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Featured Shop: Blisscraft & Brazen

Dec 10, 2012

by AaronReaume

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

We are Aaron Reaume and Rachel Dhawan, the makers behind Blisscraft & Brazen, a home object line made entirely from recycled materials (primarily wood and metal). We live and work at Silverwood, our one acre home in the Laurentian mountains of Quebec.

Making things seems to be inextricably linked to who we are. Growing up, we were both deeply compelled to create, whether it was drawing, painting, woodworking, sculpting, or any number of other artistic pursuits. The importance of art attained greater urgency for Rachel when she was diagnosed with a chronic illness as a teenager; an event that clearly directed her to a life devoted to creating. This journey led us both to study fine arts at university, where we met in ceramics study lab and immediately hit it off.

While Aaron quickly mastered working with clay (I totally floundered!), we began feverishly sharing ideas. We quickly realized we had greatly aligned views on life and art. Never quite satisfied with the path of a gallery artist or by the thought of playing by other people’s rules, we pursued a livelihood of craftsmanship without question. There is something deeply grounding in using our hands to make functional items, and we’ve never looked back.

We have each been running our own businesses for years, making sterling silver jewelery for Brazen Design and custom wood furniture. When we bought Silverwood, we were inspired by our surroundings so we started Blisscraft & Brazen for fun. Now have another full-time creative job on our hands!

We go to great lengths to locate, secure and repurpose the materials we use to create our products. The lion’s share of what we make literally comes from what would otherwise be considered waste. It runs the gamut from broken furniture, construction waste, manufacturing scraps, and forest deadfall. We once took apart a broken piano that was being thrown out, and discovered it contained four types of wood! That piano became many bath caddies, yoga blocks and chopsticks.

Our process starts by scraping the wood clean and checking for any signs of rot or treatment. We never use pressure-treated wood like the kind that is commonly used to build patios, as it has been injected with chemicals. We then plane it down until we get a nice level surface. After cutting the pieces to size and drilling any holes, we sand our pieces to 120 grit. If there is decorative wood burning to be done, we do it at this stage. Next comes finishing – and we are serious about our wood finish! We hand rub our salad servers with beeswax, and finish all other items with a natural hard-wax oil that is both zero-VOC and food safe. We use Osmo brand – it’s certified for wooden children’s toys in Europe!

We make our copper herb markers from scraps of electrical wire that electricians discard. I slice away the rubber sleeve and hammer one end flat against a steel jeweler’s block. I then stamp the herb name with steel letter stamps, sand the other end to a point, wash it, and give it a final shine with a jeweler’s cloth.

Creating functional and beautiful objects wouldn’t feel completely satisfying if we didn’t see our objects being incorporated into households around the world. Etsy has made exposing and selling our pieces to a global audience accessible and fun. It makes a major difference to have the Etsy team working to reach broader audiences while providing us with better tools and information for running our small businesses. We are also big champions of handmade, and it gives us a lot of joy to be able to purchase from other Etsy sellers and to turn our friends on to Etsy in the process!

After years of running a creative business, we are far more disciplined and organized than we were when we started. Maintaining a balance between the hands-on production time in our studios with the more sedentary computer and paperwork side of the business is challenging. Thankfully, we have found enjoyable ways to streamline the marketing and communication. The boundaries between life and work can get fuzzy when you work and live in the same place, but that’s also the beauty of living in such inspiring surroundings. We often work through the weekends, but a quick break to go down to the lake, explore the forest or spend time in our garden is all that is needed to restore ourselves.

We are really interested in helping educate people about the history, processes, and evolutions of the objects they purchase. We’re also keenly intent on improving our own methods, learning new skills, and enhancing our understanding about the machines we rely on. We are passionate about sharing these lessons in our blog so that others can learn along with us. This simple act of making has brought us deeper connection to ourselves, our surroundings, and our community.

All photographs by Blisscraft and Brazen.

