May142012

Scout Vendors: home sweet nest and Divina Deneuvo/Pieces of II

Monday May 14th 2012, AT 6:00AM   2 Comments;

Delish Magazine is honored to be a sponsor of the upcoming Scout Handmade + Vintage Market! This fantastic event is brought to you by Rachel & Lily of Birch & Bird Vintage Home Interiors, the same dynamic duo who brought you the Fieldstone Vintage Market.

From now until May 25th, Delish will be bringing the sellers to our readers! Consider this a sneak peek to entice you to come to the market (make sure to say hi to us at the Delish General Store booth!), or an introduction to an amazing artisan, handcrafter or business for those of you who are not local to the Lower Mainland, or cannot make it out. Check back every day for new vendors!

home sweet nest

Owner/artisan: Elisa Robertson

All photos care of Cristal of Level 6 Images

What is the story behind your business?

I started home sweet nest last year, after a lot of encouragement from friends and family. I guess I am blessed to be able to see the potential in what others call junk and have a difficult time turning down a great deal! After being labeled a hoarder by many, I realized that those same people were phoning me regularly to “shop my house”. Also, I was being called regularly for advice on paint colors and DIY details, but not recipes – which is why you probably won’t find any on my blog. Also, I have recently realized that Oprah was right – success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
I love what I’m doing!!

Where and when do you craft your goodies?

I am fortunate to be able to pursue my “hobby” full time. My children are grown and I have a very understanding, supportive husband, who believes in me, despite the fact that “the house smells like a second-hand store” and we haven’t eaten at the dining room table in months! I have a great studio in our detached, double garage where I have lined up all the tools of my trade; computer, vinyl cutter, sewing machine, paint and the greatest Christmas gift ever – an air compressor! Somehow the pile of potential projects has crept into the basement and I have recently had to acquire a storage unit too! Yikes!

What will you be selling at Scout?

Well, I love refurbishing furniture, and to me, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is like Duct tape to a hillbilly. So you can expect to see some great painted furniture items as well as vintage goodies, small home accessories like signs, candles, etc and unique lighting items. The rest is all top secret!

Why do you like these events?

Because I spend a lot of time alone in the garage with my wonderful Charlie (the dog of the blog) I crave interaction with humans. Events like Scout give me the opportunity to share ideas with other artists, gather feedback on my creations and spend a day without paint in my hair. Scout Handmade and Vintage Market is especially exciting because Rachel and Lily of Birch and Bird always do such a great job of organizing a well-attended market with an inspiring atmosphere!

What is next for you, personally and professionally?

Personally, my empty nest will be full again as my two grown children are temporarily landing back in the nest, which I love! They are the greatest young adults I’ve ever met and are terrific at moving furniture!

Professionally, I have really big news that I haven’t shared yet with anyone. So Delish Magazine gets the scoop! I have been in serious negotiations with Carrie of The Passionate Home in Langley and have made the decision to join her at her Downtown Langley Location! The Passionate Home will be carrying my creations and as well Carrie and I will be teaming up to bring some other great new product lines and services to her already wonderful store! I’m super excited about all the possibilities and I just know it will be great! So stay tuned for more information on all the happenings there!

Find it here: home sweet nest

Divina Deneuvo/Pieces of II

Owners/artisans: Victoria Ronco & Dave Kelly

What is the story behind your business?

Divina Denuevo
We produce a line of leather bags and accessories made using upcycled antique hardware (such as skeleton keys, cabinet door handles, keyplates, etc.). We’re a local design duo (working out of one of our kitchen-turned-studio), and while we debuted in the Vancouver and Lower Mainland independent designer scene only last January, we have been gaining momentum and following, with our accessories appearing on the runway locally at Eco Fashion week and abroad at London Fashion Week, and winning the Eco Fashion Week Excellence Award for accessory design when we debuted our men’s collection on the runway.

Our line is called Divina Denuevo, which literally means “Divine Again” in Spanish. Both of us are passionate about sustainability, history and luxury, and incorporating those things into the mainstream via fashion. We search high and low for antique and vintage hardware, keys and adornments, in an effort to upcycle something old that was otherwise destined for the landfill, and make it new again. Our signature pieces feature antique skeleton keys – some that even came from shipwreck salvage!

We work with leather because it’s organic, and intrinsically unique in that every piece has its own colour, grain, texture and idiosyncrasies, much like our repurposed hardware that shows signs of age and patina. It’s luxurious while also being durable, allowing the wearer to carry a piece of the past with timeless style and elegance. We try and use reclaimed leather from local sources whenever possible.

Pieces of II
Given our penchant for creating and using that which is old for new purposes, we also have a line of jewelry called Pieces of II. Pieces of II is the overarching brand for two unique jewelry collections: Pieces of Time, and Pieces of Opulence. Pieces of Time are made from upcycled antique watch parts, offering you quite literally a moment in history, a piece of time. Pieces of Opulence are made using elegant findings and antique inspiration, displaying the opulence and luxury of the past. Our most popular pieces are our antique wax seal collection, where we use our extensive collection of antique wax seals (some dating as early as the 1600s) and stamp them in to silver, copper and bronze, giving the wearer a beautiful piece of nostalgia to carry with them.

Where and when do you craft your goodies?

We work out of a ‘home studio’, AKA Dave’s kitchen. Because we both work full-time, creating happens outside of the regular work day – so on weekdays we’ll be in the studio from 5:30pm-1am, and on weekends any given time, depending on how many orders we have pending.

What will you be selling at Scout?

We’ll have both lines at Scout – so from Divina Denuevo you can expect to find everything from laptops and messenger bags to clutches, iphone cases and card wallets. From Pieces of II we’ll have our wax seal collection, along with our famous keyhole earrings and pieces made using antique hardware.

Why do you like these events?

We love getting out in the community and meeting people. It’s a huge rush to see someone wearing one of our pieces, and we love being able to share the story of how they were made, where they came from, and what we envisioned when designing them with our fans.

What is next for you, personally and professionally?

The dream would be to work on our lines full-time – so that’s our focus right now. We’d love to ramp up our visibility both online and in stores, but that comes with time.

Find it here: Divina Denuevo and Pieces of II

Scout Vintage + Handmade Market Info

When: May 25th-26th, 2012
Friday, May 25th from 6-9pm will be open to ticket holders and invited guests only. A limited number of tickets will be available to purchase on April 15th for a First Dibs night of shopping, wine + cheese and live entertainment. Saturday, May 26th will be open to the public from 10am-4pm for a small admission fee.
Where:The Parallel Marketplace (across from Thrifty Foods) 1920 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford BC.
Partial proceeds of the admission will go to a local charity, Life Recovery, a non-profit residential women’s recovery program.

See them here: Scout Vintage + Handmade Market

And see you there!

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2 Responses to “Scout Vendors: home sweet nest and Divina Deneuvo/Pieces of II”

  1. More great interviews! Congrats on joining up with The Passionate Home, Elisa and I can’t wait to see your latest pieces, Victoria and Dave!

  2. Leanna says:

    I am loving these! Can’t wait to meet everyone!

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