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Friday Features - 03/06/20

Happy Friday Everyone! We’ve entered the first week of March and Winter seems to be competing with Spring. Whether it is grey outside or showing signs of the spring sun, we've been able to keep our spirits high by focusing on all the bright and colourful goodies we have in stock! Here’s a round-up of what we've been featuring on social media this past week!

Handmade Togo Mugs by Slightly Irregular
Chelsea Legge, of Slightly Irregular Ceramics, has been in to restock our shelves with her amazing work! Sea monster to-go mugs have been topped off and are back with additional colours. These whimsical pieces, along with the rest of her collection, are made from red earthenware from Lantz, Nova Scotia. Aside from the two sizes of to-go mugs featured here, Chelsea makes everyday objects ranging from mugs, bowls, planters, berry baskets and egg holders! Feel free to stop by to admire them in person!

Dried Flower Steam Kits by Fieldhouse Handmade
If you’re really missing the flowers of spring & summer, these floral facial kits, made in Wolfville by Fieldhouse Handmade, could be the perfect remedy for you! Just mix them in a bowl of steaming water then carefully drape a towel over your head and bowl to let the floral-infused steam gently purify and cleanse your pores! It also works great if you want to treat yourself to a luxurious flower petal bath to combat winter blues - what better time to pamper yourself?

Floral Felt Hoop Art by The Yellow Birdhouse
We’ve been long time fans of these felt floral hoops by Laura of the Yellow Birdhouse. They are a great way to introduce a pop of colour in your home without taking up too much space! Made from a variety of different fabric and wool felt, they’re soft yet cheerful and compliment pretty much any wall. The selection of colours and designs for these pieces changes depending on what material is available/inspiring to the artist, so it's best to visit our Halifax store regularly to see what's in stock.

Flower Arranging Print by Sarah Duggan
How dreamy is this flower arranging print by Sarah Duggan? This 8x10” print, part of the “Women Who Make” series, is so much more than just a beautiful image, it’s a wonderful representation of community, friendship, and sharing space with one another. This print can be found online or in our Halifax shop! Additional prints from the series can also be found in-store!

Gems of Nova Scotia Print by On Paper Prints
Made in Cape Breton by the fantastic “On Paper Prints”, this 8x10” Illustrated map of the counties of Nova Scotia depicted as gemstones includes Annapolis County, Guysborough County, Cumberland County, Yarmouth County, Pictou County, Antigonish County, Cape Breton County, Inverness County, Halifax County, Lunenburg County, Colchester County, Victoria County, Queens County, Hants County, Shelburne County, Digby County, Richmond County and Kings County. Available in-store or online, it is a great way to show some unique local pride on your walls!

Beeswax Food Wraps
The beeswax food wraps by Hive to Home NS are available in loads of fun fabrics along with a variety of shapes/sizes to seal/protect everything from keeping your toothbrush clean to transporting snacks or keeping leftovers fresh! Handmade in Nova Scotia using beeswax from the Annapolis Valley, these beeswax food wraps are a sustainable alternative to plastic wrap. Come visit our Halifax store to see the full selection of what’s available!

Collage Lobster Print by Angela Doak
This Lobster print, by Angela Doak, is a perfect combination of nautical & colourful. A digital print of an original paper collage created from tiny paper cut-outs from magazines and craft paper, the image is unique and captivating. It can also be oriented horizontally or vertically, making it a great fit as part of a series or gallery wall. Available in-store or online!

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Friday Features - 02/28/20

Happy Friday Everyone! There may be a spot of grey weather going on in Halifax this week, but we have plenty of colour and brightness here at Inkwell! If you’re trying to combat the late winter dreariness, it's worth coming for a visit. Those who would rather stay warm & cozy at home can always take a look at our online store as well! Here’s what we’ve featured this week on social media.

handmade carryall bag by Frankie & Coco
We still have a couple of these stunning Frankie & Coco convertible bags in stock. Made with love in Portland, OR, these multi-functional bags are both beautiful and ready for anything your day throws at you. They are cleverly designed with subtle snaps on the side so you can easily convert the style of bag to meet your needs. From trendy carryall to spacious tote, they are able to carry lots without appearing oversized or overloaded - the sturdy canvas lining and reinforced leather straps make them durable as well! Feel free to stop in to see them in person, or let us know if you’d like to explore shipping options, as there are only a few left!

