Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Fall's is a favorite fashion season for many.  It's time to break out the jackets, layer up and load up on chunky socks and boots.  Keep your eyes peeled for oversized silhouettes, luxurious plaids and touches of fuzz.  Below are some great Toronto trends from your TEST Members to inspire you to get cozy with your wardrobe this Fall:

PLAID
Plaid is having a moment on the runway.  Designers are partial to a tartan print because it adds an interesting dose of color to a classic print.  Since us Torontonians are all are guilty of overdoing black in the winter, it's nice to see some colors to brighten up the mood.
VespertineCA
Plaid Wool Wrap - $184.22 USD - VespertineCA
Vespertine's plaid wrap embraces the chill.  The quality will warm your heart and the color will warm up your wardrobes.

HIGH WAIST
The waist is making a climb far up past the belly button for a look that is super slimming and very sexy.
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High Waist Plaid Pants - $46.50 USD - Wild Thing Vintage
Don't just try out any old high waist this season.  Look for exaggerated, supersonic high waist silhouettes that create the look of long, lean legs and a teeny tiny mid-section.  Check out these stylish high waist plaid pants from Wild Thing Vintage.  (Fall Fashion just doesn't get better than that folks.)  Also, be sure to check out Wild Thing's shop, as she has many more dramatically high waisted treasures!

TOUCH OF FUZZ
From fur stoles to pastel furry coats, designers are using fur accents, whether real or faux, to give everything an added ooph of luxury.  This season, clothing with a "touch of fuzz" is guaranteed to get you noticed and keep you warm.
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Fur Hat - $45.00 USD - Juliesinden
We've been seeing hints of fur on gloves, boots, collars, hats and even on handbags.  It's clear that a fur accessory is the ultimate embellishment.

FRINGE
The fringe trend is still going strong, with virtually every designer including frayed fabrics in their collections. Those more daring can opt for a fringed jacket or top like this beauty from Copious Fashions.  This fringe crop top can be easily dressed down with jeans or dressed up with a skirt.  No matter how it is paired it will never be boring.
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Fringe Top - $73.54 USD - Copious Fashions

If you're a newbie to the this playful trend, a fringed bag is perfect for you!  We are absolutely loving the quality of this clutch from Heather Hird Designs.
STATEMENT EARRINGS
Step aside statement necklaces! Oversized, exaggerated, embellished, bold earrings are officially the “it bling" for Fall 2015. Fall looks to have an obsession with the oversized style. We've seen oversized duster jackets, extra-high platform creeper boots and super-large buttons.
These large black feather earrings by Love At First Blush are perfect for the Fall season.  We love the exaggerated bright gold on the black.  We imagine they are so much fun to wear!

TEXTILE HANGINGS
Last (but not least) on the home decor front, textile wall hangings are having quite a decor moment.  The look is a little bit Bohemian, a little bit classed-up 70's and span from macramé to weavings to simple yarn hangings.
Found in a huge array of colors and styles (sometimes macramé, sometimes tufted yarn), these fibrous fixtures have found their way onto the walls many a stylish home. Take a look at local shop, Roving Textiles to find some of our favorite works of tapestry textile art.

Show your fellow TEST Members some love by shopping local this Fall.  By shifting just a portion of your spending, you can help create more jobs, a stronger economy and build a better community here in Toronto.  Happy shopping and happy warm 'n' wooly wardrobes!

VINTAGE Vendor Call for The Toronto Etsy Street Team presents A Christmas Marketplace!

Calling all Toronto Etsy Street Team Vintage vendors!  This year the Toronto Etsy Street Team is hosting A Christmas Marketplace on December 12, 2015.  This is a smaller sized show and vendors will have the opportunity to share an 8 foot by 2.5 foot table.  You will have a 4' x 2.5' space in the main body of the church.  Or you can bring your own table/display for the all-purpose room (where treats and workshops will be).  

We are looking to involve more Toronto Etsy Street Team Vintage members to sell at this juried market.  This smaller show might be a great way for newer vintage TEST members to actually "test" the waters and try out vending at a holiday show. You'll be able to curate your best selection of vintage goods or clothing for the event!  Holiday shoppers looking for vintage will be able to shop your edited pick of vintage treasures.  The application deadline is November 6th, 2015, more details below.





Church of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields
103 Bellevue Ave at College St, in the Kensington Market neighbourhood

Show date: Saturday December 12, 11AM - 5:00PM

We're planning an intimate show at this smaller, but central venue and we will be accepting a juried group of handmade and vintage vendors. Vendors have a choice of sharing one half of a 8 foot by 2.5 foot table (or 4' x 2.5') in the main body of the church, or bringing their own table/display for the all-purpose room (where the treats and workshops will be!)

