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Oh Sweet! Valentine’s Day is almost here.

Valentine’s Day is one week away. I hope you have a few sweet ideas to sweep your sweetie off his/her feet. If you don’t, we have a couple of lovely ideas up our sleeve. (I am a big fan of playing up light puns and romantic goofiness during Valentines Day so bear with me.)

YOU WARM MY HEART – a Bread & Butter pottery heart mug says this perfectly. Extra special bonus? Add some hot chocolate & a small bottle of Kahlua with a gift certificate for breakfast in bed and your got yourself a winning gift.

I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND – Oh those Beatles made romance sound so simple. You want to hold her hand, but dude, at least let her wear some super warm and extra cute mittens because we are in Canada after all. Fiona Alice mittens are hand knit, lined for double warmth, and then gussied up with upcycled fox fur, wool herringbone, and wooden buttons. Extra special bonus? Slip an invitation for a skate date inside.

YOU GOT THE WRITE STUFF – Ah the power of the written word. A handbound leather journal is a thoughtful romantic gift for your writing/recording/journalling sweetheart. Extra special bonus? Inscribe the first page with a quote or personal note.

Jewellery is always a winner. We have lots of unique pieces to meet all kinds of jewellery styles. Come in and let us help you choose the perfect piece.

On top of all the fabulous gifts, every Valentine’s purchase will receive (while supplies last) these adorable handmade kraft paper stitched hearts filled with cinnamon hearts made by me!

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Valentines With Heart

Some people feel that Valentine’s Day is really a cheap marketing ploy to get consumers to spend money during an otherwise quiet lull in consumerism. I happen to like Valentine’s Day. It highlights my favorite colours (red and fuschia), it gives a little silly mock-holiday to an otherwise chilly nothing-else-going-on month, and it is about luv. But for all those skeptics out there, we have a special Valentines card that is full of heart. Love, Me Boutique is happy that we are able to help local youngster Jakob Conrad and his Valentines fundraiser by selling his Twoonies for Toubabs postcard Valentines.

Jakob is ten years old. Last year he joined his Mom on a work trip to Gambia, in West Africa. Wanting to do something for the people of Gambia, Jakob created a Valentines Day themed postcard to sell whose profits could be delivered by Jakob himself on his trip to the Nova Scotia Gambia Association in Gambia. His organization Twoonies for Toubabs raised $3,000 in cards last year. On a mission again this year to raise money for this organization, Jakob has been hard at work packaging up valentines and promoting his cause.

Love, Me Boutique is a proud to help out Jakob and Twoonies for Toubabs by selling his Valentine postcards from now until Valentine’s Day.

$2 for a single card or a pack of six for $10.

Need a bit more heart warmth? Check out this slideshow of Jakob’s trip to the Gambia set to an interview of Jakob and CBC’s Shelagh Rogers.

 

 

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It’s Not Over Until the Ladies Have Had Their Day Off!

Ah the internet. I am full of interesting factoids and information since becoming a regular of Twitter and blogs. Case in point – today I read Christmas is not over until midnight tonight. On a new to me foodie blog, writer Niamh (love her name) at Eat Like a Girl (again with the sweet name), writes about some wonderful international traditions which officially close out the holidays. My personal favorite is Ireland declaring today a Women’s Christmas. This day recognizes that women work their derrieres off preparing and presenting Christmas that they rarely, if ever,  get a break themselves. This day became a day for the lady folk to rest, eat, drink, and be merry. And to slurge a bit on themselves with whatever remained in the coffers from that years turkey sales.

You may not have sold any turkeys or even prepared a turkey, but don’t you think it is right and proper to declare one day to rest and splurge on yourself. What a great way to close out the manicness that can be the holidays and start the year off right. Seriously! Most of us spend our holidays running around like turkeys about to get their heads cut off and then have to jump back into a New Year full of strict resolutions and promises. Aghck!

