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Janet Pereira of Chalarosi Canada

Janet Pereira of Chalarosi Canada

Chalarosi Canada is a passion-driven business with a purpose. Founder and owner Janet Pereira’s entrepreneurship journey began when her son Jack was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow failure disorder at only a few weeks of age. Now nearly 11, young Jack is living with Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA), a disorder that has altered Janet’s life’s path completely.

Laura Brown of the Crafty Cutter

Laura Brown of the Crafty Cutter

My love of paper crafts began as a teenager, when I began scrapbooking and making cards. My inspiration started with travelling. I wanted to use all of my travel photos, and decided to start scrapbooking. As a first time mom, my scrapbooking skills are now really coming in handy! I scrapbook the ton of baby pictures that I keep taking and transform them into lifelong memories. 

Rust and Roses

Rust and Roses

Rust & Roses is a family owned business located in Kingston, Ontario. It all began after we’d been operating our own tech company for several years but wanted to do something different with our free time. With Josh's background in technology and Barb's knowledge of graphic design, we were looking for something that utilized our skills and experience. We started looking into CNC metalwork and developed an interested in that medium. We purchased our first CNC plasma table in December 2016 and have been making things ever since. For the past two years we have been selling our metalwork online and at artisan shows.

Michael Dorang Pottery

Michael Dorang Pottery

Michael is lifelong lover of art. He has always been a maker, and has tried all kinds of mediums over the years. The first real spark of interest in learning about art happened for Michael in high school. His school had a robust art training program where he was fortunate enough to encounter many different types of art, from classic painting to metal work, sculpture, and even fabric arts.

Although Michael has played with a number of mediums in his lifetime, clay quickly became his favourite. The elements and experimentation involved in the process fascinate Michael, and he’s always coming up with new methods of honing his craft.

Mike Godin of Wood and Tique

Mike Godin of Wood and Tique

I am a husband and Father of two girls. We all love to create and design. My wife, Tammy and I are partners in the business and life. It began the first summer we had “off” while teaching [2002]. We received a load of barn board and ceiling tin and it grew from there! We get inspiration from the small things… driftwood along the shore through to free pieces of furniture on the roadside. We have a small farm on the edge of Trenton where we tap and make maple syrup, grow Christmas Trees and harvest wild grapes for jelly and wine! I work from home and have a small shop consisting of both wood and metal fabrication areas. I mill lumber from our property and try to salvage as much material as possible to ensure minimal waste.

La Luxe Lucerna

La Luxe Lucerna

Grace, the founder and maker behind La Luxe Lucerna, has been making candles since elementary school. She grew up and as many do, felt pressure to do "something" with her life. She forgot her passion for creating, and followed what seemed like the "right path". Luckily, she found her passion again and La Luxe Lucerna was born.

Looking for unique favours to provide at their wedding, Grace and Eddy made their own custom candles. The idea caught on, and soon took off. Wanting to provide a cleaner, healthier candle to burn at home, they created their own line.

Josiah and Katrina Rosie of Rosewood Restorations

Josiah and Katrina Rosie of Rosewood Restorations

osiah and Katrina Rosie are the couple behind Rosewood Restorations. Originally from New Zealand, Josiah met Katrina (a Canadian) while working at a summer camp in Alberta. The couple married, and lived in New Zealand for a number of years together. They then moved to Kingston, Ontario for Katrina to pursue further study.

Working and studying full time, the pair are always looking for creative outlets. Rosewood Restoration was born of this creativity. Together, they design and create custom furniture and housewares which are both beautiful and practical. Beginning in their rental apartment’s basement, Rosewood Restorations has recently been upgraded to a garage. Says Josiah, “We finally have space to make into a full-sized workshop!”

Jacky Ferreira of Eighteenfortythree

Jacky Ferreira of Eighteenfortythree

Inclusive artisan accessory brand Eighteenfortythree is the project of Toronto area student Jacky Ferreira. Created in August of 2018, Eighteenfortythree was born from Jacky’s desire to craft, but lack of direction and purpose. She decided it was time to create her own brand, something she could work hard on and develop. It was important to Jacky that her company would empower all kinds of people and give them a sense of pride. Eighteenfortythree was born. Creating vintage-inspired statement earrings for the bold at heart, Jacky hopes to instill confidence in everyone who wears her pieces.

CHERYL LEMIEUX OF ORGANIC INSPIRATIONS

CHERYL LEMIEUX OF ORGANIC INSPIRATIONS

My name is Cheryl and the owner/creator of Organic Inspirations. I started this business 5 years ago with a desire to create healthy & natural personal care products with a playful twist. I take special care to source ingredients and create products that are free of phthalates, parabens, silicone and aluminum.

These days a lot of products seem to be mass produced for the lowest cost possible which unfortunately means consumers are exposed to toxic, harmful, synthetic chemicals due to low cost of productions. I want to change that and offer consumers a reasonable alternative.

Organic or natural products don't have to cost a fortune. We are a small company located east of Toronto who aim to provide quality products at an affordable price. People can enjoy my creations knowing they’re doing good for their skin and their health. We sell lots of different personal care products, from bath products to sunscreen. My deodorant recipe is the one I am most proud of. I’ve tried many different natural deodorants but none seemed to work. The recipe I’ve created works all day long without harmful chemicals or the need to reapply.

