Annual Etsy holiday shopping guide: Get meaningful, natural and original gifts for all



Annual Etsy holiday shopping guide: Get meaningful, natural and original gifts for all!

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Well to say that it has been a while would be an understatement! I could say that I have been
busy (true true) but really it’s no excuse. I just felt like I had written up a good set of articles and needed to step away for a bit. Not entirely as I have been in communication with many of you who contacted me with questions and comments. But! I am back! And I am back just in time for the holidays and the associated gift giving 🙂 If you follow this site’s Facebook page, you will have seen that I have posted many beautiful pieces of jewelry recently. So inspired by all this beauty, I thought I would put together a gift guide from one of my favorite site: Etsy (you can use the search bar on the right and type in Etsy to see many other articles about Etsy and reviews of products). You really find something so unique for absolutely everyone on Etsy. You can also see this post for more holiday Indigenous gifts from Etsy, or this one for beautiful feather jewelry one can find on Etsy. 

But for now, sit back, relax and let’s look at some very cool gift ideas for everyone in your life! You can also start by checking Etsy’s holiday gift guide directly here. 



Where to start, where to start?! With gifts that will make you look like a world traveler of course!

Etsy has so many great thematic gift guides this holiday season. Check out this one that will make you dream of far away places. Let’s go over some wonderful little treasures for everyone.

First off, I thought I would start with a wonderful bracelet that can be worn by literally everyone on your list. I am lucky to have a close friend who is one of the most talented beader I know. And boy does she make completely beautiful traditional and meaningful jewelry and she sure knows her stones and gems! Find her on her Facebook page, Giggy’s Beads. Just remarkable work. So, inspired by her work, I am introducing this wonderful moonstone braceletMade with moonstones and smokey quartz, it will help you clear negativity from your life and remain calm when nothing goes according to plan during your travels (does it ever??). It will help soothe you, alleviate stress and tension, elevate your spirits and help with your negative thinking. Get it here for $42.00CAN. 

moonstone and smokey quartz bracelet

 

 

 

 

 

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Feather jewelry and more: some cool Etsy finds



Feather jewelry and more: some cool Etsy finds

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I am hoping everyone is experiencing the sun rays on their face as I am right now. I am going through a period of transition in my life at the moment, just as Mother Earth is, with summer coming our way (or a change of seasons no matter where you are). I feel the need to look around me and be grateful for what I have, be grateful for what Mother Earth gives us. A lot of our needs can be met when we turn to Mother Earth and our relations in nature. We are all connected and can help one another. I find much solace when I go for a walk in nature, when I reconnect with my cousins the trees and hear my siblings the birds sing. It is a beautiful world when one is surrounded by trees and moss, or water. So today the focus of this post, is on natural jewelry, jewelry made with elements found in nature. For it, I turn to Etsy (if you know me you know I buy my jewelry at Pow wows or fairs directly from the artists or on a few trusted sites like Etsy). So please check out the Natural jewelry page on Etsy right now!

To learn more abut Etsy and its philosophy, see this post where I discuss it.

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49 Design review: Worst customer service experience I have ever had



49 Design review: Worst Customer Service Experience I have ever had

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Happy Easter weekend to all! 🙂 If you know this site, you know that when I review products (see my Reviews section for more Indigenous products I have reviewed), I often rave about awesome products I have bought and amazing artists who have given me the best customer service. In my own life, I always encourage wholeheartedly Indigenous artists and their art to support the communities, might they be local or far (learn about a great Metis artist who I have become friends with and VIDA this great site that encourages artists around the world here). And when I discovered 49 Design through Facebook, I was ecstatic. They seemed to have so many great products with sooooo many possible patterns and combinations.

Although their website has no page explaining who they are and what they stand for, their products, at first glance, seemed legit. They even sponsored Indigenous people who did good deeds for their communities. Looking at their site, it seemed like a site I wanted to encourage. Boy was I wrong!! Let’s see why….

