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} Think & Ink




Sometimes, all you need is a shape. Or 2 dozens of the same shape in a single item.

Think & Ink Studio back in Richmond (BC, Canada) does just that, creating mostly paper items filled with cool geometric designs and smart color combos. Prints, notepads, cards… THAT MOUSEPAD. Wow, I want it. :D

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} Jenna Rose






Jenna Rose‘s work is cute as a button! Each piece of cloth is hand screen printed in house using non-toxic waterbased pigments on natural and organic materials, all mastered in the country side, in Ontario (Canada). Adorned with cute patterns, fabrics are usually organic cotton or hemp or linen, or a blend of these.

She was an Etsy Featured Seller a year ago, an interesting read! :)

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} Desperately Different



Desperately Different is a brand designed by Katya Revenko in the Toronto area. And the clothing is exactly that: wonderfully different!

Shapes and cuts are unique and stunning. Head turning! :)

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} Just Work



Recently, I found a gem. This shop is called Just Potters, and it is brought by Just Work, a social initiative based in Vancouver, Canada.

In their pottery shop, Just Potters employs people from the area who have barriers to traditional employment, for example homelessness, addiction or physical disabilities.

I am totally in love with the general rustic look of this shop! Reminds me of old vintage pottery pieces you can sometimes find in flea markets!

A great initiative, and great results! :)

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} Fabulous Mel





Oh YEAH! My fabulous friend Mélanie Favreau is Featured Seller (go read the interview!) on Etsy starting today! WOOHOO!!! I’m so proud of her and happy!!

‘Cause she ROCKS and her work ROCKS! I own several of her pieces and adore them!

Sterling silver jewelry, from geometric shapes to mustaches and chevrons, you’ll just fall in love with everything, I’m telling ya! :)

Now, go shop! :D

Je t’aime! <3

 

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} Jack


Today, NDP leader Jack Layton passed away from cancer. I am in choc. Truly.

I have been voting NPD since I can vote. He gave me (and so SO many people) true hope. And now…

I don’t have more words…

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Never Enough Replicca

The Replicca shop is on fiyah! So many wonderful goodies, all of which makes you drool in want and envy.

Rebecca is one of my Quit Your Day Job Storque article buddies, so make sure to read hers here! :)

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Persian Garden

Persian Garden is a shop from Toronto that features wonderful digital illustrations by the artist, Afsaneh. Everything is delicate and feminine, detailed and colorful!

She also has a second shop, Joojoo, with polymer clay mini sculptures and jewelry, as well as a few more illustration prints. This one (below) would totally be perfect for a child’s room! SO cute!

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Joe Evershot

There is something mysterious and powerful in these prints by Joe Evershot. It’s sort of a place that can contain the words powerful and ethereal at the same time and be in perfect harmony. I feel like I could just stare at them for minutes and minutes and minutes.

Oh, I almost forgot! This is a brand new Etsy shop alert!!! You discovered it here first, yeah ;)

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Patience Paper

Now, here I was thinking I was a patient lady to cross-stitch for hours my Wall Wear pieces on linen, but I might have to take that back.

The lady behind Papercutdiecut (Toronto) probably is one of the most patient people out there. She hand cuts (CRAZY, I KNOW!) everything you see here and her whole entire shop is full of them!

I really think most of them are under priced. These are pieces of art, hours of labor and work, and they should be bought to be framed and priced accordingly. I usually do not feature items that I think are under priced on my blog, however fabulous, it’s against my “handmade religion” or something…

But these are so fantastic I could not wait another second to show them off…

It may sound weird, but this is the best compliment mixed with advice that I could ever give her :)

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To anyone under pricing they handmade work out there: OMG, VALUE YOURSELF!

When you under price, you send out this message that your work is cheap, that it’s not worth it.  It’s even worst that over pricing. Do not pay yourself $2 an hour minus fees, that’s just mean to your own self.

Why do I care? Well, it really hurts the entire handmade community as a whole…

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Gimme a little ‘o MChen

You may or may not know, but I go spend some time into the Etsy Virtual Labs quite a few times a week. They have newbie chats and critiques for sellers, as well as workshops and chats with Etsy admins. I like to go in there and help others (I try anyway!) with their shop. It makes me take a break too and I virtually meet tons of great people and great artists!

So anyway, yesterday I went in for the critique session, and I met the super friendly Emily from mchen, a lady from Ottawa, and fell in love with her work and designs! She makes silkscreen tee’s and totes, as well as greeting cards and tags.

What I love too about her shop is her model pictures! With so many different and beautiful people, it kinda hit me that it is very rare to see this much diversity in a single shop. Too bad because I love it!!

After the critique, Emily wrote to me about a giveaway she’s having right now until Nov. 11th! It’s so easy to enter too: just go check out her shop, pick a tee you’d love to call yours and post the link to this Etsy Forum thread. That’s it, you could possibly win!

Imma gonna pick mine now ;)

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Hotelle Motelle

Oh wow, I love love love this new Etsy shop called Hotelle Motelle!

Directly from Vancouver, the designer seems to focus on great tops and dresses. Lots of color, great fabrics, great triangular shapes… Great simple pictures!!

I wish they had my size… *cries* lol

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And Time for Coats too

I mean, W.O.W. !!! Aren’t these coats just fan-tas-tic?

You NEED to check out this fabulous shop called LittleHouses, from Vancouver!

Via } Etsy-Love

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Jessica Doyle

Totally fell in love with Canadian Jessica Doyle‘s work today! Each art piece is like a little world of it’s own with creatures, lines, colors, details, all available in affordable prints!

The only problem is.. choosing!

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Acorn Mania

I used to make some cute acorn necklaces with some awesome chartreuse green beads and awesome coppery bead caps, but they sold out this weekend! I loved doing them so much!

Thankfully, nature-lovers can still have access to these new comers I made last night, and with a choice of color too! Weeee! :)

I recently purchased some bigger chartreuse green beads, hopefully they will fit under these new caps… To be followed!

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