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Thursday, February 15, 2018

SHOP THIS: Halifax Paper Hearts enamel pins

Stationery-makers stick it to you with new enamel pins

Posted By on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 2:33 AM

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It has been a big few years for Stefanie MacDonald, the owner and designer of Halifax Paper Hearts, a stationery company inspired to tell love stories and fairytales that don’t fit the standard narrative. Now, her work is sold in over 125 stores countrywide and will be debuting in the US the spring and she’s adding something new to the mix—a line of enamel pins that invites folks to carry some of her cards’ characters with them all the time.

“The stationery industry has been evolving significantly over the past couple of years, and many makers that traditionally only made greeting cards are branching out into creating lifestyle and gift lines. When I walked into the National Stationery Show in New York City last year, I was so inspired by how card makers were expanding their lines—and diversifying their income stream–by creating pins, patches, buttons, keychains mugs and so much more,” says MacDonald. “It seemed like a natural fit to start with enamel pins for us, as our characters are relatable and lend themselves well to wearable pins.”

You can get stuck on Paper Hearts’ smiling avocado, Dartmouth ferry and gal pal pins at Kept (75 King Street), Duly Noted Stationery (5431 Doyle Street), Bellissimo (2743 Agricola Street) and Coconut Creek (162 Hector Gate).

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

SHOP THIS: Two Rude Co.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 7:36 AM

Get the Frig shirt ($20) at tworude.com
  • Get the Frig shirt ($20) at tworude.com
“We’re not really that rude at all,” says Millie Jacobs, laughing. She and her partner Linn Freyer are the makers behind Two Rude Co., a little business that basically had no choice but to exist. Equipped with some screen printing gear and an affinity for the most polite swear of all time, Jacobs (who also dabbles in leather goods) and Freyer made a saucy shirt that sealed their fate.

“I really wanted to do this Frig t-shirt because I thought it would be really funny. I didn’t really think much of it because mostly I just love doing crafts,” says Jacobs, “and then they sold like crazy so we had to keep printing.” Now, Two Rude’s grown to include a handful of shirt and hat designs—mostly based off doodles and tattoos the pair have—and sell them at Lost & Found (2383 Agricola Street) and from their online shop.

“We just like to be provocative,” says Jacobs. “We like to keep it a little subtle, kind of telling people to frig off without being too rude about it. You know, keeping it pretty Maritime.”

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Shop this: Analog Watch Co.

It's Sattva's time to shine

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 4:11 PM

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April has been a big month for Sarah Bannerman Andrews, who recently rang in the first anniversary of her clothing and lifestyle shop Sattva Boutique (2453 Agricola Street). During that time she’s been committed to bringing “conscious consumerism” to the shop, filling it with mostly locally made, ethical brands. “The shop is primarily full of articles designed and made in Canada, but every once in a while when something is not available or we find a great company like Analog we like to diversify a little,” she says of the wooden watches ($199) she’s carried since day one. Drawn to their minimal design, Bannerman Andrews calls them “art for the wrist,” adding: “If that wasn’t enough, the company’s mandate is to work in accordance with nature, production is ethical and each time we sell a watch a tree is planted.”

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

SHOP THIS: Creative Mind, Happy Soul

DOODLE Lovely aims to inspire self-care and creativity.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 4:00 AM

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Two years ago, feeling smothered by a too-hectic life, Melissa Lloyd started doodling aimlessly. No pressure to create, no goal in mind, just pencil and paper. “I love to be busy but I came to a place and I thought enough is enough, I’m not feeling those moments,” says the designer and creator of local stationery line DOODLE Lovely. “When you’re on autopilot you’re not in the present a lot of the time, there’s a lack of feeling.” After finding some zen within her sketch pad—accidentally staying up until the wee hours scrawling circles and lines—she launched her own line of colouring books and journals to pass it on.

