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For a while, I was subscribing to The Sampler, and a few customers who bought from me during that period obtained little free sample gifts with their purchases. I really enjoyed being able to thank my customers in this way, and so I decided to continue this by buying little samples from other Etsy shops! Many of the incredible folks at Etsy responded with really great ideas for samples, and I ended up buying quite a bit of yummy samples from a couple of shops. I chose items that I thought fit with the feel of my shop, were small and light, and that I hoped would be useful to my customers. I wish that I had enough moolah to buy something from everyone, but unfortunately, I had to stop myself from going too crazy. So, if you are a customer, from now on, you will get a little gift with any purchase over $25! If you have a preference, please indicate it in messages to seller, and I will try my best to accommodate you, although I can’t promise that your first choice will be available (plus, I kept a few for myself =P). So, here are the current actual available samples, in no particular order other than category and date they arrived at my place =) :

Body butter from BathLife: bathlife.etsy.com

bath

Body butter from Sugar Lips: sugarlips.etsy.com
sugarlips

Soy tea candle tealights from Dirty Bird Soaps: Dirtybirdsoaps.etsy.com
dirtybird

Handmade fridge magnets from Jess Mattingly: jessprkle.etsy.com
jess

Printed notecards from Just Another Day: JustAnotherDay.etsy.com
justanotherday

Bath soaps from Lady of Luxury : LadyofLuxury.etsy.com

lady

Bath soaps from shower treat soap showertreatsoap.etsy.com
showertreat

Bath soaps from My Secret Garden (mysgarden): mysgarden.etsy.com
mysgarden

Bath soaps from A Breath of French Air: AbreathofFrenchAir.etsy.com
FrenchAir

Hand and body lotion from Right as Rain Creations: RightAsRainCreations.etsy.com
rightasrain

Moisturising body lotion from Norma’s Bath and Body: Normasbathandbody.etsy.com
normas

Aren’t they all gorgeous and amazing? I am constantly blown away by the amount of pride and love that Etsy sellers put into their shops, products and customer service, and am so proud to be part of this community!! I hope that my customers will love the little samples. Enjoy! =)

xo,
~pq

i keep saying, no more making jewelry until I finish writing. but i have no self control!! here are some sparklies…rubies, labradorite, chains, vintage charms… =)

quiet flash
quiet flash

she salsas
she salsas

for me- slip slidy she salsas
for me- slip slidy she salsas

royal grapevine
royal grapevine

in other news, i got some AMAZING gems today that i am so majorly pleased with!!! I love gemstones in unique colours, and today, i got some beautiful sea-green sapphires, peacock-blue apatite and a to-die-for strand of tourmalines in gorgeous transparent blues- from pale blue to green-blue to dark inky blues. ahhh… my heart melted when i held them!! =). so so happy.

i’m off to montreal to see manu chao!! when i come back, i’ll draw the winner of the love.sweet.eternal. necklace from my mailing list (you can still sign up for my mailing list to enter at my website!). have a great weekend!

and yes, i WILL WORK this weekend in the car. *determined*

xo,

~pq

When I started pequitobun, I was really inspired to create jewelry wholly from vintage components. This was mainly because I absolutely love all things vintage, for their history and style (yes, my closet is FULL of vintage dresses and bags), but also because repurposing and recycling is an environmentally sound way of pursuing my love of design and fashion. That was the real driving force behind my choice of creating reinvented vintage jewelry.

At first, I started with EVERYTHING vintage, from clasps, hooks and beads down to headpins and jumprings (except earwires of course, for hygiene reasons!). Then, as I started to create more elaborate designs, I decided that to create heirloom quality designs, I needed to use higher quality findings and wire, namely, quality gold findings. I thought about it for a long time as I understand that the gold I would use would be mined from somewhere, and mining is just not as environmentally sound as not mining. In the end, I caved to my love of quality design, and settled on gold-filled as a nice compromise between crappy gold-plated and decadent pure gold. I still use mainly vintage pins, earrings, beads, charms and bits and pieces—keys, buttons, etc., and my designs are, of course handmade in sustainable small quantities, but my initial purpose had definitely been shifted slightly.

I told myself I wouldn’t use gemstones for the same reason.

That was before I came upon Linda Trent’s (self and most appropriately described) extraordinary gemstones. Lin, of course, is a well- known independent jewelry designer with serious stripes, and she has been generous enough to offer the overstock of her amazing beads at great prices to the Etsy community. She has a fantastic eye for unique shapes, colours and cuts, and I just melted when I saw her beads. I had not bought a SINGLE gemstone before I came upon her shop. I think I took a vow of sorts to buy the most minimal amount of new (non-vintage) supplies, and I moved her beads in and out of my cart for a while, deliberating. I don’t know why I make a big drama out of buying beads, but it was kind of a big decision for me—plunging into the world of gemstone beads. I knew it was a big, big murky world, full of cheap imports mined in environmentally unsound ways, glass passed off as gemstones, and, most of all, I knew I wouldn’t stop at one gorgeous olive jade pendant, I would need. MORE.

So I did. I bought her beads. They rock big time and now I mix in semi-precious stones with my gold-filled findings and my lovely vintage bits: (see aforementioned lovely olive jade pendant, yes, that single pendant is what I am making a big deal of)

galadriel
galadriel

graceful
graceful

I still do try to use mostly vintage beads, and I have a ton more vintage beads and charms than anything new or vaguely new. But my need to create ever more complicated designs with more texture and colours left me *dramatic music on* no choice!!!! *dramatic music off*. I hope that doesn’t make me too much of a weak person. =(

I just had to get that flip-flopper guilt off my chest, though I know no one cares. Boy am I overly dramatic huh??

xo,
~pq

p.s. I know haven’t been updating the shop recently! I have been filling some retail orders for my very very lovely retailers. When that is done, I will be back with more and new! =)

ok, i haven’t received this yet, but i’m so excited!! purple petunia makes the most adorable surprise mugs, round mugs with little animals embedded in the bottom of them, and she was so sweet to customise me a black bunny surprise mug…. isn’t it incredibly cute???

black bunny surprise mug

she also makes them with turtles, lambs, and other animals. you got to check out her shop!! i love etsy, you know?? it’s such a treasure trove of handmade love goodness!!

xo,
~pq