About a month later a longtime BBB customer Carolyn Dempsey popped into the studio with her friend Barbara Cove. Barbara is an ER nurse at Grand River Hospital. You can put 2 and 2 together. The BBB in the ER belonged to Barbara. She says its a great tote for her carry the tools of her trade such as the stethscope etc when she is on high alert. It made me think of the amazing job ER nurses and nurses in general do. How do they stay calm and cool surrounded by our various states of our emergency?
Barbara was very happy with the BBB spa results and it was a pleasure to administer some much needed TLC to her BBB; restoring her tote for more appearances in the ER but looking bit more lively! Our good deed for Earth Day.
If you would like to do some Spring cleaning and send your BBB to us until May 15 all restorations are on the house!
Charlotte and Castel Sea Salt Soap: beautifully made, beautifully packaged and an exquisite experience to use. Who are Charlotte and Castel? Well not the names of the founders, 'charlotte' refers to a delicate dessert and castel? Is that a star .. The 'voyage' of the creators behind C&C is as intriquing as their collection of organic sea inspired products.
Starting from top row left to right are buttons made from branches of yew, maple, boxwood, black cherry, birch, black walnut, mystery driftwoord, tulip and ash.
I confess I know very little about trees, even though growing up surrounded by them like birds, I considered them commonplace and paid little attention to their distinguishing features. Looking south out my bedroom window - my favourite view and the best part about waking up with the sun rising over Lake Erie thru the trees. Like watching a negative develop into colour , tree trunks and branches emerged from the pitch becoming charcoal silouettes against a salmon pink sky...
No, that's not a drink... but it could be. Rather I am referring to Blair Seagram's photography. www.blairseagram.com. Yes, Seagrams Whiskey ( remember the famed Crown Royal and its purple gift bag aka best marble bag ever) is one of the pillars of Canadian spirits. Photographer Blair happens to be the great great granddaughter of Joseph Emm Seagram (link) who founded the distillery in the Waterloo Ontario area where my business is located. Blair shoots water that quenches our aesthetic thirst! Blair is also a great BBB customer who lives in Sag Harbor, New York and focuses her lens on its ocean vistas.
BBB HOLIDAY BEZAAR STUDIO SALE with lots of BBB specials and DIY gifts with 10% going to Trinity Community Table. For event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/720327764801840/ Hope to see you.
Thank you Founders Garden Club of Sarasota for having me and the Brave Brown Bag collection at your Green Forever luncheon last Wed. One never knows what the display arrangements will be but this worked out wonderfully with a bit of artful tromp d'oeil greenery as my background. Very forever green. And loved the red/white and blue parapluie and the silent garcon. He didn't charge for the espresso!
Last night at the annual Toronto Design Exchange DX Intersection party/fundraiser, our Antique Wax BBB was auctioned off to the highest bidder? Were you there? Did their honorary guest Monocle editor, Tyler Brule buy it? Oh such wishful thinking. Every year since 2003 we've donated a BBB to the event.
In 2003 the BBB received the Gold Award in the sustainable/fashion category; an oxymoron if there ever was one - Sustainable means to last and the latter is always changing.... Oh well. Wish I could've been a fly on the wall and watched the bidding. Or did someone think a paper bag was being auctioned as a high design joke.
Now this is not a joke but an example of fashion and sustainability. Recently a customer bought a new BBB and gave us this treasured daily companion for a day at the BBB spa. The expression "give it up" comes to mind. But we will see what we can do and it might just be unsustainable.... On the other hand one should never give up hope. And everyone has their pet 'cant throw it out yet' experiences. I should talk.
I could not say no to this wheelbarrow of 50 geraniums destined for my neighbour's compost last weekend. Where am I gong to put 50 pots inside this fall. Or one deadheads them and into cold storage, if I had one.... I am sucker for geranium pink; luckily there were not 100 of them.
The ole chestnut as I like to call it on the left was the first ever bbb made; the one on the right our 20th anniversary version. I would always bring the first as a mascot to shows etc and the same chat would occur: I would like that one. It's not for sale just show..... So finally I woke up. The technique has changed but the overall affect of weathered paper is hopefully the same. At a recent art fair I sold all 4 that I had !
The logo which grew out of my family crest - reminds one of the boars head on a Gordon gin label? morphed into the black lab with wings and the latin moniker remained. Fortune favours the brave brown bag of course.
Pop goes the BBB!
so po goes the bag