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Earthy Decor Blog Post and Podcast

I am so delighted to share this podcast and blog post with you! Last year, I had the opportunity to chat with Shannon from Earthy Decor. She has put together an amazing blog and podcast on earth friendly lifestyles.

In this episode, we had a great time chatting about bees and business. Check out the blog post for the highlights of the podcast along with a few resources I shared.

The podcast is about an hour. Click here to listen! If you love this episode, be sure to check out the rest of her episodes. If you need more information, here’s the podcast description from her website:

Sick of negativity? Here, we focus on human connection, earth friendliness, sustainability, nature hotspots, and wellbeing. Listen from expert guests in various eco friendly specialities such as:

Minimalism, urban farming, aquaponics, tiny living, zero waste, nutrition, environmental health, and sustainability. I also talk to those that live alternative lifestyles (off of the grid, van life, and tree house dwellers.

Let’s restore nature, ourselves, and the world around us. Let’s be Earthy (Earth Friendly).

I for one love following her blog posts and listening to new episodes of the podcast! I hope you enjoy it too!

 

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Curated. Holiday Market 2017

 We were fortunate to be part of TWO weekends at Deerfoot City with Curated. Candace is such an amazing organizer and it’s a pleasure to be part of her events!

 

YYC Beeswax at Curated Weekend 2 at Deerfoot City 2017
YYC Beeswax at Curated Weekend 2 at Deerfoot City 2017
 
This weekend, our table was back to back with Lia and Brie. Melaine makes beautiful quilled art including cards and framed art.

 

Lia and Brie at Curated Weekend 2 at Deerfoot City 2017
Lia and Brie at Curated Weekend 2 at Deerfoot City 2017
 
I found it fascinating to watch her create designs on site. When I asked which card was Melaine’s favourite, this was her choice for the weekend:

 

Card by Lia and Brie at Curated Weekend 2 at Deerfoot City 2017
Card by Lia and Brie at Curated Weekend 2 at Deerfoot City 2017
 
This beautiful bird is a lot of work! These cards are available in her Etsy shop in blue, pink, red, or purple. Check it out for pictures of her blue and pink cards!
 
I bought two of Melaine’s beautiful cards – a snowman and an angel. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture! I mailed them off too quickly. That said, the recipients loved them! I’m sure these two designs will be back in stock for the holidays this year.
 
Thanks to Lia and Brie for being such a great booth neighbour. Huge thanks to Candace of Curated for putting together FOUR weeks of awesome at Deerfoot City. Special thanks to everyone who came out to support the local makers this holiday season!
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Artisan Winter Market 2017

It was a pleasure to return for another market organized by Frizzle’s Artisan Markets. Kayla always does such a wonderful job!

YYC Beeswax at Artisan Winter Market 2017
YYC Beeswax at Artisan Winter Market 2017

I was delighted to meet Kate from Sweet As Candy at this market. Her products are so fun!

Kate of Sweet As Candy at Artisan Winter Market 2017
Kate of Sweet As Candy at Artisan Winter Market 2017

Kate’s goal is to share her love for all things sparkly and bright (with a unicorn or two thrown in). Her favourite product of the day was the Over the Rainbow Foaming Sugar Scrub. Today’s scent was lemon sugar cookie. Mmmmm. Her love for fun definitely comes through on this one with the mix of vibrant colours.

Lemon Sugar Cookie Sugar Scrub by Sweet As Candy at Artisan Winter Market 2017
Lemon Sugar Cookie Sugar Scrub by Sweet As Candy at Artisan Winter Market 2017

I have a snowman lover in my family, so her Snowman Bombs caught my eye. So simple and adorable! The only problem is they are too cute to use!

Snowman Bomb by Sweet As Candy at Artisan Winter Market 2017
Snowman Bomb by Sweet As Candy at Artisan Winter Market 2017

Huge thanks to Frizzle’s Artisan Markets for organizing this event. It was a pleasure as always. Thank you to Sweet As Candy for having such a fun display to look at all day! Special thanks to everyone who came out to shop. Your support means so much!

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Make It! Calgary 2017

It was a bit of a crazy start to our holiday season due to the weather! Our first holiday market was Make It! Calgary. There were so many vendors!

