Spring is here and there are celebrations that are still worth acknowledging even in these days of social distancing. While we are self-isolating we’re also looking for ways to support small businesses and artisans more so than ever before. Check your calendars for an upcoming spring birthday, Mother’s Day (ahem), graduation or just want to say a “thank you” or “I’m thinking about you”. There are MANY great Canadian artisans on ETSY that we love! Here are some thoughtful ideas we’ve come across as we join the #StandWithSmall business movement…
FOR ANY OCCASION, LIKE NOW:
Reminder Bracelets by MaiLin Jewellery: ($15+) We could all use a little reminder these days that we are loved. These dainty handmade bracelets are made with meaningful gemstones and other materials on a silk bracelet and can be worn alone or with other lovely everyday jewellery. Lots of variations available. The artisan has made a special edition for these times of necessary distance for when we all need some happy mail.
Planters made with love by Ceramic Sense: ($50+) For the person (or maybe you) that needs a little pick-me-up and a smile. These sweet ceramic planters can go anywhere in the home or office space guaranteed to bring a little joy in anyone’s daily life. (Shown here is Maya $122.96)
Textile Goods by Luuee: This artisan creates some fun everyday catchalls that make us LOL. Can’t help but love this “motherfuckin queen” ($20) basket great for tossing in whatever – phone, keys, spare change.
FOR THE KIDDIES:
Toddler safe wooden knife and cutting board by Jeremy Fruit Furniture: ($27) Since many of us are spending more time in the kitchen, this darling set helps little ones get in on the prep action. Personalize with child’s initials.
DIY Fairy Door Kit from Portesbonheur: ($29) simple, cute and complete. Perfect activity and to keep the magic and wonder alive. This kit comes in a cute package and it includes an easy to follow and complete instruction leaflet, an unfinished wood door 7″H x 3.3”W, a small square of sanding paper, wall mounting tape, a tiny bottle of fairy dust, a colorful little envelope, useful to write a little welcome to your new friend and a crystal door knob and a goldey key. Just add your own finishing touches with what you have at home.
Canada Hockey Beaver Cross-stitch kit from Kindred Spirits Canada ($18.99+): is great for older kids, beginner embroidery fans or for those modern stitchers looking to add their own artistic touch. The pre-traced design makes it an easy project for teaching embroidery or for those looking to make a custom quilt patch or DIY handmade craft item. The fun 5-inch animal character is popular with children and learners, however, the pattern is so versatile that you can also choose to go all out practicing all you fancy stitches. Kit includes: Original Beaver design pre-traced on 28 count white 100% even weave white cotton fabric, Red, black & brown threads cut into 18-20 inch lengths, Embroidery needle size 22 or 24, Easy to follow pattern guidelines and a quick stitch guide. Option to also order with hoop.
Canadian Heirloom Tomato Collection of Seeds by CG Seedhouse: ($15+) Is there anything more satisfying than growing your own garden? This collection showcases Canadian tomato heritage! According to the seller, back in the days before modern hybrids, there was a lot of work done by both the Canadian government and many individuals on developing open-pollinated tomato cultivars that would perform well in the particular growing environments of our country. Most of these, proven performers, have fallen by the wayside and many are now hardly available commercially. This collection includes four individual packets of seed favourites: Morden Yellow, Scotia, Rideau and Bellstar. All seeds are non-GMO, sustainably grown and open-pollinated.CG Seedhouse is a family-owned and operated in Southern Ontario with over 20 years experience in organic growing and seed saving.
Best Mom Ever Spa set by BearHugs Naturals: ($52+) This self-care gift box is filled with love. Every item is beautifully handcrafted in naturally soothing lavendar. The set includes: 1 bar of Natural Handcrafted Lavender Soap, a Best Mom Every Candle, Lavender bath bomb, and Flower Bath with assorted dried flowers. Other set options available.
FOR NEW ARRIVALS:
Newborn beenie hat and mitten set by Les2Inseperables: ($14.50) summer florals are lovely for a newborn the spring and summer seasons. The adorable set is both functional and fashionable. Several fabrics are available. Hand made.
FOR THE DOG FRIENDS:
Bandanas by StumpyPaws Bowtique: ($10+) There are many options but we’ve found this particular Etsy seller’s fabric selection, quality and craft exceptional. Bubble tea, Sushi, Donuts, and double-sided fabric options. So, it’s two in one! Option also to personalize with several fonts available. Wearable options include 3-snap variations for growing pups or a collar slip-on.