We first met the talented emerging Fibre Artist, Rebecca Daryl Smith, when she interned for Rachel at Brazen Design. Rebecca weaves on a big antique loom in her Brooklyn, NY studio. We are so lucky that Rebecca was willing to weave some special pieces for us, using Maine-spun heathered wool. The collection is comprised of couch throws, scarves and wall tapestries that we designed and produced together. See the pieces in our etsy shop.
Our first shows of the year are here! And they both fall on Mother's Day Weekend. We'll be splitting up the team to get our goodies to our Montreal and Ottawa area fans.
On Saturday May 7th, we will be in Almonte at Cheerfully Made!
Montrealers, find us at Puces Popfrom May 6 - 8! Taking place at Eglise St-Denis, across from Metro Laurier. The event opens on Friday evening with a part-ayyyy y'all.
Note that we will not be breaking our new textile work with us, and we have a limited number of ceramic and leather hanging planters. You can always order in advance and pick up from us in person.
[A note to all our Ottawa area customers: Urban Craft is no longer, and Cheerfully Made has a completely different set of vendors from Saturday to Sunday so Saturday May 7th is your chance!]
How is it winter already?
We didn't get a chance to share this wonderful article about us in the Montreal Gazette before we left for our summer holiday (speaking of, Rachel is mega-far-behind on her post about her cross country solo drive, but stay tuned!).
The interview was really in-depth, so if you wanted to know more about B&B and how we came to be, read on!
We have been busy beavers, getting ready for the busy holiday season! We will be in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. If you'd like to get the details on dates and locations, sign up for our newsletter by clicking on "Contact" in the navigation menu!
Also: we have really professional bio photos now! Taken by the incredible Dallas Curow.
We're super stoked to get a chance to present Mitz Takahashi to B&B readers. The Osaka-born, now Montrealer Mitz is a funny, multiply talented guy with a sharp and keen eye for design, and a natural affinity for incorporating eco practices into his business. His hardwood line ranges from humorous home decor through to sophisticated large furniture with elegant joinery.
B&B: How did your interest in working with wood start?
MT: I have a BFA and always liked designers like Eames, Finn Juhl, Dieter Rams and other mid century modern designers. Also, I always did a lot of wood stuff like making guitar amp cabinets etc and I just wanted to learn more about it. Even if I didn't make it, I thought it would be a great asset in my life. And RTC (Rosemont Technology Institute) was cheap to go!!
B&B: How did you begin your business?
MT: After many shop visits (during the shop visit module at RTC) I realized I didn't want to do the same thing all day. Don't get me wrong, I respect people who do it and I know working for bigger companies is financially stable and has benefits etc. I wish I could do it but I just wanted to do my own design and also I'm a super night person. I always slept in. I remember I slept in almost everyday for my junior high, teachers thought i had a permanent jet lag. I'm that kind of person. And I enjoy working for myself. Sometimes, I look in the mirror and tell myself, "Boss, there is a soccer game I want to watch, can i take an afternoon off?" and then I tell myself, "Yes you can! get an ice cream for yourself while you are at it!" and I'm like, "Thank you, Me!" It's great.
B&B A lot of your furniture and accessory pieces are made with reclaimed wood, and sometimes even reclaimed metal. Is using reclaimed materials important to you, and why?
Was the scrap wood the source of the inspiration or just convenient?
MT: While at school, there are scrap piles and people often throw nice pieces of wood away, so I always collected them. Recently, i watched Jurassic Park and I thought to myself, "if I don't take care of this planet, we would all go extinct like these dinosaurs." I think it's our responsibilities to be eco friendly.
B&B How would you describe your style? Do you have any mentors/ influences, or a design manifesto? What role does humour play in your pieces and business?