 

YYC Beeswax at Make It! 2017
YYC Beeswax at Make It! 2017
One of the reasons I love the holiday season so much is because I get to decorate my setup! As a growing one person operation, November and December present a huge challenge. There are orders, markets, customer service, social media, and so many other things to do! Plus, my music life is usually quite busy too! For the last two years, I haven’t had a chance to decorate my house. Instead, my display gives me the opportunity to have some holiday decorating fun. This year, I added some snowflake lights, which I absolutely LOVE!

 

This market, I was fortunate to be across from Greg of Aspen Stone.

 

Greg of Aspenstone at Make It! 2017
Greg of Aspen Stone at Make It! 2017
Greg makes stunning shelves, tables, and food safe platters from deadfall aspen. He finds all the wood himself in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Beautiful slabs of slate complement the wood.

 

Shelf by Aspenstone at Make It! 2017
Shelf by Aspen Stone at Make It! 2017
 
This shelf was one of Greg’s favourites and it sold over the weekend!

 

Small Freestanding Shelf by Aspenstone at Make It! 2017
Small Freestanding Shelf by Aspen Stone at Make It! 2017
 
This small freestanding piece kept drawing my attention throughout the weekend. I love the colours!

 

Shelf by Aspenstone with Cinnamon Stick Candle at Make It! 2017
Shelf by Aspen Stone with Cinnamon Stick Candle at Make It! 2017
 
My small living space must reflect what I’m attracted to because this small shelf also caught my eye! These cinnamon stick candles debuted this weekend and I didn’t have a picture of them yet. Greg’s shelf was a perfect platform to showcase both beautiful pieces of work!
 
Thank you to the organizers of Make It! Calgary for all the work they put into the event. Huge thanks to Greg of Aspen Stone for the great conversations throughout the weekend and being a great across-the-aisle neighbour! Thanks also to everyone who came out to support the artisans. We couldn’t have events like this without you!
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Top 7 Stocking Stuffers of 2017

Top 7 Stocking Stuffers of 2017

I am NOT a winter person by any stretch of the imagination. However, I LOVE the holidays. To me, looking forward to Christmas means 2 less months of winter to endure. Or perhaps 3. It depends on the year whether I consider October winter. Anyway, back to Christmas! Stockings have always been a tradition in my family. It’s so much fun to shop for little treasures you know your family will enjoy! In this gift guide, I’m going to share with you my top 7 picks for stocking stuffers this year (in no particular order).

1. Lip Balm

Best Stocking Stuffers of 2017 - Lip Balm
Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 – Lip Balm

Here in southern Alberta, it gets pretty dry. A dry climate leads to dehydrated lips and that’s not fun at all! Save someone’s lips this holiday season with a regular or mini lip balm. Whichever size you choose, it’s a perfect stocking stuffer!

2. Beeswax Melts

Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 - Melts
Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 – Melts

Not everyone likes candles. We understand! If you’d still like to add some scent to your favourite space, melts are a great option. Our melts are made with all natural ingredients and scented with essential oils. That way, you won’t be giving any nasty chemicals for Christmas! Melts can be used in electric or candle powered warmers.

3. Lotion Bar

Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 - Lotion Bar
Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 – Lotion Bar

With lips taken care of with lip balm, give the gift of hydration for the rest of the body! This solid bar liquefies with body heat and friction so it can be spread over dry patches. For me, that would be pretty much everywhere this time of year… If your giftee is a big air traveller with no checked bags, these are perfect. They will appreciate saving precious space in their liquids bag for other goodies. The lotion bar is in a convenient tube so melting won’t make a mess at that hot winter destination!

4. 6 Pack of Beeswax Tealights

Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 - 6 Pack of Tealights
Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 – 6 Pack of Tealights

I love the ambiance candles create. I’m sure the candle lover in your life can relate! Tealights are perfect for casual and regular candle burners alike. They are small enough to fit anywhere and fit all sorts of occasions. Light them during a holiday get together, enjoy them with a good book, or use them for date night. Keep it simple with a set of natural tealights or have fun picking out a scent your giftee will love. They will have the best smelling stocking out!

