The holidays are behind me and finally I have the time to do another Instagram giveaway! This time it’s a hand-folded silver origami crane necklace. For full contest details follow us on Instagram @FOLDITCREATIONS and play along! Contest is international and ends Sat. Jan. 24, 2015.
Hey everyone! I have been incredibly MIA as of late and too busy to post on the FoldIT Creations blog. Between juggling my 2 day jobs, making things and doing shows its been a bit of a time management challenge (oh and I was in Mexico too!). I have just finished my art teaching job for the summer and soon will finish at the the cafe I work at and move back to Kawarthas region of Ontario where I will teach English and work as a live-in camp counsellor/ teacher for the summer. I can’t wait. Campfires, boating on the lake, archery and all that fun summer stuff I did as a kid. The Etsy shop will be closed as of the 22nd of June and will open up again in late August for business so if there is anything you have been eyeing for summer get your order in before the 22nd and you should be fine.
This past weekend was filled with Etsy related fun. On Friday I attended the really fun Etsy Craft Party here in Toronto at Sew Be It Studio (thanks for the gracious hosting). We came, we drank, we crafted! With an emphasis on the drinking and crafting! Nothing like red wine and glitter (I’ve been dusting if off me for days). It was a lot of fun and I met a lot of new people from the Etsy community which is always nice when you have been shut up for weeks making things. This weekend was also the Annual Toronto Etsy Street Team Springtime Marketplace. I did this one last year and it is always a well planned event with lots of other Toronto-based Etsians showcasing their goods offline. Thanks for all the hard work to those who organized! 🙂
Finally, on Sunday we were at the Annex Flea right here in my Toronto neighbourhood. Throughout the summer it will be taking place behind Honest Ed’s in the parking parking lot rain or shine… this week it rained! However, only those awesome hardcore people came out and that made our day! FoldIT Creations shared a tent with the new to the handmade-scene Jinny Wong of Fuzzy Belly Creations. It was a pleasure to share a tent with these awesome people and their cute little baby boy who was so easy going. We hope to see you again <3.
And enough typing…. here are some photos! 🙂 XO
Toronto Etsy Craft Party @ Sew Be It Studio (June 6th, 2014)
Toronto Etsy Street Team Springtime Marketplace in Kensington Market (June 7th, 2014)
The Annex Flea in the Parking lot behind Honest Ed’s (June 8th, 2014)
It’s been kind of a crazy few weeks here at FoldIT Creations. I was working like a little elf until the wee hours of the morning to process Etsy orders and prepare for all the Christmas shows. I am happy to say that I got everything in the mail on time and survived the Toronto Christmas market scene in one piece. Hallelujah!
Now on forward to 2014! FoldIT Creations will be attending the Leslieville Flea here in Toronto on Sunday, January 19th and Sunday, February 23rd. The events will take place in the historic Distillery District at The Fermenting Cellar located at 28 Distillery Lane from 10am-5pm. Check out the Leslieville Flea website for more details and vendor information.
Lastly, FoldIT Creations will be participating this week in the Etsy Canada Boxing Day Sale along with 500+ other Etsians from across the country. Use coupon code: “BOXINGDAY” at checkout to receive 20% off orders of $40 or more. The Boxing day sale begins on the 26th of December and continues until midnight on the 29th. Have a look around, you may find something of interest and get a great deal on something handmade with love. Happy shopping! ❤
So I have been busy playing with my new kiln these last few weeks and learning to set stones in my fine silver origami jewelry. I am quite satisfied with the result and will be selling these new creations at several upcoming pop-up shops and markets here in Toronto. Here is the FoldIT Creations holiday line-up. Come out and have a browse and find some stocking stuffers and great handmade gifts made by local Toronto vendors.
The Toronto Etsy Street Team will be holding its first Christmas Marketplace this
December 14th at the Church of Saint Stephen-in-the-Fields
(103 Bellevue Ave @ College St. in the Kensington Market neighbourhood)
I have often times struggled as an artist with finding meaning in the work I do. I remember in Art school having mini breakdowns because I felt the act of creating was something quite ego driven and selfish. I spent countless hours creating drawings and paintings that were autobiographical in nature and intended only for myself. The altruistic side of me wanted to run away again to some foreign place and make a life strictly from volunteerism and at the service of others. But how would I afford this? How would I survive on good intentions? An important lesson I learned when I was in Ghana is that although you can’t always change the world, you can influence, inspire and touch peoples lives on a daily basis in very small ways.
Recently I re-learned this lesson; A close friend of mine who is a silversmith told me when I first started FoldIT Creations that the life of an artist is truly “feast or famine.” We have weeks when we don’t seem to have time in the day to get on top of our orders and then there are times when it seems like weeks go by and we make no sales. I discovered the latter more recently. After a lull in sales this past week I was questioning my reason for starting this business. Is it really worth the 6+ hours I put into it everyday after I finish and 8 hour shift at my other jobs? Do I want my motivation to work to be dictated only by making money? Does what I do matter?
In the midst of this low point I got an email from a customer who purchased a necklace from me a while back for their daughters 16th birthday:
I immediately clicked the link to the website and spent the next 30 minutes getting to know about Alex and her struggle. I was in tears watching her videos and imagining what she had to go through. It was truly inspiring to see this amazing young girl pull through something life threatening, make a recovery and then go on to give speeches to educate and motivate others. I was very humbled by her experience and the last words in Alex’s story have become my inspiration and mantra:
Sometimes people have things going on in their lives. Sometimes people feel pain, suffering, and sorrow. And sometimes people just want to give up. But even if you are getting worse you can never give up.
I felt all of those feelings. Sometimes I felt like just giving up myself, but if I gave up I never would have become what I am today and I never would have succeeded. I learned that you can never give up. I learned that working hard pays off. And, I learned that you have to laugh a little.
Please visit her website and check out her story. Be inspired!
During the month of November 10% of your purchase from any of the FoldIT Creations shops will support world class men’s health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges. These programs, directed by the Movember Foundation, are focused on awareness and education, living with and beyond cancer, staying mentally healthy, living with and beyond mental illness and research to achieve a shared vision of an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.
For more info on the Movember Foundation or to donate yourself visit http://ca.movember.com/