My husband Mike

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My dear husband Mike was a superstar helper on Saturday at Etsy Made in Canada and spent most of the day at my booth for me selling my soaps, scrubs, felted soaps, and deodorant was a popular item. I had a terrible cold as did our wee one Iris so it made more sense for the two sickies to stick together and not cough on our customers.

Mike has become an integral part of the Ameya Studio team: coming to craft shows, helping me label, giving me ideas, advice, reminding me to spend time on the less exciting parts of running your own business, such as inventory, business planning, etc. I think my business has really grown since he’s been involved and I’m grateful for that! I’ve also got to watch him grow as new dad and he wears this role very well! He is so loving, patient and loves making her giggle, which is so fun to watch.

With our anniversary this week, this post is dedicated all to you! To two wonderful years of marital bliss! Happy Anniversary Mike and to many more to come!

Here we are with our wee one Iris when we took a family vacay this summer in Ontario! Thanks to Karla Burns Photography for this family photo shoot. Was so fun!

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Thanks Etsy Made in Canada!

29 Sep

Wow, what a great weekend this was with Etsy Canada show at Latitude 53 gallery on Saturday!

After having done craft shows in Edmonton for the past 4-5 years, I like to think I’ve probably met many of the artisans in the Edmonton area, but, I was wrong. At Etsy Made in Canada, there were so many new artisans making some amazing things in Edmonton. I was really impressed with all this hidden talent in Edmonton! Some new faces and artisans I met were:

  • Berg & Betts – beautiful reclaimed leather watches
  • Kiwi Canuck creations – the cutest toques ever! I picked up one for Iris for winter. can’t wait to put it on her!
  • The Alberta Yarn Project – a friend of mine Anna Davidson along with another yarn enthusiast have put together this inventive & unique shop that included kits to make your own mitts, etc. as well as pre-made items, made by them.

Have to give a HUGE shout out to On the Spot Pop Ups for pulling off such a great show in the new Latitude 53 Gallery! What a great space for a artisan market! It’s central, accessible ground-level gallery, lots of natural light and windows! Also, amazing turnout of shoppers too. We are off to a good start with our fall shows! Thank you!

Thanks everyone who came out to shop, chat, and connect with an amazing group of artisans.

Etsy Canada Sale – Sept 27th

24 Sep

Made-In-Canada_300x250_EN_gray-2On the Spot Pop Up’s is partnering with Etsy to bring a new made in Edmonton event. The event will be at Latitude 53 Gallery in Edmonton and will have a variety of artisans. If you are a fan of the online retail marketplace called Etsy, this will be your chance to meet some Edmonton Etsy artisans in person! No more drooling over what you see on screen, now you can meet the person, in person, behind their arts & crafts! How cool is that?

I’m excited to be a part of it. I’m also excited about Latitude 53’s new gallery space which is on the ground floor and is now much more accessible to everyone.  This will be my first show since May, as I took the summer off to enjoy spending time with me wee little daughter Iris. She is growing so much! I can’t believe she will be 8 months old in October! My how time flies!

  • What: Etsy Canada Sale
  • When: Sept 27th, 10am-4pm
  • Where: Latitude 53 gallery, 10242 106 St NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1H7
  • Why: It will be awesome!
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Pure Castille Olive Oil Soaps – Classic Collection

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English Garden castille soap

Edmonton Rosehips & citrus felted soap

Edmonton Rosehips & citrus felted soaps

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High Tea Beeswax Cream – an Edmonton favourite!

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Westcoast woodsy sage & lemongrass felted soaps

What can you hope to find at my table on Saturday? I’ve been busy the past couple weeks in the studio and will be bringing my classic olive oil soaps, beeswax creams, facial & body scrubs, and if all goes well, a few of my felted soaps!

 

See you all on Saturday!

Now available at Carbon Boutique!

23 Sep

Carbon_BoutiqueExciting news!

