Thursday, August 28, 2014
We were all amazed, the Etsy: Made in Canada Montreal team, when we saw the amount of applications we received from artist that wanted to be part of the show. More amazed were we with the quality, beauty, originality and awesomeness of the work of all those artist and crafters.
The selection process was difficult in the sense that we just wanted to keep everybody for the show but for logistical reasons, that was impossible. Hence we had to chose just 60 artists and it was such a bitter sweet thing to do: for one part, you are super excited about your choices and for the other your heart is breaking 'cause you couldn't pick the other. I have applied many times to many craft shows and although I knew the selection process should be hard work, now I truly appreciate it and see what goes on behind it all! I'll never see things like I used to, that's for sure! One of the many things I'm learning thanks to this amazing experience of being part of the organizing team for Etsy: made in Canada.
Now, let's just move to the main reason we are all here: the vendor line-up, woohoo! Enjoy!
Bath and Body products:
-Dot & Lil
Baby and kids apparel, accessories and toys:
-Double Yellow Line
-Ginko Organic Babywear
-Orange and Coco
-Hazel and Hunter
-Naomi Charron Ceramics
-Marianne Chenard ceramics
-A Hippie with a Minivan
-Grotesquely Beautiful Things
-Nanoukiko & Triko
-Paco and Lupe
-Noir & Black
-Twill and Print
-Nina Haigh Photography
-The Lonely Pixel
Illustration and print:
-Moon and Sparrow
-Studio Flower Power
-The Paper Circus
-Zoe G Kocsis
-Urban Rose Dog Boutique
-Les Creations de Marijo
Silversmiths and jewellery:
-The Angry Weather
-The Birch Trail
-Les Joailliers du Dimanche
-Ma Douce Moitie
If you live in Montreal DON'T MISS OUT and come see the work of all these amazing local artists and crafters! Come meet the makers, admire and buy their work, eat yummy things by our food vendors and enjoy all the things we are preparing for you at the Etsy: Made in Canda show!
OK, so now you only need the date and address of our event and you are all set up to mark your calendars, here you have it:
Etsy: Made in Canada market:
Saturday, September 27th from 11am to 6pm
and Sunday, September 28th from 11am to 4pm
At: Technopole Angus (Locoshop building).
2600 Rue William Tremblay
We will be updating our FB event everyday by doing daily vendor features, sharing useful info on how to get there (car, metro, bus, bike, etc) and letting you know about workshops and giveaways we'll organize for the day of the event! Click here and RSVP!!!
Thanks so much to all those who applied, to Etsy, to the Etsy: Made in Canada Montreal team, to our vendors and most of all thank you for keeping up with all the market stuff I've been sharing here on my blog, hopefully we'll see you there!
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Last Saturday I spent a really great day with photographer Sarah Emily St-Gelais, stylist Maude Boisjoly, model/make up artist Marianne Caron and make up artist Sarah Ladouceur. They were all so nice working hard on a photo shoot for my jewellery!
Some time ago I meet Sarah-Emily at a craft show and since then we have been planning this photoshoot. Sarah Emily was waiting for me to launch a new collection but as I'm still working on prototypes for SS2015 I ask her if she'd like to shoot some of my weather related pieces as those are big faves among my customers (and me!) and I think a beautiful, proper photo of them (and what a better way than on Emily's dreamy style!) would help me show them in all their beauty. She agreed to it and put together this amazing team to make it possible.
I had such a great time and cannot wait to see the end result! In the meanwhile, enjoy these photos I took of the behind the scenes of the shoot!
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Noemiah. If you are a fashion fan and don't know her work, do yourself a favor and check her out! She makes wonderful, ethereal, feminine jewellery using materials like feathers, ribbons and brass, plus she recently launched a clothing line and is about to launch her new collection (The dress she's wearing is part of it!). Follow her on Twitter if you want to see what's new!
On this photo she's wearing my tiny faceted crystal stud earrings alongside her druzy cube earrings, a dress from her upcoming collection and her Dusty pink feather necklace.
Anne-Lyse sure loves to make a statement with her jewellery: she wears 6 different of my stud earrings, 3 on each ear! here she wears a tiny bow, special edition I made for another craft show; also a cloud and lightning bolt :D
Also visiting were my friends Maribel and Delphine and I was super happy to see they were wearing their jewellery made by me: Delphine and her Refuge necklace (a special gift from her husband when she gave birth to their baby girl!) and Maribel her Triangle necklace and Bronze bubble ring! both looking fresh and lovely as always!
Tiffany is super talented: Twill and Print is the name of the brand under which she creates accessories, clothing and house wares hand-dyed and using organic and sustainable materials. She was wearing my tiny Cute-As-A-Button necklace!
Thanks so much lovely girls, it was great to see you! I love my customers, they are the best ever! <3 p="">3>
Monday, August 4, 2014
When Etsy contacted me to be part of this event I knew it was going to be great but honestly, they went all the way beyond my expectations: the event was fantastic, everything you must expect from Etsy and more.
If you follow me in IG, Twitter or FB, by this time it's possible you are a bit on your limits with all the orange I've been posting for the last few days but let me tell you something: all that posting comes from the heart. I love Etsy, I'm proud to be part of what to me feels like a community not just a big business. But of course it is a business, I need this business to keep making what I love and for me, Etsy has been so great in connecting me with all those collectors who love and appreciate what I do (It somehow began when this happened, Remember?).
