Monday, October 17, 2016

WEST Etsy Market 2016 Round-Up : 2 / 4

Hello! Welcome to WEST's second weekly installment of our Fall Market 2016 vendor list. Here we will showcase just one of many lovely handcrafted or vintage curated items from your favourite WESTies, who will be oh-so thrilled to see you at 290 Dubuc, just 3 weeks away! Find our event info here, please RSVP and say hi with a pal or two!

Create your own glamourous version of this classic 1952 dress using this true vintage re-issued Vogue pattern from remaintresource.

Count on Real Swanky to always provide you with hand stitched floral needlepoint (and some salty sayings, too!) using your Nan's timeless techniques.

Etched stainless steel World Tree Necklace symbolizes interconnection & affinity by quicksilverhalo/tigersanddragons.

Trendy, waterproof bibdana in buffalo plaid and burly beaver prints, by playfulpeanut.

PeriwinkleDzyns' upcycled obsolete maps from small Manitoba towns into wearable declarations of small town love pins.

Peep these handmade eco-friendly holiday ornaments made from all natural, vegan ingredients, handmade with love my PeachyGreenEco!

Say hello to NorthCityGrowlers and take a gander at their custom designed and etched amber glass beer growler. Pick your own design, to boot!

Last but not least, mosaicpendantsplus and her handcrafted mosaic pendant (using vintage china and stained glass) will be there with a great selection, as always!


Doesn't this look like a thrill? View the complete event info here, and come on down to say hi, and grab a little something for someone great!

Stay tuned for Round 3 next week!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

WEST Etsy Market 2016 Round-Up : 1 / 4

Hello! Welcome to WEST's first weekly installment of our Fall Market 2016 vendor list. Here we will showcase just one of many lovely handcrafted or vintage curated items from your favourite WESTies, who will be oh-so thrilled to see you at 290 Dubuc, just one month away! Find our event info here, please RSVP and say hi with a pal or two!

WeAreBoundTogether with nothing but the best in quality leather journals featuring lined pages to capture your thoughts & imagination.

UrbanWool59's 100% Italian wool cowl, featuring a Nancy Blokland ceramic button!

TBLBoutique features a quality handmade totebag with interior and exterior pockets and recessed zipper

See Smash Knits with her knit braided headwrap in warm jewel tones and a cozy wool blended yarn.

Sew Dandee ensures her dish towels are 100% cotton and 100% awesome! This silk screened dish towel is sure to bring you home to our fair city of Winnipeg, highlighting all the endearments we love and/or hate. Drying the dishes has never been more fun!

Say hi to Sashira and peep this lovely diamond, April birthstone 8x10 print of an original watercolour painting.

Sarah Neville Studios' Handmade watercolour illustration print greeting card, for any occasion!

Holler at RileyGraeDesigns and check out her handmade, painted and designed clay air plant holders. Perfect for holding tillandsias of all sizes. Each one is handmade and slightly different than the last.

Doesn't this look like a thrill? View the complete event info here, and say hey!

Stay tuned for Round 2 next week!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Shop at Etsy Vintage Vendors at the Grand Trunk Toy & Nostalgia Show this Weekend!

You don't want to miss out on this Antiques and Collectible show where two of West's Vintage vendors will have their wonderful displays of wares this weekend!

Lisa of Bitchin Kitsch 'n' Kitchen and Kali of Atomic Age Vintage are looking forward to sharing their latest vintage finds with you. Shoppers can expect a wide array of treasures, from fresh-picked farmhouse antiques, military, toys, "man-tiques", kitsch and of course house and kitchenwares (including Pyrex)! 

Grand Trunk Toy & Nostalgia Show & Sale

September 30 - October 1, 2016 (4:00 pm - 9:00 pm on Friday and 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Saturday) 
Assiniboia Downs at 3975 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg.

Over 200 tables of antiques & collectibles of all kinds 
will be showcased.
Admission $5
Free for children under 12
Free parking

Atomic Age Vintage
Bitchin Kitch 'n' Kitchen

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Etsy Made in Canada - Manitoba 2016

We are excited to be at the Neeginan Centre for a second year! 
Please join us 
THIS SATURDAY September 24th 
for the Best of Etsy Manitoba in person!

