Wednesday, May 6, 2015

vendor profile: Uncle Mike's All Natural Products

Uncle Mike’s All Natural Products began in 2009 when, as a climber, I needed a salve to strengthen and repair my dry and damaged hands. I started researching natural oils and the healing powers of essential oils. As I read and learned about their powerful natural properties, I wanted to experiment and create other products. This led to numerous experiments in the kitchen and a collection of products. As word spread, I began to hand out samples to friends and family. It didn’t take long before my friends and family were spreading the word and I was receiving requests for a natural replacement for other everyday products. After salve came deodorant, then toothpaste and soap, shampoo, laundry soap, aftershave, muscle mud, perfumes, room deodorizers, incense, and the list keeps growing! 

While I feel I have perfected many of my products, I continue to enjoy the artistic and scientific aspect of creating new products and new blends and will always be in the process of creating the next new natural alternative. All of my products are hand made in small batches using only steam distilled essential oils and cold pressed vegetable oils. No synthetic colours, fragrances or additives so that you get the purest most natural product. 

You can always find a full selection of products at and stay up to date with my adventures and new products by following me on Instagram (unclemikesnatural) Twitter (@umnatural), and my Facebook (Uncle Mike's All Natural Products).

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

vendor profile: Three Leaf Apparel

I create and design my own apparel, accessories, and home goods using a variety of handmade techniques and high quality fibres. 
Situated in a city where it is cold 50% of the year, I like to create options that keep my clients warm while feeling fashionable at the same time.  I also aim to use products that are natural and made from animal fibres when possible because they seem to be create the best quality and most luxurious options.  
Recently, I've introduced home goods to my repertoire to give me an artistic output in the summer months while we enjoy the sun and abandoning the need to layer up.  
For more on my work, please visit my Facebook page, website, or find me on instagram as @threeleafyxe.

Monday, May 4, 2015

vendor profile: Mimi & Lala

My mom taught me to sew, and I grew up making things I loved. Now I sew things my little girl loves. It all started with shoes (doesn't it always?) when she was 1 month old. My shoes and boots are made with soft fabrics so as not to bind little feet as they grow and develop. 3 years later, and I still love to create things that make her smile! 

You can see our current obsessions at:
Instagram: @mimi_and_lala

Sunday, May 3, 2015

vendor profile: Just Sewing

Natasha Just of Just Sewing began playing with fabric on her grandmother’s sewing machine when she was a little girl and still uses this vintage machine today. For over ten years she has been passionate about quilting--combining fabrics in both traditional and modern patterns. After becoming a mother, she began sewing one-of-a-kind baby blankets with colourful, inspiring fabrics. Both pre-made and custom nursery sets are available, including crib sheets, change pad covers and blankets in coordinating fabrics. Remnant fabric is used to create smaller items such as toys and bandana bibs for babies and toddlers, and lavender-scented eye pillows for mamas who need to relax. Diaper inserts for cloth diapers made from hemp/organic cotton fabric are also available. Finding creative ways to minimize unused material is one of the most challenging joys of her business. Just Sewing has recently acquired a large-scale quilting machine and both full-size and mini quilts will soon be available. Natasha is currently working on finding new ways to incorporate quilting into many of her products. 

Stay tuned for news at or contact Natasha directly at

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015

vendor profile: Clair Ashley Jewelry


Words inspire me.  I love inspirational quotes that make you think or make you get up & go!  This is what fuels my creative process.  I'm also fuelled by the ocean, sky, southwestern design and of course, colour!  Hand stamping my designs enables my customers to literally wear their story. Be it a meaningful message, a memorable event, or a name of someone dear. It allows for a connection with their jewelry piece that makes it special. I'm so thankful I get to be a part of that!

-Ashley Merkle, Clair Ashley Jewelry

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