Featured Shop Archive

Large Maple Geo Salad Servers - ooak facet recycled hardwood triangle serving utensils
Large Maple Geo Salad Servers - ooak facet recycled hardwood triangle serving utensils
BlisscraftandBrazen
$46.24 USD
Recycled Wood and Cotton Plant Hanger
Recycled Wood and Cotton Plant Hanger
BlisscraftandBrazen
$41.20 USD
The Original Couch Arm Wrap - SOLID WOOD custom arm rest table for sofa drink laptop straight arm
The Original Couch Arm Wrap - SOLID WOOD custom arm rest table for sofa drink laptop straight arm
BlisscraftandBrazen
$210.19 USD
Tapestry 002 - navy blue and copper diamond hand made weaving collaboration with Rebecca Daryl
Tapestry 002 - navy blue and copper diamond hand made weaving collaboration with Rebecca Daryl
BlisscraftandBrazen
$210.19 USD
The Original Couch Arm Wrap - SOLID WOOD custom arm rest table for sofa drink laptop straight arm
The Original Couch Arm Wrap - SOLID WOOD custom arm rest table for sofa drink laptop straight arm
BlisscraftandBrazen
$210.19 USD
Comic Book Frames - display your favourite comics on your wall with these eco friendly frames
Comic Book Frames - display your favourite comics on your wall with these eco friendly frames
BlisscraftandBrazen
$16.82 USD
Wine Straps leather and brass wall mount wine holder and magazine rack
Wine Straps leather and brass wall mount wine holder and magazine rack
BlisscraftandBrazen
$16.82 USD
Recycled Wood and Cotton Plant Hanger
Recycled Wood and Cotton Plant Hanger
BlisscraftandBrazen
$41.20 USD
Plant Hanger - porcelain and recycled leather
Plant Hanger - porcelain and recycled leather
BlisscraftandBrazen
$92.48 USD
Set of three Record Frames - LP Frames to turn your albums into art - set of 3 - salvaged wood modular record vinyl 12 inch music lover gift
Set of three Record Frames - LP Frames to turn your albums into art - set of 3 - salvaged wood modular record vinyl 12 inch music lover gift
BlisscraftandBrazen
$31.95 USD
Hanging Planter in Ceramic and Recycled Leather
Hanging Planter in Ceramic and Recycled Leather
BlisscraftandBrazen
$92.48 USD
One Record Holder - salvaged wood frame for mounting your favourite vinyl on your walls
One Record Holder - salvaged wood frame for mounting your favourite vinyl on your walls
BlisscraftandBrazen
$12.61 USD
Couch Tray - custom made surface local native hardwood for your sofa eco
Couch Tray - custom made surface local native hardwood for your sofa eco
BlisscraftandBrazen
$336.30 USD
The Original Roll Arm Couch Arm Wrap - SOLID WOOD custom arm rest table for sofa drink laptop straight arm
The Original Roll Arm Couch Arm Wrap - SOLID WOOD custom arm rest table for sofa drink laptop straight arm
BlisscraftandBrazen
$210.19 USD
NEW Ebonized black version of The Original Couch Arm Wrap - completely natural non toxic stain
NEW Ebonized black version of The Original Couch Arm Wrap - completely natural non toxic stain
BlisscraftandBrazen
$252.23 USD
Comic Book Frames - display your favorite comics on your wall with these eco friendly frames - set of three
Comic Book Frames - display your favorite comics on your wall with these eco friendly frames - set of three
BlisscraftandBrazen
$16.82 USD
Simple Plant Hanger for pots of all sizes - biodegradeable cotton made in canada
Simple Plant Hanger for pots of all sizes - biodegradeable cotton made in canada
BlisscraftandBrazen
$12.61 USD
LP Frames to turn your albums into art - set of 3 - salvaged wood modular record vinyl 12 inch music lover gift
LP Frames to turn your albums into art - set of 3 - salvaged wood modular record vinyl 12 inch music lover gift
BlisscraftandBrazen
$31.95 USD
Ottoman Wrap Tray - reclaimed wood drink rest table for couch sofa or ottoman
Ottoman Wrap Tray - reclaimed wood drink rest table for couch sofa or ottoman
BlisscraftandBrazen
$420.38 USD
Furniture Arm Cover - solid wood armchair protector to cover up damage caused by pet
Furniture Arm Cover - solid wood armchair protector to cover up damage caused by pet
BlisscraftandBrazen
$252.23 USD
Hanging Planter in Ceramic and Recycled Leather
Hanging Planter in Ceramic and Recycled Leather
BlisscraftandBrazen
$92.48 USD
Hanging Plant Harness Plant Holder suspend your plant with recycled leather
Hanging Plant Harness Plant Holder suspend your plant with recycled leather
BlisscraftandBrazen
$63.06 USD
Furniture Arm Cover - solid wood armchair protector to cover up damage caused by pet
Furniture Arm Cover - solid wood armchair protector to cover up damage caused by pet
BlisscraftandBrazen
$252.23 USD
Beer Caddy
Beer Caddy
BlisscraftandBrazen
$37.83 USD
Handwoven wool scarf 002 - one of a kind grey white gray weaving with fringe
Handwoven wool scarf 002 - one of a kind grey white gray weaving with fringe
BlisscraftandBrazen
$167.31 USD
Minimalist modern macrame plant hanger for medium sized pots
Minimalist modern macrame plant hanger for medium sized pots
BlisscraftandBrazen
$29.43 USD
Three Bottle Wine Rack MWR75 with reclaimed wood and recycled leather wall mount bottle holder
Three Bottle Wine Rack MWR75 with reclaimed wood and recycled leather wall mount bottle holder
BlisscraftandBrazen
$105.10 USD
Three Bottle Wine Rack MWR76 with reclaimed wood and recycled leather wall mount bottle holder
Three Bottle Wine Rack MWR76 with reclaimed wood and recycled leather wall mount bottle holder
BlisscraftandBrazen
$105.10 USD
Three Bottle Wine Rack MWR77 barnwood leather wall mount wine storage
Three Bottle Wine Rack MWR77 barnwood leather wall mount wine storage
BlisscraftandBrazen
$105.10 USD
Three Bottle Wine Rack MWR54 with reclaimed wood and recycled leather 3 Bottle wall bottle holder
Three Bottle Wine Rack MWR54 with reclaimed wood and recycled leather 3 Bottle wall bottle holder
BlisscraftandBrazen
$105.10 USD
The original Angled Couch Arm Wrap - SOLID WOOD custom arm drink rest laptop table for ANGLED arm sofa
The original Angled Couch Arm Wrap - SOLID WOOD custom arm drink rest laptop table for ANGLED arm sofa
BlisscraftandBrazen
$252.23 USD
Neon Pink Hanging Plant Holder
Neon Pink Hanging Plant Holder
BlisscraftandBrazen
$12.61 USD
Minimalist modern macrame plant hanger for medium sized pots
Minimalist modern macrame plant hanger for medium sized pots
BlisscraftandBrazen
$29.43 USD
Napkin Ribbon made with Recycled Leather and Brass
Napkin Ribbon made with Recycled Leather and Brass
BlisscraftandBrazen
$21.02 USD
Ottoman Wrap Tray - reclaimed wood drink rest table for couch sofa or ottoman
Ottoman Wrap Tray - reclaimed wood drink rest table for couch sofa or ottoman
BlisscraftandBrazen
$420.38 USD
Couch Tray - custom made surface local native hardwood for your sofa eco
Couch Tray - custom made surface local native hardwood for your sofa eco
BlisscraftandBrazen
$336.30 USD
Salad Server - minimalist eco design in a variety of native hardwoods.
Salad Server - minimalist eco design in a variety of native hardwoods.
BlisscraftandBrazen
$16.82 USD
Blue and Brass tapestry wall hanging art navy gold accents diamond pattern extra long white fringe
Blue and Brass tapestry wall hanging art navy gold accents diamond pattern extra long white fringe
BlisscraftandBrazen
$205.99 USD
Hanging Fruit Bowl in Ceramic and Recycled Leather
Hanging Fruit Bowl in Ceramic and Recycled Leather
BlisscraftandBrazen
$126.11 USD
Live Edge Three Bottle Wine Rack WRLE3 Wall Mount Holder Rustic Antique Barnwood Leather
Live Edge Three Bottle Wine Rack WRLE3 Wall Mount Holder Rustic Antique Barnwood Leather
BlisscraftandBrazen
$121.91 USD
Five Bottle Wine rack 5BWR75 - antique barn wood and recycled leather five bottle holder and magazine rack
Five Bottle Wine rack 5BWR75 - antique barn wood and recycled leather five bottle holder and magazine rack
BlisscraftandBrazen
$138.73 USD
Napkin Rings made with Recycled Leather and Brass
Napkin Rings made with Recycled Leather and Brass
BlisscraftandBrazen
$29.43 USD
Geo Walnut Salad Servers - faceted recycled walnut serving utensils
Geo Walnut Salad Servers - faceted recycled walnut serving utensils
BlisscraftandBrazen
$37.83 USD
Geo Walnut Salad Servers - faceted recycled walnut serving utensils
Geo Walnut Salad Servers - faceted recycled walnut serving utensils
BlisscraftandBrazen
$37.83 USD
Grey and Brass wall hanging - white fringe textured simple neutral fine art
Grey and Brass wall hanging - white fringe textured simple neutral fine art
BlisscraftandBrazen
$163.95 USD
Weaving 002 - Edelweiss White Wool Blanket Shawl Scarf Couch Throw
Weaving 002 - Edelweiss White Wool Blanket Shawl Scarf Couch Throw
BlisscraftandBrazen
$508.66 USD
Weaving 001 - Hollyberry Red Wool Shawl Scarf Couch Throw Blanket
Weaving 001 - Hollyberry Red Wool Shawl Scarf Couch Throw Blanket
BlisscraftandBrazen
$500.25 USD
Tapestry 001 - Long Smoke Grey White Birch Wool weaving collaboration with Rebecca Daryl
Tapestry 001 - Long Smoke Grey White Birch Wool weaving collaboration with Rebecca Daryl
BlisscraftandBrazen
$357.32 USD
Geo woodburned linework birch Salad Server - pair of one of a kind recycled wood serving utensils gift
Geo woodburned linework birch Salad Server - pair of one of a kind recycled wood serving utensils gift
BlisscraftandBrazen
$29.43 USD
Eco Walnut Salad Server - pair of one of a kind recycled wood seeving utensils gift
Eco Walnut Salad Server - pair of one of a kind recycled wood seeving utensils gift
BlisscraftandBrazen
$37.83 USD
One of a kind faceted recycled walnut wood serving utensils salad servers
One of a kind faceted recycled walnut wood serving utensils salad servers
BlisscraftandBrazen
$37.83 USD
Geo Walnut Salad Servers - one of a kind faceted recycled walnut serving utensils
Geo Walnut Salad Servers - one of a kind faceted recycled walnut serving utensils
BlisscraftandBrazen
$37.83 USD
White Grey and Brass wall hanging - cream gray wool
White Grey and Brass wall hanging - cream gray wool
BlisscraftandBrazen
$163.95 USD
Rectangular Cherry serving tray cutting board OOAK geometric platter holiday gift home kitchen
Rectangular Cherry serving tray cutting board OOAK geometric platter holiday gift home kitchen
BlisscraftandBrazen
$46.24 USD
Handwoven wool scarf 001 - one of a kind grey navy blue white gray weaving with fringe
Handwoven wool scarf 001 - one of a kind grey navy blue white gray weaving with fringe
BlisscraftandBrazen
$167.31 USD
Recycled Leather Plant Harness with brass hardware nude brown
Recycled Leather Plant Harness with brass hardware nude brown
BlisscraftandBrazen
$63.06 USD

