Local Love: Bramble Blossom Studio {+ Giveaway}

 Bramble Blossom Studio Shop Local Feature and Giveaway This collaboration with Bramble Blossom Studio is a little bit of a trip down memory lane for me and I’m excited for the chance to share about this amazing local business and the lady behind it with you! If you are in need of something positive and motivational and happen to also love beautiful, handcrafted pieces, then this blog post is for you. And just to help kick your week off on a bright note, there’s also a giveaway (and discount code!) involved, so make sure you scroll to the bottom and check out how to enter, you’ll be glad you did! 😉

But first, a little background…

I met Lisa, the owner of Bramble Blossom Studio, a few years ago through a networking group that we both attended. After chatting and making a genuine connection, I came on board to help Lisa with a variety of pop-up events that she organized throughout the Lower Mainland. In this time pre-blog life, this was my first experience with a group of individuals and small businesses coming together to help promote each other; for all intents and purposes, these were my first introductions to collaborations. 

Working with Lisa and helping with these events was an awesome experience and a great learning opportunity for me. I’ve kept tabs on her over the years and it’s been lovely having the chance to catch up and reconnect. She is a truly talented creative soul who pours her heart into her work and I’m so excited that we have the chance to work together again, this time bringing our creative worlds together here on OHP.

Introducing Bramble Blossom Studio

When you visit the Bramble Blossom Studio website, you will find all manner of handcrafted macrame beauty, as well as a selection of refillable hand-poured soy wax candles (I love that she offers a refill discount, such a great eco-friendly idea!). From large and small-scale wall hangings to smaller pieces including table runners, coasters, and keychains, Lisa creates each piece with love and attention to detail (she also creates custom pieces upon request in case you have something specific in mind). Using organic fibres and natural found objects as her base materials, she also incorporates a selection of textiles purchased from fair trade companies to enhance her designs, sourcing from local or Canadian companies whenever possible.

“Bramble Blossom is a dream project for me. I grew up with a love of colours and textures and was lucky enough to have teachers who wanted to share their creative talents with me”.

As a full time entrepreneur with an Agency to run, Bramble Blossom is the creative outlet that provides Lisa with much-coveted ‘me time’- and we all know how important that is! After years of building her business and creative team, she is now finding time to explore her years-long passion for weaving and textiles through Bramble Blossom, and she’s supporting other small businesses as much as possible along the way. But getting to this point was quite the (health) journey, and I asked Lisa if she would be willing to share about her health issues that were the catalyst for a significant shift in her life. I have always been inspired by Lisa, but her health issues and rising from the challenges they presented to her made me admire and respect her even more, and I think they are important part of the Bramble Blossom narrative. Thank you, Lisa, for sharing this with us.

“My journey to get to the place I am now, has been interesting at times…” 

About 10 years ago, Lisa experienced health issues that were debilitating to almost every aspect of her life. After ending up in the hospital at one point, she finally found an answer for her health challenges and was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Just as our family experienced with Ariana’s diet challenges over the years, many think that all is solved simply by going gluten-free and making a few changes, but it’s a little more complicated than that, and can be quite a long process back to health. 

It took Lisa 3 years to heal and finally feel normal again, giving up a full-time music career along the way (she’s a creative soul through and through!). But instead of letting it drag her down, she adopted the mantra “things always happen for a reason”, and took the opportunity to shift paths from commuting as a “hired gun” consultant to moving her business to a self-contained boutique agency. Since then, Lisa has built her agency into a 14 member team of positive and talented individuals (mostly women) who motivate and inspire her daily. And that is where we come back full circle back to the present with Bramble Blossom Studio, her business passion project.

When Lisa and I first began discussing a collaboration, I was excited to work with her again and grew even more in awe of her creative talents. Scrolling through her Instagram feed and the Bramble Blossom website, I had a hard time selecting which pieces I wanted to showcase here on the blog, each piece is more beautiful than the last! Ultimately Lisa generously offered me the choice between two of her large scale wall hangings and kindly also sent along a set of Macrame Coasters in the prettiest burnt orange colour (Lisa also included one of her hand-poured soy wax tealights which I’m looking forward to lighting in my Himalayan salt candle holder). 