AMANDLA OF BARTHOLOMEW SISTERS

AMANDLA OF BARTHOLOMEW SISTERS

I'm Amandla - the founder of Bartholomew Sisters and subsequently the designer and marketer of the company. I got started two years ago when I was looking to eliminate harsh products for my daily regimen. Once I got started, I began to get requests from friends and family who were looking for the same. They encouraged me to make the leap into small business.

SARA MCINTYRE OF SARA'S SOAPS AND CANDLES

SARA MCINTYRE OF SARA'S SOAPS AND CANDLES

I started soap making about 4 years ago when discovered an interest in using ice cube trays/molds to create hand poured gifts for the holidays. I ended up posting these creations on a local Toronto trading page called Bunz, and my hobby took off from there.  Shortly thereafter, I began making skull candles to trade, as I absolutely loved candles and skulls. I joined my first local handmade market a few months later. Everyone would mentioned how much they loved the skull candles, but would never burn them, so I knew I had to start making a product that clients could enjoy (and burn).  I was always a fan of scented candles, so began researching and testing the best ingredients to make my own line of scented candles. The rest is history! Sara's Soaps and Candles was born, creating 100% soy, hand poured scented candles, and skull candles made using unique dying techniques. 

KYLIE JOHNSON OF FORMER FIBRES

KYLIE JOHNSON OF FORMER FIBRES

I love nature - Preserving our earth is important to me. If I’m not at my regular 9-5 or making pet beds, you’ll find me camping at an Ontario Park. I have given up single-use plastic, and try to live a zero waste lifestyle. I am still learning but enjoy sharing my knowledge with others, and love my reusable straw. I have also brought my passion of Zero waste into my businesses. Everything I have gets used into something else, like our scraps of fabric and thread get made into cat toys and doggy poop bags.

KENDRA ELIZABETH OF DEEP WINTER JEWELLERY

KENDRA ELIZABETH OF DEEP WINTER JEWELLERY

When I think of handmade I think of the tiny imperfections that make a piece of jewellery “art”, as opposed to “a product”. Those imperfections, whether intentional or not, are what make the jewel unique. You can feel a piece of the creator within the item.

GRATEFUL: 10 QUOTES ABOUT GRATITUDE THAT WILL HAVE YOU #GIVINGTHANKS

GRATEFUL: 10 QUOTES ABOUT GRATITUDE THAT WILL HAVE YOU #GIVINGTHANKS

What are you thankful for? Chances are, you’ve been asked this question more than once in your lifetime. At this time of year more than most, we tend to reflect on giving thanks and the many blessings we count each day. Gratitude is an amazing thing. It increases happiness, passion, vision, creativity— all things that makers thrive on. To get you in the mood for gratitude, here are ten of our favorite #givethanks quotes.

EMILY OF IT'S OK. IT'S ART.

EMILY OF IT'S OK. IT'S ART.

I decided to fully embrace my #catlady ways, and one night, fuelled by shiraz, candlelight, and my own unresolved feelings, I created my first colouring page.

ANGIE HENDERSON OF FRECKLE FACE JEWELLERY

ANGIE HENDERSON OF FRECKLE FACE JEWELLERY

My work is an extension of who I am. I am inspired by current fashion trends but try to take those trends from something that would only be worn on the runway to something that can be worn in everyday life and enjoyed for seasons to come. I appreciate and am influenced by a variety of fashion styles and that results in a variety for my customers and something for everyone. 

NOOKFEST MAKER PROFILES // WHM DESIGNS HANDMADE JEWELLERY

NOOKFEST MAKER PROFILES // WHM DESIGNS HANDMADE JEWELLERY

Wendy Horbay is a retired clinical research scientist who with her exceptional attention to detail, explores her creative side making fine handmade beaded jewellery.

RANAE of FAIRE DE LA MODE

RANAE of FAIRE DE LA MODE

From the beginning I sought to define the Faire de la Mode brand as an inclusive sisterhood, a celebration of girl power, representative of women of all backgrounds and orientations-- something I found lacking in the fashion industry and have personally experienced myself as a woman of colour.

AVE OF AVE MARIABELL DESIGNS

AVE OF AVE MARIABELL DESIGNS

Ave Mariabell Designs is a series of minimalist, city skyline designs. The designs unite people together by celebrating cities that we love, and cities that have changed our lives. You can take a piece of the city you love home with you, whether it is a large-scale wall decal, canvas print or gift item. Inspired by the minimalism, geometry and colour palette of the traditional shoji screen, Ave Mariabell's city skylines look fabulous in a Scandinavian or Japanese inspired home. 

ANITA SHIELS OF ANITA SHIELS ART

ANITA SHIELS OF ANITA SHIELS ART

Interestingly enough I never dreamed of selling my art as a business. It blossomed from a hobby into a small little business because of the feedback and support of family and friends. I have 2 boys and have been lucky enough to dedicate my time to raising them. Now that they are more independent, I have more time to work on my art. With the piles of art growing around the house, a friend encouraged me to contact a local store to see if they would be interested in selling some of my pieces and that is where Anita Shiels Art started.