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Videos are in – Go Vote!

The Eco-TAV Video Submission Contest has been a bit of a journey! A journey of learning for everyone who has been a part of it!  And it is not over yet!  You’ve still got time to get your video submissions in – message me if you have one in the works and need to figure out how to upload it!

Thanks to the two fabulous people who have entered their video submissions so far!  And mega thanks to the efforts on one lovely lady in Montreal who is spreading the Eco-TAV word by gifting her friends and colleagues with products and tried so hard to create a video for this contest – but technology got the best of her!  Maybe over the holidays, Jenn!

Since there are only two in so far – I know we have at least two winners already, but I’ll need help deciding who is the “BIG” winner!  That means I need your help!  Starting MONDAY, DECEMBER 14th,  I’ll be asking you to vote on your favorite by making comments on the Eco-TAV YouTube PAGE Where the videos are awaiting your comments as video responses!

You’ve got til Sunday December 13th at MIDNIGHT to get your videos in – email me {}  if you have questions!!

Eco-TAV in Review

Nothing like the trepidation of sending products that you think are great, off to be tested and reviewed by a total stranger. But that’s what I need – some fresh eyes to give me some feedback and let folks know how they find the Napkins and Pouches are to work with.

Thanks to Carrie Anne at EverythingMom for taking the time to post a review about my Eco-TAV goodies!
You can check it out here:
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and then follow them on twitter:
@everythingmom and @cbadov

Part of a Larger Community

As part of my journey with Eco-TAV, I am finding ways to connect with other artisans, support them and find creative ways to self-promote!
The latest is joining up with indienorth’s Holiday Gift Guide!

There are a lovely selection of gifts and goodies that express the elegance and fun of some fab Canadian Artisans!

Check it out!

Click Here to start your holiday shopping and support canadian artisans!

November 22,2009: West End Bazaar

Sunday, November 22, 2009 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

4026 Richmond Road, Ottawa, Ontario.

Website: Facebook Event page….

This bazaar is also a fundraiser for the Women’s Shelter in Iqaluit: it is named Qimaavik. This is the only Shelter for women in all the thousands of square miles of the Territory. Woman and child abuse in the Nunavut is 1200% higher there than in the rest of Canada.
They need funds for their daily life, education and counselling as well as much needed security, night and day! They get no official government funding.

The Bazaar will have 14 vendors:
Creative Clothing by Roxane,
Tracey with TAV Creations,
Zamira and her Flying Veils,
Darlene with her Shibori hand-painted veils,
Sha’ Vega in her Tarot Tent,
Rain Kazymerchyk with her Silver Jewellery,
Sylvie Girard will be cooking up her wonderful treats,
Curves will be there to help us with our fitness!

You will find: jewellery, practice and recital clothing, accessories for Cabaret and Tribal dancing, pottery and Val’s trading table will be chock-full of surprises.

Here are more of the vendors:
Barbara Szatanski’s *B Daszled Deszings*,
Melissa Wakeling from Belleville,
Catherine Archer from Montreal and
Lynn Commanda, a Native jeweller.

Admission is free but donations for Qimaavik will be welcome!

WEST END bazaar FALL2009

Eco-TAV Video Submission Contest!

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Let’s have some fun this fall and yes, you can win a prize!

The top 4 videos will each be awarded a fun prize as a thank you for your creative efforts!
The top prize will be a choice of one of two options:
1 – $50 value of Eco-TAV products, gift wrapped and mailed to an address of your choice for the upcoming holiday season.
2- $50 gift certificate to any restaurant of your choice within the Ottawa area.

The three other prizes will be valued at $20 each and your choice between

1 – $20 value of Eco-TAV products, gift wrapped and mailed to an address of your choice for the upcoming holiday season.
2- $20 gift certificate to any restaurant of your choice within the Ottawa area.


I am seeking different ways to:
a. generate interest in the Eco-TAV line…
b. get folks thinking and acting a bit more ‘green’, one step at a time…
c. encourage that community feeling…
..and I thought maybe this could be a fun adventure for those interested in coming on it!

