The World In Watercolor
As the last of the leaves have fallen and a chill settles across the countryside, have your dreams shifted to far-flung exotic places?
If your passport has its own layer of dust, and the last time you had any sort of passbook updated was at the bank, Ananda Khalsa's breathtaking line of Asian-inspired art jewelry is your ticket to a magical world of life captured in watercolor.
Deeply inspired by the symbolism of nature, each piece crafted by Ananda invites you to see the world in her eyes. Both plants and animals are painstakingly painted onto paper, and then showcased behind glass. Stone & bead accents add a layer of bejeweled elegance, and provide a breathe of femininity to the cool, sleek metal settings in which every illustration is set.
This is wearable art in its truest form. From conception to completion; from meticulous design to imaginative ornamentation; you will feel as though you are curator of your own personal art collection when you choose any pendant, ring or pair of earrings from Ananda's collection.
One can truly travel around the world and back again, simply by immersing themselves in Ananda Khalsa's vivacious world – a world where fragrant blooms, such as orchid and plum blossom, perfume your senses; where the stately willow lovingly nurtures; and where dragonflies bring love & joy on flickering crystalline wings.
Be Still My Darkened Heart!
At the time of year when spirits are stirring and things go bump in the night, it's difficult not to get caught up in the dark romanticism of it all. Independent perfumery Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab embraces that notion, and has stocked their online shop with potions and elixirs that, for the goth and the goth-at-heart, will make everyday feel like Halloween.
Browsing BPAL's online catacombs, it is easy to become enchanted by their sweeping array of themed scents that run the gamut from amour to the afterlife. However, with befitting monikers such as Love Potions and Dark Elements, one can easily navigate the collections and find scents to tickle your senses with devilish delight.
Perfectly befitting autumn and its melancholy atmosphere, The Lab's Bewitching Brews collection is rife with perfumery fit for a Queen of the Night. Thirsting for something dark & ominous? The musky undertones of The Raven could be just what you are looking for. Looking for a signature scent with a little more bite? The bitter blackness of The Lab's Count Dracula scent promises to add a more sinister spice to your perfume repertoire.
My own gothic teeth were cut on The Cure, Bauhaus and Siouxsie & The Banshees, not to mention a steady diet of black hair dye, talcum powder and my trusty Kohl eyeliner. So, imagine my delight when taking a virtual stroll through the dizzying selection of tantalizing scents and aromatic oils found at BPAL.
Amongst the mythological and magickal concoctions, you will also find numerous limited edition scents, such as the Halloween-themed Pumpkin Patch collection. With five "delightfully strange" variations, including #2, a combination of pumpkin with cocoa, hazelnut, & walnut, there is certainly one that will appeal to you. And don't worry – a quick search on BPAL's user forums offers up customer reviews of each Pumpkin Patch scent so you can, indeed, find the one that appeal to your personal scent preference.
In fact, the forums are an endless source of ideas & inspiration from perfume enthusiasts who love to talk shop, experiment with and swap their BPAL stash. Seriously, I can't think of another indie shop that has developed a cult following such as The Lab's, one that collectively thirsts for their aromatic blends, and will gladly wait the 21-30 days it can take to process, hand-blend, package and ship orders.
The funny thing is – with such a ravenous fan base, I have to admit my curiosity is piqued. Now to whittle down my wishlist to one that won't break my budget.
From the antiqued labels, vintage cobalt & amber vessels, and spine-chilling artwork, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has found their niche in perfumes for the dark-at-heart, and delivers them with dead-on diabolical accuracy.
For others who are intrigued by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab's extensive menu of intoxicating perfumery, visit their website, and be prepared to while away your witching hours browsing their virtual shelves laden with seductive scents sure to steal your heart.
Day-Spa-Tripping for the Modern Gal
Have you heard the latest dish? Your local health & wellness retreat has made the move from seaweed wraps to the information superhighway. And you're the one who is set to clean up.
anise&currant, the newly-launched go-to site for all things bath, body and abode, is subsequently poised to be THE authority on sweet-scented elixirs, suds and balms. Resident scent sleuth at anise&currant, Kristen Magee is on her way to compiling an impressive list of companies specializing in spa products.
While dressing table standbys, such as candles and soap, are well represented, Kristen adds an extra level of cachet to the directory by seeking out products that, until recently, were more scarcely represented by smaller designers, including cosmetics & perfume.
The true beauty of any directory website is that of discovery. Browsing through the indexed listings, I am pleasantly surprised by the list of indie staples, as well as a number of shops I had not heard of before. From Kristen's own Beccalights, to my new discovery of the cheekily-named Villainess, anise&currant's showing of products promising to soothe, detoxify & de-stress is proof that the bath, body, candle and cosmetic markets are on the rise when it comes to home-based ventures.
Beccalights' impressive range of candles, scent melts and room sprays is only outrivaled by the incredible scents! I personally own her Tannenbaum, Carmelized Chestnuts and Pumpkin Cheesecake candle tins, the latter of which I have to admit to continually opening and reopening, just to breathe in the realistically divine scent. These candles are richly infused with aromatic blends without being overpowering. With the addition of more new scents every season, Beccalights truly lives up to its tagline promise to "scent your world".
