background

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

silver shabby bracelet

Vintage bits and new bits combined make up this OOAK shabby chic upcycled bracelet.   



OOAK upcycled necklace, tippy toes and pearls


OOAK upcycled necklace. A stunning vintage pendant with a sweet ballerina, hung from hand wrapped freshwater pearls. Chain and findings are 14k gold.

Surprised by nature

Went to pick some flowers.... just about grabbed this little guy! 

OOAK upcycled necklace, vintage gold bow

OOAK upcycled necklace. A stunning gold tone vintage pendant is hung from a 14k gold chain. 
I must admit, I'm glad this one hasn't sold yet!  ;)  Making ooak jewelry is hard, I want to keep them all!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Handmade necklace - filigree pendant


A large filigree heart pendant with a pop of pink on a long gunmetal chain. 


Thrifting - June 9/12


Two sweet vintage does and flowers from a friend! A wonderful way to spend a Saturday!



OOAK silver upcycled charm bracelet

OOAK upcycled bracelet. A vintage inspired heart locket is the focal on this bits and bobbles bracelet. 

OOAK upcycled Matryoshka Doll necklace

OOAK upcycled necklace. A large antiqued vintage bronze Matryoshka Doll hangs from upcycled vintage cherry red beads! 

With the 2 inch extender chain, this sweet necklace can be worn at a number of lengths.

OOAK upcycled mermaid necklace

OOAK upcycled necklace Pink Freshwater Pearls are hand wrapped, a silver, vintage inspired mermaid hangs from an upcycled vintage rhinestone pendant.


Pickings - June 2/12

June 2nd's pickings!  The gnome cookie jar is ridiculously cute!  If it doesn't sell at my next market it might just find it's permanent home on my kitchen island! 


sweet Bambi


OOAK upcycled necklace. A sweet Bambi pendent hung from upcycled vintage forest green beads. 

A good problem to have

This Large Antiqued Vintage Bronze Feather necklace has quickly become one of my favourites!  Only problem is it seems to sell out so fast I can't keep one for myself!


FREE! - June 2/12

Found this sweet chair in the lobby of our old apartment.... for FREE!  One thing I like better than thrifting is picking this up at no cost!  Pretty sure it's mid century modern style, but it's the floral fabric that drew me in!  What have you scored lately? 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

OOAK upcycled vintage necklace


OOAK upcycled necklace. Vintage creamy beads with a mauve leather rose. 


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Organic Gardening



This is what our garden plot looked like when we moved into our new house in Dec 2011.  After HOURS of weeding and tilling the soil, we now are the proud owners of a veggie patch!    My brother in law  was a huge help in the creation of our garden, since this was a first go around for me.


Snap peas, carrots, beats, onions, spinach and romaine on the Rt, pole beans, squash  and tomatoes on the Lt!  We will be planting more as the weather warms up.


Interview with Delish Magazine - May 2012

What is the story behind your business?
I haven’t always loved art. In fact, I was a tomboy growing up, most of my time was spent climbing trees and playing baseball. But I have always loved treasure! Items that have a history have captured my interest since childhood. Where did it come from? What was the person like who owned it? With Opechee I am able to incorporate history into a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. Upcycled vintage skeleton keys, chandelier crystals and old buttons, all find new uses as upcycled jewelry accents.

Where and when do your craft your goodies?
Each upcycled piece is handcrafted in my little country studio. Under the watchful eyes of my yellow lab Roofus I transform pre-loved items into unique eye-catching designs. As I also have a full time job, most pieces come to life well after the sun has set.

What will you be selling at Scout?
I’m thrilled to be a vendor at the Scout Handmade & Vintage Market! At my booth there will be one-of-a-kind jewelry, necklaces with upcycled vintage skeleton keys, vintage beads and crystals, rings with vintage buttons, matryoshka doll earrings and bracelets made with vintage bits and bobbles! I also have a line of handmade stuffed critters! Little owls, bears and bunnies made from upcycled vintage fabric and vintage Mother of Pearl buttons. What once was an old man’s suit is now a one of a kind critter! (All vintage fabric is washed and pressed before use!)

Why do you like these events?
Handmade and vintage markets are my favourite. I love meeting other vendors who enjoy vintage as much as I do, and the look on customers’ faces when they walk into a world of vintage is just priceless! The vibe is like nothing else!

What is next for you personally and professionally?
Opechee will be at the Old Farmhouse Market on June 23rd, and at Art on the Farm on August 18th. During the summer months I will be busy tending my organic vegetable garden, hiking with my husband and yellow lab Roofus and riding my vintage cruiser! I will continue designing and creating upcycled jewelry and also working full time at the Abbotsford Hospice Society.


Scout Handmade & Vintage Market - May 25th and 26th

I was so pleased to be included in another event presented by the lovely ladies of Birch and Bird!  Scout Handmade & Vintage Market was a wonderfully successful event!  Thank you ladies for all your hard work to make this such an anticipated market!  And thank you Sharalee for the AMAZING coverage!

We had hundreds of vintage lovers and treasure hunters!  None of which were disappointed!
Photo by Sharalee Prang Photography



 Photo by Sharalee Prang Photography
Upcycled button and Chrysanthemum hair pins.
Photo by Sharalee Prang Photography
My little booth!
Photo by Sharalee Prang Photography
I'm pretty sure I handed out 300 business cards that weekend!
Photo by Sharalee Prang Photography

Arial view of my stuffies!
Photo by Sharalee Prang Photography
Photo by Sharalee Prang Photography


Photo by Sharalee Prang Photography
Photo by Sharalee Prang Photography
Photo by Sharalee Prang Photography
The crowds were like this the WHOLE time!  AMAZING turnout!
Photo by Sharalee Prang Photography

A sweet shot of me and my beautiful cousin/helper Meagan.  So happy she was there with me! <3
Photo by Sharalee Prang Photography



custom OOAK upcycled bracelets


One of my favourite things is playing with vintage beads!  The lovely Colleen  wanted these beauties transformed into an OOAK bracelet.  I decided why make her one when I can make her 5!
I think the cream and the blush pink look so sweet together!  Glad you like them as much as I do Colleen!

Custom Bridal Order May 19, 2012

My first custom bridal order! Beach themed necklaces for a beach themed wedding! Looking forward to seeing the lovely ladies wearing Opechee!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

doe a deer - May 12, 2012

On Mar 17/12 I found the deer on the lt. Today while thrifting I found the deer on the rt! Since it's a set she just had to come home with me! ♥  I LOVE thrifting!  What have you found lately?

OOAK Eiffel Tower necklace


OOAK upcycled necklace. A sweet little vintage gold Eiffel Tower charm is hung from a vintage chandelier crystal. 

OOAK upcycled vintage pearl bracelet

OOAK upcycled bracelet. Creamy white vintage beads are stunning as a wrap bracelet. 
A wise old owl charm accent completes this one of a kind.

bunnies and owls

Brambles and Dandelion are sweet rabbits made from (washed) upcycled vintage fabric and her eyes and mouth are baby safe.
Aleta, Alister and Henry Avery are made from new and (washed) upcycled vintage fabric
~Aleta and Alister have been SOLD, Henry Avery is still available~
Stu, Natalka and Dennis, are made from (washed) upcycled vintage fabric and have upcycled vintage Mother of Pearl button eyes!  ~Stu is still available, Natalka and Dennis are SOLD!~