Giveaway time! Celebrating a Milestone

Drakestail Jewellery was established in 2007 as a couple of friends who had just discovered how much fun it was to make jewellery.  Over the past six years we’ve gone from making jewellery for ourselves and our friends to attending craft and art shows and filling our Etsy shop with our creations.  We’ve just hit a great milestone – 100 items in our Etsy store.

Drakestail giveaway collage

Of course, we think this is cause for celebration, and what better way to celebrate than to share our creativity with you!  We are giving away a $25 gift certificate to our Etsy store.  Sign up and spread the word!

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Etsy Treasury: Turquoise Treasures


‘Turquoise Treasures’
by Drakestail

It’s a long weekend in most of Canada. Let’s celebrate with a treasury filled with handmade and vintage items from Canadian Etsy sellers! Whether you’re relaxing on a beach or chilling at home, these cool turquoise-coloured treasures will help you enjoy the best weekend in August.

Turquoise Necklace Copper Lariat Necklace - LovelyJewelsBoutique
Turquoise Necklace Copp…

$24
Lilikoi Lane Movember Appliqued Mustache Shirt You Choose Size and Color 6m, 12m, 18m, 2t, 3t, 4t, 5t, 6t, 7t - LilikoiLane
Lilikoi Lane Movember A…

$18
Painting of Woman with Big Hair and Goldfish - EarlyMorningProjects
Painting of Woman with …

$32
Ocean Soap, Handmade - Blue Water, Men's Soap - Maplecreeksoap
Ocean Soap, Handmade – …

$5.75
90s GRUNGE Dress Indian Beaded - Indian Sari - Maxi - Hand Stitched Pearls - Sequins- Loose Flowy - Turquoise - Womens Size S - BuzzingBeesVintage
90s GRUNGE Dress Indian…

$55.25
Sparkling Electrical Blue Apatite, Faceted Rondelles Beads 5-7 mm - Pack of 10 pcs - 110331-04 - AliveGems
Sparkling Electrical Bl…

$4.75
Baby clothes, Infant Onesie: Zebra print on blue- 6-12m, baby boy gift - pineapplepetekids
Baby clothes, Infant On…

$18
California Subway Sign, Hollywood Bus Roll, Tram Scroll Vintage Style Art Printed on Styrene 12 x 36 - wordology
California Subway Sign,…

$59
Turquoise flower clip on earrings.  In silver. For unpierced ears. - LittleBearsMom
Turquoise flower clip o…

$10
Vintage metal plates and trivet, set of three painted in blue, wall decor, jewelry display, accessory holder - jensdreamvintage
Vintage metal plates an…

$24.5
3D Blue and Turquoise Beveled Stained Glass Star Ornament with Copper Lines - Large - SNLCreations
3D Blue and Turquoise B…

$35
Nautical Magnet Board, mixed media message board with vintage maps, boat and lighthouse images, french cottage decor - jensdreamdecor
Nautical Magnet Board, …

$24.5
Peacock - Wool Felt Finger Puppet - stayawake
Peacock – Wool Felt Fin…

$8
Turquoise and Black Porcelain Cup Mug - jansonpottery
Turquoise and Black Por…

$27
Poolside,,,,,Blue and green chevrons Dog Collar - neckcandycollars
Poolside,,,,,Blue and g…

$16
Compass Necklace - The Navigator - - AevaLillithStudios
Compass Necklace – The …

$26

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

Crafty Vacation and Little Flowers

work station

This has been a busy week for the both of us.  Roxy has started a fantastic and well-deserved vacation that has brought her one time zone closer to me.  And what is she doing with her time?  Relaxing, and beading of course.  She brought her tools along and has created a mini work station for herself.

She has so far made 6 necklaces, 1 pair of earrings and 1 bracelet. The only slight snag is she forgot ear wires but she tells me that just means she’ll have to finish off her sets when she gets back home to Edmonton next week. Here is a preview of a few of her great new pieces.

some results so far
Some fantastic new necklaces, including a whole lot of pearls!

As promised, I’ve started posting the memory wire bracelets.  I’ve called these the Little Flower series, inspired by the adorable, tiny pewter flower spacers scattered throughout each of the bracelets.  Memory wire is a lot of fun to wear, particularly because it doesn’t require a clasp.  The bracelets simply wrap around your wrist, and will actually resize over time to fit their wearer.

Little Flower series bracelets
The Little Flower series: memory wire bracelets featuring gemstone chips & adorable tiny pewter flower beads spaced throughout.

Of course, five new bracelets (and a couple pairs of matching gem chip earrings) means a lot of photography.  Good thing we’ve been having such great weather here, as I love getting out and taking advantage of natural light.

Robyn

To sell jewellery online…

Onyx rectangles and freshwater pearls
First photo

When Robyn and I first decided we were going to make jewellery we set out to sell at local art shows, people could see our items in person and the jewellery would speak for itself.  I’d make a piece, snap a picture, like what you see over to the right and then move on.

Over the last couple years we’ve both had a lot of positive changes in our lives but these have made it so that attending art shows in person is a much bigger challenge then it was before. Robyn started to focus more on our ETSY store during this time. She already had a good understanding of websites and of photography and I was happy to let her run with it as this was well within her comfort zone. Then Robyn got married and had a baby and I started to feel like I should pitch in more (a lot more) with the online store side of our business.

I figured out the ETSY store and website pretty quickly but soon realized I was going to have to start posting, and more importantly, taking and editing my own jewellery pictures. Oh man! Who knew that to sell jewellery online, you also had to be a talented photographer? I was feeling well out of my element on this one so I enlisted the help of a good friend and very talented photographer, Dano Tanaka (check out his work here: https://www.facebook.com/danotanakaillustrator). I bought a mid-range fancy new camera, a mini home studio and set to my task.

The image below is the result of the last few months of learning.  As with anything else in life, I feel I have a long way to go and will enjoy continuing to improve this new skill and perhaps even apply it to other projects.  However, I am pretty happy with what I think are noticeable improvements in the quality of my images. I’m grateful to Robyn and Dano for their patience and support throughout this learning process.

Roxy

Same piece as above, pictured in 2013
Same piece as above, pictured in 2013

Our Week: Etsy and beyond

We’ve had a busy week!  First and foremost, we’ve both been on an Etsy binge, and have lots of gorgeous new jewellery posted to our store. Have a browse around. We love receiving comments and feedback on our work!

New Etsy items
Some great new pieces we added to our store!

I also got a little crafting time in as well.  I was hunting through my stash for some inspiration, and came across some memory wire.  I haven’t used it in a while, so it seemed like a great opportunity to create some fantastic wrap bracelets.  Our sneak peek includes a great wrap bracelet in fluorite, and another in sodalite.

Memory wire wrap bracelets
Memory wire wrap bracelets – coming soon to our Etsy store!

Hope you enjoy!

Robyn

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