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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.

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Friday Features - 02/21/20

Happy Friday everyone! Valentine’s Day has passed and Halifax is showing subtle hints of spring approaching! We’ve had quite a few of our fan-favourite products restocked this week, along with some colourful new additions to them! Here’s what we’ve featured on social media!

Handmade Canadian Pottery by Kelsey Watson Ceramics
The always popular sunset mugs by the Cape Breton potter, Kelsey Watson, are back in stock, and this time she brought some in a second colour! True to their name, these mugs have a dreamy gradient glaze in either pink or blue that are complemented by a stark horizon line of gold lustre. They are handmade, thus no two are identical, but consistently sized to one another - this makes them a great option if you want to pair them up for a wedding or anniversary gift, especially now with the option to mix and match with both colours available. They’re in store now but always go quickly!

Small History Nova Scotia Chapbook
The Small History NS Chapbook is a must for both locals and those living away. In 366 daily entries, it features more than 300 unique places and communities, charting the seasonal rhythms of labour and leisure, land and sea that shaped the lives of Nova Scotians more than a century ago. Follow along on Twitter (@smallhistory) to read daily news drawn directly from the pages of rural and small-town newspapers across Nova Scotia between 1880-1910. Available in-store and online.

Screen Printed Infinity Scarves by Poison Pear
Beth Ardon, of Poison Pear, continues to amaze us with her creative combo of colourful fabrics and beautiful screenprinted images. These infinity scarves could provide the perfect pop of colour to assist as you tread through the final stretch of winter. A variety of designs and colours are available in the shop!

Earth Science Prints by Brainstorm
The highly coveted earth science prints are now available in 11x14 (and original 18x24 for big impact)! You're going to want to collect all 4 of these amazing art prints by Brainstorm! Both visually appealing and informative, these prints are great conversation starters that stay relevant at all ages! Available in-store and online. Continue reading

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 - 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 - 01/31/20

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 - 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 - 01/10/20

Happy Friday, and New Year everyone! The holiday season has passed & everything has slowed down, but we still have been posting about a couple fun things that continue to catch our eye! Here’s what we have featured the past week or so!

Creative Journal by Doodle Lovely
creative journal by Melissa Lloyd
The 'Creative Mind Happy Soul' journal, by Melissa Lloyd of Doodle Lovely, is a fantastic way to welcome some new, and beneficial, habits to your lifestyle for 2020! The Journal includes a daily creative exercise designed to promote relaxation, creative thought, self-reflection & self-discovery. The exercises themselves are direct but not restrictive, they inspire routine but don’t have any set deadlines so everything can be done at your preferred pace. It is available in-store now!

Halifax Paper Collage Print by Andrea Crouse
Andrea Crouse’s colourful & incredibly detailed collage work is the perfect contrast to all the snow Halifax has received this week. Featured here is one of her most popular prints of the iconic houses on Agricola street. Andrea’s work can be found in-store and online. Continue reading

Friday Features - 12/20/19

Happy Friday Everyone! With less than a week left before Christmas, we have been featuring a bunch of products that would be perfect for your gift-giving needs!

Letterpress printed linocut print by Deep Hollow Prints
This letterpress linocut print is the perfect epitome of East Coast cozy! Printed here in Nova Scotia by the talented Laura MacDonald of Deep Hollow Print, this print & much more of Laura’s work is available in-store!

Amethyst hanging planter by rcboisjoli
This geometrically formed amethyst glazed hanging planter by Alexx Boisjoli of rcboisjoli is perfect for anyone who is a fan of plants, crystals, or both! Available in-store.

Bird & Wildflower Calendar by Rigel Stuhmiller
There are still a few 2020 Calendars available in our Halifax shop. Featured here is a wonderful calendar by Rigel Stuhmiller focused on birds and wildflowers! Each monthly image is colourful, bright, and eye-catching. If you still need your calendar for the new year, this might be the perfect one for you!

Handmade Soap by Laughing Pear
Laughing Pear Soaps have been a long-standing popular stocking stuffer for shoppers at Inkwell. They’re affordable, long-lasting, high-lather bars that are handmade in Nova Scotia with no harsh chemicals. Available is a variety of scents including seasonal favourites such as Frosted Fir & Cinnamon.

Letterpress printed Hanukkah cards by 9th Letter Press
It’s not too late to pick up Hanukkah cards in-store! Here are three letterpress printed designs we brought in from the fantastic folks at 9th Letter Press!

Handmade Felt Art Hoops by Laura Nightingale of The Yellow Birdcage
Laura Nightingale, of The Yellow Birdhouse, has an assortment of art hoops available here at Inkwell! Her hoops are handmade from wool felt and patterned fabric. Some are holiday focused while others are for all year round. All are locally made & beautiful. Available in-store now! Continue reading

Friday Features - 12/13/19

Happy Friday Everyone! With the holiday season in full swing, we’ve been posting about all sorts of products! Holiday Cards and 2020 Calendars have been selling quickly but we still have a few to mention! Here are the new products we’ve featured on social media this week.

Letterpress Bookmarks by The Little Paper House Press
All the way from Australia, these adorable letterpress printed bookmarks from The Little Paper House Press have been proving to be a perfect stocking stuffer. They’re colourful, incredibly detailed and formatted perfectly to highlight a fun little graphic peaking out of a closed book. Feel free to check out wide array of designs in-store now!

Pet Bowties by Sweet Pickles Design
Back by popular demand, and just in time for holiday photos, pet bowties by Sweet Pickles Designs have been restocked. These bowties are designed with a simple elastic hoop to slip over your pet’s regular collar so they can be worn without much hassle. We have a large selection of designs, but limited stock for each, in-store now!

Floral Calendar By Badger & Burke
There are still a few 2020 Badger & Burke flower calendars left in-store! This calendar is delightfully vibrant & a great way to introduce some cheer in your new year. If you still need your calendar for the 2020 year this might be the one for you.


Plant Calendar by Bloomwolf Studio
If you’re shopping for a plant lover, Bloomwolf Studio’s 2020 plant calendar could be the perfect fit! Each month features an adorably illustrated assortment of succulents, cacti, hanging plants & mini plant terrariums. Available in-store now!

Punch Needle Embroidery by Chelsea of Luna Dragonfly
We were able to welcome the wonderful work by Chelsea of Luna Dragonfly Designs this week! Chelsea is a self-taught fibre artist, who fell in love with fibre art when searching for a new creative outlet. An assortment of her punch needle embroidery hoops can be found in-store now.

Handmade Bag by Frankie & Coco
Another new arrival this week! These bags by Frankie & Coco are beautiful and functional. They are generously sized & fit everything you need for a busy day. Snaps on the side easily convert it from a chic carryall to a roomie tote, depending on your needs. Available in 3 delightful patterns to suit your personality. Quantities are limited, available in-store now.

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