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Vendor Feature: A Sprinkle Of Sun

Valentine’s Day is coming up! Check out these cute cards by A Sprinkle Of Sun by Cards By Carmen!

Who Is A Sprinkle Of Sun?

1) Why and when did you start your business?


The greeting cards started in July 2021. I wanted to do something to support my mental health so I
bought an iPad for myself in the beginning of covid to try something new – drawing electronically. I have always loved writing individualized comments in cards to show appreciation for my friends, family, and coworkers, and I thought, maybe this year, I can make a card for them that will make
them smile and feel cozy inside.

My greetings cards highlight food puns and relationships with people. Food helps us to understand each other and brings joy to any occasion. Food also brings people together and my hope is that handwritten cards featuring a funny food will allow people to share their love with one another.

2) What was your background?


As a Chinese Canadian woman who has been brought up in both Western and Asian culture, I love the diversity of food found both in my family’s home and across the Lower Mainland. All these cards feature foods I enjoy eating with my friends and family. Previously, I made cards using cardstock and scrapbooking supplies. Now that I have transitioned to making cards using an iPad, I find myself that my cards are looking more cute.

Handmade and thoughtful cards make people smile, and in trying times like today, why not send them a laugh and handwritten note? Sometimes when I draw the pictures, I give myself a laugh too!

3) Are there interesting facts about your product?


My first card was the dimsum card. Partly because I was craving dimsum in the beginning of covid so I channeled it in my drawing. The greetings are printed in a local company.

Support local! All the packaging are made out of paper.

4) Is there anything else you would like to share?


You can pick up the cards in East Vancouver (just IG me) or BIPOC + Local Marketplace in Abbotsford. I will doing popups around the Lower Mainland so follow me on Instagram for our future events!

Check her out!

https://instagram.com/a.sprinkleofsun

https://instagram.com/bipocandlocalmarketplace?

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Vendor Feature: Wai Spa

Lucky me! This was the first time that I experienced Korean-style VIP facial that uses the Kyung Rak massage technique. It was a deep tissue massage that tended to be heavier in pressure to help with lymphatic drainage and even form the V-Shape jaw line.

Who is Wai Spa?

1) Why and when did you start the business?

Personally, I really liked the massages, and when I visited other spas, I didn’t like the skills or the hygiene of the facilities, so I decided to open it myself in 2011.

2) What was your background?

My major was Accounting+Marketing. I immigrated to Canada 12 years ago, started as Canadian realtor for 10 years (no more), spa owner 10 years and teaching golf 9 years.

3) What is unique about your business?

Products are mostly using Italian RosaActive, which is mild and organic, and Wai Spa is much more focused on technique and skills rather than relying on products.

4) Anything else that you would like to share?

As the owner, the spa management what I emphasize the most, is to maintain the best hygiene, as well as the best skilled-esthetic performance.

Clean spa! High-Skilled spa! That is the Wai-Spa!

And of course, You will be able to experience true k-beauty top-class services in Vancouver Canada, not Korea, at Wai-Spa.

Check this spa out!

http://www.wai-spa.com/

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Vendor Feature: Aatea

Such beautiful designs on the tin!

Who Is Aatea?

1) When and why did you start your business?

My business started at home. Drinking tea is an Indian cultural way of offering your hospitality to your guest and it’s a warm greeting by welcoming guest to your home. We made our own tea by hand mixing some very luxury spices. Ingredients like: Cardamoms/cinnamon /Turmeric and green tea to name a few. To curate a tea it takes time to mix and dry all ingredients. I usually have a plan to plant some herbs like mint or Lavender in the summer time and mix it in my tea. Just in time for Christmas.

2) What is your background?

Like every mom, I like to involve my family in the journey by having them plant and mix and water during summer months. By the time it’s harvest time we are ready to dry the ingredients. My kitchen table is full of leaves and the aroma is so beautiful. I have been making tea since I was 15 years old I use to help my mom and dad then during Covid I started sharing it with my neighbors and friends. You couldn’t go anywhere to buy presents for Christmas or birthday so we offered our tea. And rest is history.

3) Any interesting facts about your product?

