Pretty Potting – Top 10 Succulent Planters

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I was in Cafe Odin the other day in Toronto, where I spotted a beautiful terrarium on one of their counters.  It inspired me to search out 10 cool planter designs (made in/sourced from Canada) I would want in my home via my favourite online marketplace: Etsy.  I have seen a few of the designs in local stores or at designer markets always wishing I had more room at home to collect them.  Right now I have to be VERY selective as to what comes into my home as we will be down sizing in September and have to really pare down our stuff to the bare essentials.  I like the idea of potting succulents because in my experience – they are almost impossible to kill!  I hope you enjoy this round up, happy potting!

Concrete Barn TO – Medium Square Concrete Planter – Toronto, ON

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I love all things concrete and I am especially loving the monochromatic blue tones on these little guys!  So simple, yet so striking.  Also, they are posted at a great price point.  I would put these outside on my patio tables and gladly house them indoors as well.

Golem Designs – O Planter – Vancouver, BC

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The organic texture is very appealing, also I love the idea of stacking displays.  I can imagine these hung in multiples to make a larger installation.

Rong Designs – Geometric Wood Succulent Holder – Toronto, ON

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I remembered this designer from a market I participated in at 401 Richmond in Toronto a few years back.  I really appreciate wood items and love the clean lines of this piece.  This piece would probably double as a tea light holder (just incase you kill the succulent by accident…)

Bliss Craft And Brazen – Hanging Planter In Ceramic – Sainte-Marguerite–Estérel, Quebec

blissI really like ceramic planters and especially love hanging planters.  The beautiful leather harness adds to the overall appeal of texture in this piece.  It seems like the perfect material to cradle the soft ceramic bowl.

Beard Bangs – Three Legged Fox Planter – Montreal, QC

catI don’t even know what to say about this one – I just LOVE it.  (also, how beautiful is that succulent, AM I RIGHT?!)

Keri Rounding – Felt Plant Cozy – Brampton, ON

feltedFelted vessels are one of my favourite things.  I fist came across one at the OOAK show.  Having done felting myself, I know it is a lot of work.  I just love the natural textures in this piece – way better than your average plastic planter.  This also makes it really easy to swap in another plant (should yours mysteriously die…)

Plants In Mind – Modern Succulent Zen Planter – Vancouver, BC

interestingLooks simple because it is simple.  Sometimes less is more.  This is a beautiful minimal statement piece.

Hinkleville – Handled Plant Pot – Toronto, ON

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This little guy is super cool!  I love how the succulents make his hair-do.

Balsam Root Glass – Plant Holder Set – Duncan, BC

chalkCustomization is key.  These little guys let you leave a little note for your housemates to brighten their day.  Cute.

Glimpse Glass – Diamond Terrarium – Calgary, AB

diamondI really like these terrariums.  They would look cool on top of a giant coffee table book.  I found different coloured moss at my local floral store that you could change up depending on your decor scheme. Even empty I would like to display these.

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Soup’s On!

So… it is cold out.  The weather is all over the place – hot, hot, hot like summer last week – then blistery cold winter temperatures this week.  Where did fall go?  I am all too happy to snuggle up on the sofa, throw a blanket over me and marathon my latest obsession on Netflix.  Add a cup of soup in there for good measure and I have my ideal evening.  Lee and I have been discussing getting some new soup bowls – thought I’d check out Etsy (as usual).  Below are 10 cool soup related things (made in / sourced from Canada) I came across… dreaming of cheddar biscuits and creamy soups all day long 😉 Stay warm friends!

Ben and Lily – Scandinavian Design Soup Bowls- Toronto, ON

The warm brown accented with the pop of turquoise is right up my ally!  Think of all the yummy french onion soups you can prepare over the winter with these bad boys!
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KalikaBowlbyPottery – Peach & White Bowls – Nelson, BC

Simply elegant and modern.  I can see these hosting a variety of broth based soups from kale and legume to a classic minestrone.

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Whistle and Work – shy soup bowl – Toronto, ON

Charming little bowl I would personally use while watching vintage black and white movies. It has a very audrey Hepburn feel.  I wonder what her favourite soup was?

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HandmadesRovena – Nerd Get Well Soon Chicken Noodle Card – Toronto, ON

This makes me feel like I should have paid more attention in science class.  Regardless of my lack of molecular knowledge I think this card is pretty cute!

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DazzlingDezignz4U – Hand Stamped Soup Spoon – Windsor, ON

I want a spoon with the types of soup I eat stamped into it. For example: butternut squash.  I would eat chicken noodle soup with the butternut squash spoon. Just because I can.

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Parceline – Lace Pattern Porcelain Bowl – Montreal, QC

Very pretty, granny chic bowls – perfect for a girls afternoon filled with stitching and most importantly bitching.

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oharahale – Soup Cat Poster – Montreal, QC

One of my favourite posters I have come across as of late.  Cats… soup…Warhol inspired? YES on all fronts.  Meow.

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 Lots Of Wood – Hand Carved Spoons – Kawartha Lakes, ON

How beautiful are these?  This picture is particularly stunning.  I want to collect spoons now.