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Etsy Holiday shopping guide: Gifts from the Indigenous people of the land



Etsy Holiday Shopping Guide: Gifts from the Indigenous people of the land

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If you are like me, you are starting to think about your holiday shopping (I prefer to use “holiday” instead of “Christmas” which has a religious connotation and meaning). And if you are like me, you are all about online shopping. Because really, who wants to battle crowds at the shopping center. And that’s if you can even find parking… So yes, online shopping all the way! And if you know this site, even a little bit, you know one of my favorite places to shop, for literally anything, is Etsy! Yay Etsy!! I just love the concept of Etsy. A place where artists can sell directly to the buyers, where they get a platform to showcase their work and where buyers actually get to interact with them. There are just so many options on Etsy that you can find something for every single person you know. From your mother, to your spouse, to your boss, teacher, mentor or even your neighbor’s dog (I kid you not!).

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Featured artist: David Fierro and his stunning Native American drums

Featured artist: David Fierro and his Native American drums

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This past week was a special week for me for a few reasons. One of them was the raising of a totem pole a block away from my office, for the survivors and residents of an area of Vancouver called “downtown eastside” (DTES). The area is also known as “Skidrow” for its high incidence of crime (including a high incidence of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women), homelessness and drug use. Definitively not an area easy to live in day in and day out. However, it is where I work and I would not change that for anything. Because there is so much beauty in the people living there. A lot of trauma yes but also such beauty and resilience. Which is what the totem pole represents. I look forward to visiting it when I need strength and peace. See it and read about it on my Facebook page or learn more about the meaning and history of totem poles here

Drum by David Fierro

Drum by David Fierro

Last week was also the week that I finally got my own drum! So let’s talk about drumming, the meaning of a Native American drum and the wonderful and talented artist who made mine: David Fierro.

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VIDA: A place for unique designs by a Metis artist, so much to love!

VIDA: A place for unique designs by a Metis artist, so much to love!

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Feathers & Medicine tote by Carole Rose

Feathers & Medicine tote by Carol Rose

Today I wish to share with you a site I discovered and an artist I recently had the pleasure of meeting. Indeed, if you know my site, you know that I always prefer to buy my scarves, my jewelry, my moccasins and my clothes directly from the artist. As much as possible. And today I want to feature Metis artist Carol Rose. I ran into Carol at a Pow wow I attended a few weeks ago. Her work was displayed (paintings and cards) and she walked up to me looking at her work as I was saying aloud: this is just incredible! And her work IS incredible!! It is honestly unlike anything I have ever seen. Her technique of tight dots making a bigger designs is just phenomenal. And that is just part of her work! She has many gorgeous and peaceful looking designs. But before we get into her work, let’s talk about the website she sells her work on: VIDA.

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Difference makes us but….in the end we are all related



Difference makes us but…..in the end we are all related

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How’s everyone doing? As I attended a Pow wow not too long ago, I feel fantabulous! I love Pow wows and I am sure you have seen some of my posts about them. The energy of the dancers and the drums, the atmosphere, the artists selling their beautiful products. I love it all! Different nations all unique but coming together to celebrate mother Earth, the music and traditions of the ancestors. And this made me think: are we all different or are we all the same? Well I think it is neither. I think, as the Etsy campaign says Difference Makes Us but! We are also all one. We all have a certain uniqueness but in the end we are all related. So inspired by the the motto of the campaign “celebrate all our un-similarities” I thought I would reflect on what makes me “me” and what do I identify with.

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Canadian Native art: Etsy is the place to go!


Canadian Native art: check out Etsy!

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How’s everyone doing on this last weekend of summer? So today I thought I would discuss one of my favorite lighter topic: Etsy and its wonderful artists! For those not familiar with Etsy, where have you been! Just kidding… Etsy is a wonderful platform, a website where individual artists can sell their handmade products. Each of them unique and one of a kind pieces. I buy a lot from Etsy, might it be sage sticks, jewelry, dreamcatchers, purses, you name it. And every time I wear my Etsy products, I get stopped by people and get compliments on them. If you like to buy directly from the artist (which I am all about, hence why I buy most of my stuff on Etsy or directly from the artists at Pow wows or Native fairs), this is for you. So let’s look at some wonderful Canadian Native art or Etsy’s Made in Canada products 🙂

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Pendleton bag: an exquisite and personalized find on Etsy

Pendleton bag: an exquisite and personalized find on Etsy

Product: a gorgeous bagPendleton bag

Where: TheLewisKingsleyCo shop on Etsy

Materials: Pendleton wool blanket fabric, reclaimed leather belt, leather, magnetic snap button

Price: $85 US or $112 CAN

Rating: 5 stars +++

 

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