Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Coming to a Store Near You?

 Nothing is official yet, but I am currently chatting with two new stores to carry my line of toys. The first store is in William's Lake, British Columbia (Canada) and they are interested in fruit and vegetable ratttles. The second store is all about mermaids (love it!) and is located in Rhode Island (USA). I need to figure out some paperwork, make toys, etc before the orders will be finalized. Once everything is ready and shipped, I will let you know and update my Shopping Page. I have also been very busy making orders for Fiddleheads in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia (Canada).

Oh, and I have another bit of unofficial news. There is a new online website for geeky parents interested in featuring my Goomba rattle. Goombas are those brown, owl-like bad guys from Super Mario Bros. The website is set to go live near the beginning of July. Once I finish up two wholesale orders, I'll be making a bunch of Goombas (I'll also make them for Hal-Con in October)  

The weather in Ottawa has been muggy lately and that has slowed down my crocheting. But hopefully the heat will be passing in few days.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Handmade Everyday: Soap

I am back after a couple of weeks off of blogging. Mom came to Ottawa for a visit and I was busy playing the tourist :)

I'm a huge supporter of handmade. The reasons are endless, but here are a few:
  •   I am supporting my community (country, etc) - my money goes further and will stay in the community longer compared to big businesses and it encourages fair labour practices, creativity, and skilled workers.
  •   I am supporting likeminded people.
  •   The pride in their products leads to high quality wares.

This list could be much longer. But it comes down to my personal motto: "Through example, create the world you want to live in". Any suggestions on how to better phrase that?

When available and within my budget, I add handmade items to my everyday life. I have been a huge fan of handmade soap for years. I have really dry skin. Add that to crocheting for The Silver Hook, gardening, cooking, and washing dishes and my hands can be in pretty rough shape. I need gentle and moisturizing soap - characteristics I have found in handmade bars. The ones that I chose use are scent-free or mildly scented with essential oils. They sell for $6-10 a bar and are worth every penny!

In Halifax, I have loved the great fragrances of vegan Osha Mae Soap, and, in Ottawa, Honey & Beeswax soap at the Brewer Park Ottawa Farmers Market near Carleton University. If you cannot find any at your local markets, complete a search on Etsy  and in the left column you can choose a shop location.