Do you store your tea near your coffee or in your spice cabinet? Don’t. Store your tea away from “strong, competing aromas” so that you keep the tea’s own delicate flavors intact.

Check them out!

https://aatea.ca/

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Vendor Feature: Vitex Nutrition

This past Christmas, I won these nutritional supplements from Vitex Nutrition.

Who is Vitex Nutrition?

1) When did you start this business?

We started our business about 10 years ago (July 2011) under the direction of our founder, Barrie Carlsen, a former professional nutritionist who has a great history and was one of the first leaders in the Canadian vitamin industry. His background can be read here:


https://vitexnutrition.com/about/management

2) Interesting facts about your products?

One of the most proud facts about our company is Vitex represents the very highest standard of nutritional supplementation. The Vitex formulas are based on published studies in Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals, and are manufactured to the very highest standards of manufacturing expertise. Each Vitex product represents more than 35 years of practical experience in producing “state-of-the-art” products.

One other thing that makes us proud of is our bottles are PETE, which is environment-friendly, and can protect the quality of the product inside, prevent it from UV lights. PETE provides a superior moisture and oxygen barrier compared to the more common HDPE plastic that many vitamin manufacturers use.

Check out this supplements company:

https://vitexnutrition.com/about

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Vendor Feature: Habibi’s Mediterranean Foods

Thank you, Habibi’s Mediterranean Foods for treating me to some delicious hummus!

Who is Habibi’s Mediterranean Foods?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

  • My husband has been in the restaurant industry for many years prior to starting Habibi’s. His family owned a couple of restaurants in Vancouver until they were able to open up Mona’s Fine Lebanese Cuisine which was a huge hit serving traditional Lebanese food, DJ playing on the weekends and belly dancing shows. He always had the desire to start his own thing and at that time, 15 years ago, the hummus industry hadn’t kicked off yet but he always wanted to make hummus based and inspired by his family recipes and manufacture to sell in stores. The opportunity came 13 years ago when the restaurant HABIBI’S on West Broadway was closing and he had the opportunity to take it over but redesign it to a food production business instead. The name HABIBI’s already had a big fan base in Vancouver so this was something he could build on. It all started in about a 500 sqf tiny space with 10 stores to now being distributed across BC and AB.

2) What was your background?

  • My husband has spent most of his life in the food industry supporting and running restaurants as a GM. He had no experience in the food production industry but with a lot of work, patience and a entrepreneurial mind he was able to accomplish amazing things. I on the other hand have zero experience in the food industry except that I love food and have a passion for my Lebanese heritage and culture. I did manage a fashion marketing and management diploma which I think has helped me in the marketing area of Habibi’s. Things have dramatically changed since I graduated 12 years ago so we didn’t learn about social media and it was more about grass root marketing and promoting things innovatively to get to the consumer. We make a good team though 😊 and we have learned a lot throughout this journey of building Habibi’s.

3) Any interesting facts about your product?

  • We always used olive oil in our products and a couple of years ago we transitioned into using only extra virgin olive oil. Habibi’s was very clear with their message of being all natural and not using ingredients that you can’t pronounce. With our growth we stayed true to who we are and only improved ourselves along the way. We cook our chickpeas, peel our garlic on site, make our own tahini and use extra virgin olive oil in our hummus!

4) Anything else you want to share?

  • We are selling ecommerce and the stores that carry Habibi’s are online as well! We have a youtube channel that’s new and have some awesome videos showing Lebanon
  • My husband started Habibi’s and I came in the picture about a year later.
  • My role is sales and marketing but I do eveyrything from inventory, ordering, secretary, HR, customer service etc.

Check them out:

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Vendor Feature: My Cornflower

This past Christmas, I was sent this cute ornament made by The Cornflower!

Who is The Cornflower?

1) When and why did you start your business?

I started my business back in 2017. I had a lot of items that I made just because I enjoyed it, but then I had too much stock. I began selling on Etsy and in 2021 moved to craft fairs, then this year I started selling them in store at BIPOC+local in downtown Abbotsford.


2) What is your background?

I am a bookkeeper as my day job, my business is something that I love but cannot do full time yet.


3) Any interesting facts about your products?