“It’s an incredible relaxation tool—I lost myself in it,” says Lloyd. “I wanted people to take five minutes out of their day to take a breath. There’s not enough people stepping back and acquainting themselves with who they are, stopping the mental chattering.” One of her latest creations, Creative Mind, Happy Soul is part-journal, part-colouring book that makes space for a little daily wandering, notetaking and reflection that’s easy and attainable. “The act of doodling is way more than what people realize, a lot of people think it’s dilly dallying or not paying attention,” she says. “It’s much the opposite.” Get your copy of Creative Mind, Happy Soul online, or pick one up at Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique (1658 Market Street) and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (1723 Hollis Street).

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

SHOP THIS: Hand Drawn Halifax Colouring Book

Paint the town whatever colour you want with Emma FitzGerald’s new colouring book.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 3:23 PM

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Emma FitzGerald was midway through her now-popular book Hand Drawn Halifax when she had the idea to make a colouring book version, inviting readers and creative types the opportunity to put their own stamp on her line drawings.

“Three years ago in Toronto, I bought a Van Gogh colouring book,” says FitzGerald. “As a kid I used to copy Van Gogh, I think it’s how I learned to draw in the way I do because there’s so much movement. I think that was in the back of my head.” After spending the winter “un-colouring” her drawings, her Hand Drawn Halifax, The Colouring Book has landed. “They aren’t bubbly and clean like a lot of colouring books are,” she says of her city street sketches. “There aren’t all closed lines and shapes like a typical colouring book, it could make for a more expressive colouring experience.”

You can pick up a copy nearly everywhere local books are sold—including but not limited to Bookmark, Atlantic News, Kept and Inkwell Handmade Boutique—or meet FitzGerald yourself this Friday at the Seaport Farmers’ Market (1209 Marginal Road) from 9:30am to 3:30pm, where she’ll be selling copies of her books, cards and prints.

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SHOP THIS: Hand Drawn Halifax Colouring Book

Paint the town whatever colour you want with Emma FitzGerald’s new colouring book.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 4:00 AM

PHOTO BY MEGHAN COLLINS
  • photo by Meghan Collins

Emma FitzGerald was midway through her now-popular book Hand Drawn Halifax when she had the idea to make a colouring book version, inviting readers and creative types the opportunity to put their own stamp on her line drawings.

“Three years ago in Toronto, I bought a Van Gogh colouring book,” says FitzGerald. “As a kid I used to copy Van Gogh, I think it’s how I learned to draw in the way I do because there’s so much movement. I think that was in the back of my head.” After spending the winter “un-colouring” her drawings, her Hand Drawn Halifax, The Colouring Book has landed. “They aren’t bubbly and clean like a lot of colouring books are,” she says of her city street sketches. “There aren’t all closed lines and shapes like a typical colouring book, it could make for a more expressive colouring experience.”

You can pick up a copy nearly everywhere local books are sold—including but not limited to Bookmark, Atlantic News, Kept and Inkwell Handmade Boutique—or meet FitzGerald yourself this Friday at the Seaport Farmers’ Market (1209 Marginal Road) from 9:30am to 3:30pm, where she’ll be selling copies of her books, cards and prints.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Shop this: Jutelaune espadrilles

Foot the bill for these Spanish-made shoes at Makenew

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 1:33 PM

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  • A rainbow of handmade shoes
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Raise your hand if you’re ready to be freed of the shackles known as socks and boots. Second-hand shop—and home of Anna Gilkerson’s one-year-old clothing line AKGMakenew 
(2468 Agricola Street) feels you on this. A scroll through its Instagram feed and you’ll swear you feel a little sunshine on your cheeks.

As a perfect accent to AKG’s airy, 1950s Italian Riviera-meets-’90s grunge spring/summer 2016 collection (which hits the shop this Friday, by the way) Makenew has also stocked the shop with these espadrilles—the ultimate summer shoe. “They’re handmade in Spain, fairly traded and made traditionally,” says Gilkerson of Jutelaune, a Spanish-made, German-based line. “That’s a big part of what we’re doing here, the pieces we’re carrying, even if they’re not made locally, they’re traditionally made.”

