We have been receiving requests for unisex accessories. We listened and created belt buckles! Ta-da!

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Rosewood Burl belt buckle

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Some of our buckles, such as theΒ Black Vein Cocobolo and the Rosewood Burl buckles, above, are made without inlay, to showcase the beauty of the wood itself.

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Other buckles, such as this Pommele Bubinga ‘River’ buckle, are inlaid with blue crushed shell.

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And we also have funky designs!

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All the buckles are approximately 3″ X 2″. On the back of the piece is a metal hook that easily attaches to your favourite snap belt.

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Here’s how it works!

Check out all the pieces in our online shop, and let us know what you think! Remember: we love custom orders. If there is a specific design that you would love to have on a belt buckle, send us a note: info@dharmawanderlust.com

As I mentioned in my previous post, Pawel and I had the pleasure to being a vendor at the Toronto Yoga Conference and Show last weekend. This was our first show since our official launch a year ago. Heading into the show, we kept our eyes, ears, minds, and hearts open to the different possibilities. Generally, we consider ourselves to be open-minded and open-hearted people who love to explore new ideas and can never find enough time in the day for everything about which we’re passionate.

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It also follows that we embarked on a new journey of exploration not even after but during the course of the show. Every evening, while driving home, we discussed the day’s events and shared our ideas. And it just so happened that we each immediately agreed on every single point that the other person raised. How about that for a married couple! πŸ˜‰

Now, to explain how we arrived at the current entrepreneurial point in the life of Dharma Wanderlust, allow me to backtrack. In 2008, Pawel first started playing with woodworking. He transformed our one-car garage into a workshop, purchased a few machines, and went to work! Pawel started with wood turning, and later started to play with a scroll saw, making puzzles. Our children love to play with the puzzles he made for them!

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He may have just been experimenting, but everyone to whom he showed his work was thoroughly impressed with Pawel’s precision and craftsmanship. I encouraged him to continue working on this new hobby. And of course, he made a few beautiful items for me. πŸ˜‰ Among my favourites are a gorgeous pen he turned for me, as well as this beautiful vase with three Purpleheart flowers inside:

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This piece travelled with us to the yoga show and many clients asked whether it was available for sale!

And because I’m absolutely obsessed with faeries, this is another gift Pawel made for me:

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To continue my story… About two years ago, Pawel wanted to take his passion for woodworking a step further and created an online shop called Creations from G. This shop allowed him to showcase his creativity. He was already making yoga-inspired jewellery at the time, but he also turned impeccable wine bottle stoppers, and they were highly popular!

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Somewhere along the line, we decided to create Dharma Wanderlust and felt that our clients would be interested in seeing only yoga- and nature-inspired jewellery, as opposed to an entire range of items. So, we put aside our other interests and moved toward jewellery.

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Allow me to be frank and vulnerable here. I have always been a girl of many interests. Even in high school, I spent my free time taking voice and dance lessons, practising yoga and meditation, sketched and painted, designed and sewed clothes (including prom dresses for a few friends), knit, and wrote (I started to do freelance writing when I was still in high school). When it came time to choosing a university major, I was torn between which passion to pursue: fashion design or journalism. I was accepted to both schools, which didn’t make the decision any easier for me. πŸ™‚ I did end up majoring in journalism, but all the while, I continued to knit, dance whenever I could, and spent more and more time focusing on fitness and yoga. Throughout that time, I received a lot of criticism from people who told me that it’s time to choose just one serious occupation, as opposed to ‘dabbling’ in this and that. Those comments affected me more than I realized, became a source of uncertainty and took away from my self-confidence.

So, naturally, when Pawel and I chose to start Dharma Wanderlust, I felt we would not be taken seriously if we were to offer a variety of products.

How wrong I was!!!

Since launching Dharma Wanderlust, we have enjoyed great success and our jewellery is now featured on the retail shelves of local yoga studios. We are proud of our work. In the background, I have continued my personal exploration and have learned to accept my myriad interests. I now know that it’s perfectly okay to continue to pursue various interests at the same time. I wouldn’t want to hold myself and my partner back by restricting our self-expression.

Phew!

At the show last weekend, we came to the realization that our main focus has always been on HANDCRAFTED work, as opposed to jewellery. We are not a jewellery company. We are an artisan business. That is the future of Dharma Wanderlust: handcrafted, unique items made with love.

