Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Etsy Resolution! Let 2017 be the year you launch your online business

We here at the Toronto Etsy Street Team ❤ Newbies, so we're happy to point out that Etsy will be hosting Etsy Resolution to get you started on that new Etsy shop you've been planning. Learn more and sign up for four emails complete with expert advice and feedback before January 27!

We've been building an online library of TEST Etsy Newbie Bootcamp classes over the last few years, which you can work through at your own pace.
  Read our TEST Etsy Newbie Bootcamp Series

and subscribe to this blog... where we will be announcing real-life, in person TEST Etsy Newbie Bootcamp classes throughout 2017!

Etsy York Region: Call for Speakers and Workshop Leaders

A message from our fellow team, Etsy York Region:

It's happening!! Our first #EYR #MakersSummit and we're so excited to launch registration and call for speakers/workshop facilitators! Join us for an awesome weekend of #Biz #Growth and #Creative #Fun
Note: Speakers, workshop facilitators and attendees do NOT have to be a part of the York Team.. the only requirement is that they either currently have or want to start an Etsy Shop


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Vendor Call: Leslieville Flea

The Leslieville Flea are always looking for more vendors, particularly vintage ones!

Potential vendors can apply at any time for any or all shows.  They look at each application and there is no deadline - they keep all on file and review often so it there isn't space at one market they will try to fit accepted vendors into a future dat.
Their mandate is vintage and handcrafted and local goods.

What: Flea Market in it's 5th year!
Where:  The Fermenting Cellar of the Distillery District.  28 Distillery Lane, Toronto
Sunday, January 15
Sunday, February 19
Sunday, March 19
Sunday, April 23
from 10am-4pm each day

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Whats new for 2017? Super big awesome announcement!

First things first! 
Welcome to 2017, here's to it being a great year for everyone!!

We're happy to announce that for 2017, The Toronto Etsy Street Team is now a Pop-up Gallery!
We have taken over the amazing gallery and workshop space of Graven Feather at 906 Queen Street West, for the entire year! (Graven Feather will be back in 2018 don't worry!) We'll be hosting bi-weekly pop-up shows, fine art shows, workshops, bootcamps, team social events and team meetings!

This is a huge step for us and we want to thank each and every one of you for being part of this success with us!

Saturday January 28th - 12PM to 6PM
Grand Opening -
 Team Leader Show & Reception
Come down, meet the leaders behind the scenes that make all the things happen, learn about up coming events, and of course browse their awesome wares.

Starting in February, we'll be hosting a bi-weekly pop-up shop in the gallery. We'll be sending out this vendor call all year long, but you can get ahead of the curve now and get your application in here: 

Are you an awesome maker with an awesome talent that you want to share with the world? Do you want to run a workshop to share that talent with the world? Then you should fill out the workshop application form and let us know what you have in mind!

Are you interested in a single artist show? Do you have a special event you need a space for? Do you have an amazing idea you think should be a thing but you just need a space to do it in? Please, let us know! We're interested in using this space in any and every way possible!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

T.E.S.T. Interview: MunchiesandMusings

We hope to introduce you to all the great etsy sellers to be found right here in Toronto. Here at the T.E.S.T. blog, we plan to interview them all. This is the 107th in our series and is with Rebecca from MunchiesandMusings


What was your experience with Etsy so far?

Etsy has been great. The community is very supportive, and I've had the opportunity to see some of the events that the local teams organize. Etsy is such a great way to take action on an idea brewing in your mind without a lot of risk, which is important to someone like me who has no entrepreneurial background. The Etsy atmosphere gets me so inspired to help support other local crafters.

What was your inspiration in creating your products?
I created my himmelis during the time I planned my wedding earlier this year. I made a larger version of the 'octahedron' as part of our table numbers and fell in love with the many ways you can create himmeli shapes. I've always been drawn to geometric shapes and I found that this was just my calling. Since starting my Etsy shop and making basic shapes, I wanted to find a way to add my own personal touch to my himmelis. That’s when I started making letters and uncommon shapes (e.g., stars and cats). It’s fun challenging myself to create different shapes.  

Tell me more about functional qualities of your designs. How can customers use it at home?

Himmelis are décor pieces so they can be displayed anywhere whether they are hung, mounted on a wall, or displayed on a surface. I actually used the orb himmeli as a little pen holder at our wedding welcome table! Himmelis look great with airplants and greenery in them, but also something simple like candles is beautiful as well. They really modernize and add a nice touch to any space.  

What’s the creative process from the idea to the final product?

I usually try to imagine anything as a geometric shape – they’re all I see now, especially since I started making himmelis! Imagining is the easy part, it’s creating the shapes that’s most challenging for me. I’m not exactly a numbers person and I like to visualize everything first so I draw the shapes out. Measuring out the different lengths of tubes to create what I envision takes a bit of time as well as trial and error, but when everything works, it’s the best feeling.  

What is your goal for the next year as an Etsy seller?

As a person who loves multi-purpose products, I hope to somehow make himmelis more functional beyond wall or home décor. I also want to tap into different industries because himmelis look beautiful anywhere! In addition to growing my Etsy shop, I also want to create great relationships with my customers. Stay tuned for my shenanigans!

You can also find Rebecca at the following:
Interviewed by Tanya of AbstractFiguresShop December 8, 2016.

T.E.S.T. Interview: AbstractFiguresShop

We hope to introduce you to all the great etsy sellers to be found right here in Toronto. Here at the T.E.S.T. blog, we plan to interview them all. This is the 108th in our series and is with Tanya of AbstractFiguresShop

When did you start painting and why did you choose to paint all of your work using watercolour rather than to other types of paints?

