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Graffiti necklace – a giveaway!!!

and about time too, huh?

sorry for the delays friends, life is tripping me up a bit with all the newness&change with baby bird arriving this fall, plus my computer gets very angry in the summer heat so she needs a nice siesta in the afternoons.. just like I do! lol.

this fun piece is available to someone special…could it be you???

a collaboration of my sketchy & painty skills along with tomate d’epingles’ words & jewelry design came up with a delightful, fun and surprising project for all of us. I primed and painted about 40+ wooden circles with poetry and quotes in a not-too-serious kind of way..once dry, I sent them all out to the girls in Quebec for them to create unique pieces to wear. & out came a whole series of necklaces for their customers & clients!!

this is a really fun and whimsical trinket packed up in all signature eco-friendly packaging to adorn your neck! (psst….I’m throwing in a wee arty secret treat made from my 2 hands for you to enjoy with your necklace also-double the fun! )

all that is required for the special someone to recieve this in their letter box, is to go to both tomate d’epingles blog, to read some of the fabulous things they’ve published and to make a comment in the comments section of one of their articles. easy peasy, done & done!

 then come back here and make a comment, with your email, on this very post.

I’ll throw everyone into the random.org generator, shake it to mix thoroughly & see who comes up!!

lucky lucky for somebody!!

this offer will go until end of this month. and I will contact the special someone by email for mailing details and announce it here when I can!


best summery wishes everyone!

July 30th update: With this heat wave we’re having, and my holidays coming up any day now, I’ve decided to extend the deadline of this giveaway until August 15th. More chances for you to enter and win!! big summer loves to you! xo!



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tomate d’epingles giveaway

tomate d’epingles giveaway, originally uploaded by tanisalexis.

pssst…..did someone say give-away?!?!?!????
these special treats are ready to be sent out to a lucky reader this Summer….More details later today! I wont leave you hanging on too long! xo!

update: check it all out here friends https://tanisalexis.wordpress.com/2009/07/21/graffiti-necklace-a-giveaway/ best wishes!!


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baby bird summertime sale – deal o’ the week

I’m back after a much needed restful weekend. I hope this greets you all with fresh new energies and a fun, fun, fun Summertime so far.

Deal o’ the week time here.. these puppies have been very popular thruout the times and I wanted to share them with you, dear readers, since they are ultimately limited edition and !!! I only have 3 left!

that’s right, once they’re gone, they are gone.

i heart mail pack

i heart mail pack

I heart mail – a paper sampling kits!!

here’s a bit of a description:

do you love mail?
do you love making up fun little packages for your friends?
do you like getting those little extras in packages that add to that personal touch?
I sure do!!!
Every item in this kit is hand-stamped and lovingly packed up for you. Part of the challenge in creating these was for me to make sure that every single ingredient was eco-friendly, recycled, reclaimed, salvaged and re-used.
for example, the vinyl envelopes were claimed by me from a box of goodies another artist wanted to throw away.  

mail pack

Like mentioned I only have just a tiny few of these left, and!!! what’s better than this crafty-licious kit?

only $16.00 and FREE SHIPPING!!!!!!

just go here: tanisalexis.etsy.com

or click on the images above to see these in my shop.

Big time deals for your Summertime pleasure.

Mention you’ve saw this on my blog and I’ll send you some other goodies too!

All part of our big “Baby Bird Summertime Sale” going on while stock lasts.

Loves to you all! happy days!! xo!

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the good people – Guylaine & Isabelle Martineau

Long overdue but well worth the wait in my opinion, the next artists’ in this feature include the fab sister duo working together as .tomate d’epingles.

Please read on to learn more about these amazing ladies.  

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Tell me what you do, who you are, and the area you are located
.tomate d’épingles. is a sister act, featuring Guylaine and Isabelle. We live in Québec city, Canada. We are self-taught jewelers, who share a love for all things shiny, and fashion!  Combining recycled, vintage, retro and natural materials into unique creations, our quirky handmade jewellery and accessories will surprise you!

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-What lights your creative fire?
Guylaine loves to scavenges all sorts of bits and baubles, in thrift stores, dumpsters, garage sales… that’s what inspires her : the random shiny object she found, doesn’t know what she should do with but that she just CANT leave there and has to bring it back home with her.

For Isabelle, it’s mostly textures who talk to her. She often gets ideas just before falling asleep and sometimes when creating a model, she gets new ideas. She loves to jot them down in a pad, draw them, exaggerate them and then try to see if it can actually become something.

When we both use the same materials, the final result is never the same. We inspire each other that way.
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-Do you collect/hoard anything?
Oh yes! we collect tons of stuff, from vintage buttons to beads, sewing notions, vintage patterns… Our appartment is chock-full of goodies! Guylaine sorts all our treasures by shape, color, size – she’s an organized pack rat!

recycled pearls and feathers 4

-List some of the things that make you happy:
music, birds, family, kisses, dancing, sunlight, shinny objects, friends, cats that purr, green…

the workroom 5

-What is one of your pet peeves?
Disorganized stuff! :o) Angry people. Cars that honk for no good reason.

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-Describe your (almost) perfect day.
imagine there are no guns, no bombs and no disease, no hungry mouths to feed
that would be the perfect day
an almost perfect day is sunny, on vacation, drinking a very strong coffee or a glass of red wine somewhere in Italy
or a sunny day, with friends, chilling out to good music and reinventing the world on our huge patio
you know, we just try to have fun every day! its not easy.

PHOTO - Québec Scope 8

Do you have a current project that is exciting you? Would you like to share a little bit of it?
our jewelry was featured in an eco-oriented fashion show at the Capitole de Québec, in Québec City, on April 19th. We had 50 models to adorn with our jewelry! Its a huge task, but we had SO much fun! Pictures are posted on our blog www.tomatedepingles.blogspot.com


Thank you so much ladies! Keep up the amazing work! 


You can see more of Guylaine and Isabelle’s photos and work here: http://tomatedepingles.ca

We’ll also be holding a wee giveaway of a poetry pendant I mentioned awhile back next week. These ladies have even gone to the lengths of wrapping it all up in awesome eco-friendly tomate signature wrapping paper just for you…plus, just for kicks, I’ve thrown in some extra fun little things for you too!

so stay tuned!



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collaboration – poetry & paint

Fellow Canadian jewelry designers Guylaine and Isabelle Martineau have teamed up with myself on a fun, collaborative project. 

The duo, best known by their business name  .tomated’epingles. create extremely unique and eco-conscious designs that are not only hip and chic, but very cutting edge. They are known to encorporate the most unexpected and suprising elements into their work, such as buttons, clock parts, film negatives, feathers, recycled leathers, and even fountain pen tips!

I was inspired by Guylaine’s poetry and expressions and took her writings along with some of my own and created the pendants you see above on wooden discs. I sent 20 wooden, painted, and art-ed pendants across the country to the girls in Quebec and they went to work composing the pendants into shiny, wearable pieces of jewelry art!

So far the collaboration has been successful enough, that I needed to order 40 more wooden discs and should get to work on the painting and prepping of them this week. stay tuned and be sure to check out what those lovely ladies are up to by looking at their blog, they currently have a fun Valentine’s Day giveaway (fun!) tomatedepingles.blogspot.com


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