Monday, 28 November 2016

Gift Wrapping Fun


I love to get creative with gift-wrapping 
no matter what the occasion. 
This holiday market season, I stuck with neutral colors for my market displays 
and chose some papers that reflected this palette. 
I mixed some of my products and some natural and recycled materials as well.



 This striped paper and patterned paper are both from HomeSense and cost $4.99 per roll. 
Some natural twine, some eucalyptus 
and a stamped silver spoon 
add some nice texture and shine to the box.

 





 This 'Je T'aime' spoon is tied to the gift with 
a scrap of leather. 
Look around your home to find some 
different materials to recycle; 
maybe some denim, velvet or wool.



 These two gifts are adorned with vintage chandelier crystals of different shapes. So pretty!
The sparkles and tiny letters in the above photo; and the sheet music paper and 
LOVE letters are from Brick & Mortar Living 
in New Westminster.



 Want in on a secret? 
This kraft paper is actually from a large roll of 
Builder's Paper made from 100% recycled paper 
available at Home Depot
A 36" roll of 167 feet is $18.47 and is sure to last a long time! My kids love to make large murals with this paper 
and I like to use it for gift-wrapping 
or to protect the table when painting. 
We are on our third year of using the same roll.

The paper is adorned with an one of our vintage hand-crocheted ornaments. These were made from a vintage blanket and are adorned with Swarovski crystals.



Hope this inspired you to get creative, save some money and add some interesting materials to your gift-wrapping.

-Amanda

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Mixing Vintage & New



I love to switch up my displays and 
colour palettes with every season of markets.

While out seeking colour inspiration last month, 
I discovered I was really drawn to a combination of white, cream, and mixed metals.

While this gave me a direction for my upcoming markets, it also inspired me to show you how 
you can mix new and vintage to create 
affordable one of a kind gift combinations. 

The items that I purchased are from HomeSense 
and I paired them with the hand-stamped, 
vintage silverware gifts that I make.


 First up is this marble and wood charcuterie board 
with a leather strap. 
I paired it with one of my best-sellers, 
the "Spread Joy" vintage spreader. 
The board is $7.99 and the spreader is $19.


I love the deep, round shape and the texture 
 on both this coffee mug and bowl. 

I paired the mug with a petite demitasse spoon 
that reads "Go Away", 
the perfect stamped saying for before 
you have had that first cup of coffee. 
The spoon is $19 and the mug is $3.99.

The bowl cost $4.99 and I combined it 
with another one of my best-sellers, 
the "Cereal Killer" spoon at $19.


 If coffee isn't your recipient's cup of tea ;),
how about a pretty tea cup and saucer 
and "Tea Time" teaspoon.
The cup and saucer are gold rimmed 
and cost $8.99, while the teaspoon 
with a pattern 
that dates back to 1901, is $19.

 For the dessert-lover, 
I combined the "Sweet Tooth" fork at $19 
and a sparkly footed dessert plate at $9.99.


 These marble coasters with a chevron print have 
a beautiful subtle sparkle. 
I am going to use them at my markets to add 
a little bit of height to display some of my silverware.  
Here I paired them with a vintage silver goblet 
that holds a succulent and a flattened spoon 
that reads "Peace Love Garden". 
The coasters cost $9.99 and the spoon is $19.


Finally, for your friend who likes to entertain, these double-sided paper coasters are lots of fun 
when paired with a decanter tag or two. 
The coasters cost $7.99 and the decanter tags which are made from vintage silverware of course, are $22 each.
The tags look so good on a vintage decanter and help bring some great style to a bar cart.


I always have customers asking for gifting ideas so I hope this helped inspire you a little.  I think you can have lots of fun mixing new and vintage, 
and you don't need to spend a lot of money to create a meaningful gift. 
Just choose something that reflects the personality and interests of your recipient. 
I have a great selection of hand-stamped sayings for everyone on your shopping list.
Visit my Etsy Shop to see more.

-Amanda

ps This post is not sponsored in any way, just me having fun.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Holiday Markets 2016


Here are the events where you will find me 
in person this holiday season. 
More details under the 'Events' heading.
Hope to see you there!
-Amanda

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Etsy Made In Canada Market


What are your plans this weekend?

 I am excited to be a vendor at the 
Etsy Vancouver Market: Made in Canada!  

At EVM, shoppers can choose from a wide variety of hand-crafted goods from over 90+ vendors, including clothing of all types, jewelry, bags, wallets, buttons, accessories, aprons, children’s goods, housewares, paper goods, kits, art, food, and much, much more. 

Each show is carefully curated and juried to ensure the best mix of arts and crafts, as well as quality and originality.

Event Date: Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, 2016
Event Time: 10am to 5pm
Location: The Pipe Shop Building (115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver)
 Event Website: bit.ly/etsyvancouvermarket2016

For more information about the market, including directions, vendor listings, and any other information, please visit the Etsy Vancouver website.

If you’re interested in seeing what I have been up to lately, this will be a great opportunity!

Hope to see you there!
-Amanda

Saturday, 25 June 2016

See You Tomorrow!

So tomorrow is my first
Ladner Village Market appearance!
 I am really looking forward to it! 

I will be bringing a great selection 
of hand-stamped vintage silverware, 
mobiles/windchimes, revived stamped silver trays and a gorgeous re-envisioned chandelier that is perfect for your outdoor entertaining area.









Ladner Village Market
Sunday June 26th, 2016
10am-4pm
Ladner Village, BC 

Monday, 30 May 2016

I am back!



Thank you to all of you who have been patient with me while I experimented with a couple of online shops and had
my web address sending you to different places.

While I liked the look of my Shopify account,
 I decided that it is best to focus 
on running one online shop well, and really enjoy
the platform and support that Etsy provides.

I am working on setting some goals in regards
to my brand identity, photography and blogging.
As a curious person who wants to enjoy all 
sorts of experiences and is continually trying to learn and improve in all aspects of my life, 
I can become a bit scattered at times. 

These goals and many 'lists' will help me return to blogging  and share with those of you who enjoy '...and then again'.
 I plan to bring more of me and my diverse interests
and curiosities and not only share information about my finished products.

Thanks for reading!
-Amanda



 

Friday, 11 December 2015

Krafted Market 2015



See you in two days at Krafted Market in Tsawwassen, BC.
10am-4pm at The South Delta Recereation Centre.

We are having a one day only sale to celebrate the season and to say thank you for all your support!

-Amanda & Liz