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For the second year now, Etsy Resolution is helping creative entrepreneurs turn their passion and talent into a profitable career!
The main goal of Etsy Revolution is to help aspiring entrepreneurs start their new year with a great opportunity to make some extra income, and flex their creative muscles. If you've ever thought about selling your own handmade products, now is the time. Etsy is bringing you 16 experienced and successful sellers to mentor participants between January 30th and February 27th in a free email course.
Learn about product photography, what to sell, how to get yourself found, successful marketing techniques, search-engine optimization, and shipping tips. You'll get four simple emails telling you how to open your shop, find inspiration and beautifully curate your products to make them appealing to shoppers. All you need to do is sign up and read the lessons, complete some tasks and connect with other participants going through the same thing.
Registration is open until January 27th. Get your email in before it starts!
In the meantime, make sure to take some time to support other small businesses. Here are some of our favourite Canadian Etsy businesses that you can shop now:
With funny, inspirational and beautiful prints that you can download in minutes, Elemenopee Design allows you to do what you wish with their art. Put it on the fridge, a cork board, or hang it up in a frame—the possibilities are endless with these affordable designs.
Cherry Tree Gallery rustic white wooden arrows, $79, etsy.com/ca/shop/cherrytreegallery
Wall decor, shelves and hangers in this shop are all beautifully rustic. Perfect for a Canadianian feel in a family home.
3. Robinson Merch Company
Robinson Merch Company jewelry holders, $48, etsy.com/ca/shop/robinsonmerchcompany
This shop out of Grimsby, Ont. is putting a new spin on jewellery organization! These modern and chic holders are perfect to accent a bedroom, and go with pretty much any colour scheme.
Sweetheart Jewelry Box tiny gold heart necklace, $27, etsy.com/ca/shop/SweetheartJewelryBox
Delicate and simple is what this jewelry shop is about. Packaged in boxes with punny and sweet sayings, this shop is definitely a go-to for dainty and playful pieces to accent your style and personality.
5. La Reserve Design
La Reserve Design chunky knit scarf, $49, etsy.com/ca/shop/LaReserve Design
La Reserve Design might be the comfiest looking shop on Etsy! From blankets, to cushions, hats and scarves, this Montreal-based shop is serving up all your chunky knit wool needs.
6. Grace Design
Grace Design taupe clutch, $81, etsy.com/ca/shop/gracedesgn
This cute Toronto-based boho shop has all sizes of bags for women. Whether you want minimalist design or a long fringe, Grace Design has the clutch, pouch or shoulder bag for you.
7. SOCK Dirty To Me
SOCK Dirty To Me 'bring me wine' socks, $17, etsy.com/ca/shop/SOCKDirtyToMe
These fun socks with witty sayings on the bottom of the feet are a perfect gift (or a perfect splurge for yourself). With all kinds of categories to choose from, say exactly what's on your mind with these adorably funny socks.
CAMP Skincare dream skin duo, $68, etsy.com/ca/shop/CampSkincare
Not only does CAMP Skincare have pretty beauty and skin care products, it's also all natural and all plant-based. Perfect for giving your skin the hydration it deserves, this shop also specializes in baby and mommy products.
9. Lovely Body
Lovely Body pink berry grapefruit sugar scrub, $17, etsy.com/ca/shop/LovelyBody
This isn't your typical bath and beauty shop. With cold pressed soaps, whipped lotions, soap jewels and sugar scrubs, this stuff almost looks like dessert! (Except it's still soap, don't eat it)
10. Emme Cosmetics
Emme Cosmetics winter palette, $65, etsy.com/ca/shop/emmecosmetics
Eyeshadows, pigments and highlighters are the main seller in this shop. All the product is vibrant, shimmery and cruelty-free (big plus)! If you're a makeup artist or just a makeup lover it'll be hard to stay away from this shop.
Canadian Living's home and garden director shows off her curves in a body con dress.
