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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 - 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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Friday Features - 11/22/19

Friday Features - 11/22/19

Happy Friday everyone! The holiday season has arrived and we’ve been busy welcoming new artists and products to the store! Here’s what we’ve featured on social media this past week!

silkscreened taco ornament by Broderpress
We couldn’t let Halifax’s first-ever taco week go by without featuring Broderpress’ fantastic silkscreened wooden ornaments! Their taco ornament took the spotlight this week; however, we have their ornaments in many other designs such as hamburgers and chickens. These ornaments are custom laser-cut from 3/16” basswood and then hand printed in vibrant colours. These incredible eye-catching ornaments are a great addition to any tree!

Handmade Porcelain Mugs by Rachel De Conde
We had the pleasure of welcoming the ceramic artist Rachel De Conde to the store this week! Rachel’s pieces are unique, beautiful, and expansive in terms of texture & aesthetic. She has developed a variety of glazes resulting in a wide range of colourful pieces completely different from one another! While we featured the mugs from her hand-drawn floral series, we also have pieces with blue tones, metallic accents and honeycomb designs!

Hand-Embroidered Art Hoops by All The Pretty Things
We also welcomed another new artist! We now carry a large selection of beautiful hand-embroidered hoop art by Emily of All The Pretty Things NS. Whether it is lettering or illustrations, Emily’s work is incredibly detailed and carefully designed. Designs made to be displayed year-long, or specifically for the holiday season, are in-store now.

Animal Swimsuit Calendar by Paper Wilderness
We had to mention Jenna Puente’s, of Paper Wilderness, heartwarming 2020 calendar of Swimsuit Animal illustrations. This calendar features 12 adorable critters modeling an assortment of swimsuit fashion. These watercolour illustrations are incredibly pleasant, family-friendly, and formatted to be framed easily after the year is over!

Laser-cut wood wreath by Paper + Light
If you’re looking for a stylish (and long-lasting!) wreath to welcome the holiday season, this fantastic laser-cut art piece (from Ali of Light + Paper) does the trick! Starting from a paper-cutting, this beautiful wreath is laser-cut from 1/8" birch wood and measures approximately 15” x 13.5”. It is a perfect addition to a door, window or feature wall!

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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 - 11/08/19

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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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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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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