Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sarnia Poppies - Newest Retailer of ecocessories Jewelry

I am excited to announce the newest retailer in Ontario to sell ecocessories jewelry! Poppies opened this past July in Sarnia, my hometown, in the new hospital, Bluewater Health. Owner, Susan Chamberlain is an experienced local entrepreneur - she is also the owner of Sarnia's favourite independent book store, The Bookkeeper. Susan has stocked the new gift store with tons of unique designs and gift items representative of the slogan - the store that offers so much more!

{Entrance to Poppies - located inside Bluewater Health, Sarnia, Ontario}

One thing that strikes me about being in Poppies is what a cheerful and open atmosphere the store has. Located inside Bluewater Health, many of the gifts that leave Poppies are headed to cheer up someone who is sick. A gift from Poppies would definitely brighten any one's day!

{Beautiful, eco-friendly jewelry display at Poppies featuring a one-of-a-kind selection}

Nurses at Bluewater Health may already be familiar with ecocessories jewelry, which was first introduced by biggest fan, my mom, to her co-workers on the Surgical floor! Now ecocessories is carried in Poppies and always available for you!

{Nikki modeling her Everyday Earrings}

The staff at Poppies were immediately fans, and Nikki picked up a pair of Everyday Earrings! They look great, and will be perfect while she interacts with customers all day, finding everyone the right gift.

Check out one-of-a-kind jewelry available only at Poppies in Sarnia, Ontario.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Recycled Jewelry: Black Seagull Brooch Necklace

I often get asked where my inspiration comes from when designing jewelry - and I usually answer that it comes from the recycled beads, and vintage pieces that I use to design my line! ecocessories jewelry is a combination of precious metals and recycled materials to create one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry.

Recently I came across this amazing Seagull Brooch, which was generously recycled by a member of White Rock First United Church. This particular brooch caught my eye because it is in great condition and it's unique and flowing shape made me realize right away that it would make an amazing focal point for a necklace.

{Recycled "Sarah Coventry, 'Mr. Seagull' brooch"}

On the back of the brooch was a stamp, which is great because I love being able to research a bit about the components in my pieces to give the item an even more special story. The stamp bore the words "Canada" and "Sarah Cov". A bit of googling taught me that the company which designed Sarah Coventry was started in 1948. This line of costume jewelry was named after the owner's granddaughter, Sarah. This brooch is called "Mr. Seagull" and is a Rhodium plated brooch.

{Back of the 'Mr. Seagull' brooch}

You can see the markings on the back of the brooch in the photograph above. I knew I wanted to drill two small holes at the tip of Mr. Seagull's wings to be able to wire wrap a necklace that seemed to continue out from his wings. By attaching the brooch to the necklace this way, Mr. Seagull appears to be taking flight across your neck.

{New design by ecocessories - available in the online shop}

This is a modern, one-of-a-kind necklace design. It is a unique piece, with a beautiful story, and has a timeless, artistic appeal. This necklace could represent freedom, or taking chances and would make a great gift.

{Shop online - "Black Seagull Brooch Necklace" - recycled brooch and sterling silver chain}

The new design hangs at 18" and also features faceted black glass beads, sterling silver wire, and a signature hand forged sterling silver "S" hook clasp. I'd love to know what you think of the before and after! Comment below.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Recycled Earring Necklaces

A lot of the jewelry that is recycled with ecocessories comes in the form of beaded necklaces, bracelets, or earrings, that I disassemble, sort by colour, and use as my palette for new designs. However, sometimes I get recycled jewelry that presents a real challenge, and that happened recently with a collection of recycled stud earrings from the members of First United Church in White Rock, B.C.

{Recycled jewelry from First United White Rock. I have sorted all the pieces by colour in Mason jars, now it's time to disassemble the beads and get inspired!}

This particular batch of recycled jewelry was generously donated by the members of this congregation earlier this summer, and I've been slowly disassembling it in preparation for Fall 2010. The members of the church had been collecting old jewelry for over 4 years as a method of fund raising. The chapter had to be closed, but upon reading about ecocessories in the Vancouver Sun one member, Evelyn, found out they could recycle the left over jewelry.
Evelyn and I emailed and made the arrangements. Four l
arge bags of jewelry arrived, and I was immediately excited at the potential and extremely grateful to the members for all deciding to recycled the jewelry with ecocessories! Thank you First United of White Rock.

{Tie Dye stud earrings features the blacks and fuschia's I've been including in my Fall collection. I remove the backs and clean the earrings.}

Last week, while designing my Fall/Winter 2010 collection, I was studying a half dozen pairs of stud earrings, trying to see the potential for a new design. It occurred to me to remove the backs and attach the earrings together to make a design that is the same on both sides. The resulting earring pebbles make the perfect necklace pendant!

{After preparing a number of earrings, I glue each pair together to make a circle that can be flipped either way as a Necklace pendant.}

I am very excited to share my latest design and the other pieces in the Fall 2010 collection. Check back often as I continue to add new designs throughout the season. If you see something you like, don't hesitate as most ecocessories designs are one of a kind! Shop online now and enjoy Free Shipping in Canada.


{If you can't see the Flickr slideshow of Recycled Earring Necklaces, click here}

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Monday, October 4, 2010

ETHIK Boutique on CTV Montreal

ecocessories is proud to be a member of ETHIK BGC - a Montreal based eco fashion collective that features 40 designers, all women entrepreneurs, of 19 different nationalities from around the world. Recently ETHIK BGC was featured in a segment on CTV Montreal, where founder Liz Suarez is interviewed on what running this ethical boutique is all about.

{Click the photo to watch the video at CTV.ca}

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