The adventure is to create a video up to 2 minutes – or whatever!- in length that shows how you and yours are using the Eco-TAV line to enhance your lives. It should feature at least one of the Eco-TAV products, but I totally welcome the inclusion of other green/eco-friendly/healthy lifestyle products too!

Submit your video to the Eco-TAV Youtube Channel and let everyone see it and vote on it.  While I don’t like the idea of “competition”, I do want to award those creative sparks and encourage some funky thinking!

Submit your video [s] until December 12th. Judging will be on going with the standard YouTube rating system already in place, and comments will be open so that folks can really let us know what they think!
Judging will end December 15th so that the Prizes can be awarded in time for Holiday enjoyment!

Well, everyone who has been touched or will be touched by Eco-TAV, of course! If you know someone who is a creative soul and would love to play with this, send them to so that they can find out where to get their own Eco-fabulous piece of the action!

Rules of engagement:
1 – Copyright issues:
You must have copyrights to everything used in the video. If you are going to talk about someone else’s products and can get permission to do so, that would be ideal.

Any music/ logos/ etc. must be original content created by the creators of the video, or you get written permission to use that music.

Use of the Eco-TAV logo in the video will be permitted. You can contact me for a good quality image!

Once you submit your video, you are giving permission to Eco-TAV/ TAV Creations to use the video, completely or in part, for promotional purposes.  Credit will be given to you in every way possible, though no compensation, financial or in trade, other than indicated in the original contest can or will ever be granted.  But the Fame!  and the Glory!

2. Video submissions should be family friendly.
That’s the way I roll – it can be funny, serious, kooky, dark and even mind numbing – as long as it is safe for work and safe for the kids to walk past while it is on screen!

So, I hope you see this as a fun way to get creative and share you own love of the planet.  Remember to tell your friends to go and vote too!

Elevator pitch and other thoughts


TraceyThere’s that concept of the 30 second elevator pitch to promote/ introduce/ explain what your job is.  That one was always easy for me: “I sew, and I dance and I teach both, but not at the same time :-)”  I don’t define myself with labels, but with verbs – and that makes sense to me!

People will describe me as a “seamstress” and I inwardly cringe.  Yes, according to the official definition, that is one of the aspects of my reality.  I really do like to think I am so much more than that.  I design, I read people’s minds and pull their ideas out and bring them to life, I create new concepts for them to explore as we journey through making their garment – whatever it is.  And yes, I hem pants too – and that part of my job is not really creative, but it takes at least a modicum of awareness on how the whole procedure works!  [youtube=]

HalymaMaybe I need to approach the label Seamstress in the same way that I approach Belly dance – empower it in my own mind and revel in it!

My signature on my emails starts with “Creativity Abounds”.  I am thinking of using that on my website – when we get it updated [ hopefully sometime in the next month]  So, I invite creative titles and inspired labels 🙂

And I have had an epiphany regarding folks reactions to my telling them about my Eco-TAV products.  Many folks simply react in a pleasantly positive way, even if it is not something they see themselves embracing right away.  But I have had what seemed to me to be an odd reaction from other business folk and a few non business type folk.  Suddenly I was being told about a similar but different product and it was implied or occasionally stated that I should copy it. What?  What??  Why would I do that?  Why would I want to do that?  Would I want someone doing that to me??? No…So with much restraint, I would try to reply with a simple, thank you, possibly adding a clarification if the product in question involved the use of plastic – I don’t do plastic.  Speaking of not doing plastic – here’s a local company’s video of my Eco-TAV Napkin…They have an absolutely fabulous all natural insulated lunchbag too!


My epiphany was that these good friends were merely trying to help.  So I thought they deserved credit for their intentions, and I genuinely thank them for their links and face to face suggestions.  I can only design, engineer, test, supply, make and market a limited number of products, so I think I’ll stick with what I have come up with, and improve upon them.

While some were inspiring, it is a fine line to be original/unique when working with simple concepts – bags and fabric, so one really has to make the decision to not outright steal someone else’s idea/combination etc. Well, if one wants to look at oneself in the mirror and see some integrity.

