Friday, 28 August 2015

Feature Friday - MosaicPendantsPlus

What is the background on your business name? 
 I decided on the name MosaicPendantsPlus, as I wanted the primary focus of my etsy shop to be on mosaics. I wanted to create larger pieces of jewelry that are unique pieces of art that are slightly bohemian or at least unusual in design and would appeal to those who like to stand out as individuals prefer an original look as opposed to mass produced.

Where are you located?
  I work out of my home. I have a room dedicated to my art work with most of my supplies organized on shelves, but I find that I spread out throughout the entire house, as I need to work in natural daylight.

What do you sell?
My initial focus for selling my jewelry has been my etsy shop, which I still actively maintain, but I now have some of my jewelry in a few local shops. I also participate in a few farmers markets and craft fairs throughout the year.

What do you enjoy about creating your jewelry?
 I love the process of combining different mediums and colors to create an original piece of jewelry. I love the way that the resin brings out the colors and textures of each component of each piece. I get very excited when I get a new idea for a design to see if it works in actual practice.

What inspires your creations?
Often it is a particular piece of china, stained glass, semi-precious stone or bead that starts off the creative process for an individual piece of jewelry. I get ideas in my head of designs that I try to re-create in my jewelry. I love to see people wear my jewelry and I especially love it when I get customers who keep coming back for more!

Any thing else you'd like to share with my readers?
Etsy shop:
Facebook page:

Please be sure to visit Mosaic Pendants Plus and leave a comment with your favorite piece from their shop!

Also, if you'd like to be featured on my blog, send me an e-mail with your shop link for consideration.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Motivational Monday - Canning

Last week was one busy week!  Monday and Tuesday were spent in the kitchen canning more vegetables for the winter months ahead.

Monday, together with my lovely daughter, we canned 21 quarts of dill pickles!

Tuesday, I canned 31 2 cup packages of corn....yes I way over estimated how much we actually needed!

My neighbor informed me that this week she would be bringing me tomatoes to can.  Hopefully I bought all the groceries need to do all the canning that I intend to do!

Friday, 21 August 2015

Feature Friday - Nancy Blokland Pottery

Today's feature is Nancy Blokland Pottery.

What is the background on your business name?
I chose this name for my pottery for its simplicity and clarity. It tells what I do, and since I have a very uncommon name, I thought there would be no confusion created with another
Nancy or Blokland.

Where are you located?

I have a studio in my home with a small studio, wheel and kiln and also fire at Stoneware Gallery for certain colours that I like from the gas kiln.

What do you sell?
I sell functional pottery or tableware made in porcelain and stoneware, no casting or molds. Just one piece at a time. Most recently I have begun making buttons and love making these tiny pieces of art.

How long have you been doing pottery?
I have been making my whole life, and making wheel thrown pottery for over 30 years.

What inspires your creations?

I am inspired by the colours and textures of antique dishes, the Caribean sea and my garden.

Any social media links/sale/giveaway or anything else you'd like to share with my readers?
This fall I will be at Sunflower in Yorkton, Homespun in Carlyle, ETSY MIC in Winnipeg and the Manitoba Fibre Festival. I love doing sales for all the oppportunities to meet new and old customers and get ideas for new creations.

Would you like to have your Etsy shop featured on my blog?  Please e-mail me for consideration!