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Show off your Bling: August Hashtag Contest!

We have been taking advantage of the sunny summer days and rocking our summer wardrobes, and we’re sure you have been, too!  Show off how you accessorize your summer wardrobe and get a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Drakestail Jewellery!

For the month of August, enter our hashtag contest to win a $50 Drakestail Jewellery gift certificate!  To enter, just post a photo to Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook, and include our hashtag: #summerbling2014.  There is no limit to how many times you can enter, and each unique photo counts as an entry.  The winner will be selected by a random draw.  The contest is open to entries worldwide.

Step 1: Snap a photo of your favourite summer look.  It can be a photo, a selfie, any style you like.

Step 2: Post your photo to Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.  Each unique photo counts as an entry.  For example, if you post a photo of your favourite summer dress and a great stack of bangles, it counts as one entry, whether you post it in one location or any combination of them.  Tag your photo with our hashtag: #summerbling2014.  If you’d like, describe your photo, we’d love to know why it’s your favourite!

That’s it!  The contest runs until the end of August, 2014.  A winner will be selected at random from all the valid entries.  Have any questions?  Email us and we’d be happy to clarify!


#summerbling2014 hashtag contest by Drakestail Jewellery
#summerbling2014 hashtag contest by Drakestail Jewellery Robyn, rocking lots of freckles and the Octopus’s Garden bracelet.


A custom creation close to home

There’s a little travel involved to see my father-in-law and his wife, so we don’t see them as often as I’d like.  This past weekend, we got together with them, as well as with my sister-in-law and her family, to celebrate a couple birthdays.  Completely stumped for gift ideas, hubby let me make gifts for both my sister-in-law and mother-in-law.

I put together two birthstone pendants, which turned out fabulous.  The one on the left was for my sister-in-law.  Her husband is an October baby, so his gemstone is pink tourmaline (the alternate to opal).  She gets a July ruby, and both their daughters were born in April, and have diamond as their birthstone.

The one on the right is quite similar!  My father-in-law is another April baby, my mother-in-law gets a June pearl, my hubby is another October tourmaline, then another ruby, and then another April diamond.

I love how the two necklaces ended up being so similar that they match, and that the colours look so good together!


Two crystal birthstone pendants by Drakestail Jewellery
Two crystal birthstone pendants

Supporting the Canadian Cancer Society

Happy June, everybody!  We’re getting close to the first day of summer, and we can’t be more ready. June’s birthstone is pearl, which also makes it a favourite of ours.

To celebrate the coming season, we’re giving back.  For the month of June, we will be  donating 10% of sales on Drakestail’s Etsy shop, at local shows, and at Winnipeg’s Exchange Uporium, to the Canadian Cancer Society.  Cancer has touched too many lives, and we’re excited to do our part by helping to fund research and support services.

So pick up something pretty for the summer, and feel great about doing it!  Help us to help end cancer.

Drakestail supporting the Canadian Cancer Society

Turning the tables: Robyn’s Custom Order

You may recall I wrote a post a few weeks ago about our process for creating a custom order.  I’m also a sucker for a custom-made item, and I lucked into one that is also a local Etsy shop owner!

Two weekends ago I had the opportunity to meet up with Gabry Road owner Rosa Yorke.  I had been looking around for a vendor apron, one of those half-aprons with lots of pockets.  I wanted something to keep some change in, and to keep my cellphone at hand for when I need to use my Square credit card reader.  (Oh, yes, we take credit cards now!  It was easy to use and oh so convenient.)


Rosa Yorke of Gabry Road
Rosa Yorke of Gabry Road
Gabry Road studio
Gabry Road studio
Me, trying on an apron for size.
Me, trying on an apron for size.


I hunted around on Etsy for an apron that I liked.  I found a shop with a great design, but since I didn’t see any in the colour that I wanted, I messaged the shop owner about doing a custom order.  As it happens, Rosa lives in Ottawa and was happy to have me visit her studio to choose my fabrics for my apron.  Cool!

