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
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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Woah, it’s been a while since we’ve done a post! We are hoping everyone is happy and healthy as we have entered into this new and exciting year!
We have lots of new things on the go! We are happy to report on 2 upcoming sales we will be participating in! The first is the Dachshund UN Marketplace! Between February 28th to March 3rd there will be 4 performance installations of the Dachshund UN at Harbourfront Centre here in Toronto. During each performance there will be a marketplace with vendors! Please check the Harbourfront website for show times!
(photo taken from https://www.facebook.com/DachshundUN)
Our second sale is at this years Spring One of a Kind show from March 27th-31st! We will be participating as part of SarahAnaDesigns in the new Etsy section of the show! We are very excited!
As you can see we will have our work cut out for us in the next few months! We will be busy making our old faithful designs as well as developing some new ones so be sure to check in often!
If you wish to pre-order jewellery for pick up at the Dachshund UN then please use Promo Code PICKUPUN when checking out of our Etsy shop. In using this code we know not to ship your piece and that you will be picking it up at the event!
I have to say that one of the things I like best about my job is when I open up my e-mail to find a new order and the exciting moment that follows when I get to see where in the world I will be sending my jewellery!
I recently bought a map and started to mark on the map where I have sent my doxie jewellery! I brought the map with me to Wienerfest and it was a real conversation starter. I was told by previous customers places they had sent my jewellery or places they intended to send it. I even had a woman tell me she was going to send my business card to the breeder where she got her dog back in Germany!
So here is my list of places I have sent S’wag so far. If you have purchased a piece and sent it somewhere (or you live somewhere) that is not on our list we would love to hear about it! I think S’wag has travelled more places then I have! I can’t wait to see where S’wag will travel to next!
Sometimes don’t you just need to set your eyes on a pawsitively precious puppy pic? Or a cute video starring a furry friend? It’s so dreary out today, it’s definitely one of those days that could use some brightening!
Check out the Puppy Love section for cute photos, videos and other fun stuff!
If you have any pics, videos or links to share, send them my way!
Would you love to wake up on Christmas morning to find a puppy under the tree!? Oh my! I would squeal so much with excitement! I think my heart would melt! (This idea for a Christmas present for me is not a practical one though, so friends and family if you are reading this don’t get any ideas! haha)
If you know another dreamer who is wishing to wake up to find a puppy under the tree on Christmas, but this idea is not practical for them either, why not get them a piece of S’wag Jewellery! There are lots of different designs to chose from! Their face will light up when they see the box with the puppy paw ribbon. It is oh so cute! Your new necklace or bracelet may not be able to cuddle and give soft kisses but it’s the next best things. It will be loyal, loving and get you lots of attention!
Probably one of the most famous or recognizable Dachshunds in the art world was Picasso’s doxie Lump (pronounced loomp – meaning rascal).
Lump was said to be the inspiration for some of Picasso’s artwork, most famously his print The Dog.
Searching the web I found hundreds of pics of Picasso and his muse. I also found an interesting blog that tells the story of Picasso and Lump. Check out the blog here! There are lots of great photos of Picasso and Lump. He was quite the poser!
And if the story really interests you and piques your curiousity (as it did me) there is actually a book written about Picasso and his pooch. Picasso and Lump : A Dachshund’s Odyssey is available at Chapters/Indigo. I’m going to have to check it out!