Hey Etsy lovers, I hope you were able to make it to the second annual Etsy: Made in Canada Day recently held at MaRS Discovery Centre in Toronto!
Never heard of Etsy: Made in Canada Day? Well, it’s a day of pop-up markets across the country, celebrating and showcasing some of the nation’s most talented artisans. It’s a chance to find one-of-kind handmade and vintage products from Canadian sellers. How awesome is that?
I got a sneak peek at a cocktail party event the night before it had opened to the public and I was blown away by the selection and the talent! I wanted to share my top 8 favourites of the night that are worth checking out because…you know, just in case you want to get a head start on your holiday shopping!
FoldIT Creations: Gavin Canning
Gavin makes handmade wearable paper art, and is dabbling in 3D-printing. everything was so beautiful and dainty. I loved the sharp edges and geometric shapes that are embedded into his designs.
Senay Studio: Senay Guler Gunbaz
Senay had a variety of pillows, table linens, fabrics, and accessories all with beautiful floral patterns. I was immediately drawn in when I saw the pillows; the water colour effect is just so delicate and elegant. An easy update to any home and welcomed touch of warmth especially since winter is coming!
Sprouts Press: Carolyn Eady
I have a stationary obsession and Carolyn has such a large vareity fo unique handbound books and paper arts. She incorporates printmaking into the process and some of my favourites were the books that had maps as covers. I would totally use one as a travel journal! Great gift idea for those in your life who love to travel and collect their thoughts in a beautiful book.
The Grand Meringue: Beth Spilkin
I was excited to see Beth and her table because the meringues looked so colourful and yummy! She had various flavours to choose from and I tried the Salted Dark Chocolate. It was the perfect balance of sweet and salty. Great idea for that foodie who loves artisanal treats!
Carolyn Draws: Carolyn Verkuyl
The cards on Carolyn’s display made me laugh SO hard! She has a great selection of cards for different occasions that were all adorable and hilarious. Also, Carolyn had these really neat hand-drawn temporary tattoos that any kid would love.
Boukhou: Arounna Khounnoraj
Arounna’s prints really caught my eye because there were simple but also really different. She uses a combination of wax canvas and screen printing to create her designs to make totes and pouches. The wax canvas gives a nice casual look that I like for everyday wear.
Thorn & Needle: Jeffery Glaab
I remember walking up to the table and someone else approached and asked, “Are there actual cactus in there?” There aren’t, but how funny would it be if these were like cactus cozies? I love the idea of these cute knitted plants because I’m a new cat owner and this way, even when it gets knocked off the window sill (which it inevitably will), we’re still good. Plus, I always kill the pants I have to house-sit for.
Tiny Brushstrokes: Wendy Heagney-Bakewell
Wendy had the cutest tiny treat bags on her table. I could see myself using them for EVERYTHING. She has handed painted original saying on them for a variety of occasions. They would be great as loot bags or as the “gift wrapping” for necklace gifts or something.
If you’re new to Etsy or missed it this year, be sure to be on the lookout for next year, it’s sure to be even bigger and better. The first year had 120 vendors; this year ha 140, so you know next year will be even bigger. Plus, it’s a FREE vent, so why not go and check it out?
You can also check out all the Etsy sellers on their sites all year round! Start planning because the holiday gift season will be here before you know it!