handmade Halifax embroidery by Katiebette
Have you had a chance to check out all the goodies in our Halifax-Dartmouth Themed section online yet? The winter-long Handmade Halifax special is still ongoing! Every Monday through the winter, you can save 15% off when you buy 2 or more items from our Halifax-Dartmouth themed collection in our online store! The discount will be applied automatically at Checkout. This Halifax hoop embroidery, by the fantastic Katie of Katiebette, is just one of the many things you can find on there.

Pancake Catnip Toys by Mini Tiger Designs
Whether it’s Pancake Tuesday or Taco Tuesday, no cat should be left out! These handmade catnip toys from Jenna of Mini Tiger Designs are a feline-favourite here at Inkwell. Made from eco-friendly felt and curiously strong certified organic catnip, they make for a perfect gift for cats and cat lovers. A wide variety of food and animal shapes are available in the store!

Handmade Prints and Planters, Tegan Thomas, Jaw Pottery, Tessaramics
We’ve got all sorts of handmade options for home decor in-store right now! Not only have we added the beautiful seal print by Tegan Thomas Illustration to our online store, but we were also just topped up with more delightful pottery from both Tessaramics (cat planter) and Jaw Pottery (Pink splash planter) - new designs are available for both in-store now! Continue reading

Consignment Call!

consignment call for handmadeWe're seeking handmade products by artists who make a variety of items including greeting cards, gifts, pantry items, jewelry, apothecary and homewares.

Currently, we're looking for items specific to Easter, Mother's Day Father's Day, graduation and/or spring and summer themed.

Visit our consignment page for details!

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Friday Features - 02/14/20

Happy Friday everyone! Today’s the day! Valentine’s day is finally here, and all week we have been featuring cards and treats for the special people in your life. If you haven’t made it out for your cards yet, fear not! We still have plenty of cards ranging from sassy to sappy in stock. If you’re pressed for time, we also have a great selection listed online, you can pay ahead of time and we’ll have it ready for you, just remember to hit “Local Pickup” at checkout!

Local Love Card by Rhubarb Paper Co
It can be palentine’s, galentine’s, valentine’s or whatever else you’d like. It’s always great to show your appreciation to any person in your life. Anita, of Rhubarb Paper Co, designs all sorts of cards to get the point across with equal parts humour and sentiment. Her “Overreact with” card, featured here, could apply to partner, parent, friend or whoever else! We carry a selection of Anita’s cards in store but also online as well!

Local Grey's Anatomy Quote Card by Better Left Said
Another popular choice to express appreciation to that special, and specific, someone in your life is this “You’re My Person” (quote from Grey's Anatomy) card designed by the talented hand-lettering artist Sam Shannon of Better Left Said. It’s the perfect card to show your future accomplice how much you mean to them. Available in-store and online.

X-file Letterpress printed card by Inkwell Originals
We've got the perfect cards for your fellow X-Files fan (X-phile), partner in crime or significant other. The Mulder & Scully series, by our in house brand Inkwell Originals, makes for fantastic valentine choice if you want to add a little sci-fi flavour to your card selection. Both Mulder to Scully and Scully to Mulder are fully stocked in-store and online.

Local & Canadian Love Cards by Arquoise Design, Jay-bee Design, Little Foible
If you’re looking for specifically local or Canadian made valentine choices, we still have plenty! Including these new designs by Tina of Arquoise Design, Jaclyn of Jaybee Design, and Colleen of Little Foible! All are fabulous and available in the shop.

Letterpress Printed Love Cards by Ink Meets Paper, Violet Press, Fugu Fugu Press
While expanding our love selection online, we decided to include these incredible letterpress printed, and somewhat specific, cards by Ink Meets Paper, Vi of Violet Press, and Fugu Fugu Press. They are all available now and just might be the perfect card you were looking for!