189 comments

  • MissHildebrandt

    Miss Hildebrandt from MissHildebrandt said 4 years ago

    The tub tabel, brilliant! Beautiful use of words! Cheers dear Blisscraftandbrazen! X Miss Hildebrandt

  • MissHildebrandt

    Miss Hildebrandt from MissHildebrandt said 4 years ago

    table :0)

  • purposedesign

    Julie Pedersen from purposedesign said 4 years ago

    Yaaaaaaay! Congrats, friends!

  • japonicas

    Chiao Goh from AntlerAndBlooms said 4 years ago

    Love the wood works! Creative and Green! Keep up the excellent work! :)

  • solocosmo

    Jessica Grundy from solocosmo said 4 years ago

    I am LOVING everything about your work! I want one of everything, the couch arm table is so something we need, we don't have room for endtables and I never have any room to put cups anywhere! It would be great for when I am drawing too...You have inspired me! Congrats on your feature, I am off to browse your shop!

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 4 years ago

    A darling love story. It just goes to show that when two people come together, heretofore unimaginable possibilities emerge and the world is changed forever. Just because two people fell in love.

  • TimelessShabby

    Jessica from ThePrairieBoutique said 4 years ago

    Awesome shop and feature!

  • rokcandyofnyc

    R O K C A N D Y from rokcandyjewelry said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work and home, God bless both of you. Much L-O-V-E ♥

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 4 years ago

    I love that not only are you skilled artisans, but inventors as well! Your products are so clever. Love the tree-shaped jewelry stand and the couch arm mini table. Congratulations on a well-deserved feature!

  • jamasters

    Jess Masters from RefinedRock said 4 years ago

    beautiful work!

  • OneLaneRoad

    Becky from OneLaneRoad said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shop! I love the interview and how passionate you are about creating. It's nice to know there are others out there who like to dabble in a bit of everything, but then you two take it to the next level of qualitiy craftmanship! Those copper garden stakes.....brilliant how you repurpose those! Congrats on the feature.

  • artbyheather

    Heather Alexander from artbyheather said 4 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work! Sweet story! ...Congrats on the feature!

  • tamilopez

    Tami Lopez from TamiLopezDesigns said 4 years ago

    Beautiful! You create such lovely things! Best to you both!!!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadot magpie from polkadotmagpie said 4 years ago

    Great feature, well deserved. Congrats!

