Britta Ambauen Jewelry – Small Business Style

alexandrite necklace

A beautiful piece of jewelry that brings more love and luck in to my life. One of my favourite things to do during the holiday season is to support local businesses, artists and independent brands. Getting my friends and family unique, beautiful gifts from independent brands is such a joy. The fact that I can do so from the comfort of my home, with a cup of coffee and sweet treats to keep me going, is just icing on the cake. PinkLion is an online boutique where artists and designers can … [Read more...]

How to Add & Sell a Pattern on Craftsy

Sell a pattern

(This post contains affiliate links which means I will be compensated if you purchase after clicking these links.) In addition to wonderful online courses and craft supplies, Craftsy also has an independent online pattern store that lets anyone upload and sell downloadable e-patterns with no fee! How do you add a pattern to Craftsy and start your pattern store? It’s easy!  … [Read more...]

Cruelty Free Holiday Gifts from LUSH Cosmetics

Lush Cosmetics Cruelty Free Holiday Gifts

It smells like Christmas in my apartment thanks to Lush Cosmetics! What does Christmas look and smell like? Well, bath-time products to help you whisk away the stress that is so common around the holiday season is one place to start. Special limited edition Christmas products from LUSH Cosmetics are available for your hair, face, and body - for that all-over Christmas-y feeling (and smell). I got a chance to check out some of the Christmas line recently, and scored a Christmas-y smelling … [Read more...]

Learning New Crafting Techniques with Free Craftsy Mini Courses

I love to flip through books and looking at online sites for ideas on craft projects that I can work on. More than I love that, I love taking classes and learning by doing. I really enjoy learning new techniques and trying out crafts to see if I'd enjoy pursuing them further. Craftsy is an online craft course site that offers videos and tutorials, so you don't need to leave the home or hire a babysitter or anything in order to learn something new. The next 2 free Craftsy mini-courses I'm … [Read more...]

Shiny Holiday Event-Ready Earrings from Jolica

Jolica earrings silver

A simple outfit can take you from day (office) to night (party), add these sparkly silver earrings from Jolica, and you're set to go! I can't say that I'm exactly a party-person, in fact I try to avoid most crowded social scenes, but I do get quite a few invitations to store openings, media events and the like—and they are usually after work! Because I don't like to dress up too much to sit at work for 8 hours, I typically just dress up my usual business-casual outfit with some jewelry. … [Read more...]

Handmade Gifts for Tech Lovers

zelda necklace

Tech lovers love technology and gadgets, obviously. But, they also love handmade gifts, like the ones I'm sharing below. … [Read more...]

Personalized Gifts for the Holidays from Blurb


Rather than bring back cheesy souvenirs and tacky gifts from my travels in New Zealand, when I went there on exchange back in 2007, I put together a photo book of pictures from my year away for my mom and dad. I'd been emailing and talking to them about all the places I'd seen and what I'd done for the year away, so giving them a photo book was the perfect gift. Blurb has so many different options for their photo books that you can give each person on your holiday gift list a customized book … [Read more...]

Handmade Holiday Gifts from Circle Craft Christmas Market Vancouver

anvil island design

Yesterday, on a gorgeously sunny Saturday, I went to the Circle Craft Christmas Market in the Convention Centre in Vancouver. Although the market is set-up for holiday shopping, I definitely saw a few things that I wanted to buy for myself. Amongst the typical Christmas-related magnets, ornaments, and stocking, were tons of fashion items. I was surprised to see so many items of clothing—scarves, sure—but do people gift dresses? There were an abundance of hats, too.  … [Read more...]

Spotted: Contemporary Ceramics by Cathy Terepocki at #IDSWest12 Vancouver

contemporary ceramics

Contemporary Ceramics by Cathy Terepocki really caught my eye at Interior Design Show West's The District area. The One of a Kind District was full of fantastic handmade artists, but Cathy Terepocki's booth really stood out. I could really see these being given as holiday gifts.  … [Read more...]

Halloween DIY & Handmade Ideas Roundup

halloween cards

It took a while to finally hit us, but now fall is definitely here—leaves changing colour is only one part of that. It's rainy here in Vancouver, with no sign of it stopping until late spring! I know it's late in to the year now that Canadian Thanksgiving has passed. Time to get things ready for Halloween, and rainy fall days are perfectly spent crafting.  … [Read more...]