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Millarville Farmers’ Market June 2017

 I am so excited to be at Millarville Farmers’ Market this summer! It’s wonderful to get out of the city for a day. The drive is beautiful both ways and it’s fun to take in a hike on the way home.
YYC Beeswax at Millarville Farmers' Market June 2017
YYC Beeswax at Millarville Farmers’ Market June 2017
I have been very impressed with my experiences with the market from day 1. The new vendor orientation was invaluable for me information-wise. As an added bonus, I happened to meet fellow vendor Claire from Dogton Abbey. We had a great conversation at orientation. When the first market day came, we were at the market for the first time together! It was wonderful to see her friendly face again.
Dogton Abbey at Millarville Farmers' Market June 2017
Dogton Abbey at Millarville Farmers’ Market June 2017
 
Claire makes absolutely beautiful dog cookies and bandannas. Although pets aren’t permitted at the market, I’m certain there were many spoiled pooches after. Claire makes her cookies in small batches. She can even customize recipes to fit the special dietary needs of your pet. Although Claire is based out of Okotoks, you can find her products at Doodle Dogs here in Calgary.
Bandanna by Dogton Abbey at Millarville Farmers' Market June 2017
Bandanna by Dogton Abbey at Millarville Farmers’ Market June 2017
 
Claire’s bandannas are also lovely. I particularly love her plaid patterns.
Bandanna by Dogton Abbey at Millarville Farmers' Market June 2017
Bandanna by Dogton Abbey at Millarville Farmers’ Market June 2017
What a great look for your favourite furry friend after a haircut or to keep them warm when the weather is cooler! Can you picture it?

I can’t wait to be back at Millarville next month for rodeo weekend! Thanks to Millarville Farmers’ Market for putting on such a great market. Thank you to all my fellow vendors including Claire from Dogton Abbey for being so welcoming and supportive. Thank you to the market attendees for supporting local. We couldn’t run our businesses without you!
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Summer Curated 2017

I was excited to be part of Curated for the first time this weekend!

YYC Beeswax at Summer Curated 2017
YYC Beeswax at Summer Curated 2017

If you recall, we participated in the pop up awhile back. It was a pleasure to reconnect with all the makers from there! This weekend, it was wonderful to meet a new maker – Brent from Khaos Theory Leather. Brent and his wife add an artistic touch to their leatherwork.

Khaos Theory Leather at Summer Curated 2017
Khaos Theory Leather at Summer Curated 2017

With dyes, carving, and hand stitching, a lot of work goes into their beautiful products! Their handmade shoes garnered a lot of attention throughout the weekend. That said, Brent mentioned the hats were his favourite. I loved this mountain piece!

Hat by Khaos Theory Leather at Summer Curated 2017
Hat by Khaos Theory Leather at Summer Curated 2017

I am looking forward to seeing Khaos Theory Leather again at the Brooks Medieval Faire in August!

And now for our long list of thank yous! First, thank you to everyone who came out this weekend to shop. I believe I can speak on behalf of the makers when I say we value your support. Events like this wouldn’t happen without you! Thank you to Khoas Theory Leather for being great booth neighbours. Thanks to Candace for her amazing organization of this event. Huge thanks to all the helpers who made the event run smoothly. I can’t wait until the next Curated market!

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Inglewood Night Market June 2017

Let’s put this out there – I love outdoor markets. When the weather is bad, however, they can be a nightmare! Setting up for last weekend’s Inglewood Night Market was a bit of a challenge with the gusting winds. Putting up a tent and putting a tablecloth on a table is quite interesting when the wind isn’t behaving 🙂 Picture this: tents trying to fly away and tablecloths blowing away as one tries to get weights on them. I’m sure the process was very amusing for anyone watching. I am delighted to say the wind finally did calm down and we had quite a pleasant evening!

YYC Beeswax and Hillcrest Naturals at Inglewood Night Market June 2017
YYC Beeswax and Hillcrest Naturals at Inglewood Night Market June 2017
YYC Beeswax at Inglewood Night Market June 2017
YYC Beeswax at Inglewood Night Market June 2017

I was delighted to have Steph from Hillcrest Naturals along for another evening. We hadn’t seen each other in awhile. It was a pleasure to reconnect! 

Hillcrest Naturals at Inglewood Night Market June 2017
Hillcrest Naturals at Inglewood Night Market June 2017

While we were waiting hopefully for the wind to die down, I chatted a bit with Denise. She is the talent behind Hofer Handmade. Once we were set up, I headed over to take a look at what she creates. Denise makes beautiful necklaces and bracelets for men and women alike. 

