May 25, 2011

Shop Spotlight: Sadie Designs

If you're looking to wear one of a kind jewellery pieces made with raw crystals you'll be in heaven at Sadie Designs. Sarah's unique and feminine style is remarkable and her shop represents all that is original and natural. You'll also find some beautiful wooden jewellery pieces to dress up your look. Wear a Sadie Designs original and you will surely get noticed. Please take a moment to get to know Sarah a little more.

Oh Canada: Of all the things that you sell, which item or style is your favorite?

Sarah: My favourite piece is always changing. Right now I really love geometric stone pendants, like the pink and green pastel triangles that I use to make my Miriam necklaces and the amazing crystal quartz pendants that I use in my pendulum necklaces.

Oh Canada: Where did you learn your skills?

Sarah: When I have an idea for something that I'd like to make I generally teach myself how to do it through a lot of research and trial and error. I do find that the people who work at local supply shops are really helpful in pointing me in the direction of new materials or helping me learn new techniques. When I was learning to use the laser cutter to make my baltic birch pieces I spent a lot of time watching amazing YouTube videos about drawing in Illustrator (the computer program that I use). I love that people take the time to make tutorials for others just out of their own love of the subject matter.

Oh Canada: Everyone has different motivations for making their unique wares. What drives you to create?

Sarah: As a landscape architecture intern, a lot of my design work stays in the computer and is done on the screen. I started making jewelry as a way to work creatively with physical materials. I love experimenting, the tiny scale of jewelry pieces, and making something that is 100% unique. Making jewelry makes me happy after a long day drafting architecture projects on the computer.

Oh Canada: If you could learn to use any new technique or material, what would it be?

Sarah: While I was finishing up my degree I bought myself a steel bench block as a promise that I would teach myself more involved metalsmithing techniques this summer. I really want to start working with copper and repurposing some of the metal plates that I used to make etchings in my fine arts degree.

Oh Canada: Any plans to incorporate a new product into your shop this year?

Sarah: I really do dream of adding photographs to Sadie Designs. I love taking pictures and have a bunch of really fun cameras. For now, my blog is where I share my photos, but I do hope to be able to offer some prints in the future in the Sadie shop. Perhaps even some large scale photographic posters.

Oh Canada: What is your favorite thing about selling on Etsy?

Sarah: Etsy has been a great place to connect with other sellers. I love being part of national and regional teams and meeting like-minded creative types. Ultimately, though, I most appreciate Etsy for giving me a fun venue to connect with potential customers from all over the world. This week I shipped orders to Sweden, Germany, Australia and Winnipeg. I love writing out those addresses, it's exciting to think of people half the world away wearing a piece of jewelry that I made.

 Oh Canada: Do you have a number one tip for new sellers?

Sarah: Just keep going! It takes a while for people to learn about your shop and in the meantime you can spend your time perfecting your techniques and improving the appearance of your shop. Concentrating on making the best possible product you can will get you far, so stick with it!

Oh Canada: What is your favorite thing to buy on Etsy?

Sarah: I love shopping on Etsy! I buy a lot of jewelry and supplies, but I also love buying paper goods and accessories. I'm planning my wedding for the fall and I know I'll be buying things from a lot of fabulous Canadian Etsy shops as we get ready.

Oh Canada: What is the number one best item in your shop right now?

Sarah: The best-selling items in my shop are definitely the dipped crystal pendant necklaces. Right now amethyst is the most popular, but around the holidays it was the citrine points. I've been making these necklaces almost since I opened my shop and I really can't see myself stopping any time soon.

Here's a special message from Sarah:
Thanks so much for featuring me on the team blog. As a special thanks to my Oh Canada teammates you can always use the coupon code "FRIENDS" in the Sadie shop for 10% off your order. Happy spring, everyone!

So drop by the Sadie Designs shop and buy yourself something special. You can also keep up with Sarah through her Blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Copyright 2011 Oh Canada Team

May 13, 2011

Friday Finds: Hemp Produce Sac

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Our world now is all about recyling and reducing waste to preserve our Earth for future generations.  If you're eco-conscious or know someone who is, these reusuable hemp produce bags are perfect!  They are made by TheArtofReZen, a shop devoted to creating eco-friendly products for us to use in our everyday lives.  The owner of the shop uses hemp for her products.  As she states in her description of this product, "These produce bags are reuseable, light weight, stashable, washable, easy to use, handmade and made from an earth friendly product. These sacs are breathable, durable, lightweight and Machine washable and dry-able. These will last for years." 

Copyright 2011 Oh Canada Team and theartofrezen.

May 9, 2011

And the Winner is.....

Congratulations to GollyGeeGeorge for winning the April OCT Treasury Challenge. She has chosen this item from her shop for the May Challenge.

Please include this Mobile in a treasury with at least 10 other Oh Canada Team Members. What would be really great is if the last 6 are also Canadian Etsians too, but they certainly don't have to be.

Also, be sure to tag your treasury with "OCT challenge", "ohcanadateam" and "etsyteams" and include the phrase "OCT challenge" somewhere in your title so your treasury can be easily found.

The Challenge will end on June 1st at midnight. Over the week following we will gather the votes for the most popular T.

Copyright 2011 Oh Canada Team

May 5, 2011

The Finalists April OCT Challenge

It’s time to vote for your favorite collection in our latest treasury challenge!

Congratulations to the 4 finalists GollyGeeGeorge, Thankyoulucky, jensdreamdecor and bstudio!

Have a look at each of these treasuries, then choose your favorite in the poll at the right. The winner will choose an item from their shop for our next treasury challenge!

Voting is open until Sunday May 8th at 12am EST. The winner will be announced on Monday May 9th . Thanks for playing, and good luck to our finalists!

Copyright 2011 Oh Canada Team

May 4, 2011

OhCanadaTeam Gift Guide: Mother's Day

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.  ~Tenneva Jordan

Now that I am a mother myself I can see what my mom meant all the times she uttered the phrase, "You'll understand when you have your own children". And I do. I thought my mom did certain things for one reason. With time, wisdom, and motherhood I have come to see she did those things for different reasons.

This gift guide is dedicated to moms everywhere who help shape this world into a kind and gentle place. 

A beautiful and bright peach silk ribbon ring handmade with love. This is most definitely a statement piece that any woman would love to wear on her finger. Find this stunning piece at Bstudio.

An organic facial cleanser with a creamy foam that deeply cleanses and freshens your skin. Feel rejuvenated with this wonderful product found at ethicBioskin.

The Ambleside Cami. A versatile top made of 60% rayon from bamboo, 18% nylon, and 14% Polyester. A great addition to any wardrobe. Dress it up or down. Find this unique piece at Heiditheartist.

A handmade cold process soap with an inviting scent. Who doesn't love cheesecake? This soap is divine and feels wonderful on the skin. Just be careful you don't eat it. Find it at Soapstar.

A set of mini note cards with some beautiful sparkling green leaves. The perfect addition to decorate your gift bag, box, or to write a special message just because. Get these cards at j2studios.

Copyright 2011 Oh Canada Team

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