Handmade Cupcake Mugs by Marla Benton
We also have a new mug debut by Marla Benton this week! These fun & functional mugs are actually a collaboration from Marla and her 8-year-old daughter, Juniper, who designed the cupcake decals on them! They’re colourful, well made and sweet on so many levels! Come check them out in-store.

Handmade Aromatherapy Shower Steamers by The Bath Bomb Company
Our newest arrival are these vibrant and amazingly smelling shower steamers made in Canada by the Bath Bomb Company. What are shower steamers? They’re essentially a perfectly-portioned bath bomb product that can be used in showers and for face steams. There are 3 recommended ways to use them, First, dampen and place on the ledge in the shower away from direct water flow. Let the aroma release slowly as you shower. When you are almost done, place the steamer in the palm of your hand, hold close to your face and enjoy the aromatherapy. Second, place in a bowl of hot, steaming water, lean over the bowl with a towel over your head to enjoy the aroma of the essential oils. And finally, as a mini bath bomb!
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Friday Features - 01/31/20

Happy Friday everyone! It's the last day of January and we've got love on the brain...and not just for Valentine's Day - for our city of Halifax/Dartmouth along with the birds in our backyard too!

Valentine's Day and Galentine's Day are fast approaching and there are so many fantastic handmade love cards to choose from in our Halifax store!

local valentines
These 4 bestsellers are locally made by Crystal of Hello Sweetie Design, Sam of Better Left Said, Anita of Rhubarb Paper Co. and Jill of Jill & Jack Paper. Having become mainstays in our offering they're also available on our website, along with a number of other fantastic love and friendship cards.

goddess creature card
They walk among us and we're proud to call them bestie/partner. Get the perfect card for the people you adore before they're gone! This goddess design by Frog & Toad Press is available online and in-store!

woodpecker paper toy
This week we welcomed some new letterpress printed paper toy birds by Kathryn of Blackbird Letterpress. These delightful DIY (do-it-yourself) paper toys are fast and easy to assemble. We have yellow warblers and woodpeckers available.

Fun facts: The yellow warbler is a symbol of focus, growth and expanding your horizons! The redheaded woodpecker is a symbol of opportunity, mindfulness and intuition! Great reasons to have them 'hang' around your home.

Wildlife of Nova Scotia - Birds

Wednesday marked the release of the highly anticipated Wildlife of Nova Scotia - Birds print from Alex of Midnight Oil Print & Design House. The second in the series is now available in the shop and on our website!

preserves by third generation nova scotia
The gals behind Third Generation Nova Scotia have whipped up several new flavours of preserves and jams! Pop by to scoop up the limited edition seasonal flavours like Blueberry Lemon Basil and Sweet & Spicy Tomato Peach before they disappear!

Love is Everything Print

Last but not least, we featured the ever popular "Love is Everything" print by Emma FitzGerald to highlight our HANDMADE HALIFAX SPECIAL! Every Monday through the winter, you can save 15% off when you buy 2 or more items from our Halifax-Dartmouth themed collection on our website! The discount will be applied automatically at Checkout.

Live Locally? Free Local Pickup is available from our downtown Halifax shop! We also have affordable shipping options and free shipping within Canada when you spend $99!

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Friday Features - 01/24/20

Happy Friday everyone! Snowy days are here & love is in the air! Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and we've got all sorts of treats and cards for you to give to your loved ones. Here's what we've featured on social media this week.

Hand Embroidered Hoops by KatieBette
Whether you want to collect them all, or just pick your favourite of the four, these Tree of Life embroidery hoops are a keepsake to be treasured. Locally made by Katie Gillis of KatieBette, each piece is hand embroidered on a three-inch hoop and then finished with felt backing. The attention to detail on each piece is incredible, as can be seen through the flourishes of seasonal colours & textural accents of the overlapping thread. The tree of life series, along with many others of the KatieBette collection, can be purchased in-store or online here.

Handmade Cat Bowtie & Card
Here at Inkwell we aim to have a cat-themed product for any occasion, even if that occasion is a formal one. We have a great selection of cat bowties, handcrafted by Sweet Pickles Designs, to dress up your feline friend for the special moments in life. We also have an assortment of cards to accompany them, featured here is a new addition from the talented Emily Skinner of Pedaller Designs.

