Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

From all of the Capital Crafters, we wish you a safe, happy and prosperous New Year! Please keep checking back often as we will have lots of new articles. Remember to search for "Ottawa Team" on Etsy to find lots of different artists located in Canada's Capital region.
Thank you for reading and we will see you soon,
Capital Crafter Etsy Team

Monday, November 24, 2008

Meet Ellie's Creations

Name: Ellie Fitzpatrick
Store Name: Ellie's Creations
What Made You Chose Your Shop Name: Nothing very special behind the name. I opened shop on a whim and so it was the first thing that popped into my head at the time.
Date Shop Opened: Sept. 9, 2008
What You Sell: Right now I have just knitted hats and sweaters. I would like to add some sewing items to that but I need space and time before that happens.
What Made You Want To Start: I really like knitting but didn't always know what to do with my projects. Now I can just make whatever I want and then hopefully someone will fall in love with it!
Your Store in One Word or Phrase: I am not quite sure what it is now but I would like for it to be quaint and lovely!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Meet Bubble Tub Handmade Soaps & Toiletries

Name: Gail Garisto
Store Name: Bubble Tub Handmade Soaps & Toiletries
What Made You Chose Your Shop Name: It's fun and catchy.
Date Shop Opened: Fall of this year I finally got my products listed but my other site ( has been up and running since 05.
What You Sell: Where to begin, soaps, lip balms, bath bombs, bubble bath, shower gels, moisturizers, body scrubs etc.
What Made You Want To Start: I have been tinkering for 25 years now, since my mother introduced me into herbs when I was a little girl, one thing led to another and here I am.
Your Store in One Word or Phrase: Delish treats for your body!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Meet High On Craft!

Name: Tanya

Store Name: High On Craft

What Made You Chose Your Shop Name: I find crafting to be extremely addictive and I get such a high when I make something.

Date Shop Opened: March 2, 2008

What You Sell: Original artwork, prints, greeting cards, CUDDLEWEE™ dolls, rag quilts, zip pouches etc.

What Made You Want To Start: I was making so many things that I needed a way to get them out of my house and cover the cost of my supplies. Plus I wanted my best friend to stop badgering me about opening a shop.

Your Store in One Word or Phrase: Cute.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Meet Radically Riley!

Name: Moyra Riley

Store Name: Radically Riley

What made you choose your store name: Well I just brainstormed an entire page of possibilities and then had my husband go through them with me and we eliminated them one by one until we were left with the one that best describes both me and my jewelry!

Date shop opened: Feb. 11, 2008

What you sell: Bold, unique, colorful, one of a kind, and yes...radical...handcrafted jewelry. My focus to date has been polymer clay and semi precious gemstones complemented with sterling silver, gold filled and copper wire wrapping. I am currently exploring silversmithing, so I'm very excited about how that will enable me to expand the possibilities in my designs.

What made you want to start: Just over a year ago I admired a turquoise necklace a friend had made. She offered to take me bead shopping and show me how to make my own. Well! I haven't put down the pliers since. I had to open a shop to keep up with my prolific production. I can only wear and give away so much, and I need to sell some of my work in order to replenish my materials. Seriously speaking, having been creative and crafty all my life, having discovered jewelry design has really stirred a passion in me. I have no choice. I must do this. It only took me 42 years to find out what I want to be when I grow up. I guess some people never do, so I'm very grateful.

Your store in one phrase: Custom made jewelry for the woman of signature style!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Meet Life is Good at the Beach!

Name: Anna aka. BeachMama

Store Name: Life is Good...At the Beach (

What made you choose your shop name: This is the name of my blog (Life is Good... At the Beach) and I would post all these fun crafty things on my blog. After a lot of pressure to open an Etsy shop I finally did it.

Date Shop Opened: March 25, 2008

What you sell: Sewing, Knitting, Photography and Paper Items

What Made you want to start: Friends and Family encouraged me, now it is a way for me to pay for my hobbies.

Your Store in One Word or Phrase: Fun n' Funky for all.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Meet Ottawa Cupcakery!

