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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 - 11/07/19

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

Friday Features -10/18/19

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

Meaghan Smith Thanksgiving Card
We couldn’t help but feature another of Meaghan Smith’s cards to welcome Canadian Thanksgiving this past weekend. This is one of many of Meaghan’s beautifully illustrated cards available in the shop!

Alyssa Robichaud Geometric Handmade Pottery
Alyssa Robichaud’s hand built geometric vases are a perfect fit for whatever autumn blooms you are displaying. We also carry a variety of her ceramic mugs that are equally cheerful & colourful. 

Tessaramics Handmade Cat Planter
Last but not least, we are back in stock with Tessaramics cat ceramics! Tessa's cat planters are one of her most popular pieces but we also have quite a few pieces of her other feline-inspired work! It’s not too late to come and check them out!

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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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Nocturne Halifax - Monumental Signage ✨

Nocturne Halifax 2019

Nocturne is Saturday, October 19th!

Nocturne: Art at Night is a free event that showcases and celebrates the visual arts scene in Halifax / Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Now in its 12th year, the festival brings art and energy to the streets between 6pm - midnight on Saturday, October 19th.



Come crank the wheel on our antique letterpress and print your own keepsake! This year’s theme is SCAFFOLD and we’ll reveal the design that visitors will be printing closer to the day of the event. This year’s project will truly commemorate the night and all ages are welcome!



Here is our exhibit description:

Downtown Halifax is in a state of flux. Almost everywhere you turn there is scaffolding staged to help build new or improve existing structures. Halifax once had illuminated scaffold signage in its downtown core too. For one night, participants can mix the old with the new and print by hand a Nocturne sign keepsake using a century-old letterpress.

Keep your eyes peeled for the guide to plan your route. We look forward to seeing you out! Until then, check out the post that Nocturne has put together to Have the Best Nocturne Ever!

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Friday Feature - 10/04/19

Happy Friday everyone! This week we've featured a bunch of new releases of designs and collections by some of our longtime artists.

Vena Carr, Rigel Stuhmiller, Emma Fitzgerald
Since the autumn weather has continued to inspire us, we couldn't help but post a few of the autumn-themed cards that are now in store! Here we have some scenic nature-focused cards by artists Rigel Stuhmiller (top left), Vena Carr (top right), and Emma Fitzgerald (Bottom).

Wildlife of Nova Scotia by Alex MacAskill
Have you seen Alex MacAskill's, of Midnight Oil, latest art print highlighting the Wildlife of Nova Scotia? This 16"x20" art print features hand-drawn illustrations of the unique and beautiful mammals we share this land with. It is the first of a future series to also include birds, insects, flowers, and marine life. This print could be a great addition to any nursery or children's room, and remains relevant for all ages!

Keephouse Studio Tea Towels
We're so pleased to be carrying the brand new tea textile collection by Alissa Kloet of Keephouse Studio. "Cut/Paste/Print" features an assortment of new designs and colours all focused around the central theme of mark making and the artist's original process. Along with fresh new designs and colours, Alissa continues to move toward increasingly ethical and sustainable textile manufacturing process - Alissa is now pairing her GOTS (global organic textile standard) certified inks with Oeko-Tex certified fabric that is a smoother, softer, and more luxurious linen than before!

Jacob Rolfe, Floating World Screenprints
We're also super excited to announce the return of work from Jacob Rolfe of Floating World Studio. Jacob's work is the perfect combination of whimsical yet intricately detailed. His 9"x12" shop local print featured here is available in a variety of colours.

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Friday Features - 09/20/19

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

Casey D Sibley Travel Pouches

Just because the final weeks of summer are approaching, doesn’t mean you can’t travel in style with these beautiful pouches by Casey D. Sibley! We’ve got a selection of 3 different patterns and 2 different sizes of these sturdy lined travel pouches.

gradient mug by tessaramics
We’re still smitten over Tessa Reed’s ceramics! These wide brimmed latte mugs compliment chilly autumn mornings perfectly. Available in store in pink, cobalt, and black.

felt catnip cat toy by mini tiger designs
These organic catnip toys from Jenna Park, of Mini Tiger Designs, have been incredibly popular with the feline friends of Inkwell. These adorable high quality felt toys are filled with very strong certified organic catnip - they are sure to provide entertainment for cat & human alike! Continue reading

Friday Features - 08/30/19

This week for our Friday features we’ve really been focusing on all things new! Whether it’s a new artist being introduced or some new designs from artists we’ve carried for a while, we’ve got you covered for all sort of new adventures that tend to come with September.

To start things off we just wanted to give a quick shout out two fantastic cards we featured this week.

You inspire people just by being yourself card by Ink Meets Paper
This heartwarming card by Ink Meets Paper is a great message to send off with someone who may be embarking on their own adventure for the first time, or just works as a lovely reminder that we could all use every once in a while.

You are my rock card by Frog & Toad Press
On a more quirky side, this googly eye rock card by Frog & Toad Press has produced quite a few chuckles here at Inkwell. While we do have it displayed in the love section, it works wonders if you’re looking for a card to thank someone for helping you move into a new apartment on the last weekend of august in Halifax.

Space Cat Mug by Tessaramics
We also have restocked our shelves with the incredible work by Tessa Reed of Tessaramics! We’ve introduced a bunch of new colours and designs of her amazing mid-fire stoneware. It's always worth mentioning that her work tends to sell quickly, so if you’re looking for a new cat themed mug if might be best to act sooner than later.

Sea Monster Pottery by Slightly Irregular
Speaking of designs new to the store, Slightly Irregular’s Chelsea Legge has expanded her wonderful sea monster collection to included planters and mugs! We are in love with her new glaze colours and the selection she has made available!

Birthday cards by Pedaller Designs
We’re so excited to welcome our newest artist, Emily Skinner of Pedaller Designs, to the shop! These typography-focused cards are so fun & Cheerful. We’ve brought in a wide selection of her birthday cards, but also some to celebrate other occasions as well!

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