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.

Bramble Blossom Studio Shop Local Feature and Giveaway

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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.

  Bramble Blossom Studio Shop Local Feature and Giveaway  

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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!

Bramble Blossom Studio Shop Local Feature and Giveaway

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Welcome to Summer! Check out this DIY for some fun seasonal content!

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

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Enter to win a 1-day Family Pass to Glow Vancouver!

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Summer Bucketlist Printable + Giveaway

Summer Bucketlist Printable + Cultus Lake Giveaway

What is on your Summer bucket list? Do you have favourite traditions or do you want to try something new? Maybe a bit of both? With school winding down in a couple of weeks it’s the perfect time to start thinking about what adventures you want to get up to, and I’ve got something fun in today’s post to help your family kickstart their Summer planning!

Get ready for Summer with this printable!

If you’re trying to think of ideas to have fun this Summer, this bucketlist printable is perfect. I’ve filled in some ideas, plus left room for you to think of your own; there’s also a completely blank page if you want room for extra ideas. Just scroll down to click and print your own!

But that’s not all I’ve got for you in today’s post…

I’m excited to be giving away a prize pack from Cultus Lake Waterpark and Adventure Park! When it comes to favourite Summer traditions, this would definitely be one of mine. As a kid I love going to Cultus Lake Waterpark, there are so many fun slides, plus they’ve added to it over the years, making it bigger and better than when I was a kid. I’m excited to be taking the kids this year for the first time, plus checking out the Adventure Park with them as well. Plus I get to treat another family to some Summer fun as well! One lucky BC family will win a 4-pack of any height tickets to both Cultus Lake Waterpark and Adventure Park (a $250 value!).

Enter to win below!

The main entry is on this Facebook post, so please go there first to enter then come back here for all the bonus entries, good luck everyone!

Summer Bucketlist Printable + Cultus Lake Giveaway

Summer Bucketlist Printable + Cultus Lake Giveaway Summer Bucketlist Printable + Cultus Lake Giveaway Summer Bucketlist Printable + Cultus Lake Giveaway

Click + print below for this Summer Bucketlist Printable!

Click + Print: Summer Bucketlist Printable

 

Enter to win a 4- pack of any height passes to both Cultus Lake Water Park + Adventure Park on this Facebook post, then check out the bonus entries below! Good luck! 

Please note this giveaway is open to residents of BC only. Giveaway closes at 11:59pm PST on June 17, 2019. Winner must be 19+ to be eligible to win.

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Counting Down to the New Year | Giveaway with JORD Wood Watches

JORD wood watch Frankie
5…4…3…2…1… Counting down to the new year with a final giveaway here on OHP with JORD Watches! Enter to win a $100 shopping credit for one of their wood watches + everyone who enters will receive a 10% discount! These timepieces are a stylish addition to your accessory collection and if you don’t already own one, their wood watches are great statement pieces.
 

Kick off the new year in style with JORD’s wood watches!

 JORD wood watch Frankie
Whether you’re a New Years resolution/ goal-setting type, or just counting down to the start of 2019, you can stay on time in style thanks to JORD. Choose from a variety of styles for men and women, with many styles available in different colour ways and wood finishes. Once you’ve made your selection you can also customize your watch by having it engraved- perfect if you’re giving as a gift or to mark a special occasion.

A new meaning for arm candy!

I went for the FRANKIE watch with gold details and love the large face, clean design, and dark wood (this colour combination is ebony wood with gold, but the FRANKIE design is available in 5 other colour combinations). It’s a bold piece that stands out and it’s perfect for everyday wear. This is a piece that gets noticed and I receive compliments every time I wear it, whether by itself or layered with bracelets. 

JORD wood watch Frankie

Check out the full line of JORD wood watches on their website and find them on social media: Instagram | Facebook 

Shop men’s watches here and women’s watches here.

Ready to enter? See below!

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Going Back to School with Fresh Prep (+Giveaway)

Back to School with Fresh Prep Beef Pad Thai

What are your tricks to get ready for back to school? This is our first year of school- hello kindergarten!- and I’ve been trying to think of ways to make getting into our new routine as smooth as possible. At the top of the list: meal planning. My goal is to plan for the week ahead on a Sunday and prep meals/ snacks the night before, to take some of the pressure off in the morning.

Over the Summer I tried to make a habit of meal planning on Sundays and testing out recipes (thanks Pinterest!). I have been inconsistent with this in the past, but what I like about meal planning is that it helps get the week ahead organized. Added bonuses: everyone can make requests, we can mix in favourites with new recipes to try, and it reduces our grocery bill and food waste. While I’m feeling more settled with meal planning, I’ve called in back up just in case there are some bumps in the road as we settle into the new school routine: a few meals a week from Fresh Prep (see some of the ones we’re trying below).

Back to School Fresh Prep delivery schedule

We have enjoyed Fresh Prep before and love their variety, quality ingredients, and how quick and simple the meals are. With just a few clicks you can organize some (or all!) of your meals for the week and have them delivered right to your door. If you want to get meal time organized for back to school and everything that comes with this time of year- after-school activities, practices, appointments, etc- Fresh Prep may be your friend this Fall.

Thanks to Fresh Prep, I’ve got some of the meals for the month already figured out and I’m giving away a $75 shopping credit to help make September and back to school a little smoother for another family!

The meals take 15- 30 minutes to cook, and ingredients come prepped for use, along with easy-to-follow instructions. For busy evenings when you need a little help with dinner, Fresh Prep is a great option. See below to enter!

Other reasons to love Fresh Prep:

  • pick from familiar dishes or get adventurous and try something new
  • menus personalized to your taste preferences
  • skip a week if you want- pause or cancel delivery anytime 
  • speaking of delivery… it’s free!
  • meals feature:
    • quality, fresh ingredients including lots of organic & local ingredients
    • meats raised without hormones or antibiotics
    • certified Ocean Wise seafood (wild caught or sustainably sourced)

Use code INFOHP18 to receive $33 off your first order!

Find Fresh Prep online: Website | Instagram | Facebook

We’re big fans of Fresh Prep at our house- check out this post and this post to learn about our previous experiences.

*Please note that winner must live within Fresh Prep’s delivery boundaries. Click here to view.

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Photo + Screenshot- Fresh Prep

Disclosure: Our family received meals from Fresh Prep in return for sharing honestly about our experience with them. All opinions are our own.

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