MT: Hmmm… I'm not sure how to answer. i think i just like a sense of humour in my works. I guess it's just me. The design field is often quite serious but I just like to have fun I guess. I don't really have mentors but if I did it would be my family and friends. I want to make something that lasts long and is not disposable. I always imagine a family surrounding my furnitures passed from generation to generation. That would be ideal. So trying to make my design as timeless as possible which is often minimal and does suit in any era with a little bit touch of my jokes. So i guess my manifesto would be "melancholy and the infinite sanding".
B&B: Ha ha! Amazing. We love that your incredible sense of humour comes through in all that you do.
If people want to buy your work or commission a piece, how do they do that?
MT: I'm always open to anything. Just email me:)
Here's a quick rundown of what to expect from B&B this summer!
:: New products! ::
Over the course of the next few months, we'll be adding new products to our store, like the children's name wall art (pictured above) and some exciting storage solutions for vinyl record collectors! We'll also make sure we restock the store with our sold out Wine Racks.
:: July ::
Rachel will be driving across the country throughout July while Aaron holds down the fort and processes orders.
Are you on instagram? See Rachel's pictures as she crosses this beautiful land. Follow us @blisscraftandbrazen.
We'll be part of an exciting show called Nature Fever in Montreal August 2 - 3rd.
We will be closed for all of August to do some repairs at Silverwood and begin production for the One of A Kind Show.
Dear people of the capital! Come say "hi" this coming Saturday June 28th, at the beautiful Glebe Community Centre.
Urban Craft's quarterly shows are an awesome gathering of Canadian artisans. We love seeing so many awesome makers in one room. Don't miss out!
Folks…meet Marc Simard!
If you live in Montreal or Ottawa (or even Toronto and Winnipeg), you probably already know of Marc, having seen his cheery smiling face at every craft show worth attending in the above-mentioned cities. Or maybe you've seen his gorgeous hand etched scrap leather wallets whipped out at your local cafe, or a Marc Simard belt holding up many a pair of jeans.
Marc is a warm, conscientious guy. He's central to the craft/maker movement in Montreal and unfailingly kind and talented. We love Marc! And we love his creations. We use his wallets and biz card holders and belts every day, and have so for many years.
Marc's line of wallets, bags, purses, belts, satchels, buckles - and more - are all made of salvaged and found materials. He works primarily in scrap leather and wood. His pieces are unfussy, beautifully minimalist (with the exceptional exception of his incredible bird purses), functional to the max and super well-made. Many creations are topped off with his gorgeous signature leather etchings; cityscapes, garden tools, bikes, wood grain and all of our other favourite things.
Despite his dislike for being in the spotlight, we got him to answer some questions about the way he runs his business in line with this nature-loving values.
B&B: Hey Marc, can you tell us how your business started?
Marc: I stumbled into my business. Cause I try to use only scrap, thrifted or reclaimed materials in my day to day, I collect random useful materials where ever I find them. I had an old leather belt of my dad's kicking around my junk drawer and one day I just started carving it up with Japanese stamp chisels. The very first etching I did was of a city skyline and since it flowed nicely along the length of the belt I added a couple of snaps to make it into a cuff. The etching technique worked pretty well so I started making little wallets out of old leather bags I thrifted. Within 2 months I have made a bunch of stuff so I applied to one of the first Puces Pops (a prolific Montreal craft show associated with the epic Pop Montreal Music Festival) back in 2005 and made a whopping $500.
B&B: Have you always focused on using recycled leather?
Marc: I have always used recycled materials and always will…
B&B: You have been using new leather recently, right? veggie tanned, etc? Tell us more about that!
…And when I say "always will" I mean except for the veggie tan leather that I now use for belts. Belts are long and need to be made of a sturdy solid leather (in my opinion).
I was having a lot of trouble keeping up with demand and not super happy with the belts I had been making from thrifted belts or layers of leather. So, last year I decided that I would use vegetable tanned full grain cowhide to make belts.
The tanning process is less toxic than other methods but it is not a perfect solution. I need to do more work here to find a better compromise between a functional quality product and a clean process. Not sure yet how I will get there but I am keeping my eyes and ears open, and of course my heart!
