Pier 2 Landing – Sapperton Landing Park, New Westminster, BC
June 19, 2016 – 11:00am – 2:00pm
On Father’s Day join me in #NewWest for activities and performances along Westminster Pier Park, Front Street, and Sapperton Landing Park. Family-friendly activities include: Live entertainment, artisanal market, barbecue, bike decorating, sandcastle building, community art projects, Live5210 Playbox, a pop-up museum, historical walking tours, Paper Girl art giveaway, cycling tours, and a bike rodeo.
West Vancouver Community Centre -2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC
July 16, 2016 10:00am-5:00pm
FREE ADMISSION & FREE PARKING!
+40 local BC artisans, Food Trucks and Live Music!
Ocean Park Community Hall – 1577 128 St, Surrey, BC V4A 3T7
July 9, 2016 – 10:00am – 3:00pm
Featuring locally made goods for your little ones. More details will be posts at http://www.purelylocal.ca/
Sunday, May 29th, 11-5pm
The Old Mill Boathouse, 2715 Esplanade St, Port Moody, BC
Shop local, independent brands for stylish children’s apparel & accessories, stationary, sweet treats, adult fashion, and hand made home decor & treasures!
Free parking, free admission, door prize draw, and swag bags for the first 25 guests!
Follow along over on Instagram @locallovepopupmarket for event updates and giveaways!
Noël Vintage & Handmade Market
November 6& 7
Little White House & Co – 9090 Glover Rd Fort Langley, BC.
Herbert Spencer School Christmas Craft Fair
November 14th, 10am – 4pm
605 Second Street, New Westminster, BC
November 21st, 10am – 5pm
West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish, BC
West + Wind “Holla Daze Sip & Shop Popup”
November 27-29, 11am – 6pm
Sixth Street Popup + Gallery, 42 Sixth Street, Sixth St, New Westminster, BC
New West Craft Night Market
December 5th, 6pm – 9pm
River Market, 810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster, BC
FREE – Live Music, Steel & Oak Beer, Pacific Breeze Winery.
It’s been a while since I sent my first shipment to Haven Living in Port Alberni, BC and I’m so happy to finally share this little interview with you. Desja, owner of the shop, is also the maker behind her own line of natural aroma-therapeutic body care products. It’s such a pleasure to be apart of shops like here, that not only support small makers like myself, but also are makers themselves.
I hope you enjoy this interview and if you find yourself in Port Alberni, definitely stop in!!
1. I wish I could drop by but you’re so far away. Please tell me about your location.
Port Alberni is a small, close knit community in the Alberni valley. The people I have met so far, have been amazing. It has a really great small town vibe, yet has an eclectic blend of folks looking for something fresh and new.
2. You’re an aesthetician by trade, what do you wish other people knew about skin care?
I wish people knew how many toxins were in daily over the counter products. Many “high end” expensive brands use acetone and formaldehyde as ingredients.
3. You just opened yours doors in Port Alberni. What lead you to turn your delicious line of natural skincare products into a brick and mortar shop?
I had been living on the Lower Mainland of BC for almost 15 years, with a home based salon and participating in the local vintage market circuit, painting furniture etc. I had been searching for a way to step out of the salon and still be able to be creative and work with people. I have been drawn to the island for many years as my best friend lives here. I woke up one day and decided that with many changes happening in my life, the only way I was ever going to truly feel fulfilled, whether I failed or succeeded, was to make the leap and follow my dream of having a store of my own. I wanted to settle in a community that I could raise my children, have close relationships with people and be able to afford the cost of living while I raised my three children. Having a store on the mainland just wasn’t an option as a single mother. I had been working with Spruce Collective in Abbotsford and teaching Ce Ce Caldwell Paint classes for the last couple of years part time. One of the contacts that I had made here in Parksville through Ce Ce Caldwell Paints, was closing down her store, and the opportunity to become a retailer, here on Vancouver Island was offered to me. I needed a location to manufacture and supply to the retailers that carry my Skin Care Collections and also needed a brick and mortar location to carry the paint. I felt as though this was finally my chance to blend my love of vintage markets, my creativity, and my years and experience in the beauty industry into reality.
4. How do you source the merchandise your carry? Do you follow a particular philosophy when looking for items for your shop?
