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Jewellery Designer’s Home Office!

Well I moved into this house in April 2015 and have been struggling with how to properly set up my jewellery making space. Finally last weekend I think I got my office set up the way I want it! I am so excited by this. I will admit it took me awhile. I tried a couple different configurations and furniture/storage options before I got to where it is now. I am always bargain hunting for furniture and feel each space needs different pieces to make it work. I often buy and sell on sites like Kijiji or Facebook Buy & Sell groups.

My home office is a small space, about 2.3 meters by 2 meters and I run two businesses out of it so I had to be strategic about what was in there. I had this 1950s dinette set from my old apartment that doesn’t fit in my current kitchen but I love it immensely and I recovered the chairs myself so there was no way I would part with it. That instantly became my desk. It gives me a nice big surface to work on and also extra chairs for any consultations I might need to do.

Last summer, on Kjiji, I found this stunning 1900s era printers cabinet, tiny narrow drawers, perfect for jewellery supplies, tools and stones storage. That came home right away and helps me keep stones, wire and tools are neatly organized. My sweetie had a small black 2 drawer file cabinet that he needs to keep so that became the printer stand. To jazz up the old cabinet, I displayed some jewellery on top.



Two weeks ago, thanks to my cousin and IKEA I found the missing piece! Two shelves with a bar and some hooks. I believe this is meant for kitchens but right away I saw it fit into my home office. On the shelves I have displayed jewellery that I still need to photograph as well as some of my favourite nick knacks and reference books.  The hooks hold some bags that I need in my other business with Arbonne and also my camera bag. You can also see my “printer stand” in the bottom right corner.


Having the pieces I haven’t photographed out and on display helps me in two fabulous ways. First it keeps them in view, every day so the task of photography doesn’t get forgotten. Second, seeing the pieces I have designed before helps my creative process. New design ideas often feed off of previous ones. Before I set up this shelf I had all my completed pieces stored away in my carrying cases and I’d only see them when I brought them out to art shows or to sales. Now I see them everyday and I love it.

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I believe all I need now is a cork board (I’m in the middle of making myself one). I plan to use it for story boards. Fashion photos or colour palette displays that help inspire me. The contents of the cork board will change frequently as I use up 1 idea and move onto something new. I also need a short 2 level book shelf I can use for books and some paper materials I need in my other business. I haven’t located that perfect short double shelf yet, but I have no doubt I will!

Drakestail Jewellery has a new retail location!

I’m quite happy to announce Drakestail Jewellery has found a 3rd retail location! Our very popular “Tree of Life” pendants will soon be available for sale at Heaven Scent Flowers in Gimli, Manitoba.

I went for a lovely Spring mini road trip a couple weeks ago to visit Gimli, where I met Lenore Chartrand, the owner of Heaven Scent Flowers. Her shop is so charming and we are sure the tree of life pendants will be a perfect fit! Gimli is a beautiful resort town on the west shores of Lake Winnipeg. Gimli hosts a plethora of summer festivals every year and is also a beautiful beach, camping, cottaging and boating destination, if you’ve never visited before, I highly recommend you do so this summer!

Our line of vintage inspired Swarovski crystal pearl jewellery can still be purchased from Rowena/RetroGlam in Edmonton, Alberta and from The Foxy Shoppe in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Our unique, one of kind pieces will be found this summer at local art shows in and around Ottawa and Winnipeg. Of course, you can always contact us to make you that special custom piece!

We are working hard on bringing our jewellery to most major cities in Canada over the next year, and of course, in the meantime, you can always shop our ETSY store online from anywhere on the globe!


Tree of Life with green jasper
Tree of Life pendant with green jasper gemstone chips.


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