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Friday, January 25, 2013

Bunny Safari Pottery

Bunny Safari Pottery is a really cool concept. "Bunny" is the Mom of a small child, a potter and a photographer. When she's not running after her little one, she's fusing her two other passions into fantastic pieces of pottery.
Her pieces are uniquely functional and funky to boot! There's a feeling of whimsy in each piece that is sure to delight.

This "Wooly" White Yarn Bowl holds your favorite ball of wool, while you are creating something warm and fuzzy. Bunny warns this won't make the greatest soup bowl!

How cool is this?! This special handmade pottery cup was originally a special request from a customer. Perfect for the Don Draper in your life. Shaving brush not included.

The Poe Spirit Cup collection is inspired by the words of Poe. The name Poe is stamped into the 'spirit' cup using reclaimed letterpress. The letters swirl around the cups in a random pattern. Grab a copy of the famous "Raven" poem by Edgar Allan Poe, and a Poe spirit cup, of course filled with your favourite spirit and sit back and relax.
Bunny Safari Pottery is available on 100 mile finds, on Etsy and at Vessels/Whitestone Gallery at 80 Norfolk St. in Guelph, ON and META4 Gallery at 200 Queen St, in Port Perry.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

My darlin' husband is a huge fan of the TED talks. When he tells me that he's just seen another great talk, I can't wait to hear what he wants to share, our 14 year old has a "trapped in the headlights" kinda  look on her face as she tries to make a slow, stealthy exit from the room. There's nothing worse than being the "lucky" recipients as we try to spread the word of enlightenment to the kids. If you have a moment, well actually 17 moments, grab a coffee, sit back and have a listen.

Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

Susan and I started 100 mile finds because we wanted to make it easy for customers to find locally made products. When we ran the idea past family and friends, almost everyone said it was a great idea, something that they would want to participate in. As we've gathered artisans, manufacturers and retailers to the site almost everyone on that side of the fence expressed what a great idea the site is too. Now we want to take the site to the next level. What do YOU want from the site? As a customer and as a vendor, many of you are both. 
After listening to Ernesto Sirolli I realize that we've done exactly what so many people who want to facilitate an outcome do. We've come up with the solution without really finding out what the real problem or needs is to our customer. 
I'm going to spend the next couple of weeks talking to vendors and customers and see what they want from a local shopping site. I can't wait to see what we all come up with!
If you've got ideas, suggestions or thoughts about what you want from the site or what would make it more valuable to you, we'd love to hear from you
Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Mary K Jewels - shamballa bracelets

One of the many things that I love about 100 mile finds is all the things I learn from being introduced to the vendors on the site. MaryK Jewels has introduced me to the Shamballa bracelet. 
MaryK has a passion for fashion jewellery. "I love to create one of a kind jewellery, from all types of beads such as glass beads, semi-precious beads and also swarsovski beads."
When one visits the MaryK  Jewels Etsy site  you are introduced to a great selection of Shamballa bracelets. I will focus on the Shamballa bracelet and it's history but you should now there are also some beautiful rings and necklaces available for sale too.
The Shamballa bracelet is quite trendy right now and has a fascinating history to it.  The Shamballa bracelet is a style of bracelet based on the traditional Catholic rosary beads used to assist in meditation. Real Shamballa bracelets are made with beads of the same name which are threaded or knotted onto a cord by macrame knots that are then pulled close to fit. 
Shamballa beads are made of anything from crystals, wood or clay to genuine diamonds and intricately carved bone, even plastic. 
The color of the beads of the bracelet is very important. Based on the idea that the 7 different parts or Chakras of the body are affected by different colors. Black or clear bracelets would bring clarity and purity to the wearer, where red would assist in the feeling of security, reality, stability and support. An orange bracelet would help balance creativity, release stress...
MaryK also hold fashion parties, book a party and earn a complimentary gift.