Hey everybody, we are finally restocked on a Much&Little favourite! Sydney Hale soy candles are back again – we’ve got 10 scents, including a new one: Bergamot + Black Tea (it might just be our new favourite). We love ordering from Sydney Hale, not just for their wonderful product but because it’s a small business with a big heart: they donate 10% of their profits to animal rescue. And that’s not small change. Come and pick one up to add a little boost to your day. xo
To all you MOMS out there – we wish you a wonderful Mother’s Day! We know how hard you work, so hopefully you’re well taken care of today. Thank you for all you do, for always being there, for loving and supporting us. WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH! xoxo
The store is looking nice and full at the moment. We’ve got new shipments of Small Trades shirts and tunics, and James Perse is arriving with more to come in the next week or so! Below is a sample of a few things in the shop. There’s much more in store, so come on by!
Look at this cute photo I dug up – that was my momma back in the day! I love looking at treasured family photos, especially of my parents. It’s comforting and nostalgic rummaging through these old snapshots. Ruby is no longer with us, but with Mother’s Day coming up on the 13th, I think of her with the fondest memories. Yes, I miss her dearly, but I’m also thankful and appreciative for the wonderful mother I had. For all she did for us kids, for her sacrifices, for putting up with my crap.
So don’t forget about your mom this Sunday. Make her breakfast in bed or treat her to brunch (that’s on my wish list!), pamper her with a massage, or just give her the day off! There are lots of things in the shop that would make great gift ideas and we’d love to help you pick something out, but first and foremost, let Mom know how much she means to you. You’ve only got one mom! xoxo
What a thrill it was when a friend brought in the June issue of Canadian House & Home. Every month they have a Style Files feature where they highlight a new shop they deem worthy of a visit. Much&Little is this month’s feature store! I have to say the spread looks wonderful, thanks to the talented eye of local photographer, Janis Nicolay. Such an honour to be featured – can’t thank you enough Canadian House & Home!
We are freshly re-stocked on cute and quirky terrariums from local gal, Andrea Wong! Have a knack for killing houseplants? No problem – these are a cinch to maintain. Just a spritz of water every couple weeks and these guys thrive in their humid little homes. If they get too ‘sweaty’ inside just pop open the lid for a half-day breather. Housed in vintage mason jars with zinc lids, these tropical plants add a charming touch of greenery to your life .
We’re getting more jewelry in at Much&Little, and another line we’re very excited about is Trois Petit Points, made in the romantic capital of the world. These pieces are feminine, delicate and simply lovely. Of particular note are the enamel lockets pictured below. The colours are soft and romantic and the chain is a very flattering longer length. The locket measures 2.5 cm long, so you can actually put a decent sized photo inside. We think these would make a wonderful gift for someone very special. And with Mother’s Day just around the corner this may be your answer!
Thanks, Melanie, for bringing by more of your jewelry today! Melanie is the creative force behind A Farmer’s Daughter and In Good Company – two jewelry lines made from little vintage treasures like New York City subway tokens, CN Rail markers, and Art Deco inspired brass pendants. It’s the type of jewelry you can wear everyday with t-shirts and jeans. And with every piece under $50 they make very affordable gifts for someone… or yourself!
After a long, hard search we are most proud to be carrying handcrafted bags from Minnesota-based Frost River. This company is comprised of a tight-knit group of artisans who make goods of the highest integrity using tin-cloth (aka waxed cotton canvas), premium leathers, solid brass hardware and heavy-duty cotton webbing. The result is superior quality, handsome bags that can withstand the rigours of daily use and the outdoor elements. Frost River has been doing this long before waxed canvas goods were so in vogue – a testament to their heritage of classic, reliable soft goods – guaranteed for life!
These handwoven cotton towels are a Much&Little favourite, not just for their good looks but also because of their versatility and practicality. They’re 100% cotton and perfect to travel with because they don’t take up much space. Traditionally used in Turkish baths, they also make wonderful beach blankets, tablecloths, runners, lightweight throws, shawls, sarongs, impromptu picnic blankets …. okay, we think you get the point!
The shape of these carry-alls is borrowed from the classic Baggu reusable nylon tote, but they’ve redone them in super soft leather. Perfect for tossing all your stuff into – a great, simple everyday bag. And for all who’ve been asking… we are getting the Baggu nylon shoppers in soon. Will keep you posted!
Yippee! Spring-Summer TROVATA is now in!
Here are the pics we promised you yesterday of the delivery from Matteo. They are mostly known for their sumptuous bedding lines (of which we carry the duvets and pillowcases) but they also have a line of simple, wearable clothing that epitomes laid-back casual style. All Matteo goods are made in their Los Angeles studios.
Nothing epitomizes a spring-summer wardrobe more than linen…. and we’ve just unpacked a shipment of lovely linen tunics, dresses and overalls from Matteo. The dresses and tunics are timeless, breezy and body-skimming. The unisex overalls are slouchy, chic and casual at the same time. Colours are classic Matteo: earthy and subdued shades grey. More pics to come soon!
Yesterday we spent the greater part of the day unpacking a shipment of enamelware from Riess, the Austrian market leader in enamel cookware. Yes, the colours are wonderful (pastel shades of pink, green and yellow so befitting for the season) and the forms are functional and attractive, but there are a few pertinent things about this company that make their products truly stand out:
- Riess has been making enamelware for over 80 years, and their roots go back to 1550. The family firm has been committed to sustainability ever since.
- Riess uses only environmentally friendly resources in their enamelware production. Porcelain enamel is 100% recyclable and can easily be returned to the ecological raw materials cycle.
- Riess employs sustainable energy management and uses 100% green energy in their enamelling.
- Riess has drastically reduced their water consumption and waste water thanks to their own water processing plant.
- Riess has environmental programs in place including the goal of heating their entire business with residual heat and eventually be independent of fuel oil.
A shipment of goodies has arrived from Bookhou. One of my favourite designers. I love the natural, earthy aesthetic of these textiles so I had to get a bit of everything. Onesies with animal prints for the littlest ones in your life, summer weight linen scarves with her signature prints, simple zippered pouches, some of our best-selling tea towels (in Spring, Triangle and Whale print), and the much loved laser cut alphabet in birch ply. Something for every room, and everyone, in the house!
Leather pouches from New York’s BAGGU arrived today! The larger size could function as a clutch and the smaller ones are perfect for loose change, credit cards, lipstick, love notes…. The leather is as soft as butter and the colours are great.We’ve got basic black for the purist, a lovely tan for the classic, and for those who want a fashionable pop of springy colour we have grapefruit (large size) and mint (small).
We also have tote bags in the same sumptuous leather, available in black and tan. Photos to come soon!
Utilitarian knives never looked as good as these. From a family run studio in New Mexico we’ve received a beautiful selection of bread knives, waiter’s knives and pocket knives. Each one is masterfully crafted with wood inlays and no two are the same.
I know it snowed yesterday, but today I sense…. Spring. It definitely feels like it in the shop with the shipment of Bauer Pottery that we madly unpacked today. The colours are so cheery and uplifting and are putting a huge smile on my face. We’ve got batter bowls, mixing bowls, cake stands, syrup pitchers and butter dishes. Think of it as functional colour therapy.
Bauer Pottery of Los Angeles reproduces vintage works of the original J.A. Bauer Pottery which flourished from the 1880’s to the mid 60’s. They use the original pieces as models with special emphasis on those produced in the 30’s and 40’s. Classic colours are reproduced using lead-free glazes. The new Bauer pieces are so much like the originals that even avid collectors sometimes need to do a double take.
A couple of our dear customers turned us on to this very clever product. CUPPOW. It’s a simple thingamabob that turns a wide mouth canning jar into a travel mug. Simply unscrew the canning jar lid and remove the seal, replace it with CUPPOW, then screw the lid back onto the jar. Voila – mess proof drinking! Better yet, it’s BPA free, 100% recyclable and dishwasher safe. Thumbs up, I say!
New shipment of jewelry from Chicago’s Laura Lombardi! Here’s a few pics of some of the items we’ve got available. All made from carefully selected vintage and repurposed materials. Lovely….so lovely.
I love it when the postman makes a delivery. Yesterday a shipment from Portland-based Otter Wax arrived. And what, pray tell, is Otter Wax? It’s fabulous, that’s what. It’s a completely natural line of fabric wax and leather care products that are non-toxic and silicone/petroleum free.
The fabric wax is beeswax and lanolin-based and can be used to make all manner of canvas and denim goods water repellent. Just what we need for these damp days! Use it on canvas shoes, jackets, hats, rucksacks… you name it. Try it on your jeans, tin cloth, nylons shells, waxed fabrics.
We also carry Leather Care sampler kits. Such a great idea – these kits include the essentials for cleaning, restoring and water-proofing all your leather goods without the use of stinky headache-inducing chemicals. Just good ol’ things like beeswax, shea butter, flax seed oil and essential oils. There’s a 2 oz. tin of Saddle Soap to clean and remove stains; a 2 oz. tin of Leather Salve to moisturize and restore suppleness; and 2.5 oz bottle of Leather Oil that protects, shines and waterproofs. Easy as 1-2-3! Plus, everything comes packaged up in a tidy little burlap sack – very nice.
We’re making room for a new delivery of our beloved Small Trades shirts. Two new styles of tunics have arrived, as well as the cutest cap sleeved t-shirt and a basic white 3/4 sleeve shirt. They’re classic pieces that will never go out of style. Older styles now marked-down to make room for the new guys!
We’re sure you know that next Tuesday is Valentine’s Day, but did you know it’s also Random Acts of Kindness Week? We’ve decided to spread a little L-O-V-E to show our customers just how much you mean to us.
First off, we’ll be open for business on Monday, the 13th from 11 to 6. We’re normally closed on Mondays, so we thought any last-minute Valentine’s shopping types might appreciate that!
Secondly, for all of next week (Monday, Feb 13th to Sunday, Feb. 19th) when you come in you can enter a draw to get a 10, 15, or 20% discount off your purchase of regular priced merchandise (*this discount does not apply to rugs). To get in on the deal, you just have to let us know you heard about it on our newsletter or blog.
And last, but by no means least, we are donating a portion of next week’s net profits to HEAL CANADA, a local charity aimed at improving the lives of people living in Eastern Africa and locally. Some of their projects include funding reparative surgeries for victims of sexual violence or traumatic childbirth; safe motherhood and prenatal care programs; and the advancement of education for women and children.
We hope to see you soon, so we can send a little love your way…. and keep spreading it around!
Sarah and the much&little team. xoxo
Yesterday we got a delivery of these beautiful wooden watches. They’re extremely comfortable, light weight and well-priced. Made of plantation grown sustainable Sandalwood with Japanese mechanism, they can easily be sized to fit all. Better still, they’re designed and handcrafted in Coquitlam. YAY for yet another beautiful local gem! These would be a good gift idea for that special, smoochy kind of day that’s just around the corner!
We’ve got a new line of products in store! Matteo is a Los Angeles, CA based designer and maker of beautiful, high quality bedding. The look is subdued elegance in soft and natural hues. Everything is made in their LA workshop to the highest standards. We’re carrying some of their 100% cotton duvet covers and casual loungewear. Think of curling up at home with a good book and a glass of wine. Hmmmm… maybe I can get off work early today….
We’re freshly re-stocked on scented soy candles from Sydney Hale. A bunch of you have been asking about them, so thanks for being patient. The good old standbys like Fir+Blue Sage and Tobacco+Sandalwood are here, as well as some new ones! The postman also delivered a long awaited shipment of bird calls from France. Each one is packed with love and care into a sweet wooden box. We have a new birdie in this line-up too: the Mourning Dove. For all you bird lovers out there!
I love a classic striped shirt, and I think I’ve found it with Small Trades. This one has a universally flattering boatneck with 3/4 sleeves. It’s made of the softest 100% cotton and is slightly fitted without being clingy. I took two of mine on holiday recently and pretty much wore them everyday. They’re easy to wear, super versatile and non-fashiony. Sure to be one of your wardrobe staples.
Small Trades was inspired by a photo story shot by Irving Penn in the 1950’s documenting women and men representing the tools of their trade. The 100% cotton panel rib t-shirts are the first project under the Small Trades label. They’re made in the USA in a factory that’s been family owned and operated since 1907.
We’ve also got other styles in stock, as well as a shipment of short-sleeved t’s and tunics coming next month! Stay tuned….
Yesterday we received these handsome collars and leashes crafted from bridle leather for durability and suppleness, and solid brass hardware that won’t rust or break. Don’t let their fetching good looks put you off – pooch can still swim and roll in the mud with these as quality natural leather will outlast any fabric or synthetic material. Collars have a quick release buckle for convenience. We’ve got three sizes: XSmall, Small and Medium. Bruno, our 8 month-old lab is modelling size medium, with plenty of room left to grow into. The leashes come in two lengths: 6′ and 4′.
We’re so happy to have received Chilote House Shoes from Patagonia. They’re an award winning product that combines social inclusivity, craft and sustainability. The slippers are made from free-range patagonian wool; the soles are comprised of repurposed up-cycled salmon leather, a by-product of the commercial fishing industry. They are soft, cosy and durable. Each pair is geo-tagged with a QR code that leads to the geographical and production information of the artisans who made the slippers. By working with independent artisan groups, they are given a chance at fair, dignified and sustainable sources of income. We like!
I think the smell of freshly worked leather is my new favourite scent. These handsome wallets from Vancouver’s Wulf Work just walked through the door. Hand sewn and burnished, they feel as good as they look, and they look and good as they smell!
Just received a shipment of Japanese wellies! We love a good rainboot, and what makes these different from some others out there is the softness of the rubber. They’re originally made for rice field workers so they’re very flexible and pliable. They easily fold up so you can pack them in a bag for travel, too! Another great feature is the back buckle which allow the boots to be cinched snug or loose around your calves.
Look what we got today! Local, handmade dolls from Fait Pour Toi. Each sweetie is one-of-a-kind and made with vintage fabric, bits of lace, and buttons to create her own unique personality and outfit. Comes with her own felt carry case so she can be toted around with ease. This is the stuff that memories are made of.
We’re re-stocked on our much loved whale shaped knives. Made by Tetsu Yamashita, a sickle maker who has been certified by the Japanese government as a Traditional Japanese Craftsman. He was asked to make a knife with a round head so kids could sharpen pencils. They became so popular that he made two more styles…. and we’re so happy he did!
Some of you may remember Duralex tumblers from your childhood. We’ve got these classic French bistro glasses in stock and love them for so many reasons. They’re dishwasher safe, good for hot and cold beverages, stack beautifully, and are shock resistant (no wonder they’ve been used by French schools and savvy French moms for years!). Each glass is stamped on the bottom with the number of the mold in which it was made. With such classic good looks and a great price point (sets of 6 start at $14.95) who wouldn’t want to pick up a set or two?
Our other line of glasses we’re just as excited about is Colorado-based Wine Punts. They collect wine bottles from restaurants, cut off the top and use the bottom as a drinking glass! It’s actually not quite so easy, but you get the idea. The rim is fire-polished for a smooth surface and to prevent chipping and cracking. Smart! Guys in particular like them because they have a substantial feel in hand. Being a completely recycled product, each glass has unique variations. We’ve got two colours in 16oz and 12oz sizes.
One of our favourite items is back in stock: Fair Trade handmade scissors from India. Made by a master artisan, the handles are sand-cast brass and blades are hand-forged tempered steel. The larger pair are perfect for fabric or paper (don’t use the same pair for both!); the smaller are great for trimming your bangs!
Hola, Friends! 2012 is upon us and so it’s time to send out some well-wishes to set the tone for the New Year. 2011 has been a huge year of growth, learning, challenges and obstacles to overcome. Looking back, it’s been bloody hard work and extremely gratifying at the same time. None of it could have been accomplished without the love and support of dear friends and family, and I repeat, none of it. I exit 2011 with a huge sense of gratitude, and I enter 2012 with hope and commitment to the future. At the risk of being schmaltzy here are some heartfelt words for all you wonderful people out there who may chance upon this blog with an open ear:
- May 2012 be filled with true blessings of love, joy, contentment, health, success, and ease.
- May you surround yourself with your “tribe” – those people who know you, hear you, encourage you, and tell you the truth gently.
- May you be courageous and confident in following your dreams. Don’t let others poo-poo your aspirations (this is why you need a tribe). Somehow, you will find your way – and if you still have doubts, come talk to me and I’ll set you straight!
- May your endeavours be met with success, but not at the expense of your mental or physical health or the relationships with those closest to you.
- May you cut yourself some slack and allow yourself to have a few bad/crabby/disorganized/lazy days.
- May you remember that small kindnesses can go a really long way – and may you be the recipient of many.
Wishing you all a beautiful 2012.
Oh, and by the way, the shop will closing at 3pm on New Year’s Eve and opening again on Tuesday, January 3rd.
Help us help others! This Saturday only, we invite you to aid our efforts to fill our Food Bank box. Bring in a non-perishable food item and you’ll receive 10% off your purchase (sorry, this discount does not apply to rugs). See you soon!
When we saw these bags from Portland’s Vanport Outfitters, it was a serious case of bag-lust. Durable, well-crafted, and classic – these beauties are built with longevity in mind. Owner Nicholas Everett spent 17 years crafting custom canvas products for yachts and sailboats. His skill with construction techniques comes through in every bag, as does his finely tuned aesthetic. Made from durable waxed canvas with leather detailing and trim. Currently we have two styles of backpacks, a tote, and ipad case.
It’s been busy in the shop so we’re a bit behind on filling you in on what’s in store. We just received a shipment of blankets from Pendleton Woolen Mills. The quality of these blankets is unsurpassed. The patterns in stock are from their series which honour the stories and histories of Native Americans, Pendleton’s original and most valued customers. They would be perfect on a bed or sofa, and make stunning wall hangings as well. Come on in and check them out!
We’ve got some serious local talent in the store! From our very own backyard, we have Gallant & Jones – the partnership of Gwyneth Jones and Tamra Gallant – two amazing craftswomen who hand make elegant yet substantial trays from North American White Oak. The trays are great on their own, but are also made to fit on top of their folding stools to make a lovely side table or TV tray. We also have the work of the very talented Nellija Zi in store. She hand knits the most beautiful and sumptuous Peruvian wool scarves and hats. The colours are natural and earthy with the subtle detailing of her signature recycled leather tag. Her grandma taught her well… very well!
We’ve just decorated our window to mark the festive season! The store is feeling very cosy with cedar boughs and the scrumptious smell of our Cocoa & Espresso candles from Sydney Hale. Lots of new stock is arriving… beautiful enamel cookware from Austria in the sweetest colours (photos to come soon) amongst the shipments. Plus, we’re having a party to mark our grand opening! THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8th from 6-9pm is the date for our wine & cheese fete. We would love to see you there! Send a little RSVP to email@example.com if you can! Sarah xo
Very hard to find and very useful. This folding rule from Sweden is a traditional carpenter’s tool, but it’s great for measuring all sorts of things around the house and then it folds up. Tickety-boo!
Just got in a shipment of beautiful ceramics from Portland-based Pigeon Toe. We were very lucky to visit their shop and studio earlier this year and meet the owner, Lisa Jones. She has such a clear and simple aspiration for Pigeon Toe: to provide mankind with everyday beauty. We think she has done just that. The pieces are skillfully handcrafted and the aesthetic is minimal and natural – destined to become modern heirlooms. Below is a sampling of their products we have available. The mini creamers are delightfully cute and also work well for servings of maple syrup for Sunday morning pancakes. The stacking cups are sold in sets of four and are perfect for dips and sauces, spices, or….. warm sake on a wet Fall evening – kinda like tonight! The footed bowls are both elegant and quirky and would pair well with an airplant. I like your style, Lisa!
The other day a lovely lady came into the shop; we had a chat and she asked if she could take a few photos. She turned out to be Janis Nicolay, an extremely talented interiors/lifestyle photographer and supporter of independent business. She kindly posted the images on her blog, for which I am grateful. Here are some of her beautiful photographs and a link to her Pinecone Camp blog. Thank you, Janis, for your support!
A long awaited shipment of beautiful handcrafted knives from New Mexico arrived today. Choose from three knife types in varying designs: marquetry, turquoise and mother-of-pearl.
Beautiful soy candles in unusual and captivating scents are in store now. Sydney Hale Co. is a family owned and operated business that gives a portion of it’s profits to animal rescue. You gotta love that! The Cedarwood & Vanilla scent is sold out already, but we’re getting a new shipment in the next few weeks.
Looks like we aren’t the only ones enjoying the Fall foliage. Bruno, a 5 month old Charcoal Lab, seems to like it, too!
A few photos of what’s in store now, including sweet little Pendleton blankets. Perfect for baby or a lap blanket. Also lots of lovely gift ideas with the holiday season around the corner.
As the temperature drops I can imagine cuddling up in a blanket like this one. Pendleton blankets in a variety of Native American patterns are in, and we’re expecting more over the next few weeks!
Here’s a small sampling of wonderful items you can find in the store.
Friends and family have been coming by to visit the shop. It’s great to be located in such a welcoming neighbourhood.
much&little opens for business today! It’s a momentous occasion for us after weeks of very long days! So who, you may ask, is the lovely lady in the photo? Her name was Ruby and she was beautiful, vibrant, and lived life to the fullest. Seventeen years ago today, she passed on – and so we open our doors in her honour. Thank you for everything you gave me, Mom. I carry you in my heart and I hope you would be proud. xo
The store is almost ready! Just got a new shipment of classic white dishware from Bauer Pottery. This line is from the Russel Wright American Modern collection, originally manufactured in the 1930’s and 40’s – the largest selling dinnerware pattern of that period.
As many of you know, I’m in the midst of opening a store. Yep, it’s actually happening! I’ll be selling functional items for the home, accessories and women’s clothing. The last few months have been off-the-charts busy with renovations and all the myriad details that go into starting your own business. Shelves are being built, inventory is arriving, and I’m aiming to open the doors in a few short weeks. My friend and neighbour, Shiral Tobin, who is Director for CBC’s The Early Edition interviewed me and Mark for a segment on September 27th. Just click on the link below to hear the interview:
We’re getting ready to open sometime in mid-October. New stock is coming in every week!
- Thursday, June 28 – Closed for Inventory!
- A Harris Wilson Summer
- Jumping for Joy in Jumpsuits!
- Long Weekend Hours
- Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
- Easter Weekend Hours
- FAMILY DAY!
- Happy Holidays and Boxing Day Details
- Shop Hours This Week!
- Gift Guide Part Four: For the Home
- Shop Hours for the Coming Week
- Gift Guide Part Three: For Him
- Extended Shop Hours!
- Gift Guide Part Two: For Her
- Extended hours for December
- Gift Guide Part One: Under $30 (or thereabouts)
- Give a Little, Get a Little – this Saturday, November 19th
- Remembrance Day
- Thanksgiving Hours
- Birthday Sale This Weekend!
- Fall Coats & Jackets