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

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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

 

 

 

 

 

#KEWEBirthdayBash: Kewe Clothing Turns 1

Last week one of my favourite local kid’s clothing brands turned 1, and to celebrate founder/ lady boss Angela threw one heck of a bash. There was shopping, treats (delish coffee served up by Jack Coffee, and popcorn from The Popcorn Bar to name a few) epic swag bags, a raffle benefitting The Joy Smith Foundation, and so much more. In the invite she called it a ‘Shop + Celebrate’ event, and I’d say she knocked it out of the park on both counts.
In case you’re not familiar, KEWE Clothing offers up locally made organic and bamboo clothing for kids that are as comfortable as they are adorable (I really wish the ombre leggings came in my size!). The fabrics are printed in small batches using water based inks so they’re safe and gentle against littles’ skin and eco- friendly without comprising on quality. The prints are fun and the quality of the fabric means they can handle whatever their little customers put them through.
The #KEWEBirthdayBash took place at Montrose + George General Store, with all sorts of goodies and a raffle for a gift basket loaded with items from local artisans curated by Pacific Basket Company, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting The Joy Smith Foundation, an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking (it’s sadly one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises globally and a very worthy cause- kudos Angela for helping bring more attention to this great organization). There’s a lot of hard work and heart that goes into running a business, and Angela makes it look easy. Congrats to Angela on all of her well- deserved success and to everyone who helped her make her celebration so special (see the end of the post for all the locals who were involved).
Sidenote: As Codi (aka Creative Wife and Joyful Worker/ co- host of the event) snapped this shot, she happened to mention potty- related activities and the look on my face is the result. Sometimes I think the candid shots are the best and I just might have to print this one. 😉

So let’s take a quick sec and talk about those swag bags! They’re a fun bonus from an event like this, and I appreciate the treats inside contributed by the amazing sponsors. By far one of the best bags of goodies I’ve been treated to, with some of my favourite local businesses like Bebe De Luxe and From the Seeds (see the full list of sponsors below). Let’s just say that popcorn from The Popcorn Bar and gourmet marshmallows by Marsh & Mallow were devoured as soon as I took this photo…
If you’re on the hunt for some new threads for your kids or need to pick up something as a gift,  check out all that KEWE has to offer on their website and find them on social media: Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest
The #KEWEBirthDayBash sponsors:

All I Want for Christmas is My 2 Front Teeth: Festive Teethers from Glitter & Spice

One of these things is not like the other! 😉
It’s safe to say I had some fun with the photos for this post. We’re smack in the middle of teething- Liam already has 4 teeth!- and I’ll give my little chomp monster anything that I can to ease the discomfort. Just in time for the holidays, Glitter and Spice has released 2 gingerbread cookie teether styles (available in pink and mint) and Liam is loving his. These silicone teethers are a cute stocking stuffer/ gift idea for the babies on your holiday list and are the perfect addition to gift boxes for Moms & Moms to be (they’ve even been featured in Vogue, Glamour, and Harper’s Bazaar magazines and were included in the 2015 Emmy’s Gifting Suite). The soft silicone is gentle on tender gums, with textured areas to sooth and comfort. Clip them onto your bumpkin and they’re safe from falling or getting lost. Simply pop in the top wrack of the dishwasher or use hot water and soap to clean. BPA & baddie free, these are a safe option for your little one to chomp on. 

Product Info:
– made from 100% food- grade silicone
– BPA & chemical free
– easy to clean
– interchangeable
– clips to fabric
– Price: $24.50 CAD


Visit the Glitter & Spice website to see all of their other products including teething necklaces, bracelets, and custom products. Find them on social media: Facebook | InstagramTwitter

Order online by December 11 to receive yours by Christmas (Canadian residents only, see here for US & international shipping deadlines for Christmas)


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Trendy Tots Pop Up Shop

Who can resist a good pop up shop? It’s a great chance to buy local and save on shipping from some of your favourite brands. Plus there’s something really cool about meeting the ladies behind the Instagram pics.

The Trendy Tots Pop Up Shop is coming up on Saturday, November 7th hosted by Beluga Baby at Architek Offices in Vancouver and will feature a variety of great Vancouver- based brands. See below for the details.

Brands to Shop
Bebe De Luxe (organic coconut oat bath, free of nasties & perfect for you or your little one)
Emerson Apparel (free spirited kid clothing- don’t miss their ‘Wanderlust’ tees!)
Glitter and Spice (chewable teething jewellery & kid- safe accessories)
Westcoast Baby (bamboo fibre layette pieces in beautiful prints)
King and Sage (gender neutral tees for your kiddos)
From the Seeds (canvas buckets and home accents- perfect to corral toys!)
Beansie Baby (adorable baby & toddler clothing)
Beluge Baby (fashionable & comfortable baby wraps)


Location
Architek Offices
#202 28 West 7th, Vancouver BC
Saturday, November 7th
12pm – 4pm
Enter from the alleyway 


Hope to see you there!

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Fall in Love with Paper Airplane {Feature & Review}

Hello handsome!
If you follow the blog on social media- Instagram especially- you’ve probably seen photos of Liam sporting some cute items, including the bandana bib above. They are as useful as they are cute and I have my friend Steph from Cutie Pie Boutique to thank for introducing me to the shop that makes them: Paper Airplane.
As part of her gift to Liam after he was born, Steph gave me two bibs- a bandana bib and a regular bib- made from cotton and minky fabrics that I fell in love with (did anyone else only learn about minky fabroc when they had kids???). The cotton is easy to clean and durable while the minky fabric is soft on baby’s skin. I realized pretty quick that Liam was going to spit up a lot more than Ari did and I knew I wanted to have more on hand to save Liam’s clothes. Plus I love that they’re a cute addition to his outfits (while more options are starting to pop up, there still aren’t as many cute things out there for boys as for girls). I stocked up this Summer on some cute prints and the owner, Leslie, kindly sent a few gifts for Liam along with my order. Everything she offers is made from high quality, baby- friendly materials, such as durable cotton. While the bandana bibs are the most commonly used item,  this shop offers a variety of other products including blankets, taggie crinkle toys (one of Liam’s favourites- see the funny video below), natural wooden teething rings, and pacifier/ toy clips.
As a Mom of two, Leslie knows what Moms need and appreciates the quality of handmade, which is what led her to create Paper Airplane. Believe me when I say that the bibs get put through their paces, but are quite durable and wash up nicely. Some nights I’ll simply wash them by hand with hot water and castille soap to use the next day, while messy meals call for the washing machine. Even though Liam is not  a tidy eater and his food tends to be the kind that stains- think pureed carrots, peas, and squash to name a few- I haven’t found that the bibs/ bandana bibs stain very easily. I love that everything is simple to clean and so well made- Leslie’s handiwork is beautiful and has stood up well to everything my little guy has put it through (the video below is proof!). 

Everything that Paper Airplane offers make great gifts if you know someone expecting or with a new baby; or, if you’re a Mama like me and know what you’re looking for, are great to buy for your little one to have on hand.

If you’d like to see all of the items Paper Airplane has available, visit their website. You can also find them on social media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter. Price info for the items included in this post (all prices in CAD):
Bandana Bibs: $8 | Bibs: $11 | Crinkle Taggie Toys $15 | Toy/ Pacifier Clips: $9

Come by The Baby and Tot Show this weekend (Oct. 24 & 25) to see these great products for yourself. 

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