Denise from Hofer Handmade at Inglewood Night Market June 2017
Denise from Hofer Handmade at Inglewood Night Market June 2017

I asked her to share her favourite pieces with me and she pointed out this tray of gorgeous bracelets. It took a bit of patience to get this shot when her sign wasn’t casting a shadow.

Bracelets by Hofer Handmade
Bracelets by Hofer Handmade

There were a ton of fantastic vendors, great entertainment, and lots of food trucks. Huge thanks to everyone who came out to the market. It’s a great way to spend an evening. Thank you also to Hofer Handmade for being an awesome booth neighbour, Hillcrest Naturals for sharing our space, and the organizers for putting on such a fun event. I’m already looking forward to July’s night market

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Summer Curated Pop Up 2017

I’ve never done a pop up before and I have to say the Curated pop up at Rosso Coffee Roasters  in the National Music Centre (NMC) was a BLAST! It was a pleasure to get to know the other makers and Candace, who is the fabulous organizer of the Curated events! Since this was such a small market, I am delighted to introduce you to all the makers. Well, I’ll introduce 3 new makers and re-introduce a fourth.

I haven’t talked much about the behind-the-scenes of putting together my booth (I’ll have to do that in another blog post!). Let’s just say my goal was to make transport of everything and setup as easy as possible. Making one trip from the car – success! The display looked pretty good too!

YYC Beeswax at Curated Pop Up Summer 2017
YYC Beeswax at Curated Pop Up Summer 2017

This was the first time I was in the new NMC building and they did a fabulous job! I visited NMC in their old location taking advantage of their Thursday evening tour. I was blown away by their tour and recommend taking the time to visit. One of these days I will check out the new facility as well. I’m also excited CKUA has found a Calgary home across the street from Rosso as well. So much amazing music culture in one small area!

The first maker I’d like to introduce was one of my booth neighbours for the day – Sara of Sara Girletz Art! This lovely maker (inside and out!) makes beautiful mixed media art. It was a delight to meet a fellow small town Alberta native (she’s from Oyen). My photography skills are clearly on par here capturing her with her eyes closed – sorry Sara!

Sara of Sara Girletz Art at Curated Pop Up Summer 2017
Sara of Sara Girletz Art at Curated Pop Up Summer 2017

I asked Sara to share one of her favourite pieces and she shared this treasure with me. The colours and textures are lovely! The floral motif is my favourite part.

Piece by Sara Girletz Art at Curated Pop Up Summer 2017
Piece by Sara Girletz Art at Curated Pop Up Summer 2017

The next maker (or should I said makers) at the event were Shon and Evan of ManDay Grooming Co. These fine fellows make all their own product here in Calgary and are fairly new to the scene. 

Shon and Evan from ManDay Grooming Co at Curated Pop Up Summer 2017
Shon and Evan from ManDay Grooming Co at Curated Pop Up Summer 2017

It was hard to come up with a favourite product because they use what they make and love it all. In the end, they chose to feature their pomade and conditioner (the picture of the conditioner didn’t turn out, so just head over to their website for a peek!).

Pomade by ManDay Grooming Co at Curated Pop Up Summer 2017
Pomade by ManDay Grooming Co at Curated Pop Up Summer 2017

The third new maker I met was Matthew from MiniMeYYC. Another new maker to the scene, Matthew makes beautiful shelving. I love the variety of shapes including mountains, teepees, hexagons, and more! Can you guess which is my favourite? The hexagons of course!

Matthew of MiniMeYYC at Curated Pop Up Summer 2017
Matthew of MiniMeYYC at Curated Pop Up Summer 2017

Matthew’s favourite piece was a stunning shelf that didn’t quite work for a picture. It was a bit too big to be wielding around the coffee shop. Instead, we made do with this beautiful mountain piece with hooks (buy it here).

Mountain Hook by MiniMeYYC at Curated Pop Up Summer 2017
Mountain Hook by MiniMeYYC at Curated Pop Up Summer 2017

Last but not least, Gabriela from RED Paper Boutique was the final maker at the pop up. If you recall from a previous blog post, I met Gabriela at the Etsy Calgary Christmas market. We bonded over burning candles because the heaters weren’t working. It was a pleasure to see her again!

Gabriela of RED Paper Boutique at Curated Pop Up Summer 2017
Gabriela of RED Paper Boutique at Curated Pop Up Summer 2017

Gabriela brought a ton of amazing cards and prints as usual. Mother’s Day was pretty much at hand, so she chose to feature this Father’s Day gem. You can grab this one in time for Father’s Day at Curated (Father’s Day is June 18) or online.