Browsing around the website of my new discovery Villainess, I am struck by not only the endless list of scents in her Smooch! And Sudz lines, but also by Brooke's combination of sassy wit, practical employ of traditional soapmaking, and the tongue-in-cheek naming of her fragrant "skin-friendly" goodies. With sinful treats such as the appropriately-named Decadence Smooch!, I would gladly adopt the Villainess lifestyle if that means being able to spoil myself daily with the milky concoction that promises to exfoliate as well as moisturize in one fell swoop.
The days of being wrapped up in bandages mummy-style are over (unless, of course, you are busy preparing for your best friend's Halloween party). Today's spas are au courant, and instead of stealing away to some secluded hideaway, now you can find the latest pampering products with the click of a computer mouse.
It is easy to become overwhelmed when faced with the sheer magnitude of fragrances, flavors, and colors, not to mention the clays, minerals, and herbs formulated into bath & body products. But anise&currant's department-store directory layout is intuitive to shoppers both informed and those who are not so.
With a sudsy sampling of the best in bath & body, as well as an expanding collection of candle makers, cosmetic chemists and perfumeries all in one easy-to-navigate directory, you won't have to run yourself ragged in order to hit them all.
Then again…you just may want to. It will give you the perfect excuse to spoil yourself with a little extra face time at aniseandcurrant.com
Posted on March 17th, 2008 No comments
I’ve worked with Mary for my business, Tiny Tales. She is very creative and has a fun way of using words to get a point across. She “got” exactly what I was trying to say, and very fast turnaround!
I hired Mary to give my product descriptions some pizzazz. She took the stress off writing product descriptions, and made me feel the website was ready for prime time!
– Lara F.
Project(s) Completed for Tiny Tales
- Product Copy
- Company Profile
- Email Marketing
- Website Marketing
Posted on March 17th, 2008 1 comment
It's only the middle of the week. You've been burning the candle at both ends and you're in serious need of a speedy escape. What's a girl to do when she longs to swap fluorescent office lighting for a poolside lounge chair? Let the hum and glow of it lull you into a dreamworld…
…of sea-coddled beaches where aromatic, plumeria-infused breezes gently waft over your sun-dappled skin. The only problem? The Big Island is an ocean away, and the closest your frequent flyer miles would get you is to the corner juice bar.
Looking for a way to start your weekend early and still meet that looming 3 p.m. deadline on the mainland? Thumb through the online boutique of On A Friday and you'll swear you just traded in the boardroom for a boarding pass to Paradise.
On A Friday is a virtual Shangri-La of sparkling spangles, sentimental scrapbooks & frames, and personalized greeting cards that rival any sold at the local Hallmark store. Every item in our collection is infused with the same laid-back, lovingly attentive touches one would expect from any darling shop run by a Hawaii-native. But On A Friday is not just any shop, and as enchanting as are our handigoods, the only hocus-pocus going on relates to the magical feeling you get when treated like the VIP that you are.
There is no sleight of hand when designer Liana Miyamura gets her craft on. She exercises no illusions, she employs no smoke and mirrors. But that doesn't mean she doesn't like to get her hands dirty. In fact, when it comes to On A Friday, Liana's personal attention is evidenced in every aspect, making it feel as if each item is tailor-made for you…and you alone.
Liana hand-selects the semi-precious & precious stones used in her ever-popular earring collection. She handcrafts every item in her greeting card collection with high-quality cardstock & delightful embellishments. When you order from On A Friday, get ready to feel like one of the shopping elite.
Because the star treatment doesn't end there. From the goods – made-to-order in her native Honolulu – to the colorful packaging and personal handwritten thank you notes, every aspect from start to finish reflects Liana's mindset that every customer is special, and deserves to feel that way, without exception …and not just On A Friday!
On A Friday – personal attention…every day of the week.
Posted on March 17th, 2008 1 comment
EARTH-CONSCIOUS CONSUMERS FOSTER "ECO-CHIC" SPIRIT WITH ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY GIFTWARE
Canadian eco-enterprise Acorn Studios transforms found objects into functionally modern giftware that both celebrates & saves the environment. By combining unorthodox methods with equally unusual recycled materials such as electronic waste, designer Nicola Harper single-handedly sources, cleans & creates uncommon goods that are popular with computer geeks and eco-friendly consumers alike.
Edmonton, Alberta – This Earth Day, Canada's Acorn Studios will add to their already sought-after line of environmentally-friendly giftware when they unveil their new line of inventive handcrafted creations.
Joining an eclectic mix of earth-conscious stores and displays at Edmonton's 17th annual Earth Day festival, artisan Nicola Harper is set to introduce the latest of her ingenious inventions. Celebrating both style & function while still remaining environmentally sound are necklaces & bracelets forged from the wire found inside old computer cables, as well as hand-bound notebooks made from discarded floppy discs and recycled paper.
"I'm making it easier for people to find eco-friendly gifts without scrimping on style," Nicola says. "At the same time, I am following my dream and am thrilled to have a growing customer base worldwide that is as passionate about well designed eco-giftware as I am."
