B&B in Ottawa, June 28

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!

Earth Day!

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!

Houseplants are a great way to bring greenery, beauty and fresh air into your home.

Get 20% off all B&B plant hangers by using the coupon code FLOWERPOWER in our store. Expires at midnight PST.

Sushi Serving Sets are here!

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!

We've done a small limited-edition run of these, so if you like them, don't wait! Buy them here or in our etsy shop.

PSST! Wannw win a set on Friday April 4th? Subscribe to our B&B Love Letters and you'll find out how to enter!

Wine Racks coming soon!

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.

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When we return, these bad boys are going straight into our online store!

Lifting the veil...

Welcome, welcome! We are so very excited to unveil the brand new B&B website, store, blog & Love Letters!

The most important change is that our website is now BEAUTIFUL & FUNCTIONAL, just like our B&B goods. No more of Rachel's shoddy half-baked HTML hackery, hooray! 

But it doesn't stop there...

SHOP for your favourite B&B products right here on the site!

EDUCATE YOURSELF with our blog: there are fascinating articles about wood, features on awesome independent eco designers, and much more to come!

BEAUTIFY your day with snapshots of life here at Silverwood.  

INJECT GOODNESS in to your inbox by signing up for Our Love Letters.

BONUS! We're celebrating by putting our ready to ship Bamboo Bath caddy on sale for 48 hours - and giving one away! Learn more here

We'd also love to hear what you think of the site, and please let us know if you stumble upon any bugs or glitches!

 

Green Wedding Dreams

Despite not having had a wedding ourselves (nor any plans to anytime soon), we've had weddings on the brain a lot lately. We've been best man/groomsman/bridesmaid/maid of honour/emcee, made many products for friends' wedding, strangers' weddings, and recently showcased our wares at Ottawa's Indie Wedding Show, Wed By Hand.

We love the current trend of rustic, nature-inspired garden weddings with an emphasis on being green. Weddings are notoriously wasteful and we commend all efforts to leave less of an impact on the planet with your special day. We have added a bunch of items to our line to cater to requests we've received. Here's a little wedding round up of our favourite items sprinkled with nuptial-oriented B&B goods.

Rachel is obsessed with this bespoke wedding dress from eco-indie fashion label Simone's Rose. Just imagine a barefoot bride walking across the dewy grass in this beauty!simones-rose-wedding-dressIn the summer here at Silverwood, we always have jars full of flowering herbs from the herb garden. You don't want to let all your herbs go to flower, but chives are one of the few that flower early, and they make the most incredible bouquets. Those purple blossoms and bright green stems would just pop from antique tinted blue glass jars, don't you think?

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These white birch place card holders make a lovely compliment to jars full of chive flowers. We rent these, just contact us if you're interested in details!

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We love the beautiful artisanal letter press wedding invitations from Montreal's Tartine Paperie. If you are going the DIY route for your invites, why not use seed paper? A few summers ago, we enjoyed three large planters full of gorgeous wildflowers that started out a friend's wedding invitation.

Screen shot 2013-03-06 at 12.11.35 PMA really great way to incorporate a slideshow into your wedding reception is to use the picture frame function on your iPad - you create an album with your adorable romantic pictures in it, choose that album in the settings for the picture frame, then simply press the flower icon on the home screen of your iPad. It'll play an endless slideshow loop of that album, without going to sleep. Just remember to fully charge your iPad!

We created this tablet stand from a heavy maple log. A minimalist and sturdy way to hold your tablet on the reception table by your guest book.

tablet-stand-4Speaking of guest books, we make a wedding album that doubles as a guest book - the chicago bolts allow you to add more of the FSC certified archival quality paper. Why separate the photos captured on your special day from the heartwarming notes left by your guests?

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We love all of Dallas Curow's wedding photography, and especially this snap from her styled wedding shoot, Underwater Garden.

Screen shot 2013-03-06 at 11.47.22 AM Our scrap veneer bunting is a really versatile decoration - use it decorate your walls, run it across the garden, cap the ends of each row of seating - and when you're done, simply compost it!

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We love the current trend of using slices of log as a cake stand. Until we have a bandsaw big enough to slice logs, we have this vintage walnut cake stand that Rachel refinished and woodburned, as part of our new section "Refurbished by Rachel".walnut-platter-5When all is said and done, don't forget to thank all your friends and family who helped make your special day a reality! We had a "blast" (pardon the pun) making these custom rifle bookmarks with riveted recycled copper bullets for groomsmen who had organized a skeet shooting themed bachelor party. groomsman-bookmarks-4We also offer sets of chopsticks that make great wedding favours or even a wonderful wedding gift for your getting-hitched friends!

