Do you have a best friend that you share everything with? If ‘yes’ then this contest is for you!
I recently teamed up with my best friend to start a small business called I’m With Sarah. We sew really cute things to bring comfort and cuteness into your life – lavender filled sachets, boo boo bags, hand warmers, hot/cold bags, weenie wigwams – all in super pretty, soft, cozy fabrics. (Lots of them with doxie’s on them!)
S’wag Jewellery and I’m With Sarah have teamed up to bring you a fantastic prize pack for you to share with your best friend. In the prize pack you win: 2 friendship bracelets, 2 lavender filled sachets in cute doxie fabrics, 2 doxie shaped bookmarks and 6 greeting cards to share! All items are handmade by either S’wag Jewellery or I’m With Sarah. The prize pack has an approx. value of $90.
Here is how you enter:
You must follow both S’wag Jewellery and I’m with Sarah on either Facebook or Instagram. All links listed below. Once you like both pages TAG your best friend or SHARE this photo with the person that you would like to share this prize with. (We need to be able to see that you shared or tagged the photo so please make sure your profile is set to the appropriate settings.
We will be choosing the winner on Tuesday, June 9th and announcing the winner on Wednesday June 10th. Good luck to you and your bestie! ~ Sarah and Sarah
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Valentine’s Day is just a little over a month away but it is never too early to start thinking of unique, one-of-a-kind gifts. When I am looking for handmade items to give as gifts I like to look at local craft shows most of which fall before Christmas or during the summer. When I can’t attend craft shows or when I am looking for something very specific (ie. Themed items) I turn to Etsy. Since most things ordered online take a little while to ship I thought I would share my thoughts sooner than later.
Below I will suggest a few items from my own shop that make great Valentine’s Gifts. I will also share a Treasury I made on Etsy with a few items which I thought were really cute. (There are way too many on there. I wish I could have included more!)
First up we have our best seller – Mini Doxie Friendship Bracelets. These are a perfect little item to give to a friend. They are only $20 and come in a variety of colours.
Next up is the newest addition to our shop. This one is super simple and lightweight. It is available on a sterling silver chain or on a black cord. These ones retail for $25-$35.
Keeping with the theme of Valentine’s Day we have chosen our next piece, our Heart Shaped Doxie Pendant. This one is made in Sterling Silver and retails for $95.
If you are looking for a ‘gift for him’ (or her, these are unisex) we have a great pair of dachshund cufflinks for $100.
And next we include our all time favourite. Our dachshund bangle is sure to make any doxie lover smile! The sterling silver doxie wraps cozily around the wrist. These ones retail for $165.
To browse some other cute items that we have in store visit our Etsy shop. We have items ranging from $10-$165. We have also made a treasury on Etsy of other cute doxie items from various different shops.
Ever wonder who is the face (and hands) behind S’wag Jewellery?
We want you to get to know who is making your one-of- kind piece of S’wag and show you a bit about our process.
My name is Sarah Dobranowski and I am S’wag Jewellery. The hands you see in all of S’wag’s Instagram photos are mine. The smiling, dark haired girl in our Facebook photos is me. (The blonde modelling is my younger sister Alicia) And every piece of jewellery, every painting and every accessory in our S’wag Etsy shop are made by me here in Toronto, Ontario.
All of S’wag’s designs start as a small idea in my head. I then start to sketch out ideas on paper. I usually like to discuss my ideas aloud with my older sister Alexis. I like to call her my PR manager. She can often be seen in photos with me at shows and events around the city. She helps with some of the business and sales side of things.
After I decide on a design I take to the bench to make a sample. Some samples are made in metal. Others are carved in wax. If I decide the idea is worth replicating I make a silicon mold of the original so that I might make multiples in the future or I make a tracing template so that I can easily saw out individual designs.
With pieces such as our Sterling Silver Wrap Rings I cut the dachshund out of sheet metal. I then form it into the ring shape. Much time is spent filing and smoothing out all the edges and surfaces with files and emery paper. The final step is to polish the piece.
With pieces such as my Carved Doxie Pendant I pull waxes from a silicon mold using a wax injector. Hot wax is injected into a 2 part mold using pressure. Once the wax is cool I remove it from the mold. I can pull multiple waxes from a mold. These waxes are then cast into metal using the Lost Wax Casting technique. I cast in brass, sterling silver and gold. Once the piece is cast in metal I file and emery the surface of the metal to make it smooth. With both fabricating from sheet metal and casting I may need to solder on findings such as bails or jump rings.
Once the pieces are polished to perfection they are ready to be sent out to you!
S’wag also makes a number of non-jewellery items such as cards, paintings, felt ornaments and bookmarks. These items are all handmade by me as well.
I love making S’wag and I take pride in my work. I love that I get to handle each and every pieces that I send out into the world. As I am the only person who makes my products it sometimes may take a little longer then some bigger companies. I do my best and try to get all pieces shipped in a timely manner! I hope that when you receive a piece of S’wag Jewellery you are happy with the product.
We hope you learned a little about what makes S’wag Jewellery unique. We hope it gives you some understanding as to how much time, effort and love goes into each piece. If you have any other questions you would like to know then please don’t hesitate to ask!
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