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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

The Top 5 Gemstones to Beat Winter Blues

It’s March.  Spring is around the corner.  By now a lot of people are feeling the effects of cabin fever.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for winter to be over!

Many people believe in the healing effects of gemstones.  Whether it’s metaphysical properties of the gems, or being inspired by the myriad colours, textures and sparkle of the stones, they certainly seem to have an effect on us.  So without further ado, here’s my top 5 list of gemstones that will help kick those winter blues. Click on any of the images to link to the matching Etsy post!

 

1. Citrine

Citrine "Sun Drops" necklace
Citrine "Sun Drops" necklace

Beat seasonal depression with bright, sunny citrine, November’s birthstone.  Citrine attracts positive energy, and is a stone that fosters joy, optimism, and hope.  As a bonus, citrine is also known as the stone of prosperity!

 

 

 

2. Carnelian

Carnelian and Amber "Pele's Tear"
Carnelian and Amber "Pele's Tear" on Etsy!

Carnelian is said to encourage initiative and stimulate creativity.  It boosts inner concentration and replaces negative energy with positive.

 

 

 

 

3. Lapis Lazuli

Lapis coin earrings
Lapis coin earrings on Etsy

Suffering from a little cabin fever?  Lapis lazuli is reported to release stress and bring inner peace and tranquility.

 

 

 

 

4. Garnet

Garnet and Smoky Quartz necklace
Garnet and Smoky Quartz necklace

If winter leaves you hiding inside, try wearing some garnet, January’s birthstone.  Garnet negates loneliness and isolation, and is the stone of passion and courage.  It also helps bring out your best qualities for others to see.

 

 

 

5. Aventurine

Aventurine Tree of Life pendant
Aventurine Tree of Life pendant on Etsy!

Feeling irritable?  Try wearing soothing aventurine.  This soft green gemstone relieves anxiety and calms the emotions.  It is also said to draw opportunities to its bearer.

 

 

 

 

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