I hand-make all my stickers! Some people design and then outsource the cutting, but I design, print, and then cut all my stickers myself using a Silhouette Cameo 4.

Check her out:

Her Etsy Shop

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Art Inspiration: Skating Snowperson (4Cats Tutorial)

This drawing was inspired by a 4Cats Studio tutorial.

Put on your wool toque

Wrap a warm scarf

And off

You go to the

Frozen pond….

Bring along

Your friends

And skate

Around

And around

This natural rink.

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Vendor Feature: Mama Ngo’s XO Sauce

This Christmas season, I received more delicious sauces from Mama NGO’s XO Sauce!

Who Is Mama NGO’s XO Sauce?


In began with…… “MamaNgo and PapaNgo, without them we will not be where we are today. They raised 4 girls with love and taught us everything we know! We love them! ❤ We are Chinese-Vietnamese, both MamaNgo and PapaNgo were born in China. They later moved to Vietnam for business purposes, as they both had the language required. This is where they met each other!

Both MamaNgo and PapaNgo have been through alot, as for most parents! They have been through the Vietnam War and managed to protect everyone within their wings. Their story and their past cannot be explained in simple words. They turned every negative into a positive. When their Banh Cuon (vietnamese rice roll) shop got taken over by the ruins of the war, they moved back to China where they sought protection and opened up a handmade noodle shop! Our parents have been through alot, but they continuously tell us they are happy with what they have been through because it has taught them strength, survival and to be grateful!

This is them, their story is endless but here is a small part. Through their journey they adapted different tastes of Asia, they have always made chili oil and XO sauce for their rice roll and handmade noodle shop! And now they are making it for us, for all of us to enjoy and love!

——Mama Ngo’s XO Sauce

Check them out:

MamaNgoXoSauce

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Art Inspiration: Happy Corgi

Inspired by 4Cats Studios…..

Sitting quietly

Waiting for

His best friend

To confirm home from

School or

Work….

Wait!

There’s the footsteps

At the doorstep….

My friend is back!

My friend is back!

My friend is back!

——-Chocoviv

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Art Inspiration: The Great Tiger

2022 is the year

Of the Tiger

Are you ready

To be fierce

And to be brave

Facing forward

No matter what happens…..

——Chocoviv

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Book Review: The Christmas Kilt

Summary

Two people raced to search of this ancient artifact, a tartan kilt from hundreds of years ago. Jack and Kirsten were both workaholic museum curators, who both wanted to bring home this kilt. They were so desperate that they wrote their wishes for it to Santa Claus.

Santa Claus actually had the kilt in his possession! He decided to use this kilt to bring these two lovely hearts closer together.

Conclusion

This was a sweet and warm story that gave me a warm feeling after reading it.

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Vendor Feature: Jelly Roll Designs

Through a giveaway, I was gifted these lovely items by Jelly Roll Designs!

Who Is Jelly Roll Designs?

1) When and why did you begin your business?

I’ve always loved drawing and actually started out doing tshirt and tote bags using heat transfer vinyl, and now I mainly do pins! Jellyrolldesigns started as a duo artist account, but is now mainly solo handled by me (Rosa), I started the business officially in 2020!

2) What is your background?

I took a couple of art classes here and there, but have always been interested in crafts and textiles. Besides using HTV, my first craft market showcased polymer clay creations.

3) What is interesting about your products?

I like cute things and animals, so most my products revolve around them. I mainly design things based on what I would like, rather than what’s currently popular or trendy.

5) Anything else that you would like to share?

The pin world has brought me many friends and collaborations, which has definitely brought me some joy through these hard times. All these connections have made my every day life easier and I’m thankful for all of relationships and support 💕

Check her out:

https://www.jellyrolldesigns.com/

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Art Inspiration: Chilling Polar Bear

Keeping warm

And cozy

Inside its igloo

This polar bear

Can enjoy its meal

And watch the Northern

Lights

Dance in the night

Sky.

——Chocoviv

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Vendor Feature: Lily Lou’s Aromas

At a recent market, I met this little girl, who made wax melts! She was so energetic and enthusiastic about her new business.