5. Reusable Tea Bag

Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 - Reusable Tea Bags
Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 – Reusable Tea Bags

When the weather cools off, it’s time to drink even more hot beverages than usual. Our reusable tea bags are a perfect stocking stuffer for the loose leaf tea lover on your list. Pair a cup or pot size tea bag with some tea from Tearrific and you will be their new favourite person (if you aren’t already!). Some of this year’s favourites are Chai Biscotti, Mulled Cider, and Lavender Earl Grey.

6. Mini Taper Candles

Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 - Mini Tapers
Top Stocking Stuffers of 2017 – Mini Tapers

Mini tapers pack a big punch in a small package. How can you go wrong? They fit in a stocking, feature a fun honeycomb pattern, and are available in many colours. Your giftee will be delighted long after the gift is open. Give them a set of taper candle holders from your favourite potter to add the finishing touch to your gift.

7. An Experience

What better way to celebrate the holidays than to give the gift of time? They say good things come in small packages, but I think we can change it to GREAT! If your giftee is a maker and loves to learn new things, sign up for a workshop you can do together. It’s a fun excuse to get together after the holiday craziness is over. Everyone is so busy these days, spending time together is extra special!

Check out our upcoming workshops here. If you’d like to give a voucher for the workshop of your giftee’s choice, contact us and we’ll make it happen.

BONUS 8. Gift Certificate

If all else fails, you can’t go wrong with a gift certificate!


Remember that gift giving is supposed to be FUN not stressful. My favourite strategy to keeping it fun is to shop early and often. Picking up little things here and there throughout the year reduces your stress level as the holidays approach.

All the best to you and yours this holiday season. Happy shopping!

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The New Earth Expo 2017

One of the new markets we tried this year was The New Earth Expo. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect although I thought the environment would be fun. I wasn’t disappointed!

YYC Beeswax at The New Earth Expo 2017
YYC Beeswax at The New Earth Expo 2017

After a few mishaps, everything was ready to go for the weekend. I was excited to debut my chakra candles and gift sets.

Once everything was set up, it was a pleasure to meet my booth neighbour Cornelia from StarSeeds of Grace. Not only does she make beautiful jewellery, she is also an energy healer.

StarSeeds of Grace at The New Earth Expo 2017
StarSeeds of Grace at The New Earth Expo 2017

Cornelia’s work is absolutely stunning. She works with copper and silver in sacred geometries. She also integrates crystalline energy with crystals, minerals, and meteorites.

Pendant by StarSeeds of Grace at The New Earth Expo 2017
Pendant by StarSeeds of Grace at The New Earth Expo 2017

When I asked her which piece was her current favourite, she picked this white beauty.

One of my favourite pieces was a black pearl pendant, which I forgot to take a picture of :'( I ended up buying one of her beautiful halos though.

Thank you to the organizers of The New Earth Expo. Thanks to Cornelia of StarSeeds of Grace for being such a wonderful booth neighbour. Huge thanks to everyone who came out to support all of us at the expo. Look forward to seeing you again next year!

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Etsy Calgary: Made in Canada 2017

It’s always a pleasure to be part of Etsy Calgary events and this time was no different! They are well organized and I know there are going to be amazing people there.

YYC Beeswax at Etsy Calgary: Made in Canada 2017
YYC Beeswax at Etsy Calgary: Made in Canada 2017

I enjoyed catching up with the vendors I already knew and meeting new ones. One of the new people I met is Jenny from Hop & Flop.

Hop & Flop at Etsy Calgary: Made in Canada 2017
Hop & Flop at Etsy Calgary: Made in Canada 2017

From art to put on your wall to calendars and cards, Jenny hand paints each design. She started out by creating custom illustrated cards for friends and family. The reactions from friends and family were positive. Jenny decided she needed to share her talents with the world. I’m so glad she did!

Calendar by Hop & Flop at Etsy Calgary: Made in Canada 2017
Calendar by Hop & Flop at Etsy Calgary: Made in Canada 2017

When I asked her what her current favourite product is, she picked this wall calendar. Adorable!

Bee Canvas by Hop & Flop at Etsy Calgary: Made in Canada 2017
Bee Canvas by Hop & Flop at Etsy Calgary: Made in Canada 2017

As I was looking through all her cute cards and canvasses, I spotted this bee canvas and had to share it.

