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Of Note: The Rest of Canada

Posted in Of Note on Etsy, on Canada by Allie on April 28, 2010

Before you get mad, this feels like cheating to me too. I was planning on doing Prince Edward Island next, then Newfoundland, then a joint Territory thing, and then a Canada Round Up for some great things I missed. So I wrote up my cute little PEI story, and then I searched for stuff to share with you. To my surprise, there is very little of note from The Island. I couldn’t even find some kitschy and/or hipster cool Anne of Green Gables stuff to pad the entry. So I decided to pad it with Newfoundland. And, to my surprise—not much there either. Now I already knew there’s nothing from the Northwest Territories because I looked into that somewhere around Manitoba. And from the Yukon I added only one seller to my favourites. With all that, I still wasn’t up to my usual 9 features. So I figured I’d just do the round up now. Lo and behold, I had exactly 18 items. So I guess it was meant to be. And you still get the PEI story!

When I was visiting my friend (the friend whose family moved to Nova Scotia) we tagged along on his Dad’s business trip to PEI. PEI’s tiny; I knew that. I’ve always known that because when you had to colour in your map with a different colour for each province, you had to really think about how to make PEI stand out. Remember how I said his parents let us do things that I’m sure my parents wouldn’t, probably because the area was just safer? We found out first hand just how small PEI is when his dad left us somewhere in the middle of the island (with a map) and told us to find something to do. He’d pick us up “later”. (Note: this was before cell phones.) I remember we were pretty angry at first, and then as we started walking to our destination we realized the scale on the map was not like what we were used to and his father had to have known that; we made it to Ripley’s Believe it Or Not (and some other destinations I can’t remember) quite easily. Approximately 140 miles long and 4 to 40 miles wide, now I immediately think how awesome it would be to run on The Island. It almost seems like a distance that one could actually conquer.

Without further ado: THE REST (and a bit of ALL) OF CANADA.

1. Needle Felted Pet Greeting Cards from Kay’s K9s Paper Boutique, PEI

2. Raven Wood Engraving from The Odd Gallery, Dawson City, YT.

3. Goddess Pixie Pleated Purse from Crysto, Newfoundland.

4. 2 in 1 necklace from Mabel & Jules, Montreal, QC

5. Ray the Mountie from Into the Sleeping Forest, NS

6. Milk & Honey Handspun from Island Sweet Fibre Arts, Newfoundland.

7. On the Street Where you Live Lino Cut Print from Folky Dolky, Newfoundland.

8. Harmonica Necklace from JeSophi, Montreal, QC

9. Modern Wall Clock from Retro Reality, Newfoundland (and Toronto).

1. I’d rather be smooching my crafty wife button from Button Empire, AB

2. Linen Pouch with Magenta Ovals from Laura Bucci, Vancouver, BC

3. High Tea Bobby Pin Set from Paper Cakes, PEI

4. 1898 Map of Manitoba, British Columbia and the NORTHWEST TERRITORIES from BananaStrudel, Toronto

5. Male Deer No. 4 from Peter + Tom, Winnipeg, MB {In love  with this one.}

6. Gold and Yellow Banana Seat Bike Print from Hillarie Tasche, Winnipeg, MB

7. Quilty Coasters from RikRak, Ottawa, ON

8. Woodgrain Laptop Decal from beepart, London, ON

9. Liana Bracelet from Mizdragonfly, Gatineau, QC


Of Note: Nova Scotia

Posted in Of Note on Etsy, on Canada by Allie on April 21, 2010



My best friend and his family moved to Nova Scotia when we were in Grade 7, which, though sad, gave me an opportunity to explore the east coast of Canada. I have fond memories of sitting in his parents’ store in the brewery market playing poker for toothpicks and eating Prince Polos; having to ride a rather shoddy bike to Atlantic Playland only to find it was closed, instead swimming in some lake by a freeway that was red and littered with rusting metal objects which made me consider how one contracts tetanus for the first time in my life. I don’t know if it’s because Halifax is smaller and safer than Toronto, but his parents let us do things I’m quite sure my parents never would, which was pretty empowering in those early teen years. Also his mom remains one of my uber design role models.

Happy Wednesday.


1. Custom Paper Free Invitations from O Happy Day, Halifax, NS.

2. Iggy, the handmade wooden buoy [Straight off the East Coast comes Iggy, a slightly nervous buoy whose unnatural fear of water has left him slightly paranoid as he whispers "Is it bad to admit that I don’t know how to swim?".] from Isabelle Pineau of An Oddity or Two Bedford, NS.

3. Mandala Silk-Lined Clutch from Mermaids Dream, Halifax, NS.

4. Good Day Bear from Good Day Studio, Dartmouth, NS.

5. Red Dog Yellow Dog from 29 Black Street, a tiny seaside village, NS.

6. Neon Cowl, from Pip Robins, Halifax, NS. [I added Ms. Robins to my favourite list ages ago, and only now realized she’s Canadian. This is not the first time this has happened on my tour across Canada.]

7. Dirty Duck from Wild Life Prints, Halifax, NS.

8. THE ELEMENTS, an All Natural Children’s Felt book from Little Bits Books, NS.

9. Scoop in Azure from Tara Grude, Halifax, NS.

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