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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Bramble Blossom Studio Shop Local Feature and Giveaway

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

Bramble Blossom Studio Shop Local Feature and Giveaway

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

 

 

 

 

 

Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration

Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration

Get into the spooky spirit with this easy Halloween DIY!

T minus 1 week until Halloween and if your house is anything like ours, the kids have been counting down the days for weeks. It’s safe to say we’re all looking forward to October 31 and we’ve had some fun decorating around the inside and outside of our house plus enjoying some Fall/ Halloween activities, including making a few DIY Halloween decorations (check out this DIY Ghost Garland from last year). We avoid the scary stuff since the kids are still young, but we load up on pumpkins, bats, and spider webs and this year we added this DIY Halloween decoration using a branch and some spray paint.

All you need are 3 materials to make this creepy DIY Halloween decoration that’s great for inside or outside

Materials

  • black spray paint
  • twigs or branches with leaves trimmed off
  • optional: crows, spiders, or other creepy creatures

Directions

1.Start by trimming your branch of excess leaves, etc and brushing off any loose bark and dirt.

2.Give branch 2- 3 coats of black spray paint, allowing to dry between coats. If you prefer, you can skip adding in creepy creatures and keep the branches unadorned.

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3.When dry add in any creepy creatures that you like. I found some fake crows at our local dollar store and perched them on the branches, wiring them on. Easy! A glue gun or black pipe cleaners would also work.

Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration

I only made one of these for outside our front door, but love the idea of creating a mini-forest in our front yard along our walkway or making smaller ones for a Halloween party table.

Tip: Secure your branch(es) in a pot or other container to hold upright (sand, soil, or gravel work well). If you’re making a smaller, tabletop version, place branches in vases for a party table backdrop or centerpiece.  Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration  Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration 

Looking for some other fun ideas for Halloween? Check out this round-up of family-friendly activities in the Vancouver area over on Ava to Zoe and these cute Halloween marshmallow pops to make with the kids!

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Spooky Branch DIY Halloween Decoration

 

Fall In Love | Switching up Your Home for Fall with the Chapters Indigo Home Event

 

Chapters Indigo Fall Home items

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Fall is right around the corner and that means it’s time to put away Summer decor and bring out all the cozy things. Pillows and blankets season here we come! Fall in love with the season and snuggle up with a warm cup of soup or tea and a good book. 

Even though we think of yellow, orange, and red as Fall colours, there are plenty of other options, like darker hues of blues and greens. And how about warm metallics as accents?

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Bedroom Makeover: Finding a New Bed with Wayfair Canada

Grey upholstered bed from Wayfair Canada

For the past few months we’ve been updating our bedroom and I’m really excited for the latest addition: the bed! We found a new one on Wayfair Canada and are loving it. I’ve been sharing about the process since we started it last Fall, including painting and adding wall decals (which made such a difference right there alone- scroll to the bottom of this post for photos of the process along the way) and there are just a few finishing touches left. In some ways it’s great to have those weekend warrior projects that you finish all at once, but sometimes it’s just not doable: not enough time/ budget/ keeping the kids occupied while you try to work, etc., so we’ve been working away as we’ve had the time and budget to do so. My friend told me that there are some Cheap deals on paydaydeals.com.au. Might be a good idea for me to check those out! View Post

Dried Orange Christmas Garland

Dried Orange Christmas Garland DIY

If you’re looking to add a little pop of colour to your holiday decorations this year, this dried orange Christmas garland is a pretty homemade addition and can be adapted to suit your decorating style. Go for simple with all- greens, or add in extras like ornaments, pinecones, cinnamon sticks, etc for a fuller option. Since we’re now officially counting down to Christmas I thought this would be the perfect DIY for the first weekend of December!

To dry the oranges you can you use a dehydrator or dry slices in the oven. Once they’re dried simply string them onto some twine or ribbon, or attach to a greenery garland; I used twine and a hot glue gun to make a small fresh greenery swag and added pinecones along with the orange slices for mine. To hang, either glue or tie on some ribbon or twine. You can also use the dried oranges to make pretty ornaments or a wreath (they’d also be cute tied on to gifts!). I like that this is a more traditional decorating idea, but one you can adapt to suit your home and decorating style. Enjoy a cozy afternoon whipping this up with a cup of eggnog by your side and some festive music.

Here’s how I made mine.

Materials

– 1- 2 medium oranges

– fresh greens

-ribbon and twine (tip: florist wire might also come in handy if you have it on hand)

-additional decorations such as pinecones, cinnamon sticks, ornaments, etc

Dried Orange Christmas Garland DIY

Directions

  1. For the dried orange slices: Slice your oranges approximately 1/8″ thick and place on some paper towel. Pat them dry on both sides to remove excess moisture. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet or onto the racks of a food dehydrator (I have a round one like this and love it). If you’re drying them in the oven set it on low (about 250°) for a few hours hours. Check them every hour or so and flip them so that they dry evenly on both sides. If you’re drying them in a dehydrator, you’ll probably need to do them overnight. You’ll know they’re dry when there’s absolutely no moisture left and they’ve turned a golden orange shade instead of bright orange.
  2. For the garland: Start by laying out your greens to see how you want to build your garland. Once you have the garland laid out, use a hot glue gun and some twine and/ or floral wire to attach it all together. Tip: the hot glue will help hold the shape/ structure- especially in the center (see below).

Dried Orange Christmas Garland DIY

2. Once you have constructed the garland, start adding in the decorative items. I opted for pinecones and some cream ribbon, along with the orange slices. 

Dried Orange Christmas Garland DIY  3.To hang, use a picture hook, thumb tack or removable hook (if you’re looking for some pretty options check out here and here).  

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