B&B: Do you focus on incorporating an eco ethos into your business or is it more happenstance? What other eco choices do you make in business and life?
Marc: I don't really see how we can make any decisions in our lives without thinking of the impacts these decisions have. I know the problems are huge but I think it is important for all of us to think about all it takes to make something. Whether it is the shirt on my back, the food on my table or the way I get around I try to always consider the materials involved in a product, the way it was produced and where it came from.
Stuff should have meaning and I want no part of this throw culture. But of course it is all around us and difficult to always know what to do. Effort is our best ally.
Now that spring is FINALLY here at Silverwood, we have been getting right down to the business of the garden. Ordering and planting fruit trees, herbs, mulching & spreading compost. Oh, and turning the sunroom into our home office/living room/dining room for the next six months.
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Did you know we're on instagram? Are you? Come follow along with us as we make our way through this world in images. We promise a beautiful pictorial journey full of forests, flowers and the occasional awkward chicken.
See our instagram page here: instagram.com/blisscraftandbrazen or click the camera icon at the top right hand corner of the page.
We'll be hawking our wares in Montreal this coming weekend, from Friday May 31st through to Sunday June 1st. 2014.
We'll have lots of plant hangers, wine racks and log candle holders with us. There's going to be a church-basement-full of talented makers, new and old.
So many of our faves are going to be there: (yeah, yeah, we didn't hyperlink any of them - just use the power of google! Or use this link for all the vendors. We're pressed for time! )
Marc Simard (read his feature in our blog this week!), with his awesome leather bags and belts... Carriage 44 and their luscious soaps... Dot& Lil with equally luscious soaps, candles & perfumes... Unik Printshop and her awesome veneer prints... Mitz Takahashi and his reclaimed wood furniture and accessories... Sea & Land accessories... C Comme Ca felt and leather bags and accessories...
Oh! And Rachel will not be at the B&B table, cause she'll be there representing Brazen Design, and soft launching her new line of brass talisman rings.
May 30th, 31st and June 1st At Saint-Denis Church, 5075 Rivard, corner of Laurier
Friday 5pm-9pm (Public Opening Party) Saturday 11am-6pm Sunday 11am-6pm
The fair is free to attend and open to all ages!
Meet Montreal's Deborah Adams: witty, charming, ex-Brit dame who takes boxy leather jackets from the eighties and turns them into gold. Her line of second-hand leather clutches, purses, backpacks and belts are as beautiful as they are light on the planet.
Rachel proudly rocks two Deborah Adams bags, three of her belts, and is eyeing up the clutch pictured above. Who can resist?
We asked Deborah to talk a bit about her choice to work with second hand leather, and the other ways she incorporates an eco ethos in her business.
B&B: How did you start working with second hand leather? was it deliberate? an accident?
Deb: I started working with second hand leather because it was cheaper and easier to find than new leather, which I found repellant (the abattoir, tanning, pollutants etc. ), and I wanted to start making accessories with a difference. So it was a deliberate decision.
B&B: What do you like about working with leather that isn't new?
Deb: I like working with leather from clothing as often I am inspired by the details on the item, and like the bespoke aspect of making one of a kind bags form one of a kind articles.
B&B: Is it important for you that your business have an eco focus? Are there other things you do, aside from working with second hand leather, to be eco?
Deb: It is important to me to be eco in my business, as there are many complacent attitudes in fashion, and easy temptations coercing designers to conform to its machinizations, such as cheap materials, mass produced, outsourcing, and ultimately low standard products lacking originality and skill.
I try to live an eco life such as buying local, including food and clothing, and living with choices that give me a clear conscience.
You can get in touch with Deborah and see more of her designs at www.deborahadamsdesign.com.
Today, April 22nd, is Earth Day.
Earth Day has been celebrated since 1970, as a way to promote the cause of environmental protection. Learn more about Earth Day here, and take some time to stop and celebrate!
