Just a quick note to let you know that I curated a final thoughts post on the Toronto Etsy Street Team blog for the #WeBeTEST Instagram challenge, where we had nearly 100 participants and over 2000 Instagram posts! Read more on the TEST blog:
I blogged last year about the benefits of challenges, but I didn’t really have those in mind when I came up with the #WeBeTEST instagram intro challenge. However, as challenges tend to be, I think this one is great for the participants… starting on that first day! The stories that Toronto Etsy Street Team makers have shared, and photos (I particularly loved the workspace, tools, and supplies ones!) and Sunday’s posts about teammates (since it was Valentine’s Day the prompt was: show your love for a teammate – most of us couldn’t just pick one!) have just been so great:
Day 14 of #WeBeTEST -LOVE – I couldn't choose just one shop. It was hard to choose just two! But I decided to share an older favourite @storyofaseed and a new discovery @rowanstudioshop. Both these shops seem to value organic beauty – nature, texture, colour, whimsy and simplicity of design. All things I love. Thanks for all you have created! I look forward to what comes next from your studios!
Day 14: TEST (Toronto Etsy Street Team) Favorite. Why have one favorite when I can have four? We all know how much I love my women. #WeBeTEST @fitzydesign because it's been exciting watching her grow! She's really honed in her leatherwork skills, and I'm always excited to witness people's success! @clayshapes has my favorite little dishes, and I love what she does with leaves. It's also thrilling to see her life change from being a world-travelling journalist into a successful artisan. @carolyndraws is one of the cheeriest people I talk to at shows, and even though she's a self-described "hockey mom" and her work is sweet and a bit hokey, she has an unexpected badass streak, and I love that. @shibangdesigns makes the cut not only because she makes beautiful work, but because of our ties to Nova Scotia. I didn't even know she had relocated to Toronto until #WeBeTEST began (the last I heard she was in Vancouver). When she left Halifax, she unloaded a TON of scrap fabric and art supplies on me, and it was exciting for me and generous of her.
Today’s prompt was maker video, which I believe most of the members have never done, so it was particularly challenging. Today I saw people cutting, spraying, felting, binding, folding, assembling, glueing, wrapping, sewing, painting, polishing, rolling, pinching, shaping, trimming, knitting, crocheting, printing, packaging, a stop-motion, a day in the life, studios, process… These are just so fun! Here are a couple:
Day 16 of #WeBeTest – maker videos! This is a small clip of a video I'm making that will show how one of my papercutting pieces are created from start to finish! My latest piece is a set of lungs….shoutout to @honey.thistle and @thechemisttree for their correct guesses on my pic last week! 👌👌 #torontoetsystreetteam #ooakdiaries #etsy #papercut #papercutting #papercutart #stopmotion #lightandpaper
Day 16: Bookbinding with Sprouts Press! This is a short & sweet video of very basic bookbinding, one I teach in all my workshops. Leave a comment if you've taken a workshop with me and loved this binding!! (I didn't have patience to add music, but I imagine some sort of banjo music playing along!!) #WeBeTEST #handboundbooks #bookbinding #bookbindingworkshop #sproutspress @sproutspress @gravenfeather @wyndhamart
And my absolute favourite is this one, which is now on Lisa Young Design’s About page!
Day 16 #WeBeTest maker video- my awesome daughter helped me make this showing the process of putting a belt buckle together. This one is made from antique keys and watchparts. #WeBeTest #meetthemaker #watchparts #lisayoungdesign #livingyourbestlife #leslievilleflea #beltbuckles #caitsthebest #makervideo#
Jenny Lee Shee did a video but couldn’t get it onto Instagram so she skipped that step and put it straight onto her Etsy About page! These last two are extra exciting for me since one of the goals was for people to have some material for their About page video, and for 2 teammates, that goal has been met!
