and make all of my products in my home-based studio in Brooks, Alberta.

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

Art is my passion. Ever since I was a young child I have loved to draw, paint, and create. I love experimenting with new mediums and challenging myself to expand my artistic abilities.

The simple things around me inspire my work. I am a firm believer that it is important to take time to appreciate the small things in life. I always carry a small sketchbook around with me and I try to draw in it at least once a day. Most of my artworks and Otter & Owl products started out as a quick doodle in my sketchbook.

My customers also inspire me. I love working with my clients to create custom artworks and products. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to brings someone else’s vision to life.

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

I am so excited to be part of this year’s Etsy: Made in Canada Calgary Market! Make sure to stop by The Otter & The Owl to say hello. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to commission a work of art.

You can find The Otter and the Owl here:

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

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