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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!
They’re available in-store in 8 different scents (from lavender to lemongrass) and are a great way to treat yourself to a little relaxation. Continue reading

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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Friday Features - 11/08/19

Happy Friday everyone! Here’s what we featured this past week on social media.

2020 Calendar by IdleWild Co.
Perfect for any lover of literature, Idlewild’s beautifully illustrated “Ladies of Literature” features an iconic authoress for each month. The list includes Margaret Atwood, Sylvia Plath, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Beatrix Potter, Dorothy Parker, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Louisa May Alcott, Phyllis Wheatley, Judy Blume, Murasaki Shikibu & Alice Walker. Available now in-store. 

letterpresses birthday cards by pike street press
We have plenty of pop culture cards available in the store. Here are some new arrivals from the talented artists at Pike Street Press. These letterpress printed cards are the perfect way to light-heartedly wish someone a happy birthday!

Hand-lettered holiday cards by Hello Sweet Design
Local Hand Lettering artist Crystal Picard of Hello Sweetie Design has dropped off a bunch of new designs. We featured a few of the punny new cards from her holiday collection!

local milk chocolate by King & North
This week King & North chocolate released a new custom collaboration flavour with us! This Inkwell themed chocolate bar is a mixture of milk chocolate, crunchy toffee bits, and puffed rice. It is equally as delicious as it is beautiful!

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Friday Features - 11/01/19

Happy Friday Everyone! This week on social media we’ve been featuring products that are fun, functional, slightly spooky, and as always, crafted with care and made with love.

handmade baby shoes, trendy baby mocc shop
These adorable and high quality baby shoes from Trendy Baby Mocc Shop are one of our newest product arrivals! These fashionable soft-sole shoes are perfect for crawlers and walkers. Each shoe is hand cut and sewn using durable cloth and layers of felt and fleece for extra comfort to keep baby's feet warm and breathable. The softer sole allows them to grip their toes to the floor and maintain better balance when learning to walk! We have 4 styles available in-store in two sizes, 6-9 and 9-12 months.

die-cut Star Wars calendar, Jodie Hansen
We are now taking pre-orders for Jodie Hansen’s (Design Corner) ever-popular die-cut calendars. Available in cats, dogs, and Star Wars themes, each calendar is handmade to order. Pre-ordering can be done both in-store or online.

nova scotia mayflower screenprint, Inkwell Originals
We're thrilled to reveal the latest print by our in-house line Inkwell Originals. Available now online and in-store!

The story behind the quote: Throughout the 19th century, a common unofficial motto of Nova Scotia was “We bloom amid the snow.” The phrase was a reference to the mayflower (Epigaea repens), the provincial floral emblem since 1901, but closely associated with the province long before. Mayflowers are among our earliest blooming wildflowers each spring. Their tiny fragrant pink and white blossoms and evergreen leaves peek out from the edges of the forest often before the snow has left the ground. The hardiness of this modest little flower was embraced as a symbol of the resilience of all Nova Scotians and an inspiration and reminder that beauty can thrive amid adversity.

nova scotia made chocolate, king & north
To celebrate world chocolate day we couldn’t help mentioning the beautiful and delicious locally made chocolate bars by Jessie Gallant of King & North Chocolate. These chocolate bars are generously portioned, uniquely flavoured, and made with ingredients that support other local businesses such as Tidal Salt & Sawadee Tea! Available in a variety of flavours in dark, milk, and white chocolate!

soy candle, Olliver Lifestyle dead souls
Just in time for Halloween, here’s one of the new candle scents from Olliver Lifestyle. Not only do these beautiful candles smell amazing, but they’re also made from soy wax and are all vegan-friendly!

Screen printed baby cat onesie, Poison Pear
For National Cat Day we featured one of the best sellers from local designer Beth Ardon of Poison Pear. This “Mew Here” onesie is available in-store in black or white and short sleeve or long sleeve. Sizes are 3-6, 6-12, 12-18, and 18-24 months.

marbled paper 2020 calendar, Meghan Rushton #hellosunshine
Last but not least! This sleek wall calendar by Meghan Rushton has the perfect amount of space for writing down notes and events along with varying colours of marbled paper effect that borders the top and bottom of each page. Available in-store now!

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Friday Features - 10/25/19

Happy Friday everyone! Here’s what we featured this week on social media!

Bison Bookbinding Phoebe Wahl foil lunar calendar
2020 Calendars are now available! Featured here is a fantastic letterpress printed lunar calendar by Bison Book Binding & Phoebe Wahl! This colourful foil-accented wall calendar showcases so many amazing mermaids and sea creatures, along with all the moon phase information you’ll need for the upcoming year! It’s available in store and online here.

south shore handmade sea salts
The mother daughter duo of South Shore Sea Salt are one of our newest artists to sell at Inkwell! Rebecca & Marsha make their sea salts in small batches in Hubbards, Nova Scotia. These hand-harvested salts are available in 6 different flavours and packaged in earth-friendly reusable glass jars. Flavours available are original, chili lime, garlic, lemon, rosemary thyme, and red wine.

Letterpress Printed Christmas Card Inkwell Originals
So you have lots of time for signing & sending, we now have holiday cards available in the shop! In addition to this, we're debuting one of our newest card designs from our in-house brand Inkwell Originals! This letterpress printed “Ferry Christmas” card is now available in-store and online as both a single card or a boxset of 5. Continue reading