Are you a creative person? Are your friends and family creative? Do you want to show someone how much you care by making them a gift instead of just giving them one? Or do you want to give the gift of a beautiful experience while doing a craft project together? Well, if you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in the right place! Here I have put together an amazing list of DIY gift kits that will surely be a hit over the holiday season! A ton of unique and fun ideas to enjoy the holiday season with the people you love, and to give a gift that your loved ones will truly enjoy. Read more
Oh no! Secret Santa time again… That means shopping… That means consumerism and buying into the crazy Christmas related spending schemes. So are you looking for some eco-friendly gift ideas that won’t break your budget? A lot of people associate the words “eco-friendly,” “ethical,” “organic,” “sustainable,” etc. with the word “expensive!” But it definitely doesn’t have to be that way. With a little effort, you can find small business owners who are creating beautiful eco products without the high costs you may be used to. So I decided to take away some of your research time and help you get your Secret Santa holiday shopping over with while still supporting hand-makers and artisans. Read more
Not long ago, andthebee was living in the remarkable Montreal. In fact! It was there where my blog began. During my time there I met a ton of local artists and I wanted to discover a way I could support them. I came up with the idea to write a blog to showcase some of the small businesses who were creating unique original items as well as the shops supporting local handmakers and Canadian artisans. Now, this holiday season many of those very artists have put out a selection of holiday-themed items! So why not support real artists this holiday season and do your gift shopping on Etsy. I have gathered 10 holiday gift ideas from Montreal based artists to get you started on your hunt. #supportlocal Read more
The holiday season, once again, and the dread of shopping is overwhelming you. Consumerism is taking a toll on our current society, and it’s hard to feel good about purchasing from large corporations nowadays. So why not support the little fish? Real people who are trying to make a difference in how we create and produce. It can be hard to find these artists in your city or town and may take a lot of searching to find an ethical gift for each person on your list in the same store. Well, there is one store that DOES have it all… Etsy! Read more
So you’ve completed your Permaculture Design Certificate. You’re probably full of emotions; sad to say goodbye to a group you grew close with but excited to apply your new permaculture knowledge in real life situations. But… What exactly are these real-life situations? And do you even feel finished with learning? Where can you apply this knowledge? Where can you get more!? Oh, the feeling of a lost little puppy is pretty normal, I think, for a lot of people coming out with their Permaculture Design Certificate. It happened to me (actually it continues happening to me), and I have spent a lot of time on research on how I can further my education in Permaculture, and where I can start applying and practising my skills. So here you have the ultimate list that can help you figure out what exactly to do after you complete your Permaculture Design Certificate.
It’s that spooky time of year again. And once again another holiday producing disposable one-use decorations that go out for one day and thrown away the next. But, it doesn’t have to be that way! I’ve come up with some ideas on how to replace those disposable “no-go’s” for reusable ones! But first, I thought we would start off with a little history lesson about Halloween…
Ok crazy houseplant people!
If you don’t already know Etsy, it’s the only place I will shop online. It is full of artisans, vintage collectors, and entrepreneurs trying to support themselves. It also just so happens to be FILLED with amazing planters and houseplant pots. I collected some of my FAVORITE planters and put together this amazing list to share with you all. (The animal planters are my favorites… shhh….)
Just click the photos to be taken to the original page.
ENJOY! And happy planting! Read more
Summer is coming to an end and it’s back to school, back to work, and back to “reality”. At least that’s what some people say. Personally, I designed my life that so all 365 days feel like reality. The weather changes and the temperature too, but my view of life remains the same. My goals are still there, my dreams still dancing in my head, my attitude consistent (for the most part).
But for some of us who have taken a reasonable rest from their jobs or schools, are beginning again now in Autumn.
Are you prepared? Are you thinking of ways to bring some change into your day-to-day during the new season?
How about starting with some reusable, recycled, re-found essentials? Read more