One Of A Kind – OOAK

Contributor post by Opal of ApronStringsOwlLady

Doesn’t it feel great to make or find a unique item and list it as OOAK, one of a kind, knowing your shop – exclusively – carries that particular item?

I love to paint OOAK owls and create one of a kind Halloween wreaths! It’s the best part of creativity, letting your imagination and materials flow into something uniquely handcrafted.

Sometimes it’s a vintage item you find – it surely must have been made years ago by a craftsman and is truly one of a kind! Tell us your thoughts about it.

Jerry and Opal from ApronStringsOwlLady says

Our OOAK one of a kind item – Owl Jewelry Board
My husband Jerry and I have designed and made unique items for many years. At times we get an idea, sketch it out and he will square up the edges so to speak – and create a marvelous item.
The following owl jewelry board he did on his own! I selected the fabric for the insert only, the rest was his excellent ingenuity and professional craftsman skills.

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Owl Jewelry Board

Leila Blakelyfrom LasLovelies says

I’m sure I have quite a few items that are OOAK (even though I forget what the abbreviation stands for most of the time – Ha!) not that they were one of a kind at the time they were manufactured, but over time have become very rare. This piece is because, back in the 80’s, I collected tins that were of red, black and white in color to go with the my kitchen decor.

I had quite a few Hills Bros. and Schilling articles to display.
Over the past 15 years or so I have been selling my pieces to collectors and now this is my final piece that I am selling in my Etsy Shop. Sentimental? Maybe. After all it is my last tin.

Rare Hills Bros Coffee Tin, Vintage Coffee Can, Cottage Chic Kitchen Decor, Coffee Shop Display, Photo Movie Prop, laslovelies

Rare Hill Bros Coffee Tin

pam colangelo from PearlsVintagebyPam says

One of a kind!

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Peruvian Placemats

These Peruvian Placemats are Unique. They are handcrafted and hand painted. Each one is different with a mask in the center. I believe even the paper is handcrafted. The colors and geometric designs are fabulous. There are actually 5 but 1 is a bit tattered. A Flea Market Find!!

Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says

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Caravan trailer bag

Definitely OOAK is this caravan bag. When I saw this fabric advertising takeaways my quirky brain immediately thought ‘handbag’ naturally. I just had to add sauce bottles and a hamburger to the serving windows!

Arek from ARPELC says

 

Tourmalin ring in 14k gold, October birthstone, one of a kind ring, marquise shape, handcrafted

Tourmalin Ring in 14k gold

One of a kind tourmaline ring handrafted by me in 14k gold. Delicate, marquise shape ring with natural gemstone and tiny heart in the back.

Heather from ArabellaBlossoms says 

I design and sew each of my items. Almost all are OOAK because I may be working with a small amount of the fabric and also because it is difficult to make another item exactly the same.
One of my favourite expressions is that ‘the fabric talks to me’. I find myself getting side-tracked regularly as I browse my (extensive!) fabric and trim stash. I often sketch a design and write some notes, then slip it into a piece of fabric with the trims so I can walk away and stay focused on the project my sewing table! This small tote bag remains a favourite of mine from my range of OOAK handmade fabric gifts. It is an original design made from gifted and gathered vintage fabrics and trims

Tote Bag Handmade Vintage Cottage Chic Handbag by ArabellaBlossoms

 

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Handmade Cottage Chic Handbag

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage says

My daughter and I found this milk bottle at an antique store—-I’d never seen a woman archer depicted in a skirt before! The logo is certainly OOAK!

Originally used by the University of Wisconsin Dairy in the early 50s.

I like the image of a healthy woman participating in sports:

Archery Milk Bottle Red Pyro Duraglas University of Wisconsin Dairy 50s Athlete Logo Woman Archer Rare 1951 Collectible Retro Art Gift

Archery Milk Bottle

Pam Maggio from PamsPawsJewelry says

I make handmade beaded jewelry and most of my items are One of a Kind although some I can make more depending on the availability of supplies.

I enjoy designing and making unique jewelry!

This bracelet is a cute, fun one for Halloween that I made to go with many Halloween costumes and the prevailing spooky colors in black, orange, green, and purple!

It is accented with a cute orange Carnelian gemstone bead and green Pearl made to look like a Fall pumpkin!

And, if you like the colors it can be worn anytime too!

I sold a similar one last year to a girl who just loved it for the holiday!

Happy Halloween and watch out for ghosts and goblins, LOL!

Halloween Colors Fall Bracelet With Pumpkin Charm Hand Made Black Onyx Orange Purple Green Pearls Orange Carnelian Pumpkin Jewelry

Halloween Colors Fall Bracelet

Lisajoy Sachs from saxdsign says

One of a Kind Artistic Jewelry is a unique specialty of mine. here I have the blue eyed lotus ring:

Human Eye Ring Blue Glass Sterling Silver Lotus Flower One of A Kind handmade Lisajoy Sachs Design size 7.75 Statement Birthday Cocktail

Human Eye Sterling Silver Lotus Flower Ring

This ring features an hand enameled human blue eye set in sterling silver. the Lotus flower is cut out of a sheet of sterling silver. it is a really fun piece a real “eye catching” ring…. Ha ha ha…

Nancy Duncan Fellowship from EponasCrystals says

I knew when I found this cross that is would make a wonderful necklace! Green Chrysostom nuggets, peachy sun stone diamond shaped beads, and lavender amethyst round and oval beads are hand knotted with tea stained silk cord. One of a kind and sure to cherished for years to come.