Admission $5 with 50% going to Graffiti Art Program.
(Kids 12 and under are Free)

With over 60 Etsy shops in one place for you to shop from and no shipping fees, why not get some Christmas gifts off your list plus a few goodies for you! For a full list of vendors and to add this event to your calendar, head over to our Facebook Event Page

There will be many WESTies at the sale including:

Andi Designs
Anita Rex Designs
Annie and Dot Kids
Art On A Whimsy
Atomic Age Vintage Shop
Barbara and Cecile
Bitchin' Kitsch Kitchen
Bixipix feat. Stellar Ladybug Designs
Blacknot Farm
Blue Pendulum
Boreal Workshop Canada
Brook Drabot Glass
Canoe Ridge Pottery
Cold Pirate Design
Daisy Thirteen
Dawn M Teasdale
Eighty8 Eighty9
Everything Little W
Flatlanders Soap Co.
Flf Creations 
Forest Fawn Creations
Glam Her Bands
Green Light Collection
Heidi and Seek Boutique
Hoshii Designs
Imagine Yarn Finds
Just the Goods
Metamorphosis GW
Northern Fox Designs
Papillon Art Boutique
Parkhill Artistry
Pebble & Dime
Petite Prairie
Plum Perfection
Raiment ReSource
Real Swanky
RK Ceramics
Sarah Neville Studios
Silver Moose Arts
Sly Scarves
Sox 'n' Such
Square and co
TBL Boutique
The InkPAD Shop

We Are Bound Together/ Ecojoy Bags
Wild + Precious
Zococo Salon



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

WESTie Wednesday : featuring Everything Little W

WESTie Wednesday with Jessica of Everything Little W!

Welcome to WESTie Wednesday, where each week we get to know a proud WEST member and their Etsy shop! Learn about Jessica and her shop Everything Little W.

"I sell natural educational toys that encourage imaginative play, such as puppet theatres, wooden peg dolls, Waldorf-inspired dolls and doll clothes, chalkboard mats, hand kits, crayon rolls and art kits. My demographic is 1-10 years olds and anyone who has children in that age bracket in their lives, for whom they would buy gifts."

"I started creating 5 years ago after I had my daughter. I had been teaching full time until she came into our lives. After we fell into a routine, I found that I needed a creative outlet and chatted with a friend who was already selling. I started by selling through her, since my items worked well with hers. I went with her to craft markets and really enjoyed myself, so when it came time to develop more ideas, I knew I could do it! I chatted with my sister over the following summer, and we decided to start creating together, and so Everything Little was born!"

"We both designed and created our own items and I was in charge of getting them to the masses (sometimes a bit tough when we were separated by two provinces). Now it's just me and I've found my passion for using my educational background to help create toys that are imagination based and fun to play with, but also have some educational value. All of my dolls, chalkboard mats, theaters, pegs, etc. are created at my dining room table often after everyone else in the house has gone to bed. Each night I put in a movie or listen to a pod cast while sewing by machine or hand, or painting as I put together each and every toy with a lot of love and attention to detail." 

"As much as possible, I try to source my materials from Canadian retailers. For example, the carded wool used in all my dolls is a combination of roving sourced from a family run farm in Ontario (Egli's) and raw wool (which I clean and card) from a small farm out of Carman, MB. The doll skin is purchased from an Etsy seller out of BC, who gets it specially milled from the Netherlands. Most of my other fabrics are purchased from a small Canadian fabric shop (Funky Monkey Fabrics) out of Ontario. That being said, I also source from big box stores like Michaels and Fabricland for things like ribbon and thread."

We asked Jessica Why Etsy?” "I started my shop to try to reach a wider audience and expand my business."

Want to see more? Be sure to check out Everything Little W on social media:

Friday, September 9, 2016

Foodie Friday : Vegan Leek and Potato Soup

Quick Vegan Leek and Potato Soup for Busy People

- Peel and chop a few potatoes + slice a medium sized leek
- Place in covered bowl and microwave for 5 minutes- Pour into blender; cover with a non-dairy milk of your choice (I like almond milk); add fresh or dried thyme, salt, and a pinch of nutmeg to taste
- Blend until smooth (approx 1 minute, depending on your blender)
- Dish, garnish and serve! In this image, I've topped the soup with more dried thyme and a sprinkling of coconut bacon

VoilĂ ! Fresh, home made soup in 7 minutes or less, no joke Enjoy!

Recipe by Milena of Just the Goods

Friday, August 5, 2016

Foodie Friday : Homemade Salad Dressing for all that green goodness in the garden.

If you don't like the thought of buying mayonnaise or salad dressing that was made in a factory and filled with unpronouncable ingredients, this is a tried and true solution. July and August are when there is an abundance of salad fixings to buy at reasonable prices or even in your own garden. Today at my micro urban farm, I will be harvesting loads of swiss chard, spinach, kale, broccoli greens and beet greens. Time for salad!

This recipe is a family heirloom passed down through three generations. I never knew there was such a thing as mayonnaise until I was well into my 20's. For me this is what you put on potato salad, green salad and the best devilled eggs in the whole wide world!! That is, if you add a little bit of homegrown chives of course.

Grandma Snyder's Salad Dressing

Combine  4 tbsp. flour, 2 tsp salt, 2 tsp. dry mustard, 1 cup sugar in a deep saucepan.
Beat: 4 eggs, add 1 cup white vinegar, 1 cup water.  Add the liquid mixture to dry.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thick.  Add 1 tbsp. butter after cooking, more salt optional.
Leave to cool and place in a jar with a tight lid, keep refrigerated for up to a month.