Monday, December 22, 2008
I tried it in our kitchen first and I had no sooner placed it on the floor and our dog Mabel was over to inspect. Next thing I knew she was lying down on it. I think she thought she had received the most wonderful early Christmas present. I was thinking more along the lines of a few dog treats and a long walk but hey, I guess she felt this year was her year for an upgrade!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I had the loveliest package arrive this week. It was my Secret Santa package and it was from Jenn of CrazyBliss. Jenn is an incredibly talented artist. I loved her shop the minute I set eyes on it. In fact she was one of the first shops I bought from when I joined Etsy. I just love the expression she puts on her cats and people and I love the vivid colours that she uses. I had previously asked about having her do a custom painting of our dog and look what Jenn sent me as my gift.
I just can't believe it. How thoughtful. How generous. How Jenn!
My package included:
- a 5 x7 original art work of my dog Mabel. So cute!
- 2 prints of Mabel for both my daughters- so thoughtful!
- 2 sets of bubble bliss magnets - love them!
- 2 adorable cat magnets and,
- a set of sweet note cards.
Wow! I know I'm a lucky girl.
I'm so glad I met Jenn on the Canadian forum and so many other talented Etsians that I'm happy to call my friends. As new as on-line friends are for me you have all become a meaningful part of my daily life. You helped me get started as a 'newbie', you've supported me through the ups and the downs and you have most certainly made me laugh. Thank you!
Merry Christmas everyone! Here's to a very happy new year for all!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I'm thrilled to be a part of this project and proud to be included with these talented artists. Check out the Artisan Profiles.
Cheers! to Maggie and Cassandra. I wish you a very happy and successful new year!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Look at this fabulous 50's inspired dress. Lisa makes great original designs and they are so affordable as well. Check weezi.com for more fashions, handbags, pillows and other accessories.
You can also find great accessories such as this purse in her Etsy store Weezi.etsy.com.
Lisa is not just a great designer she's a super nice person who has put together a great list of fellow Canadian etsy artists. Check it out for items from, jewellery to handbound leather books, wallets to soap - there's something there for everyone. Weezi's Guide to Canadian Handmade Gifts. Thank you Lisa for doing this for all of us!
Handmade in Canada. It's music to my ears!
Check out etsy.com for more handmade gift ideas.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
It took over 3 days to make. There was the mixing of ingredients, baking of the cookies and the cake, royal icing, buttercream icing and putting the cake together. It was a gorgeous cake and spectacular with the iced sugar cookies as decorations. It not only looked good but it was delicious as well. The cake was subtly scented with orange and lemon and the buttercream icing had a hint of almond and was so creamy and not too sweet.
It was definite success and a wonderful celebration for a sweet grandad!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
It started with this treasury, 'Shades of Maple'. This was my very first treasury that was picked to go on the front page. What a thrill!
Then today my 'Circle Game' treasury made it to the Front Page. I had just come home, walked in the door and checked Etsy and there it was. I was so glad that I hadn't missed it.
Two feet off the ground, flutter of the heart and a WhooHoo! Ah...the Front Page...it's a great feeling! I hope to see you there again soon.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Lately I've been having fun crocheting little wool flowers. Once they're done I felt them and then I make them into ponytail holders and pins.
The pins are great for adding some colour and flair to your jacket or coat, sweater or even your purse.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Gorgeous crimson red, pumpkin orange and golden graced the scenery in every direction. The last burst of colour before the November winds strip the trees of their coloured jewels.
My favourite time of year and such perfect weather. Warm sunshine kissed our cheeks as we kicked the leaves underneath our feet. Calm waters reflected a stunning array of colours. An absolutley beautiful weekend up in Muskoka with my family .
My Mom prepared our dinner that was equally beautiful and shared the colours of the forest with cranberry red, sweet potato orange and golden turkey. Everything was delicious. A perfect Thanksgiving weekend. Something to really be thankful for.
A beautiful hike through the woods. The orange leaves against the blue sky was breathtaking.
Our dog Mabel was in heaven as we unhooked her leash and let her run free through the forest.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
It's amazing how such a small package can spur you on to creative delight. You jewellery artists out there know the feeling when you come out of a beading store with such a small bag and a $100 receipt in your hand. But what lies in that bag is pure excitement, enjoyment and creative satisfaction.
Enjoy your day, as I know I will, happily lost in my beads.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Here's a sample of the talent. I'll have to make this a regular feature to highlight everyone and their great products! Hey, that sounds like a great idea! Ok, that settles it I'm going to do a regular Etsy Friends feature on my blog.
Here's a brilliant upcycled wallet from Loscann, a sweet knitted hat for baby from Arly, a gorgeous chainmaille bracelet from CreationsbyUli and a moisturizer that sounds so good you could eat it...White Bartlett Pear and Fig...mmm...from Bovinebubbles.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Check them out in my Etsy shop.
The proceeds of the sale of these earrings will go directly to Jay's campaign. (otherwise known as Loopy from Loopy4ewe).
So let's all Think a Little Pink.
Together, we can End Cancer.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Treasuries are so much fun!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
We made it through the clouds, rain, thunder, lightening, torrential downpour, fog...hmmm...I think that was it...no wait...there was sunshine as well. Yeah!! My first show (and an outdoor one at that) was a success! I met so many nice people. I can't thank you enough for all your lovely comments.
I learned some good things for the future as well. I had some great comments about the setup of the booth and how I displayed my jewellery but I could see right away that some coloured fabric hanging from the back walls would make it stand out better. Also, a display case or small table at the front would help to show off more product. A sign would probably be a good idea as well. All things to consider for the future but I am very pleased with the results. I'm excited and motivated for the future. My head is spinning with ideas and it shouldn't be long until you see some of them on my website and in my etsy shop.
There's more than me behind Wallis Designs. I couldn't have done it without my family. My two daughters Erica and Sydney spent endless hours helping me get ready for the show in so many ways plus all the time they spent in the booth. My husband gave me lots of great sales advice and totally supported this venture as I spent hours making jewellery and hours on the computer in setting up nancywallisdesigns.com and promotion. My Dad and sister Karen helped me with setting and closing up the tent and my Mom made us great meals each night when we stayed at the cottage. I also want to thank my friends in the Canadian Etsy forum. Your support and encouragement has really helped me. So thanks to all of you.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Such a beautiful place. In the short time that we were there we were able to see 2 moose, a deer, a beaver, 2 great blue herons, a family of ducks, a river otter swimming right by our canoe, loons and howling wolves in the distance.
Ahh...it was so relaxing.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
From July 1st to July 5th I will be offering FREE SHIPPING for all Canadian and U.S. destinations. Multiple purchases are included and they will all ship free. So come and drop by nancywallisdesigns.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
And here's a great idea for you photographers out there from tanybug. What a nice way to personalize your camera equipment.
Have a great day everyone!