I have started drawing and painting since childhood and was taking art classes on and off. Four years ago I have finished a certificate program at George Brown colleague. While studying I have experimented with a lot of mediums and found that I am attracted to watercolours a lot- to its fluidity and transparent effects.  

What is your process from when you think of an idea to when you complete a painting?

Most of my paintings are custom couple and family portraits. I receive a photo reference or a description from my customers. They also choose dominant colors of the art work and we together finalize other details, like adding flowers, landmarks, special outfit, etc. In brief, I want to show love and joy in my paintings.  

Have you ever completed a painting for a customer that you loved so much you didn't want to mail it out?

I paint in series, for example: mom and babies, couples, women and flowers, etc. One or two paintings from series I leave for myself since it usually have an emotional meaning and reflects my story. Custom works usually capture a meaningful moment from my customer's life and I try to capture it as close as possible to the expectation of the person. For example , the last customer wanted to highlight the shoes of the couple and specific pattern on them. We worked together to make the painting look as best as it can be considering the wishes of the customer. I have incorporated the pattern on the background and made the shoes stand out with the contrasted background.  

What is your favourite part so far about having an Etsy shop?

In addition to the creating process, I love to communicate to my customers and make them happy by creating a unique painting that captures the happiest moment in their lives. Most of my customers purchase custom portraits as wedding, anniversary or birthday gifts.  

It's interesting that you don't paint faces on your subjects, was there a particular reason why?

My style is figurative abstraction which refers to painting the figure in non realistic way. I chose to show the resemblance by painting silhouette like figures and put a focus on a mood of the painting rather than facial features.  

I love that you'd rather focus on mood than facial features. How did you discover your style?

My style is a result of many years of drawing and painting. I always was attracted to abstract painting and classic figure painting, and practice sketching models on ongoing basis. My goal was to combine both and make it unique that it won't repeat anybody else.  

Tanya is offering 20% off towards the order of custom portrait till January 7, 2017. Coupon Code: winterholidays

Interviewed by Rebecca of MunchiesandMusings on December 8, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016

T.E.S.T. Interview: 1000CrowsVintage

We hope to introduce you to all the great etsy sellers to be found right here in Toronto. Here at the T.E.S.T. blog, we plan to interview them all. This is the 105th in our series and is with Yvette Bessels from 1000CrowsVintage.

How did you come up with the name of the store?

I already had a shop '1000crows' while I lived in the UK. I chose that name as I wanted something that was slightly odd yet memorable. I love ravens and crows (who doesn't?) but I didn't want to opt for anything too generic. 'A murder of crows' was therefore soon out of the running. The '1000' in front of the name makes it higher priority in alphanumerical order, depending on how you execute a search. When I moved to Canada, I discovered that the back end of the shop (my bank account) could not be moved over by Etsy so I was forced into opening a new shop (the alternative being paid in GBP to my UK account and having to deal with currency conversions every step of the way) - but that also made it possible to add the 'Vintage' to the name, clarifying what I actually do.

Why did you start collecting vintage things?

Oh well, there are a few reasons; The foremost being that some of these objects are amazingly beautiful, but not being made anymore. Either because the market is too small, or the craftsmanship has been lost. Second, some of the objects I find would have been quite expensive when new - I certainly would not have been able to afford them! I am a pennypincher at heart, and nothing makes me happier than feeling I got a good deal on an item. Lastly, it feels amazing to find an object a loving new home. If needed, I will slightly alter or repair an item to give it a present-day use or appeal. Can you imagine all the items being saved from landfill like this? There is actually not much that I personally collect. I have the odd weird or pretty object floating about the house until I grow tired of it and put it up for sale, and numerous photographic items which I actually use. I have moved house so many times it has become easy to let go!

What was you first item in a collection?

To be honest, I can't really remember. I used to trawl flea markets when I was a kid and many, many objects have passed my hands since then. I did have a large stash of stuffed animals back then - haha! For the present day - I would have to say my Microflex TLR (an English made Twin Lens Reflex (TLR) Camera). I had a job as a studio photographer a number of years ago and was getting obsessed with famous photographers of the 1920-1960s. I found more than a few of my favourite images were shot using a TLR camera, so I got myself one. Since then, I have upgraded to a Rolleiflex and an antique plate camera to shoot my images, but I still have the Microflex (which is presently up for sale). If you are curious, you can see my photography on www.yvettebessels.com
Where do you go to search for the vintage?

In the UK, I used to go to local (and less local) carboot sales. I was up at 5AM and in my car by 6AM every weekend, throughout the year. I also visited antique fairs and antique centers and local auction houses to find my items. Being fairly new to Canada, I'm still finding my way around. I mostly visit local thrift stores and garage sales, as well as the weekly antique market in town.

Why do you think vintage is interesting to people?

It gives people an opportunity to own an object that is (near) unique, for a much lower price than buying newly made items. If you wear vintage clothing, there is much less chance of someone rocking up in the same outfit. Many items were better made; furniture was built to last and people took pride in craftsmanship. And, it gives people a vast range of styles and colours to choose from. Instead of having to wait for trends to 'come back round' - why not just go for the original?

You can also find Yvette and 1000CrowsVintage at these links:
Website : www.1000crows.com
Twitter: @1000crows
Instagram: @1000crows
Pinterest: @1000crows

Interviewed by Darya from KvitkaWorld on Nov 18, 2016.
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