Sales at Great Canadian Craft

Come and see us at the upcoming Fall Into Craft Fair this weekend!

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Fabric and Printed boots

Anyone need Christmas gift ideas?  A fun trend has evolved in the last couple of years in printed and fabric boots.  Below are some gorgeous examples.  Perhaps one pair for yourself too…!

Great Miu Miu printed boots.

And Dolce & Gabbana plaid boots.

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Bally brocade and shearling ankle boots.

Brocade boots by Bally

And our very own Earth, Wind and Style convertible fabric boots.

Convertible fabric boots

What do you think of these UGG boots designed by Jimmy Choo?

Leopard Print UGG Boots

Burberry Rainboots.

What do you think of the new fabric boot trend?  Do you have a favourite pair?

Vote for your favourite Earth, Wind & Style pic and get 20% off!

My very talented friends, photographer Tina Graham and makeup artist Nicola Ingram, worked their magic a few weeks ago on a photo shoot for my boots.  I thought I would share the results below.  Vote for your favourite pic and get 20% off your purchase at Earth, Wind & Style till Dec 24th, 2012!

girls fighting over boots

ankle boots

boot tug of war

Ankle boots with leggings

shorts worn with boots

convertible boots worn with dressboots with shorts

dress worn with boots

Vote for your favourite pic below and receive 20% off on your purchase of a pair of Earth, Wind & Style boots or handbags till December 24, 2012!

Boots with Skirts and Dresses – Essential Winter Looks

It’s no secret that I’m a boot girl (probably why I ended up selling boots!). Love them.  Can’t get enough of them. And I’m still trying to convince my husband that a girl can never have too many pairs of boots!  They go with everything, but one of my favourite combos is mixing boots with skirts and dresses.  They are a perfect pairing for fall/winter and can be made to look as fresh or as classic as you like…

I may be biased, but this is one of my favourite looks using a pair of boots from my own web store.

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little white dress and boots

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Even Kate Middleton is a fan of the boots & dress look.

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And Heidi Klum.

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And I love this look:

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What do you think about this look?  Is it a favourite of yours too?

Photo Shoot for Earth, Wind & Style

Wow, what a day!  Such a great experience being on the set of my very first professional fashion shoot for my business, Earth, Wind & Style, on Saturday.  I’d been looking forward to getting some fun pictures of the convertible boots on offer in my webstore and the day was a huge success!  I thought I would share some pictures with you.

Our outdoor set

So great to be in the company of friend and professional photographer, Tina Graham, and to see her in action on my photo shoot.  She really knows her stuff and given that supplies are somewhat limited where we are located in Miri, she was particularly impressive with her improvisation and quick thinking with both lighting and set direction.

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Nicola Ingram working her make up magic on one of the models

Cosmetology Scotland owner and friend, Nicola Ingram, worked her magic on the make-up for the shoot and faced her own set of challenges while attending to models affected by the hot and humid mid-day heat, but she was a pro and the girls looked fantastic! Needless to say, we were all really pleased to move inside to the air conditioning!

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Tina Graham and team working their photography magic!

Leonard the Lighting Assistant and lender of the photography studio cum exercise training studio

photo session models having fun

The gorgeous models having a laugh. It’s hard to look fierce!

And (one of!) the end products.  I absolutely love this shot!!!

Cat fight for the boots!

‘The’ shot!

Black & Yellow. The More I See The More I Love

There is something about this combination of black and yellow that’s been on the runways, in the shops and on the streets recently.  Maybe it’s because yellow is such an enthusiastic, friendly colour and black is sophisticated that it works so well together.  Whatever it is, it works and it works particularly well with sunny, bold yellows.

This Valentino gown is gorgeous.  The black bow is the finishing touch.

Great vintage-inspired black and yellow graphic dress.

Nice casual look with that yellow top adding the extra cool factor.

This yellow coat elevates this black outfit to new heights.

Look how Jackie Kennedy wore this colour scheme so beautifully back in 1961.

Our own Earth, Wind & Style black and yellow convertible boots.

This Jenna Lyons living room pops with the yellow sofa, while the black chairs keep the space grounded.

This is a beautiful sunny kitchen with the yellow cabinets and accessories. The black anchors the space and keeps it from feeling too cute.

The use of the yellow accessories above is perfect if you’d like to add a splash of yellow to your scheme without committing to an expensive piece of furniture. Painting a wall is also an inexpensive way to bring your space up to date.  The black wall here adds a lot of depth to the space.

What is your favourite colour scheme?  Do you go in for the black and yellow?

Organising and Storing Boots

If you are anything like me and have a few pairs of boots (let’s face it, boots make the outfit!), you may also struggle with a good storage solution for them.  There never seems to be enough storage space in any house or apartment we’ve lived in, particularly for large, awkard items like boots.

Lately I’ve been keeping mine in a couple of vintage suitcases, which works really well.  The boots are protected and kept dust-free and the suitcases multi-task as a coffee table in our bedroom.  I keep the little silicon packs that come with new shoes (among many other things) and throw those into the suitcases to keep mildew from attacking my precious boots, which is a must in hot and humid climates like ours.

Vintage is hip at the moment, of course, and vintage suitcases can be found all over the place.  But, if vintage isn’t your thing, here are a few other ideas:

Lovely for a mud room or entrance hall, this storage is tidy and a great use of space.

This is a excellent idea for storing boots in a chest or bench. Tuck it anywhere you have extra space; under a console table, use it as a coffee table, as seating in a hallway or in a bedroom.

Loving Miley Cyrus’ shoe and boot display in this photo.  I think she’s onto something here.  I’ve seen a version of these shelves in several shops and I’m betting a funky ladder might even do the job when you hook the heels over the step.

Here is a good boot organising technique if you can afford to give up the required closet space.

This is another nice storage solution that looks pretty too.  You could even configure an existing hutch or cabinet to suit your needs by adding shelves to fit your own boot and shoe collection.

This is a pretty good option for storage for a spare wall in a walk in closet or could probably even be configured to fit into a narrow hall cabinet or closet.

And of course, there is always the wall to wall shelves for your boots and shoes…

 Or the whole dedicated shoe closet like that of Miss Mariah.  Well, girl can dream!

How do you keep your boots and shoes?  Is it a glamourous storage solution or merely functional?