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Oh My Mob!

I have been delaying writing this post. I wrote about my initial reactions immediately following the event, but then have let the day sit and nestle into my heart since then.

photographic source: Michelle Doucette

On Saturday, March 10th, Yelp Halifax organized its first ever Cash Mob. The idea is similar to that of a flash mob – people meet up to complete a task and create an event. But in the cash of a Cash Mob, the idea is to meet up and shower a local business with patronage. Participants are not told the location until minutes before they set out to ‘mob’ and the participating retailer is told with just enough time to call in some friends to help and ensure they have change in their cash drawers.

To say the experience was overwhelming is too simple and not heartfelt enough. To have over 100 (joyful) people stand in line for over an hour (on the first gorgeous Saturday since I don’t know how long), has a profound effect on this shopkeeper whose business is so deeply personal.

I think I will just litter this post with links (here) and photos because I have gotten to the point that I have talked about it so much I don’t want it to become over simplified. I think I will just end with a reminder: where you choose to spend your money has an effect. (And if you shop here and read my blog, well I am preaching to the choir, I know… but I feel it can never be said too much, right?) When you shop local, your dollars count. When you get to know the retailers and they get to know you, that is a relationship and that makes a community. It mattered to me that 100 people chose to support me – before they knew they were told that it was Love, Me being mobbed AND after they were told. It mattered to me that people were happy in my shop where I try really hard to create a little piece of happy. It mattered to me that people were thanking me even though I was almost in tears attempting to thank them. It mattered to me that Yelp and others wanted to help me because they see that my wee shop has something to offer. This does not happen in a box/chain stores. Big chains don’t make an effort to remember your name. They don’t care about what you spend your money on. They don’t thank you for realsies when you shop in their store. You are not going to be able to Cash Mob everyone you would like to. You are not going to be able to shop local and independent all the time. But your choices matter. Where ever and whenever you can make them. OK?

photographic source: Michelle Doucette

What I can’t show you is the amount of Twitter traffic #yelpcashmob generated that day. It was the highest trending topic in NS and fourth for Canada. Shut the front door!!

Thank you to all who participated.

Blessings and love to all ya’all.

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Re-Entry

Woke up to the alarm in the dark. Began the race toward re-entry. “Where’s your backpack?” “Where are your ‘indoor’ shoes?” “Where’s my lunch bag?” It is January and as much as I would really love more jammies time around the tree, it is unavoidable that holidays must end and the new year must begin. While it may take me a few weeks to find my rhythm, I really love the New Year. It is a clean slate. I love putting up a fresh calendar and cracking the spine on a new agenda. The unmarked pages are ready for challenges, for fun, for greatness.

How about you? How was your re-entry to your regularly scheduled programming? If you are needing some inspiration, the shop still has some great calendars and agendas ready for all that your 2012 has to offer. Give yourself the gift of organization and motivation!

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What Are You Doing New Years Eve?

Whether you do it up with LBD (little black dress) or you glam rock in your favorite jeans, I think these are a NYE must have:

They are also available with purple as the secondary colour, a mix of the two colours, as well as other suede or leathery options. Gold baby. That is where its at.

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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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