  • RoyalMint

    Sabina from MountRoyalMint said 4 years ago

    well done!

  • xkristinx

    xkristinx said 4 years ago

    I just purchased two beautiful items from these two at the Smart Design Mart in Montréal over the weekend. I absolutely love both pieces (a t-branch wall hang and an antique brass hook on wood). I wish much success and happiness to you both!

  • AltogetherLeather

    Anne from AltogetherLeather said 4 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous work - I love how many mediums you use!

  • gescate

    Gino Escate from Gygante said 4 years ago

    Great job! I found your work very inspiring. I love work with wood specially use recycled material. Congrats!

  • tomsgrossmami

    Tom's Grossmami from tomsgrossmami said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • PyxisJewelry

    Michael Duke from PyxisJewelry said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats to both of you.

  • PeonyKnits

    Josie from PeonyKnits said 4 years ago

    Beautiful shop! Congratulations!!

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts said 4 years ago

    Great designs! There's so much to love! Enjoyed reading your story! Congrats on the feature and wishing you much success!

  • lucieveilleux

    Lucie Veilleux from LucieVeilleux said 4 years ago

    Congrats to you both! Heureuse d'avoir vu votre travail en personne au Smart Design Mart!

  • mimihammer

    Camille Forcherio from MimiHammer said 4 years ago

    Félicitation :-) xx

  • MVDesignInk

    Marilú from MVDesignInk said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work and love the use of wood. Congratulations on the feature!

  • LeasaMarie

    Leasa from LeasaDesigns said 4 years ago

    Such a range of amazing work - all the way down to chop sticks!! How fun! Enjoy~

  • arkensjewelrybox

    Karen from ArkensJewelryBox said 4 years ago

    What a beautiful and inspiring story. I love your shop and the fact that you are helping our planet while making beauty. BIg congrats on the feature!

  • PenGwynneBeads

    Gwynne Collins from PenGwynneBeads said 4 years ago

    Your work is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your story! :) Congrats!

  • rosebudsvintage

    rosebudsvintage from WillowsWear said 4 years ago

    I'm in Love with your beautiful home & surroundings, what inspiration. The story of how you met and are now creating together is magic. The couch arm wrap and the wooden bowl are going on My Christmas List Must Haves. Keep up the wonderful work.

  • Infinitiplus1

    Shari from Infinitiplus1 said 4 years ago

    Awesome article. It's interesting to see others feel the same as I do about creating things.

  • sheenajewellery

    Sheena from sheenajewellery said 4 years ago

    So deserved! Congratulations on the feature and the amazing work guys!

  • jemcalcutt

    Jem Calcutt said 4 years ago

    Beautiful! Well deserved indeed :)!

  • StudioCherie

    Cherie Killilea from StudioCherie said 4 years ago

    Lovely article and works. Thanks for sharing

  • BeaumontStudio

    Olivia Beaumont from BeaumontStudio said 4 years ago

    Love your work! Wonderful spotlight on two creative minds!

  • KanzashiHairFlowers

    Haylee Allison from CrystalFiligree said 4 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! And lovely work! Thanks for giving us a look into your workshop :)

  • ErinAntiques

    Erin from ErinAntiques said 4 years ago

    Congrats on your feature! And lovely herb markers :)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 4 years ago

    Great to see an Etsy Team mate here on the blog, congratulations on your success! I love your work!

  • Gabale

    GABALE from Gabale said 4 years ago

    it's amazing ! love it , great designs.

  • melaniefavreau

    Melanie Favreau from melaniefavreau said 4 years ago

    OMG!!! Bravo à vous deux! :D

  • ArtByKristin

    Kristin from CarriageOakCottage said 4 years ago

    Such a fan of your shop! Congrats on the feature!! :)

  • amandolyn

    Amanda from AmandolynCozyCottage said 4 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL! Completely inspirational and congrats on the feature!!! :)

  • valeriephoto

    Valerie from valeriestitchery said 4 years ago

    Really lovely. It looks like a ton of work!

  • AbleAprons

    Erika Kelly from PortlandApronCompany said 4 years ago

    You make such a range of items, and they are all beautiful! No wonder you are a featured seller, your shop is amazing! Congrats!

  • flyinhog

    flyinhog from flyinhog said 4 years ago

    We too love recycling and working together to make unique items. Loved reading your story! Hopefully one day we can quit our day job and work through the weekend doing what we love. Congrats on your success!

  • thedelhistore

    thedelhistore from theDelhiStore said 4 years ago

    How wonderful ! Congratulations.

  • baleandtwine

    Bale and Twine from baleandtwine said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work and great story! Looking forward to exploring your shop!

  • JeJeweled

    Jema Watts from BadgeShack said 4 years ago

    I need the couch arm wrap! Love it. Congrats on being the featured seller.

  • memerich74

    MJ Critter and Craft Supply from mjcritterandcraft said 4 years ago

    Awesome Congratulations!!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 4 years ago

    Stunning!!! Congrats on the feature!!!

  • danpickedminerals

    Daniel Burke from DanPickedMinerals said 4 years ago

    Congratulations.

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 4 years ago

    Wonderful story. Gorgeous work.

  • ArtDecoDame

    Desiree from ArtDecoDame said 4 years ago

    Really beautiful work!Congrats on the feature.

  • Fiume

    Erin O'Rourke from Aruguletta said 4 years ago

    It's really nice to read a feature on long-time sellers, because you speak from many years of experience. I'm especially surprised & impressed by the electrical wire. Really creative & who else is doing that??

  • tortillagirl

    tortillagirl from tortillagirl said 4 years ago

    I really enjoyed this interview. What fantastic work and an inspiring workplace!

  • KASTina

    Kristina Ilickovic from Kastina said 4 years ago

    Beautiful shop, congrats guys;)!

  • zamaani

    Attila Zamaani from Zamaani said 4 years ago

    breath taking minimalist earthy designs! very nicely done.

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka said 4 years ago

    Love your shop!! congrats!

