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Friday Features - 03/13/20

Happy Friday Everyone! We’re zooming through March and everyday gets a little more spring-filled. There's only one more week of winter left, we're almost there! Here’s what we’ve featured this week on our social media!

Handmade Soy Candles by Olliver Lifestyle
If you want a little spring and summer tease, come check out the diverse selection of handmade candles we carry by the folks at Olliver Lifestyle! These candles are vegan & cruelty-free, soy-based (USA grown), and boast sturdy paper core cotton wicks that burn evenly. They are made with all sorts of unique fine fragrances and essential oils to produce a scent that pairs multiple complimentary perfume notes. Packaged in 6.5oz paint tins with an array of geometric designs and colours they are a treat for the nose and the eyes. 40-45 hour burn time. Available in our Halifax store only.

Handmade Popup Box Card by BardbardBard Cards
The newest release of the popup box-card series by Brad of Bardbardbard has debuted and is now available in store and online. This one features the scenic three church stretch of Mahone Bay! Measuring 5.5”x4” when flat and 3.65”x4”x1.6” opened, each card has room on the back for writing a special message and is paired with an envelope for easy mailing! It’s a great way to send someone a little piece of the East Coast.

Handmade Baby Shoes by Trendy Baby Mocc Shop
If you’re looking for an outstanding baby gift, these are the sweetest baby shoes in the cutest fabrics! Made by Trendy Baby Mocc Shop, 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! Available in-store in sizes for 6-9 months and 9-12 Months, quantities for specific designs & sizes are limited.

Yoga Cards Illustrated made by Jill Jackson, Oh Mother Care Kit,Yoga In The Workplace
Have you seen this impressive collaboration between oh mother care kits + Jill and Jack Paper + Yoga in the Workplace? A set of 20 beautifully illustrated yoga poses with fun + friendly visuals that reflect real women and real bodies. Mix & match to create your own at-home yoga ritual with dozens of unique sequences/flows to choose from! Feel free to stop in to see them for yourself!

Halifax Illustrated Map by Jill & Jack Paper
There’s still one more week left of 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 in our online store! The discount will be applied automatically at Checkout. If you’re looking for some Halifax or Dartmouth artwork, like this fantastic 8”x10” map by Jill & Jack Paper, this is a great promotion to check out online!

Handmade Easter Products
We have a small but mighty Easter section in the shop! Featured here are a delightful assortment of spring-themed goodies by Ink Meets Paper (Letterpress printed card), Hello Merry (Handmade Bunny Doll) and Blackbird Letterpress (pop out bird ornament) - And that's not all, we have plenty of other Easter/Spring treats to discover in store! Continue reading

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 - 02/14/20

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 - 01/31/20

    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