Who Was Lily Lou’s Aromas?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

When Covid19 came, I began homeschooling like lots of other children across the world. Alongside homeschooling, I took up gymnastics and ice skating. I found learning from books was really hard, and needed a more hands-on approach, finding a way to incorporate my daily subjects and learning, together with the values of money into activities – the idea of a business of my own was born. The earnings from my business helped fund my gymnastics and ice skating classes. Lily Lou’s Aromas officially launched online in July 2021.

2) What was your background?

I was originally born in Spain, moved to the UK at 2 and then Canada when I was 4. I come from a long line of entrepreneurs, so beginning my own business felt natural and was so excited to be starting something I could call my own. So with a creative mind and my Mama’s love of wax melts I began to learn how to create these myself in various fun shapes using soy wax, different colours and fragrances.

3) Some interesting facts about your product?

My wax melts are made from non toxic and locally sourced ingredients. They are also 100% vegan and nothing is tested on animals. My melts are hand poured and packaged by me in South Surrey, BC with the help of my parents to keep me safe from hot stuff too! When supporting my small business you also support lots of other small/local businesses for packaging, ingredients, printing and supplies.

4) Is there anything else you would like to share?

I love all aspects of what I do and meeting my awesome customers has got to be one of the best parts!

Above all, I am learning life skills and I know that if I set my mind to anything and work hard, I can be successful.

Check her little business out:

https://lilylousaromas.com

https://instagram.com/lilylousaromas?

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Reblog Feature: LifeStyle Prism’s DIY Hot Chocolate

Winter Comfort – A DIY Homemade Hot Chocolate Drink
Photo by Maddi Bazzocco on Unsplash

Check out this delicious idea by Lifestyle Prism!

Check it out:

https://www.lifestyleprism.com/2021/11/hot-chocolate-diy.html?m=1

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Art Inspiration: It’s A Hoot (4Cats Tutorial)

This drawing was inspired the owl tutorial by 4 Cats Studio….

It’s a game

That the owl

Plays with

Its prey

Hiding among

The trees

Then suddenly,

Swooping down

And fly away.

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Winter 2021 Fabfitfun Box

Christmas season was so hectic that I didn’t have a chance to post my Fabfitfun box!

Herschel Ash Rose Tote Bag

MSRP $60 US

Isaac Mizrahi Sherpa-Lined Slippers

MSRP $24 US

Glamnetic Virgo Magnetic Lashes and Deep Space Liner

MSRP $59.99 US

Bennkai Chocolate Bomb Maker 4-Pack

MSRP $30 US

Briogeo Farewell Frizz 118 ml

MSRP $30 US

True + Luscious Lucky Glow Palette

MSRP $46 US

Vahdam Recovery Sampler Tea

MSRP $15 US

So far, I continue to enjoy the items in my box.

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Art Inspiration: A Whale Of A Good Time

As part of their YouTube tutorial series, 4Cats Art Studio was posting different themes for subscribers to try out.

This is my whale….

Swimming in the ocean

Enjoying the time

Deep and dark

Quiet and alone

Being mindful

Of its existence.

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Book Review: Mrs. Saint Nick

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Summary

Holly Jamieson was an efficiency expert. Santa Claus hired her to help Christmas Central run more efficiently. She loved to make things run smoother, but she was not a fan of Christmas. Her father left her mother and her on a Christmas Day years ago. After that fateful day, the entire month of December was a blur of activities that led to Christmas Day. It was a yearly ordeal each year for Holly dreaded enormously.

All she wanted to do was to help Santa run his workshop better and faster. Everyone was working hard towards that goal. Everyone except Santa’s older son, Nick. He was always detracted and not there to do much. She thought that he didn’t care about Christmas Central and was just wasting time. Holly was very curious when she discovered some suspicious pamphlets in his office…..

Conclusion

I was moved by the parts where the reality of foster children we’re easily forgotten by others. It’s so easy to only remember children we knew.

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Photo Of The Day: Snowy Night

It’s been awhile since we have had such a cold and snowy white Christmas holiday!

Stay safe everyone! Do you have snow where you are?

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Book Review: The Christmas Makeover

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Summary

Jackie Frost was Jack Frost’s daughter and one of the top interior designers in the city. One day, Santa Claus called her for her help to redecorate Christmas Central as his Christmas present to Mrs. Claus.

