Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Sharing the (Free Printables) Love...

When I come across free printables or free designs, I cannot help but share with my friends especially those who are getting married and could use some free cupcake topper designs. One of my favourite blogs, Daily Suze, always has fantastic free printables to share. I thought I would share some here!

Thank you tags (in several languages) that you can attach to your product.

These manila tags are great for gifts or customer purchases!

Who couldn't use more thank you cards? I know I'm always finding a need for more and these cards have elegant lace bunting.

Now, I just have to buy some doilies and kraft card stock and create some of these lovely gift boxes myself.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Petals of Pages, An Upcycled Brooch

As a community, Etsy sellers & buyers constantly inspire & motivate me. Having my work acknowledged or "favourited" is very encouraging & the most rewarding is when customers request custom orders & sincerely love their new FrameBoutique item.

A few hours ago, I put the final touches on a custom order of my upcycled brooch design using "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho & I thought I would share some great links on upcycling.

Soon, I'll post a DIY tutorial for my upcycled pom and brooch designs!

A few months ago I decided to try my hand at decorative poms, but I wanted to use my own unique design & material. That's when I found a new purpose for a very worn Noam Chomsky book. I was surprised by the amount of people that contacted me, created treasuries or favourited this small, 6 inch pom I had made.
There was also something strangely cathartic about ripping apart a book after graduating with my master's in English.

Then I started to research this movement a bit further & found some interesting facts. Upcycling is actually very different from recycling or "downcycling" since the recycling process creates a product that is of lower quality than before.

With upcycling, designers like myself (& there are thousands on Etsy) take something that would otherwise be chucked into the garbage or recycling bin & repurpose it into a new product that is of an improved, higher quality.

In an effort to combine this newfound love of upcycled items & jewelry, I designed a upcycled brooch which I call "Petals of Pages". This brooch is the perfect size, 3 inches in diameter and 1 & 1/2 inches tall.

I wanted to share some of the great free DIY designs I've stumble across. Here are some great links that are specific to upcycling: or or’t-recycle-that-5-cool-diy-upcycling-websites/

If you would like to share a upcycled project, post it here or shoot me an email. A great read for those interested in upcycling is Michael Braungart & William McDonough's "Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things".

To see my Etsy listings, check out:
Petals of Pages:
Shabby Chic Pomander:

Friday, 26 August 2011


Today is a good day! Already listed in three beautiful treasuries featuring three of my favourite items! Plus, I'm on route to the cottage for the first time this summer!

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Textile Monster

I adore this Etsy shop!
I splurged and bought myself a beautiful scarf and it's perfect!

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Engagement Photo Shoot of Cobblestone Paths & Sandy Beaches

Today began with anxious concerns about the unpredictable and extremely stormy weather. Raging storm clouds and lightening can definitely ruin a photo shoot.

My subjects were not just anyone, but very close friends & I wanted to ensure that I took the most fitting shots of such a lovely & thoughtful couple. Most of all, the photos should reflect their enduring & genuine love. As individuals, they are both down-to-earth so I aimed to capture more candids rather than posed shots to accentuate their unique personalities.

After watching the two of them fall in love & their relationship evolve, it makes me very happy to be able to witness the two of them celebrating & sharing their love with their family & friends. It has been an honour to be a part of their lives & their celebration.

Overall, the shoot was incredibly fun. I was given the chance to creatively express myself & now, I am seriously considering exploring this avenue next spring!
“Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.” D.H. Lawrence

Japanese Fabric Button Earrings & Brooches

I've recently fallen in love with Japanese fabric. Although the fabric can be a bit on the expensive side, the quality, durability and overall appearance far surpasses any other fabric I've worked with.
I ventured to a local Toronto Japanese boutique (Things Japanese) and immediately fell for the patterns: symmetrical lines, geometric shapes and my favourite, the traditional Japanese wave pattern.

Nautical Fabric Button Earrings, Japanese Fabric, Traditional Waves in Cerulean and Navy Blue

Geometric Boho Chic Japanese Red Fabric Covered Earrings, Studs. Red Geometric Stars & Diamonds

I hope other people love brooches (or buttons) as much as I do! I'm still working on some and I've only listed a couple of these pieces, but I'll list more soon. Fabric earrings just in time for the fall season!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Antique Pocket Watch Necklaces!

I've been so excited for these! They're finally listed on my Etsy. Yes!

This style is more of the Steampunk design since you can see the internal gears and mechanisms working.