Ladies – claim your Irish rights. (Or claim to be Irish.) Take a day to yourself. Sleep in. Drink tea. Eat that yummy January 6th French traditional King Cake. And then head out with the gals and splurge on yourself. Buy yourself a little treat-

a nice soap,

a pretty necklace,

some lovely earrings, some sweet mittens or cozy cowl, a piece of art you love.

Now that is a tradition I think I might start incorporating in my own life. 

Happy Christmas Ladies!

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Holiday Gift Guide – The Romantic at Heart

Pretty things that will make a romantic heart sing.

Emellished Purse – Shibang Accessories are a classy gals bag of choice. They are beautiful and elegant with a touch of whimsy. This over-the-shoulder casual bag is a homerun at $95.

Mini Mixed Media Works – If she likes shoes/heels, she will love these mini works by Melissa Townsend. Melissa is a young NS up and coming artist and these pieces were done just for us! They would be super sexy in a bedroom or fancy closet area. $69

Strap Clutch – Beautiful floral printed cotton clutch from Edmonton artists Elliven. This clutch has a removable strap making it a great accessory for a classic lady on the go.

Heart Ornament – A fuschia taffetta heart ornament screened with “love”. Ahhhh…

Rosebud Earrings – Classic floral studs handmade by Jason Villeneuve of Victoria, BC.  Available in a variety of colours.

Key Necklace – If she has the key to your heart, she may just want to wear it around her neck! Vintage skeleton keys on vintage lace.

CD: A New Kind of Light – A romantic collection of beautiful Christmas songs by Jill Barber, Rose Cousins, and Meaghan Smith. All proceeds go to Feed Nova Scotia. $20 (cash only).

Snowbird Ornament – Local designer Onecia creates these sweet bird ornaments with off-cuts from her fashion line. $12.50

Teacup Candle – Vintage teacups filled with a soy wax candle. Comes in a lovely gift box. $20

Oooh – also handbound leather journals, beautifully crafted soap, and pretty mittens

WORTH MENTIONING: If something in this guide appeals to you but you are not local, call or email. Many of the items we carry are truly one-of-a-kind. But don’t fret – you, me & Canada Post can make dents in that list!

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Holiday Gift Guide – Wee Girl

Pretty Little Treats for Tiny Wee Sweeties

Smitten Dress – Local eco-crafter Twice Upon a Time upcycles gently/hardly used kids clothing with her embroidery magic. This red cordoroy smitten dress is only one of much Twice Upon a Time adorableness. This one 4T. $55

Felt Cloud Mobile – If only it rained in pretty felty rainbows! These happy mobiles are locally made and come in a regular and mini size. $24/$18

Sweater Dress/Tunic/Vest – Another line of smart eco crafter Momma goodness! This gorgeous soft woolen sweater dress is meant to transition from dress, to tunic, to vest. Made in Tatamagouche. This one 12-18 months. $30

Woodland Owl Stuffie – This felted sweater Woodland Wool critter is great for cuddles and interactive play as well as decorating any corner of the house. $30

Retro Cat Stuffie – Every little girl that visits our shop has big love for these super cuddly Fabricawakuwaku kitties. Vintage fabric make these quirky cats so rad and add cheer to any space.

Framed Paper Art -Truro artist Abounding Treasures frames up sweet vintage classic book cut-outs. This whale assemblage is from Enid Blyton’s Noddy Series. $79-89

Framed Paper Bird Collage -You most likely know her as a superstar singer, but Meaghan Smith is also one crafty lady! This lovely paper bird collage on canvas is set in a handmade wooden frame (also made by Meaghan).

Leg Warmers – Local sewing talent Leesa Hamilton makes the cutest leg warmers for us. I love that her leg warmers can then become arm warmers as the wee one becomes less wee. Available in a variety of colours, thicknesses, and lengths.