Jackie was prepared to take this job, but she was not prepared to encounter Santa’s head craftsman, Dean.

Conclusion

This was a sweet and short story about opening one’s heart and be brave.

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Movie Review: Spider-Man No Way Home

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Summary

Ever since his identity was revealed, Peter Parker’s life was turned upside down. Angry mobs called Spider-Man a murderer, while colleges rejected his applications. Unfortunately, this also affected his girlfriend and best friend’s applications too. Peter wanted to go back to a time when no one who he was…..So, he went to see Doctor Strange.

However, without the Time Stone, Doctor Strange could not travel back in time anymore. Instead, he could cast a spell where no one would remember that Peter Parker was Spider-Man. As he began to cast the spell, Peter kept changing requesting his girlfriend, best friend and other people to still remember his secret identity. After too many changes, the spell went out of control and the Mulitverse opened up.

Imagine Spider-Man and Villains from different parallel universes arriving at the same time….

Conclusion

I liked how they tied all three Spider-Man characters together. There was lots of action and funny dialogue too.

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Christmas Dinner Potluck 2021

Right before the Christmas holidays, there was another restriction was put into place. So we couldn’t have those large gatherings at home like before.

We were lucky that we could still have a small gathering this Christmas.

Wishing a safe and happy holiday to all!

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Homemade Christmas Cookies From A Friend

Our family had this friend, who for the past few years, baked cookies for Christmas. At first, I thought he was only going to do it once, as it was very time consuming. He made many different flavours, from the lemon centred ones to the chocolate chip cookies. I believed he made about eight different types once!

I remembered one year, he did it with his niece and nephews as a group effort! Ever since the pandemic, he went back to making them all himself. Then, he would drive around to drop off a box to all his high school buddies.

Every Christmas, I look forward to receiving his homemade cookies of kindness and care.

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Night Walk In Victoria

During the month of December, most places put up their Christmas lights. Therefore, once night fell, we decided to leave our place and take a walk.

So after putting on a warm coat and boots, we slowly ventured out into the cold. The Parliament building looked like a gingerbread house!

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Vendor Feature: The Alfajor Co.

Some cookies for Christmas? Yes, please! I met this wonderful cookie company at a local artisan market.

Who Is The Alfajor Company?

1) Why and when did you start this company?

The Alfajor Company was established as a licensed homemade business in December 2020 here in Vancouver, British Columbia. I had managed and co-owned a pastry shop, where we sold these cookies before. I had a vision that, maybe later in life, I could sell them from a commissary kitchen to other cafes and establishments. I had done a bit of forecasting to see if this idea could be realised, since more and more small coffee shops were closing, at the peak of Covid19. That was when the idea for a different approach to the business was born, and I launched my virtual alfajor bakery.

2) What was your background?

I am Bolivian-born, eating these special cookies after my mom and both grandmothers would get together before birthdays. They would bake so many alfajor cookies as well as other sweet treats. I love to have a connection with those times. Being small and learning from them.


3) Interesting facts about your product?

The Alfajor is now a Latin American staple. More so then its place of origin. It is loved by all its countries.

Slight differences in the aspects of it from one country to the next. This is our take on it, while trying to keep it as traditional as it can be.

4) What else would you like to share?

The cookie originated on the Iberian coast in the late 700’s, when Spain was taken over by the Moors. Much later in time, after South America was colonized by the Spanish and their traditions introduced, so was the alfajor cookie.
Argentina was where Dulce de leche originated from, and this was my take on it. The Alfajor cookie wafers were sandwiched with dulce de leche (Milk Caramel) in the middle. Sweet lovers were fascinated over it and it became what it was…

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Vendor Feature: Glory Ann Chocolat

I discovered this organic, dairy and gluten free chocolate at an artisan market. After chatting with the owners, they gifted me this lovely bar of mint chocolate.

Who Is Glory Ann Chocolat?


1) Why and when did you start your business?

My mom (Gayle) has been making chocolate for a few years now. I, myself, started in the summer and loved it, so we decided to start a business and created Glory Ann Chocolat at the end of August.

2) What was your background?