Many of the suggestions that have come my way, were created by artisans setting up their own online stores, with the opportunity for anyone to buy their goods online as easily as mine. We all have similar goals, ideals and creative skills, and I hope to encourage everyone to check us all out – and see what you like!  While some brand loyalty is great – just stopping using the disposable stuff is the first step -so choose the eco product that will work for you!  I’ll send you all to Artfire first – Etsy is easy, and great too but Artfire is new and cool!

So, let’s embrace the creativity – support artists, entrepreneurs, and farmers!  Share your knowledge, share a smile if that’s all you’ve got, add a kind word if you are inspired!

On a side note – this weekend is full of artistic events to support :

~St. Brigid’s on St.Patrick will be full of paintings and artwork – in support of something fabulous I am sure – but there is no website!  So, just check it out if you are in the neighbourhood!

~ La Petite Mort on Cumberland hosts a fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders starting Friday evening til Sunday.  Details are online here!

~ Lansdowne Park will be full of Women this weekend for the National Women Show.  I do not have a booth at this one, but may go check it out Saturday morning!

Ottawa Centre Class Party: June 10, 2009

Halyma’s Ottawa Centre Class Party

Doors Open at 6:30
Show starts at 7p.m.

211 Bronson, Ottawa, Ontario.

An evening of Belly Dance presented by Halyma’s Belly Dancing For Fun with the participation of many local belly dance teachers and their students.

Support professionals, and emerging student dancers, as they explore classic styles of Raks sharki, fusion styles with modern elements, and Tribal style dance, all based on a foundation of belly dance.

This “class recital” brings forth a culmination of months and years of dedication to learning this ancient dance form with a variety of local teachers in the Ottawa area and beyond.

Tickets ONLY $10 at the door!

A grateful thanks from Eco-TAV

Yesterday was launch day! – YAY

While I did leave with some stock – I think it went very well for the first exposure of the Eco-TAV products to the public!  And that means I am not going crazy today in a panic for next weekend.  Time to order fabric and supplies in a semi-leisurely fashion!

 Even total strangers bought some!

That leads to my need to say thank you publicly to the many people who helped in the development stages of the Eco-TAV line!

My eco-survey respondants – I won’t list you all, but you can click back through my posts to see everyone who took the time to post their responses in my comments area – thanks so much!  And thanks to those who tried to reply but were thwarted by the “submit” button 🙂

Official Testers: Jess, Treena, Katheryne, Gailene, Julia, Dar, Susi,Pia, Angelique, and Mireille willingly took time out of their days to connect with me, learn the folding technique, and tested my napkins and pouches and sent me feedback!  

Secondary Testers: Dana and Cynthia – who spent some time playing with the products and gave me some of their feedback!

Sewing: Dana, again – Thanks for helping get those stacks of napkins sewn!

Website: Sara who was indispensable in helping me brainstorm the marketing ideas, designing the site, and helping me get my butt in gear to get it going! Tom too – but his thanks comes later…

Katheryne – special thanks for being a willing model that chilly morning!

First Customers: Andrew – first Ipod Touch case and Pouch!  Susan – First custom ordered Ipod Touch case – not doing those often, but glad it worked out so well!  Her pic is on the Eco-TAV Facebook page. The unknown person at the RA Centre who bought the first Eco-TAV Napkin/Pouch set and Diane who was the first friend to buy the set!

Cynthia, who got up early to help me all day at the RA Centre! and has offered to do it again next weekend! And Linda, who was planning to help, but was struck down by the bug that has been hitting people – feel better, chicky!

And last but NEVER LEAST, Tom [ aka WTL].  

He is beyond amazing when I get an idea in my head.  He supports me, encourages me, and then does a lot of work to help me make it happen.  We were up until 2 a.m. to get the site up on Saturday night/Sunday morning, and he did a phenomenal job getting our [ Sara’s, mine and his] ideas worked out as a functioning and beautiful website! He does the product photography for the site, all the nitty gritty stuff, and coming soon video work!  What a guy – I am very lucky!  he also makes the wonderful veggie soup that we live on most of the time – healthy and easy gets us through!

Thanks also to those who have commented on my Facebook Wall, sending their good energy and support!

I hope the minimum of this product line is to get us all thinking about our daily choices.  The sky is the limit after that!