Let's take a moment to reflect on the incredible planet we inhabit. Could we be more kind, more gentle, to this cosmic body that supports our existence? What small actions can we all take to help alleviate the strain of humankind?
We are celebrating Earth Day with a coupon code!
Welcome to Part 2 of Building a Hummingbird Garden!
The snow has almost all melted into the ground here at Silverwood and it's time to choose which flowers we will plant to entice hummers to drop by and stay awhile.
Here are the basic guidelines for a garden hummingbirds will find irresistible:
- Red or Orange tubular flowers
- Plants with many small blossoms pointing sideways or down
- Plants with long bloom periods
- Plants that bloom profusely during August and September
- Tall plants (by which we mean plants over 75 cm or 30")
- Mass plantings of flowers
You may be feeling a bit thrown off by that last criteria. Don't worry! Several of the plants recommended below reproduce vigorously, self-seed with ease and can be started from seed quite easily. For this reason mass plantings (also referred to as large drifts) are a breeze. Remember: It is very common for hummingbirds to sample the nectar from every single blossom in the vicinity! The more blossoms = a better chance of observing them in action! (Even if you don't have a lot of space plant some hummer favourites anyway and give them a reason for occasional visits.)
I'm a big proponent of the gardening saying "Friends don't let friends plant annuals". At least not until their garden is well stocked with perennials. Sure there are plenty of annuals to draw hummers to the yard. By all means plant them if you like. Perennials just happen to be a better long term investment.
Here are some plants that are sure to magnetize hummers to your yard. We have the first few in our garden already, and they do a stellar job of bringing in hummers and even bees. The latter few are new to our garden this year, but I have selected them after fairly extensive research:
(Monarda didyma, aka Bee Balm, Oswego Tea)
Perennial : zone 3 - 8
This plant has sooo much to offer! It is easily my top pick. (Rachel's note: Aaron is OBSESSED.) Hummingbirds love this flower for its bright red, profuse, nectar-rich and long lasting blossoms. Bergamot comes in many colours. For best results look for the red variety. While the others may provide nourishment, the red varieties act as the best calling card. On hot, sunny days its pleasant fragrance wafts around the garden. Bergamot is super easy to grow. So easy in fact that it can begin to take over a garden if left unchecked. Like mint it has a tendency to spread and can be divided easily. Bergamot is also good for attracting butterflies.
[Fun fact! Ever tried Earl Grey Tea? If yes, then you have sampled Bergamot. It happens to be the key flavouring ingredient in that popular tea blend. It also has many other uses us bipeds enjoy. Try it as a minty herbal tea, or an olfactory treat added to bath water.]
(Aquilegia canadensis, aka Columbine)
Perennial : zone 3 - 8
Native to North America
These flowers have a really unique look - unlike any other flower I can think of. They make me think of spaceships and comets. Columbines are available in just about every colour and colour combination you can think of. To best attract hummingbirds, it is important to choose Aquilegia canadensis.
Aquilegia are super easy to sow from seed & self-seed readily. They like semi-shaded areas - this is nice since so many other plants demand front row seats in the sun. They grow equally well in a wooded setting or in a window box. They are reliable germinators, easy to establish from seed. Simply scatter seed in disturbed soil in the fall or early spring. Once established, Columbine will tend to self-seed and persist.
Perennial : zone 3 - 9
Native to North America
This bright red flower is a late summer bloomer. This will help ensure a food source that is available well into the fall. It requires part shade and soil that will remain relatively moist. Planting near water will help ensure long term success. Propagation is easy by dividing since the young plants spread from the base of older plants.
(*several varieties* A. foeniculum, A. aurantiaca, A. cana, A. ruprestris, etc., aka Hummingbird Mint, Anise Hyssop,)
Perennial : zone 4 - 11
Native to North America
Agastache is classic plant for both herb gardens and borders. These plants are characteristically composed of erect branches, spires of several small flowers and minty-licorice-scented leaves. They are especially eye catching when planted in large drifts or groupings. Agastache is also a very attractive plant to bees.
Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans, aka Trumpet Creeper, Hummingbird Vine)
Perennial : zone 4 - 9
Native to North America
This vine is so good at attracting hummingbirds with its summer-long clusters of red, orange, or yellow flowers that you'll sometimes see it sold as hummingbird vine. This plant requires some planning because it can climb to a height of 30 feet or more, needs a strong support and room to grow. To support the plant, consider a robust trellis, a pergola or a south-facing exterior wall of your house. It's worth mentioning that Trumpet Vine can exhibit a very aggressive growth pattern that quickly overtakes its supports (sometimes destroying them in the process). This is especially the case in warmer zones. For this reason, it is considered an invasive species in some areas . However, this is not the case in the cooler zones. It can take several years to flower so patience is also required. It likes full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil. It is tolerant of poor soils.
Perennial : zone 4 - 9
Native to Northern Hemisphere
This vine has showy clusters of tubular flowers. It blooms through the summer and autumn. There are different varieties available. Each has with their own blossom colour range - but all should do the trick of enticing hummingbirds to the garden. It requires support of a trellis or arbor and can grow to a height of 15 feet.
Most of these are quite common and easy to find in your local nursery. If you can't find them there, a quick online search will yield tons of online seed stores.
Next post we will be share photos of our hummingbird garden in process! We'd love to see pictures of your garden, too. Send them to us at blisscraftandbrazen [at] gmail [dot] com.
Last time on Out of The Woods, we talked about the difference of Hardwood vs Softwood. In it, we briefly mentioned the fascinating evolution of trees and how it deserved its own post.
[When I first tried to write this post, I fell into a wikipedia black hole, emerging with all my tree-related books spread open on my desk, covered with coffee stains and banana peels. So here’s another stab, with just the cool facts. Let’s face it, we really just want the cool facts version to impress our friends with, amirite?]
In the last post, we learned that softwoods are gymnosperms and hardwoods are angiosperms.
During a fact-checking session, one of the Tree Nerd Friends mentions, just casually as you please:
“Conifers are gymnosperm, a much older group of plants (and therefore terribly awesome).* They are so old that flowers had not evolved yet.*”
“Gymnosperm” basically translates as “naked seed”, whereas angiosperm (aka Flowering Plant) means “ a plant that produces seeds within an enclosure.
Naked Seed makes a much better band name.
Not only that, Gymnosperms are over 300 million years old. Fancypants angiosperms didn’t evolve from gymnosperms until 100 million years later and the oldest flowering plants are merely 160 million years old in comparison.
When plants evolved, they did so in moist environments, and used the water for sexual reproduction (transporting spores and such). As they evolved to be more advanced, they got bigger, and evolved beyond moist environments, and needed a new way to reproduce. So gymnosperms used the wind beneath their...needles... to transport spores for fertilization.
After a time, plants developed savvier ways to attract pollinators (via flowers) as well as to protect their seeds (hence fruit). It was much more efficient to make use of small amounts of pollen, that insects could transport on the tree’s behalf, rather than hope that your pollen would meet a nice lady by floating across the water or blowing in the wind Thus the birth of the angiosperms!
So does this translate into differences in the wood that comes from gymnosperms vs angiosperms? Stay tuned!
We first met the energetic and always-smiling Sophie Joubarne when UNIK printshop was our neighbour at Smart Design Mart in Montreal in November, 2012. We instantly fell in love with her work and came home with a half dozen prints and a couple of t-shirts with her beautiful nature-inspired images. Her signature work is her prints on wood veneer and solid wood blocks. UNIK printshop also prints work on contract, teaches screen printing classes in her studio and rents the studio to other artists. We're so excited to bring her work to the B&B community!
B&B: Nature features prominently in your work. Can you talk about your relationship with nature and why it comes up in your creations?