 

Cross Necklace Green Chrysoprase Sunstone Amethyst Hand Knotted Bohemian Jewelry OOAK

Cross Necklace Green Chrysoprase Sunstone

FrameYourStory from Frameyourstory says

Our one of a kind personalized plaque will warm the home or office.
We hand make personalized picture frames, plaques and crosses. Vickie handcrafts the work and paints, Nicole designs the graphics and together we are family. We are very proud to make each piece by hand and with love… from our family to yours. Thank you!

Parent Nana Papa Plaque - The only thing better than having you as my Parents is (child name) having you as their Nana and papa Wood sign

Parent Nana Papa Plaque

Susan Barrett-wells from TagAlongToyZ says

hello
I make children’s toys from plastic canvas..each one is unique and made to the customers specifications. this is a two floor gingerbread house that I completely designed myself for Christmas

gingerbread doll house

Gingerbread doll house

Artsy Lady from WeirdVanity says

My pet portrait necklaces i feel are OOAK! And thats because it’s customized to what individual pet owners prefer. I got the idea to make them when I made one with my dog’s portrait. I felt like this is something I could make for a lot of pet owners who want their pets to be immortalized on a pendant! Some of my customers are so clever that they have converted the pendants into refrigerator magnets- clever cookies right? I usually ask for the name of the pet and a little description so that I can customize the background and make it very very personal for the customer and in the process turn the necklace into ONE OF A KIND jewelry that no one else can own!

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Custom Pet Portraits

Candy Rauber from WickedlyCreative says

I love making OOAK items, the more unique and special the item can be the better! I especially love making OOAK textile art dolls with my own designed patterns. I hand print, dye, stamp and draw patterns onto white cotton fabric, add numerous machine sewn and hand embroidered details for added interest and textures. then I use vintage button and metal findings for a final touch!

 

 

 

 

Happy Dog art doll

Happy Dog art doll

Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns says

This OOAK necklace is unique because it is handmade and carved by me in my studio… what makes it extra special is the firing process: a saggar bonfire. This is a random process so that any pieces produced from this firing can never be repeated, so it is truly OOAK.

A saggar bonfire means the pendant is placed in a coffee tin full of organic material, such as seaweed, banana skins, cow dung, pine cones and sawdust. The tin is then placed in a bonfire for 3-4 hours.

Hanmade Pendant Reversible Necklace Boho Smoke Fired Statement Jewelry Ceramic Fern

Hanmade Pendant Reversible Necklace Boho Smoke Fired Statement Jewelry Ceramic Fern

 

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Member Feature: TagAlongToyz

Contributor post by Anna of Unexpected Treasure

Please join us in welcoming Susan Barrett-Wells of TagAlongToyz, our featured member!

Tell us about yourself       

Hello, I was born into a long line of crafters but dedicate my shop to my grandmother.  From the time I can remember she was always creating something. I was always wearing something she created, from dresses she sewed or a hand knitted sweater to keep me warm. She taught me everything I know and helped to create who I am. When I was young I would make doll houses from cardboard boxes and play with them forever. I would paint the walls and use her fabric for curtains and rugs. When I got older I discovered plastic canvas.  When I had my first daughter I created a doll house for her.  That was twenty-two years ago. And that house survived her and all seven of her sisters.  I loved watching the smiles on their faces when I made and added new furnishings for it. And so along came TagAlongtoyz. I love creating toys that put big smiles on the faces of the little ones I create them for.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I opened my shop in June 2013.  I have always loved making plastic canvas toys for my children. Having eight girls my first make was a doll house for their lil dolls.  My daughter, 27, passed hers down to my granddaughter so I started making new furnishings for it.  When finished, my daughter got so many compliments that I decided to give selling my wares a try, hence TagAlongToyz was created.

Tell us a bit about your products           

Welcome to TagAlongToyz where your toys go where you go.  Here at TagAlongToyz we take pride in our work.  Everything is hand crafted by Me for You.  Everything in my shop is carefully created with the finest quality materials in my smoke free home. All canvas is double thick and double stitched to ensure sturdiness.

What inspires your work?           

My beautiful children inspire me every day.

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?         

I would like to be kept busy and have steady regular work…not asking to reach huge goals as I work alone and my creations are very time consuming.

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

There is no one that creates the toys I do as I create most of my own patterns.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

I work out of my home but never leave home without a tote full of canvas and yarn.

Where can people find out more about you and your business?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tagalongtoyz

Etsy: www.tagalongtoyz.etsy.com

Why do you believe people should buy handmade, such as your products, vs buying mass-produced products from box stores?

Handmade products are so much nicer and more personable…they are not mass produced and there is heart and soul put into every item.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

That you have to push to succeed.  The harder you work the more your product and name get put out there.

Any advise for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Just do it….best thing I ever did.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?        

I never stop working as it is my passion, hobby, and how I unwind.

What is your favourite quote?        

You reap what you sew.

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.