Meet Shenasi Concept!

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

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.


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.


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

And here are some goodies from her shop:


Don’t forget to check out Lucky Crickets on Instagram at @luckycrickets, on her shop at  and on Facebook at


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Meet Islands and Castles!

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Meet my friend Michelle, the mama behind Islands and Castles! We met at an event hosted by Modern Fort last winter and I fell in love with Michelle and her t-shirts!  She’s got it all- brains and beauty… and her personality is contagious! She is truly beautiful inside and out, and it shows in her designs. Each design is fun and unique! Islands also donates $1 from each shirt sold to a charity! (BCSPCA, Save the Children, and Kids’ Help Phone!) She’s sporting one of my nature inspired nest necklaces in these photos!

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See this pug shirt above? It’s an actual portrait of her pug! How unique is that? Each shirt from Islands and Castles is designed and hand printed by Michelle with safe water-based inks. Does your little one have sensitive skin or do you like to pick the finest organic materials for your child(ren) to wear? Not to worry, because Island and Castles prints on organic tees!

islands and castles  killing it with kindness tee

The first shirt I ordered from Michelle was this “killing it with kindness” tee. She generously sent me a second shirt, a wanderlust sweatshirt! These are my favourite shirts to put on the kids because I know that the inks are safe, and because the designs are so fun! Luckily my kids are similar in size enough to share these shirts because they always get excited when I pull these out of the dryer and can take turns wearing each one!

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I love each one of Island and Castles‘ designs- Michelle pours her heart into all the tees behind Islands and Castles. Each one is fun, unique and positive! If I absolutely had to pic a favourite… it would be between the “killing it with kindness” and the “L’amour Triomph de Tout” (love conquers all) shirts! But I honestly can’t pick any favourites because I love them all! (Did you see the Game Changer shirt?!)

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The kids below modelling Islands and Castles’ shirts! Every time I see that EIEIO shirt printed on American Apparel Organic Kids Fine Jersey, I want to burst out in a song! My kids love that song, and the first thing that my 4 year old pointed out was that there was a cute cow on his brother’s new shirt!

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One of the best things about buying handmade is that you’re not buying something that is mass manufactured, but something that comes from the heart and has been designed with love. And that’s what I love most about Islands and Castles is that each design reflects Michelle’s bubbly, fun yet sophisticated personality! Go check out her social media feeds and website below! You won’t regret it!

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Oh, did I mention, Michelle is expecting baby #2? We did this mini photoshoot with this shirt from Peanut in my Belly! Make sure you head on over to check out Islands and Castles!

All photos taken by Mint & Birch, please give proper credit. 
Kids’ t-shirts: Islands and Castles  |Facebook Page: here |Instagram: @islandsandcastles
Michelle’s shirt- Peanut in my Belly|Instagram: @peanutinmybellyco
Shorts: Birds and Bunny| Instagram: @birdsandbunny


LPhilips Design Co Dish Review

IMG_6430After I bought my very first DSLR camera last year, I developed a new love for product photography. I started collecting all sorts of trinkets from the thrift store as props for my jewellery! So when Trish from LPhilipsDesignCo contacted me and asked me to photograph her dish and cross-promote, I was all in! Trish creates durable, shatterproof dishes that are made out of polymer clay. Each one is handmade and hand moulded ever so perfectly. Each dish is lightweight and extremely durable because it is made with polymer clay, yet it looks just like porcelain! it’s almost as if someone plucked a flower petal and placed it into my hands. I have two rowdy kids  and I thought I would never be able to own anything nice and delicate until all the kids have grown a bit older. Thanks to lliphilipsdesignco, I have a pretty dish to store my jewellery and I don’t have to worry about it shattering!

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I chose a custom mint and gold coloured dish. A week later, it arrived at in my mailbox! it feels durable, yet with its marbled colours and delicate gold trim, I felt like I was holding something made out of porcelain. With its perfect petal-like curves and beautifully mixed colours, it was an absolute dream to photograph!
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Head on over to Trish’s etsy shop to take a look! Whether you need a place to store your jewellery, a pretty dish to hold your everyday trinkets, or need a gift for a bridesmaids or jewellery lover, these dishes are sure to be a pick-me up. And it sure is a bonus that they are shatterproof! Trish also takes custom orders, so if you have a specific combination of colours in mind, you can also have something custom made. Do you want one? Keep reading!
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Pictured below with some hair ties by Plum Polka Dot!

 LPhilips Design Co @lphilipsdesignco on Instagram: Beautifully marbled handmade jewellery dishes! 
Plum Polka Dot  @plumpolkadot on Instagram: High end, high quality hair accessories! 
 Mint & Birch @mintandbirch on Instagram: Customizable keepsake necklaces! 

 Photos by Mint & Birch

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