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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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Lucky Crickets: Dish Review

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Above: Custom Bunting Necklace: here.
Custom Cursive Writing Bar Necklace: here.

If you’ve seen my product photos, you’ll probably be able to tell that I am a little bit of a hoarder when it comes to photo props. But I always stick to a few of my favourites! You probably recognize my pinecone and mason jars… but I want to introduce to you a new favourite of mine! Anna of Lucky Crickets sent me this beautifully handmade dish with the letters m & b on it, for Mint & Birch.

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Above: Locket here, and nest here.

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Custom Date Bar Necklaces: here. 

The gold, glittery letters shine and shimmer in the light oh-so-perfectly. I’m basically swooning the whole time I’m taking photos 😉 Plus, the bright white dish makes for nice, bright photos! Anna doesn’t just make dishes. She’s got lots of sweet, simple and pretty hair accessories in her etsy shop like headbands, hair ties and bows. And maternity sashes like these ones here.

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Above: Custom silver nest: here
Below: Mama Bear Necklace: here

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And here are some goodies from her shop:

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Don’t forget to check out Lucky Crickets on Instagram at @luckycrickets, on her shop at http://www.luckycrickets.etsy.com  and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LuckyCrickets

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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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Hippie Mama Photo Shoot: Williams Park


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Warning! This is an image heavy post… and it’s because I couldn’t pick just a couple of photos to share since the gorgeous Michelle from Islands + Castles was the model! Keep reading to see this mini (non-professional!) photo shoot. I took all these photos, but I’m just learning to use a DSLR! We ventured out to Williams Park for this, and it was the perfect backdrop for this shoot because it was entered around Little Bean’s “Hippie Mama” tank. Here are some of the shops involved:

Model: Nest necklaces, bunting necklaces/acorn necklace: Mint & Birch
Painted Wooden Necklace: Cloral and Cloud
Garland: Fun Fiestas by Ili
Dream Catcher: VMD Jewellery
Hair accessories: Plum Polka Dot
Tank: Little Beans
Model: Michelle from Islands + Castles

All photos taken by me (Mint & Birch), if you would like to share them, please give proper credit to myself as well as all the shops involved! Thank you!

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Above: Acorn necklace, can be found on my website here at Mint and Birch.

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Left: Dreamcatcher necklace by  VMD Jewellery Right and Below: Coral and Cloud wooden necklace. Miko has some gorgeous doll necklaces as well. Go check out her shop!

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The hippie mama shirt can be found at Little Beans shop!

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Garland by Fun Fiestas by Ili. Ili also runs Chic Fete with Jacky! If you are looking for event planning, they are the girls to go to!

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Michelle is wearing a nest necklace made with genuine vintage pearls as eggs! These pearls have been upcycled from a genuine vintage pearl necklace! To see more, please check out Mint and Birch!

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I hope you enjoyed this post! Please take a look at these small handmade shops. Each of the items featured in this post have been made and designed by talented and wonderful mompreneurs.

xo
Jessica!

Please note that all photos have been taken by Mint & Birch. If you choose to share these photos, please credit properly and tag/link all shops who contributed to this photo shoot!

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Pastel Favorites

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It’s no secret of mine that I’m a sucker for all things mint and pastel. Here are some of my favourites!

Nest Necklaces: Mint & Birch
Scrunchie: Chelsea King
Mug: Pretty Print Shop
Passport Holder: Pecan Tree Creations
Tassel Garland: Fun Fiestas by Ili
Earrings: My Kookie Jar

I hope you enjoyed this pastel and minty flat-lay! Be sure to check out some of these lovely shops!
xo!

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