It’s Baaaaack!!!

Flu season is back, so it’s time to buckle up and prepare for battle.  Here are a few tricks that will keep you happy and healthy this season.

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Prevention is best, so try this immunity tea by Urban Earth Teas.  It’s organic, and packaged with the earth in mind.  A great stocking stuffer for those who love something comforting during this cold months!  You’ll also need a beautifully handcrafted teapot made by Dragon Pottery to brew your tea!

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Now that you are sitting in front of the fireplace with a hot cup of tea, you’ll need a super chunky knit throw blanket made by Erin Blacks Designs to help keep you warm.  If you can, snuggle up with a loved one or a furry friend by your side.

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If you’re thinking of stepping out to do some errands.  Stay warm with a chunky knit cowl by Emmy Lou Knits and a pair of hand warmers by Kloth Shoppe.

Of course, the best thing to stave off any illness is lots of sleep.  Get a deeper sleep with the help of a sleep mask by Ohhh Lulu.

Something To Remember

As we head towards November 11th, consider taking a moment to remember those who gave their lives in order for Canadians to have the freedoms we enjoy today.  To commemorate this important event, here are some handmade items that remind me of happiness, peace, and beauty.

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1) Crimson Silk Bella Dress by Faire Jour

2) Golden Poppy Pod Earrings by Foxine

3) Ceramic Poppy Plates by Clay Shapes

4) Tickled Pink Poppy Photograph by Sandy Wiggins Images

5) Silk Poppies Headpiece by Konigin

Midi Mania

I’ve been digging the midi length skirt and dress lately in all styles and colours.  Here are a few handmade and vintage examples that would be a great addition to any girl’s wardrobe!

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1)  Vintage red wool dress from Louisa

2)  Double layer “Canyon” midi skirt by Norwegianwood

3)  Vintage rose print pleated midi skirt from Aiseirigh

4)  African print midi cotton skirt by De-mes’tiks

5)  Midi skirt with pockets by Ala Mode Wearhouse

6)  Lace Column Dress by Leilanni

Sleepless in Seattle

I just got back from a short trip to Seattle, so I thought today’s post on some Seattle related items were in order.  Check these great finds from Etsy!

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1) A fun 1962 vintage Seattle World’s Fair scarf to fashion into a bad hair day turban from Enfant Terrible. 

2) Pike Place Market image transferred on beach glass by Art In Red Wagons.

3)  Seattle transit token cufflinks by Firefly Notes.

4)  Seattle Poster: Destination Series by Perfect/2

5)  Washington Spoon Necklace by Georgina Baker

Break A Leg

I’ve been so busy lately, getting my students ready for our upcoming year end dance recital.  This is how I prepare the kids for the big show!

1) Practice with a partner.  Support your classmates on and off stage.  “Let’s Dance” poster by Michelle Carlslund

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2) Pull your hair back.  You don’t want hair in your eyes when you dance.  “A Perfect Mess” illustration print by Emma Leonard.

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3) Be make up ready.  Theatre lighting can wash you out.  Wood make up organizer by Less & More.

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4) Remember to bring your costume.  Enough said.  Paris Window Photo by Anna Kiper Photography.

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5) Stretch before you perform.  You don’t want to pull a muscle.  Dancer Photograph by Prima Dancer Prints.

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6) Smile!  Unless you’re doing a serious lyrical dance, always smile!  Smile Pillow by Honey Pie Design

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7) I just threw this one in because I think it’s sweet.  Tap Shoe Vintage Copper Tap Necklace by Contrary.

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Anthro Earth Day

One of the reasons I love shopping at Anthropologie is the fact that the decor throughout the store is so delicious to look at.  A bit of vintage and a bit of handmade.  Perfect!  Check out this video on the making of their Earth Day themed windows and get inspired!

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Here’s a tutorial on DIY Paper Root Veggies perfect for display!

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Handmade in Vancouver

Since I’m all about supporting local businesses, I thought I’d give some Vancouver Etsy artists some blog love today.  Which item do you covet the most?

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1)  Porcelain Tea Light Holder Set by Golem Designs

2)  Triangle Vinyl Wall Stickers by Urban Walls

3)  Organic Buffalo Baby Bib by Down Home Amy

4)  Rustic Hand Built Mug by Just Work

5)  Grey Leather Wallet with Gold Strap by Annoukis

6)  Brock White Cotton Cord Clock by Landon Dix

7)  Fine Art Photo by Walter Helena Photography

8)  Moss Aquamarine & Rose Gold Earrings by Divine By Deidre

Nuts for Neon

It’s seems like neon colours have been popping up everywhere in fashion to home decor.  I love how they add an unexpected pop to an outfit or brighten up a room.  Here are just a few handmade neon favourites.  Which one is your favourite?

