Handmade jewelry and art made in Vancouver B.C.

North Vancouver, Canada · 1444 Sales


Handmade jewelry and art made in Vancouver B.C.

North Vancouver, Canada 1444 Sales On Etsy since 2011

4 out of 5 stars

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Average item review
4 out of 5 stars
Karen C

Karen C on Apr 10, 2018

1 out of 5 stars

Seller never shipped, never contacted me, never responded to my requests for information. Had to open a case and then escalate it to get a refund. Even then she never apologized or explained why she never shipped my items: just took my money and ignored me. DO NOT BUY FROM THIS HORRIBLE SHOP. if it was possible to give it a zero I would. I'm not the first person she's done this to: read the reviews. I don't understand what kind of horrible self-centered person you have to be to treat your customers this way.


daniellefaraday on Feb 2, 2018

1 out of 5 stars

Just terrible. The shop owner didn’t ship my item, nor did they reply to any of my queries... the issue had to be resolved via a formal dispute through Etsy. Really, really bad service. Would not recommend to anyone, and would give 0 stars if possible.

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It must be nice to be a bird

When I would go on vacations with my family in the summers and Christmas, it was sort of a tradition for me to pick out one special piece of jewelry and my parents would purchase it for me. I would look and look for something unique and interesting. One year it was a pair of hand crafted silver earrings shaped into jacks. I went back to the store every day to look at them until I finally decided to pick them. Another year it was a real lady bug inside of a glass dome fixed to a sterling silver ring. Uniqueness and creativity is in my childhood and being raised by two creative parents it seems inevitable that my path would be filled with such things too. When I make my pieces I strive to have them exude creativity and hope that there are other creative souls out there hunting for something truly unique and that they feel satisfied when they choose to take a piece of my art and call it their own.

All of the wood I use in my pieces has been recycled over and over again. Possibly hundred of times. The wood comes from wine barrels collected from the winery my Dad works at. When the wine barrels can no longer be used they become available for other uses, such as my jewelry. I take apart the barrels and turn them into my wooden frames. The wood smells so good and I love that in 10, 15, 25 years when I smell a wine cork or step into a winery I will be reminded of creative days.

I love designing so much, it gives me so much satisfaction to sit down with a hot cup of coffee, listen to music and just let my paintbrush, hands and mind run free. My favorite part of working as a designer is creating new pieces and sharing them with my family, friends and admirers. I get so excited to show off what I've created, especially when it is something particularily unique.

I draw inspiration from my parents and fellow artist friends, my beautiful country and the wildlife it houses, music, film and books. Inspiration can come from the funniest places sometimes, but often that is the most powerful idea, when something is unexpected.

I want to thank you for taking the time to read about my work and I would encourage you to send me any questions you may have. You may also want to check out my blog : www.itmustbenicetobeabird.blogspot.com where I like to write about my life, my work and my process. Again, thankyou for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Shop members

  • Madeleine Patience Belanger

    Owner, Designer

    Hi everyone. I am the owner and designer of this shop. My inspiration comes from Canadian landscape, bird chirps and lots of tea and coffee. I love creating new and innovative designs for unique people like myself to wear.

  • Paul Belanger

    Wood Consultant / Father

Shop policies

Last updated on February 25, 2014
Hi There!
Welcome to my shop!

Please have a read over my brief policies to ensure a positive experience when buying from me!

I usually answer all emails regarding purchase within 24 hours unless under unusual circumstances. So please if you have any questions please send me an email or contact me on etsy!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Please contact me if you have a problem with your order!
At this time I accept Paypal, credit cards (via direct checkout) and etsy gift cards.
All of my items are sent regular mail, and do not include a tracking number. This is the only way It can be affordable for everyone. If you have a certain date you would like to receive your item by, sped up shipping is usually around twenty dollars. Please contact me about this.

Shipping to the states from Canada can take anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks.

Custom Orders:
If you place a custom order it can take up to 5 days to be made and processed because I will be making it from scratch. I will keep you informed if that happens to go over which would be rare.