Recap: OOAK Spring 2015

I had a wonderful time at the Spring One of a Kind Show this year. I introduced a few new boyfriends (one of which sold out completely… Benedict Cumberbatch), I designed an entire display, and met some amazing new artisans who I will cherish as friends from here forward.

Some highlights:

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Got interviewed by Jennifer Valentyne for Breakfast Television the first morning of the show! Click picture to view.

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My beautiful booth won best booth design for the Rising Stars section! So proud. Thanks OOAK folks!

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Some lovely new friends – Fiona Hanna, LKPR Headphones, and Little Minnow Designs ♥

See you at Christmas, OOAK!

It’s 2015!

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2014 is officially complete, and it was a wonderful year for Brooch Boyfriends. A first time at the One of a Kind show, a very successful Etsy Made in Canada day, and much good press to go along with it all.

It’s 2015! A new year, a new start, and some exciting things to look forward to here at BB HQ. We were just featured in Karine Ewart’s Valentine’s Day gift guide on the Chatelaine edition of Cityline, we are gearing up for the One of a Kind Spring 2015 show March 25th to 29th at the Direct Energy Centre, and next week our little guys will be stocked at lovely Roncesvalles gift shop Scout.

What a wonderful year it’s shaping up to be, and we can’t wait for what lies ahead!

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Tracy Moore, host of Cityline, receiving her custom brooches!

Boyfriends in the Globe & Mail!

What an amazing thing to have happen:
I was interviewed for the Globe & Mail Small Business Section!!

No amount of bolding and exclamation marks can show how excited and grateful I am. Thank you to the lovely Shelby Walsh for somehow finding me, and to my great friend Sarah for taking some lovely photos of me and my workspace. Shelby contacted me a few weeks ago and I am so happy it is finally up for the world to see!

Here’s Shelby’s introduction (which I just love):

Hannah Browne has helped many clients celebrate loved ones and get over the heartbreak. Her personality-packed felt pins, portraying ‘celebrities’ like The Fresh Prince, Ron Burgundy and even ‘custom’ boyfriends, encourage people to wear their hearts on their chests.

Whether it’s a long-time lover, someone on Tinder, or a famous crush, she’ll handcraft a brooch to make ladies (and fellas!) feel like they’re on Cloud 9. Her pins retail from $15 to $40.

Read the whole article here!

 

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!

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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!

Press: National Boyfriend Day

So apparently yesterday was National Boyfriend Day. Who knew? …maybe I should have?

Regardless, I received a lovely message from Suzy, the woman who runs Daily Holiday Blog, to tell me she has featured my Trendy Moustache Boyfriend on her ‘Boyfriends Day’ post. How neat! Check it out here.

Thanks Suzy!

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

If you would like to grab one of these eligible young bachelors for your very own or for your friend, please visit my Etsy shop: broochboyfriends.etsy.com

If you would like a custom-made boyfriend (modeled after your own sweet boo or the boyfriend you've always wanted) please email me at broochboyfriends@gmail.com with 'Custom Made Boyfriend' in the header and I will happily create one for you. Send along a description and/or photo as well!

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