DIY Mothers Day Gift Ideas

DIY Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mama’s Day! And although I’m not completely on-board with the Hallmark-hijacked-holiday as far as its main incentive being consumerism. The original creation of the holiday was with good intent, and any excuse to appreciate our amazing mothers is okay with me.  Read more

Etsy Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Etsy Mothers Day Gift Ideas

Mama’s Day! And although I’m not completely on-board with the Hallmark-hijacked-holiday as far as its main incentive being consumerism. The original creation of the holiday was with good intent, and any excuse to appreciate our amazing mothers is okay with me.  Read more

Permaculture Soil Section : Week 4, part 2

Permaculture Soil Section : Week 4, part 2

Like the air we breathe, it is unexpendabley important. It is the life beneath our feet. It is a habitat for our decomposing friends and a home to the flowers we love. It balances temperatures and stores water. It is soil. And believe it or not, it is a huge contributing factor to climate change. Let’s start with a short video Read more

Montreal Boutique & Thrift Store : Danette.andthebee

Montreal Boutique & Thrift Store : Danette.andthebee

montreal boutique & thrift store
Our story begins…

Arterie began (and I quote) “by a series of accidents”. Danette started off selling vegan shoes. She found a space in an existing store to set up her vegan shoes, and after time got more and more involved in the store. As time passed, the original store owner moved out, which left the option to Danette to take over. She had already put so much into the store she couldn’t have passed up the opportunity. So from vegan shoes to business owner Danette took over. The world put her where she needed to be and from that was born… Read more

Permaculture Tree Section : Week 4

Permaculture Tree Section : Week 4

Dear Friend,
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance Read more

Montreal Locals Boutique : Kristelle.andthebee

Montreal Locals Boutique : Kristelle.andthebee

montreal locals boutique 
Our story begins…

From old friends, to business partners; Kristelle Mercier and Geneviève Paquette explored the idea of putting together their talents to create something positive and new. Kristelle, having previously worked as a manager of a small bistro, had the desire to open her own business and the skills required to operate it. And Geneviève, a designer of her own ethical fashion line, brings imagination and artistic insight to the project. Together they decided to create a space for like-minded local artists to showcase their products, and to provide an accessible opportunity for the community to shop local, and discover local artists. This led to the beginning of… Read more

Permaculture Microclimates : Week Three

Permaculture Microclimates : Week Three

Week Three into my PDC.
Topic: Microclimates

When I first heard the term “microclimates” I imagined a setting of tiny people living in an abandoned tin can. The scene was tropical and the tiny people were barbecuing amongst tiny palm trees wearing tiny sunglasses and tiny visors. Outside of the summery tin can was a vast field of snow surrounded by regular-sized evergreens and normal-looking reindeer (whatever your definition of normal may be.) And, although this is a very surreal image, it’s not far from what a microclimate really is. Read more

Montreal Children’s Boutique: Galina.andthebee

Montreal Children’s Boutique: Galina.andthebee

montreal children’s boutique
Our story begins…
Galina has lived in the neighbourhood du Plateau-Mont Royal since 2002. She wanted to use her years of experience as a graphic designer to offer a new business on the street. One which combines retail with an artistic vibe. Galina is mother to two young boys, who may also be referred to as The Little Monsters or Les Petits Monstres. And with these two young boys it was brought to her attention that there wasn’t much as far as a children’s boutique in the area. Galina and her brother took the opportunity to offer something unique on the street and in February 2016 they opened to the public. Everything seemed to fall into place and that was seen as a positive sign to Galina; that she had begun a valuable project. Read more