The June Bride fabric brooches

Beautiful felted jewelry made from recycled sweaters by The June Bride.

thejunebride-thumbBorn in a field somewhere in the world, each of these delightful brooches began as pure lamb’s wool, nature’s soft coat for a baby sheep. Lambswool is much softer and finer than the wool of a mature sheep. After the careful process of shearing, the wool was then cleaned, carded, spun, dyed and knit. For a time it existed as a garment, aptly warming its wearer better than almost any natural substance. And then, some way or other, it found me.

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thejunebride-thumb2When I come across the right sweater, I bring it home and think about it… imagining its future life. Once I’ve settled on a happy fate, I thoroughly wash it, felt it, dry it, stretch it, cut it and shape it. Some of the wool becomes other useful objects, but my favorite little things to make are these brooches. Each type of wool has its own characteristics, and I thoughtfully choose the flower shape to best highlight its qualities. I match the petal color to a shade of green for the leaves that peek out the back to make a harmonious finished product. Some have a vintage button for a center, some have a simple gold center and some have no center at all.

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Jennifer Loiselle

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Jennifer Loiselle: I’ve worked in magazines, newspapers and websites for ten years, but have finally found the time to focus on making my handmade headbands.

Having fulfilled my wanderlust, living in Sydney and Tokyo and traveling everywhere in between, I now call London home.

Things I love: mid-century furniture, taxidermy, polka dots, shoes, big accessories, Paris and most of all, dancing with my new baby.

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Handmade Labor Day Sales

Here in the US, Labor Day is on the horizon. I hope that your celebrations including spending time with friends and family, but maybe you also want to take part in that time honored three day weekend tradition – SALE shopping. Many handmade vendors have decided to get in on the Labor Day action by featuring some of their best items for sale. I’ve spotlighted four shops having sales below, but make sure you search on etsy to find other stores that will help you satisfy your itch for sale priced goodies.

First up are these gorgeous candles from Homemade Soy. Wouldn’t these be beautiful in your bedroom, or lighting up a romantic dinner? Homemade Soy also has a huge variety of fall related items on sale, so make sure you check them out.

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What Does Home Mean to You

The image above is from Gbrosseau Photo

I’m writing this at the end of a wonderful long weekend, and as the title suggests, I’m pondering the meaning of the word home. Why now? It’s been on my mind for months really… We currently live right downtown – and while many of our friends have found this to be an ideal environment for raising kids, for me personally, I’m not sure that it feels right.

Both my husband and I fondly remember childhood days spent frolicking in the forests near our homes, building forts, exploring, and having “adventures”. For me time spent in the forest feels as natural as eating or sleeping – despite having lived in cities of various sizes from the age of 11.

The city we live in and the surrounding countryside have an increasing problem of affordability – and many people are forced to move further and further out into the suburbs.

While the suburbs are an option – my husband will continue to work in the city for the foreseeable future, and many of the suburban areas that appeal to us involve an hour and a half commute. And I think it’s tough to know on the outset what kind of experience you’ll have in the suburb you choose. Some neighbourhoods are certainly more community minded and friendlier than others.

This past Tuesday I was busy planning our hike for this weekend and thought it’d be fun to go a bit further afield than usual, to Bowen Island (a 30 minute ferry ride from downtown). I started reading about this jewel of an island on the Pacific and I really liked what I read. I was actually so distracted by everything that I read that it made it tough to work that evening. We decided we ought to go for the weekend as perhaps this is just the type of place we want to call home. Bowen is a heavily forested island with a year round population of 3,000 people that swells to over 4,000 in the summer. It has a quaint downtown with shops, restaurants and a vibrant artisan community. There are no chain stores of any kind. Instead you’ll find miles and miles of trees and hiking trails, hemmed in by rocky bluffs and sandy beaches. The island has a strong history as a place of deep community ties and its populace is very involved in civic affairs.


The image above is from Spread the Love

After this weekend I’ve fallen in love with the island and I know my husband has warmed to it too. As city folks we aren’t that involved in our community right now. It’s easy not to be in the city. I volunteer as much as I can for a local social enterprise, and we make time to see our close friends – but other than that we often find ourselves working long hours, which often seems necessary to keep our entrepreneurial ventures healthy. Now as we ponder the next stage of our lives, thinking about our future children and putting down roots, we’re forced to ask ourselves just what home means to us, and what we should prioritize. We’re planning to visit Bowen again in September to learn more about the island, and we’re considering giving it a test run as renters, perhaps next spring. So for now, things are up in the air – but in the meantime, it’s given us plenty of food for thought as we plan for the future.

I’d love to hear some of your experiences as you were looking to settle down and have kids!

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  • Fiber Jewelry by Susan Sanders
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  • A pincushion for every day
  • Rainbow Crochet Toasties
  • Win a lovely felt necklace
  • Twirly Fabulous Upcycled Sweater Skirts
  • Gung hay fat choi!