Handmade Dog Bowtie and Card
We haven’t left our canine friends out either, dog bowties (fits most 3/4 inch and 1-inch collars) are also available along with a wide selection of cards as well. Jaybee Design is the artist behind the “All You Need is Pug” card featured above.

Uppercase Magazine
Issue 44 of Uppercase Magazine has arrived at Inkwell. If you haven’t heard of Uppercase and are searching for some creative inspiration it’s certainly a title to look into. Canadian made, carefully curated, and perfectly formatted for the creative & curious, it provides informative articles & stunning visuals about all things artistically inspired. Quantities are limited so don’t delay checking it out!

Nature Prints by Briana Corr Scott
These breathtaking nature prints by Briana Corr Scott are a new addition to our online store, but can also be found in-store directly. Each print is 11x14” in size and is a colourful reproduction of original oil paintings on a neutral cream or black background. They can be found online here.

Handmade Chocolate by King & North
The delicious chocolate from King & North has been restocked just in time. We’re fully stocked with flavours like Toffee Crunch, London Fog, Cookies & Caramel, Milk & Salt, Dark & Salt, and Milk & Cookies. They make the perfect Valentine’s gift or just a perfect treat for yourself! Continue reading

Friday Features - 11/29/19

Happy Friday Everyone! With the store being a full on winter wonderland, we’ve continued to feature products with a more holiday focus. Here’s a roundup of the great gifts & decor that we shared on social media this week!

screenprinted pet plush ornament by Broderpress
Along with the food-focused screenprinted wood ornaments we featured last week, we were sure to bring in more of Broderpress’ always popular screenprinted plush animals ornaments as well. These ornaments are adorable on the tree and are also available in larger plush versions that are a more realistic size. In-store now, quantities & designs are limited.

Laser cut wood ornaments from Henderson Dry Goods
These charming laser cut ornaments are our newest arrival from Canada’s west coast. Alex of Henderson Dry Goods makes ornaments that are stunning, minimal & modern. Featured here are the classic (and Canadian themed!) designs of winter hats, fishing boats, Canada geese, and pinecones. Available in-store now.

Illustrated 2020 Tea Towel Calendar by Cara Rowlands
Inkwell is pleased to welcome Cara Rowlands from Carabara Designs to the shop! Cara is a multi-talented digital illustrator & designer who makes an assortment of cards, prints, and tea towels. Featured here is her eye-catching 2020 tea towel calendar that would be a fantastic fit for any baker/cupcake lover in your life. Available in-store now along with much more of her lovely work!

Screenprinted Purses by Shara Porter
New wallets, clutches and purses from Shara Porter have arrived! Colourful and screenprinted by hand, we have clutches and purses available in vegan leather and wallets in genuine leather. Available in an assortment of colours and designs while quantities last!

Pewter Baby's First Christmas Ornament by Beehive Handmade
This beautiful pewter ornament from Beehive Handmade is the perfect way to celebrate baby’s first Christmas! It is ready to hang with green ribbon & gift box. In-store now! Continue reading

Friday Features - 11/22/19

Friday Features - 11/22/19

Happy Friday everyone! The holiday season has arrived and we’ve been busy welcoming new artists and products to the store! Here’s what we’ve featured on social media this past week!

silkscreened taco ornament by Broderpress
We couldn’t let Halifax’s first-ever taco week go by without featuring Broderpress’ fantastic silkscreened wooden ornaments! Their taco ornament took the spotlight this week; however, we have their ornaments in many other designs such as hamburgers and chickens. These ornaments are custom laser-cut from 3/16” basswood and then hand printed in vibrant colours. These incredible eye-catching ornaments are a great addition to any tree!

Handmade Porcelain Mugs by Rachel De Conde
We had the pleasure of welcoming the ceramic artist Rachel De Conde to the store this week! Rachel’s pieces are unique, beautiful, and expansive in terms of texture & aesthetic. She has developed a variety of glazes resulting in a wide range of colourful pieces completely different from one another! While we featured the mugs from her hand-drawn floral series, we also have pieces with blue tones, metallic accents and honeycomb designs!

