Saturday, November 14, 2009

New Canadian Shops on Etsy

Here I am again - Kim from A little bit of pretty - with your weekly installment of New Canadian Shops on Etsy. This week I am featuring Maple Creek Soapworks . So let's begin shall we???

Maple Creek Soapworks is a couple from Edmonton, Alberta who began making soaps together following years of being itchy and uncomfortable after showering due to the use of commercial soaps. After a particularly uncomfortable episode, they had the opportunity to try some handmade soap and were amazed at the difference, and decided to try to make their own. So after some research, there was a working recipe, and the rest is history :)

Maple Creek Soapworks opened shop on Etsy in January 2009, and already have a wide range of products. There are bath soaks,  lotions,  lip balms, solid perfumes, and a Premium Line of products they call GlacierSpa that includes (for now I'm sure) an Anti-Aging Moisturizer, a Botanical Toner, and a Creamy Green Tea Cleanser. They also have products for tattoo care and make your own lip balm kits.

Their soaps are made, cut and wrapped by hand from top quality natural ingredients such as olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter and hempseed oil. All of their cold process bars contain cocoa butter and natural glycerine for extra moisturizing and they use essential oils or top quality fragrance oils for scenting. Ultramarines and iron oxides are used for coloring. All good stuff! :)

I am particularly intrigued by the bath soaks - especially the muscle soak. I am plagued by a stiff back and headaches dues to hours and hours spent beading and making jewellery, and am wondering if this might remedy or alleviate the tension???? Maybe I'll have to buy some to find out! There are also bath soaks for cough and cold symptoms and a couple lavender blends that would do nicely right before bedtime!

So check out this new up and coming soaperie - they are also having a Christmas sale right now of 15% off all items in the shop! Happy shopping :) Until next time, Kim XO.

Friday, November 13, 2009

TGIF!!! Nov 13, 2009

Here is this weeks' edition of TGIF- get ready to shop, shop, shop!  This week I decided to put together some items that would be great to buy "for her". These are also some of my favourite Etsy shops as well :) So without further ado - get ready to shop!

My first pick are these 3 dot earrings (love colours) by 3dots . I love the shape of these, and the colour of the beads that are within the large wooden circles. I have been coveting several items from this shop for ages! I love the look of wooden jewellery and all of the pieces in the shop are stained this gorgeous deep colour. These would make a great gift for anyone who loves jewellery!

Speaking of loving jewellery, what is better than a one-of-a-kind piece? The BLUE FROST-One of a Kind Lucite Collage Art Bangle with Swarovski Crystals by CindyG's Quirks of Art is truly a unique find. This is a stunning mixed media decoupaged bangle finished on a high quality frosted lucite/acrylic resin bracelet. Each and every bracelet in this shop is a work of art and love - a great gift idea for someone special!

Purple Flower Needle Book and Pincushion Set by JennMaruskaDesign - cute little wool and felt needlebook and pincushion perfect for holding sewing accessories. Great gift idea for that crafty sewing person in your life :)

Beach Bride Hair Comb Starfish SC Ocean Star by OhFaro - this comb is so beautiful! It is three vintage brooches that had been repurposed into a hair comb :) I love the way this one looks with the cute tiny faux turquoise and pearl beads - the piece is dressy but still beachy looking. Love it!

The twilight collection - Esme . bobby pins by pandacub - Great trio of bobby pins inspired by the character Esme from the wildy popular Twilight movie of course! I love the colours, and the combination of flower and vintage cameo. Would make a great stocking stuffer!

Blue and Purple Waffle Hoodie / size Large by Replicca - have someone on your list that hates shopping in chain stores but loves handmade clothing? Replicca has a great assortment of knit hoodies, tshirts, dresses, and turtlenecks and most of the pieces in the shop feature the same 3 colour blocking technique shown here. Very cool!

I love this great recycled, quilted vintage fabric clutch...sustainable purse by rikrak. Its the cutest little quilted clutch ever! Its a great shape and size (10x5 inches), and made of fresh repurposed vintage fabrics! Makes a great small, run around town clutch because it can fit all your essentials but you aren't wieghed down by a cumbersome purse! This one is on my wishlist :)

Snowflakes sterling silver earrings by TDNCreations - I am totally on a snowflake kick right now, so I was really excited when I found these snowflake earrings and I HAD to include them in this Christmas shopping post! Aren't they great? These little guys are handcut out of a textured sheet of silver and tumbled so they have a nice shine :) Love them!

Well those are my picks - I hope that I have helped you out a little bit with your Christmas shopping. I'll be back next time with some more great gift ideas! Until next time, Kim XO.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

2 minutes of silence.....

Today is Remembrance Day - so I am taking the day off of regular blog posting. I will return tomorrow with a new shop feature, but for today I am going to observe the 2 minutes of silence and remember my friend Corporal Bryce Keller. I can't believe its already been 3 years. We miss you Bryce :(

Lest we Forget

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Wishlist Tuesday Nov 10/2009

Another Tuesday - new Wishlist Tuesday post! This week I have some more great home decor picks since I am constantly searching Etsy for decoration stuff :) So I have put together another collage of cute, eclectic, and unique decor items. Enjoy!

Happy shopping :) Until next time, Kim XO.


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