I'm a born and raised prairie girl living in SK, Canada with my beautiful family. I'm a teacher by profession, and as a hobby I love to craft! I'm also a #heartwarrior living with CHD, doing my part to raise some awareness for this cause. My favourite thing to do is travel and explore new places whenever possible. Oh, and I like to write every once in awhile, too. ;) Thanks for visiting! xoxo
I think we can all agree that one of the best aspects of the holiday season is all of the yummy food! Food is such a huge part of the season – whether we enjoy certain traditional meals because they are cultural, or have become traditional treats in our homes – or simply because we love the social aspect of gathering together with family and friends over a delicious meal – the flavours of the season are something we all understand and can appreciate!
With both American Thanksgiving, and the Holiday season approaching, I thought it would be fun to highlight some awesome cook-books, along with suggestions for dishes you may wish to incorporate into your own seasonal meals! Who knows? You may even start a new tradition!
Each cook-book on this list has been selected for a specific reason, and each offers a range of delicious meal options, from appetizers, to mains, to side-dishes, to desserts!
Fall is one of my favourite times of the year, and I’m always looking for ways to celebrate the season. I also really love hosting people in our home, and creating events and spaces where our friends and family feel welcome.
If you’ve been following me for awhile then you’ll already know that we did a major overhaul in our backyard this last summer, which resulted in our own little backyard oasis. The only downside was that it took almost the entire summer for us to complete the project, so I was feeling like we hadn’t had much time to enjoy it by the time September rolled around.
Oh my gosh! This is it! It’s launch day for The Cozy Collection! I honestly am so excited that today has arrived and that so many of you are already excited about this amazing little curated collection of handmade Christmas goodies!
Some of you have been asking where the inspiration for this collection came from, and I have to admit, I was 100% inspired by Canada’s own Jillian Harris, after seeing both of her Etsy collections come out over the last year. I just thought to myself, how brilliant, to be able to do something creative like that and also work with local talent!
Creating is something that is so near and dear to my heart – over the last several years I have dabbled in chalkboard art, baby-bows, and of course, social media. I love to create and so the idea of co-designing all of these special items for one collection just seemed like too much fun to pass up! I was also looking for a way to celebrate the huge one-year milestone anniversary of my open-heart surgery, and this idea just checked all the boxes for me. Some of the makers even ended up incorporating hearts into their designs as a nod to the significance of this Christmas for me and my family, and I truly could not be more grateful.
I ended up chatting with some of my closest friends about the idea to see if it was something that other women would be interested in, and after all of the positive response I received, I decided to approach some local makers. I wanted the collection to be representative of my brand, but also remain true to each maker’s style and aesthetic as well.
Each of the makers in The Cozy Collection is from one of the three Prairie Provinces – Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, with the exception of one very special company, which I’ll talk more about later on in this post.
The collaborative effort put forth by each maker to include me in the creative and decision-making process was amazing, and I am truly so so proud of this gorgeous collection. And even more than that, I am SO proud of these amazing makers and how much talent we have right here on the Prairies.
So – I know you are all ready to get your Christmas shopping done, so I’ll stop talking and instead, you can read on for a brief bio submitted by each individual maker, as well as the link to each of their individual shops. Thank-you SO SO much for all of your love and support! Happy shopping!!
Willow Street Bees was born out of a love for creating all natural, safe, and effective lip care products. Each small batch of lip balms is crafted with care in YXE with all of the finest ingredients, including locally sourced beeswax. The combination of beeswax and various natural oils and butters creates a luxurious balm. Each lip balm comes packaged in a biodegradable cardboard tube, because the world doesn’t need more plastic.
About the maker- Julie lives in Saskatoon with her husband, Trevor, and two boys Oakland(5) and Kai(2). She is a Registered Nurse who has always loved the process of creating and sharing her creations with others. From her love for all natural skin care products and desire to create, she started making beeswax based lip balms using the beeswax from her Dad’s urban hive. What started as a small DIY project evolved into a small business, and now into a plan to venture into the beekeeping world. Stay tuned to follow her journey into all things bees!
Brittany Dakins creates custom and live art for weddings, workshops, events and homes based in Edmonton, Alberta. Find her painting all your beloved pets, hosting calligraphy classes, lettering at corporate events and spending time in her favourite place + ultimate inspiration for Peak Paper Co – the Canadian Rockies.
Needles in a Homestack was established in 2014 and has become my place to dream and create.
I value being the sol creator in my company, it’s all in the details: the warmth, the texture and softness of the yarn, the tension in my stitches, my hand sewn on tags, to each pom or button tied on.
I have set a high standard for myself in the quality and design of each and every product I sell. My desire is to provide you with modern, stylish, warm accessories, that will carry you through the seasons.
Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might ! Ecc 9:10
(I am proud to also be the Co-Creator of Made 2 Market, which just had a very successful first season!)
A lover of kitsch and anything whimsical, Dionne started Poppy Joy Pompoms to funnel her creative energy. She lives in Winnipeg where she is raising two curly haired cuties along with her husband. Poppy Joy Pompoms handmakes pompom accessories and decor from key chains to fluffy garlands. Her pompoms are the perfect what to add some charm to your outfit, home or party.
(Note: Scrunchies are sold in two sets of three – there is a green set and a burgundy set; DM your choice to Ashlee using the link above to purchase. Payment details will be provided)
My name is Ashlee Piper. I am a mom of two (4&2), wife, full time teacher & owner of Lil’ Pips Baby Boutique. Lil’ Pips is a small, home based business that started about 4 years ago because I had a very drooled baby. I had never sewn a day in my life but decided to try making my son bandana bibs to combat the drool.. fast forward 4 years and I am now a self taught sewer with a children’s clothing and accessory line! I am a one woman show, doing all my sewing work at home in my basement after my kids go to sleep.
(Note: There are three stocking choices: stripes with either burgundy or green vegan leather, and pink with neutral trim – either dream or white. Quantities are extremely limited! DM your choice to Allison using the link above to purchase. Pom Tassel not included. Payment details will be provided.)
My name is Allison, and I am the maker of B&F Sewing. I was born and raised in Saskatchewan, and I will forever be a prairie girl.
Sewing began as a hobby, and quickly transpired into a passion. As a mom, I wanted unique and sentimental pieces for my kids that they would be able to treasure forever. I started by making pillow cases and minky blankets, and then my love for Christmas took over, and I started making Christmas stockings. I have always loved Christmas, so I knew making personalized stockings for my family was a must.
I hope that I can bring a little Christmas sparkle with these cozy Christmas stockings to enjoy for this special time of year.
“Sojourn Studio is a social enterprise that provides dignified work, character education, life skills, and spiritual development to women along the Thai-Myanmar border. As a sustainable project of Global Child Advocates the Sojourn Studio team produces and sells beautiful ceramic jewelry while encouraging women to pursue hope-filled forward motion.
Global Child Advocates strengthens the layers of protection around children to prevent abuse, trafficking, and institutionalization and empowers through education and advocacy.”
Sojourn Studio is the only participant in The Cozy Collection that is not from the Prairie Provinces, but this mission holds a special place in my heart, and I’m so glad they were on board! I am also happy to say that each of the delicate heart pendants created for The Cozy Collection were made by the teenagers who participate in their Saturday morning program.
Heart Pendant Details: porcelain heart with hand-painted gold lustre on an 18 inch, 14K gold-filled chain.
Thank- you again to each and every one of you for checking out this collection and supporting me and all of these talented makers!