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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

Rose + Letterpress Valentine's Day Special

Valentine's Day Rose & Letterpress
We've teamed up with our brand new neighbours, Bloom24 for a Valentine's Day themed special!

Pre-order your single rose beautifully wrapped + true love always letterpress card. Choose rose colour from above options - Red, Pink, Yellow, White or Cream.

Get your order in by 3pm on Thursday, February 13th to pick up between 10-5pm on Friday, February 14th.

    Please note: Due to the delicate nature of the flowers, they are not available for shipping. Select local pickup at checkout.

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    Friday Features - 02/07/20

    Happy Friday Everyone! We’re one week shy of Valentine's Day and we’re still finding all sorts of new cards and products that you can give to your loved ones. Whether it’s for a partner, friend, family, or yourself (treat yourself!) - we’ve got something for everyone.

    Handmade Paper Flowers by Annafolds
    Anna, of Annafolds, has restocked us with all sorts of lovely warm designs of her handmade paper lilies. They’re perfect if you want to take a low maintenance, longer-lasting approach to giving flowers. We’ve also been using them as a nice final touch when wrapping up wine!

    Handmade Word Mugs by Union Street Pottery
    These Love Mugs, handmade by Andrea of Union Street Pottery, playfully hide words of love, encouragement, & friendship in their cheerful illustrations. Each one is unique, colourful, & boasts structural qualities that often make for an iconic favourite mug - They can hold a generous portion of your beverage of choice, have a large comfortable handle, and when held feel as if they’ve been built for your hand specifically. Feel free to come check them out in store!

    Hand painted Glass Jewelry by Azurine
    All the way from Quebec, we have a selection of stunning handpainted glass earrings, rings, and pendants by the talented jewelry maker Karine of Azurine. In anticipation for valentine’s, we’ve featured a few of her heart-shaped pieces. Available in pendant & two variants of earrings (suds and dangling), these designs, along with so many more, are available in store now!

    Block Printed Tea Towel by Little Brummie
    A warm welcome goes out to our newest artist at Inkwell! Victoria, of Little Brummie, is a multidisciplinary artist of who has been experimenting this past year with new mediums. We’re drawn to her use of colour and shape in the block print tea towel designs we now carry. Featured here is one of our favourite designs of hers that features a beautiful tangerine themed pattern.

    Letterpress Printed Football Card by Benchpressed
    We’ve got the perfect card for your football fan by the fantastic folks at Bench Pressed! Show your MVP you really scored a touchdown with them. Available in-store and on our website.

    Letterpress Printed Nautical Coasters by Inkwell Originals
    The ever-popular East Coaster coasters have been reprinted and restocked! Letterpress printed by hand, by our in-house line, Inkwell Originals, Our East Coasters are hand-fed one-by-one on our circa 1921 Golding Pearl Improved #11 letterpress and the ink we use is mixed with salt water drawn from the Atlantic Ocean. Available in-store and on our website. Continue reading

    Friday Features - 01/17/20

    Happy Friday Everyone! We hope the new year has been treating you well! Here is a roundup of what Inkwell has featured on social media this week!

    Letterpress Printed Local Card by Inkwell Boutique
    It has been almost an entire year since Inkwell Originals has debuted this Halifax-Dartmouth card series and it is still growing in popularity! It’s the perfect card if you need to show some love to someone living across the harbour. Like all the cards by Inkwell Originals, it is letterpress printed by hand (and with love) here in Halifax! You can check out this card, and the rest of the Inkwell Original product line, in-store or online here.

    screen printed handmade hankie by Rcboisjoli
    These Canadian made screen printed hankies by Rcboisjoli are both fun & functional. They are a cheerful way of keeping a pop of colour with you as you venture through the drearier winter months! We have an assortment of patterns that include cats (seen above), raccoons, horses, anchors and a few more to choose from in-store now.

    Hand Illustrated Unicorn Card by Saucy Face Studio
    This super sweet card, by Saucy Face Studio, can be used for almost any quirky occasion. It, along with many of the other love cards we carry, is perfect for sending a message that is equal parts sassy and sweet. Available in-store and online here.