I tried on an apron she had in stock, and we made a few adjustments in the pocket sizes to fit my notebook and phone.  I wanted to be able to keep my smartphone handy for those Square purchases!


The fabrics I picked for my custom order.
The fabrics I picked for my custom order.

I got to hunt through Rosa’s stash of fabrics and together we found exactly what I was looking for.  I wanted something fun but also fairly neutral, something that would go with whichever jewellery pieces I was wearing at a show.  These ivory and white fabrics were exactly what I wanted.




It only took Rosa a few days to complete my apron, and I had it in plenty of time for the MAC Fair.  I got compliments on it, and a few people asked where I got it.  I passed along her info, of course.  She did a great job, and I’m thrilled with my new vendor apron!

At the MAC Fair in my new vendor apron!
At the MAC Fair in my new vendor apron!



Getting ready for the MAC Fair

The countdown is on!  MAC Fair: Bloom Edition is coming up on Saturday, May 10th, and I’m incredibly excited.  As you know, I’ve been working away at revamping my booth, and I’m very pleased with how it’s looking.  While I do love going to craft fairs and art shows, it’s always a bit stressful to make sure that all our gorgeous jewellery is displayed in just the right way.  I’d been feeling that the booth needed freshening up, especially since it hasn’t changed much over the past year or so.  This spring’s shows were the perfect time to change things up and I think it will give a better feel to my displays and ultimately show off just how fabulous our jewellery is.

In my effort to freshen up my show display, I’ve done a fair bit of shopping.  I’ve bought new tablecloths, new busts, and a set of gridwalls.  I picked up some new tote bins that will double as a riser for the back portion of the table, to give some of the displays some height.  (I love when things can do double duty!)  Now I get to play around with arranging them.  Take a look at the pictures below, and tell me in the comments which one is your favourite!


Drakestail Jewellery's 2014 Ottawa booth display #1
Drakestail Jewellery’s 2014 Ottawa booth display #1. The earring rack is up front and on the corner, ready to be perused.
Drakestail Jewellery's 2014 Ottawa booth display #2
Drakestail Jewellery’s 2014 Ottawa booth display #2. I’ve moved the earring rack to the riser, and added in the “treasure chest” of sale items.
Drakestail Jewellery's 2014 Ottawa booth display #3
Drakestail Jewellery’s 2014 Ottawa booth display #3. I’ve changed the display boards in the front, using one larger one in the middle with two small ones, rather than four small ones in the previous images.

Grid walls and goodies for upcoming shows

I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter weekend.  I enjoyed the time off from my day job, and the chance to get together with some extended family.  Those events never seem to happen quite often enough, and with several little ones around now, it’s fascinating to see how they have grown since the last holiday meal.

I got to spend my holiday Monday getting some things done.  First up, I got to visit a new store in town.  Roy Sims Display is in the east end of the city, and they have, as you might imagine, quite a good selection of display materials.  They were extremely helpful, giving suggestions and helpful tips, and even so far as to letting me put some items in my car to make sure they fit before I bought them.  I was very happy to give them my business, and came away with some grid wall panels that will be added to my show displays.

I hit up a few more stores (as well as a sushi place for lunch) and picked up some more items to make some DIY displays.  Once my tablecloths come in, I’ll be wrapping some nesting boxes in matching fabric and they’ll be perfect for displaying tiaras, headbands, and other hair accessories.  I really can’t wait to set up and see how it all looks together!  My new table display, complete with the grid walls, will be making its debut at the MAC Fair: BLOOM, coming up on May 10th.  I’ll be breaking out the new canopy on May 25th at Ravenswing.  Come by and see it for yourself!


My new gridwall shelf, for Drakestail Jewellery.
A corner shelf for my gridwall panels. A good place to display things and it doubles as a support to keep them upright!
New gridwall panels & tent for Drakestail Jewellery.
My new gridwall panels, shelf, and my new canopy for outdoor shows.
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