Etsy Sellers of Manitoba

Well I am excited to announce that I took a little leap forward and just become one of the newest team leaders for the Etsy Sellers of Manitoba. I have been a member since it’s inception as well as an active shop owner in the Etsy community both locally and online and I am thrilled that I get to step that up a bit and play a more integral role. Take on some mentoring and more in the future, hopefully! I thought I would give you an outline of what Etsy Sellers of Manitoba is, who is all involved, how it can help you and more.

team logo designed by @papercanoedesign

What is Etsy Sellers of Manitoba? It is a team that’s here to help you succeed as a seller on Etsy and in the local community. They are a “Rural Friendly” Etsy Team for any shop based out of Manitoba, Canada with a focus on growing and helping each other by offering workshops, pop up markets, team events, mentorship program, and More! This team is working to create a group that encourages growth and community mindedness between makers, vintage and craft supply curators with Etsy shops new and old.



How did Etsy Sellers of Manitoba come to be? Well this new team was the brain child of Amanda of Silver Moose Arts. She created this group to be an ally to other Manitoba groups and teams. This group stems from the Manitoba Etsy Seller Support Facebook Page:

Amanda in Toronto for Etsy Captains Summit.

Who is Amanda? Well let me tell you, she is a force to be reckoned with. I don’t know the exact day I met her but when I did she certainly made an impact. She is the owner of Silver Moose Arts a beautifully modern and vintage sterling silver jewelry shop. Wanting her business to be successful it only made sense that she would become more active in the Etsy community. With that passion in mind she started taking on leadership roles with W.E.S.T our sister Etsy chapter. From there she attended Etsy Summits in Toronto where she learned to mentor, teach workshops and in general how to be a good leader. She created the Etsy Sellers of Manitoba in 2014 and it became an official team late last fall. With the support of W.E.S.T and Etsy she has now started hosting pop ups at other successful markets which has exceeded everyone’s expectations. Amanda is very energetic and full of life which makes her a serious go getter. She is also very knowledgeable when it comes to all things Etsy, which was proven in 2015 when she was able to quit her day job to commit to her Etsy shop full time.

Who else is involved? Well besides the many shops that are a part of this group I will introduce you to the rest of the leadership. Besides Amanda, they’re are four others that are here to support you and help you and your shop succeed. From left to right to right you have Rebecca Wright-Waczko of BixiPix, Sarah Neville of Sarah Neville Studios, Leanne Thiessen of Paper Canoe Designs, Deanne Chambers of Wild Forest Handmade and Boreal Fabrics.


Want to learn about how Etsy Sellers of Manitoba can support you and your Manitoba based Etsy Shop? Head over to our Facebook page for details on the new Etsy Team AND if you have an Etsy shop join us through the team forum. Head to your Etsy shop and click on your etsy profile and in the drop down menu click on teams and search for Etsy Sellers of Manitoba. Read over the team info and make sure the team fits you and you like it and if you do apply. Don’t have an Etsy shop yet and have question, message us on our Facebook page with any questions you have, we’d love to help you out.


Looking for a great markets to join? We are currently accepting applications for the Scattered Seeds Etsy Boutique 2017 ! This is the second year we will be partnering up with the wonderful gals running the Scattered Seeds to create a unique shopping experience for their 13,000 plus shoppers. This is a great opportunity for Etsy sellers not ready to commit to a whole booth and running it all weekend or having to create a full inventory of product for a big space, but more a stocked sampling of their products throughout a “boutique” like setting. More details in the application! Apply here.

Shops featured above:

Nojo Textiles, Lucy Jane and Co, Brook Drabot Glass, Kodiak Milly, Tulum and Co, Just the Goods, Pipcreek Farm Studios and Lewis and Clark Co.

Would you like to have your Etsy shop featured on my blog? Send me an email Have an Etsy shop? Let me know in the comments below.




Blithe Blog Tour

Hey everyone! I am super jazzed to be a part of a great blog tour featuring Katarina Roccella’s newest line of fabric for Art Gallery Fabrics, Blithe. I really enjoy doing blog tours as I get the opportunity to talk about great fabrics and I get to sew with them. The other great thing is sharing the  projects with you. There are 40 plus other makers from all over the world working with this line of fabric and it’s so cool to see everyone’s take on it and what they make. It just gets your creative juices flowing.


I have already made a piece with some fabric from this line and you can see that here. It was such a joy to make and it is such a well loved piece in my wardrobe already and I looked forward to the opportunity to work with these fabrics again and tell everyone how great and beautiful this line is. When I decided to take on this blog tour I really wanted to be challenged and push myself. As with most things you can design pieces in your head and on paper no problem but when it comes to turning a project from an idea to a finished item it’s something I often struggle with. I sat on this project for so long which is so silly as I have had this fabric since before Christmas and just assumed I had all the time in the world and then with a week left push came to shove and I had to hustle.