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 4 years ago

    Neat works! Congrats!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    Wow, your work is amazing! Beautiful!!! Congrats on the feature :)

  • emwi

    Emily Wirt from emwi said 4 years ago

    Love your work. Really really beautiful. I always love nice, modern, handcrafted wooden pieces. Congrats!

  • romyandclare

    Romy and Clare from romyandclare said 4 years ago

    Wonderful! Big fans. Thanks for giving us all a look inside your studio. Congrats!

  • aliharrison

    Ali Harrison from lightpaper said 4 years ago

    Great feature - love the couch arm stand and the adorable chopsticks - best of luck to you!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 4 years ago

    Great article I just love your house and your surrondings looks so peaceful and a place where you can just create it looks so inspiring. Your work is so very beautiful much continued success to you both.

  • JessieArch

    Jessie Archambault from 1509Partridgeberry said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous materials and craftsmanship. I've got my eye on that sofa arm table! Congratulations on the feature!

  • CatholicCards

    Catholic Cards from CatholicCards said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Fabulize

    Fabulize from Fabulize said 4 years ago

    Love it. Great craftsmanship.

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle from ACupOfSparkle said 4 years ago

    Love all of your wood work. Congratulations!

  • CatShyCrafts

    Cathy Pascual from CatshyCrafts said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! I especially love couch arm wrap!

  • pepparonline

    Andrea Krejci from pepparonline said 4 years ago

    love it when people get creative and use recycled materials. Especially when they turn out this beautifully!

  • ebkriley

    EBK Riley from DeeAndFee said 4 years ago

    Really lovely work-- from what looks like a really beautiful place to live and work. Thank you for sharing your work and your mission to see and make beauty!

  • Modred12

    Modred Vintage from Modred12 said 4 years ago

    Congrats to you both!

  • Overdue

    Kiova Staley from joyridevintage said 4 years ago

    I dearly admire the ingenuity and commitment you put into using reclaimed materials, your items are beautiful. Your commitment to your values and the creativity that results is inspiring!

  • DTrevinosVingtique

    DMarie Trevino from MyVingtique said 4 years ago

    The natural Materials~ combined with a Husband and Wife team is a unbeatable combo for a shop! Congrats!

  • alisonstorry1

    alison storry from AlisonStorryJewelry said 4 years ago

    Wow! Beautiful work and such talent - well done!

  • audreytolove

    Kristian Jessie Jessie from KristianJessie said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! Thanks for making beautiful things for us. lovely!

  • LaAlicia

    La Alicia from LaAlicia said 4 years ago

    Congrats! You all are the poster people for -- If you do what you love, you never work a day in your life! :) I admire you!

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 4 years ago

    Great interview! Wonderful craftsmanship. Congratulations!!

  • AlisaDesign

    Alisa from AlisaDesign said 4 years ago

    Amazing work! Congrats!

  • PIGandFiSH

    Deb Gill from PIGandFiSH said 4 years ago

    Congratulations Rachel & Aaron! Love seeing you here and enjoyed learning more about you - what a beautiful life you've crafted for yourselves that centers around your love of a handmade life. Beautiful!

  • oddlyaddictive

    cait lucas from inkkit said 4 years ago

    Super fun work, Congrats

  • juliapaulpottery

    juliapaulpottery from juliapaulpottery said 4 years ago

    Very nice article. I was especially curious to know more about this... "Thankfully, we have found enjoyable ways to streamline the marketing and communication." Almost like seeing a unicorn...

  • ripecardsandjewelry

    Adriana from ripeshop said 4 years ago

    I love your shop!! Great work and congrats on the feature!!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 4 years ago

    Such finely handcrafted and unique functional art from rescued bits and pieces of the past! They have a quiet perfection and dignity you give them with your care and patience, restoring usefulness and beauty to what could have been landfill debris. I am happy for you that you have been able to create a fulfilling life with your dedication to your work and each other. As one that has (unfortunately) had to spend a lot of time "playing by other people's rules," I encourage you to keep thinking creatively about how you can live as an artist and also be successful as you are now, so that your future can be as satisfying as your present. Best wishes to you both!

  • smallandlittle1

    small and little from LilTotWonder said 4 years ago

    Amaizing process!!! such gorgeous pieces!! Congrats on both of you !!;)

  • HolmesandWatson

    Jenni and Jessi Obloy from HolmesandWatson said 4 years ago

    Fantastic interview and lovely shop! Congratulations on the feature!

  • hopefullworld

    hopefullworld from hopefullworld said 4 years ago

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your philosophy of reuse and recycling. Thanks for putting a picture of your home/studio up--I really like to see sellers in their habitat. And yours seems very much like home here in Maine. Best of luck!

  • cubiciti

    Addy Widjaja from cubiciti said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats on the FS! Wishing you much continued success!

  • BonTons

    BonTons from BonTons said 4 years ago

    Beautiful pieces! Congratulations on the Feature

  • Waterrose

    Rose Waterrose from Waterrose said 4 years ago

    simply beautiful!

  • AaronReaume

    Aaron and Rachel from BlisscraftandBrazen said 4 years ago

    Wow, okay so we (Aaron + Rachel) are sitting here reading these comments and just BEAMING! Thank you for all the love you are all sending our way, it is deeply appreciated! For those of you not yet living off your work, we are so honoured that we can be an inspiration and wanna say "keep at it! you can do it! just be yourself, be persistent and see the failures as triumphant learning opportunities!" And to say more about this question, posed by juliapaulpottery: Q: "want to hear more about this... "Thankfully, we have found enjoyable ways to streamline the marketing and communication." Almost like seeing a unicorn..." A: Now that we're kinda isolated in the countryside, we find that emailing/convos/social media is a great way for us to feel connected to others and it helps fill the socialization hole that sometimes opens up in our lifestyle. Also, we really believe in genuinely connecting with other people and seeing them as normal people just like us who deserve to be treated with respect and kindness. So instead of feeling that capital M "Marketing" has to be about creating a "facade" or "faking it", we are just straight up honest and straightforward with clients, boutiques, peers, and in our messaging. In that way, that aspect of the business doesn't become scary or daunting or feel like a wrong fit for two people with absolutely no marketing or customer service training! Oh, and if one of us gets lost down the rabbit hole that is the internet, the other one'll make sure to remind them about all the work waiting at the workbench! heh heh!