Another great point to make is that I know that a few people have joined the team because of this challenge – how great is that? And a few people have created an instagram account and started posting regularly because of this challenge! Check out @bubynoa and her amazing and super soft handmade stuffies – this post (below) from Day 2 name/brand:
bubynoa Handmade Toys & Accessories. "bubynoa" because I like the way it sounds, no meaning to the name. Its sounded like baby Noa distorted (my daughter's name). Its funky , cheeky and sweet to me so it made sense. Everything I make is 100% Eco responsible. Every material is upcycled, recycled and or vintage. I create for everyone! No age limit, not just for kids and babies… #bubynoa #WeBeTEST #torontoetsystreetteam #day2/29 #handmadegoods #buygoodsnotbads #fortheloveofanimals #ecofriendytoys #bubynoaonetsy #buylocaltoronto #Supporthandmade
Okay, so #WeBeTEST. Check it out if you are on instagram, but if not, I have made a Pinterest board which has just about everything, with the exception of a few on day 1 (I didn’t think to make an automated board until the end of the day) and the videos, which it appears Pinterest doesn’t do, or IFTTT doesn’t do, so you’ll just have to use the instagram link and check them out there. Sorry about that.
In other news, I have another needle felting 101 class scheduled just before Easter (Thursday, March 24, 7-9pm at The Purple Purl) when we will be making this adorable bunny:
Speaking of needle felted ornaments, you can learn to make this bunny just in time for Easter! I teach just 2 blocks east of the #Leslieville @artsmarket at @thepurplepurl – next class is this rabbit on March 24. No experience necessary! (Call the Purple Purl to reserve.) #needlefelt #workshop #mashupmonday #meetthevendor #shoplocal @lynnslids
Call The Purple Purl to reserve: 416 463 1162
In other Instagram news, I did the #MondayMashup #MeetTheVendor account takeover yesterday at @ArtsMarket, which was pretty fun! I captured all of those posts on a Pinterest board as well, if you’re interested. The most popular post of the day was one of Fineghan, a commissioned gift for Fineghan’s family:
The 2016 #100nfornaments challenge is over 1/4 finished already! So far, this one is the most popular of the bunch (and the quickest sold item I’ve ever listed on Etsy!):
And, finally, since I’m having a sale at the Arts Market (10% off everything for the month of February) where I have just filled my booth with hats and more, I decided I would extend that online as well! So there is a coupon code for my Etsy shop for 10% off for the rest of February. Use 10FEB2016 for your discount on all items, of which there are quite a few right now, including what you see below:
Okay, since there's a sale on my @artsmarket booth I figure I should be fair and have a sale in my @etsy shop, too! Use coupon code 10FEB2016 for 10% off until the end of the month! I should have a few more items up in the next couple of days as well (if you favourite the shop you will see the updates!). Shop link in profile. #etsysale #sale #fiberart #woolhat
I just want to say how proud I am of my teammates. As Etsy sellers, we are used to taking plenty of photographs… of our products. But not selfies. So day one was a real challenge for many of us. However, by 5pm we had a great showing, with most participants actually taking a selfie, and not using something they had taken previously (I was very tempted, let me tell you!). So, thank you for your courage today, TEST members. And thank you for embracing my idea so well. You rock my world.
Follow along on Instagram’s #WeBeTEST hashtag!
By the way, here’s a snapshot of what had been posted by 5pm:
First of all, a quick note to let you know that I believe there are a couple of spots left in this Thursday’s Needle Felting 101 class at The Purple Purl where we will be making a wee love bear. We did the class this past week and had oodles of fun:
Also, you should check out the Arts Market in Leslieville at 1114 Queen St. E. as some of the artisans, myself included, are having a Cabin Fever February sale with 10% off all of our products! I have a great assortment of wind- and water-resistant hats as well as tea and coffee cosies, and a few ornaments, too!
Onto the TWO Instagram challenges!
I enjoyed the #100nfornaments challenge so much last year that when I felt completely burnt out in the new year, I knew I needed a bit of a kick in the pants to get going, so I’m doing it all over again! I’ve added a few new things this year, including monsters:
And wire wrapped feet for my birds so I now have free-standing ornaments as well as hanging ones:
It’s early on (in the first 2 weeks) and I know that I will likely hit a wall around day 50 but it has given me the motivation to get back to work after a tiring and long December.
The next challenge is a group thing that I cooked up a few nights ago. I was wanting to do a collaborative challenge and thought that the Toronto Etsy Street Team members would be good collaborators. So I figured a meet the makers/behind the scenes/introduction challenge would be good. I proposed it on Friday night and got an extremely enthusiastic response. I’ve got a good number of participants joining in, and it starts tomorrow! If you are on Instagram, check us out at the hashtag #WeBeTEST (people who know me well will know that I did not come up with that name – I have a BA(honours) in linguistics and have been accused of being a “semantic warrior” on occasion, but it’s short, fun, cheeky and catchy) and get to know the makers of the Toronto Etsy Street Team.