Makenew currently carries canvas pull-on ($55) and wild suede leather lace-up ($75) and pull-on ($70) versions of Jutelaune kicks—both styles have an organic jute sole and rubber bottom.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

SHOP THIS: East Coast Hangover

Lather up Bad Mouth Soap’s East Coast Hangover to help cure yours

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 at 4:00 AM

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  • Clean up in aisle five
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Depending on how strong your Celtic spirit is, come Friday you might be needing to wash the post-St. Patrick’s Day stink off yourself. And let’s be honest, Irish Spring isn’t going to cut it. Bad Mouth Soap’s hilarious creator Sarah Armstrong crafted one of her signature soaps with your dehydrated, over-tired, breakfast-craving state in mind.

Aptly named the East Coast Hangover, it combines Boxing Rock beer, Just Us! coffee grinds and French rose clay with the tempting scents of maple, bacon and chocolate, meaning it won’t just exfoliate the heck out of your end-of-winter alligator skin, but it’ll smell like post-boozing heaven, too. Wash the bar off your bod by picking up one of Armstrong’s bars online, or at many stores in town, all of which you can find here.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bestill my Paper Hearts

Halifax Paper Hearts pops up for Valentine's at The Nook

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 2:16 PM

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Stefanie MacDonald is all about romance. She’s the artist behind Halifax Paper Hearts greeting cards, a pusher of letter-writing and a believer in fairy tales. Well, some of them.

“There is something that doesn’t sit well with me about the way that fairy tales have always been told,” she says. “Boy meets girl, boy saves girl, they fall in love and they live happy ever after. But what about the little boys that fall in love with prince charming? What about the little girls that have a crush on a mermaid? What happens to them?”

It’s this sentiment that inspired her inclusive line of sentimental designs, which celebrate love and happily ever afters of all kinds. Just in time for Valentine’s Day and all your winter pen-palling, The Nook (2118 Gottingen Street) will host Halifax Paper Hearts’ Valentine’s Pop-Up Show, showcasing its prints for the entire month of February. The event launch takes place Tuesday, February 2 from 7:30-9pm.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

SHOP THIS: Lily Lake Knits

Bundle up with wooly goodness made in Halifax

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 12:58 PM

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Jenny Fennel’s mom taught her to knit long before Lily Lake Knits—her line of handmade cozy clothing named for a piece of heaven on Cape Breton Island—was a thing.

“I began knitting so much that I had mounds of blankets, hats and scarves piling up in my home and thought, why not open an Etsy Shop?” she says. “It’s been my greatest adventure.” Her pictured Nova Scotia Pure Sheep Wool Hat ($80) is just one of her designs—a hat tip to the classic Irish fisherman-style touques that comes in six natural colours—and is made from 100 percent local, un-dyed, chemical-free wool.

“When designing a pattern I try to create it in such a way that it has an olden day, classic feel, but still has a bit of a modern day touch,” says Fennel. “Pure wool is an amazing fibre. It is sustainable, static- and water-resistant and an incredible insulator. Wool can absorb up to 30 perfect of its weight in water before feeling damp or wet. Which is perfect for Canadian winters!”

Find Lily Lake Knit’s full collection on Etsy, or peep behind the scenes at @lilylakeknits.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

SHOP THIS: Canada's Ocean Playground

Canada’s Ocean Playground tells stories of the sea through fashion.

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 5:07 PM

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The Maritimes are swimming with pride: there’s a tale to be told of why people stay, why they have to leave and how they always come back. Vish Purgrass pays homage to our seabound coast through storytelling. Originally from the UK, the digital art director found himself swept up by the beauty of Nova Scotia and its people.

“The ocean is right in your backyard and the people here are approachable and personable,” he says, “so there’s a magical aspect in collecting their stories.” Purgrass knew finding consistent work in the industry here would be arduous, so instead of keeping his head above water, he dove in. He embraced his entrepreneurial spirit and passion to connect with people visually through launching his t-shirt company, Canada’s Ocean Playground, last summer.

Incorporating both panache and function, Purgrass’ intricate designs celebrate the musings of people who hold Nova Scotia dear. “We walk a tightrope here,” says Purgrass, whose shirts sell online for $20. “But I love what people are doing in town, it resonates. Why not do it together? I want to challenge mediocrity—let’s show people all the good we have here.”

