Hi there and happy Heart Month!
My name is Megan Moore and I was asked by the Etsy SK team to talk a little bit about why February (Heart Month) is so important to me and my family.
I am a mother of 4 and two of those four children were born with Congenital Heart defects (or CHD). Both of my heart girls are doing really well at the moment but they have had two open heart surgeries each, along with other procedures, IV’s, doctor’s appointments and more.
Before my daughter, Chloe, was diagnosed with CHD, I had no idea how common it is. Approximately 1 in every 100 babies born will have some kind of CHD, making it one of the most common birth defects.
I hope that in sharing our story it can help raise awareness for congenital heart defects.
We are just a few weeks away from our annual Etsy Made in Canada Markets on Sept.29th.
Etsy: Made in Canada is a national, community-led initiative celebrating the crafters, collectors and artisans in local communities across the country. From coast to coast, Canadian cities and towns will be participating in these events powered by Etsy teams like ours. This year there are more than 40 cities participating. Etsy artisans will sell their handmade wares, vintage goods and supplies to local buyers at these marketplaces, each representing the spirit of the local community.
This year will be our fifth year hosting one in Saskatoon and fourth year in Regina.
Regina's Market will be at the U of R Research & Innovation Centre (RIC) Atrium from 10am-5pm
And Saskatoon's is at Station 20 W, 1120 20th street W from 10am-4pm
Our shop is called Imagine Yarn Finds and we opened in 2016.
We have been crocheting and creating art since childhood and became more serious about it in the last 5 years.
I remember visiting my grandma and she helping me to fix my attempt at crocheting a granny square sweater that I was trying to do for school. My obsession with natural yarn when I got older, guided me back to the art of crocheting.
To finish off the collection, we make the perfect crochet doll for that special little one in your life. Each doll has its own personality and will steal your heart.
We were avid buyers long before we opened our shop. Etsy provided us with that unique gift that was perfect for the special people in our life. And that drew us to Etsy as the platform where we want to share our unique products with the world. Its amazing be surrounded by other artists on Etsy.
Introduce Yourself: My name is Breanna and I live to create. Visual arts, writing, cooking, and event planning are a few of my passions. Energy drinks are my guilty pleasure and I have a cat named Nagini.
What is the name of your shop and how long have you been open?
BnBz Boutique and 6 months.
Where else can people find you online? I sell exclusively on Etsy. I can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. My email is email@example.com.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us about your shop or yourself? My psychedelic artwork encourages everyone to show off the parts of themselves that can’t be put into words. Each piece is designed completely from my imagination! I try to offer different sizes/prices so there is something for everyone.
Introduce Yourself: Hi! I’m Klaryza, I’m a self-taught calligrapher based out of Saskatoon, SK. I create items from cards, home décor art pieces, to customized items for weddings. I’m a wife and a mom, and I spend most of my free time on my family and learning more about calligraphy.
What is the name of your shop and how long have you been open? My shop is called Klaryza Calligraphy. I have been open since 2015, so about 2 years.
Where can people find you online?
I have an Instagram account: @klaryzgraphy
as well as a facebook page: www.facebook.com/Klaryzgraphy
What's been your best Etsy experience? Best experience for me was when someone contacted me for a big custom order. Most of my orders are customized and I like making them because it means a lot to the customers.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us about your shop or yourself? I am currently working on improving my photos and adding more listings to my store, in order to better showcase my items.
How did you get started? I had something specific in mind I wanted for my home, but in order to get it for myself, it was only viable for me to make a shop out of it.
Where can people find you online? I currently sell on Etsy only. I have an Instagram account as well (@TheConcretePlant).
What do you like about selling on Etsy? I've always loved browsing the many amazing shops on Etsy. It feels awesome that I finally have my own shop! I enjoy being able to make items that other people love too!
What brought you to Etsy? I don't really remember not knowing what Etsy was. Even as a child I would browse through the many pages of items I hoped to some day purchase.
Decorative Rocks / Black Rock / Small Craft Stones / Fairy Garden Gravel / Miniature Pebbles
Introduce Yourself: Hi! I'm Gail Cutts- soap artisan who loves all things natural!
What is the name of your shop and how long have you been open? My shop- Soap Cutts Handmade Soap has been open for just over a year
Where can people find you and your products? I sell my product at the Saskatoon Farmers Market so customers are directed from my Facebook page directly to my Etsy site. I also sell from my Instagram account too.
What's been your best Etsy experience? I don't have one significant Etsy experience but know each interaction is an opportunity to connect with the larger community who support locally handmade products. I'm a people person so love sharing my interest in natural soap products.
