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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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