Happy New Year's from TEST

Thursday, December 29, 2011

On behalf of everyone one at the Toronto Etsy Street Team, we hope you have a glamourous New Year's Eve to launch a wonderful 2012!

Christmas, Boxing Day, Week even Month....

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

image Christmas Tree Screenprinted Greeting Card - Kid Icarus Artist Series: Louis Durand from Kid Icarus

We at TEST hope that everyone who has celebrated Christmas had a good one (and wish a Merry Christmas to anyone yet to celebrate)!

We hope Boxing Day wasn't too crazy for you... but if you are still looking for deals, try searching "Boxing Day Toronto Team" on Etsy. You can find deals like the one below from great TEST sellers who extend their Boxing Day sales for the entire week (or even all of January!).

image: Boxing Day SALE Natural Oatmeal Linen Wool Felt Heart Bookmark by Eyespot Designs on Etsy

Pour nos membres francophones et bilingues

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Ici à Toronto, nous avons quelques membres de l'équipe qui sont francophone, ou bilingue anglais-français, qui sont capable de travailler dans tous les deux langues officielle du Canada. Donc, on vous presente une très bonne nouvelle du Blog Français D'Etsy: « Etsy sera bientôt disponible en français !
Cette fonctionnalité permettra aux acheteurs francophones de naviguer plus facilement sur l’ensemble du site et aux vendeurs de proposer une version traduite de leur boutique.

Nous avons beaucoup travaillé ces derniers temps à préparer ce lancement, et aujourd’hui, nous sommes heureux de proposer aux vendeurs Etsy français de tester et de nous aider à améliorer ces fonctionnalités avant que tout le monde n’y accède.

Vous voulez découvrir Etsy en français et nous faire part de vos commentaires ? C’est très simple, il suffit de vous inscrire à la bêta d’Etsy en français en rejoignant cette équipe. »

Il y a plus de renseignments ici.

For members who do not read French, you may want to keep an eye on the new additional language capabilities of Etsy, which are undergoing beta-testing and will soon be available to all. Currently, it is possible to have your shop listings cross-listed in German, and French will soon be added. Other languges are planned. In such a multi-cultural city, many of our member shops are run by people who speak languages other than English. This will be an opportunity for you to cater to customers in alternate languages, and find shop-keepers who are happy to communicate in languages other than English!

Happy Winter Solstice!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

(The Ice Castle 2010 print by thunderpeep)

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, this is the shortest day of the year. More daylight is worth celebrating! I'm off to the Kensington Market Winter Solstice parade!

Happy Hanukkah!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Whichever one you celebrate...Hanukkah card by HeyRube

Best wishes to everyone beginning their celebration of Hanukkah (or Chanukah... or...) from the Toronto Etsy Street Team.

Shop Local! Solutions for the Holiday Rush

Monday, December 19, 2011


You can still get Etsy items by Christmas if you shop local! DECEMBER 19 is the last day Canada Post will guaruntee regular post delivery of local mail by the 25th. If you are buying cards, or small, flat items, get them today to get them in time. Check out our 'TEST Paper Goods' category for a large selection of cards.

If you are buying larger, 3D items, you can still get holiday packages within Canada by Xpresspost if you purchase your order early enough for it to be sent by DECEMBER 21. Just be sure to let the seller know you need upgrade to expedited shipping. Most sellers will provide this service.

Have you missed your shipping deadline? Never fear! Many sellers offer gift certificates - even ones which can be sent digitally, so that you can be sure to have the perfect item to give.

Vendor Call: Made by hand Show

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Vendor Call:Applications are now being accepted for the bi-annual Made by Hand Show. This is a juried show restricted to handmade items only. Over 150 quality Canadian handmade artists, artisans and designer spots available. Earlier this year, (November 5th) we hosted and showcased over 150 Canadian handmade artists, artisans and welcome over 1750 visitors. This year we're bigger and better. Don't miss out, Click here for a Vendor Application or email us at madebyhandshow@yahoo.ca

Application Deadline:
All applications must be received before March 1, 2012 in order to be considered for the jurying process.

Check out some of the TESTY members that participated in our previous show: berrysweettreats,  butterflytreeshopchristinemarieford, ElisBodyShop, krystlesmonkeys, lianamarieoriginals, lmcreation, lurearts, Sahetahstarrydreams, thunderpeep, TwoRosesToronto

Etsy Craft News: Get-Together in Niagara Falls, NY

Hello local Etsy sellers,

The Etsy admin are starting a new tradition of hosting get-togethers in their hometowns over the holiday. Etsy Admin hebo contacted me to invite any TEST members (and of course, any other Southern Ontario or Western NY Etsy sellers) who are in the Niagara Falls area on December 27, to join her for a casual get-together, and meet other Etsians. It is near the Niagara Falls Market, for those participating. You can find more information here:


If you plan on attending, please RSVP.

Call for submissions: Common Thread International

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Common Thread International Exhibitions, which will be held in Oakville: Nov. 2 - 18, 2012 and in Toronto: Nov. 9- 25, 2012 is calling for artists' submissions for their:
1) Artwork and Interior Gallery Installations
2) Outside Environmental Installations
3) “Fibre Inspired” Exhibition
4) Proposals for Independent Projects

This sounds like a great opportunity for fibre artists, and those inspired by textiles!
DEADLINE: 4:00 pm, Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Find more information HERE.

(via Toronto Craft Alert)

Craft News: Wonderlandish by nanopod

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Via the Toronto Craft Alert

322 Harbord Street


December 10 (11:00am-6:00pm) & 11 (1:00am-5:00pm), 2011
a nanotopian installation
Sound + Vision by Andrei Gravelle & Tosca Teran

TEST's own nanopod: Hybrid Studio is taking part in this year’s City of Craft!
Not only will they have a booth where you can purchase signature nanotopian one-of-a-kind & limited edition gifts & special holiday gift certificates towards their metal + glass workshops and courses they are currently ‘elving’ away creating, Wonderlandish. A special installation taking place at the Theatre Centre during The City of Craft. Sneak peeks and experimentations of what’s in store are up daily on the nanopod blog.

Craft News: The Paper Place Giveaway

Friday, December 2, 2011

The Paper Place (across Queen St W from Trinity-Bellwoods Park) is having the 2nd annual chiyogami giveaway.. They are giving away 700 beautiful sheets of 8.5 x 11 chiyogami! If you would like to enter, just check out their blog for more details.

Craft News: Wandering Craft Show

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Don't forget to join TEST's own Emma of Landfilldesigns (as known as ShopCats) and many great TESTy craftspeople at the 2nd Wandering Craft Show next week!

Saturday, December 10th, 11 am to 5 pm at the Gladstone Hotel
Groundfloor Ballroom

1215 Queen St. W.
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