Gayle: I’ve always searched for a healthier way to eat and feed my family. I tried a lot of different diets over the years, and the one I enjoyed the most was raw foods. But when winter hit, I craved warm food. I started incorporating plant-based foods and the rest is history. Anybody who knows me knows I’m a huge chocolate lover, and I always have chocolate with me. So, I started with coconut barks then I made my way to making raw chocolate and today, I’m 100% addicted. When my daughter decided to try her hand at chocolates, I was so excited. She can’t cook to save her life but she can make decadent chocolates. Being artistic as she is, she is the “artiste” behind our gorgeous favoured bars and colourful bonbons. Together we have created Glory Ann Chocolat.


3) Interesting facts about your product?

Our products are raw meaning uncooked. All the nutrients are still intact and has a much more satisfying taste than cooked chocolate.


4) Anything else that you would like to share?

We will be at farmer’s markets and doing popups around the lower mainland as often as we can so follow us on instagram/facebook for our future events!

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Vendor Feature: Darla Willis (Dawn) Crafts

At a recent artisan market, I met this lovely lady who was so creative! She gifted me this super cute mask that had my current favourite series!

Who Is Darla Willis Crafts?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I started just crocheting things that my children and grandchildren wanted. Nothing fancy as I couldn’t read patterns yet.
I retired due to chronic pain for many years.
When covid happened, I ended up making masks for anyone who needed them. I joined a sewing group to help medical personnel to have a continuous supply of masks and scrub caps. When I realized that I people really liked my masks, I decided that this was something I could do from home, on my own schedule and hours . When I had bad days I could just take it easy. Not having set hours or days was a bonus. I enjoy making things for kids. ( love kids ❤) I started making toys that they wanted. I learned how to read patterns and learned to adapt my own flare from them.

2) What was your background?

I’m a wife (36 years), mother of 3, and grandmother of 6.
They are my life.

I grew up very poor. I am number 6 of 8 children. My mom made everything. We learned to garden, canning fruit, jams and jellies to make ends meet. My mom made most of our clothes.

3) Interesting facts about your product?

I’m not especially picky in my makes. Just that they’re done to the best of my ability. I was actually shocked when friends and family started asking me to make things for them.

4) Anything else you would like to share?

I love making unique items.
I don’t think I was actually aware of creating a business when I did. I just knew I could help. I could sew, and crochet!

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Vendor Feature: Oenomel Chocolates

I met Oenomel Chocolates at an artisan market! I loved her energy and her love for chocolate!

Who Is Oenomel Chocolate?

1. Why and when did you start your business?

  • I always dream of creating a brand/ product that incorporates values I believe in, such as health, wellness, and craftsmanship. I chose chocolates because as a chocoholic and dessert lover myself, I find too many of the sweets to be unhealthy, as they tend to be filled with unhealthy fat, and unhealthy amount of sugar, artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. I want to create a chocolate brand that uses only natural ingredients and organic, fair-traded chocolates that is not only sweet and delicious but is also good for the well-being of the consumers, cocoa farmers and the environment.

2. What is your background?

  • I was born in China and spent my childhood both in Shenzhen, the silicon valley of China, and Auckland, where sheep outnumber humans. I finished high school and got my Bachelor of Science at UBC in Vancouver, where I studied Neuroscience and started my first venture, a macaron startup business.

3. Interesting facts of your product?

  • I was born in China and spent my childhood both in Shenzhen, the silicon valley of China, and Auckland, where sheep outnumber humans. I finished high school and got my Bachelor of Science at UBC in Vancouver, where I studied Neuroscience and started my first venture, a macaron startup business.

4. Anything else you would like to share?

  • As a startup business, I appreciate all kinds of help from friends, local supporters. Looking for foodies to promote my products or my business (like ChocoViv). > 20k followers get a $20 cash sponsor to select any products. under 20k but > 10k followers get a $10 cash sponsor to choose any products. < 10k gets a $5 cash sponsor. DM oenomel.chocolates on IG to get your certificate!
  • Always looking for talents:
  • Hiring young sales (students welcome) force to sell at artisan markets, base salary + commission. (1 – 2 a month on weekends)

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BLOG PARTYYYYYYY!