Decisions, decisions! Adding Bramble Blossom pieces to our home

When it came time to choose a piece for our home, I opted for the Teal Waters Wall Hanging, a beautiful layered piece made with a variety of knotting styles and silk sari remnants. What I love most about this piece is the beautiful teal material made from sari remnants that add a vibrant pop of colour at the back. Lisa sources the sari remnants from a Canadian supplier who works with fair trade companies that ensure the women they employ in the India sari industry are paid a fair wage. The story behind this piece makes me love it even more, and I know this is an important mission for Lisa as well.

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Aaaand let’s just take a minute to chat about those coasters, shall we? These boho Macrame Coasters are even more beautiful in person and come in a variety of colour options (6 available on the Bramble Blossom website + custom colours available upon request). They are roughly 4″ * 8″ including tassel length, making them perfect for even your largest drinkware (also how pretty would these be under a vase or candle??). Since they’re made with 100% organic cotton, these coasters are great for wicking up moisture to protect your tabletops as you enjoy your favourite beverage. Added bonus: they’re easy to keep looking like new- simply hand wash and air dry when they need refreshing. These are available in sets of 4, but can also be made in larger quantities to suit your needs- ie for parties or wedding favours.

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Alongside the 100% organic cotton macrame rope standard in Lisa’s work, the wood used as the foundation of her Teal Waters piece- as well as many of her other wall hangings- is foraged locally from the Fort to Fort Trail in Fort Langley. I love that her pieces incorporate locally- sourced materials and that so much time and love go into everything she creates. If you are interested in either of the items featured in this post, you can find full information and place orders on the Bramble Blossom website. A big, heartfelt THANKYOU to Lisa for partnering with me on this collaboration and giveaway, we hope you’ve enjoyed!

And speaking of that giveaway… Scroll down for a chance to WIN!!!

Featured in this blog post:

Teal Waters Wall Hanging $75 + shipping (Canada only

Macrame Coaters Set of 4 $25 + shipping (Canada only)

Local pick up available in Fort Langley, BC

Shop & Save! Enjoy 10% off your order with code OHP&BB10%

Valid June 22-30, 2020

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ABOUT

Lisa is a mixed media artist specializing in tactile mixed media & textile design projects, including weaving, embroidery, macramé, as well as small-batch candle making. Located in Fort Langley, BC, she created Bramble Blossom as a place to share her creative journey through her handcrafted pieces. Each piece is lovingly made in her studio using organic, found, and fair-trade materials, often under the loving supervision of her chocolate lab, Poppy. 

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For more information please visit the Bramble Blossom Studio website and find them on social media:

Instagram: @brambleblossomstudio

Facebook: Bramble Blossom Studio

Contact: hello@brambleblossom.com 

Ready-made and custom pieces available 

 

Giveaway Time!

Enter below for your chance to win a Lilac Tuft Macrame Mini Wall Hanging from Bramble Blossom Studio!

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Disclosure: Pieces featured in this blog post were kindly provided by Bramble Blossom Studio. All opinions are my own.

Image Credits: Bramble Blossom Studio logo, images of Lisa, and Lilac Tuft Mini Wall Hanging courtesy of Bramble Blossom Studio

 

 

 

 

 

Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread {Recipe}

Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe

Can we take a minute and talk about comfort food? I think now is the time more than ever to let food be a comfort, and what is more comforting than homemade bread? I used to find the idea of making my own bread intimidating, but I’ve gained some confidence and wanted to share our family’s favourite homemade bread recipe for you to try out with yours! This recipe calls for simple, basic ingredients and requires no more than a beginner skill level.

With the kids home all day, errrryday right now, I’m trying to think of activities that can incorporate a little bit of learning. Baking is something we enjoy and do fairly often (or we cheat and do a no-bake recipe, like these GF No Bake Protein Bites that the kids love) and it’s a great way to teach kids about measuring, chemistry, where our food comes from… just call me Ms Frizzle lol! And let’s face it, knowing how to make your own food is a life skill, so why not just go ahead and call this home ec 101. 😉

New to making bread? This recipe is perfect for beginners!

