It’s 2018 already! Can you believe it? It’s time to hang up a new calendar so you can start marking all those important dates you have coming up this year. That special trip to Nicaragua, your cousins 30th birthday, and your favorite artist playing in a town near you! Those are hardly things you want to forget!
As always, Etsy never ceases to impress me with the quality of artwork they have. There are so many beautiful handmade calendars by so many talented artists it’s going to be hard to choose just one! Read more →
It’s a new year and you’re looking to clean-up your lifestyle a little bit. Bring some cleanliness and organization into your life with some new and fresh storage ideas. Afterall, a clean house is a clean mind! Check out the amazing artists on Etsy to see what storage solutions they have come up with for you. Here are 20 of my favorite fresh storage ideas to help you get started on your search!
Winter has come! A lovely site for those surrounded by snow, but sometimes it’s only lovely from a distance… Depending on where you live, winter can be tough. However, it can be a great time to catch up on some reading, to finish that puzzle on your kitchen table, and to drink way too much hot chocolate. So when you aren’t skating on the pond, sledding down the mountain or eating shaved ice, it’s best to stay indoors next to the warm fire with the people you love. (TIP: If you don’t have a fireplace, Youtube has some great fireplace videos that you can play on your big screen. It’s not quite the same, but it will do the trick!) So here are some awesome items from the artists on Etsy to help you stay cozy this winter. Read more →
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 →
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. #supportlocalRead more →
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.
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 →
It’s finally summertime! After a lengthy Spring here in Canada the rain is finally taking a break and the sun is burning hot. So when you’re not at the beach, in the garden or on the patio, it might be a good idea to spend a moment indoors and cool off. I’ve gathered together some awesome DIY kits from the wonderful Etsy for some ideas on what to do in your spare time. Just click on the title or the photo to be taken to the Etsy page. Read more →
Fathers Day, with a seemingly positive intention, has been a controversy for many many years. The history of both Mothers Day and Fathers Day is interesting. And, regardless if you are pro-Parents Day, or against it, for me, an excuse to give thanks to my father and father figures is just fine.
I have included a section from history.com about some of the history related to Fathers Day. After the short read, you will find some suggestions of Etsy Fathers Day gift ideas.
The items I selected below are all handmade in Canada and are made with eco-friendly production, eco-friendly materials, recycled materials, or all of the above.Read more →
Recently Etsy has put out a new selection of Editors Picks under the title : Reduce Your Waste.
They feature everything from upcycled gifts, to reclaimed wood furniture, to earth friendly cleaning products and more. I think it’s a great idea! Although when thinking about reducing your waste, buying more items doesn’t exactly come to mind. But the idea is that these are products you will only have to buy once (or very minimal amounts) in an effort of reducing your waste that is being thrown out everyday.
For example; how often do you throw cling-wrap in the garbage? Most people, very often. Well what if there was a simpler way that could be simply washed and reused? There is! Read more →