Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Welcome to Blacksheep Bodyworks and Lunatic Laine

We have two new members to welcome today -- first is Yvonne from Westville, NS, who runs Blacksheep Bodyworks. From her shop announcement: "We've been making soap for the last 12 years now and over that time have seen many soapers come and go. We're still here because we care about our customers, our product and have done the research needed to find only the best quality ingredients." The soaps look yummy -- above is her Mermaids Delight!

Second is Lunatic Laine, run by Mary and her daughter Hannah in Rothesay, NB. They create funky, upcycled toys with a distinctly modern edge. (See the PMS Warning Doll, above!) From their profile: "I wool hunt and then kindly dismantle and reconfigure. I don't use patterns. Each piece has personality and declares its design. My daughter Hannah, helps too. She sees bunnies in the air and has a fondness for platypuses. They calm teenage angst, she says and don't hog the bed. Together, with our twenty skinny fingers we create toys we hope people like."

Please join me in welcoming these great members to APST!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Pop over to
you might win one of two $40.00 gift certificates to my shops:)
The draw runs for four days until Friday, May 2nd.

It is a great way to promote your shop. The only drawback is that you have to be able to giveaway $80. worth of merchandise and that is hard for those who just sell small items. For me it translates into 4 prints. Two certificates for 2 prints. The bonus is that you get TONS of traffic and publicity for your shop. In order to be eligible for a prize, a person has to visit your shop and then write down their fave item. It has just been up since this morning and already there are 140+ entries.
It will be interesting to see how it goes. One thing that has been fascinating to me is to see which prints are the most popular. Anyway pop over and have a look and enter if you would like:)
the info about participating as a sponsor is on the left hand side.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Hi everyone! If any of you are free this Thursday evening between 5-7, I would love to meet you at Love,me Boutique for a glass of wine and some nibbles. ( next to Woozles on Birmingham St) I am having a small reception to celebrate the first display of my photography. It has been there for a while but I have had a very crazy few weeks and have been unable to do it until now:)
Cheers, Shelagh

Hi Everyone!

Hi Everyone!
I was recently added to the Etsy Atlantic Provinces Street team and wanted to introduce myself to you all. My name is Leah and I live in tiny PEI with my husband, 3-1/2 year old son, and crazy cat. I love glass fusing! I joined Etsy in February and it is so much fun! I had no idea there was so many shops from the Atlantic provinces on Etsy! I am really looking forward to being part of this group - thanks for having me!


Halifax Crafters Show this weekend

Hey Everyone - check out the info at this blog

for a craft show this weekend.

I recognise at least one Etsian (Binary Soul) on the list of particiapnats. I had never even heard of this group (which isn't saying much considering my hermit like tendencies) but will defintiely be checking out the show!

Monday, April 21, 2008


I just discovered this wonderful site
with loads of info for those into the handmade life: forums, give aways, advice etc.

And the best part?
The .ca :)


Sunday, April 20, 2008

Welcome Linopalooza!

Today I'm so pleased to welcome John, the owner of Etsy shop Linopalooza (user name nf2000) to the APST! He creates linoleum prints (see the very cool portrait of Jack Kerouac, above). John is our very first Newfoundland member, and we're thrilled to have this talented artist as part of our group.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

APST Treasury!

I snagged us a treasury, guys, and you can find it here:

More new members! Welcome Wilburforce, Luv Have, BranchDesigns, orangecrushed, junquetrunque and Jane Rovers!

Welcome Wilburforce of Halifax! "Named after an extra special animal, who has hand tested some of my pet related items, the Wilbur store embodies a love of texture and color manipulated through various fiber media as well as works on paper. You’ll find one of a kind felted bowls, jeweled toned crocheted neck-laces, felted bracelets, bird shaped cats toys, as well as works in watercolor and photography."

Luv2Have, of PEI, is a member of the Creative Glass Guild of Etsy, and does amazing work in fused glass. She says "Making jewelry is my passion. I have tried just about every technique out there, but my favorite at the moment is fused glass."

Branch Designs, from northern NB, specializes in "pots, jewellery and bags with character". There's a wonderful example pictured above! In her profile she says of herself, "My name is Sarah Branch. I'm happily living back in my hometown with my husband, little daughter and crazy (seriously) cat named toad." She's a recent grad from the NB College of Craft and Design.

Another cat lover joining the Team is Haligonian DM Laughlin, who runs two Etsy stores: orangecrushed (for folk art and other art) and junquetrunque (for antique paper destash). She says of herself, "Hello and welcome to my world of whimsy. I represent several artists and carvers. Me? I am a dabbler. As I collect post cards, vintage paper and ephemera, when the piles start growing..I start cutting! I am also a mom and fulltime scientist. Yes, I can multitask too."

And, finally, we welcome Jane Rovers, photographer, who says of herself, "My artwork is primarily photography based. I enjoy hiking, camping,traveling and exploring new places. I take my camera everywhere I go. All of my pieces are original and unique. I have created each piece from my own original photographs. The photographs are digitally altered and transferred onto a surface. Each piece varies from the next in texture and appearance."

Please welcome our new members -- I've started a new thread in Teams and Events in the Etsy Forums. You can find it at

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Welcome new members Cerra, Snazz, Christina Hill and Enthral!

This month we welcome Cerra, who lives in Halifax. This talented crafter loves working with her hands and seems to enjoy bright colours (see her beautiful necklace, above)! She says, "I'm 23 years old and I've had a passion for making things with my hands for as long as I can remember. Recently, sharing that passion has become important to me."

We also welcome Snazz, who's also from Halifax! She enjoys working with fabric (as evidenced by the clutch in the above photo) and has this to say about herself: "I am a stay at home mom of two young boys ( aged four and seven). In the times of brief respite between cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring, conflict resolution and all that other stuff you never noticed your mom doing for you… I like to sew."

Christina Hill, of New Brunswick, says of herself: "I live and love to create. I am always busy doing something, often much later into the night than is healthy. I love all kinds of crafts and have always had a very open spirit about learning new skills. My creative passions include paperie crafting, needlepoint, design, decor and making life a beautiful place to be regardless of where you are."

And, finally, long-time Etsian Enthral joins us from Halifax. Enthral reworks vintage and recycled components into jewellery, hair accessories and cufflinks. She says, "am a full time teacher (on mat leave) and mother living in Nova Scotia, Canada. I have been making jewelery for a few years, and find that it is a great creative outlet. I enjoy using refashioned vintage items and recycled bits and pieces in my work."

Please join me in welcoming these new members!

Monday, April 14, 2008

APST members featured!

Check out Alice in Paris:

featured in indie quarter on April 10th!

I was also featured a while back (ought to blog more)
in DIY city mag's new paper column.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Gosh it is so quiet in here. I would love to hear what everyone is up to.
I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a "coffee" meetup ?
Maybe some morning next month? Anyone who can make it to Halifax?
Would a Saturday or weekday be better?

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Gosh it's been quiet around here! What is everyone up to??
Plans? New recipes? Holiday tales? Shop news?
I've set up a shop at Dawanda. Thought I would try it out.
It is based in Europe and is similar to Etsy.