I started dappling with making my own bread in the Fall of last year and after a few tries, I felt like I had found a recipe I liked and that had consistent results. While searching for a recipe to use as a jumping-off point, I found Butter with a Side of Bread‘s recipe for Easy Homemade Bread and it lived up to its name. My homemade bread recipe is an adaptation of that one, and I absolutely recommend you check out this awesome blog for more great recipe ideas!

Another bonus of baking your own bread is that you can control the ingredients that are used (no yucky fillers/ preservatives, etc), and it’s a great money- saver. Ok, maybe that’s 2 benefits, but hey, the more the merrier! 😉  Enjoy it as a sandwich bread, or dip it in your fave oil/ vinegar combo- it’s a delicious, versatile loaf!

If I’ve got you convinced to give making your own bread a try, check out my recipe for Easy Homemade Bread below! 

Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe

Recipe: Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread 

Ingredients

-2 cups of water (warm is best!)

-1 1/2 tbsp yeast

-1/4 cup raw sugar

-1 tsp salt

-1/4 cup organic sunflower oil (olive oil or another neutral-flavour oil is also good)

-3 cups each organic whole wheat flour and unbleached all-purpose flour 

(+ more for kneading)

Directions 

  1. In a Pyrex jug, pour the yeast into the warm water. Set aside for 5- 10 minutes
  2. While you let the yeast proof, measure the salt and sugar into a large bowl 
  3. After 5- 10 minutes, pour the yeast/ water combination into the bowl with the salt and sugar, followed by the oil. Stir until combined
  4. Add in flour 1 cup at a time, kneading to combine with the wet mixture
  5. Once all the flour has been added, knead the dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes
  6. Roll the dough into a ball and lightly coat with more oil. Place in a large bowl and cover with a damp cloth or towel and let rise until the dough has doubled in size- approx. 1 hour
  7. When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and turn it onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough back into a large ball and cut in half
  8. Lightly oil two loaf pans. Roll the halves into two loaves and put one in each pan. Cover again and let rise for another hour
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 30- 40 minutes (when ready, loaves will be slightly golden brown and baked through when tested with a toothpick)
  10. Pop the bread out of the pans and cool on a rack or enjoy warm and fresh from the oven!

I love that this bread is healthy + not too heavy!

Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe
Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe Easy + Delicious Homemade Bread Recipe

Find more delicious ideas on the OHP Recipes Page!

To check out the recipe that helped me kick start my bread making journey, check out Butter with a Side of Bread

Have you tried this recipe? I’d love to know what you think! oxox Kat

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Hey Girl, Hey! First Post of 2020!

Covet Thrift Poshmark Canada

It’s hard to believe we are already almost through the month of February! 2020 kicked off strong and even though I’ve been a bit quiet here on the blog, I’ve been working away at things in the background and after a few months, I feel ready to share about what I’ve been up to. In order to maintain the level of quality I like to produce, I realized I had to pick my priorities and take a pause from posting on OHP even though I missed it.

So, after several months of prep and work, I’m excited to share a new branch in my journey… but…

A little bit of background first!

I’ve always had a love of fashion and thrifting. Growing up, I loved the hunt of scouring the racks at thrift stores and consignment stores, always on the lookout for something beautiful and unique. As I’ve gotten older, nothing has changed except the time I have to hit up my favourite thrift stores (because, kids) and I’m less impulsive when it comes to the pieces I’ll pick up. In the past, I’d add something to my cart even if it didn’t fit quite right or wasn’t totally my style but was close enough.

In time, I’ve learnt to leave behind pieces I don’t love, that won’t get a lot of wear. Sure, there’s the occasional statement piece or treasure that I just have to bring home, but not without careful thought and consideration. There are plenty of days when more than half of my outfit is thrifted, and rarely a day goes by when I’m not wearing a thrifted piece; my favourite style moments are when I’m asked where an item is from and I can direct the person to one of my favourite thrift or consignment stores while telling them how much (aka how little) I paid.