My skincare line called “Little Acorn” that I launched last year after much testing, is now available at Carbon Environmental Boutique in Edmonton!

iStock_000010064198SmallBabies skin is so new, soft, and sensitive, it needs the gentlest ingredients to keep it that way. I”m proud to see my products in a eco-friendly gift boutique and hope you are too!

At Carbon, you will find my:

  • Organic baby massage oil – sweet smelling and soothing. It’s made with Edmonton rosehips, calendula and chamomile to nourish skin. It’s so divine, you might want a bottle for yourself!
  • Organic baby bum butter – excellent for moisturizing their oh so cute cute bums and for keeping diaper rash away!
Little Acorn's baby bum butter (By Ameya Studio)

Little Acorn’s baby bum butter

Little Acorn's organic baby massage oil

Little Acorn’s organic baby massage oil

P.S. You will also find my 100% prairie wool dryer balls & fair-trade soapnuts laundry detergent at Carbon too!

Natural sunscreen – coming soon!

15 Jul sunscreen

These past few months I’ve been hibernating from posting. Sorry fans, but what I’ve been up to I hope you will like! I’ve been researching and learning how to make a high quality, all natural sunscreen. Yes! It can be done. So far I’ve made 1 test batch and given it out to my volunteer human testers for review.

sunscreenSunscreen is one of those sought after products once sandals, shorts & t-shirt season arrives. But, the ingredients in most name brand products can leave you scratching your head thinking do i have to put this on my skin if I don’t want a sunburn? Yuck.

10348786_10152296462169934_8770765450764216646_oWondering what brands on the market have a good rating and which ones to avoid? Check out the SkinDeep database and this info from the Organic Consumers Association for information. Not all sunscreens are alike.

  • According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) annual report, two-thirds of sunscreen on the market either contain harmful ingredients, including cancer-causing oxybenzone, or do not provide sufficient protection. Learn how to avoid these products: http://orgcns.org/SvMKTS

 

What’s in my sunscreen? I will be continuing testing and developing my product this summer, but so far here is a teaser of what some of the ingredients are that you will find int my sunscreen: beeswax, organic fair-trade shea butter, calendula infused extra-virgin olive oil, vitamin E, and non-nano zinc oxide. It will have a SPF rating of about 25-30.

What makes my natural sunscreen superior?

  • Calendula infused olive oil – Calendula is soothing and anti-inflammatory. oil makes a cream smooth and absorbs into the skin
  • Zinc oxide – is a natural mineral. It is the active ingredient in the sunscreen and provides broad protection from UVA and UVB. It’s also fairly water repellent.
  • Shea butter – is moisturizing and has a natural rating of about 6-10 SPF.
  • Beeswax – excellent for skin repair and acts an a natural emulsifier in the cream holding all the ingredients together without separation, plus the smells is delicious!

Bloomin’ Garden & Art Sale, May 31, 10am-4pm

29 May

Spring has sprung here in Edmonton. Leaves have popped out on the trees with their beautiful greenery and tulips are up. Soon Iris’ will be too! I’ve ben loving my daytime walks with my daughter Iris watching how everything is coming up in the neighborhood.

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 8.09.22 AMIf you haven’t made it out to the different gardening events going on around the city to get your plants, drop by the Bloomin’ Garden & Art Sale at Alberta Avenue Community League this Saturday. In addition to getting some great plants, there are artisans selling their crafts, a little gallery of excellent art works, a permaculture film, a live sculpture demonstration for the sculpture garden that is going in and a fruit growing talk!

I’ll be there and hope to have some new items for you including my natural sunscreen!

IMG_3913IMG_4951If you are looking for a father’s day gift, I have some great soaps such as ‘Oh my Guinness Beer & Oats’ made with real guinness beer and the ‘Boreal Forest Musk’ blend that is also very popular with men.

DIY recipe: Little Acorn’s baby wipes solution

26 May

Well, it’s almost June and I don’t know where May went! Life with a little babe means time flies by at lightning speed I guess. ;) It’s true what they say about time flies when you are having fun. It’s been such a joy being a mom so far.