Halifax Holiday Home Decorations – One would think that a Holiday decoration is not necessarily a “fun” kid gift but I assure you, any young one will enjoy these wooden houses. Kids love to set them up and interact with them. (And if you are my son, you pack them up in a bag and cart them around the house and rearrange them in unusual places while my daughter brings out her set of worry dolls and has them interact with our village of homes.) $6

Circle Garland – Mixed printed fabric circle garland could be used to doll up any room.  It also make a sweet present topper or stocking stuffer.

 

WORTH MENTIONING: If something in this guide appeals to you but you are not local, call or email. Many of the items we carry are truly one-of-a-kind. But don’t fret – you, me & Canada Post can make dents in that list!

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Holiday Gift Guide – Crafty Lass

DIY – Do It Yourself (or with a little help from Love, Me): Gifts for the Crafty Lass.

Sewer’s Toolbelt – This holiday season, give the gift of efficiency. This sweet locally made cotton toolbelt from Onecia has lotsa pockets and a pin cushion as well as adorable stitching!

Scissor Necklace – Crafters are a pretty proud bunch. This fun antique looking necklace from Hanami Designs is a great accessory for any crafty lassy (or hairdresser).

Calendar – Any pro crafter needs to stay organized but no regular calendar will work in her studio space. Created by NS artist Susan Black with prints of 12 collaged owls.

Stay-Stitched – PEI crafter/author Erin Arsenault self published this great workbook for beginner to intermediate sewers. A perfect (flat!) gift to mail to any crafter. $20

Wool – This delicious hand-dyed and hand-spun wool by Halifax’s own Dandelion’s Day Dream would be a welcome gift for any knitter or crocheter. Various colours and weights.

Fabric Scrap Pack – Cold winter days are perfect for crafting. Pad her fabric stash with Fabric Packs in aesthetically pleasing colourways. They make a fun add-on gift, stocking stuffer or a gift all its own. $15

Paper Garland – Local crafter Rita Van Tassel’s light hearted novelty bunting will give your crafter a chuckle and a great studio decorating accessory!

Button Collections – Fun button vintage button collections on retro National Geographic cards will delight your crafter – no matter the age. Oh! They make great stocking stuffers. Under $5!

WORTH MENTIONING: If something in this guide appeals to you but you are not local, call or email. Many of the items we carry are truly one-of-a-kind. But don’t fret – you, me & Canada Post can make dents in that list!

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Holiday Gift Guide – Oh Boy!

If you think Love, Me & handmade is just for the gals, boy are you wrong!

Make Art Tshirt – A black organic cotton Tshirt created exclusively for Love, Me Boutique. It is a cool arty version of the basic black Tshirt. $25

Cowl – The practicality moms and grandmas love, with the cool factor he will love. A locally made Pip Robins cowl is available in a variety of cool patterns. $30

Skateboard Art – This gift will grow with your young man from his bedroom, to his dorm room, to his first apartment. Local painter Andrew MacDonald’s colourful Austin Mini, Police Car, and Pickup Trucks  are set against beautiful teals, peaches, pinks, and browns. $75

Glass – Yes, he will most likely put this on the coffeetable without a coaster, but atleast while it sticks to the table surface, it will look rockin’. Local artist Kyla Francis has a some great boy friendly prints, but I love the highball glass with sneakers. $17

Clock – We can’t promise that this clock will keep your teen boy on schedule, but it will look chic and sharp in his room. This wood clock is crafted by Toronto artisan Cameron Maclean.

Poster – This 3-dimensional silkscreened printing of Canadian Geese may have been intended as gift wrap but it makes a cool wall poster. 3-D glasses included. $7 

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1″ Pin – Great under $5 gift. Great stocking stuffer. Great flat/affordable “mailable” gift. Great add-to-a-card extra. Assorted 1″ pinback buttons by local White Elephant Button Co. $1.50

Slouchie Hat – Local knitter dropped off some great slouchie hats after this photo went “to print” but it is worthy of a mention. Wooly warmth in perfectly large & slouchy fashion. $40

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