Sunday, November 27, 2016

Etsy Gift Guide - For The Hostess

Etsy Gift Guide - For the Hostess

December is peeking around the corner and rolling her eyes at me because truth be told I have not made very much headway with my holiday shopping. Eeek!

I try to do a portion of my holiday shopping online these days. At the end of the day I'm a much better shopper sitting on my sofa with a glass of wine rather than pushing my way through crowds at the mall. However, I also like to try to support small businesses as often as I can. Etsy is a great way to do that. You know you are supporting a talented artisan, often creating beautiful things from his or her kitchen table or tiny studio. I know, I was one of them. Christmas was always my busiest season and I really appreciated the support of people choosing handmade.

I'm hoping to share a few of these Etsy Gift Guides with you over the next week or so. Enjoy and happy shopping.

P.S. Many of these artists are Canadian. #shoplocal

Monday, October 17, 2016

Inside MacAusland's Woolen Mill - a century old family business making beautiful woolen blankets

MacAusland's woolen blanket

If you're lucky you only get a few rainy days during a holiday on Prince Edward Island, on one of these days my Dad and I headed west to visit MacAusland's Woolen Mill in Bloomfield, PEI located on the western end of the island.

MacAusland's is a family business that's been in operation for over a century. Impressive. It began as a sawmill in 1870; by 1902 it was producing yarn and in 1932 started producing its well-known, very beautiful woolen blankets.

I happen to have a bit of an obsession with blankets. I collect vintage ones picked up mostly at thrift shops. That's right. There are ways to deal with the ick factor that you might feel. Remodelista has a great post on how to do that right here.

So a trip to this family run business had to be done. In fact, I've been saying I want to go for years but I never managed to get there. I'm so glad I did. It was fun to visit the mill, see how the blankets are made and choose something special to bring home. Instant heirloom. Made in Canada. Love that.

If you happen to have some freshly sheared sheep wool you can bring it into the mill to be washed and turned into skeins of wool ready for your own projects or you can have the wool turned into a blanket. How cool is that?! 

MacAusland's Woolen Mill, inside the mill

MacAusland's Woolen Mill, inside the mill

MacAusland's Woolen Mill, inside the mill

The blanket I finally settled on (it was so hard to choose!) was woven by this lady right here, the latest MacAusland to carry on the family business. I love that I met the (lovely) person who made my blanket. It's heartwarming to know that local businesses like this are still thriving.

The good news is that you don't have to wait until you are on the island because they ship across Canada! So head over to their website and start browsing and then give them a call or email to order. Their old fashioned like that. 

P.S. In case you were wondering...this is not a sponsored post. I'm just a fan :)

Monday, April 11, 2016

Vintage hunting on Etsy

Two more weeks until outdoor antique market season officially kicks off around here. Woo hoo!

On Sunday April 24th you'll find me on the 401 headed west to Aberfoyle for my favorite outdoor market. I can already feel the anticipation building. You know that feeling when you are about to hit the market? Do you have it too?

If you are a new visitor to my blog, welcome! I'm just back from a blogging break. Feeling energized and ready to spend time here again. I've been busy with my freelance work (interior styling projects and writing for The Toronto Star both of which I love doing!) these past months but I've vowed to carve out more time for my blog. 

So back to the antiquing...I go year round. I have a few I regularly make a trip to visit. If you live in the Toronto area two good markets I visit all year are Freelton Market, on Hwy. 6 just south of the 401, and Southworks in Cambridge. For whatever reason I head west and I'm not as familiar with the markets east of the city. 

Etsy is also a great space to shop for vintage. So I thought I'd share some Canadian Etsy shops you might want to check out including a few finds I'm loving. By the way, you can also check out my Etsy finds here!

Granted this vintage Dansk flatware set is a little out of my budget at $1499 but they do have some beautiful vintage finds in a range of prices (especially mid-century/Scandinavian) and are located in Toronto.

Good Folk Vintage

 Another Canadian Etsy seller Good Folk Vintage is based in Vancouver. Love these brass cranes.


How about this pile of vintage frames? These would be great for some DIY projects! From Canadian Etsy shop Gazaboo in Mallorytown Landing between Kingston and Brockville, Ontario.

Tiny Beaches Shop

I have a bit of an addiction to lamps, especially the pretty vintage kind. Love this sunny yellow "citron" enamel lamp from Toronto Etsy shop Tiny Beaches Shop.

Do you have any favorite Etsy Vintage sellers you want to share? If you sell Vintage on Etsy and are local please make yourself known to me by leaving a comment below!

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