Thank you to the organizers at Etsy Calgary for putting on yet another wonderful event. How can you go wrong with a fun environment and great people? Thank you to Hop & Flop and Emm and Skootch for being great booth neighbours. Huge thanks to everyone who came out to support the local artisans.

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Curated. Pop Up Celebrating Rosso’s 10th Anniversary

Do you love supporting local? We do! We were delighted to help support both Curated and Rosso in a pop up. Rosso is celebrating 10 years in business and Curated is getting ready for the holiday market season (already!).

YYC Beeswax at the Curated Pop Up for Rosso's 10th Anniversary Celebration
YYC Beeswax at the Curated Pop Up for Rosso’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

I have never been to this Rosso location and absolutely LOVED the building and the space we were in for the day. The weather was gorgeous, and we had a pleasurable day out in the sun despite the wasps.

I had the pleasure of having a space beside Jacqui from Revive Leatherworks for the day. Jacqui is a self-taught seamstress. She makes beautiful, functional leather bags out of old leather garments and upholstery. I love the story behind her work!

Revive Leatherworks at the Curated Pop Up for Rosso's 10th Anniversary Celebration
Revive Leatherworks at the Curated Pop Up for Rosso’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

Each piece Jacqui makes is unique and it’s hard to pick a favourite. That said, this piece is one of Jacqui’s favourites.

Bag by Revive Leatherworks at the Curated Pop Up for Rosso's 10th Anniversary Celebration
Bag by Revive Leatherworks at the Curated Pop Up for Rosso’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

I had a hard time picking a favourite, but this one caught my eye. According to Jacqui, it gets a lot of attention!

Bag by Revive Leatherworks at the Curated Pop Up for Rosso's 10th Anniversary Celebration
Bag by Revive Leatherworks at the Curated Pop Up for Rosso’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

Thank you to Jacqui for being a wonderful booth neighbour for the day. I am looking forward to seeing her again at the Curated Christmas markets. There are FOUR weekends of handmade awesomeness at Deerfoot City this fall. There’s no excuse to miss it 😉 We’ll be there the weekends of December 1 and December 15. Thank you to Candace from Curated for organizing this pop up. Congratulations to Rosso on ten years in business! Thank you to everyone who came out to support all the local businesses as well.

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Made in Calgary Pop Up Shop at the Calgary International Airport 2017

Calgary is a great community to start a business. Since starting YYC Beeswax, I have felt welcomed by local businesses and business owners. I am fortunate to learn from many of the amazing people here. I’m also glad I can give back by supporting those who are starting their journeys.

When I first heard of the Made in Calgary Spot the Dot campaign, I was intrigued. If you haven’t heard of it yet, look for the red dots around town. Businesses put a red Made in Calgary sticker in their windows to help shoppers shop local. It’s a great idea, and I love looking for the red dots when I’m out and about.

Made in Calgary
Spot the dot! Made in Calgary
 
Last Christmas, I contributed to the Made in Calgary campaign supporting the EvenStart Foundation. EvenStart provides support for young children in at-risk environments. Their goal is to provide the means for these children to realize their full potential. We had fun raising funds to support this great cause!

EvenStart Logo

The fun continued with Made in Calgary as they launched Bootkik, which includes the new podcast. The podcast features wise words from local business owners in Calgary. I enjoy listening in each week. It’s great to learn about other local businesses and take a few nuggets away to help me build YYC Beeswax.

 
In July this year, Made in Calgary ran a pop up shop at the Calgary International Airport. I was fortunate to be one of the 22 businesses participating in this unprecedented event. I spent a few hours running the counter at the shop. It was a ton of fun chatting with travelers before they went through security. Although we were in the domestic terminal, people from around the world were stopping by.
YYC Beeswax at Made in Calgary Pop Up Shop at Calgary International Airport 2017
YYC Beeswax at Made in Calgary Pop Up Shop at Calgary International Airport 2017
Huge thanks to Made in Calgary team for organizing this! It was no walk in the park to organize, and I loved being part of the adventure. 

 

Thank you once more for all you do Made in Calgary! I can’t wait to work together again!
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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!