But I digress… In the past year, I started to realize more and more people are turning to online thrifting/ reselling, and for nothing else other than general interest, I started to pay attention (for one of my favourite inspos/ bloggers/ fashionistas/ humans, check her out @jenpistorcloset!). About midway through last year, the early stages of my own ideas of reselling were forming, but I wasn’t sure how or if I could put anything into motion. The ideas were there, they just needed time.

So I let them hang out in the back of my mind, waiting patiently for the right opportunity or idea to spark inspiration. And it was in an unlikely place in the Fall of last year that that spark ignited. I was chatting about thrifting with a lady at one of the community programs I was taking Liam to, when she mentioned Poshmark, and how another local Mom she knew was finding success with the reselling app.

Poshmark was something I’d heard of in passing, but had never given it much time or thought. Pretty much all of the reselling I knew of came from sites like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay, LetGo, and other similar locations online. There were only two accounts I followed on Instagram that resold clothing and one was in the more luxe category, and the other was my aforementioned friend and fellow blogger, Jen (check out her blog here!). I’ve enjoyed watching Jen- a fashion industry alum- build her reselling business on Insta, and we had chatted a few times about possible ways to co-host events, but juggling 5 kids, 2 blogs, and various other life activities, meant it was hard to pull something together, and inevitably we put our idea on hold. 

As they say, C’est la vie!

But even though I wasn’t totally sure how to move forward, my curiousity was sparked and I started looking into Poshmark. And watching a lot of Youtube videos. Anything and everything for tips and tricks from how to get started, to best practices, brands to look out for, etc. I think I researched starting a Poshmark account more than I did on starting a blog. 😉

As with many others, I started by listing pieces from my own closet, and slowly began sourcing and adding pieces from my favourite thrift stores. I kept this little project separate and quiet because I wanted to build it without distraction, without pressure. I wanted to put in the time and effort to produce something of quality and not overwhelm myself while learning something new. I was navigating new- fun, but new- territory and I felt that trying to juggle family, work, OHP, and now Poshmark was too much, so I opted to pause on the blog front so I could attempt balance. Or at least not completely sink myself in the deep end as I have in the past.

Over the past few months, I have built up my little online shop (aka my Poshmark Closet) into something I’m proud of and am now excited to share it with you! My goal was to offer quality pieces with a personal touch- nice wrapping, a thank you note, etc.- to add some warmth and personality to the faceless and cold experience online shopping can often be. Outside of building my own small shop, this is the next best thing and I am loving it!

I have hopefully found a way of bringing two of my favourite things together: blogging and thrifting, and hope this will help OHP grow and develop in a way I’ve been trying to articulate over the past few years. I love fashion, green/ eco-friendly living, DIYs, etc and have always tried to bring those things together here on OHP, but have struggled in the past year or so with the time and effort needed to put together quality fashion content here on the blog. My hope moving forward with this new direction is to add back more fashion content and drive more attention to eco-fashion and all of the fun and amazing options that are out there, plus build out more content around thrifting/ reselling. I’m excited for this new chapter and hope you’ll join me and follow along.

Find me on Poshmark!   

Covet Thrift Poshmark Canada

If you are still reading along with me here, thank you! I am grateful for how this journey has evolved and grown and can’t wait to bring these two worlds together. If you would like to follow along on my Poshmark/ thrifting/ reselling adventures, here’s where you can find me:

Poshmark Canada: covet_thrift

Instagram: @covetthrift

Facebook: Covet Thrift 

Interested in trying Poshmark out? Use my code COVETTHRIFT to receive $15 off your first order on the app!

Want to see more Style content here on OHP? Dive into the archives and check out other posts on the Style page!

Glow Vancouver is Back {Giveaway}

Glow Vancouver indoor Christmas festival

Looking for more festive activity ideas for the family? Glow Vancouver returns with more than a million twinkling lights this holiday season! Check out the light gardens and illuminated structures, playgrounds, help Santa find his lost gifts and enjoy live music at this returning (indoor!) seasonal event.

