Mint & Birch

Golden Summer Evening Photoshoot

This past August, Mint & Birch celebrated 4 years of business! We celebrated with a gorgeous photoshoot by the glimmering golden sun. It was a magical evening surrounded by a tribe of beautiful women! It was definitely a beautiful summer night to remember! Thank you to Tamara Clark Photography  for beautifully capturing Mint & Birch’s story through these photos!

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How beautiful is this glowing Woodland Wovens Teepee? It has 6 poles, so it is extremely sturdy!
Right: Modelling 3 different sizes of our bar necklaces: our one name, standard and extra long!

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NEW: Cuffs! Each one has been hand cut and hand stamped!

1d8a3344I cannot stop gushing over our beautiful photo props! These pillows by Joue Design are absolutely beautiful- they are fluffy, soft, and have a luxurious feel to them. They aren’t your regular pillows, that’s for sure! And of course, a dreamcatcher by Shop A to Z and a beautifully hand painted garland from Coral + Cloud!

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1d8a3047A handcrafted, padded clutch from Pecan Tree Creation is shown above with our cuff bracelet! And below, a special custom mint dish from Three Corners Artisan! This dish is one of my staples! Oh, and if you know me, you’ll know that I love rustic vintage goodies. The typewriter from this photo shoot is an old Underwood Typewriter that I bought at a market!

1d8a3067Styled by: Mint & Birch @mintandbirch
Models: Tara Teng@misstarateng & Amy @oneofthelibbys
Pillows: Joue Design @jouedesign 
Clutch Purse: Pecan Tree Creations @pecantreecreations
Teepee: Woodland Wovens @woodlandwovens
Trinket Dishes: Three Corners Artisan @threecornersartisan
Photography: Tamara Clark Photography  @tamara.m.clark
Wooden GarlandCoral + Cloud @coralandcloud
Dream CatcherShop A to Z @shop.a.to.z
Makeup (Tara) –  @belleandrebelbeautymua

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Meet Shenasi Concept!

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It’s always such a pleasure when I meet likeminded handmade business owners, and even more so when I get the privilege to work with them! Sarah  at Shenasi Concept sells beautiful handpainted artwork and prints in her shop here. Sarah holds an engineering degree, but also has a passion for art and design. This lady is brains and beauty, I tell you! Ps… keep reading! There is a coupon code at the end of this post!
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Shop Update: Maternity Break

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Hello! Our website, http://www.mintandbirch.com, is available for browsing, but check out is disabled because we just had a baby! 

What’s going to happen to the shop? When will you open again?

  • I will be closed for at least one month, we plan to open in January with Ready-To-Ship items.
  • During this time, I’m going to continue to do giveaways on my social media feed, as well as email subscriber exclusive giveaways! To sign up, please go here: http://eepurl.com/bpFENT
  • I’ll still be posting on my social media feeds! 🙂
  • We may be looking for brand reps or casual reps!
  • I’ll also be working on new products and more woven necklaces and dreamcatchers during this time if I get a chance! And of course, I’ll be sniffing in sweet newborn scent 🙂

I will also be running email subscriber exclusive giveaways! To sign up, please go here: http://eepurl.com/bpFENT Only those who are subscribers will be eligible to enter these giveaways.

We encourage you to sign up for the newsletter as we usually only open for about 48 hours at a time before we hit our maximum order limit. We then close for 2-3 weeks to catch up on orders, and then reopen for about 48 more hours. Last time we opened, we received well over 320 orders in less than 72 hours! To sign up to be notified with subscriber only codes and coupons, please sign up here: http://eepurl.com/bpFENT

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Thank you all so much for your support! I am incredibly thankful and humbled to see all the support that I have received from my customers, fellow shop owners, bloggers and friends! I cannot wait to see what the new year holds for Mint & Birch!

Here’s a behind the scenes photo: To the Left: My 2 year old saying hello at me as I took product photos.
And to the right: the final image!

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New at Mint & Birch: Woven Necklaces

 

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Mint and Birch has a new necklace that will launch later on this year! I am super excited to launch these because these woven necklaces are made with hand selected, high quality yarns. They are all hand woven by me and each of them are adorned with a little brass ornament that can be customized or stamped with an initial of choice. These are perfect for the gypsy soul, boho at heart or those who like unique jewellery! These are meant to hang on a long chain to compliment your outfit, or to be layered with existing necklaces! Here’s a little back story behind why I love working with yarn.