  • Caracarmina

    Norma Andreu from Caracarmina said 4 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what an awesome interview!!!! I loved your work the first minute I saw it! and I have the pleasure of knowing you in person (lucky me!) and I can truly say you are AWESOME people!!!!! your story is one of love and intense work! attention to detail and customer service! and your items are precious! each one has a piece of you both and this is what makes it sooo amazing! APPLAUSES for both of you!!!!! I loooove the necklace Rachel made for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I think I need one of your soooo loooovely candle holders! I`m VERY PROUD of you! being the ETSY FEATURED SELLER is such a deserved prize for all your hard work! :D FELICIDADES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D and MORE APPLAUSES!!!!!!

  • Ellareki

    Ellareki from Ellareki said 4 years ago

    Your interview was such an enjoyable read and left me wanting to read even more. You two are adorable and your work is amazingly creative and original. Congratulations!

  • KofuEcodesign

    Valerie Frechette from KofuEcodesign said 4 years ago

    Félicitations! Congratulations! A sweet cherry on the hard work that is making the sunday. What a reward for all the work! Congrats again, Valérie

  • FindingBrooke

    Brooke from FindingBrooke said 4 years ago

    LOVE YOUR SHOP!!! :-) Congrats!!!

  • theheirloomaddict

    theheirloomaddict from TheHeirloomAddict said 4 years ago

    Your wooden couch arm wrap is brilliant! Keep up the great work creating new and exciting works of art and functionality!

  • slacey152

    Stacy from HappiestCrafts said 4 years ago

    Love it all!! Reuse, upcycle, I agree 110% with it all!!! Congratulations!!!

  • MelaB

    Melanie Bonenfant said 4 years ago

    Bravo!!! C'est génial! Longue vie à Blisscraft & Brazen! xx

  • ChristineShmistine

    Christine from FineArtWithaTwist said 4 years ago

    i like that polka dotted cup, chip and all! ❅ ❄ ❆❅ ❄ ❆❅ ❄ ❆❅ ❄ ❆❅ ❄ ❆❅ ❄ ❆

  • xwktz

    Katie-Brandon M from departmentChicago said 4 years ago

    Wow amazing work!! I really want the couch arm wrap!!

  • LouisestArt

    Louise van Terheijden from LouiseArtStudio said 4 years ago

    Great new discovery here on Etsy!

  • VeronicasStuff

    Veronica from VeronicasStuff said 4 years ago

    I love the couch arm stand & chopsticks. Adore your shop too! Thumbs up on the feature. Blessings on your success. God Bless - Veronica

  • andreamwl

    Andrea Lawson from MaeWarrenDesigns said 4 years ago

    All of your ítems are so gorgeous and the photos are stunning! Thank you for sharing your wonderful story with all of your etsy friends!

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 4 years ago

    Great work! I enjoyed seeing your home and where you work! Thank you for sharing!

  • strawberriesandcream

    Theresia Cookson from strawberriesandcream said 4 years ago

    What a beautiful shop!!! Congrats on the feature! Happy Xmas from Australia!

  • NomasWorld

    Naomi Martnick from DancingMoonDesign said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! Very inspiring to me since I also have a love for all different kinds of arts and crafts. =)

  • Nakkashe

    Nakkashe from Nakkashe said 4 years ago

    Lovely shop, wooden pieces are alwayst my first preference ... congrats on FS...

  • kristinlarsonjewelry

    Kristin Larson from kristinlarsonjewelry said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on the Featured Seller! I love your tub table! What a brilliant idea! Your shop is beautiful.

  • hasincla

    hasincla from travelwanderings said 4 years ago

    Wow, I certainly learned a lot about your process and hard work. The effort that goes into every piece is not lost, you can see it in the beautiful photos and the thoughtful functionality of the things you make. Feliciations on the feature!

  • noemiah

    Noémie Vaillancourt from noemiah said 4 years ago

    OMG !!! Sooo happy for you two !!!! Congrats Rachel !!

  • sweetsarahcardsandtr

    Sarah M. from sweetsarahpatisserie said 4 years ago

    Beautiful items! :)

  • Gallivants

    ShyMaster from GallivantsVintage said 4 years ago

    Amazing work! Love your house! Congrats!

  • sofiatrinker

    Sofia Sanchez from Dedosen2 said 4 years ago

    Beautiful and organic items, I just LOVE them! Congrats!!!

  • willowfairedecor

    Daniele from willowfairedecor said 4 years ago

    Beautiful shop! Congrats!

  • CuffLoves

    Melissa M. from CuffLoves said 4 years ago

    great feature! Love your style!

  • CraftyDad

    Michael Hawkins from CraftyDad said 4 years ago

    Wow! Beautiful items and photography. Congrats! And Merry Christmas. Oh, and best wishes for a super-successful 2013! --Mike

  • daeschek

    Kimberly Daeschel from AnUnfamiliarRing said 4 years ago

    Very pretty items! Nice article

  • LaECLECTICa

    LaECLECTICa from Laeclectica said 4 years ago

    Wonderful craft, great shop, awesome feature, congrats!!!

  • pumpedonpaper

    kay o. from pumpedonpaper said 4 years ago

    fantastic feature story! i have been a fan of your work [bath caddie & couch arm wrap especially] since day one. job well done -- congratulations!

  • mingtaphotography

    Mingta Li from mingtaphotography said 4 years ago

    Great art works!!! Congrats to all!

  • karenannelisk

    Karen said 4 years ago

    I love your work! The bath caddy is beautiful - I want one!! Really enjoyed reading your story and seeing the beautiful surroundings that you live and work in! Really inspiring!

  • vampiregothchick

    Alura from AlluringAntiques said 4 years ago

    The Bath table is brilliant!

  • butikonline83

    Hendri . from butikonline83 said 4 years ago

    Lovely items!

