Thursday, 10 May 2018

Mexico - A Colour Story

I just returned from a glorious week in Mexico 
with five girlfriends. 
Lots of laughs, great shopping, delicious food and 
a relaxed vibe everywhere we went.
Here are photos of the vibrant colours and life of
 Bucerias, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Sayulita, 
Puerto Vallarta and the Bahia de Banderas.
Is it time to go back yet?

 - Amanda

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Christmas at Hycroft

It's that time of year again!
Starting to feel very festive around here.

I am pouring all of my holiday cheer 
into one big event this year.

Come visit me at Christmas at Hycroft in Vancouver, BC.
This beautiful event runs from November 16-19, 2017.

Check out their website for the whole list of artisans, entertainment and shopping hours.
I have the pleasure of setting up my own boutique 
and can't wait!
See you there!


Friday, 22 September 2017

Etsy Made In Canada 2017

Super excited for this weekend's Etsy Made In Canada event. With over 140 artisans and makers at the Vancouver market you are sure to find some fantastic gifts!

If you can't make it in person, be sure to visit my Etsy shop for new items for fall entertaining.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Etsy Promotion

Hi Guys!
Wanted to let you know about this Etsy promotion
that is happening right now until 12/12/16.
If you are a first-time Etsy buyer, spend
$50 in one shop before taxes and shipping, 
and you will receive a $10 credit towards your next purchase.
Combine this offer with the special coupon code that 
I give my shoppers, and you are getting some 
great savings. 
Buy your holiday gifts now and treat yourself later!
Full details on Etsy. 

Monday, 28 November 2016

Gift Wrapping Fun

I love to get creative with gift-wrapping 
no matter what the occasion. 
This holiday market season, I stuck with neutral colors for my market displays 
and chose some papers that reflected this palette. 
I mixed some of my products and some natural and recycled materials as well.

 This striped paper and patterned paper are both from HomeSense and cost $4.99 per roll. 
Some natural twine, some eucalyptus 
and a stamped silver spoon 
add some nice texture and shine to the box.


 This 'Je T'aime' spoon is tied to the gift with 
a scrap of leather. 
Look around your home to find some 
different materials to recycle; 
maybe some denim, velvet or wool.

 These two gifts are adorned with vintage chandelier crystals of different shapes. So pretty!
The sparkles and tiny letters in the above photo; and the sheet music paper and 
LOVE letters are from Brick & Mortar Living 
in New Westminster.

 Want in on a secret? 
This kraft paper is actually from a large roll of 
Builder's Paper made from 100% recycled paper 
available at Home Depot
A 36" roll of 167 feet is $18.47 and is sure to last a long time! My kids love to make large murals with this paper 
and I like to use it for gift-wrapping 
or to protect the table when painting. 
We are on our third year of using the same roll.

The paper is adorned with an one of our vintage hand-crocheted ornaments. These were made from a vintage blanket and are adorned with Swarovski crystals.

Hope this inspired you to get creative, save some money and add some interesting materials to your gift-wrapping.


Saturday, 12 November 2016

Mixing Vintage & New

I love to switch up my displays and 
colour palettes with every season of markets.

While out seeking colour inspiration last month, 
I discovered I was really drawn to a combination of white, cream, and mixed metals.

While this gave me a direction for my upcoming markets, it also inspired me to show you how 
you can mix new and vintage to create 
affordable one of a kind gift combinations. 

The items that I purchased are from HomeSense 
and I paired them with the hand-stamped, 
vintage silverware gifts that I make.

 First up is this marble and wood charcuterie board 
with a leather strap. 
I paired it with one of my best-sellers, 
the "Spread Joy" vintage spreader. 
The board is $7.99 and the spreader is $19.

I love the deep, round shape and the texture 
 on both this coffee mug and bowl. 

I paired the mug with a petite demitasse spoon 
that reads "Go Away", 
the perfect stamped saying for before 
you have had that first cup of coffee. 
The spoon is $19 and the mug is $3.99.

The bowl cost $4.99 and I combined it 
with another one of my best-sellers, 
the "Cereal Killer" spoon at $19.

 If coffee isn't your recipient's cup of tea ;),
how about a pretty tea cup and saucer 
and "Tea Time" teaspoon.
The cup and saucer are gold rimmed 
and cost $8.99, while the teaspoon 
with a pattern 
that dates back to 1901, is $19.

 For the dessert-lover, 
I combined the "Sweet Tooth" fork at $19 
and a sparkly footed dessert plate at $9.99.

 These marble coasters with a chevron print have 
a beautiful subtle sparkle. 
I am going to use them at my markets to add 
a little bit of height to display some of my silverware.  
Here I paired them with a vintage silver goblet 
that holds a succulent and a flattened spoon 
that reads "Peace Love Garden". 
The coasters cost $9.99 and the spoon is $19.

Finally, for your friend who likes to entertain, these double-sided paper coasters are lots of fun 
when paired with a decanter tag or two. 
The coasters cost $7.99 and the decanter tags which are made from vintage silverware of course, are $22 each.
The tags look so good on a vintage decanter and help bring some great style to a bar cart.

I always have customers asking for gifting ideas so I hope this helped inspire you a little.  I think you can have lots of fun mixing new and vintage, 
and you don't need to spend a lot of money to create a meaningful gift. 
Just choose something that reflects the personality and interests of your recipient. 
I have a great selection of hand-stamped sayings for everyone on your shopping list.
Visit my Etsy Shop to see more.


ps This post is not sponsored in any way, just me having fun.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Holiday Markets 2016

Here are the events where you will find me 
in person this holiday season. 
More details under the 'Events' heading.
Hope to see you there!