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When I was pregnant with my first child, I had the itch to pick up some sort of new craft and hobby, and I decided to pick up crocheting! I learned how to crochet by watching YouTube videos, and eventually I went from crocheting little swatches to knitting and crocheting scarves and cozies! I even created a coaster pattern! I daydreamed about opening up a small handmade business, and toyed with the idea of selling scarves. But it never came to be, because it just took me too long to make and I didn’t want to turn it into a business but wanted to keep it as a leisurely hobby for myself.

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Fast forward three years: I run Mint & Birch and I have been open for 3 years… here is a little story about my shop. Although I am so thrilled with my business, I am a little sad to say that I no longer crochet or knit, even to make projects for myself because I just can’t seem to find the time to do so in between orders! Well, my husband was probably relieved when I stopped crocheting and knitting so much. . . why, you ask?

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My husband was probably a little relieved because my yarn buying habits were starting to become a little excessive. I don’t even want to know how much money I spent on yarn, and how much storage space it takes up in our already small and cramped storage room! Well, sorry husband, but the yarn addiction is back in full force with the launch of these babies! I am currently in the testing stages of product development. It is important for me to make sure that these are durable and will stand up to regular, everyday wear! I want to know that they are enjoyable before I launch these. I have probably made about 30-50 of these in prototypes, but I think I have finally perfected a technique that I am happy with! Nevertheless, this is a sneak peek into what is coming to Mint & Birch this Fall/Winter!

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The Details:

I am currently closed and have check out disabled on my website until September 2 at the very earliest. I am taking a much needed summer break and am also stocking up for the upcoming Etsy Market that will be held at Robson Square on September 26! I am currently waiting on more supplies and having these necklaces tested before the official launch! There may be a giveaway for one of these necklaces when we launch them, so stay tuned on here as well as on Facebook and Instagram to see how you might be able to win one of your own!

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Mint and Birch Turns 3 & a Little Something for YOU!

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3 years ago, I took the plunge and opened up a Facebook Page for my business, Mint and Birch. I started my business as Woodland Owl Trinkets, but changed the name to Mint and Birch last December. I started making nest necklace for Mother’s Day for family and friends, and had an overwhelming amount of support and response. I would love to share a bit about my business, and also thank you for all your support!

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IMG_7494A little back story: My husband and I married at the young age of 20. (People thought we were crazy!) When I was 22, we had our very first baby. My husband and I weren’t exactly planning to have kids that young. I was still in my 4th year and I was finishing up my thesis for my BAH in Psychology, and I was planning to apply to grad school after I graduated. But our little baby decided to grace us with his presence, so I was unable to finish my degree. I was very close to finishing my degree. I only have 2 elective classes left, and I’ve completed all the upper level requirements needed to receive my BAH. My life drastically changed when I had my first: he was a very colicky baby who had feeding issues and was also nocturnal for 3 months. I went from a carefree, ambitious university student to a SAHM who started to feel very isolated. My friends were continuing on with the lifestyle that we had previously led: hosting dinner parties, enjoying a disposable income, shopping, sleeping in, partaking in spontaneous road trips, going out to eat, graduating university and pursuing their careers. My priorities had changed because my new focus was on taking care of our new baby. And because we had a lot of feeding issues, I had to dedicate almost 100% of my time to making sure our baby was growing well. I was also too tired to leave the house.  I often chose to nap with baby instead of going out with friends. I know that this is a very packed paragraph, and there is so much more that can be said about transitioning into motherhood, and how it can be different for each person. But the fact remains: I felt like I was losing my identity as I struggled to transition into motherhood. I felt isolated and alone because I didn’t have the energy or time to continue living like I had before. For those moms out there who are transitioning into motherhood: You can do it. You’re doing it, and you are doing great!

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Left: My first attempt at packaging. Right and Below: My current packaging

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I spent at least a year struggling to transition into motherhood, and I am so thankful to have had made friends who not only hand-held me during this time, but uplifted and encouraged me. You know who you are! So, what does my business mean to me, and why is 3 years such a celebration?

