Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday Treasures - September 19th, 2011

Welcome to the first of the Monday Treasures posts!

So, after I told you all about how I was going to revisit my Etsy blog posts, I started wondering why I was limiting myself to Etsy. After all, there's a whole internet out there. So I decided that Mondays could be about anything. Etsy finds, cool things I found on the internet, whatever I want to share with you that doesn't fit the billing of an ordinary post.

Of course, there will be rules (there always are). These posts will take place on Mondays only, and they will each include 10 items.

Simple enough?

I did decide to go with Etsy for my first post - today's subject is Etsy: Local Finds (Saskatchewan). Every item in this post is handmade.

1. Ruby Teardrop Ring in Sterling with Scroll Design

This is being offered by Gracebourne for $92.00. She states in her shop that her metals are all "sawn out, sanded and filed by hand". I love the renaissance feel of this ring. She is from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

2. Black/White Feather Earrings

These beautiful earrings are being offered by christinagreg for only $3.50, although if you ask me she is underselling herself. Similar earrings were being sold at the street fair on Saturday for $10-20/pair. She is from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

3. Autumn Tree Wedding Invitations with RSVP and envelopes

You need to click on the image to zoom in and see the gorgeous detail in these wedding cards by nellybean of Regina, Saskatchewan. She is selling these for  I find the leaves in particular striking - I wish I had heard of her when I was planning my wedding! These are selling for $3.07/bundle of invite, RSVP and envelope.

4. Encaustic Painting. Original Painting. Abstract. RED Flowers. Trees. Gift. Rich. Warm. Asian Painting.

I'm not sure what draws me to these paintings by therawcanvas. I love the warmth, and I have a special spot for the kind of flowers that I assume are being featured. These paintings are being sold for $159 US for the set, by Stacy Hollingar who currently lives in Regina, Saskatchewan. Interestingly, one of her paintings has been used in the animated film 'The Smurfs'.

5. Bovine Bakery Pumpkin Butter Cheesecake Buttercream

Admittedly, I initially thought that this was something edible. Nonetheless, this body lotion has me drooling, I can smell it through the screen! This is made and sold by bovinebubbles from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, for $11.50. The list of this year's exhibitors hasn't been posted yet, but I will definitely be looking for her at this year's Sundog Craft Faire!

6. Daisy Flower Photography - Spring Garden Dreamy Dewdrop - 5x5 Fine Art Photo Print - Crying Daisy II

This beautiful print leapt out at me as soon as I opened the Etsy page. It is by LittleShopofElleSee, which is from Saskatoon, SK. The photographer has signed it, and is selling it for only $9!

7. Hockey Fan Snowman Cross Stitch Chart - Digital Delivery PDF - Wee Designs

This cute design caught my cross-stitch-lovin' attention very quickly. Unfortunately the snowman is cheering for the wrong team, but that can be altered quite easily. This is being sold by weedesigns, out of Swif Current, Saskatchewan, for $3.05.

8. Drop Spindle Shell Mother of Pearl Blossom Bottom Whorl SP67

I have often heard of people using drop spindles to spin their own wool. It is something that I am interested in trying out someday down the line (like when I'm in my 30s probably). I can't help but wonder if the little flower tips might catch the wool, but as that piece is on the bottom it shouldn't be the case. This beauty is made by gloriapatre, out of Sturgis, Saskatchewan, for $23.39.

9. Celia the Elephant

Celia the Elephant is a fully made, custom stuffed animal by VelociCrafter out of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Her shop contains elephants of many different styles and colours, and it is definitely worth checking them all out. Celia sells for $25 USD.

10. Sterling Silver Vertebrae Chainmaille Bracelet

This bracelet boggles my mind just to look at. Each little link was once separate - I can only imagine that it took many hours to make. It's absolutely gorgeous. The bracelet is a lot wider than I first imagined - it is 1/2" wide! I can picture this on my wrist... The vertebrae bracelet was made by Redeye, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and is selling for $65 USD.

Well, that's the first edition of Monday Treasures! Leave me some feedback on what you'd like to see here in the next weeks!


  1. Such great finds! It's nice to know there are so many people from Saskatchewan in the Etsy community :)

  2. I agree with LC! I had no idea there was such a wide variety of Sask handmade excellence being sold online! Awesome! And I like that you selected diverse items! Well done!

  3. @LC

    Unfortunately this list doesn't even begin to touch the sheer number of people from Saskatchewan that sell their goods on Etsy! There are many, many talented people on there.

    Etsy has a 'Shop Local' button on the left sidebar that allows you to choose where you are shopping from. It's a great tool, and I definitely recommend trying it!

  4. @Gloria Patre
    Hi Gloria;

    Thanks for noticing that I attempted to keep the selections diverse!

    Saskatchewan definitely has an expansive handmade community - there just isn't a lot of communication between different artists. I would love to know how many artists there are out there that sell their crafts locally, and not even online or at fairs!

  5. Thanks so much for featuring my invitation! It's so great to see such amazing artists from Saskatchewan!

  6. Awesome! What an honor to be featured alongside all these other great, talented Saskatchewan artisans!

  7. Thanks for including my chainmaille bracelet. That particular chainmaille pattern doesn't take as long to make as you might think. I probably spent an hour on it, but that can be our secret. Lots of cool things made by Saskatchewan artisans.

  8. @Nell

    You're very welcome! It definitely deserves its placement in the list.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  9. @Bovine Bubbles and Hogwash LTD

    Thanks for stopping by and taking a look! (And I was sad to hear you say that you won't be at Sundog this year.)

  10. @Jeff Hamilton

    I think you mean a secret between you, me, and everyone else who reads this now?

    That's really cool to hear that it doesn't take as long to make as it looks - means that you aren't sinking so much time into each project that you can't make a profit on them!

    Chainmaille is such an interesting art form :)


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