Photography by Carlyle Routh. Hair by Jukka/Davines/Plutino Group. Makeup by Jodi Urichuk/Bite Beauty/Plutino Group.
Have you ever flirted with the idea of trying a daring style but weren't quite sure how to pull it off? We found six women who were intrigued by a trend they usually avoid, then we gave them the support and style advice to help them make it their own. Here, Canadian Living's home and garden director, Sarah Gunn, steps out in a body con dress.
Much like Sarah's decor esthetic, sunny hues and pretty pastels are her wardrobe mainstays, along with ladylike fit-and-flare frocks. But there's one item of clothing Sarah has always admired on other women yet hasn't slipped into herself: a body-conscious dress. "I have curves—some in the right places and some not—and I'm not sure how to enhance the good ones and hide the bad ones in a formfitting style," says Sarah.
Karl Lagerfeld dress, $189, thebay.com. Earrings, bracelets, ring and shoes, bananarepublic.ca. Clutch, coach.com.
The first step to feeling confident in a body-hugging dress is a good foundation, a.k.a. undergarments. Sarah donned a Shapeez Tankee slip ($125, shapeez.com), an all-in-one bra, slip and shaper that helps eliminate visible bra lines and back bulges while slimming the waist and the stomach. When it comes to choosing a fitted dress, keep it sophisticated; we selected a style with elbow length sleeves and a high neckline, allowing Sarah's silhouette and her legs to be highlighted. Finally, the dress features black panels on the sides, which ever so slightly cinch the waist, helping to create the illusion of a more defined midriff.
Shop the trend:
Floral dress, $80, express.com
Zippered dress, $420, marc-cain.com
Scuba dress, $100, reitmans.com
Aspen dress, $129, bebe.com
Body con dress, $140, lechateau.com
Felicity & Coco dress, $137, nordstrom.com
Dex dress, $79, thebay.com
Dress, $210, armaniexchange.com
Franca sweater dress, $178, guess.ca
Body con dress, $50, dynamiteclothing.com
Rice Salad with Pickled Carrot Image by: Jeff Coulson
Are you looking for a little inspiration for your lunch box? Try out some of these yummy lunch salad recipes. We promise you'll never call your lunch boring again.
This salad is reminiscent of a Waldorf salad, but the addition of lentils makes it more substantial. Once the apple is sliced, add it directly to the dressing - the lemon juice will prevent it from turning brown.
Freekeh, a supergrain that's relatively new to supermarkets, takes about the same time to cook as brown rice.
This crisp savoury salad gets tossed with dressing and topped with crunchy croutons just before serving, so nothing gets soggy. For easy assembly, grill the chicken the night before, or use rotisserie chicken
Roasting all but one of the garlic cloves pumps up flavour to the max without having the overpowering taste of raw cloves. Roast a few extra heads and spread the soft cloves onto toasted baguette slices or crackers for a tasty snack.
This vibrant, fresh, herb-packed salad makes a great light dinner. The skinny shredded egg "pancakes" add just the right amount of protein to make it a satisfying meal. If you prefer a little more heat, use a whole bird's-eye pepper instead of half.
Wheat berries are whole, unprocessed wheat kernels that have a pleasant bite when cooked and make a hearty side dish or light lunch. To save prep time, cook the wheat berries in advance and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Boosted with Japanese flavours, this fresh salad pairs nicely with grilled salmon or trout. To trim the snap peas, use a paring knife to snip and pull off the tough strings that run along the length of the pod.
This Korean-inspired rice salad features quick-pickled daikon, a sweet and crisp Asian radish. Hot red peppers vary in heat level, so make sure to taste a little piece so you can decide how spicy you want your salad.
Humble cooked quinoa gets a boost from vibrant, sweet oranges and peppery arugula. You'll want to make this salad over and over again.
These cold Japanese buckwheat noodles (soba noodles) are incredibly refreshing. Once cooked, toss them with a little oil to prevent them from sticking. Add the dressing just before serving so that the noodles don't absorb it all.