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1) Dipped Wooden Spoons by Storiebrooke

2) Neon Cane Chair by Neon Vintage Design

3) Neon Coiled Bowl by Prairie Threads

4) Coral Cat Chiffon Top by ZIB Textile

5) Linen Cocktail Napkins by Smith Handmade

6) Friendship Cuff by Distinguished Designs

7) Neon Leather Envelope Purse by Knitting You

8) That’s Like, So Provocative Pencils by The Carbon Crusader

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Shop Local: Meadow Gifts + Apparel

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Nestled in the heart of Vancouver’s Gastown is a new gift shop located in one of the many historic buildings that line the cobblestone streets.  What was once a neighbourhood of warehouses is now a hive for design, tourism, and night life.  Meadow Gifts + Apparel is a perfect fit!  Check out today’s “Shop Local” featured seller interview to find out more about this little gem.

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1) Tell us who you are. 

We are Casey Myrfield and Sasha Freeman. Our shop is called Meadow Gifts and Apparel and we are located at 104 Water Street in Gastown. We carry cool handmade products ranging from clothing and gifts for men, women and babies to home wares and bath and body products. You can find us on FaceBook, Instagram and you can even shop online (www.shopmeadow.ca).

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2) Why did you open Meadow Gifts + Apparel and how did you get started?

Sasha had been able to quit her day job a few years ago to work on her own business Track and Field Designs and Casey had just finished her degree (a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Conservation) and we were trying to think of ways to work and take care of our kids without having to put them in daycare. Between us we have three two year olds (Sasha has a daughter and Casey has twin boys). In May 2012 we decided to open a store. It has been a dream of ours since we were kids (we are sisters). We started writing a business plan and then applied for financing. We were incredibly fortunate to receive a start-up loan from Canadian Youth Business Foundation and everything fell into place. By chance we met Dianna of Sickelmores Flowers who was looking to rent space with a gift shop. We found a perfect space and completely renovated it which was a huge job seeing as the space used to be a shady cheque cashing place complete with a wall of bullet proof glass and floor to ceiling oak panelled walls. The rest is history – looking back we don’t know how we pulled it off in such a short amount of time – and we opened our doors on November 6, 2012.

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3) What has been the best thing about opening and running Meadow Gifts + Apparel in Vancouver’s historic Gastown?

The building we are in was built in 1907 and has a 20 foot ceiling complete with the original tin ceiling tiles and exposed pipes. And we are in love with the gorgeous cobblestone sidewalks. It is a major tourist area but there is a real community feeling among the locals.

4) Besides running your shop, what else do you do?

Between the store and our families there isn’t time for much else right now! We switch days working at the shop so whoever isn’t working at the store is taking care of all three kids. We really look foward to sleeping by the end of the day.

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5) Meadow Gifts + Apparel carries many handmade products.  What does handmade mean to you and why is it important to your business?

We have been making things our whole lives so it seemed only natural to us. We know what kind of time and care goes into making something by hand so we have a great appreciation for anything that someone has taken the time to create. Most people create because they love it, so handmade items are usually infused with great care and pride unlike something mass produced in a factory.

6) Besides stocking handmade goods, what else makes Meadow Gifts + Apparel a unique shopping experience?

We share our space with a talented florist so our shop is always full of beautiful flowers and plants. We wanted to create a shop that was accessible and that we would want to shop at ourselves. We love it when people spend a lot of time looking at everthing in the shop…and then tell us how much they love it!

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7) It must be a fun job to discover fresh products to fill your shelves.  What do you look for in a product when you are considering adding it to your shop?

Luckily for us, we have had a great response to the products we have chosen for our shop. First and foremost we look for a quality product, it must also fit in with the aesthetic vision of the shop and have been produced in a way that hasn’t harmed any person, persons or the environment. Also, because we both work at the shop we get to know our customers and we take their suggestions and feedback very seriously.

8) How do you find local talent to feature in your shop?

We follow blogs, peruse Etsy, attend craft fairs and since we have both been doing the craft fair circuit for a while we know a lot of people who make really cool stuff.

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9) Describe 3 of your favourite items currently in the shop.

Anything by The Stowe, her Mason Jar Travel mugs were our most popular item over the Christmas season and continue to be one of our shop favorites; Supayana‘s Fox dress is also a consistent favourite of ours and our customers and Oh Kuol‘s druzy and gemstone jewlery is impossible to resist.

10) Where would you like to be in 10 years?

Having at least one employee and another location!!! And finally having our online shop finished!

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Thank you Casey & Sasha for this great interview!  Be sure to check out their shop when you’re in Gastown!  Don’t forget to follow them on facebook, pinterest, & twitter!

104 Water Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1B2, CANADA

hi.meadow.boutique@gmail.com

Monday – Saturday 10:30am – 6pm

Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Dress Your Walls

I truly believe in buying or making original art for your home.  They can add colour to a dreary room and are great conversation starters.  Here are some I found on Etsy.

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1) Blue Opium (mixed media on canvas) by Bohemianisms

2) Original Abstract Painting (acrylic on canvas) by Ana Gonzalez Art

3) Red (mixed media on birch wood) by David Santiago

4) Reproduction of Original Painting by Donaldson Studios

5) Pink Door (large format photo) by Gypsy Fables

6) Luana Searches Her Bag (fine art print of original painting) by Christina B Studio

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