SJ: Nature is for sure my biggest inspiration I think…. I have worked in the Tree Planting industry (first as a planter, then foreman, then supervisor) for over a decade so I am used to spending long intense periods of time totally in sync with the nature. I was outside 24/7, eating, sleeping, working… So with all those hours out in the forest, I got to create my own imagery, which is sometimes realistic and other times totally not…
B&B: We love that you print nature-themed designs onto a natural material. When and how did you start printing on wood, and how does it factor into the work itself?
SJ: I'm not 100% sure when the idea of wood printing arrived, I probably saw some digital printing that was done on wood and thought that I could just use my printing process instead. I also remember looking at one specific block of wood one day, and it had beautiful knots on it (I love knots!) and the way that they were positioned on the wood reminded me of a person's face. Instantly I wanted to draw that image on it, and integrate the visual I had in mind with the beauty of wood… I think that it all started from there….
B&B: Would you say your business is ecologically conscious? What aspects of your business do you aim to make more eco-friendly, if at all?
SJ: I know that I still have work to do to be fully eco-friendly with my business. I sometimes find it hard to fully achieve that goal because of certain ink or chemicals that the screen printing process requires. But for now, some of the good things I do is for one; repurpose the wood samples that are no longer of use; and changed most of my reclaiming chemicals to bio products which has also been a good switch for my own health!
B&B: We'd love to hear the story of how your business came to be.
SJ: Hmmm, this could be a long story! Hahah! From the time that I tried screen printing I immediately fell in love with the process and its many applications - but at first I never really thought that I would end up doing this for a living. I come from a family of teachers, so I have never had an entrepreneur model… One day after a planting season, I was chatting with a french man living in northern BC (where I actually started my business) and he was telling me that the local t-shirt printing shop was for sale… Although I didn't end up buying it, I think that it put a spark in my mind, a spark about starting my own business and being my own boss. It was about 3 years later that I started UNIK Printshop, with the support of Community Future, in Smithers, BC. I moved back to Montreal the year after and I have been at my current studio location since 2012.
B&B: Are there any exciting things coming up for Unik printshop?
SJ: There are so many interesting things happening with the studio, sometimes i'm overwhelmed by how happy I am to have this job! Last Fall we got to add some awesome clients to our list (including the Museum of Fine Arts of Montreal) and we are continuing to print interesting contracts for old or new clients. The courses are also going really well. I am giving Intro classes to screen printing about 4 times a month and I still learn something new at every lesson. The studio rental is also getting more and more popular with new artists or entrepreneurs renting my space for their own projects or orders. Finally, we have a few small fairs coming up in March/April, and a few artists (including you guys!) and I recently signed up with Espace Pop to get a Pop Up shop in early august. This will for sure be a fun collaborative event so people should stay tuned for this one!
Sushi serving sets for Spring and Summer: Suck it, stupid winter stews!
Try saying that five times fast!
As we write this, more snow is falling from the skies and settling on the chin-high snowscape that is our lawn. We can't wait to throw open the windows, set up the sunroom and dig our hands into the dirt.
Sushi is one of our favourite foods, but it sometimes feel odd to eat this cold meal in the depths of winter (plus the nearest sushi restaurant is three towns away!). But we can dream about all the sushi we will eat once the warmer weather is here - and we can't wait to serve it on our new Sushi Serving Set!
The minimalist design gives a nod to the Pagoda, with beveled edges and a floating look achieved by using two feet to elevate each platter. Choose from sets for 2 people or 4, and add our handmade chopsticks if you like!
PSST! Wannw win a set on Friday April 4th? Subscribe to our B&B Love Letters and you'll find out how to enter!
In this series, I'm going to help you create a low-maintenance, perennial hummingbird garden. In Part 1, I'm going to tell you just how amazing hummingbirds are and why you want them in your life.