I chose the Philosophers Thoughts print. Something about all the text based around nature, exploring and dreaming big spoke to me. Being surrounded by nature both in my home and out this whole fabric line just drew me in. I really love the deep dark tones and the blues it’s so wintery and winter is probably my most favorite season. I just love the cool crispness of winter, the ways the trees crack, the hues and the way the snow just shimmers. Winter is just such a magical time of year.

So onto my dress! I envisioned a dress with a cowl neck or hood, something magical and fairy like. I wanted to create something that was still my own and I also wanted to add some artistic piece to it. This past Monday I grabbed the fabric and grabbed my moneta pattern and got to cutting. The moneta is such a great go to pattern. It’s an absolute staple, a great beginner sew with so much jumping off points, so many great hacks and tutorials on the wonderful web. I made a knee length version with 3/4 length sleeves. I copied the hood off of my Hey June Lane Raglan pattern and lined with it with a beautiful brown thin jersey. Wanting some more of this delicious brown fabric I added 1″ cuffs to my sleeves as I despise the hemming of sleeves and well hemming in general. I felt that this dress was still missing something. That little piece of me. My little artistic embellishment if you will. I lined the entire front of the skirt with that brown jersey and pinned it all over. I grabbed some embroidery floss and my dress and headed upstairs to get all artsy and netflixy with myself.


I just started free hand stitching (if that’s a thing). My vision was to make some rocks stacked or something that looked like cliffs  and before I knew it the dress came to life with an Inukshuk. I love the way this dress turned out. I am so happy that my reverse applique idea turned out and I didn’t have to start over or photoshop it out. This dress was totally meant to be and was extremely freeing despite how rushed I felt. When I decided to do this project I had my heart set to have photos done in the red pine forest in the Whiteshell. It’s one of my favorite places. The way the light breaks through all the tall red pines. It is such a beautiful space it reminds me of when the sun shines through the stained glass of a cathedral. It’s just a very magical place and I just felt that this forest and dress were meant to be. What do you think?

Well there you have it. My little explorer dress. If you haven’t sewn with Art Gallery Fabrics you should. The quality and patterns are amazing. If you would like to see more projects you can head over to Katarina Roccellas blog and see all past and present makers. Head on over to Mister Domestic tomorrow as he will be showcasing his piece and his is a sewing wizard. Also sorry guys my little fabric shop is closed as I am involved in a market with my fabric and patterns but when I get back I will have a coupon code so you can scoop up all your favorite Art Gallery knits and grab yourself a moneta and get to sewing. In the meantime you can find my shop here. I am also over on instagram and facebook. You can check out the Colette Moneta pattern here and on Tuesday you can grab one from my shop. A huge thanks to Katarina Roccella for letting me be a part of this tour. Also a very special thanks to Emily Christie for always capturing exactly the image I am looking for.


Feel free to let me know your thoughts on my dress or any other pieces I have made or tested. Would love to know if you have made the Moneta and have you hacked it?



My Dear Deer Dress


When Katarina Roccella released her fabric line Blithe I was smitten. Rich purples and teals softened with corals, golds and greys. It’s an absolutely beautiful collection that can be worn in all 4 Canadian seasons. All of the prints are so reminiscent of the woods and how magical they can be. I have a few pieces from this collection that I am working on a few dresses, something with the linen and of course my dear deer dress.strike-offs

With the dear print I wanted to make sure I chose a pattern that would show off the beautfiul fabric without making it look to childish or like a giant cat sweater. If you know what I mean. I have had Cali Faye’s gardenia dress pattern in my cart for some time and thought this would be a great dress to pair it with. It’s perfect. It’s an everyday tunic dress that I could dress up or down.


It’s a relatively easy sew although I did get my back pieces mixed up with my front and that was a pain to unpick without damaging the knit too much. So note to self next time mark your pieces on this dress as it can be deceiving especially if it’s not a one directional print.

Besides the pattern let’s talk more about the fabric. I love it! Have I said that already. It’s a subtle all over print of deers and teal and floral headbands just some of my favorite colours and images.

What do you think? Have you sewn with any of the Blithe fabrics? If not head on over to Katarinas blog and follow along as she has a tour going on with this line and it’s featuring tons of amazing makers. It’s already started and I am one of the makers too. This isn’t my piece for the tour I just thought it would be a good intro. I will save my piece till my day. So get some inspiration here you can find fabric here and grab a Cali Faye pattern here.




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