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Wed By Hand

postcardWe will be in Ottawa this Sunday, with a table at Wed By Hand! We will have samples of our wood wedding albums, centrepiece ideas, branch candles, customizable wedding favours like our chopsticks sheathed in gorgeous , and our new wood bunting! Screen shot 2013-02-07 at 12.43.12 PM

Our bunting is made from scraps of wood veneer. Veneer is wood cut very thin, intended for applying to plywood structures to give the illusion of being made from solid wood - it is challenging to work with as it is prone to breaking, so it tends to create a lot of scrap or waste material. We happily adopt veneer scraps and the bunting is a lovely way to turn otherwise wasted material into the icing on your party cake! We use natural fish glue, made in Quebec, to apply the veneer triangles (with the grain running diagonally to minimize breakage) to biodegradable cotton butcher twine, also made in Canada. Once the bunting has seen its share of celebrations, it can be simply be composted or burned!

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Another goody we will be launching at Wed By Hand is our salvaged wood chopsticks, now available in vintage kimono scrap fabric holders, made for us by the wonderful Michelle of Simone's Rose. A lovely and light-on-the-planet wedding favour idea!

 

Taking a moment

The last few months have been a whirlwind, with our four holiday shows, the etsy feature, and negotiating a large contract that involves learning about international shipping, CIF quotes and warranties. We are grateful, giddy, tired and a bit daunted!

We've been back home for 36 hours and leave again in less than 24. We woke up to this gorgeous serene scene and watched birds flitting to and from the feeder (they took off just before I got this snapshot) and it was a lovely quiet moment before the day's tasks came crashing down on us.

Just a little reminder to take a moment here and there, to gaze out the window and watch the birds.

And the winner is...

Well, wait a sec, a couple explanations first. Aaron and I are a bit late on the announcement due to impromptu house guests, a flu and lack of consensus. We have finally picked a winner, but there's actually kinda two winners. Aaron and I were immediately smitten with Lynn "Pinowser"'s suggestion of "Silverwood Estate" but we didn't totally love the word "Estate". Cristina Flores suggested "Silverwood Homestead", which we like more. Ultimately, though, we decided "Silverwood 'Stead" had the best ring to it. Since Lynn was the first to suggest "Silverwood", the prize pack (pictured above) will be going to her! Never fear, Cristina won't leave empty handed! She will be receiving a split log tea light candle complete with Montreal-made beeswax tealights. Yay!

There were some great runner-up suggestions that we want to point out:

Cass's suggestion of B&B Awesome Factory (which was a heavy contender).

Ligia's "DhaReau Chateau" is simultaneously weird, hilarious & awesome sounding.

Sofia's awesome mashup, "Brazencraft", will find a use somewhere someday.

Tim White's awesomely redundant and punny "Home Sweet Homestead" makes us chuckle. A lot.

Cameron's suggestion of "Silverwood Ranch" was Rachel's favourite but even all her cowgirl 'tude could not convince Aaron to call our place a ranch. Sorry Cam!

And Christine Bachinsky's over-the-phone submission of 'The Rogue Pony & Sheep Inn" will always keep us doubled over in tear-inducing laughter.

Thank you EVERYONE! Now it's time to make a sign!

Contest deadline: Friday March 23rd at noon!

So we know our Name That Homestead contest has dragged on long enough, but we finally have a deadline and a prize pack! Head over here to submit as many suggestions as you'd like, and you might win this awesome assortment of B&B goodies! And while you're at it, why not head over to our facebook page and give us a "like"? You have until noon on Friday March 23rd, and we'll announce a winner on Monday March 26th!

The lucky winner will be walking away with:

* a pair of cherry salad servers

* a mahogany bookmark with copper rivets

* a split log candle holder with 5 beeswax tealights

* a upside down bottle holder in solid walnut

* a cherry cheese platter / breadboard / serving tray

Retail value of $150!

 

Love is in the air

Flower Love:

We found an unbloomed hyacinth for $1.99 at the hardware store and it has filled our home with its glorious scent. Best $1.99 ever spent.

Blog Love:

Feeling blog love from General 54, who interviewed Rachel about Brazen Design and specifically asked about the new collaboration between us!

House Guest Love:

Despite the -20 temperatures and distance-driven-through-snow-factor, we thought no one would want to come visit up during the winter. To our joy, we have already had many guests and the rest of the winter is booking up with weekend visitors. And only a handful are actually just here for the skiing ;)

House Love:

The thick blanket of snow surrounding our house is magical - Staring at the acre of pure white, sun hitting it, tree shadows marching across it... inspiring. We're coming up to the 1 year anniversary of the day we saw our house for the first time - Valentine's day! How appropriate.

Now our house just needs a name! If you haven't heard we're having a Name That Homestead contest - the winner will receive a B&B Prize Pack!