HEY GUYSSSSS! TIME FOR MY BLOG PARTY BECAUSE I JUST GOT 200 FOLLOWERS! Oh and please reblog this on your blog cuz I want people to enjoy this! …

BLOG PARTYYYYYYY!

Let’s go and celebrate a fellow bloggers accomplishments!!!

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Netflix Series: Elves

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Summary

A family travelled to a remote island to spend their Christmas holiday to spend some time together. Like a typical remote island, the islanders did not like having strangers from the mainland visiting them. The young girl in the family began to ask questions about the odd practices of the islander. Why were there such high and large fenced off areas?

Then, one day the little girl of the family discovered an interesting creature on the island…. It’s so cute that it must be harmless, right?

Conclusion

This series was meant to be a horror and suspense series. There was some gory scenes. Ultimately, it was the life lesson about respecting nature that was important.

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Book Review: Miss Kane’s Christmas

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Summary

Carol Claus was Santa Claus’ daughter. He sent his daughter to save Christmas by trying to talk some sense into an author who was writing a new book called ‘Beyond Bah Humbug: Why Lying to Your Children about Santa Claus is a Bad Idea’.

The author, Ben, was a single father of two children, who didn’t believe in Santa and didn’t celebrate Christmas. He hated Christmas. Pretending to be the new nanny, Carol’s new name was Miss Kane and she was on a mission to change Ben. However, she did not expect to fall for him…

Conclusion

It was a sweet and heartwarming story that was great for the holidays!

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Magic Mini Sakura Paper Tree

The instructions for this little “cherry blossom” tree was to pour the liquid over the cardboard tree piece. Then, you had to wait. After two hours, I noticed that these little pink blooms began to grow!

“The tree is made of paper but after pouring the Magic water, Magic Sakura bloom in 12 hours as real Cherry blossom. We designed it like a cherry blossom came from picture book.We love and enjoy to watch the fully bloomed cherry blossom and the fluttering down of blossoms every spring. We feel the beauty and special feeling even when we see the flowers fall. So we thought that it would be wonderful if we could make own cherry blossom and enjoy it whenever and wherever we want. In this way, Magic Sakura was born. We hope that you enjoy Magic Sakura whenever and wherever you want.”—Magic Sakura

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Photo Of The Day: Colourful Sushi

I was invited to try some new items at Ogenki Sushi restaurant. They were coming up with a vegan menu.

The colourful presentation was very eye-catching and intriguing, especially since I knew they were vegan. Next, was the tasting and I was pleasantly surprised! The flavourful bites were well-rounded and exceeded my expectations.

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Vendor Feature: Le Bon Moment Bake Shop

For this holiday season, this beautiful box was wonderful for an afternoon tea! Made with local ingredients by a chef with international experience, it was perfect to share with a loved one.

Who Is Le Bon Moment?

1) When and why did you start your business?

I went to VCC for the culinary program and started working at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver pretty quickly after graduating. I did my apprenticeship program with the hotel and left Hotel Vancouver after 6 incredible years in 2018. Then, I went to France in the summer of 2018 and landed my first job in France at a 1 Michelin star restaurant in Lyon, France. Afterwards, a few months later, I was at a 2 Michelin star restaurant.

(This was their first anniversary!)

2) What was your background?

Started out as a dishwasher at a Taiwanese eatery and slowly worked my way up to kitchen manager of the restaurant. I felt like I’ve always wanted to do more.

3) Interesting facts about your product?

I think my product is really one of a kind. It’s a fun blend of traditional afternoon tea with some fine dining elements. It is my blank canvas of creativity. I was able to showcase my technique, knowledge and personality through my creation.

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Art Inspiration: Birthday Cake

One day, I was starting my art lesson when a little boy announced that it was his birthday! Therefore, I decided to draw a birthday cake for him!

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Vendor Feature: Yun Wei Soothing Balm

The cardboard packaging and natural ingredients of this soothing balm caught my eye as I walked through the artisan market.

Who Is YW Soothing Balm?


1) Why and when did you start your business?

Five years ago as I looked for a cream for my daughter.


2) What was your background?

I was a stay home mom who loved to cook.


3) Some interesting facts about your product?