Name: Julie and Elizabeth

Store Name: Ottawa Cupcakery (

What Made You Chose Your Shop Name: Hmmm..well, we live in Ottawa and our business is a Cupcakery. Seemed like a logical fit (if a bit dry)

Date Shop Opened: May 26, 2008

What You Sell: Wickedly delicious cupcakes

What Made You Want To Start: The cupcake craze had not yet hit Ottawa! We just shook our heads and knew we had to help the people of Ottawa join in the cupcake bliss that is happening around the world

Your Store in One Word or Phrase: Divine!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Meet Jocale!

Name: Stephanie Moores

Store Name: Jocale (

What Made You Chose Your Shop Name: It means jewel in latin and seemed kind of chi-chi frou-frou... So I went for it!

Date Shop Opened: August 2008

What You Sell: Handmade and custom made jewelry

What Made You Want To Start: I've always loved playing with beads and designing different pieces. To me, jewelry can make or break an outfit and says a lot about a person. I think every piece should be special and meaningful!

Your Store in One Word or Phrase: Creative release! I'm an accountant....... I'm sure you can understand how limited I can be creatively in my day job!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Meet Handmade Fun by a Dame Named Redd!

Name: Redd Hynes
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Store Name: Handmade Fun by a Dame Named Redd

What Made You Chose Your Shop Name: I thought about a name for months before my shop opened. One day, this came to me, and I got good feedback on it.

Date Shop Opened: February 4, 2008

What You Sell: an eclectic range of jewelry and accessories.

What Made You Want To Start: I was making all of these things anyway so I figured maybe I could try and sell them. If they didn't sell then at least they could be seen. Turns out they sell.

Your Store in One Word or Phrase: Everything from kitsch to class and whatever is in between.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Meet Loopy 4 Ewe!

Store Name: Loopy 4 Ewe

What Made You Chose Your Shop Name: My husband and I bounced names around and then I got some friends involved. I'm not sure how we landed on the actual "Loopy 4 Ewe" except that my hubby came up with the Loopy part. It was certainly a creative collaboration

Date Shop Opened: Feb 2007

What You Sell: I've been making things forever. One day there was an ad in a local directory asking if someone could make a baby gift for them.

What Made You Want To Start: I'm a stay at home Mom. My oldest has life threatening food allergies so we knew I'd be home for awhile so we'd be able to cater to her as much as possible. The idea of doing something I love, getting paid for it and staying at home with my kids is ideal.

Your Store in One Word or Phrase: Cute, fun and practical.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Meet Fireseed: Lampwork Beads and Jewellery By Louise Ingram

Name: Louise Ingram
Store name: Fireseed (,
What made you choose your shop name: I was trying to think of something catchy that related to what I'm doing. I make my beads by melting glass in a flame, so in a way they are seeds from the fire, and seeds from my imagination that sprout in the flame.
Date shop opened: Hmmm.. that's a good question, oh it says May 2007!
What do you sell: Handmade lampworked glass beads and, if I'm feeling really creative, jewellery with them on, but my jewellery skills amount to stringing a bead on a cord or chain.
What made you start: I found glass beads online, was amazed by them and had to find out how they were made. It was all downhill from there, now I'm a confessed glass-a-holic
Your Store in one word or phrase: the results of a delicate dance with fire and glass

Monday, August 25, 2008

Meet Little Studio Photography and Jewellery!

Get to know the members of the Capital Crafters!

Name: Meghann Gervais
Store Name: Little Studio Photography and Jewellery (
What Made You Chose Your Shop Name: The studio in my house is TEENY (my dining room has now been taken over in addition to my spare bedroom, but there is NEVER enough room!)
Date Shop Opened: Business officially opened in 2005, Etsy store in August 2008
What You Sell: Photography, jewellery, accessories
What Made You Want To Start: I love the creative process. Also, I have Fibromyalgia and I'm not able to work outside my home
Your Store in One Word or Phrase: Beautiful, affordable adornment for your body and home!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

We've Exploded!

In a good way! There has been amazing interest in our Street Team and I would like to thank all of you!
Don't forget to tag your items "Ottawa Team"!

Monday, August 18, 2008

It's Official!

We are an official Etsy Street Team!
Check out our profile! (scroll waaaay down)


Thursday, August 14, 2008

Greetings and Salutations!

Welcome to the official blog of the Capital Crafters! We're the Etsy Street Team from the Ottawa Area in Ontario, Canada.
Keep your eyes peeled for new and crazy updates!