Brooch Boyfriends at DX3!

One of a Kind Show prep has taken me away from all sorts of life things – including keeping you updated on this blog – however I have some exciting news to share. Brooch Boyfriends has been asked to be a part of the Etsy Marketplace at the DX3 Conference this year at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre!!

For those who don’t know, DX3 is Canada’s largest immersive digital marketing & retail experience. There are many many sponsors which promise a really great show!

DX3 runs the weekend of March 11th and 12th.

Wed. March 11th     8am – 5:30pm
Thur. March 12th     8am – 4:30pm


I hope to see you there! Now to get back to brooch prep…

#UnwrapEtsy Holiday Pop Up!

Etsy Canada is doing so many wonderful things for makers like me. I am so so thrilled they asked me to be a part of their #UnwrapEtsy Holiday Pop Up shop in Toronto! I cannot be more excited. For 6 days, starting November 21st, Etsy will be hosting tons of local artisans and makers at Huntclub at 709 Bathurst Street. Check out the poster below for more details and click it to view the #UnwrapEtsy Facebook event!

Toronto Etsy Unwrap

Etsy: Made in Canada Show!

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Good morning(ish)! I’ve had a nice summer relaxing, focusing on my design business, and taking a break from big shows. However, now that Autumn has hit, I’m happy to say I’ve been invited to be a part of a few great craft events! One of them being Etsy: Made in Canada. This is an awesome event because all across Canada on September 27th pop-up craft shows will be promoting all the wonderful independent makers Etsy has to offer. I’m so happy to be one of them! There are two markets in Toronto to check out, one at the MaRS building and one at OCADU. I’ll be sitting behind a little table at the MaRS Discovery District at 101 College Street from 10am – 4pm!

I am also happy to announce that I have been invited to sell at the Press Gala the night before, so if you’re lucky enough to have a press pass, I’ll see you there!

One of a Kind Show Roundup

On the first day, sitting behind my fully stocked booth!

Hey! I’ve finally had the chance to sit down and write about the amazing One of a Kind Spring Show I was so lucky to be a part of.

Quite a few lovely things came out of this show:

  • Many new and returning customers visited my table, laughing and smiling.
  • My little brooch lads got lots of exposure on blogs around the interweb (including Swallow Daily and The Art of Doing Stuff)
  • I received offers to participate in other craft shows
  • I got to meet some wonderful and talented Etsy sellers (seriously, everyone in the Etsy section was so talented it hurt!)
  • I was able to purchase some new things for myself from artisans I love.
  • I made a new friend – Lizzi, owner and one of the creative ladies behind Little Minnow Designs from Austin Texas!

The best thing: my brooches were on TV! They were featured on Canada AM’s One of a Kind spot (Thursday March 27th), and I was interviewed for the Space channel’s Innerspace, which aired Friday March 28th!

All in all, I had an amazing 5 days. I’m so thankful to the One of a Kind team and Etsy Canada for allowing me to be a part of this amazing show, and hopefully my brooches will be back there again for Spring 2015.

On a semi-related note, some exciting new developments will be coming soon  – stay tuned!

Made by me! One of a Kind Show fancy badges.

Made by me! One of a Kind Show fancy badges.

The Etsy Section!

The Etsy Section!


My home for 5 days – Booth J20W! Plus a visit from the little One of a Kind Hippo (#ooakhippo) who was making the rounds in our Etsy section, thanks to the silly and creative mind of Casey Von Esteban.

Ziggy hanging out in the Etsy display boxes.

Ziggy hanging out in the Etsy display boxes.

The best haul of lovely handmade gifts from the show. Circle scarves from Little Minnow Designs, banjo mug from Greg Voisin Pottery, earrings from White Feather, silk screened leggings from Whiteout Workshop

The best haul of lovely handmade gifts from the show. Circle scarves from Little Minnow Designs, banjo mug from Greg Voisin Pottery, rough cut diamond studs from White Feather, silk screened leggings from Whiteout Workshop.

Someone found Mr. Right!

Someone found Mr. Right!

Make It Coupon

Make It is just less than 2 months away! They’ve given us a lovely treat to share: a $2 off coupon for the show! Just show this coupon at the door (save trees! You can show it on your smartphone).

So if you happen to be reading this and going to Make It, enjoy this coupon! And I’ll see you at the show.


Brooch Boyfriends are handmade with love by Hannah Bee in Toronto, Canada.

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