We live in an age of social media, allowing me to source most of my products right from my couch. The first decision was to contact as many people as possible that I had done the vintage market circuit with, and already had relationships with. Canadian and BC, hand made products are the most important to me and really the foundation for the shop. I want to support these amazing artisans and put to rest the “craft market” concept. I think that there are so many incredible businesses being created right here in our own back yard and many of us don’t even know they exist. My philosophy is honestly to support, empower and champion fellow entrepreneurs. Creating something with your own two hands is over looked these days, and I want people to see the value in our own economy. I think Canadian entrepreneurs are underestimated.
5. Do you have any major plans for your first year? Any big events we can look forward to?
My focus right now is to streamline the Skin Care Collections and turn them into a complete line. The addition of Facial Balms and Whipped Moisturizers for both the Body and Sprout Collection are currently in the design phase and will be released in the new year.
I would love to host a really fun event at the shop in the new year year to celebrate. I LOVE to host a good party, and I think there just aren’t enough good reasons in life to dress up pretty!
6. Do you have any shops that you really admire or that influenced you in opening your own shop?
Yes, absolutely! I was so inspired by Spruce Collective. One of my dearest friends was the brains behind collaborating with the girls to come up with the concept. They have been instrumental in supporting me and giving me the chance to prove myself. I genuinely think they are inspiring and wonderful women. I’m really inspired by the style of Fiona of Cartolina in Nelson BC. I love the local flavor that Brick and Mortar Living has created, and I am in awe of the beauty in Lofty Living, both in New Westminister.
I find inspirations everywhere really. I have always had a love affair with vintage and rusty junk since I was a child. There is something about making beautiful things from junk that fills my soul. I have had a vision from the beginning, but as it has come to fruition, I really see myself coming through the space. From salvaged pallets to the chandelier that hangs above the Body Bar. Style is whatever fills your soul and beams into the world.
7. Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you so much for taking the time to ask about the shop and the core of my philosophy. I am beyond grateful for this journey and am so genuinely thankful for all the love and support I have received. I hope that I can send that love back into the universe and empower the women who live with daily self doubt and fear. It’s so easy to choose fear on this journey.
“I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.”
If you’re reading this, I’ve spoken at #pechakuchanw Vol. 8 and have hopefully enjoyed a glass of wine to sooth my nerves. I’ll post the recording of my presentation when I get my hands on it, but until then I’ve turned my key phrases into desktop wallpapers as free downloaded below.
Go to town downloading them and sharing them around.
eek! I’m so nervous and excited to be a presenter at Pecha Kucha Vol. 8 at the River Market, New Westminster this Friday, Feb 20, 2015.
Started in Tokyo in 2003 by Klein Dytham Architecture firm, a PechaKucha Night is a fun and unique night of local culture and entertainment. 10 presenters from a range of fields share their interesting projects, inspirations and passions. Presenters get just 20 images, which automatically advanced after 20 seconds each, making for a 6 minute and 40 second presentation of ideas and inspiration.
I’ll be sharing how I got to where I am today with some photos of the past, and some brand new illustrations.
For more info here is the event link.
Use this Eventbrite link for tickets.
Tickets will not be available at the door due to liquor licensing, so be sure to purchase a head of time.
I hope to see you there!
So you’re starting a business or updating your current one and you need a new logo.
You might be wondering what you send a designer to get started?
Here’s the list:
- all text you want included in the logo
- # of colors you would like, if color is preferred ( a black & white version is included with all color logos)
- your deadline
- your budget
- inspiration images
More on Inspiration
This is the most important step for, and I require it to gain a sense of the aesthetic wanted in the end result. Think of this as a visual list of Likes & Dislikes, there’s no better way for me to get an understanding of what you will love. Sharing what you don’t want can be as important as what you do.
I recommend using Pinterest to create a “branding inspiration” board. Include images of business cards, logos, packaging, photos that have colours you like, any websites that you like, your favourite home decor, photos of your own products and any things else that reads like your business in a photo.
Be sure to include comments about what you like and don’t like about each image. When you think you’ve represented yourself well, add me as a contributor or email me the link to your board.
Here some links to get you started
What Happens Next
After an initial email and a quick meeting to discuss your design inspiration, the rest of the processes typically looks like:
- 1st Review – Rough sketches of 2 logo designs, you pick one.
- 2nd Review – Digital logo design with variations and colour options. You pick what you like & request revisions.
- Final Logo files – You receive a folder of your logo in all the formats you would ever need, sized for print, web, social media and any other application you request.
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