I had a business meeting recently and at the end my colleague asked, ‘So what’s new with you?’
I said soccer, gardening, and my love of the sun are keeping things humming along at home these days. That and a little trip with my kiddo and mom off-island for Mother’s Day.
“When is Mother’s Day again?” A slightly panicked tone sailed out his lips.
“This Sunday!” I grinned watching him squirm as only a forgetful dad can.
“Thanks friend. Seriously, thank you,” he said as he walked away.
If you’re looking for a fabulous gift for your mama, baby mama, baby mama-to-be or step-mama then Etsy is a fabulous place to start. Not to sound like a broken record for all of you who have been reading Anchors+Proteas for a while, but locally made, indie small businesses specializing in handmade goods are the BEST. On a holiday that’s full of gratitude and love, why turn to places like Hallmark and Walmart when you can nab a handmade treasure from a maker.
When was the last time you bought something from a person who actually made the thing you bought? As in with their own hands?
This is a question I think about often before making a gift purchase. Whether I’m looking for my son, my partner, my family or friends, I often try to include at least one handmade item in the package. Small Business Saturday is the one day a year we can all ponder this question and put our money where our thoughts are: from our wallet into that of a small or indie business person.
To celebrate Small Biz Saturday I’ve curated a rad little list of Etsy finds that are the perfect gifts for travellers, lovers of art and wearers of bling. Best of all? They’re all based in BC, even a couple from Haida Gwaii (including Oceans of Yarn, my shop, see here), so happy browsing….
Have you ever started a creative endeavour that you can’t stop? That you think about in the shower or when you’re about to fall asleep or when you see a certain colour on a beach walk? Yep. That’s me for the last few months. So Oceans of Yarn was born.
That dreaded time of year is around the corner. I’m not talking about speedo-swimming-trunks-bikini shopping season. Nope. This is even more difficult: Valentine’s Day. Like eating Brussels Sprouts, there are two camps when it comes to V-day: lovers and haters. This usually has something to do with whether or not you’re in love or you’re out of love.
My partner and I aren’t a super Valentine’s Day gifty couple, our gift giving tends to focus on experiences more than things. But if we won the Lotto Max tomorrow, besides picking up and buying a cinnamon plantation on Zanzibar, I would love to give or receive any or all of the items on my Valentine’s Day gift list below. I’ve split the Valentine’s goodies into For Real (affordable), Swoon (awesome) and Dream (luxury) categories.
And as a happy Valentine’s Day or Anti-Valentine’s Day to you all dear readers, I’m also offering up a giveaway. Scroll down for details about how you can win a copy of Canadian Poet Susan Musgrave’s A Taste of Haida Gwaii from Whitecap Books.