Glow Vancouver returns for its 3rd season!

Feeling hungry? Thirsty? While you’re at Glow Vancouver, you can also check out the fully licensed bar so you can enjoy some seasonal cocktails and delicious treats! And like I mentioned, this Christmas festival is indoors, so you won’t have to worry about staying warm! Glow Vancouver has you covered whether you bring the family, make it an outing with friends, or come for a date night. 

For more info about Glow Vancouver, see below or check out their website. Aaaaaand make sure to scroll to the end of this post to enter for your chance to win a 1-Day Family Pass to Glow Vancouver!

Highlights:

Christmas Light Gardens

Interactive Hanging Lights

Bouncy Reindeer

LED Swing and Hopscotch

Glen the Glow- comotive

Food + Drink

Live entertainment and…

Santa!

Details:

Date: November 21, 2019- January 5, 2010

Hours: Varies (see the Glow Vancouver website for dates/ times)

Location: Harbour Convention Centre, 760 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver

Tickets Prices Starting at: Adult $19.99, Children + Seniors $14.99, Children 3 and under FREE

Family ticket pricing, ticket bookings, and further info on the Glow Vancouver website.

Purchase tickets here

Glow Vancouver indoor Christmas festival

About Glow:

Christmas Glow launched in 2017 in the Vancouver area and has become one of the largest indoor Christmas festivals in the world, and can be found in 10 cities across 3 countries. Featuring a million twinkling lights, Glow offers a variety of interactive festive activities for everyone in the family.

For more festive inspos, check out these posts: Simple Greenery Holiday Wall HangingDried Orange Christmas GarlandPrintable Christmas Cards

Enter to win with Glow Vancouver!

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Vancouver Christmas Market Returns for its 10th Year! {Giveaway}

Vancouver Christmas Market at Jack Poole Plaza Returns for its 10th Year! {Giveaway}

The Vancouver Christmas Market returns for its 10th year this month! From November 20- December 24, this seasonal favourite will be back at Jack Poole Plaza with more than 80 huts featuring gifts, food + drinks, and treats. If you’re trying to think of ideas for the holiday season, the Vancouver Christmas Market is a great choice for families or couples looking for a festive date night, and I’ve partnered with them on a festive giveaway!

Get in the holiday spirit at the Vancouver Christmas Market + enter to win!

This authentic German market is sure to spark the holiday spirit, with its stalls featuring delicious edible fare (think: sizzling sausages, warming Glühwein- mulled wine to name just 2), handcrafted gifts, and so much more. Whether you come for the food, the entertainment, the shopping, or all of the above, the Vancouver Christmas Market won’t disappoint. See below for details + how to enter!

Highlights include:

Alpine Lounge- cozy up for food + drinks

WunderBAR- enjoy seasonal Winter cocktails + holiday-inspired bites

Lover’s Lane- 40 foot-long tunnel featuring 20,000 twinkling lights + mistletoe (of course!)

Carousel

Christmas Pyramid Flying Stage- featuring daily seasonal entertainment

Variety of family activities

Details:

Date: November 20- December 24, 2019

Hours: 11:30am–9:30pm. Closes at 6pm on December 24

Tickets: Adult $15, Seniors $13, Youth $9, Children Age 0-6, FREE
Purchase online to save on admission, skip the ticket line, and receive a free Season Pass.

Ticket bookings and further details at: vancouverchristmasmarket.com.

 

Vancouver Christmas Market Returns for its 10th Year! {Giveaway}Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver

Vancouver Christmas Market Carousel Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver

 

Enter to win 2 Fast Passes to the 2019 Vancouver Christmas Market!

A Fast Pass offers you Fast Lane access at the market entrance and includes a Season Pass to return as many times as you wish during 2019!

 
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For more festive inspos, check out these posts: Simple Greenery Holiday Wall Hanging, Dried Orange Christmas Garland, Printable Christmas Cards