Thursday, June 17, 2010

Supporting the Surrey Christmas Bureau

ecocessories is proud to support the Surrey Christmas Bureau's upcoming event, the White As Snow Charity Gala, which is being held next week on Friday, June 25, 2010. This fundraiser marks the half way point to Christmas and the goal is to raise $20,000 in support of programs that served over 2000 families and 5000 children in 2009.

{ecocessories bracelet and earrings donation for the silent auction to support the Surrey Christmas Bureau}

The "Sand & Sage Ribbon Bracelet" and the "White Ocean Round Earrings" will be featured as a silent auction prize at this charity gala event. Tickets are $75 and the evening promises to be full of inspiration, laughter, and fundraising efforts for an amazing cause!

Click here to buy your tickets, and bid on this unique set from ecocessories.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Custom Eco Jewelry Design in Canada

Side note - I don't know if you've noticed, but my press page has expanded in June! The Vancouver Sun, the North Shore News, the Alternative Consumer, and Eco Fashion World have all made mention of ecocessories this month - and we're only 8 days in! Thank you for the wonderful exposure, and hello to all the new eco fashionistas I'm connecting with because of it.

I've had the opportunity lately to work on a few really great custom projects. I'm pretty sure all of us women have old jewelry around that holds cherished sentimental value. When a special occasion comes along, it is a really nice idea to have these pieces reinvented to complement your style.

{Valerie's grandmother's crystals were recycled from an old choker}

Valerie had a choker that originally belonged to her grandmother. The choker featured beautiful vintage crystals that held special meaning to Valerie, but needed a new life. After disassembling the original choker, Valerie contacted me when she noticed ecocessories jewelry designs at the North Vancouver Community Arts Council during a recent exhibit. After learning that I redesign old, broken, unwanted jewelry into new high quality designs, she realized that ecocessories was exactly what she needed to give the crystals new life.

{The new design can be worn as two different necklace styles, or even as a wrap bracelet}

A very special event was approaching and Valerie wanted to give her daughter a meaningful gift to celebrate her upcoming wedding. Whether or not the jewelry is worn on the upcoming wedding day, the bride will have a beautiful piece of eco-friendly jewelry that features pieces of her past and contains the beautiful love from her mother.

{Old, tarnished clip on earrings need a bit of modernizing}

Valerie delivered the gift, and the mother and daughter were so pleased that they decided to have a pair of matching earrings designed too from the tarnished clip-on pair that went with the original choker.

{A beautiful new pair featuring the recycled vintage crystals and new sterling silver earring wires and chain}

Do you have beads or old jewelry of sentimental value to you? If you have an upcoming wedding, celebration, or special occasion, you can have a piece of jewelry custom designed for the event. I can work with you, regardless of where you live in Canada. If we aren't geographically close, don't worry about it! We can work over email, phone, and Skype to come up with your one-of-a-kind piece of custom eco jewelry.

I'll accept your jewelry or beads by mail, and you will receive frequent photos and communication through the design process. Please email me at to discuss your design today!

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Fashion Me Green - An Eco Fashion Project

I'm so excited to let you know about an eco fashion project I just came across online. Long time fashionista Greta Eagan is launching Fashion Me Green - a project that involves traveling to the fashion capitals of the world to give style influences an eco fashion makeover! The goal of the project is to raise awareness for eco fashion, but before I give it all away, watch the video below to learn more about Fashion Me Green:

{If you can't see the video, click here to watch}

I'm excited to find out when Greta will be visiting Canada, and I hope we can connect as Fashion Me Green travels the world promoting sustainable fashion.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Leo Awards Celebrity Gift Bags Feature ecocessories

I'd like to thank the Vancouver Sun for interviewing me about the inclusion of ecocessories bracelets in the 2010 Leo Awards celebrity gift bags. Be sure to pick up your copy of Tuesday, June 1st's edition of the Vancouver Sun to read the article, or check it out online here.

This weekend, June 4th & 5th, 2010 are the Leo Awards in Vancouver, B.C. which honour the top talent in the B.C. television and film industry. Presenters of the awards will be given a gift bag including ecocessories bracelets. After approximately 30 hours in the studio, I designed the 50 bracelets that will be included in the bags. Some are one-0f-a-kind and others are part of 3-4 bracelet limited edition runs.

{Finished ecocessories bracelets that the celebrity presenters will receive as gifts at the Leo Awards, June 4th & 5th in Vancouver, B.C.}

I was so happy with how the bracelets turned out, and took this shot of the finished collection hung on my recycled frame bracelet stands. This two boards are the culmination of studio hours first spent on the silversmithing, and then the wire wrapping.

Hand forged sterling silver clasps with adjustable rings and sterling silver components give these bracelets their high quality artisan style. Silver components are then wire wrapped to a carefully selected colour palette of recycled beads.

{ecocessories bracelets modeled during the eco fashion shows at EP!C Expo this past weekend}

The bracelets had a moment in the spotlight before being packed in hand-stamped recycled paper envelopes for delivery to their recipients. Eco Fashion Week Vancouver organized the fashion shows at EP!C The Vancouver Sun Sustainable Living Expo this past weekend and ecocessories bracelets were modeled on the runway with Monkey 100 t-shirts, a company with a beautiful mission to get people thinking about their relationship to the environment as a catalyst for social change.

{The bracelets will be delivered in hand stamped recycled paper envelopes, as seen in the production process at the studio here!}

Shop for bracelets like the celebrities will be receiving online here! Find your unique eco style.

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