Thursday, September 25, 2008

A few weeks until the new website!

I am getting low on my inventory right now, and if you are here looking for new stuff - it is coming soon! I am currently working on some really special pieces that will be posted for the grand opening of my website in a few weeks.

Until then, I may post a few more necklaces here and there made from 100% recycled parts, so keep an eye! I am also doing lots of custom work. I am given jewelry from others that has very special components, but just isn't exactly the right style.

Charging a $20/hour design fee, I am able to remake these special pieces of jewelry into something that is perfect for the original owner. If I use many additional materials, costs may apply, but they will be included in the original quote for the work. Email me at jessica@ecocessories.ca if you are interested!

AccessoryTimeDesign Fee
Necklaces1.5 - 2 hours
$30 - $40*
Bracelets
1 - 1.5 hours
$20 - $30*
Earrings
0.5 - 1 hour
$10 - $20*

*plus applicable material cost, as determined before work begins

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Rainy Day Work in Progress

Today it was raining, and I can't say I minded too much staying inside... my creative juices have been flowing and I am on a creating frenzy. Some of the work I am doing is custom work that has been building up, and some of it is just from out of the blue!

Today I have been concentrating on making pieces that are most, if not all, recycled parts, including the chain and the clasp. I have some really vintage jewelry parts that people have recycled so it is easy to be inspired! I need a few materials to wrap these projects up, which I am going out to purchase tomorrow. Check out the work in progress, and be sure to check back in a few days for the finished recycled jewelry that will be for sale!

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Being a "Green Business"

My dear friend Krisy, organizer of Montreal Shift, and I were talking today about what it means to be a "green business". The way I interpret it is an organization that commits to making their best efforts toward reducing their environmental footprint in every aspect of operations. ecocessories tries to do this by using recycled parts in all its products, buying used office furniture, using paper with recycled content, and, in the future, contributing to charitable organizations with a portion of its profits.

Mission Statement

"ecocessories is committed to reducing waste in the world, and creating a more sustainable lifestyle by reusing existing resources. Hand-crafted jewelry and accessories are created using recycled parts and fair trade materials. ecocessories participates in an overall mission to create a more harmonious planet by slowing down the consumption of the planet's resources and supporting fair trade business."

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Favourite Finds

Check out some "favourite finds" from my donations! Each of these items is available to incorporate into a custom piece of jewelry for you! My custom work is $20 an hour (necklaces - 1.5hrs, bracelets - 1hr, earrings - 0.5/hr), plus material costs which are labeled on these fabulous finds. Click on each item for a closer view. Email me at jessica@ecocessories.ca to arrange your custom order!

Don't forget - until Sept. 30th take advantage of FREE shipping in Canada and Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off!

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Why I Believe in Buying Handmade

Yes! This article is great - although I am directing you to see another jewelry designer (and one named Jessica at that!) - you have to read this article. The author talks about handmade products and the surprising realization that there are still some people out there who equate "craft" with "crap". She also talks about the movement to "think global and act local" and how this is the very definition of buying handmade products - such as ecocessories. Especially since all the jewelry is recycled!

Read the article here.

I was having an interesting conversation the other day about how fashionable it is to knit, and wear knitted pieces. One person recalled being a little girl and feeling ashamed to wear handcrafted knits made by her mom - but she would die to still own those items now! It seems that handmade products and what they mean has come full circle.

Buying handmade is like buying a piece of art, no matter what the item. You can guarantee that the designer has put a lot of thought, care, and attention into every single item. The product has been produced under favourable and fair working conditions and quality is guaranteed. Most designers, including myself, have a lot of pride for their work and are happy to do repairs at any point in the item's life.

In a few weeks, I'll be launching a new ecocessories website. This blog will still be a part of it, but it will be much easier to shop, and learn more about ecocessories and what recycling jewelry is all about. Keep checking my blog for updates, and be sure to join my e-newsletter for exciting grand opening sales!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Flip Flops made from a Recycled Yoga Mat

Being one to love ideas for recycling everyday items, I recently found this video from www.threadbanger.com that demonstrates an awesome project for turning a yoga mat into a pair of flipflops. These look so comfy!!

Check out how you can bring a little more zen into your soles...

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Pottery

Over the summer I took a pottery course and learned to throw bowls and mugs on the wheel. Check out this cute bowl!

I threw the bowl and then painted turquoise slip (coloured, thin clay) on the inside. Then I carved the ecocessories tree and glazed the whole thing clear!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Bead For Life

ecocessories is about looking at something that is seen as worthless or unwanted to someone else and making that item new again through recycling the materials. I love when I see other people taking on the same initiative through their own projects. Making jewelry is a means for me to pour out my creative energy and make wearable art from the recycled beads and parts. Many people say beading or jewelry-making is life-altering and this video really impresses that point.



Bead For Life is such an incredibly inspiring story of what jewelry making means for women making paper beads in Uganda. The project allows these women to have an income, and raise a healthy and happy family in areas stricken by disease, poverty and war.

Monday, September 1, 2008

New Look

If you have visited before, you'll notice I changed my layout! I have a NEW website launching at the beginning of October and am trying to update my blog to reflect the same elements - clean lines, updated colours, organization etc. My blog will be a smaller part of the new site, which will have a shop, a donation page, info about me, a calendar, testimonials and more!

Let me know what you think of the new blog layout - vote in the poll - see the left side of this page!

P.S. I was talking to my friend Rob today. He is organizing Parking Day in Toronto - a one day event where participants "park" at a spot in the city (paying the meter of course) and turn it into the public space you wish you had where you live! He needs participants - check out his facebook page to learn more!