Tuesday, February 15, 2011

FireStOrm Wine Stoppers (giveaway)

 I seem to be developing a thing for beautiful lampwork items!

Taralee Weckert of Calgary, Alberta creates one-of-a-kind lampwork beads which she then fashions into colourful pendants, wine stoppers, and bookmarks.  When I happened upon her online Etsy shop recently, the wine stoppers featured caught my attention.  They strike me as both playful and elegant.  An example of this is the Ice Cream Dream wine bottle stopper, pictured here.  Looking for a great "statement" gift?  These wine stoppers would be perfect as a hostess, wedding favour, thank-you, or house warming gift.

Taralee has had a lifelong love of art and glass work in particular.  She studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2001, later establishing a home studio. She has been crafting lampwork beads for three years, and enjoys a growing clientele.

When I contacted her to learn more about her work, I asked her what she loved most about her craft.  She confirmed that glass can be a difficult medium to work with, especially if one is attempting to duplicate results (e.g., make several matching beads for a pendant necklace).  Though a challenging form of art, Taralee enjoys creating each piece, describing the end product as unique, trendy, and simple.

"I love finishing a piece and looking in my kiln in the morning when they are annealed.  The pieces always look so different after they cool.  It is like finding a treasure!"  

Designing pieces with her finished beads is another aspect of her work Taralee finds extremely rewarding.  Wine stoppers are her favorite pieces to make, as the wine stopper beads are large, and a wide variety of coloured glass can be used in creating them.  It is also a product that elicits much positive feedback from her customers!

"Lots of people enjoy wine with friends and family and to have a beautiful wine bottle stop is a great conversation piece.  Especially if it is handmade or locally made."

Taralee takes great pride in producing high quality, handmade Canadian pieces and makes customer service a high priority in her business.  Her best advertising has proven to be word-of-mouth and wearing pendants fashioned from her favorite lampwork beads to showcase her work. Though the pieces she wears are ones she has every intention to keep, she joked that she she has lost a few of her favorite beads to on-the-spot customers this way.  She parts with these pieces knowing they will be treasured, well cared for, and worn often!

Taralee currently sells her pieces listed under the business name FireStOrm (inspired by the critical role the element of fire plays in lampwork) in her Etsy shop  

If requested, the silver plated chains and findings used in Taralee's pieces can be upgraded to silver, and the base metal wine stops can be upgraded to a non-tarnishable stainless steel base for die hard wine enthusiasts.

Taralee Weckert has generously offered to sponsor this wonderful giveaway! 

FireStOrm Etsy Shop Giveaway

Prize: Winner's choice of any piece listed in Taralee's FireStOrm Etsy shop, up to a value of $40.  This contest is open internationally. 

Contest ends Friday, March 11, 2011 at 8:00pm Pacific Standard Time.  Winner to be randomly selected using randomizer.org.  If the winner has not responded to my notification by Monday, March 14, 2011 at 8:00pm PST, another winner will be selected.

This contest has now ended. Congratulations to Amber G. of Chicago, IL USA! 

Thanks for visiting True North Treasures!


  1. I LOVE the Catapillar Bracelet

  2. Love this Icecream dream wine bottle stop for "creamy" colors. Wonderful!

  3. My favorite piece at FireStOrm's shop is the Aurae Moonbeams pendant!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  4. I like the Smoky Haze pendant because of the detail in it.
    I chose the Beige Swirls Wine Stopper as my gift for a similar reason. Mysterious and deep....

    fmgregory at myway dot com

  5. My favourite is the Blue Spots necklace :)

  6. visited your site and my favorite is the one i requested if i win. Wine Bottle Stop - Rainbow Suprise Absolutely love this. Rainbows anything.

  7. Love the bookmark Blue Fir. I love to read so this would be awesome! Liked you on Facebook.

  8. The "Bookmark Green Satin" is calling to me!

    casper (at) dublin.com

  9. My favorite piece is the Wine Bottle Stop in Rainbow

    sbabij2 at shaw dot ca

  10. I really love the Double sided bookmark. I read all the time, and this is so simple and beautiful.

  11. My favorite item is the Rainbow Surprise Wine Bottle Stop, the perfect stop to any wine!



  12. All of FireStOrms items are so artistically beautiful!!!! it is hard to pick only one, but I really like the Wine Stopper in Black and Orange with the tarnishresistent stainless steel base! It is so wine inviting!

    Thank you for this giveaway.

    terrymac1a at hotmail dot com

  13. My favorite piece is the Smokey Haze pendant found here

  14. My favorite item is the Mystic Swirls necklace.
    maddiemb {at} comcast (dot) net

  15. Green satin bookmark is my favorite

  16. Not only do i love the Wine Bottle Stop - Icecream Dream, I think the Gunmetal blue keychain would make a good gift :)


  17. I love the icecream dream winestop :)
    I follow via GFC

  18. I also LOVE the Caterpillar Bracelet

    swaggirl01 at gmail dot com

  19. The Mystic Swirls Necklace is beautiful.



  20. Frozen Fossils Bracelet. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

  21. I just love everything!!!


  22. It's a good thing TaraLee set the limit at $40 USD (not CAD?)because I genuinely LOVE all of her exquisite necklaces - and for that matter pretty much everything in her FireStOrm shop (you'll notice that "Salleefur" left her Etsy "hearts" all over the "mechandise!"

    I finally settled on the Beige Swirl Winestopper

    I am a Facebook Fan (LIKE your blog) Jesselyn Andersyn AND

    I posted a comment and your link on my Facebook Page/Wall

    Confirmed email subscriber

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  23. I love the book marks the best. The caterpillar bracelet is very nice too.