Five years as a Waste Management Engineer and countless trips to local landfills in her hometown of Edmonton, Alberta are when Nicola's passions were first sparked. Instead of simply standing by and watching as those raw materials piled up, she decided to combine both her flair for inventing with her dedication for increasing consumer awareness of recycled content products. Quickly, this unique approach grew into an innovative trade that provides her the opportunity to breathe new life into found objects.
Though some consumers don't bat an eyelash when it comes time to abandon their aging, obsolete computers for the next shiny PC in the shop window, this former Environmental Engineering alum from the University of Alberta definitely does.
"I've always been passionate about recycling, and designing products from different reclaimed materials is very fulfilling," she says.
Along with the various family fun activities, main stage of music and green organizations taking part in Canada's largest Earth Day event, Nicola will also be showcasing customer favorites, including Recycled Circuit-board Clocks, Circuit-board Keychains, and, the ultimate in geek chic, magnets made from keyboard keys.
Gone are the days of the tree-hugging hippie. Acorn Studios paints a new picture of environmental commitment that reaches far beyond their functional artware. From their recycled packaging materials to the donation of reusable offcuts to local schools and charities for art projects, every aspect of their day-to-day operation is a well-thought and environmentally responsible decision.
Acorn Studios goes a long way in their goal to create awareness and more sustainable businesses. However, they do so in a refreshing manner that stirs up a sense of fun and intrigue. A quick visit to the Reuse Crafts section on their website will quickly transform the uninformed into the eco-savvy with such inventively functional tutorials as the Recycled Necktie Wallet or the Recycled Car Mirror Shelf projects.
Acorn Studios is more than just an eco-enterprise. It is a way of life.
For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release (or for a sample, copy or demo), contact Nicola Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org. For current product availability and updates, you may visit http://www.acornstudios.ca.
To shop for Acorn Studios' products in person, you will find them at Edmonton's Earth Day festival at Hawrelak Park on Sunday, April 23. More information on the festival can be found at http://www.earthday.ca
About Acorn Studios:
Located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Acorn Studios offers innovative giftware crafted from recycled materials, and prides themselves on their artistry and unfailing attention to detail. Their mission is to increase consumer confidence and awareness of recycled content products, while offering as environmentally sound a product range as possible.
Posted on March 17th, 2008 No comments
Mary is great to work with! She knows how to interpret what I say into what I really want, and delivers a great product! I highly recommend her!
– Caitlin T.
Project(s) Completed for Spunky Kitty
Posted on March 14th, 2008 No comments
With an innovative product and a distinct vision for her company, working with Lara Frankovitch was simply a matter of listening to her ideas and breathing new life into them with a bit of fun wordplay. Read Lara's feedback!
Posted on March 14th, 2008 2 comments
Baby Tales – Catcher & Keeper of Baby's First Stories
From dimples to diaper duty, Baby's First Year is a whirlwind of activity. It won't take long for your Bundle of Joy's personality to bloom, and our clever kit allows you to remember every defining moment.
Baby's first year is ripe for learning, and this kit makes it easy – and fun! – to roll up your sleeves and record their journey from bud to blossom!
- Two 4X6 notepads: You'll always have the tools on hand to document Baby's year of firsts, whether at home or on-the-go
- Four themed dividers to organize Baby's memorable milestones(one for each of the following timeframes: 0-3mos., 3-6 mos., 6-9 mos., and 9-12 mos.)
- Acrylic box safeguards Baby's cherished memories
- Additional refills available separately
- New Parents: makes a wonderful Baby Shower gift!
- Active Families: a quick, fun & convenient way to capture Baby's magic moments
Other Fun Uses:
- Scrapbooking: Store photos that perfectly illustrate your notes so they are at hand for your future arts & crafts projects
Toddler Tales – For the Ongoing Adventures of your Little Tike
Now that your Little One is constantly on the go, every day brings a new set of adventures. With a much bigger world to discover, even the most ordinary day becomes extraordinary in the eyes of your little explorer.
Chronicle his or her daily discoveries with this kit made exclusively for ages 1 to 3, and you, too, will see the world with a sense of childlike wonder.
- Two 4X6 notepads: You'll always have the tools on hand to document your Toddler's newest discoveries, whether at home or on-the-go to document
- Blank dividers lets parents completely customize the cataloguing system
- Acrylic box safeguards your Toddler's cherished memories
- Additional refills available separately
- Developing Families: just the thing for parents of youngsters ready for the next exciting stage in life
- Active Families: a quick, fun & convenient way to capture their Toddler's every move
Other Fun Uses:
- Growing families: designate a new section for each child
- Daycare Providers: Keep notes for each child organized & ready to distribute to parents at the end of the year
- Grandparents: Collect memories for each grandchild when they come to visit
Posted on March 14th, 2008 No comments
Designer Caitlin Thompson was looking for a press release to announce the re-opening of her website, as well as the addition of a new line of products. We were happy to work on a series of projects with Caitlin, and it was great fun learning more about the gaming world, while also helping to promote a fellow indie designer!