  • thankfuljmw

    Connie from 2Tones said 4 years ago

    Very Inspiring and Beautiful!

  • GlassByKat

    Kat Welch from GlassByKat said 4 years ago

    I so enjoyed reading about you both and seeing your beautiful work. I must say, the sofa arm table is a stroke of genius! Congratulations on the feature and I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful creations!

  • reflectionsjewelry

    Emily Delfin from reflectionsjewelry said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • ShuliDesigns

    Shulamit Raanan from ShuliDesigns said 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! You have such a great talent and your items are just wonderful!

  • 2vcreative

    Violeta Warner from QVintage said 4 years ago

    Beautiful designs and creations. I love Blisscraft & Brazen use of natural material. Best wishes to all your endeavors.

  • 925maille

    Leslie Smith from 925maille said 4 years ago

    Very nice work! Congratulations on the feature!

  • PetitPointFrance

    Sonia from PetitPointFrance said 4 years ago

    Great story and wonderful items !

  • JillianReneDecor

    Jillian Carmine from JillianReneDecor said 4 years ago

    Congratulations you guys!! Awesome feature!!

  • debrajonesmax12

    Debra Jones from FinchPickles said 4 years ago

    Love everything you both create! Wish you the best!! LOVE your home!!!

  • galliageorgieva

    Gallia Georgieva from LouiseHangBoutique said 4 years ago

    Congratulations for the feature Aaron Reaume and Rachel Dhawan, and for achieving your desired and authentic "livelihood of craftsmanship"! I can relate to your story in various aspects, the urge to create and be independent as an artist, the love to handmade, the orientation to ecology, sustainability, and using safe and healthy materials, even to Rachel's chronic illness... Keep inspiring new life in old broken pianos! ;)

  • alexibon

    Alexia Alexia from IdyllWyse said 4 years ago

    Inspiring story and beautiful work! Congratulations!

  • PineBranchDesigns

    Cindy Brockway from PineBranchDesigns said 4 years ago

    Super Duper! Congrats!

  • ColorfulPixelsByLife

    Demet Gunuc from ColorfulPixelsByLife said 4 years ago

    love the wooden works and your made super chic!! Congrats!!

  • idilberf

    idil berf from idilberf said 4 years ago

    so inspring !! I love the works related with nature...congrats !

  • peifferStudios

    Brooke from xRESEEDx said 4 years ago

    Oh wow. Such a great interview you guys. Congratulations, you have really got an amazing thing going :)

  • GallusTreeCreations

    Paula from GallusTreeCreations said 4 years ago

    A beautiful, inspiring story, and what a magical place to live and work, your creations are amazing, I wish you both continued success on your journey!!

  • ftortega

    Frances from MyLaughingLion said 4 years ago

    I am so inspired by your story! Your work is simply beautiful and I appreciate your choices for creative freedom. I also love the way you reuse wood like with the piano. Thank you for giving us a peek into your wonderful world.

  • jewelsbymoon

    moon from jewelsbymoon said 4 years ago

    Your love for all is truly evident and appreciated, congrats!

  • carley465

    CAT Tillinghast from CATTATTING said 4 years ago

    I have to say I love the simple lines of your pieces. I also love the recycling part of this. I tend to myself like anything that has to do with recycle and reuse stuff.

  • masonke

    masonke from masonke said 4 years ago

    What a fabulous feature! Congratulations!

  • madeinbcn

    Sarah C said 4 years ago

    Amazing!! Wow, I really love your stuff... Congrats.

  • everlastinglight

    Cheryl from everlastinglight said 4 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your story, and I like everything about your work. Congratulations, and I wish you much success in the future.

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan said 4 years ago

    Great shop ! Congrats :)

  • marianealexandre

    Mariane Seguin from marianealexandre said 4 years ago

    I bought a branch holding jewelry from you last year at the souk and it holds a big significance as is my first purchase for my new boutique. Thank you so much, it's great to know it comes from such a loving couple. Votre maison est écoeurante, mon rêve d'habiter au coeur des Laurentides!

  • carolynrobles

    Carolyn from Carrieoaky said 4 years ago

    Loved this feature! “Never quite satisfied with the path of a gallery artist or by the thought of playing by other people’s rules”, I could really relate to this. Love that you are breathing new life into “waste”, that everything is so thoughtfully made and eco friendly. Wonderful and gorgeous works & So inspiring! Awesome Blog, and your Home is beautiful too!

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 4 years ago

    beautiful inside and out !! love the story ~ love having found your shop and all of the items tenderly made.

  • FireIslandSoap

    Billy Bubbles from FireIslandSoap said 4 years ago

    Wowwww that is some gnarly handiwork! keep up the green awesomeness!

  • vickiorion

    Vicki Potter from vickiorion said 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your lovely story and beautiful shop!

  • Gallivants
  • butteifulgirls

    Jess from ButteifulGirls said 4 years ago

    Your work is AMAZING! I've added several of your creations to my wish list. Thank you for sharing your vision and creativity with us. Happy Sales. Best, Jess

  • genisepark

    Genise Park from genisepark said 4 years ago

    Such beautiful work! Congratulations on being the featured shop!

  • dessybells

    Dessy Bells from DessyBells said 4 years ago

    Wonderful story and my congratulations in your creative work...the things you make are "beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DeEscalaArt

    BEATRIZ DE ESCALA from DeEscalaArt said 4 years ago

    Awesome work...LOVE it...thanks for sharing.

  • ShereesAtelier

    Sheree Schattenmann from ShereesAtelier said 4 years ago

    What a lovely story, home and collection of artisan made goods. Instant fave!

  • leeannasjewerybox

    Leeanna from LeeannasJewelryBox said 4 years ago

    It's always nice to hear when people are reusing and up-cycling goods. Your story was inspiring. The best of luck to you.

  • jpgphotography

    Julie from BokehEverAfter said 4 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your interview. It is endlessly inspiring to see how you both can create such beautiful, eco-friendly items that are so useful. I love how you make the copper herb markers! Many congrats on a well deserved feature, and keep up the awesome work. I'll be sure to keep up on your blog as well!