Father's Day Card by RED Paper Boutique at Curated Pop Up Summer 2017
Father’s Day Card by RED Paper Boutique at Curated Pop Up Summer 2017

You can find all the makers here and more at the upcoming Curated event on June 16-17. Huge thanks to Rosso for hosting our pop up, Candace for organizing, the makers for being awesome, and everyone who stopped by to support local! See you at Curated in June!

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Soothe Your Soul 2017

It was an absolute pleasure to be part of the first Soothe Your Soul Haysboro market. It was amazing how much was packed into the day. From kid-friendly projects to lectures on health and wellness (and more!), there was something for everyone. I was delighted to bring out the candle making gear for the first time this year.

YYC Beeswax at Soothe Your Soul 2017
YYC Beeswax at Soothe Your Soul 2017

As the pre-event features were coming out, the chocolate vendor caught my eye (shocking right?). I was delighted to be across the aisle from ShawZ Chocolate on market day! Ian makes his chocolate from scratch with goat milk.

Ian of ShawZ Chocolate at Soothe Your Soul 2017
Ian showing off his amazing goat milk chocolate.

I had the pleasure of trying out the dark chocolate and white chocolate. The white chocolate has cocoa nibs giving it a bit of a cookies and cream bent. I love cocoa nibs, but I’m not a big fan of white chocolate. I tried it out and was pleasantly surprised although the dark chocolate was definitely the winner for me. However, Ian had two more goodies on the table – organic mangos dipped in dark chocolate and coconut butter cups.

Chocolate Dipped Organic Mangos from ShawZ Chocolate
Chocolate Dipped Organic Mangos from ShawZ Chocolate

I snagged one of each to take home for later (plus a dark chocolate bar). They are long gone now, but I have to say they were definitely worth it! 

Huge thanks to Lisa for organizing the event and all of the volunteers who made it happen. Thanks also to the lovely vendors who showcased their beautiful work. Finally, thank you to everyone who came out to shop and support the Haysboro Elementary School.

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Makers of Alberta Spring 2017

This weekend we were at two markets. The weekend started off in Airdrie at the Apple Creek Golf Course for the inaugural Makers of Alberta market! I made a few changes to the display to accommodate the brand new gift sets in time for Mother’s Day.

YYC Beeswax at Makers of Alberta Spring 2017
YYC Beeswax at Makers of Alberta Spring 2017

Since discovering lemongrass, I’ve been slightly obsessed with it. This may be apparent with the spa gift sets I made for Mother’s Day. Each gift set contains a 6 pack of lemongrass tealights, 2 lemongrass votives, 3 mini lemongrass bath bombs, and a spa water recipe book. It’s everything you need for a delightful spa experience (except the bath of course 🙂 )

Lemongrass Spa Gift Set
Lemongrass Spa Gift Set

I was delighted to connect with some people I’ve seen on Instagram people. One of those was Elena from Boston Creative Co. She does absolutely beautiful work! Such talent! 

Elena of Boston Creative Co at Makers of Alberta Spring 2017
Elena of Boston Creative Co at Makers of Alberta Spring 2017

After I finished looking at her lovely work, I asked Elena what her favourite pieces were. She immediately highlighted her wood burned spoons. What a perfect Mother’s Day gift!

Boston Creative Co at Makers of Alberta Spring 2017
Beautiful spoons made by Boston Creative Co at Makers of Alberta Spring 2017

I have to say her bamboo clothespins caught my eye. The painting is absolutely adorable! As a musician, I would LOVE to use this on my music when I’m playing outside. Cute to look at and functional too.

Painted Bamboo Clothespins from Boston Creative Co
Painted Bamboo Clothespins from Boston Creative Co

Thank you to Brittany for all the hard work she put in to make this market a reality! It was a pleasure to be part of the event. Thanks also to all the other vendors and everyone who came out to shop! We couldn’t do it without your support.

 

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Artisan Spring Market 2017

This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the second event organized by Frizzles Artisan Markets. Although it was cold, it was still an amazing day!

YYC Beeswax at the Artisan Spring Market 2017
YYC Beeswax at the Artisan Spring Market 2017

It was a delight to debut 3 new products and a packaging update:

I think the new tealight packaging is a huge improvement! I absolutely love it!

Star Beeswax Tealights
Star Beeswax Tealights

I had the privilege of being placed between two amazing vendors – Soul Gardens and mixed media artist Karen Riley. It was Karen’s very first market!

Karen of Heartful Distractions at the Artisan Spring Market 2017
Karen of Heartful Distractions at the Artisan Spring Market 2017

I absolutely loved all of Karen’s pieces, so I left it up to her to share her favourite piece with us. Unfortunately, that one has a special place at her home, so we don’t get to see it. However, the next best is this amazing sculpture:

 

The picture just doesn’t do it justice! If you have an opportunity to see her art in person, don’t miss it!

