Sunday, June 22, 2014

Jody's Naturals

For those of you out there (and I'm sorry, if you're not, you need to be) watching orange is the new black, you'll remember the story line of Polly and Piper making soap together. It wasn't mentioned once in season two.. I suppose the deal with barney's was off once Piper went looking for a chicken instead of talking soap business. Anyway, this is how I picture my friend Jody making soap, the house smelling like flowers and bees wax. I don't actually know if this is what her kitchen looks like (she has her own soap making kitchen!) But I like to picture it this way.

Jodi is nothing like the narcissistic Piper, she is a kind spirit who I am almost postiive has never hurt a fly in her entire life. The only commonality between these two is the creation of artisan bath products. I was lucky to have had the opportunity to do a little trade with her this week and I have been basking in their lovely scents ever since.

I had a hard time picking out which ones I wanted and before I got my hands on all of them I was planning on handing them out as gifts. Well, that's not happening. They all smell so good! (If I were Piper I would use the F word right now but let's not go there). Jodi uses a unique yet traditional combination of flavours and scents and everything is totally natural. My favorite ones are the local beer soaps, they are so interesting and the combination of honey and beer is making me swoon.

You can find Jody's products in quite a few stores in Victoria B.C. and pretty much every single market and variation of such on the island. I have no idea how she manages to go to so many but lucky for the market go-ers, she does.

Keep in touch with Jody on Facebook here:

on website here:

and here Etsy here:

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Salvage and Stone

My good friend Nicole that I met about 4 years ago has recently started an etsy shop. Her newest addition to the shop are the lovely, feminie comfy headbands. I'm definitely a hat person and I feel that headbands are a good stand it for hats during the warmer months. Plus I feel like it really jazzes up the fun bun that i've grown accostomed to rocking quite a few times a week when I just don't feel like brushing out my long locks.

She's generously offered to put up a sale while on my blog. You can use the code:

for 15 percent off.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Local Discovery : Teaka Marie

We all love to support our locals- it's a very popular or even trendy way of thinking right now. But it's really benefitial as well and that should be the focus. So when I discover an amazing local shop (Local as in one provice over) I get really excited about it. Recently I discovered this amazing Alberta based dress designer. Her photos are so gorgeous and that's nothing compared to the actual pieces. Hand made garmets perfect for the small town girl whether she's living in a small town or not! I'll definitely be making a purchase one of these days, summer is coming up and I'd love a flowery dress to dance around in while I sip on iced coffee under the sun. You can check out her shop here!

Friday, March 28, 2014

New Favorite Illustrators

So ever since the introduction of the "recommended shops for you" feature on etsy I've discovered so many new and amazing artists. I'm also receiving a lot more front page clicks from this feature as well, so I hope it's hear to stay. Most of the shops recommended for me are illustrators, ceramic artists and jewelry designers and I'm really surprised how accurate the recommendations are! Here are some of my new favorite and recently discovered illustrators from the past month or so. All of their etsy shops are linked with their names, please go and check them out they are all so talented!

 Emma Block is an illustrator, living and working in London. She loves vintage dresses and beautiful cities. Her first book, Tea and Cake, came out in 2011, and she is just starting on her third children’s book.

Phoebe Wahl is a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. She calls the Pacific Northwest home and is constantly inspired by the beauty in people and nature. She loves to make nests, sew small animals, and get lost in picture books. She is a regular contributor to Taproot magazine. 

 Small Adventure is devoted to creating beautiful (and sometimes silly) objects and illustrated artwork that explore nature, traveling and exciting stories.

A Londoner who studied theatre design and art history before falling into magazine illustration and journalism, I eventually settled in the Canary Islands where I live with my family and other animals in the middle of a banana plantation. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Maypenny Farm

My favorite part about doing craft fairs isn’t selling a ton of merchandise at once, or eating the food from the yummy vendors or buying stuff from other sellers. It’s meeting the other vendors. I’ve only done two craft fairs so far during my time as a designer but they have both exposed me to some truly creative individuals and for that, I am grateful.

 Sunday cuddles

The last fair I did was the Fox fair and I met a lovely girl name Reay and she is a farmer! I’m not sure if she prefers this title but in my mind she is one. She and her husband have over 60 chickens on their little farm on Vancouver Island. She takes care of them, collects their eggs and then sells them locally right from her home and at the Victoria Hudson Market. She is also an expert jam craftsman, people were going crazy for her unique and fragrant flavors at the Fox Fair and all her eggs sold out on the first night. I went and found her tumblr account after the fair and was entertained for a good hour by looking at all her chicken photography, she's accumulated quite a heard of chicken fans.
Babies excited for a new bale of straw today #vscocam #chickens #farm

I didn't buy any jam, and the eggs were sold out by the time I could make my way over to her stand but I did get to buy one of these sweet cards. If you watch Portlandia, here's a reminder of the scene that her chicken cards reminded me of.


You can buy your eggs and then take home a little photo/card of the chickens that laid them. I bought five and kept three for myself. Reay knew all the names of the chickens I selected. I love how connected she was to her work.

You can see her amazing tumblr here:

and the Facebook page for Maypenny Farm here:


Dot is the prettiest chicken. (Source.)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Envelope Decorating

I love to decorate the envelopes that I send my orders out in. Getting mail is so much fun and I like to make it a little more special by stamping all of them before they go out. Over the winter break my Mum helped me stamp enough for the whole year. Charlie and Daisy tried to help, but anyone who has ever even been around a cat knows they aren't very helpful.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Charlie and Daisy

Meet Charlie and Daisy!
The Two most sweet, cuddly, playful kitties ever! They were waiting to greet me when I got home to Penticton for winter break. I think I took 1000 photos of them... These are some of my favorites. I just couldn't resist! They are only going to be small for a little while.