Archive for March, 2011

March 27th, 2011 | Weekly Etsy Picks – The Local Seller Edition

This week’s etsy picks are done a little differently. I wanted to focus on some of the amazing local sellers around me. I focused on two areas, Peterborough and Durham Region.

I lived in and went to school in Peterborough. My heart is still in this town, it’s full of wonderful creative people and amazing local stores, restaurants and bars. Whitby/Durham region is my home town.

Some of these sellers are bloggers as well, so I have included links to both their blogs and Etsy stores. Who are your favourite local Etsy sellers?

1. Tea & Chickadees / The Vintage Apartment – Peterborough, On

2. My Girl ThursdayEtsy store – Peterborough, On

3. Jolly Polly Pickins – Oshawa, On

4. Nancy Wallis / Nancy Wallis Designs – Whitby, On

5. Hypho – Peterborough, On

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March 26th, 2011 | Thank you, Mailman

It’s here, it’s here! My lovely new DSLR camera bag from Theit arrived earlier this week, just in time for some photo day trips  & events I have planned for next week It’s absolutely gorgeous in person! I was lucky enough to be able to order it in the original colour about a month ago.

The bossi bag, in original matte black

It’s amazing in person – the photos don’t to justice, and for any fashion conscious photographer like my self you won’t be feeling silly carrying this baby around like I did the very odd time I’d be caught using a normal camera bag. It was totally worth every penny, and I’m so happy I bought this lovely birthday present for myself. (Coming from a family of photographers, they’re quite happy as well. My dad hated the fact that whenever we went out shooting together I’d throw my stuff in my purse because I refused to carry an ugly camera bag around.)

Bag handles & details

I was really impressed with the structural quality of the bag – I was a little worried about the shoulder strap being sturdy enough, but all these fears were gone as soon as I had it in my hands. Both straps seem to be incredibly strong and easily support the weight of my gear.

Inside the bag

I also love the fact that while it isn’t too big (I’m quite petite at only 5’1 and just under  100lbs), it has TONS of storage space and isn’t heavy at all when packed. The detailing is impeccable as well. The bag now comes in two other colours, white and fawn. I love the fawn colour, but I’m hard on my items and go out into woods a lot to take photos so I thought black would be the best choice for me. I tend to carry only the basics in my bag, my camera, my two most used lenses, phone, wallet, mints, extra battery and memory cards, but will occasionally throw in another extra lens or two depending on what I’m shooting. Check them out in the gallery posted below.

Box it arrived in Packaging Chain & tassel details Zipper back detail Logo inside bag The Bossi bag in fawn, image courtesy of lovetheit.com The Bossi bag in white, image courtesy of lovetheit.com What I normally carry in my bag, the basics. I will throw in another lens or two if needed

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March 23rd, 2011 | Have you heard of Heartsy?

I can’t believe I haven’t found out about this earlier! Today I found Heartsy, it’s like Groupon… but for handmade stuff! Every day there are new offers where you can save up to 50 – 90% on handmade goods from Etsy sellers. The featured daily deals also have contests where you can enter to win the coupon for free.

You can browse by newest deals or extended deals. They also have a feature where the  can users vote for which deal should be considered as the next featured one. If you’re an etsy seller, this is a great way to promote your store! It’s completely free so go sign up! Go go go!!

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March 21st, 2011 | One of a Kind Toronto

Sorry that I have neglected my blog for so long. Life has been pretty busy. I was really sick, then I had my family birthday celebration, work was busy, and then all the craziness in Japan happened! (My best friend teaches in Japan, she is safe and is in sunny Florida now with her family.) And now I’m sick again. Oh dear.  I’ve missed a few weekly etsy pick segments, but I promise I’ll make up for it! I’ve also fallen behind in my 52 weeks photo project so I’m busy playing catch up with that as well.

One of a Kind Toronto

In other news though, next week is Toronto’s handmade/craft show One of a Kind! It takes place from March 30th until April 3rd. Tickets for adults are only $10 online, or $12 at the door. The show takes place at Toronto’s Exhibition Place, and is open from 10am until 9pm every day except for Sunday when it closes at 6. It’s not just all about the shopping though, they have tons of events too, panels & workshops, how to’s and more! So be sure to check out their website to plan your visit. I’m hoping I’ll be well enough by then to go for one of the days, and will do a follow up post if I’m able to go.

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March 19th, 2011 | Etsy Picks: Handmade for Japan

With all the disaster that has struck Japan recently, a great way to support Japan and handmade products at the same time is to buy from sellers who are donating money from their sales. This week’s Etsy picks are all about these wonderful sellers and how they are helping out in their own way!

Relief Wrist Band 100% proceeds donated to the Red Cross

Inflatable Origami Lights

Japanese Disaster Relief Pouch

Body Cream 100% to Red Cross

Thinking of Home Project for Japan

Limited Edition Print for Japan

Vintage Kimono Coin Pouch

Go to Etsy’s blog to view their post “Thinking of Japan” for info on how to participate if you are a seller, and more items you can buy to support them! You can also try doing a search for ‘Help Japan’ or ‘Japan Relief’ on Etsy.

(featured image from: Help Japan Print on Etsy)

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