The #WeBeTEST challenge is for the entire month of February and includes the following prompts:
I look forward to seeing all of the creative posts from our team members! And I hope you’ll check us out!
(Note: I am not a team leader or captain, I just come up with some good ideas so they let me post to the blog every once in a while. If you have questions for the Toronto Etsy Street Team, please direct them to the team here.)
I thought I should let you know that I’ll be at the Evergreen Brick Works this Sunday at the Etsy Marketplace, an event is in partnership with Etsy Canada. There will be something like 65 Etsy vendors in The Pavilions, alongside the Farmers’ Market.
Some of the blog’s featured fellow artisans will be there, if you’re curious to read their stories and get a little taste for what’s going to be there:
You can find the full list of Etsy vendors on the Evergreen website, (however the list is not quite up to date as I see some names from the August marketplace who are not taking part on Sunday).
So, if you’ve been wanting to try on one of my hats or want to check out your favourite ornament in person, come on down to the Brick Works this Sunday at 550 Bayview Ave. I will have all of my current stock with me, including catnip balls, dryer balls, coffee and tea cosies, and headbands.
This Saturday, September 26 is Etsy: Made in Canada Day! There are Etsy pop-up markets across the country so if you are not in the Toronto area, please check here for one near you.
If you are in Toronto, I hope to see you at the MaRS building. Regarding layout, this year they learned from the wedged in crowds that came last year, and the layout is significantly different, and very well spaced. There are NO vendors in the glass box in the NW corner of the building (at University and College) this year. The area that the rest of us were in only holds 40 vendors this year and the rest of us (another 100+!) are UP THE STAIRS and spaced along the entire length of the building, all the way to Elizabeth St. In fact, I am at the easternmost edge of the layout, so I heartily encourage you to walk the entire length of the building and check out everyone. The building runs along College St along the entire block from University Ave on the west to Elizabeth St on the east. The entrance is at University Ave (just south of College), and I am at the other end near Mercatto and Elizabeth St. Please note: the Elizabeth St entrance is not accessible. Here’s a glimpse at the entire building layout so you can see what I mean. (You can click for a slightly larger image, but I really shrank the original just to give an idea of the layout.)
And here’s a closer look at the easternmost edge of the layout – table 135 with the red box is me (click for larger):
I’ve featured these fellow artisans in the past who will be there:
- CandiWare Jewellery
- Clayshapes Pottery
- Filthy Rebena
- Heart’s Haven
- Lisa Young Design
- Lynn’s Lids
- Queenie’s Cards
- Simone’s Rose
- things from secret minouette places
- thunderpeep designs
- The Vexed Muddler
I’m not sure about the other pop-up markets across Canada, but ours is giving out swag bags to the first 100 people in line. Last year there were people lined up from 7am, so if you want one of the swag bags, which look awesome, get up early! Go to the Facebook event and scroll down to see some of the amazing swag donated by the talented vendors. Seriously, the vendors were all saying that we wanted to figure out how to get a swag bag (not possible) at the meet-up the other night! I donated some of these tiny felted baubles, but not 100:
And if you want a sneak peek at all of the vendors, check out the Look Book:
Now that we are into August and my shows are starting in less than a month, I thought it might be time to give you a list. There may be shows added to this (ones with later application times and deadlines) but here is the list to date. Click on the name to go to the event’s website. Click on the event location to see on a map.
Also, the 100 days of needle felted ornaments challenge (explained here with more here) continues (I’m on day 64) with some new ornaments and some repeats. I had to submit a photo to a couple of shows for marketing material so I asked people which were their favourites and they came up with the ones below. To see all of them to date, check the #100NFOrnaments hashtag on Instagram, or Twitter, or check my Facebook Page. I have not yet listed these on my lynnslids.com or my Etsy shop but I will. If you see something you like, you can always comment on an image, tweet me, or contact me and I will get back to you. Most are $17 with a few more complicated ones higher in price.