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 I am so thankful for Mint and Birch because through my business, I have met some amazing mothers, fellow business owners, mompreneurs and friends. I have had heartfelt, meaningful conversations with strangers at craft fairs, received encouragement from those that I don’t even know, and have been so touched by the kindness that exists in the world. I am so thankful for all the relationships and friendships that have formed because of this small business. I know I say this often, but one of the best parts about running this business is the interaction and connections that I get to make with people. I love chatting with fellow businesses about businesses, but also the mom/life/work balance. (That’s a hot topic with mompreneurs!) Through these conversations with other momprenuers, I’ve learnt the value of being raw, honest and candid, and the importance of admitting that things aren’t always perfect, but that it’s okay. There is perfection in imperfection.

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It has also been such a remarkable experience to have been able to create so many custom pieces that hold so much meaning for the person it was made for. I have seen mothers come together to purchase a custom nest for new moms, grieving moms, new grandmothers, and friends. Doting husbands who order for their wives, and significant others order for their sweeties. I’ve even had someone propose with a nest ring when their custom diamond ring was still being made! To see the sentiment, thought, and love that goes behind each order has been one of the most rewarding things about running this business. I am so humbled and honoured to be asked to make such special pieces that carry so much meaning.

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This leads me to my next announcement. I’ve been running giveaways and sweepstakes on my social media feed, but I would like to do something special. Since I’ve started my business, I’ve been shown small glimpses of behind the meaning of some of my custom orders: instances of heartbreak, celebration, joy, grief, etc.  I have been so honoured to be asked to make pieces to signify so much. Keep reading below to see what I want to give YOU! Keep reading! I run a lot of giveaways on my Instagram and Facebook pages to drive traffic. But I wanted to do something different here. This isn’t really a “giveaway,” but comes more from my desire to touch people with a simple gesture. (This is one of the reasons I started this blog- to create a platform to connect, give and get to know you!)

So this is what I want to: I want to give a custom nest necklace away about once a month, more often if I am able to. All you have to do, is:

  •  1. Make sure you are subscribed to the blog. (I can’t contact you if you aren’t subscribed!)
  • 2. Comment below with what eggs you’d pick in your nest. If you want, you can write little bit about what it would mean to you. Make sure you’re subscribed to the blog, if I don’t have your email on the list I won’t be able to contact you! I’ll also make new posts about this every now and then so that other people who missed it may put their name down. Don’t worry, if you’ve commented once, I’ve got you down. All you need to do is comment somewhere once. I’ve got all these posts categorized so I won’t lose your comment!

Make sure you subscribe to the blog! Remember, if you’re not subscribed to the blog, I can’t keep track of your comments or contact you! You can subscribe to the blog using the form at the bottom of this post!

Every month or so, I will pick a name from the comments with posts tagged “Custom Nest for YOU,” look for their email in the subscriber list, and contact them to pick their own egg colour for their nest… and send it off to them, no strings attached. Don’t worry, if you’ve commented once, I’ve got you down. All you need to do is comment somewhere once when I post about this. I’ve got all these posts categorized so I won’t lose your comment! If I can do this more often, I will! Go ahead and fill the form below to subscribe, and then scroll down to leave a comment! 🙂 I’ll make a reminder post every now and then as well for those who may have missed this post! Thank you for all your support for Mint and Birch  over the last 3 years. I cannot wait to see what the next years bring for Mint and Birch! Come along with me in this journey!

Use the form below to subscribe to the blog- if you’re not subscribed, I can’t contact you! I can only give the person picked a nest only  if they are subscribed to the blog.

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The Vintage Barn Market

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This weekend I had the pleasure of being a vendor at The Vintage Barn Market in Chilliwack. The weather was beautiful, and our family made a trip out of it and camped out there this weekend! This was one of my last markets for a while because I need to be able to focus on fulfilling my online orders, and it’s incredibly difficult to keep up with stocking for a market while keeping up with orders.  Larissa and Bree certainly did a wonderful job of curating the market as well as providing such a pleasurable shopping experience. And the music was excellent! It went by too quickly! Here are some of my favourite finds! All images have been taken by me.

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