There will be music!!
& treats!!
AND!!!

A visit from SANTA!



Applications due: November 6th 2015
Please noteTEST shows are limited to members of the Toronto Etsy Street Team; we cannot accept applications from non-members. If you are an Etsy Handmade seller who lives in Toronto and would like to apply join our team, please follow this link and press the 'Apply to Team' button.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

November 2015 #TESTaroundtown


The second in our new monthly series, and it's jam-packed with places to find our talented Toronto Etsy Street Team members selling their handmade and vintage wares in person. Shop locally from your favourite Etsy shops at these November 2015 events around Toronto and much further afield. And if you're looking for something to do today (Oct 25), then head to the Evergreen Brick Works for the Farmers' Market, Cask Days and Etsy Marketplace, where you'll find many TEST members and their wares.

Event Date & time Location TEST Shop(s)
Artisans Holiday Market at Sick Kids

Fri. Nov. 6 10am-5pm The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Ave.
Toronto, ON ON
Purple Lilac Amigurumi
Craftstock
craftstock.weebly.com
Sat. Nov. 7 10am-4pm White Oaks Secondary School
Oakville, ON
Lisa Young Design
Toronto Urban Collective Pre-Holiday Pop-Up Market
urbancollectiveto.com
Sun. Nov. 8 11am-6pm Glass Factory
99 Sudbury St.
Toronto, ON
Station Toronto
Christmas Handmade Market
handmademarket.ca
Fri. Nov. 13 11am-4pm
Sat. Nov. 14 9am-4pm
Sun. Nov. 15 11am-4pm
Honsberger Estate Micro Winery
4020 Jordan Rd.
Jordan, ON
bijouxbead
Lynn's Lids
Toronto East Rotary Annual Arts & Crafts Sale Sat. Nov. 14 10am-5pm Eastminster United Church
310 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, ON
Heart's Haven
I. M. Wyred
thunderpeep

Holiday in the Hood
facebook page
Fri. Nov. 20 3pm-8pm
Sat. Nov. 21 9am-4pm
(check website to see if shop is there for 1 or 2 days)
Earl Beatty Public School
55 Woodington Ave.
Toronto, ON
Clayshapes
Lisa Young Design

Trinity Bellwoods Flea
trinitybellwoodsflea.com
Sat. Nov. 21 11am-6pm 824 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, ON
Heather Hird Design
Toronto Art Crawl Christmas Market
torontoartcrawl.com
Sun. Nov. 22 11am-7pm The Great Hall
1087 Queen St. W.
Toronto, ON
Station Toronto
Enfys Photography
Mistletoe Market Mon. Nov. 23 10am-9pm  Royal St Georges College
120 Howland Ave.
Toronto, ON
Lisa Young Design
Make It Edmonton!
makeitproductions.com
Thu. Nov. 26 11am-9pm
Fri. Nov. 27 11am-9pm
Sat. Nov. 28 10am-6pm
SunNov. 29 10am-5pm
Edmonton EXPO Centre
7515 118 Ave. NW
Edmonton, AB
Lynn's Lids
The One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale
oneofakindshow.com
Nov. 26 - Dec. 6
Mon-Sat 10am-9pm
Sun 11am-6pm

(check website to see if shop is there for the first 5 days or the full 11 days)
Enercare Centre
100 Princes Blvd.
Toronto, ON
bubyNoa Handmade Toys & Accessories
CandiWare Jewelry
carolyndraws
CGMonsters
Clayshapes
Cubit's
Gotamago
Handmades Rovena
Made in Brockton Village
Queenie's Cards
Sprouts Press Designs
things from secret minouette places
The Sassy Little Craft Show
facebook page
Thu. Nov. 29 2pm-8pm Victory Cafe
581 Markham St.
Toronto, ON
Veelightful


 
Got an December event or TESTy to add to our listings? Drop Lynn a line through her shop Lynn's Lids.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

November 2015 #TESTteaches

Many of our talented Toronto Etsy Street Team members teach workshops around town. We hope to post their upcoming classes on a monthly basis here. Come learn something new with T.E.S.T.!

Crochet for Adults (all levels) from Monica of Kydz Lydz
Learn to crochet in this ongoing program, open to men and women over age 16. Bring your own yarn and crochet hook.

Date: Every Thursday 6:30pm-7:30pm
Cost: free
Location: East End Community Health 1619 Queen St. E. Toronto, ON
Registration: Call Jackie Carruthers 416-778-5805 x220
More info: eastendchc.on.ca

Needle Felting 101 from Lynn of Lynn's Lids
Learn to make an adorable love penguin from wool roving (the stage after shearing and before spinning into yarn) using just a barbed needle! Quick to learn and fun to do, come learn to sculpt with wool using the dry sculpting technique that is needle felting. No experience necessary, and all materials are provided.

