Fall into Drakestail Jewellery

Maybe it’s just us but the leaves seem to be changing colour a couple weeks early this year. Fall is definitely here. It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to summer: the long, warm days, the fun vacations, lounging on the patio, there’s so much to love about summer. Now we’re trading it in for cool, cozy nights, snuggly sweaters, brilliant foliage, and pumpkin-flavoured everything. It’s not such a tough trade after all.

While we may have been quiet for the past little while, we’ve been keeping busy! Roxy’s had some great business travel, including a trip to Ottawa. It was fantastic to catch up and we are both counting the days until her next visit back. Robyn started training for the Ottawa Zombie Run for Humanity, a 5K-ish run in support of Habitat for Humanity. She may not be the fastest runner yet but we are sure being chased by zombies will add some good incentive.

On the Drakestail front, we’ve been planning lots, too! In Winnipeg, the Exchange Uporium was such a great success over the summer it’s been extended through to the end of the Christmas season! After a few short days to move out old vendors and move in new ones, Exchange Uporium re-opens on Friday October 3rd from 5:30-9 PM for Winnipeg’s exchange district First Fridays event. Our vintage inspired Swarovski crystal pearls can still be purchase at The Foxy Shoppe, also in the exchange district in Winnipeg.

In Ottawa, Robyn is gearing up for the Christmas craft fair season. Yes, we said the “C” word, but it takes a fair amount of planning to be ready, and with three shows coming up, she has a lot to do between now and November! Drakestail will be at the All Saints Christmas Craft Fair on November 1, at the Heart, Home, & Handmade Indie Craft Fair on November 22, and the MAC Fair Christmas Craft Fair on December 6th. You can find all the details for each show by clicking on these links, by clicking in the Event Calendar to the right, or visiting us on Facebook. The All Saints and MAC Fair are perennial favourites of mine, and the Heart, Home & Handmade show is completely new. It is an exciting mix of shows!

Elsewhere in Canada, for our Alberta friends, Rowena, in Edmonton’s trendy Whyte Ave neighbourhood, still carries our line of vintage inspired Swarovski crystal pearl jewellery. We highly recommend you visit their store if you’re in the area, and if not you can order online via their webstore RetroglamHeaven Scent Flowers in Gimli, Manitoba carries our tree of life pendants.  If you find yourself near Gimli, stop in and say hello to Lenore.

On Etsy, we’ve got some gorgeous fall colours for you, including our Autumn Maple Tree of Life pendant. Favourite autumn gemstones include carnelian, citrine, amber, and tiger’s eye, which all capture the fire of fall. Browse our shop sections, and watch for lots of new items coming. Check back often!
-Robyn & Roxy

Tree of Life - Autumn Maple

Tree of Life – Autumn Maple

Top 5 Sources of Inspiration

I love being creative, and I love when I get a great idea – I feel a giddy rush, and I can’t wait to get my hands on my tools and start working on the idea.  If I can’t get to my workbench, I’ll sketch out my inspiration in a little notebook that I keep by my side just for such moments.  Inspiration can come to me at any time, and in any situation, but there are a handful of places that inspire me more consistently than others.  Here’s my top 5 list of great sources of inspiration. -Robyn

My top 5 sources of inspiration:

5) Pinterest.  I love looking at fashion boards and dreaming up jewellery designs to match outfits.  The same goes for sites like Wanelo and Polyvore – sometimes I like to assemble outfits that go with Drakestail designs, but it’s also fun to assemble outfits and then challenge myself to accessorize them by creating something new.

4)  Random people.  I have a day job, working downtown, and commute by bus and walking.  While I’m out and about, I surreptitiously check out what other people are wearing, and think about how I’d wear the same outfit – what shoes, what accessories, and so on, would I wear with it?  It’s a fun exercise

3) Books.  I love to read, so much so that that’s part of how I chose to take English Lit at university.  The best books are ones that I can completely immerse myself in, to the point where I can envision myself standing next to the narrator, or being the narrator, drinking in the world around me while I act through the plot.  I sometimes get ideas based on the descriptions of character’s outfits, especially if I’m reading period pieces.  Sometimes I get ideas based on the mood of a book, or the personality of a character.  A good book is a complete world, full of details to be inspired by.

2) Nature.  I hear this time and again from people, to the point where I sometimes roll my eyes.  Of course everyone is inspired by nature.  There’s a lot to be inspired by. Sweeping landscapes, creatures big and small, the curve of an ocean wave, the jewelled colours of exotic flowers.  Nature is everywhere, and impossible to miss.

1) Other creative people.  I love to read biographies of musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs.  I love hearing about their thought processes, about how they are inspired, and how they live through their creativity.  Reading an autobiography is like that person sharing some of their creative spark with me, and I feed off it.  I also love reading about the habits that creative people build to keep them inspired and working on their craft.

What inspires you to get creative?

Nature, a beautiful source of inspiration.

Nature, a beautiful source of inspiration.

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