Crafty Chicks: The Story

5 very different girls.

I always say that my friendships are the most important thing in my life. Without them, I have no idea in what mental state I would be in, seriously. Admit it, you feel the same about yours ;)

If you follow me on Twitter (if not, click right here), you probably already know who some of them are, especially those which I affectionately call my Crafty Chicks, since I regularly tweet with them.

But let me introduce to you properly my favorite Montreal crafty chicks! How we met, a glimpse of how they are, what they do! :D

We are 5, we are all very different (as you can see in the picture above!), and we are all creative fabulous ladies!

Je vous aime donc tout plein!!!!! -xxxxx- *mushy*

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This is Noémie, aka Noemiah.

She is the very first of these ladies that I met. It’s with her that everything started, that my artsy, lonesome at home, world changed. And for that, I will forever be thankful.

Actually, I’m not even sure precisely how it happened, but I think we started messaging each other online business questions on Etsy. And then we started meeting and chatting a little at craft shows. And then, obviously, supply shopping together and coffees and lunches HAD TO happen!

She is one of the most creative and fashion savvy people I know! She’s always browsing the Web to not miss what’s new in fashion, find wonderful vintage clothing items and then let us all know about it! You think you discovered something new? NOPE! She’s soooo ahead of you already and knows all about it! haha! She’s a wonderfully sweet and funny person, as well as a little shy at times, but she’s also always the one to suggest a lunch so we can all see each other again and again and have wonderful times! :D

She makes fabulous feather jewelry, and here are a few of her latest pieces!

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This is Mélanie, aka MelanieFavreau.

One day, Noémie purchased something from Mélanie on Etsy, and since they live like almost steps from each other, they decided to exchange the goodies in person, at their mutual post office. They kept bumping into each other there after that when shipping their sales, and it started a friendship. Noémie then organized a little something, and that’s how I met Mel too!

She is a very caring person, and always has a pep-talk ready for anyone close to her who needs it. She can at one moment tell-it-like-it-is, and then the next moment go completely soft and space out when she sees a kitty (no wonder she has 5!). She’s not one to follow trends: she does as she pleases, and you either like it or you don’t, and that’s just how it is. How refreshing, right? :)

She also creates from scratch awesome sterling silver jewelry, that she models herself in her photos. I’m still impressed, I don’t have that courage! lol

Here are a few:

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This is Tamara, aka ThisIlk.

As Montrealers and fans of handmade, we all like to know what other locals are making, and selling on Etsy, and that is how everyone started noticing Tamara. How could someone not want to meet a cool chick like her, right!? After seeing her work in mutual consignment shops and at craft shows, Tamara naturally joined the group! The first time I really got to know more about her, we were vendor neighbors at the Souk@Sat 2009 craft show for a whole 4 days. It was truly a great show, enhanced by her presence! :)

She is one of the nicest people ever! She will talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime, with a bigggg smile. She always has a kind word or compliment for her friends, and their work. She is well-traveled, passionate about vintage eras, inspired by everything and anything, and super driven: everything life brings is another reason to push forward and improve. She’s definitely a free spirit!

Her jewelry line is adorned by vintage lace, which she totally makes her own!

Here are some pieces in which she unleashes her creativity:

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This is Paule, aka Paule T. B.

On a very brrrr cold winter night last year, Noémie, Mélanie, Tamara and I decided to check out the opening night of an art exhibit at (R.I.P.) Headquarters Boutique. It was a showcase of the super talented Paule. As Mel and I were browsing the gallery, Noémie and Tamara started chatting with Paule about a painting of a girl that, weirdly enough, looked a whole lot like Tamara! The two girls quickly arranged to do collaborations with Paule for their own work. Since they obviously found her super cool, Mel & I quickly got to meet her too in the Spring. We all meshed so good and easily with her, it was a no-brainer to invite her to every meet we had from that point on!

She is truly a hilarious girl: never you will have a dull moment in her company! Oh my, the intense laughs we’ve all had when her quirky humor just bursts out! She is a sensitive person, and she has a whole lot of compassion and understanding for the people she cares about. She can also offer up much needed advice and opinions when she’s asked to (and that is how I learned that when I straighten my hair too much, I look too harsh and it doesn’t match my personality. lol!).

She draws fabulous pieces of art that everyone wants, and so will you:

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This is me, Janick, aka Nea.

I am like this and like that.

And I make this and that.

And my life is truly better since I met these wonderful women.

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11 responses to “Crafty Chicks: The Story

  1. Oh, this is such a wonderful post full of wonderful women! I cannot believe that in the next province over (hello from Ontario!), there is this amazing collective of talented artful ‘chicks’ – more than that, that all of you know one another and hang out together. I am a big fan of every one of these Etsy shops (and even did a little blog post on Paule a wee bit ago!).
    Thank you for this post – it’s so lovely to ‘meet’ you all! I obviously need to visit Montreal (I was born in Pointe Claire!) sometime soon.
    ~Caren of TheVintageApartment.etsy.com

  2. You are soooooooo sweet!!! What a lovely post! Made my day. I love you guys too!!
    With a big smile,
    Tam XOX

  3. Awwwww, so sweet! What a lovely post :) It makes me think of my own wonderful new friends in Montreal – MTL sure is full of creative and lovely people. I am sooooo glad I moved here!
    Looking forward to getting to know you all a bit better in the future :)
    xo bess

  4. Awwww Ja!!! C’est tellement touchant! Merci mon amie!
    ps Renaud a bien aimé « You think you discovered something new? NOPE! She’s soooo ahead of you already and knows all about it! » Ahah!
    xxx

  5. OMG! This is awesome! Love you girlzzz! :D

  6. How wonderfully you have captured the personalities of your lovely women friends. I too feel so enriched to have a bevy of joyful women in my circle. Women can nuture each other so much, and give each other a kick in the rump when needed too!
    All the best to all of you in your creativity and art!

    Jennifer
    Sox & Patches
    Burlington, Ontario

  7. Without knowing u guys were friends…I am slowly building a collection that includes a piece or 2 from you all. Loving it all.

    Thanks for the coolness.
    Kit x

  8. You must feel the luckiest, wealthiest person in the whole world…beautiful portraits you’ve made your these talented girls…I envy you!!!! (in a good way).

  9. Beautiful Ladies! We should really feel free to express our individuality. You’re such a great example to other young girls. Gotta check out your Etsy shop. :)

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