Tuesday, July 29, 2008

ecocessories Website

As fun as my blog is - it's just the start to the ecocessories website! Right now I have http://www.ecocessories.ca/ directed to this blog, so you can know all the happenings with ecocessories as I grow. However, behind the scenes my incredibly artistic and talented web designer, Tara Tyreman of "Sparks & Co.", is working hard on putting together a dynamic e-commerce site where you will be able to shop, learn, explore and share!

The point of the site is to make it easy for you to shop, love and be involved with ecocessories. So I figured there is no one better than my supporters to ask for input on how the site should develop.

What would you like to see from ecocessories website?

What do you like about other websites that you visit or shop from?

Comment on this post, or if you are more comfortable - e-mail me at jessica@ecocessories.ca. In the meantime, don't forget to click my poll on the right hand side of this blog. No worries - no personal information is collected with this poll! Thanks for your input and I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

What's your favourite necklace style?

I've added a poll on the right hand side of my blog - check it out! I am wondering about your favourite style of necklace? Don't worry, its just a fun feature of the site and doesn't collect any personal information. So please, give it a simple click and give me some feedback!

Two days left in Ontario, and there are still so many things I want to do and people I want to see! My display is all set up in my parent's house so if you haven't stopped by, please do. And don't forget to bring some jewelry donations! By doing do, you can enter to win a free ecocessories necklace valued at $60.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

A Closer Look at ecocessories

I apologize it's been a couple weeks since I have given you a fresh post to look at! During that time I have been busy preparing for my Ontario trip - and after the amazing last couple days I've had, I realize it was worth every second. Thank you to all my Ontario friends and supporters - people have had a really positive response to ecocessories and it is only inspiring me to work even harder at making it a success. That's why I thought I'd give you a closer look at the creating process...

People are always curious about how and where I create my jewelry, so I thought the best idea would be to show you! Here is a video of me designing a pair of earrings. The video is about 3 minutes long and you get to rock out to "Golden" by Jill Scott while you watch!

The great thing about making jewelry is that it is the type of art that can be created anywhere. That is especially meaningful to me because I am inspired by so many things in this world (especially experiencing the best of both my worlds in Ontario and B.C.) and I try to pour that beauty and inspiration into each piece of jewelry I make.

creating at Sunset Beach under the Burrard St. Bridge

I have set up my workshop at our home in North Vancouver. I have a bright office in our garden level suite on Keith Road. The house has a lot of history from the different pieces of furniture and installations our landlord has made - by keeping reusing and recycling in mind, he has recovered many parts of this house from different constructions sites he has worked on.

ecocessories desk

I work my best with an organized area where I can really focus on the colours and composition of each piece of jewelry. I have both natural light and halogen spotlights in my workspace and my beads are sorted by colour and stored in small drawers on my desk.

green beads sorted at the ecocessories desk

Is there anything you are curious to ask about my work? Comment on this post and I'll be more than happy to respond to questions! You might even inspire my next post.

Don't forget! If you donate jewelry to me while I am here in Ontario you can enter for your chance to WIN a free necklace from ecocessories, valued at $60. This contest is ONLY open to customers who donate jewelry and I will be drawing at the end of my trip (that means good odds to win!!). Please stop by my parent's house anytime on, or before, Sunday, July 27th. E-mail me to set up a good time - jessica@ecocessories.ca.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Old Dresser Gets New Look

I first saw this project in Craft magazine and was instantly inspired! A few days later when browsing craigslist I came across this dresser that was headed to the dump if it didn't find a home. A perfect match!

Step 1: My fiancé , Allan, and I sanded down the entire dresser to take off some of the deep stain. This wasn't too successful, but did give us a sanded enough surface so that the paint would hold.

Before Shot

Step 2: Using masking tape, Allan taped off the area for the tree branches. For the leaves, we traced leaves onto a full sheet of label paper and cut them out. Unfortunately, it was permanent stick which led to a few problems later on.

Allan taping off the tree branches

Step 3: Thanks to a great tip from a friend, we knew to seal the edges of the entire taped off area by painting the edges with Matte Medium (available at any craft or art supplies store). This made very clean lines when we removed the tape and prevented paint from bleeding under the edges.

Me, sealing off the edges of the taped areas

Step 4: We painted the entire dresser a light green colour. It needed two coats and a few hours of drying time, so we took a break to enjoy the rest of the afternoon.

"ecocessories Dresser" after painting

Step Five: We removed the tape. You cannot tell in this picture, but we were left with the remains of sticker paper when the leaf shapes were. However, the problem was easily fixed by carefully wiping the edges with Goo Gone, being sure to only touch the bare wood (the product removes paint as well).

ecocessories Dresser after the tape has been removed

Step Six: For the final step, we purchased a clear sealant that we brushed over the entire dresser to give it a finished and professional look. Ta Da!!

ecocessories Dresser After

Inspired to use this technique to refinish furniture of your own? Feel free to e-mail me with any questions! It only took a weekend and was tons of fun seeing the results.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

ecocessories is Coming to Ontario

I am planning a trip to Ontario from July 23 to July 28th. I will be spending most of my time in Sarnia with my family and will be bringing my jewelry to sell. If you are interested in checking out what’s for sale – e-mail me at jessica@ecocessories.ca and I will ensure I make time to see you! A great time to buy for you Ontarians, as you’ll save on shipping and see the jewelry in person.

My necklaces range from $30 to $60, bracelets are $25 and earrings are $10 each. All beads are from recycled jewelry and are combined with new sterling silver plated chain and findings. Earring hooks are 100% sterling silver. Each item is handmade and one-of-a-kind so if you see something you like - don't wait to buy! Chances are someone else likes it just as much as you.

I am currently accepting cash sales only and am planning to launch my online store in the fall. Pictures on my blog and Picasa web album now feature prices and availability. Email me if interested in a specific item and we can arrange shipping. Xpresspost shipping is approximately $12 and will arrive in 2-3 days, but if you are on a budget and willing to wait a bit longer there are other options.

Thanks and I look forward to sharing ecocessories with all my Ontario fans!