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For me, Christmas is the most magical and beautiful time of the year, - says Elena Brakhnova, also known here on iCraft as Craft Boutique .

I am one of those people who start planning for Christmas and even start buying presents for my family months in advance.

Growing up in Russia, we didn't get many present at Christmas, well, New Year's actually. Even now, Christmas is not much celebrated in... Read more
It was only natural that Denise Wandt would develop a lifelong love of creating art from recycled, rustic, and, well, natural materials.

“For as long as I can remember,” the owner of Naturally by Denise explains, “I have been coloring, painting, putting together scenes with rocks and twigs, or building cute houses and furniture for my dolls.

Art has always been a part of my life.”... Read more
As a young girl, Reshma Sandell wanted to be a crime detective, but, she says, “Destiny had other plans.”

“Crime stories still intrigue me. Needless to say I do like crime thrillers! I still feel I would make a good detective, but […] I ended up being a banker and now am pursuing my passion in jewelry!”

Anyone who browses AhKriti , her shop on, will be glad that... Read more
It's that time of year again; days are getting shorter and the air is far crisper. Time to pull on longer-sleeved shirts, a jacket, and of course, a snappy hat.

For children, having a hat on during the Fall and Winter months is particularly important. Little heads get cold fast and a hat can certainly take away the chill. Still, there is no reason why the hat they wear cannot be stylish and fun. Which is why... Read more
Husneara Begum of Feroza’s Jewelry creates beautiful handcrafted one of a kind pieces that simply sparkle. Using a range of gemstones, Swarovski crystals and fresh water pearls, combined with sterling silver, vintage brass and filled gold, her creations are stylish and dazzling – with enough glamour to make you feel like you are walking a Red Carpet even if all you are doing is walking down the... Read more
It is much like a fairy tale; boy and girl meet in high school and then lose touch. Twenty-eight years later they meet again, love blossoms and they get married. Together they start a small craft business. It is fate, kismet, serendipity, which is why Hugh and Elizabeth Henry called their craft business “ Serendipity Crafts .”

Graphic designers by trade, they needed to make some more money to make a... Read more
John Bath and his wife Carol decided to settle in Wasaga Beach, Ontario, after he lost his job in Toronto. Wasaga Beach is a popular tourist destination with white sandy beach and hiking trails, seemed like a perfect place to retire.

John started making mailboxes after his wife told him one day that his next door neighbour was making a mailbox. She asked him if he could make one for their home.

John said... Read more
Yolanda Pang of Poetic Designs creates gorgeous jewelry for iCraft, often recycling old world inspired items with them. Her work’s nostalgic, antique feel will transport you back in time when you wear it. Yolanda describes her fascinating process and inspiration in this interview for iCraft.

Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a self-taught, fashion turned jewelry designer from Toronto,... Read more
Le Bella Couture is an online girls’ boutique company dedicated to creating fun, chic and sophisticated one-of-a-kind outfits for the special little girl on your life.

The company is very family focused. One of the designers, Esther Cepeda, got the inspiration for the pillowcase dresses when she was pregnant. Unable to work, she says she wanted to make fun and memorable outfits for her new daughter. Not... Read more
Reshma Sandell of AhKriti draws inspiration from India, where she was born and raised, to create beautiful handmade jewelry for iCraft. Her work’s rich colours and unique designs can complement any outfit. Reshma candidly describes her journey to becoming a jeweler and her creative process.

Please tell us about yourself.

I now live in Mississauga, Canada with my husband and two beautiful daughters. I... Read more

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