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

TNT Candles are heaven scent

Bodega Boutique helps launch the handmade, all-natural line

Posted By on Wed, Aug 5, 2015 at 3:18 PM

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  • Get a whiff of TNT Candles
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Claire Simmons and Tabitha Taylor are ready to light it up. The pair of best pals are behind TNT Candles, a local line of all-natural, micro-batch aromatherapy candles

 celebrating its launch today (Thursday, August 6, 5-7pm) at Bodega Boutique (20 Wentworth Street). “We are both pretty creative and we both wanted a jobby,” says Simmons. “Something that  could start out as a hobby, and have the potential to turn into a job.”

Since dreaming up the idea to make soy-based, GMO-free, subtly-scented candles back in February, Simmons and Taylor spent a lot of time perfecting their recipe, and their fragrances, to arrive at TNT’s summer trio—lemongrass eucalyptus, rosewood birch and benzoin bergamot. “We’re hoping our scents will be our thing,” says Simmons, adding they’ll release three fall candles in October. TNT is available at Lady Luck Boutique (5519 Young Street) and Bodega Boutique (where tonight’s celebrations will include snacks and sips), but if you’re a Haligonian ordering online, your candles will be hand delivered to your doorstep.



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Monday, March 2, 2015

SHOP THIS: Dartmouth Clothing Company

Get meat-cute with the help of DCC’s breakfast tee.

Posted By on Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 10:33 AM

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  • Another dandy from Dartmouth Clothing Company

People wear jerseys repping their favourite hockey player, and East Coast Lifestyle hoodies because they love this side of the country a lot, but Dartmouth Clothing Company wants to help you take pride in what you eat. Or what you wish you were eating. Another classic design, the Breakfast Meats Are Magic t-shirt and its amazing pork product high five will run you $25 (dartmouthclothing.ca). If breakfast—and its greasy meat counterparts— isn’t an A1 personal brand I don’t know what is.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SHOP THIS: Halifax-made valentines

Local stationery sellers and makers recommend how to send your partner/bestie/crush/pen pal some love in letter form.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 3:26 PM

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Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique & Letterpress Studio
1658 Market Street, inkwellboutique.ca
“The Be Mine card [designed and printed by Inkwell Press] struck a chord with me. Love and friendship are as much a theme of music as they are Valentine’s Day. Despite its impossible finger positions, this card is perfect for the musician in your life.” —Andrea Rahal, shop owner

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Argyle Fine Art
1559 Barrington Street, argylefineart.com

“This card, as are most of my cards, was made to fill a request from people who can’t find that ‘perfect’ card at the local Hallmark store. I love it when people have that ‘aha’ moment when they find just the right card. Most of my cards feature bad puns that usually produce an out loud giggle.” Jodie Hansen, designer

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Kept
127 Portland Street, keptshop.ca
“I am going to pick this one from local print artists Double Dare. They are a really great twin sister team. I like cards that don't necessarily say Happy Valentine's Day, and I think that this one says it all It is bright, fun and who doesn't love cat cards?” —Charlotte Jewer, shop owner

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Duly Noted Stationery
1459 Brenton Street, dulynoted.ca
“This card is illustrated and screen printed by Geordan Moore of The Quarrelsome Yeti. It’s perfect for your Haligonian honey with its light-hearted nautical theme. We would love to receive it because what's cooler than The Quarrelsome Yeti? Nothing, that's what.” —Rebecca Dimock, Duly Noted designer

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Friday, February 6, 2015

SHOP THIS: minimalistos

Halifax’s terrarium-maker puts discarded window panes to good use.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 11:58 AM

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It turns out a ton of old windows get tossed out in Halifax. Vlad Kovalik and Jelsi Mynott took notice of all the wasted glass and then took artistic action, teaming up to create minimalistos. Using only recycled windows, their handmade, handcut and soldered with lead-free silver alloy terrariums range from prisms to teardrops to pyramids, perfect for planting cute little things in. After a year of making these beauties, minimalistos’ creations are available in stores countrywide (and are shipped internationally), but here in Halifax get your hands on them for gifting or keeping at The Flower Shop (1887 Granville Street), where they’ll be pre-planted by a green thumb other than yours. For a look at the whole line, or to order custom shapes and sizes check this out.

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