How long has your Etsy shop been open? I opened my shop at the end of May last year- a 30th birthday to challenge to share my love of gems with the world!
What do you like about selling on Etsy? What I love about selling on Etsy is being able to create the "custom" experience for my fans without the cost of custom pricing! At shows, I can only bring what I've already made, but through Etsy people can truly connect with and order the stone they were looking for and have it featured in almost any design!
What's been your best Etsy experience? One of my best Etsy experiences was just recently- a husband snuck onto his wife's account and secretly ordered her a piece she has favourited. He was able to take the design she loved and add the personal touches to create a beautiful story to surprise her with. I'm so happy I was able to be a part of it
Is there anything else you would like to share with us about your shop or yourself? Please, please, please make custom requests! It's all about connecting with the gem that's right for you!
Introduce Yourself: Hi, my name is Louise Tessier and the name of my Etsy shop is Garden Rhymes Studio. I am a newcomer to Etsy opening my shop in March 2017.
How long have you been doing your craft? I have been working as a ceramic artist creating decorative art tiles since 1999 and I have been a juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council for almost 20 years. What got me interested in making tiles is many-faceted: taking a community class in working with clay (1998), my interest in garden poetry, a love of different font styles and carving linoleum stamps. During my artistic career, I have designed and carved more than 100 different linoleum stamps which have found their way into my ceramic tiles, printmaking projects and rug-hooked wall hangings.
Where can people find you online? Besides my Etsy shop, Garden Rhymes Studio, people can find out about my work or connect with me at www.louisetessier.com https://www.facebook.com/gardenrhymeslouisetessier or by making an appointment to visit my home studio in Regina. https://www.louisetessier.com/contact
What do you like about selling on Etsy? What I like about selling on Etsy is just how easy it is to complete a sale and keep in touch with customers (a simple system which is very user-friendly). Etsy provides its sellers with a lot of information regarding customers, visitors and the successes of other Etsy shop owners. When I was first starting out the process, I found that my email requests or concerns were always dealt with promptly by Etsy staff. Etsy really wants its sellers to succeed!
What's been your best Etsy experience? My best Etsy experience so far has been a sale to someone in the U.S.A. who favorited one of my tiles. When I followed up with a “thanks” for liking my work, she decided to purchase one of my pieces. When the art tile arrived, the customer favorited my shop and finally, she sent a photo of my tile displayed in her home; a positive, full circle moment for me.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us about your shop or yourself? Something else I would like to share about myself is that my work reflects my faith in God. As a result, I have been taking instruction in the writing of Orthodox religious icons for the past 10 years. As well, my linoleum print illustrations have been used in a book published by Novalis (Toronto) called “The Garden Way of the Cross” © 2013.
My artist statement sums up how I feel about the work I create: I am passionate about how words can move people to laughter, deep thought – even tears. For centuries, writers have used nature, especially flowers & gardens to give meaning to our lives…words to help us along our journey. By creating stamped impressions in clay, I can share thoughtful moments that touch peoples’ lives – earth & words coming together: Garden Rhymes.
Introduce Yourself: My name is Debbi Sawatzky and I live in St. Louis, SK. I opened ThreadEthic Organic Sewing Boutique on Etsy in June of this year. I was completely terrified as Etsy is kind of a big deal, but I am so thrilled to be apart of this worldwide network!
How long have you been doing your craft? I have been an Interior Decorator since 2009 which introduced me to the amazing textile world. However sewing is fairly new to me, which some people find hard to believe!
Last year I made a random comment to my Mother in Law about thinking I might like to learn how to sew. She offered to lend me her machine, got me started and well, the rest is history!
I was instantly captivated by the process and fell in love with creating whatever I thought up! After many classes and countless hours of sewing the idea of ThreadEthic started to form.
How did you get started? I began to research sustainable, ethical cotton and at first found nothing. It was pretty discouraging but I just kept going and ended up with an amazing range from some fantastic cloth companies! I love being able to make modern pieces knowing the materials I use are helping other people too:-) Right now Organic cotton is in the place organic food was 20 years ago. It has been so rewarding to both learn and share about the benefits of organic, ethical cotton.
What brought you to Etsy? I came to Etsy because I shop on Etsy and have enjoyed the experience for years! Being a seller gives me a whole new appreciation for our global community. Also I am not tech savvy so having this simple to use platform has been amazing. I know it takes time, effort and passion to grow a successful business and I am loving the journey so far!