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AJmetissage – Small porcelain bowls – Montreal, QC

I like these for their subtle pop of colour.  This company makes a juicer that Is stunning – but I was looking for soup things – these fit the bill wonderfully.

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PaperChat – Seinfield Typography Poster – Toronto, ON

A must have for every college dorm room (and young at heart kitchens) everywhere.

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pop! pop! pop!

All summer I have been meaning to set up an outdoor movie on our patio.  I have no excuse – I have a screen, projector, portable speaker, hot air popper – not to mention a sweet blow up sofa!  Perhaps tonight is the night?!  Well, to get me inspired – here are a few poppin’ popcorn related items made in Canada, found on Etsy.com!  I will update pics if we end up setting up this evening 😉

1. Personalized popcorn bags: Vintage Apricot – Langley, BC

These would be so cute to give to your guests!  Have them preloaded, or put out a big bowl of popcorn with a scoop…

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2. Gourmet popcorn seasoning – Purpose Design – Montreal, QC

Ummmm YUM!  I love the idea of making your own custom flavours – Pair this with a hand made soda from a Soda Stream and voila!

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3. Life’s Soundtrack Popcorn Popping (tea towel)! – Kemptonjones – Toronto,ON

I picked up one of these last year the OOAK show in Toronto – so unique – would make the perfect hostess gift!

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4. Popcorn Necklace – Mignonnerie – Montreal, QC

Wear your heart on your…neck?  For movie lovers only.  (who can resist a miniature?)

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5. Movie night popcorn shoes – Mandy Jane Shoes – Calgary, AB

That’s right – get your fancy shoes on!  Go all out in these stunners!  Guaranteed to turn heads 😉

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6. Chick Flick Art – Kelly Grace Shop – Toronto, ON

I have been a fan for years – I would love to have a 3D movie party with old skool glasses. I will settle for these beautiful pieces of art for now…

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7. Let’s all go to the lobby – invite printable – Cute Cartoon Portraits – Montreal, QC

Send out an invite in style – Be honest – who sang the lobby song after reading this?  Best part of the movies, in my opinion.

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7. Internet killed the video store t-shirt – IceCreamTees – Georgina,ON

Sad, but true.

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8. Vintage movie projection screen – The Creative Hearth -Nanaimo, BC

Oldies are golden on this beaut!

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9. Retro film reel – Stonesoupology – Burlington, ON

Loving the colour of these!

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10.Vintage theatre seats – Rice and Potato – Toronto, ON

The ultimate seating!!!!  *swoon*

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UPDATE!!!

Guys, I did it! I set up the movie night – all this swag inspired me to get my butt in gear.  Especially considering there is not much summer left!  We decided to watch a Bond movie – probably a vintage one… let the popcorn start poppin!
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Top 10 Ways To Look Into The Future

I missed out on doing a New Years Blog wrap up like everyone else in the world – so I thought I would look into the future and find the coolest calendars that are Made in Canada.  Let’s be honest, you have probably been to the local bookstore, seen all the generic puppy calendars at  50% off – why not treat yourself this year and support someone in your community? Start this year off on a good foot – buy “local”, buy “handmade”. Here are 10 of my favourites!

1. 2014 Mountain Calendar (Blue Mist) – Made by Pamlostracco – Made in Toronto

I love the graduated colour and the fact that this looks more like art than a calendar.

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2. 2014 Desk or Wall Calendar (mini animals) -Made by MadeWithClayAndLove – Made in Terrenceville, Newfoundland

I really liked the concept of this little calendar – the person creates little clay figures, then photographs them and turns them into calendar pages.  How cute!

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3. 2014 Parks and Rec Calendar – Made by paperchat – Made in Toronto

I have never seen the show in reference, although many of my friends love it – this little calendar made me laugh out loud. It is perfect when you need a little pick me up!

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4. Wanderlust 2014 Calendar – Made by EyePoertyPhotography – Made in Montreal

I love dreaming about my next adventure – this calendar give the perfect inspiration.  It would also serve double duty as beautifully framed photographs after the year is over.

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5. Colourful Letterpress Desktop Calendar – Made by LetterpressShoppe – Made in Toronto

A perfect size for you desk – this little calendar is just stunning!  Every month is a new colour.

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6. 2014 Calendar – Printed on Watercolour Paper – Made by BarbaraOchman – Made in Ottawa

Talk about talent – these are all hand illustrated pictures turned into one beautiful calendar – I would definitely frame these when the months are over.

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7. Perpetual Mechanical Calendar and Pen Set – Made by SandrasCornerStore – Made in Sudbury

This was probably not made in Canada, however this shop is a cute little Canadian vintage store.  I love shopping vintage and would love a little bling calendar like this on my desk.
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8. StarWars Calendar – Made by BluesNotes – Made in Ottawa

Have a movie buff in your life?  I ordered the Back to the Future version for Lee this year.  I think these are genius and what a great up cycling project!  7 starwars

9. 2014 Hand printed Calendar – Made by FlakesPaperie – Made in Ontario

I really love the work by this studio – I discovered Flakes Paperie at the one of a kind show several years ago – and relate to all of her work.

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10. 2014 Calendar – Made by Bookhu – Made in Toronto

This is made by a popular textile studio up the street from where I work.  I like the traditional botanicals.

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