I promised to post my recipe for making your own diaper wipes solution a little while ago and completely forgot. Sorry readers. Hear it is. Simple, easy to make, and long lasting! You will love it!

 

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This solution is excellent for using with reusable cloth wipes or on the go with DIY disposable cloth wipes (paper towels work great). The recipe makes a concentrate that you then dilute into a spray bottle 1:1 with water. The recipe makes 250mL of concentrate which is enough for two 250mL spray bottles.

Ingredients:

  • 4.5 ounces aloe vera juice
  • 2.5 oz. ounces witch hazel extract
  • 1.25 ounces extra-virgin olive oil (or sweet almond or avocado oil)
  • 40 drops lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops vitamin E oil (or contents of 2 vitamin E capsules)
  • 20 drops peppermint oil
  • 5 drops tea tree oil (optional)

Aloe vera: gentle, soothing on the skin and moisturizing.

Witch hazel extract: cooling and evaporates quickly without being drying.

Extra-virgin Olive oil is a great moisturizer! It’s been used for centuries in skincare to soothe, moisturize and repair skin as well as protect it from wear and tear. You will find olive oil in all my products from my soaps to creams to baby products. It’s also one of the gentlest oils to use on the skin which is why I swear by it.

Vitamin E is restorative for the skin helping sooth and repair damaged skin.

Lavender essential oil: One of the most gentle essential oils that is helping for sensitive, irritated skin thanks to it’s nerve calming properties. It is often a key ingredient in natural eczema creams, facial creams, and more. It also has antibacterial and anitmicrobial powers.

Peppermint oil is cooling, which can help sooth babes bums and prevent inflammation, plus it smells great.

Tea tree oil has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl or glass measuring cup. Stir together and transfer to a bottle using a funnel. Next, fill half a spray bottle with your diaper solution, then add water. Easy right?

How to use it? Spray onto cloth or directly onto baby’s skin and wipe away. Repeat as needed.

 

 

The Royal Bison starts today!

9 May

Today the Royal Bison starts and it’s going to be a great show!

Hours are:

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  • Saturday, 10am-5pm
  • Sunday, 11am-5pm

Location: 8426 Gateway Blvd at the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Building

Hope to see you there!

At a store near you!

5 May

I’m excited to announce that you will find more of my products at the new Sabrina Butterfly store in the Enjoy Centre!

 

Be sure to drop by Cocoon and see for yourself.  My luxurious facial & body scrubs are there now as well as my lip butter collection. My wonderful wool dryer balls have been there since the store opened in April. So, if you missed me at Make it Edmonton and can’t make it to the Royal Bison next weekend, you will find some of my products at this great little local store. I can’t believe how many local designers and artisans that Sabrina has included in her new location. It really is a gem!

 

The Royal Bison is coming! May 9-11

30 Apr

bison_spring2014_bloggraphix-07The Royal Bison is almost here! It’s my favourite art & craft show that I get to do in Edmonton and I’m happy to be back again this spring!

What can you expect this time around?

The classic favourites!

I’ll be bringing my classics: olive oil soaps made with local ingredients like oats, honey, rosehips, and lilacs, beeswax creams, herbal infused lip butters, and our reclaimed wood soap holders.

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In addition to the classics, we have some new items to offer: baby care items! As some of you know, my amazing husband and I had a baby girl a couple months ago. We had called her ‘little acorn’ all through my pregnancy as we wanted to wait to find out at the time oIMG_1696f birth if it was a boy or girl. We still call our beautiful Iris our little acorn and that is the name we chose for our new baby skin care line as she helped inspire it all for us. So far, we have:

  • baby bum butter to scare away any diaper rash and leave their bum oh so soft,
  • baby wipes solution whichis gentle on their skin and works great. We’ve include the recipe for those DIYers among us,
  • a bath time soap,
  • and something to be released for the first time at the Royal Bison is our baby massage oil! It’s perfect after a bath! It’s infused with calendula, rosehips to add anti-inflammatory properties and leave a delicious scent! You might want to even rub some on to you too!

little acorns baby wipes solution

 

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