Month: November 2013

All about topaz

Topaz in many colours
Topaz in many colours

I’m a November baby so I may be biased but I’ve always loved my birthstone. I find it beautiful. I love that is comes in a variety of colours, though I am partial to the traditional deep golden yellow I knew growing up. Turns out the purest form of topaz is colourless and the golden yellow I remember from when I was a child indicated the stone had impurities.

As child it was a sparkly pretty stone and nothing more (isn’t that enough?). Turns out topaz has a lot going on for it. Topaz can occur in many colours including colourless, white, pale blue, light green, yellow, yellowish brown, or red. It is said topaz has many healing properties. In the past topaz was believed to actually absorb fever and was used to relieve symptoms of arthritis. In India it is used to treat tonsillitis, whopping cough, and mumps. It is also believes that topaz can aid in a man’s virility if he wears the stone. It is also believed to help with eating disorders and nightmares.

The origin of the name is derived from Old French: Topace, Latin: Topazus and from the Greek: Τοπάζιος (Τοpáziοs) or Τοπάζιον (Τοpáziοn). The word topaz is also related to the Sanskrit word tapas meaning heat or fire, which predates the Greek word.

So much history and so many healing properties for just a pretty sparkly stone!


The final fair of the season, and what’s next

The MAC Fair

This past weekend I was at my second, and final, craft fair for the season.  I’ve never exhibited at the MAC Fair before, but it was absolutely amazing.  I arrived to discover elves (volunteer students) waiting to unload my gear and take it to my table for me.  Now that’s service!  The show itself was huge, occupying both gymnasiums, with the raffle offerings lining the hallway between.  There was free coffee, the volunteers were efficient and attentive, and that made the day all that much easier.

Lucky for me, my friend Carolyn of Maiden Star had the table adjacent to me, so we were able to watch each other’s table and get a chance to shop.  I think I spent as much as I earned, but my Christmas shopping list is almost crossed off so I’ll call that a win!  There was a wonderful variety of vendors, all handmade, and to top off the day we grabbed a couple of cake pops.  Delish!

I’d like to give a great big “hello” to our new readers from both my shows this year, it has been great to meet so many new people.

MAC Fair gym 2
We’re all set up and ready for the show to open!
Drakestail's table at the MAC Fair
Our table, freshly set up right before the start of the fair

What’s Next

We may be done with big events for the year, but that definitely doesn’t mean we’re trading in our beads and pliers for slippers and hot cocoa just yet.  We’ve got lots of great designs that we’ll be adding to our Etsy store.  We’ve even got something planned for when we reach 250 Facebook followers.  Haven’t followed us on Facebook yet?  Click right here to visit us and like our page!

We’re also able to get around our respective cities (I’m in Ottawa, Roxy’s currently living in Winnipeg) and do private showings in the comfort of your own home.  No need to hunt for parking or wade through crowds!  Prefer to shop with friends?  Invite some over, and we’ll turn it into a jewellery party!  Contact us by email at for more details or to arrange your own private showing or jewellery party.

Sneak Peek

I’ve also been busy designing some new hair accessories, just in time for holiday party season!  Here’s a sneak peek of some alligator clips, sparkling with clusters of crystals!

New hair clips
New crystal hair clips. Perfect for all lengths and styles!


Paying it forward: Cut for the Cure

Robyn and I have always been very grateful for all the support people have shown us over the years, since we started this little project called Drakestail Jewellery. We feel it’s important to pay it forward in every way possible.

When I came to Winnipeg in September for The Foxy Shoppe‘s Fall launch event, I met a very beautiful soul named Kristine. She welcomed me to this city very warmly.  She has supported Drakestail Jewellery’s vintage line, not only by purchasing two sets but by telling everyone where she got them, who makes them, etc. She’s been a true gem. She told me her work was hosting an event in November to raise funds for cancer research, and I offered a set of our vintage-inspired jewellery as a prize donation for the event.

The 2nd annual Cut for the Cure is a fundraising event supporting the Canadian Cancer Society.   The Cut for the Cure will be held in The Shops of Winnipeg Square, centre court, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Wednesday November 27th, 2013.  100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. In addition to the cut-a-thon, they are selling tickets for a variety of exciting prizes ($5.00 for 1 ticket, or an arm’s length for $20). There will also be live music provided by musical duo Luke & Murray.  This great event is organized by 360 Hair & Nails, a full service Hair and Nail Salon located below Portage Ave. and Main Street in The Shops of Winnipeg Square.

If you are in the Winnipeg area, I urge you to make your way down to Winnipeg Square on Wednesday this week!

Click here for the event on Facebook.


Cut for the Cure poster

A New Show and a New Feature

The MAC Fair

Coming up this weekend I’ll be at another show: The MAC Fair.  This is my first time at this fair, at the Immaculata High School, and I’m excited to go!  With 124 great handmade vendors, there is plenty to see and do.  I’ve heard great things about this show in past years and am thrilled to finally get to be there.  Proceeds from the fair help ensure all students, regardless of financial situation, are able to participate in school events.  Admission is just $1.

MAC Fair Poster Shipping Upgrades

Just in time for holiday shopping, we’ve added shipping upgrades to our Etsy store.  There are two options, one for residents of Canada and one for those in the United States.  Just add the appropriate upgrade to your cart before checking out, and we’ll get your order to you right away!

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