handmade finds {march} | Footnotes and Finds

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

handmade finds {march}

It's that time of the month! Time to showcase some amazing talented artisans and the beautiful products they create. The best part of the Handmade Find Series is getting to know each artisans story behind how they came about opening their shop.  Once again this month we have curated everything from jewelry to a crochet unicorn! Enjoy :)

JQ Vancouver was established in February 2013 by Chelsey Andrews who named JQ after her great grandmother Jane O'Quinn. Chelsey is a Fashion Design School graduate with a passion to create pieces with a minimal look yet with a touch of edge. JQ Vancouver's vision is to create jewelry that women love and name them their go-to accessories for every occasion!

JQ Vancouver is a line inspired by the effortless style of the downtown Vancouver girl. With a modern and minimalism approach to current trends, this line offers fashion forward pieces that are affordable, versatile and stylish with any outfit. 

The Double Pendant Necklace by JQ Vancouver is a simple and trendy necklace design that incorporates the layered look with one easy to wear necklace. Whether it be your favourite white tee or your go-to dress for the evening, the highly popular design is able to be worn with anything! 

Each necklace is handmade with shiny plated chain. This particular necklace has no closure, it simply slides over head. 
Chain Length: 30"
Disk: 24 x 19 mm
Tag: 48 x 12 mm

Mella Bella Designs features artisan jewelry, handmade by Melanie ~ a Ukrainian-Canadian teacher.  She specializes in beadwork and eggshell jewelry, inspired by her Ukrainian heritage.

This pendant is made from the shell of a Ukrainian Easter Egg (Pysanka).  It features a traditional star design, in orange and green on a white background.  The original Pysanka from which this piece of shell came was broken, which can be seen in some of the surface and edge imperfections. The epoxy clay in which the shell is set serves to stabilize and protect the egg shell, giving it strength and durability.  The laquer over top of the shell preserves the designed portion. The bezel setting, chain, and lobster-style clasp are antique gold tone plated.

Once upon a time, a bag of ‘jewelry junk’ fell into the hands of Jordyn. On a snowy winter evening, she took those broken pieces and turned them into something golden. Through the collection of vintage pendants from quirky spots around the Midwest, she created Striking Gold. Jordyn's inspiration come from her Italian grandmother; she was strong, smart and loving woman. Jordyn lost her grandma the summer of 2015 and now creates jewelry similar to the vintage styles handed down to her from her grandma. 

the necklace is a combination of a vintage geometric chain and olive green chain.  The necklace offers a rustic-chic look to any outfit.

Sarah Reimer has a passion for travel, photography, design, and all things creative.

In 2014, she left her home of Ontario, Canada, to travel Europe with her husband. Together, they adventured, finding a deep desire to see more of the world. Sarah began writing and photographing as a way to share her experiences with friends and family. She found her inspiration to begin Sarah Reimer Designs while living in Cambridge, England and hasn't looked back since. She now lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where she continues to pursue her love for travel, photography and the art of making while seeking out sustainable materials. She finds inspiration all around her, but especially in nature.

All of her cards tell a story. A story of adventure, passion, and creative endeavour.  

You can also follow along her travels and creative pursuit at www.youmeandtuscany.blogspot.com

Ready to hang, frame, or send, this set of 4 Postcards will have you wanderlusting all the way to the hills of England and Ireland. Printed on handmade Mulberry (Saa) Paper, these products are eco-friendly and have a texture that is to die for! Set includes:

1: "Let's Take the Road Less Traveled" - Photo taken in the hills of the Peak District, England.

2: "Somewhere Only We Know" - Photo taken in Killarny National Park, Ireland. This road winds through the Gap of Dunloe (please go here if you ever visit Ireland!)

3: "Wild and Free" - Photo taken while hiking in Killarny National Park, Ireland. Purple Mountain route.

4: "(let's run away) To The Hills" - Photo taken while hiking the Peak District, England.

About the paper:

The mulberry tree (known as "saa" in Thailand) grows wildly and abundantly in Northern Thailand as well as neighbouring countries, Laos and Burma. Saa, or Mulberry paper, is made by hand from these trees, which includes shredding and boiling fresh organic matter, pressing, smoothing, and drying on large screens (or left in the sun to dry). This handmade paper is a sustainable and renewable source as no trees are cut down for this paper making process- the trees grow that rapidly. Thai artisans continue to produce handmade paper using the same technique they have done for centuries. 

As I am living in Thailand, I source this paper from a local shop, and have them printed here in Chiang Mai. The paper delivers a remarkable texture, but is smooth enough for writing/drawing. 

I started Captain With A Hook when I was 22. I am self taught and absolutely love what I do. I have a passion for creating handmade items. I love seeing the smiles my products create! We specialize in handmade, one of a kind crocheted stuffed animals. From unicorns to giraffes, to bunnies...oh my! 

This creation is 12 inches tall, and is a twist on the pattern by One Dog Woof. It can be created in the traditional rainbow or any fun variation! This little one comes with a heart on the foot to let customers know it was handmade with love.

We want to thank all the shops that participated in this blog post and partnered with us.  It was great getting to know and work with some very talented artisans! 
 If you have an Etsy shop or a Handmade items shop and would like to be featured in a blog post similar to this please email us for more information! footnotesandfinds@gmail.com 


  1. I love these picks! That geometric necklace from Striking Gold looks absolutely gorgeous! I love the vintage-inspired feel of it. :D

    Sweet Helen Grace

  2. Obsessed with the double pendant necklace from JQ Vancouver! Like, I want it, yesterday!! And I adore this series!! Great finds, ladies!

    Xox Dana Ivy // www.iadorewhatilove.com

  3. I love handmade product! I make me feels so raw! :)


  4. Lovely pieces! Thank you for sharing!


  5. Such beautiful finds! Handmade jewelry is the best - always unique.

    Annessa / www.seekingsunshine.com

  6. I love discovering new designers. Love that JQ necklace!

    xo Jen
    Skirt The Rules

  7. This is such a fun series! I absolutely love the travel posters.


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