I also love all things cute and handmade and well, if you see the gorgeous vintage trailer they Etsy-fied for the Etsy Road Trip events, you'll know why I was giggling with delight to be in front of it!
Another thing I liked a lot about the event is the way they are promoting Etsy Canada right now: they way they are doing it is the way I like these things to be done: from the heart, being thoughtful and cohesive with your principles and mission and being FUN all at the same time! They are celebrating the makers and they are inviting communities to share with them, to ask questions, to connect, to fall in love with beautiful, handcrafted things and the people who makes them.
And it was just so much fun. I was happy to share the experience with Noemie from Noemiah and Kristy Boisvert. Kristy and co. were just so much fun, they kept making me laugh all day and Noemie I've known since ages through Etsy and although we had exchanged polite hello's and how are you's at local craft shows this time we had the chance to chat all day long and she's just so amazing and funny! This is one of the things I value most about this community: all the little stories of getting to know amazing people through Etsy that otherwise I wouldn't have met are countless!
The organizers of the event, Sarah and Arlet did a fantastic job and along with Anna and the girls helping out on the events they were of great help and just so enthusiastic. Thanks to the Etsy Canada team for your support, it was lovely to see you: Erin, Nada, Jeremiah, Tanya and Melissa and all those who weren't here but instead were also working hard to make this possible from afar!
OK, let's go now to the fun part: PHOTOS! tons of them I'm warning you ;) they are from both days.
Montreal was the first stop on the Etsy Road Trip: they stayed here two days and then off Ottawa were they are right now! Then they'll go to Kingston and will finish their trip in Toronto. On each stop they are featuring local artisans!
Here's me when I first encounter the Etsy-trailer: <3 p="">
This photo was taken by Dani from MTV Fora and features a couple of my new notecards! (soon on the shop!). And then here's my table set up:
Necklaces <3 p="">3>
Look at what they wrote! "Cloudy with a high chance of pretty" YES!
Hubby and I: photo booth fun.
Delicious papaya-lime ice pops by PopsArt.
Old Port location.
Melissa and Tanya working and having fun at the same time.
Lovely miss Noemiah
The super lovely Corina Rose playing her wonderful music.
And here's me again! Thanks to all the people who came see and buy my jewellery, to my friends and family for your help and support and to Etsy for making me part of their newest adventure!
Etsy Road Trip at the Olympic Park
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Great news keep coming and coming guys! I'm super happy to tell you Etsy is brewing some awesome plans for the summer here in Canada and I am very fortunate to be part of them!
So, the lovely people from Etsy Canada just got themselves a pretty rad 31-foot vintage AirStream trailer, all Etsy-fied! I can just imagine the awesomeness of that and cannot wait to see it in person. OK, so, on this vintage trailer they are going to hit the road and visit 4 Canadian cities: Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa and of course, Montreal. And when they come to my town, I'll be part of the event alongside my jewellery for all those in town to see, try, buy and enjoy! Honestly I'm so excited and can't wait!
For the events: They are going to stay two days here in Montreal. First day is on August 1st at the Olympic Park as part of the First Fridays events where more than 40 food trucks will be selling their yummy food, it'll be amazing, all that Etsy, all that food! Second stop is on August 2nd at Montreal's Old Port and there you'll find me, Noemia and Kristy Boisvert presenting our work and also you'll find food truck yummies, live performances by Little Scream and Corina Rose and to finish it all: Fireworks! well, those are not sponsored by Etsy but are part of the Feux Loto-Quebec and you'll be able to see them that same night at the old port. How exciting is that?!
I hope you come if you are in town!
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day :)
Monday, July 14, 2014
So we are back after a lovely week in Mexico with our family. So happy to have been there, so grateful for the break and the family and love and all the delicious food. But we are back and we are also happy and grateful for being here again.
So many things to do, it's crazy, crazy but I'm absolutely determined to take it EASY as, a week before our vacations I had Bell's Palsy, do you know what that is? something super weird (but surprisingly common, I realize now!) that happens in a nerve that controls face movements and half my face was paralyzed. I was so scared, it was so weird but the doctors were really nice and helped me a lot and explained lots of things. And then in Mexico I talked with my family and lots of people have suffered from that so they helped me a lot to understand. It supposedly happens due to a viral infection that unluckily affects this little tube on the side of your face/neck that carries a nerve inside, so the tube gets swollen and the nerve is all thigh inside so your face goes all weird. But it can also happens because of stress and, hmm, that's me right there.
I'm great now, I feel great and my face is all back to normal but I'm still taking some medicine and well, just trying to get myself to a point of reason and care so I know I can control my stress levels better. Wish me luck on that :)
Anyway! it was great to go see my family and enjoy Mexico for a bit, that helps a lot! And here are some colorful photos from the trip. I hope you like them and the colours make you as happy as they make me! I came back really inspired, the desert never fails to do that to me :)
Colorful painted eggs, filled with confetti.
Here's my little one admiring pinatas at this atelier we went: it was a very old house FULL of pinatas and the studio where they make them.
Mountains in the north of Mexico like to show off at sunset.
The desert, the mountains, the sky, the light. I miss that a lot. So happy to behold that sight again.
A mountain pass on our way to the airport.
Thank you for reading this! And if you have happened to have Bell's Palsy and have any advice or questions for me, I'd love to read it in the comments bellow, thank you! xx