Photo: We are always growing! We don't believe in staying in one place for too long, settling for what has been tried and tested. We believe in choosing adventure over stagnation. We love to travel, and even when we don't have a chance to pack our bags and go someplace new, we make our own adventure in other ways. Our personalities are multifaceted. We enjoy a variety of books, activities, and our friends would say that we have more hobbies than we can manage. And we're okay with that. Most of those activities involve crafting, working with our hands, and always creating, creating, creating. That is who we are.</p> <p>We put all our love and passion into creating beautiful items for you to enjoy. We have been listening to your suggestions and have combined them with our own interests. The result will be Dharma Wanderlust travelling in a few new directions. We will continue with our yoga line, of course, but will also introduce new items for a wide audience, based on our other interests. </p> <p>So, watch this space!</p> <p>Katia and Pawel<br /> Dharma Wanderlust

As a couple and business partners, we are always growing! We don’t believe in staying in one place for too long, settling for what has been tried and tested. We believe in choosing adventure over stagnation. We love to travel, and even when we don’t have a chance to pack our bags and go someplace new, we make our own adventure in other ways. Our personalities are multifaceted. We enjoy a variety of books, activities, and our friends would say that we have more hobbies than we can manage. And we’re okay with that. Most of those activities involve crafting, working with our hands, and always creating, creating, creating. That is who we are.

We put all our love and passion into creating beautiful items for you to enjoy. We have been listening to your suggestions and have combined them with our own interests. The result will be Dharma Wanderlust travelling in a few new directions. We will continue with our yoga line, of course, but will also introduce new items for a wide audience, based on our other interests and our true passion.

We are currently working to re-design our website and will add MANY additional categories to the existing jewellery line. We are excited about these changes and are looking forward to sharing them with you as soon as they are ready.

Watch this space for updates!

Here’s one for all the fans of The Hunger Games trilogy:

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Say what you will about The Hunger Games books and movies, I admire Jennifer Lawrence and her healthy body image. And as a devoted yoga girl who loves to meet healthy, vibrant, beautiful people who are comfortable in their own skin, the above quote is a breath of fresh air.

When Pawel told me about The Hunger Games after having read the books, I was skeptical. But I confess that watching the first film left me intrigued and I’m looking forward to the next installment, opening this weekend.

You may be wondering about the purpose of this post and where it’s leading. Since we, at Dharma Wanderlust, have become fans of THG, we went as far as creating a one-of-a-kind custom mocking jay pendant. Ta-da:

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We usually only make custom-designed pieces by request. So, this is a special necklace that is still waiting for a lucky owner. πŸ™‚ Interested? Contact us for information: info@dharmawanderlust.com

Enjoy the film and make some time this weekend to go outside!

XO Katia (Dharma Wanderlust)

Yellowheart Trees

The beautiful fall colours are starting to fade and the streets are covered in the yellow and orange leaves that once adorned the maple trees in our neighbourhood. But to preserve the beauty of the season, we created this little gem. Actually, we have more than one available but they are going fast. So, grab one while you can!

We love bees!

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The Bee Sweet collection was born of our deep concern about the decline of the bee colony. We love the bees, which play a crucial role in the world’s agriculture. We are working to raise awareness of the bee colony decline, which could have a serious negative impact. We hope that the issue can be reversed and, ultimately, resolved. For every item purchased from our Bee Sweet collection, we will donate a percentage to Pollinator Partnership (http://pollinator.org), to fund research and improve the health of the bees. Check out the collection, here.Image

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Meet Pommele Bubinga Muladhara Tree!

The first chakra, or ‘energy wheel’ in the body, is Muladhara, or Root. This chakra is associated with issues related to physical safety, stability, security and confidence. The symbol of the tree, with its roots reaching deep into the earth, reminds us to create a solid foundation and remain grounded in our identity while continuing to reach toward the sun as we learn and grow on our path.

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Pommele Bubinga, or African Rosewood, is red with darker red or purple veins running throughout.

And, just for fun… A bit of sister love, which puts a big smile on my face!

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Helena is wearing the Pommele Bubinga Muladhara Tree necklace, and I’m wearing the Elder Wood Muladhara Tree piece. This is actually quite appropriate, since I am the older sibling!

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This necklace is gorgeous! The colour is soft and simply stunning.

The first chakra, or ‘energy wheel’ in the body, is Muladhara, or Root. This chakra is associated with issues related to physical safety, stability, security and confidence. The symbol of the tree, with its roots reaching deep into the earth, reminds us to create a solid foundation and remain grounded in our identity while continuing to reach toward the sun as we learn and grow on our path.

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Box Elder (Ash Lead Maple, Manitoba Maple, or Elf Maple) wood is light in colour, with orange, red, or salmon-coloured highlights woven throughout.

You’re wondering where to find this gem, aren’t you? We won’t keep you wondering. Head over to our website to shop!

Happy Monday!

XO,

Katia and Pawel (Dharma Wanderlust)

 

Another new piece: Surrender to Dance

β€œDance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” ~ Rumi

Surrender your fears and worries and dance through life, trusting that you will always be in the right place at the right time! Wear this piece as a reminder to remain dynamic and fluid in all situations, surrendering to the delicate and intricate dance of life.

Amboyna burl comes from the Narra Tree. The burl itself ranges from striking red to golden yellow (see our other Amboyna burl pendants) and is considered one of the most beautiful wood burls in the world because of the striking colour and the amazing swirly patterns. A tidbit of interesting information is that Amboyna burl was once hoarded as treasure by Chinese Emperors and not allowed to be used by commoners.