    Letterpress Printed Hedgehog Card by ILee Letterpress
    Whether you’re a lover of hedgehogs or not, this adorable letterpress printed hedgehog love card by ILee Letterpress has been capturing hearts for a while now. It’s small, heartwarming, beautifully detailed, and isn’t heavily directed towards any specific message. It’s the sort of card that can be kept on hand and used for any occasion. Available in-store and online here.

    Hand Lettering Ocean Print by Kim Roach of Happy Sappy Mail
    This nautical print is a great gift for someone looking to bring some maritime feeling with them wherever they are. Made by Kim Roach of Happy Sappy Mail, it is a beautiful example of flawless hand lettering in a clean circle composition. It is available in-store and online here. Continue reading

    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

    Friday Features - 10/11/19

    Happy Friday everyone! Here’s what we’ve been featuring this week on social media!

    Bloomwolf Studio, Yeppie Paper, Idlewild Handmade Cards
    Halloween cards have arrived! These three are a few of the selection we now have in stock! Featured here are Bloomwolf Studio’s Potions Card, Yeppie Paper’s Howl-O-Ween Card, and an adorable bat Halloween Card by Idlewild Co! Feel free to check out the full spooky selection in store.

    oyster tea towel by The Neighborgoods
    To salute Halifax Oyster Fest, we featured yet another punny tea towel by Jodi Kostelnik of The Neighborgoods. Perfect for the oyster lover, or just someone who can enjoy a playful pun. All tea towels by The Neighborgoods are screen-printed by hand, machine washable, and made from 100% flour sack cotton.

    Fantasy Birthday Card Meaghan Smith
    We’re super excited to announce the arrival of work from local artist Meaghan Smith! Meaghan’s whimsical illustration style is paired perfectly with cheerful and heartfelt wording. Some cards, including the one featured here, are even accompanied by a tiny tune you can listen to on her website or sing aloud to the recipient with the lyrics on the back!

    Stewiacke north pole equator sign magnet by Inkwell Originals
    Last but not least! Our own product line, Inkwell Originals, released a new design this week - This limited edition magnet of the Stewiacke sign!
    Anyone familiar with travel on HWY 102 will recognize this memorable Exit 11 sign that was in use until its removal 1-2 years ago. The magnets can now be found in store or in our online store.

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    2018 Inkwell Holiday Gift Guide - Locals

    2018 Inkwell Holiday Gift Guide - Locals
    Top Row
    2019 Halifax Desk Calendar by Emma FitzGerald $30.00
    
Halifax Love Xmas Embroidery by Katie Bette $27.00
    Seas & Greetings Ornament by Inkwell Originals $6.00 or 3 for $15.00



    Bottom Row
    My Nova Scotia Cookbook by Jefferson Artworks $19.95
    Halifax Skyline Print by Emma FitzGerald $75.00 (unframed)
    
Sea Salt by Tidal Salt $10.00 (various flavours)

    This is just a taste of what we have in store. Don't forget we also have gift certificates available in our Halifax shop!



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    2018 Holiday Gift Guides

    2018 Inkwell Holiday Gift Guide

    We've put together our annual Inkwell Holiday Gift Guide to assist you in your holiday shopping for your family, friends or even your own wish list!

    Don't forget we also have gift certificates available in our Halifax shop.



    Shop in person at Inkwell - 2011 Brunswick Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia and shop a selection of featured items online.

    

Living away and see something you like that’s not in our online store? We Ship!

    Order by phone (902) 405-8309 or email!



    Gifts are available while quantities last.

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    Uppercase Print/Maker book Feature

    We are through the roof ecstatic to see an 8-page spread of our handmade creations showcased in this new book Print/Maker by Uppercase Magazine! We are truly humbled to be included alongside so many talented peers, friends and artists we've carried over the years!

    The book contains 48 profiles, 368 pages and over 660 images from all sorts of printmaking mediums like silkscreen, letterpress, risograph, linocut and more by artists from all around the globe!

    Available now in our Halifax shop!

    Uppercase Print/Maker book Inkwell Originals Inkwell Boutique

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