#GIRLBOSS Wild Things Jewelry and Decor

Kay first met Shannon at Studio B, where she goes to get her hair beautiful and we both would later run into Shannon in the maker’s circuit. Shannon is the artistically talented lady behind Wild things Jewelry and Decor. Her heart is pure and her wares are unique with a real and beautiful connection to nature.

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1. Tell us a little bit about your business?

Wild Things Jewelry and Decor is a nature inspired line that combines a mix of natural, re-purposed and vintage materials to create one-of-a-kind pieces. We are a creative duo, who uses our skills and passions to collaborate. I started the line using mossy and flowery treasures that I would collect on my every day journeys and my partner Dennis is a seasoned carpenter who has a creative edge for rustic organizational decor. I take pride in my original signature product, the glass wildflower locket. Each timeless geometric locket is uniquely designed and displays locally sourced wildflowers encased in its glass panels. We also create a range of other products including terrarium vial pendants and earrings that contain an assortment of sacred herbs and resins, cacti planted in vintage bone-china tea-cups, custom terrarium planters, geometric shaped wooden crystal shelves, and other rustic wooden decor. We also offer custom wood furniture and shelving by order.

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2. How did your interest in creating your products start?

Maybe it was from growing up on a farm, or spending 5 years in majestic Nunavut, but I have always been at the happiest state when surrounded by nature. I marvel at every leaf, blade of grass, flower petal and bit of mossy ground around me. I found myself collecting all kinds of things that stood out to me. Eventually I ended up with old textbooks filled with pressed flowers and a nightstand filled with jars containing all kinds of interesting treasures. Instead of becoming a witchy hoarder, I decided that perhaps I should brew up some ideas of how to put the materials to some use. I started out making terrariums and advertising them on Instagram and Facebook. The response was great and people started making custom orders. I’ve always loved handmade jewelry and dried flowers, so eventually I branched out in to making the wild flower lockets. That’s when things started to really take off and I realized that I had a little business on my hands. I came up with Wild Things Jewelry and Decor as a business name, made an Instagram account, designed myself some business cards, and away it went!

 

3. What is it like running your own business? What’s your day to day like?

Someday I would love to own a little shop, but for now it is an after-hours enterprise. I try to keep up a presence on social media and stay in tune with upcoming local markets and other events to keep the business going. We’ve had our lockets in a few shops in Ottawa, and are on the lookout for new spots. We are always gathering interesting materials to use in our pieces and really just have a lot of fun brainstorming new ideas and creating!

 

4. Who has provided the most inspiration for you along the way, as you’ve built your business?

My friend Kim is also an entrepreneur with her business Downtown Underground. She really motivated me to get things rolling at the beginning and be me a lot of advice. My boyfriend Dennis has been supportive and excitedly creates alongside me now. It’s become a pretty fantastic partnership. We inspire each other and we feed off of each other’s creativity. But most of all, I am truly inspired by the response I get from people who see our work! It makes me really happy when people at markets tell me that they follow us on Instagram, that they’d come to the market because we had advertised it, or they’ve seen or heard of other people wearing our pieces. Hearing how much people love what we are doing is what really inspires me to keep going with it!

 

5. What do you think were the most important mistakes you’ve learned from?

It took trial and error to get a knack for making our existing products, and we invested a lot of time and money in to materials etc. At times when I didn’t see an immediate response or payoff, I’d get frustrated and want to give up. Soon after those moments though, I would get an opportunity to participate in a market, someone would make an order, or something else would come up to make me want to keep at it, keep going… Patience and confidence are definitely two traits that I’ve had to keep working at.

6. What advice can you share with other #GIRLBOSSES in training?

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and network! People who see that you’re passionate will embrace and support you. Keep doing what you love!

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Find Wild Things Jewelry and Decor on:

Instagram – @wildthingsjewelryanddecor
Etsy- Coming Soon!

XO,

-Country meet City

#GIRLBOSS – Copious Fashions

We have been fortunate enough to know #GIRLBOSS Carissa – the bad ass babe behind Copious Fashions for many seasons now.

With Copious each season brings fresh designs – designs that are so sophisticated, rustic, strong and original the pieces make our heart scream.  Carissa’s creations are moody and strong and yet versatile enough for both work and play and yet still allow women to showcase their individual style while wearing her pieces.

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Tell us a little bit about your business?