I made this product for my daughter because she had eczema. I tried to find a good product for her at the beginning. All were too expensive or not effective. So I started to do a lot of research and experimentation.


4) Was anything else you would like to share?

I chose all natural ingredients. I believed that natural herbal healing would be the best way to nourish the skin.

Ingredients: olive oil, calendula, coconut oil, Shea butter, tea tree oil, bergamot oil, lavender oil…. and more!

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Food Stall Miniatures From Hong Kong

I was at a dessert place having a sweet soup. As I was leaving, I noticed an interesting display shelf. Inside the shelf were these two sets of miniatures.

Food stalls or sidewalk snack booths were common at markets and on the side on the road in Asia. No matter which country I visited in Asia, food stalls had the best variety of foods.

I miss Asia….

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Art Inspiration: Be The Tiger

Be the tiger

The one to stand up

To protect the weak

But cheers up the sad

Show your stripes

And be proud

Of who

You are.

——-Chocoviv

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Vendor Feature: Meme Urban Farm

Who is Meme Urban Farm?



1) Why and when did you start your business?

We are an Urban/Vertical farm in Richmond, B.C. We envision great potential and future possibilities in the Microgreens farming business.

Meme Urban Farm’s mission:
Educate the public about the health and benefits of Microgreens.
Provide affordable, healthy, great tasting Microgreens for the public.


2) What was your background?

The owner, Edwin Wo, is a chef with over 15 years of experience and has used many different Microgreens in culinary use. He has a full knowledge of different uses and applications of Microgreens for different types of Food & Beverage establishments.


3) Some interesting facts about your product?

Did you know NASA is studying and testing to grow microgreens on Mars and space station as a sustainable food source?

Also microgreens can contain 4-40x the nutrients of its mature counterpart!

Microgreens the main difference between farms is:

(a) the way they are grown, for example, hydroponic versus aeroponics

(B) the varieties each farm will grow

(C) the quality and freshness of the product.


4) Anything else you would like to share:)

Lastly the “Meme” in our company name is the first letter to our family members. So come by to say “Hi” to the entire “MEME” team.

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Book Review: The Unexpected Guest

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Summary

A man in a wheelchair was shot in the head, his wife was holding the pistol….He was an abusive man, she told the sudden visitor who discovered this scenario. This gentleman’s car had broken down and he was looking for help. After hearing her sad story, he agreed to make up a cover story to protect her…

They decided to blame it on an old enemy…

Conclusion

I enjoyed the surprising details and turns in the story. Definitely, kept my interest!

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Congee As Comfort Food

During the winter months, congee was the most common food that I liked to order to keep out the cold. Some of the most common items that I liked to add as toppings would be green onions, meatballs, and my favourite, salted egg.

What would be your comfort food?

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Photo Of The Day: Sun From The Clouds

After the rain stops

And the clouds float

Away quietly

The sun slowly

Appears through

The fluffy clouds

Warming us all.

——Chocoviv

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Art Inspiration: Piggy Gift

Piggy has a gift for you!

Is it edible

Like a cake?

Or is it a dress

To wear to a party?

Or is it a book

That opens your imagination?

I wonder what it maybe!!

——Chocoviv

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Movie Review: Hellbound

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Summary

A strange phenomenon was happening. People were receiving death predictions from a mysterious ghostly apparition. On the time that that person was supposed to die, three scary monsters would show up and hammer the person to death. Then, they would suck the life out of them. A charred corpse was left behind.

A spiritual prophet self appointed himself to be the leader of this new religion called the New Truth. This group concentrated on exposing the “sins” of each person who had received the announcement of death. At the beginning, they promoted that people had to do good. But, eventually, things went awry…..

A detective didn’t believe in the supernatural and was determined to find out the reason behind all these deaths….until his daughter was involved….

Conclusion

This movie revolved on the topic of a cult. It’s sad that how humans could take something that was meant to be good, and warped it into something evil.

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Writing Thank You Cards

Helping out my Japanese friend with her pop up shop for the Christmas season. I was given the task for writing up some thank you cards in Japanese. Luckily, I was doing a lot of hiragana calligraphy writing previously….

I look forward to writing more!

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