Date: Thurs. Nov. 5 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: $55 (includes all materials)
Location: The Purple Purl 1162 Queen St. E. Toronto, ON
Registration: (416) 463-1162
More info: thepurplepurl.com

Being Creatively Fit from Christine of Art That Moves
Join us in this safe and beautiful environment as we explore fun right brain exercises and meditative art practices to open up your creative spark. Then – you create your own inspirational painting. Don’t worry – no painting experience necessary. That fearfulness you may feel is normal. It’s your soul’s way of letting you know – something exciting is just around the corner for you.

Dates: 6 weeks: Mondays Nov. 9 - Dec. 14 10:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $200 (includes $40 materials fee)
Location: Lucsculpture School and Studio 663 Greenwood Ave., Toronto, ON
Registration: http://lucsculpture.com/contact-us/ or artthatmoves@rogers.com
More info: http://www.artthatmoves.ca/2014/02/creatively-fit-5/

Mandala Workshop from Christine of Art That Moves
Mandalas have been described variously as sacred circle, container of essence, engines of change, doorways, portals, mirrors or maps. This class is an invitation to explore Mandala as a way of connecting to your creative spirit. In this 3 hour class you will be introduced to the idea of personal Mandala making. We will work to create several basic Mandalas using different mediums — paint, inks, markers and pastels — in different styles and with different intentions. A beautiful and fulfilling opportunity to express your creativity with this ancient craft!

Date: Sat. Nov. 14 1:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: $50 + hst (all materials included)
Location: Rowan Homespun Market, 2196 Queen St. E. (at Balsam Avenue), Toronto, ON
Registration: (416) 694-8888 or dominique@rowanhomespun.com

Candice from CandiWare Jewelry does weekly tutorials on her youtube channel.


Got a workshop to add to our listings? Drop Lynn a line through her shop Lynn's Lids.

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Toronto Etsy Street Team presents A Christmas Marketplace! - Vendor call!



And we're back!!

After a year hiatus, we are pleased to announce our second Christmas Marketplace!

Christmas time is prime time for craft shows so we wanted to let you know all about our cozy handmade show, at the:


Church of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields
103 Bellevue Ave at College St, in the Kensington Market neighbourhood

Show date: Saturday December 12, 11AM - 5:00PM

We're planning an intimate show at this smaller, but central venue and we will be accepting a juried group of handmade and vintage vendors. Vendors have a choice of sharing one half of a 8 foot by 2.5 foot table (or 4' x 2.5') in the main body of the church, or bringing their own table/display for the all-purpose room (where the treats and workshops will be!)

There will be music!!
& treats!!
AND!!!

A visit from SANTA!



Applications due: November 6th 2015
Please noteTEST shows are limited to members of the Toronto Etsy Street Team; we cannot accept applications from non-members. If you are an Etsy Handmade seller who lives in Toronto and would like to apply join our team, please follow this link and press the 'Apply to Team' button.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Vendor call: Sassy Little Craft Show


Hey Crafters! The Sassy Little Craft Show is at it again! This year, we will be back in the venue where Sassy was born: The Victory Cafe! Join us to sell your handmade goods at a fun Craft Party!
Info: The Sassy Little Craft Show/Sale at the Victory Cafe
(Upstairs) Markham Street (Bloor and Bathurst)
on Sunday November 29 fro 2pm-8pm (set up at 1)
Table: 2x2 foot restaurant/bar table
Table Fee: $40
Deadline to apply: Oct 18
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
Please email your submission to thesassylittlecraftshow@gmail.com
1. Name/Company Name
2. 2/3 photos of work you will be selling and would be ok with being used in advertising
3. links to web presence
We will let Artists and Crafters know on October 19 if there is space for you in our show, and at that point detailed info and posters will be forthcoming. Happy Making!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Etsy Section at the Spring One of a Kind & Info Session

The Etsy section is back at the 2016 One of a Kind Spring Show (March 23-27, Easter weekend)!

The One of a Kind will be hosting 40+ amazing Etsy sellers in this popular tabletop marketplace and they would love for you to be one of them! Build your business with our audience of over 60,000 handmade-hungry shoppers and benefit from community support from fellow sellers, including a mentor to guide you through your first show.


Application Deadline: October 23, 2015

Hinkleville planter set
T.E.S.T.'s own Hinkleville, who was one of our Etsy: Made in Canada Toronto vendors won the One of a Kind contest for Etsy: Made in Canada Vendors to participate in the Etsy section at the One of a Kind Spring Show for free! Congratulations Hinkleville!