Copious is a women’s wear fashion line that I created in 2012. I am currently located in Toronto. My inspiration has always been rooted in my country upbringing, inspired by the colours of the seasons, how the wind moves the fabric of a dress; I am always drawn back home to shoot my new collections, where I am most inspired.

With fashion each season, I am inspired by a new inspiration with each season, but what never changes is that I want my company to be Local – Handmade – Canadian. I am very passionate about creating clothing that will last my customers for years and when they have a big event and go to their closet, Copious will always be there too look great and make them feel great wearing it! Copious garments are well made articles that my customers can be confident investing in.

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How did your interest in Fashion Design start?

I was always sewing with my mom and grandma growing up and as I got older I started sketching out designs and clothing I couldn’t find in the mall. To be honest, I never once thought of it as a career until my mom brought me to Toronto to see the Academy of Design. I credit her totally with knowing that I would never be happy unless I had the freedom to be creative!

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What is it like running your own business? What’s your day-to-day like?

It’s definitely a lot of hard work and can be extremely intense, but knowing that you are working for yourself makes it all better. I never enjoyed working for other people, I always felt constrained and like I was putting a lot of work in for someone else’s success and knew then I should just work that hard for me!

Day-to-day can be sometimes a lot of running around and meeting clients or at home sewing like crazy, but each day is different and always interesting!

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Who has provided the most inspiration for you along the way, as you’ve built your business?

This question always makes me stumble, because on a daily basis it can be a single person or multiple ones! Definitely instagrammers, bloggers, different women that run their own companies are a huge inspiration – their honesty on how hard it is. The ladies I get to work with on each collection, my photographer, Kaja Tirrul, is a huge inspiration, our brains always have similar ideas for shoots and it’s like working with myself on shoots – it’s just so easy and that makes it stress free which I LOVE! Rachel Ribkoff, one of my closet friends is a huge inspiration she is always sending me inspiration pics and she is a social media guru and has helped Copious so much!

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What do you think were the most important mistakes you’ve learned from?

SO MANY! Ha-ha – I don’t think of them mistakes, I know that sounds cliché, but honestly everything I have done has brought me to where I am right now, so I wouldn’t have it any other way. I still make mistakes with my company all the time, so I think the biggest thing you can learn is don’t let it get you down. Keep on going and keep on moving forward if you believe in yourself you will figure out the right way to move forward. The hardest part is letting yourself get to that point where you don’t care what anyone else thinks anymore and letting a great idea shine through, not everyone can do that, being scared holds a lot of people back. I was never really scared of failing and I never had a back-up plan (definitely don’t recommend that for everyone) but it always worked for me and drove me forward.

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What is your favourite part about being a Fashion Designer?

I think the best part is seeing something online for a ridiculous price or something at H&M, made so cheaply, and knowing I can do it so much better. Then I go home and do it! I just love being able to see what I want and physically being able to create it. It’s a great freedom I have to be able to create what I see in my head.

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How would you describe your personal style?

Casual Femininity with Vintage Masculinity.

I am constantly trying to add a masculine edge to my outfits, whether it’s wearing my Frye Boots with a dress or super high heels with an old band-tee. I’m constantly balancing the two.

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What advice can you share with other #GIRLBOSS’ in training?

Definitely have a plan and don’t be too quick to put it out there till you are sure you have a clear vision of who your customer is and what you want your company to be. Then be prepared for the hardest work you will ever do, but the success will be all yours so it’s worth it!!!

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Find Copious on:

Instagram – @copiousfashions

Twitter – @copiousfashions

Facebook – Copious

Pinterest – Copious

Website – www.copiousfashions.com

XO,

-Country meet City

 

*Photo Credit: Kaja Tirrul*

#GIRLBOSS – My Vintage Retreat

Entrepreneurship is a hot topic these days. Countless books and articles have been written about it, success stories hitting the headlines touting billionaires who went from “zero-to-hero” plug up our news-feeds.

Furthermore, entrepreneurship is no longer reserved for those with primary inventions and enough courage to risk their entire savings on an innovative idea. Rather, it is often a side project or passion that hopefully will lead to something full-time.


Vintage and country – two subjects that make our ears ring and that is why we love Tracy.  No stranger to the artisan scene here in Ottawa we wanted to introduce you to – My Vintage Retreat.