  • thevintageorangejar

    Mandy Bradford from TheVintageOrangeJar said 4 years ago

    What a wonderful interview. I love your artistic eye and craftsmanship.

  • MissingHeirloom

    Elizabeth Pickett from MissingHeirloom said 4 years ago

    Congratulations. I sincerely love the authentic beauty of everything you create,

  • PinkGlassPalace

    Catherine from QuantuckBayGlass said 4 years ago

    Wow, very impressive! Your eye for design and creativity shine!

  • gainsvillesun

    gainsvillesun from SoGirlyGems said 4 years ago

    Aron and Rachel you are true artists, you're also blessed to live in such an beautiful place that truly inspires you to create more!

  • BlueMoonLights

    Alexandra Simons from BlueMoonLights said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats on the FS!

  • SoulSeeds

    Laurie Abela from SoulSeeds said 4 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your story, & think your couch arm wrap is a wonderful idea! I also appreciate your green ethics. Congratulations!

  • NotYourGrandmothers

    NotYourGrandmothers from NotYourGrandmothers said 4 years ago

    You two are way too freaking cute together!! Love your items too!

  • infusion

    Abby Meadow from infusion said 4 years ago

    wow, you guys create beautiful work! I am happy to have found your shop. Congratulations on your feature. Very well deserved!

  • christiannasoumakis

    Christianna Soumakis from ASongofAscents said 4 years ago

    Love your simple, clean, pure, and conscientious aesthetic. Congrats on beautiful products and the FS!

  • guext65

    JW Lin from JWPersonalShop said 4 years ago

    love your work

  • amayakind

    Holly Amaya from amayakind said 4 years ago

    Really very beautiful. I like how you use reclaimed materials, and finish them cleanly. Very pleasing to the eye. You work well together. Congrats on the feature.

  • deadpolaroid

    Larissa PaperScissors said 4 years ago

    Wow. Just when I thought I couldn't possibly love the two of you more... THIS little feature on Etsy brought so many warm, fuzzy feelings for the two of you, your story, your work, your history. I truly feel blessed (and I don't say this often) to have you and your work in my life, as inspiration and more. <3 <3 <3

  • thebeadgirl

    lisa lehmann from thebeadgirl said 4 years ago

    wow. such a beautiful feature. I love both of you already...and your work? it's amazing! congrats and best wishes on your future!

  • biophiliadesigns

    Danielle Toronyi from biophiliadesigns said 4 years ago

    OMG those chopsticks are to DIE for!! saving them for later! congrats to you two, your work is beautiful.

  • EmSewCrazy

    Emily from EmSewCrazy said 4 years ago

    Wow, what lovely stuff. Great to hear of another person with a chronic illness pursuing crafting as a business.

  • NovemberDania1

    Dania and Magie Bellas from BellisimoAndSpecial said 4 years ago

    W O W. Their creativity is amazing!

  • TheScarletSageTree

    Suzanne Furtado from TheScarletSageTree said 4 years ago

    Congrats on the feature, Rachel & Aaron :) Amazing work and products, and I love how your passion towards your work also includes a very visible love for the environment. 2 soulmates sharing a home, ideas and an enterprise - bliss indeed! I wish you both much more success, joy and love in your journey ahead - Suzanne

  • PlanetMarsJewelry

    PlanetMarsJewelry from PlanetMarsJewelry said 4 years ago

    what a beautiful couple working together! :)

  • valerierobichaud

    Valerie Robichaud from ValerysGallery said 4 years ago

    Congratulations Rachel and Aaron, from all of us at It's A Madcap Life!! A fitting Madcap definition - "a person who enjoys taking risks"

  • sassycases

    sassycases from SassyCases said 4 years ago

    Congrats on Feature! Beautiful items!

  • HuellaHuella

    Fabiola Friedman from HuellaHuella said 4 years ago

    Fantastic creations and shop! Congrats!

  • KaiceJoy

    Kirsti Joy from KaiceJoy said 4 years ago

    gorgeous shop! Congrats on the feature!

  • GoldenSpiralDesigns

    Lola Ocian from GoldenSpiralDesigns said 4 years ago

    I would give my left arm for a tub like that, holy cow. The chopsticks are cool - I like the idea of wood-burning them.

  • ishaks

    ishak ali said 4 years ago

    nice

  • DomesticDance

    Ellen Roberts from DomesticDance said 4 years ago

    interesting and inspiring story... Thanks.

  • clockstockandbarrel

    Katie Blue from Abbazappa said 4 years ago

    so enjoyed reading your story, and it makes me feel so positive about what my partner Ben and I are also trying to do as artists and makers here in Ireland. Fantastic work, looking forward to following you on etsy, yeah!

  • foxyroxy501

    Roxy Rabb from 7thAvenueTurquoise said 4 years ago

    Amazing story! It's always inspiring to me to read about other people's inspiration and journey. What a blessing and privilege it is to love what you do, to be able to live in a creative world ALL the time! And to be surrounded by such beauty.....what a dream! Congrats on your success and for your feature! Is it cliche to say...dream/goal of mine? Again, GREAT JOB! Thanks for sharing with us!

  • rohiniiyer1

    Rohini Iyer said 4 years ago

    Enjoyed your story very much - and congratulations for having courage to follow your dreams. Picture of your house in winter looks beautiful. Your life is an inspiration.

  • roosig

    roosig said 4 years ago

    So cool to see where our caddy is coming from! We'd love it if ours were a piano in it's former life. Thanks again. We just adore the caddy, it's beautiful and so handy. All the best

  • northboundsalvage

    Matt and Meg from NorthboundSalvage said 4 years ago

    Not sure what we love more, your beautiful home studio or your amazing creations. Cant wait to see what you come up with next!

  • FibreFilia

    Lorraine Follett from FibreFilia said 4 years ago

    Great story and concept... keep up the good work.. and I'm a bit like Matt and Meg.... am totally envious of your studio - AND how organised it is.

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