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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

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 - 02/07/20

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 - 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 12/06/19

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

2020 Nova Scotia Desk Calendar by Emma FitzGerald

Emma Fitzgerald’s 2020 desk calendar has been restocked and makes the perfect present for the holidays!  The calendar features a mixture of some of Emma Fitzgerald’s iconic drawings from her heartwarming book “Hand Drawn Halifax” & some new additions from her sketchbook. Available in-store and online.

quilted handmade ornaments by Storm at Sea Quilting Co

We’re please to be carrying a beautiful selection of quilted hoops and knotted ornaments by Sarah Goodfellow of Storm at Sea Quilt Co! Sarah creates her intricate hoop ornaments using the English Paper Piecing technique, a process in which the quilter folds fabric over paper templates and sews them by hand, this ensures the blocks are accurate and makes it easier to piece together angles. A variety of designs of these wonderful ornaments are available in-store. 

Small History Nova Scotia book by Small History NS

The Small History Nova Scotia Chapbook has arrived to Inkwell and makes a fantastic addition to a care package or stocking stuffer! Based off the twitter project #SmallHistoryNS, the book shares daily news drawn directly from the pages of rural and small-town newspapers across Nova Scotia between 1880-1910. 

In 366 daily entries it features more than 300 unique places and communities, charting the season rhythms of labour and leisure, land and sea that shaped the lives of Nova Scotia more than a century ago. It’s available in-store and online now!

watercolour landscape prints by Asara Designs

We’re super excited to carry the minimal & serene watercolour prints of shorelines and vistas by Saskatchewan artist, Roberta of Asara Designs! The dreaminess of the watercolour, along with the delicate blends of colour in her work, makes these prints a great addition to any space that wants to focus on peacefulness. Come see the selection of prints we have in-store now!

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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 - 11/15/19

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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