It may be under six feet of snow, but it's already time to be thinking about your summer garden. I've already started to plot out new gardens and placed orders for seeds and fruit trees. A large part of my decision making process is what wildlife the flowers will attract.
I think that one of the best parts about a garden is having guests over to enjoy it - so why not invite some desirable wildlife and spice things up a bit? It doesn't get much spicier than the humming bird.
Flying at speeds of 40-50 km/h (25-30 mph) with a heart rate of 1200 beats per minute while feeding (250 beats per minute when resting!), these guests are the very definition of exciting! And most North American gardens can be made to invite these exciting guests for frequent visits.
In normal flight their wings beat 75 times per second and during courtship climb to an astonishing 200 times per second.
At these speeds, a humming sound is produced - hence their name. I often hear a hummingbird before spotting it. (Check out this video we took last summer from our garden!)
Hummingbirds are such deft little pilots that they can fly backwards, upside down and even hover. Few other birds come close to matching that skill set.
Hummers also have less obvious abilities. They have very discriminating vision; Not only seeing things at great distances, but also a wider spectrum of colour than we are used to. They can perceive well into the ultraviolet range!
Within this range, there's no question the colour red is their favourite. They're particularly attracted to red, along with oranges and bright pinks, though they will feed from flowers of different colours as well.
And let's not forget - They are the absolute smallest known warm-blooded animal on the planet! Male ruby throated hummers weigh only 2.4 - 3.6 grams! And yet as small as they are, they will arrive at your garden with an appetite. These tiny nectavores boast the fastest metabolism of any animal on earth. They burn food energy so fast they regularly eat 1.5 to 3 times their body weight in food per day! This is no easy feat - They must visit hundreds of flowers every day just to stay alive. Hummingbirds burn so much energy they are considered to be continuously hours away from starving to death. In fact they are only able to store enough energy to survive overnight!
So let's help keep their bellies full with a well stocked garden, shall we?
Hummingbirds are quite smart. They are capable of remembering places and individual people year to year - they return to the same spot in our garden, by the lilac, where I've been growing hummingbird attracting flowers, and now prefer them to the hummingbird feeder that hangs from the lilac itself.
Establish a hummingbird garden and you'll be supporting generations of highly entertaining guests for years to come! Stay tuned for Part 2!
We've pulled a fresh baked batch of reclaimed wood & recycled leather wine racks out of the oven - just in time for this Saturday's Urban Craft Market in Ottawa.
When we return, these bad boys are going straight into our online store!
Our plant hanger family is growing!
We've been prototyping a recycled leather plant hanger for months now.
We experimented with four different designs, three types of rivets, and two types of leather.
We wanted a robust and beautiful plant hanger that would fit a wide variety of pot sizes and shapes, and the ability to safely hold up larger plants (like our dear Jade, the one stealing the spotlight in our images).
We're excited to bring you the finished result - offcuts from thick belting leather fastened with shiny brass rivets, movable joints to conform to your specific plant pot, and an extra long, reinforced loop to hook to your ceiling hardware. Our recycled leather plant hanger comes in Small, Medium and Large so you can really dial in the fit.
We love Ottawa.
There's always an epic view as we cross the river into the city, and amazing tacos at El Camino to cap off our trip.
So we love that we get to make the drive four times a year to participate in Urban Craft, a wonderful one-day market in the gorgeous Glebe Community Centre. We love Krista & Robin, the incredibly kind and talented organizers. Every art and craft market should consult these guys on how to build community, run a successful event and keep both crafters and clients happy. Seriously.
Picture vaulted ceilings, stained glass, and a room full of gorgeous jewellery, silk-screened clutches and homemade jams. Yes please!
We're going to have a bunch of new stuff with us at the next edition, which takes place on Saturday, March 15th from 10am - 3pm.
Like our brand new recycled leather plant hangers!
And set of place card holders that we make from fallen maple branches!
So come on by and check it out if you are in the Ottawa area! We'll give you hugs :)