Hand-Embroidered Art Hoops by All The Pretty Things
We also welcomed another new artist! We now carry a large selection of beautiful hand-embroidered hoop art by Emily of All The Pretty Things NS. Whether it is lettering or illustrations, Emily’s work is incredibly detailed and carefully designed. Designs made to be displayed year-long, or specifically for the holiday season, are in-store now.

Animal Swimsuit Calendar by Paper Wilderness
We had to mention Jenna Puente’s, of Paper Wilderness, heartwarming 2020 calendar of Swimsuit Animal illustrations. This calendar features 12 adorable critters modeling an assortment of swimsuit fashion. These watercolour illustrations are incredibly pleasant, family-friendly, and formatted to be framed easily after the year is over!

Laser-cut wood wreath by Paper + Light
If you’re looking for a stylish (and long-lasting!) wreath to welcome the holiday season, this fantastic laser-cut art piece (from Ali of Light + Paper) does the trick! Starting from a paper-cutting, this beautiful wreath is laser-cut from 1/8" birch wood and measures approximately 15” x 13.5”. It is a perfect addition to a door, window or feature wall!

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Sip, Shop & Save 🎁

customer appreciation day

 

You are invited to Sip, Shop & Save - this Saturday, November 23rd from 10-5!  

We are offering TAX-FREE SHOPPING in-store as our gift to you!

We'll have hot apple cider and sweets from
Taiyaki52 on hand.


BONUS! Receive a free letterpress printed ornament with purchase!*

*While quantities last.

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Friday Features - 11/15/19

Happy Friday everyone! Here at Inkwell, we’ve been feeling the buildup to the holiday season. We’ve had plenty of new arrivals of holiday cards and calendars, not to mention a new artist to debut! Here’s what has been featured on our social media for the past week.

maritime slang screen printed tea towel by Far Far Away Shop
The newest design by local designer, Far Far Away Shop, has arrived at Inkwell! This Maritime slang tea towel contains 83 unique slang phrases from around the Maritimes, and includes 21 equally unique town names from Atlantic Canada. It’s a great way to spark some conversation about what interesting things we’ve said & heard in Eastern Canada. Available now in-store and online.

women who make 2020 calendar by Sarah Duggan
Waiting to see what Sarah Duggan releases for her calendar has become a bit of a holiday tradition for us here at Inkwell. Every year she continues to stun us with an assortment of carefully chosen illustrations to welcome the new year and her 2020 calendar is no exception to this! This 2020 Calendar titled “Women Who Make” celebrates women living creatively. Each month features a group of women gathered together to do handcrafts and creative projects. Each page is thoughtfully designed to be re-purposed into 5x7 postcards at the end of each month (or year).

Screenprinted Calendar Tea Towel by Keephouse
Another highly anticipated yearly release for us is this limited edition calendar tea towel from Keephouse Studio. The new 2020 design is bursting with bright colours and floral images. It is now available in-store and online but has been a quick seller every year we’ve carried it - it’s best to act sooner than later for this one.

Halifax crame Card by Bard Cards - Brad Hartman
Brad Hartman of Bard Cards features the infamous Halifax crane in his most recent popup card. If you’re looking for a quirky, Halifax-themed way to wish someone a “Merry Cranemas” this card is perfect for you! Available In-store and online!

handmade perfume by FieldHouse Handmade
Fieldhouse Handmade is one of the new artists we’re pleased to welcome this week! Lindsay makes an assortment of wonderfully scented bath salts and perfume blends. This week we’ve featured her zodiac scent series, in which she has created a custom scent for each astrological sign. Each perfume is delicately scented, so you and those close to you can uncover the layers of fragrance, while not leaving a heavily scented trail behind you. The convenient packaging allows you to pop this perfume in your purse or pocket so you can refresh and stay smelling beautiful all day!

food truck calendar
This lighthearted food truck 2020 calendar by Slightly Stationery is a perfect gift for any casual foodie in your life. Each month features a whimsically drawn food truck selling all sorts of different types of food & drink! It is available in-store now. 

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