Wednesday, December 17, 2014

TEST Interview: Fabric and Felt

We hope to introduce you to all the great etsy sellers to be found right here in Toronto. Here at the T.E.S.T. blog, we plan to interview them all. This is the 68th in our series and is with Ivona Olszewska of FabricandFelt who was interviewed by Melissa Fournier of PenelopePixelArts, December 15, 2014.

Tell me a little about yourself and your shop.
I have been creating for about 10 years now,I started with jewelery then took a break to take care of my family and had my two kids. While being stay home Mom I needed something to work on so I started cross stitching just for fun and that got me into needle works. I tried crocheting, knitting and then sewing and fell in love with the last one. My Etsy store is just the beginning of my life adventure with sewing. 

You have some adorable stuffed toys! Tell me a little about your process -- from coming up with a new idea to completed product.

Every few months I feel the need of creating something new. I usually start with searching thru my books, magazines and the web, then I make few drawings, transform them into templates and start working on the first toy, then the toy goes to my kids for testing while I look out for anything that needs improvement.

What got you into working with fabric and felt?

I love the endless possibilities when working with felt and all the different patterns in fabrics.  

What's your favorite experience related to creating felt products or opening this shop?

I love working with felt because I don't need to worry about fraying.  

Is there anywhere else customers can find your products?

I do only craft shows for this moment but beside my Etsy store I have Facebook page and a Fabric and Felt blog.  

Any new products in the making? If so, can you give us a sneak peak by telling us a little about it?

I started working on few new toys, there is a moose, a mouse and a penguin in works.

Check out the other items available from Ivona in her Etsy shop. You can also follow on Facebook, and read more on the Fabric and Felt blog.

Ivona was interviewed by Melissa Fournier of PenelopePixelArts, December 15, 2014.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Vendor call: Leslieville Christmas Pop-Up

They are holding a Pop-Up in Leslieville and have about 10 spots left for some amazing artists to participate! Find out more here.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Annex Flea

The special two day holiday Annex Flea is this weekend! Details, including a list of vendors is here.
They are also in the middle of their 12 day of giveaways-- from December 1 to 12, they are giving away a gift a day to for someone who successfully answers the day's trivia question. Find details on that here. Vendors include TEST's own Black Iris Design, Jennifer Rong Design, Sprout's Press Design, Sudsatorium, Red Rocket Vintage, FoldIt Creations, and more!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cyber Monday in Toronto

TEST has got you covered! Check out our pages for curated lists of some of the fabulous wares from your favorite local makers, vintage collectors and artist suppliers with small online Etsy businesses.

We have Gifts for Him

I have to find just the thing for my husband, son, brothers, father, and nephew. Here are just some of the things I know they would like.

Ipad Holder from CanadianWoodcrafters

I, The Jury- Film Noir Movie Poster from TheArtOfDemolition

Roadside Diner vintage button up shirt from shopCUB

Nude Leather Bow Tie

and much, much, more.

We have Gifts for Her

For your wives, girlfriends, sisters, daughters, nieces, grandmothers, granddaughters, friends - you name it.

Moose Necklace in Sterling Silver by IvanneBinetruy

Handmade 100% Tie Dye Silk Scarf by OrderEthans

Thick adjustable cuff bracelet from micheleguevera

Glass tile pendant - Mum & cherry from dandytigerdesign

and of course, Gifts for the Kids

Soft caterpillar toy from fabricandfelt

Penquin in Pink from eleandela

Little Birdy Sailors from LittleBellwoods

8 x 8 signed digital art print from sarizART

We have home gift guides, gifts for pet lovers, fashion, stocking stuffers and so much more!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Vendor Queens Vender Call


VENDOR QUEENS is a marketplace for designers, collectors, performers, and creative people to come together, nourish entrepreneurial ideas and proudly present & sell their work. 

This holiday-season, we're pairing up with Toronto environmental organization, Evergreen Brick Works to make something beautiful happen.

Sundays, December 14th & 21st, from 10AM to 6PM, over 55 local foodies & farmers, makers & collectors will imbue gifts with REAL MEANING at Evergreen Brick Works. 

Live bands from 11AM to 6PM, featuring: memory-trip inducing, The Ole Fashion, chamber-folk masters, Ozere, Canadian urban-sweethearts, Birds of Bellwoods, and the mesmeric loopings of Delta Will. PLUS, DJ Caitlin Woelfle-O'Brien, digging through your old cassette tapes and making them shinny and new. 

Evergreen Holiday Farmers Market: 10AM to 3PM

Plus, live sculpture, portraiture, fortune exchanges, confessional shadow plays and other happenings.


We're looking for vendors who are talented at what they do, and who convey a sense of pride and ownership for their space and for the artistic exchanges with customers they encourage. 

We are looking for all types of artists who are interested in blurring the lines that have been drawn between craft and art, performance & experience.

Interested designers should fill out the application form as soon as possible here: 

Rent is $115 for a single day, or $200 for both. VENDOR meet & greet/ Silk-Screening/ decorating night, Wednesday December 10th. Load-in at 8AM). 

All inquires can be directed to Caitlin Brubacher:

Thursday, November 27, 2014

One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale!

It's time for the BIGGEST of all handmade shows of the year. The One of a Kind show is celebrate it's 40th year. Come check out the hundreds of artists and artisans, from 10 am to 9 pm Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm Sunday and special late night shopping until 11 pm on Thurday, December 4th, at the Direct Enerday Centre on the Exhibition grounds.

You'll find all sorts of wonderful makers and their one of a kind wares including TEST's own
Deidre Wicks from WaterInMyPaint (Booth C07), Laura Watt From Cubits (Booth C54), Christine Pensa From Art That Moves (Booth D47), Carolyn From Sprouts Press (Booth D49), Candice Ware from CandiWareJewelry (Booth E30), Carolyn from carolyndraws (Booth J19), Michelle from thunderpeep designs (Booth J53), Michelle from Aide Bodycare (Booth R35) throughout the show. From November 27 to December 1, you'll find TEST's own Rovena from Handmades By Rovena (Booth Q35). From December 2 to 7, you'll find TEST's own Leslie Fruman From Clayshapes Pottery (Booth P26), Ele Willoughby from minouette (Booth Q23) and Robin Fitzsimmons from FitzyDesign (Booth Q25).

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Toronto Etsy Street Team at hte AdHoc Pop-up Holiday Market!

The Toronto Etsy Street Team is excited to be a part of the AdHoc Pop-up Holiday Market!

Featuring eight team members, we'll be out each weekend for the duration of the show!

C'mon down and see our great team members, as well as all of the amazing vendors and food trucks, its going to be quite a show, one that you can't miss! Literally, you can't miss it, it's right on Yonge street, one street north of Dundas at the corner of Yonge & Gould. C'mon down and support some local makers this holiday season! (And don't forget the #localTOmrkt hashtag!)

Come down and say hello to the following team members: 

Fold it Creations Saturday November 29th & Sunday 30th

Rong Designs
Saturday November 29th & Sunday 30th

Crass Stitches!etsy-shop/ca9r Saturday December 6th & Sunday December 7th

Sex on a Stitch
Saturday December 6th & Sunday December 7th

Lynns Lids
Saturday December 13th & Sunday December 14th

The Vexed Muddler
Saturday December 13th & Sunday December 14th

Your Hearts Haven Saturday December 20th & Sunday December 21st

Amita Sem Gupta
Saturday December 20th & Sunday December 21st

 If you're interested in becoming a vendor at the AdHoc Pop-up Holiday Market please apply here:
There are still some tables available!

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