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My Vintage Retreat is a handmade haven, where Tracy’s adoration for vintage aesthetic and love of re-purposing collide in creative bliss. Working from home in Mont Cascades, Quebec, she finds herself inspired by the natural beauty of the wooded surroundings, wild antics of her three sons, and the thrill of creatively re-purposing.


Tracy has always been a creative ‘weirdo’ but gained the confidence to start selling home décor in 2011 as a way to make some extra money when expecting her second baby.

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Since then, My Vintage Retreat has grown into her full-time obsession and a therapeutic retreat that keeps her grounded amidst the demands of being an at-home-mom to her active sons.

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Loving the entire process of re-purposing – the hunt for material, the creative brainstorming, the trial and error of experimenting with techniques, and the satisfaction of seeing something she created being enjoyed and appreciated is her greatest satisfaction, whether it is meeting with craft show customers and enthusiasts or connecting with other creative spirits.

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Tracy’s products are all handmade by herself with a conscious nod to quirk and kitsch and with the goal of turning unused goods into functional treasures. With her mediums and technique constantly changing and evolving as she tries to creatively re-purpose various materials.

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Tracy started-off re-purposing bone china tea cups into eco-friendly, hand-poured soy wax candles. Shortly after, she inherited some wonderfully aged barn board and turned it into wall hangings that feature cute images on burlap. From there she branched out into hand-painted burlap pillow covers.

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More recently Tracy has been experimenting with ways to salvage the pretty and impressively detailed patterns on cracked or chipped antique dishes. Teaching herself how to use some new tools and techniques through major trial and error and started forming these dishes into jewellery. She cuts each shape by hand, sands the edges to a smooth finish, and seals all porous surfaces herself. The result is a growing collection of jewellery that is unique, completely one of a kind, and a wearable piece of nostalgia.

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Tracy is one of the most honest, selfless, authentic people we have had to opportunity to meet and ‘work’ with.  Please take a minute and check out her constantly changing and updating pieces on:

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Mt Vintage Retreat will be at several markets over the holiday season including:

Foire Atisanale / Christmas Craft Fair

Vorlage Ski Hill, Wakefield, Quebec

Saturday, November 5 – 10AM to 4PM

Sunday November 6 – 10AM to 4PM

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Horticulture Building @ Lansdowne Park

Fun. Fabulous. Free – Presented by 613flea

Saturday, November 12 – 10AM to 5PM

Hintonburg Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Hintonburg Community Centre

Saturday, November 17 – 10AM to 4PM

Mistletoe & Ivy

Bronson Centre

Saturday, November 26 – 10AM to 4PM

Shop Your Local Talent Holiday Craft Show

Old Ottawa South Firehall Community Centre

Sunday, November 27 – 10AM to 4PM

Craftalicious

Knox Church, Elgin Street

Saturday, December 3 – 10AM to 4PM

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XO,

-Country meet City

Metamorphosis Eco Fashion Show 2016

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The eco-fashion industry is always-evolving and is always-innovative in its approach to harmonizing beauty and the environment.

We are not stranger to sustainable fashion creating our own capes, vests, caplets and jewellery from recycled materials and what a better way to support Fashion-conscious designers than by attending the Metamorphosis Eco Fashion Show 2016?!?

These fashion forward eco-friendly local area designers will showcase their designs both on the runway and in a night-time market, bringing designers and consumers together for an unforgettable evening.

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This show is made possible by a wonderful Canadian charity called EcoEquitable and main sponsor, Sleepwell Property Management.

EcoEquitable –  a local registered charity and social enterprise committed to sustainability by helping new Canadians access long-term financial independence and skill development training through small-scale textile recycling. This event showcases and supports environmentally-conscious emerging fashion designers in the Ottawa-Gatineau area, many of whom are graduates from our Sewing for Jobs program. Our hope is that this unique event will inspire the fashion-conscious and environmentally-minded alike in a way that revolutionizes the way Ottawa sees its own local designers.

Event Details

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laceycape6Lacey Wears – Cape: Country meet City Designs, Dress: Zara, Brooch: Vintage, Boots: Cape Robbin


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kaycape9Kay Wears – Cape: Country meet City Designs, Trousers: Smart Set, Scarf – Vintage, Ring – Forever 21, Booties: George


We hope to see you next Wednesday at Metamorphosis!

XO,

-Country meet City