I have to say her steampunk hearts really caught my eye. That said, it would have been extremely hard to choose just one piece as everything was so beautiful.

Thank you to Kayla for organizing another fantastic event, Soul Gardens and Karen for being amazing booth neighbours, and all the new and not-so-new faces at the market! I’m looking forward to being back in Inglewood for the night markets this summer and for the Winter Artisan Market. Our next market is the Makers of Alberta Spring Market in Airdrie. Hope to see you there!

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Unique Wedding Favours

4 Unique Wedding Favour Ideas

It’s finally happening… You’re getting married! You’ve already taken the first step in the journey to your big day, and a lot will happen between now and then. Whether you’re hiring someone to take care of  some or all of the details for you or you’re doing it all yourself, there are so many choices to be made. From choosing a venue to the guest list to making sure your picky great-aunt is kept happy, the list can seem endless. Today, we’ll share with you some ideas for unique wedding favour ideas. We’re including ready-made options as well as more hands-on projects for the crafty people out there.

Custom favours are a great way to share a bit of your personality with guests. Many artisans are happy to customize their products for your big day. You can often choose fonts, colours, and sizes, so don’t be afraid to ask your favourite artisan if they can do some custom work for you.

Table Settings

Who said favours are just for guests to take home? Get twice the value by using them as place cards for the tables. Customize your favour with the guest’s name. You could even personalize the thank you!

Mason Jar Beeswax Candle Wedding Favours
Mason Jar Beeswax Candle Wedding Favours

 

Centerpieces

Choose favours that can be set up as attractive centerpieces for the table. That way, they will be out of the way while your guests enjoy their meal and there is less for you to clean up later! Just make sure guests know they should take one before leaving at the end of the night.

Martha Stewart Potted Plant Take-Home Centerpiece Idea
Martha Stewart Potted Plant Take-Home Centerpiece Idea

Click here for the tutorial from Martha Stewart. These would be fantastic with bee-friendly plants. Your guests can support local bee populations AND enjoy the lovely blooms long after your wedding.

Something Useful

Think about weddings you’ve been to and what you’ve enjoyed receiving (if they did favours). Consumables tend to go over well as the guests can enjoy them without cluttering up their house. Here are some custom labelled lip balms I made for a wedding:


I think they turned out fantastic!

Just because you are giving something useful doesn’t mean it has to be run-of-the mill. There are many options out there to come up with a creative twist that can still be useful!

Double Heart Beeswax Candle
Natural beeswax double heart shaped candle. Approximately tealight sized. Customization available.

DIY

What better way to show your guests just how much you appreciate them than by making your own favours? Depending on your idea, this approach is not for the faint of heart; however, you can make it easier by enlisting some help. Organize a crafting session with friends or those who may be interested from the wedding party. This is a great opportunity to enjoy friends and family while getting some work done! Take it one step further and organize a potluck or order in pizza and make an afternoon or evening of it.

These tips can help make your crafting session run smoother:

  • Make sure you know what you want the end result to look like. Even better, have some samples for your helpers to reference while they work
  • Prepare as much as you can in advance. Make sure you have enough materials
  • It helps if each person picks only one task (for example, cutting ribbon or tags) and moves on to another only once they are finished. It’s more efficient, and the teamwork is part of the fun!

If you’re interested in making something yourself but aren’t quite sure where to start, look for local places that offer workshops for something you’d like to make for a favour. Contact the organizer to see if they will run a private workshop for your group. They should be able to assist you in making sure you have enough materials and the skills to complete your project. Depending how many favours you need and how many people you can recruit to help, you may not be able to complete everything during the workshop itself, so be sure to find out what support the organizer can give  you post-workshop to ensure everything gets done!

Candle Making Workshop Participant
Showing off some newly made rolled beeswax candles.

Rolled Beeswax Wedding Favour

For more inspiration, check out our wedding Pinterest board. We’re also happy to discuss custom wedding favours or assist you in making your own. Contact us today for more information.

All the best in planning your wedding!

 

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Beeswax Paw Wax

Do you have pets? Have you seen this video on Facebook?

It’s been quite popular. If you’re interested in giving it a try, we have some great resources on where to get the ingredients locally:

Beeswax – we have 1lb blocks and 0.3oz blocks or contact your favourite beekeeper
Coconut oil – try your favourite grocery store. I’ve seen it at Superstore, Costco, Co-op, and more
Calendula oil – try Soap and More or substitute olive oil
Avocado oil – try your favourite grocery store or Soap and More

If DIY isn’t really your thing, let us know and we’ll make some for you!