Questions?

Join us on Wednesday, October 7th from 5-7PM for an info session at Etsy Canada HQ (MaRS Building, 101 College St, Suite 245). Our team will be on hand, along with an Etsy section alum, to answer any questions you might have about the section or the show.


Or contact Lynn at 416-960-5399 or lynn@oneofakindshow.com for more information.

T.E.S.T. around town! October 2015

This is the first post in what we hope will be a regular monthly series featuring our amazing Toronto Etsy Street Team members and where they are selling their handmade and vintage wares in and out of the city over the next month.

Come and check out your favourite T.E.S.T. sellers in person at these October 2015 events:

Event Date & time Location TEST Shop(s)
Craft Ontario Show
craftontario.com
Fri. Oct. 9 12pm-5pm
Sat. Oct. 10 9am-5pm
Sun. Oct. 11 11am-5pm
Wychwood Barns
601 Christie St.
Toronto, ON
Heart's Haven
JB+DG
Lunata Felt
Sprouts Press
Bazaar of the Bizarre
plastikwrap.com
Sun. Oct. 11 11am-8pm  Pia Bouman School
6 Noble St.
Toronto, ON
Veelightful
Namaste Freund
Black Currant Jewelry
Trinity Bellwoods Flea
trinitybellwoodsflea.com
Sat. Oct. 17 11am-6pm 824 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, ON
Handmades Rovena
FlowerPot Designs
Port Credit Art Tour
portcreditarttour.ca
Sat. Oct. 24 &
Sun. Oct. 25
Port Credit, ON Eyespot Designs
Etsy Marketplace
evergreen.ca
Sun. Oct. 25 11am-3pm The Pavilions
Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave.
Toronto, ON
Aren't you Fancy
Black Iris Design
CovenSK
Enfys Photography
Handmades Rovena
Heather Hird Design
I. M. Wyred
Inspired Art Prints
Lynn's Lids
Papermuse Designs
Son of a Woodcutter
Wild Whimsy Woolies

 
Our apologies to our members who were out and about selling at the Toronto Antique and Vintage Market and The Baby Show last weekend since we didn't get this up in time to include you.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Toronto Etsy Street Team Pop-Up Market at Big Magic Book Tour

The Toronto Etsy Street Team was very excited to be a part of the Big Magic Book Tour, hosting a pop-up market when Elizabeth Gilbert, the worldwide bestelling author of Eat, Pray, Love, came to speak at the Isabel Bader Theatre on Monday, September 28th! The audience had a chance to shop the market before and after Gilbert discussed her highly-anticipated new book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.  

We love the idea of welcoming creativity into your life, and celebrating Gilbert's book with a handmade market. You can read more about what Elizabeth Gilbert has learned about creativity and shares in the book on the Etsy Blog. Our thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for the invitation and our hosts Indigo at the event!















Saturday, October 3, 2015

Etsy: Made in Canada Media Event



Etsy Canada hosted a sneak preview of our Etsy: Made in Canada show, an intimate media preview cocktail reception in the Atrium of MaRS. The evening of Friday, September 25, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Etsy invited 20 MIC sellers (juried and selected by a panel) to join the media, bloggers, and our MaRS building tenants the opportunity to shop the event early!  Etsy: Made in Canada sellers included: BookhouDesign, A Mischievious Marriage, Handsome and Lace, Lisa Dene Artist, The Teeny Tiny Bakery, Green Bean Things, Sprouts Press Designs, Carolyn Draws, Akai Ceramic Studio, Senay Studio, Fold It Creations, Honey Thistle, Thorn and Needle, Lee Meszaros, Kiriki Press, Little Bellwoods, Ponchies for Kids, Tiny Brushstrokes, CG Monsters, refluff.







Thursday, October 1, 2015

Vendor Call: The Toronto Etsy Street Team present a crafty "Intervention" at the Gibson House Museum



VENDOR CALL - In NORTH Toronto; The Toronto Etsy Street Team is pleased to present a crafty "Intervention" at the Gibson House Museum.
Vendor application is here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_Uj2k3ejCy3-REMIjGESt_dOgZYAG4iOYiUghW6mi_o/viewform

Details about the event; from the Facebook Event Page:

Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8th. 
11am to 4pm 

A weekend of Victorian crafts and local, handmade wares featuring 8 Etsy vendors in the historic Gibson House Museum. 


Join Gibson House Museum and the Toronto Etsy Street Team for a weekend market of Victorian crafts and unique handmade goods.

Vendors will be located throughout the historic house offering their hand-crafted wares for sale and providing demonstrations of their work. Get your holiday shopping done early while enjoying the warmth and comfort of the historic house.


https://www.facebook.com/events/1000205713363983/

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