Slashpile Designs Blog

More Holiday Shopping! December 08 2014

We have been adding more exciting events to our schedule for the holidays, so here is the updated list of where we'll be! Since Slashpile jewellery pieces are all clever and meaningful, they really do make perfect holiday presents. Come visit us at these places and find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list (and don't forget to include yourself on that list!). We also think these are some pretty cool events, so even if you're done your shopping you should come by to say hello and just enjoy!

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Pop-Up at Freedom Clothing

Tuesday December 16, 3:00-7:00pm

939 Bloor St W (Bloor and Ossington)

Next Tuesday, we will be having a pop-up event at Freedom Clothing Collective. Freedom Clothing is a fabulous store for local fashion, accessories, housewares and more! Stop by between 3:00 and 7:00pm, and take advantage of 15% off everything in store, including an extra wide selection of Slashpile Designs Jewellery. We will even have some one-of-a-kind samples and never-before seen pieces for sale!

 http://www.freedomclothingcollective.com/

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Parkdale Flea Xmas Edition

Weekend of December 20 & 21

Saturday: 4:00-11:00pm

Sunday: 10:00am-5:00pm

1266 Queen St W.

Free entry!

Parkdale Flea Market brings together some of the best and most unique products that Toronto has to offer. Featuring vendors ranging from Antiques, Vintage, Collectables, Local Artisans and Designers, the market showcases impeccable taste!

Food and drink vendors will also be available so come hungry and thirsty! Four legged friends are welcome too!

http://www.parkdaleflea.com/

  

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#localTOmrkt: a holiday market downtown with our city's local goods

December 22-23, 12:00-9:00pm

335 Yonge street, just north of Dundas

Free entry!

A month-long holiday pop-up market in a vacant lot at the shopping core of Toronto. The market will be happening in a large tented space with heating. Featuring a wide variety of local vendors and food trucks, this market offers such a unique shopping experience in a great, convenient location! We will be there on Dec 22, 23 and 24th for your last-minute holiday shopping! 

http://www.adhocpopup.com/holidaymarket/

 

If you can't make it to these events, be sure to check out our retailers or we'd love to connect with you online!

 

Cheers! and Happy holiday season!


Upcoming Holiday Markets! December 01 2014

After a successful week with the Unwrap Etsy pop up shop at Hunt Club, we're really getting into the thick of the holiday shopping season! We thought this would be the perfect timing to let you know about our upcoming holiday markets!

Uniquely Yours Holiday Market

This coming Saturday, December 6, we will participating in a great event to be held at Lobster Monster, a seafood restaurant with a fun atmosphere, located at Yonge and Lawrence. Come by between 10 and 2, do a little shopping, do a little sampling, enjoy some refreshments and cocktails and make new friends. Hope to see you there!

And don't forget to email RSVP for a free swag bag! first 50 people to RSVP only!

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#localTOmrkt: a holiday market downtown with our city's local goods

A month-long holiday pop-up market in a vacant lot at the shopping core of Toronto. Check it out at 335 Yonge street, just north of Dundas. The market will be happening in a large tented space with heating. Featuring a wide variety of local vendors and food trucks, this market offers such a unique shopping experience in a great location. We will be there on Dec 22, 23 and 24th for your last-minute holiday shopping needs! 

If you can't make it to these events, be sure to check out our retailers or we'd love to connect with you online!

Cheers! and Happy holiday season!


Spring makes me happy! May 28 2014

This weather we've been getting has been all over the place (hot hot temperatures, thunderstorms...I never know what it's going to be like the next time I step out the door!) HOWEVER, what's so great about the weather is that it's perfect for kickstarting the growth of all the plants and trees!! This means, I've been spending as much time in the garden as possible and watching it get super lush!!

And with that, I'll leave you with some photos of the wonderful natural things that are happening in the backyard as well as some related Slashpile Designs jewellery pieces! :)

Check out this page to browse our Plant-a-Tree collection! For the Tulip Pendant, click here

 

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Slashpile Virtual Shopping Tour October 10 2013

[caption id="attachment_2331" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Wisedaughters Sneak preview of the first virtual tour through Wise Daughters Craft Market![/caption] With the holiday season soon approaching, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity for us to introduce you to some of the stores that carry our work--there are some really great shops (both local and abroad!) that you might like to visit! Over the next few weeks, we will be creating a series of posts on our blog. Each post  will give you a 'virtual tour' of a specific retail store, where you can find Slashpile Designs jewellery, along with many other wonderful things. We'll show you some photos of the shop, introduce you to the staff and let you know about any upcoming sales or events in that location. So stay tuned...and enjoy! Happy shopping!

The Slashpile Story June 26 2013

Victory Pose Original Slashpiles

In 2006, we went treeplanting for the first time. Treeplanting is known to be an extremely difficult summer job. When we first arrived in the bush camp, people looked at us and thought there was no way we would last more than a week. But we did—we stayed the entire season, and were even top planters at our camp.

When you decide to do treeplanting, you commit to living in the bush for 4 months of the summer, living in a tent in very isolated camps in northern Canada (we planted mostly in Alberta). Everyday, you wake up super early to start planting trees, which you carry around with you all day over rough terrain, planting between 2000 and 4000 trees per day. You get paid per tree, so you have to work hard to make it worthwhile. There are bugs, swamps, extreme weather conditions, bears and many other challenges. That's not to say we didn't enjoy it--on the contrary! We had an amazing time and met such incredible people. We even went on to do more seasons, Tara as a tree checker (she had to have surgery on her shoulder after a year of planting) and I did 4 more seasons as a planter.

So back to the story--

In the clearcuts, there are these giant piles of sticks and logs, called Slashpiles. During the season, they kind of get in the way of planting, but at the end of our first season, we climbed them to photograph our ‘victory pose’ (see above, photo courtesy of Fabienne Good). After the season, we created a silver jewellery piece based on the slashpile, that was designed to be a medal for finishing the full season. This piece gave us the foundation of our branding for Slashpile Designs—every one of our pieces reflects a story, concept or achievement. And this piece is a prime example of how we do that.

We create jewellery, mainly in sterling silver. Unlike most jewellery, which is purely aesthetic, every piece has a story or concept behind it. Our products are designed to be personally significant to individuals, while at the same time, understood by a large audience. We get the inspiration for our pieces from our own lives, which we like to pack full of various activities, such as karate, snowboarding, roller derby…the list goes on. We are driven to create pieces that are both meaningful to the wearer and pleasing to the eye.

I hope this gives you a clearer insight into who we are and why we do what we do! If you take a look through our collections, hopefully you can even relate to some of our products with your own stories. We are constantly working to come up with new and exciting products that our customers can relate to with their own stories.  

 

And now, a couple more treeplanting photos....

Treeplanter Tara   Logs