Our Fall Fashion line of necklaces is almost all listed!

Monday, 22 August 2011

New Fall Fashion Designs!

The design for this miniature necktie necklace started when one of my partner's ties ripped and he was going to throw it out. I decided to create my own "party tie" as a quirky, whimsical piece for my birthday party. Now, I have four different colour combinations that have been crafted and upcycled out of vintage silk ties and they seem to be a great hit with customers.

I also have a new line of pocket watch necklaces coming out soon in three different designs. One of the designs which I have yet to take photographs of is more of the steampunk style since you can see all the internal gears and mechanisms working.

In addition to these pieces, I have a plethora of new earring designs which I seem to be creating faster than I can list them on Etsy.

Some of my favourite from these new additions are the vintage cabochons which are mostly of German and Japanese designs. They have been upcycled to create these stunning earring studs.

Here's a sneak peek at some of the other designs I've been working on. Some of these pieces have not yet been listed, but can be reserved. Contact me if you are interested in reserving any designs you see on my blog or in my Etsy store. Check to see which listings are available at!

This earring stud gift set is a collection of Japanese vintage cabochons. Each are speckled Millefiori glass.

A beautiful lavender purple vintage cabochon that has been upcycled to create this great ring.

I love the teardrop shape of the bronze filigree earring stud post that these vivid aqua blue cabochons are set against. Very unique design.

These red checkered earring studs are actually upcycled vintage buttons that I found in a button boutique.

This melon ribbed cabochon comes in a variety of colours and I've used them for rings and earring studs.

I especially love these vintage white Japanese cabochons which give the appearance of confetti or flakes of various colours set inside the glass. I've set aside so many of these for myself! :)

Friday, 19 August 2011

My Crafty Spaces

Finding the space to organize my business has proven to be quite an arduous task. After almost eleven years with my partner Sean including one year of marital, cluttered bliss and at least five years living together in a one bedroom apartment, our collective undergrad and graduate degrees have accumulated mass clutter, hundreds of books and little space left for a new business.

For several months we've been scouring vintage boutiques, upcycling found pieces, repurposing antique printer trays, sanding, painting - a far cry from a feng shui home, but we've created a manageable space and at least our kittens seem content.
We repurposed two antique printer trays which holds most of my finished pieces. Plus, we've now found new loves and are constantly accumulating more printer trays to restore. Using simple eye hooks in each crevice holds a fantastic amount of earrings and rings.
We use the blue Hamilton printer tray to bring to shows or sidewalk sales. It's great for easy transportation and is definitely an eye catcher.

Using acrylics, I love hand painting some of my pieces to diversify my products. Black is such a classic colour to start with and some of these items have produced some great complete pieces. Plus, who doesn't love to paint?

As an early, very early birthday present to my partner (we often buy random gifts throughout the month leading up to one another's birthdays), I bought him this great little owl pincusion from strawberriesandcream on Etsy: . Their designs are adorable!. Sean's a closet needle threader.

A few more images of my crafty spaces! I love making my own business card designs and using these elegant paper cutters. It can be labor-intensive but the end result is so aesthetically beautiful. I just received some custom made stamps from

and I'm so excited to start applying them to cardstock for earring studs!

Now, I'm finally putting my wedding china to good use! Actually, the dishes are the perfect shade for pictures and add a touch of elegance that my Ikea dishes couldn't touch. lol!

Right now, as the summer is coming to a close and we're gearing up for autumn trends, I've been acquirng various pieces in vivid shades of red that I cannot wait to use. Some of the hand blown glass I've already made into earrings. They're so elegant and the translucent glass reflects sunlight in such a pretty way. I really like these pieces!

My necklaces are strung everywhere in our apartment. I'm in the process of finding antique door knobs or cabinet knobs (if you know of where I can find some, please share!) and I'm going to adhere them to some sort of wood board which I'll frame. It's an idea I found on and it really showcases each piece instead of trying to figure out where one necklace ends and another begins.

And lastly, a piece I'm very excited to work with. I'll be making this piece into a necklace. Anyone that knows me or recalls my last birthday bash, knows my quirky sense of taste. Plus, if these don't sell, I'll wear them! :) Thanks for taking the time to read my post! I've been asked by so many friends about how I've coped in such a small space, but alas, it's the Toronto life.

In future posts, I will include some DIY tutorials on how to make some of my pieces so everyone can join in on the fun. I think for the first DIY tutorial, I'll focus on the Shabby Chic Pomander! Check out my shop to see some of my pieces: