A perfect t-shirt

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….

 

Stripes, anyone?

For Bruno….. or Monty, Winston, Precious, Ruby, Artemis, Ginger, Scout……

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′.

 

Bruno sporting size Medium in 1″ width (also available in 3/4″ width)

Collars made from golden tan bridle leather 

Our 6′ lead with braided detail and solid brass hardware; also available in 4′ length

Warm and Toasty

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!

 

Comfy, cosy, sustainable, conscious design.

Leather craft

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!

 

Leather goods from Wulf Work

Japanese Wellies

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.

 

While you may not be planning to harvest rice anytime soon, you can still sport a handsome pair of wellies!

The buckle at the back of the boots

You can roll them up for travel!

What a Doll!

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.

 

Handmade dolls from Fait Pour Toi

Whale Knives

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!

Japanese whale shaped knives.

For your drinking pleasure….

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.

 

Duralex Picardie tumblers available in three sizes

Duralex Gigogne tumblers in two sizes

Wine Punts in Aqua

Wine Punts in Olive

Arrived today!

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!

 

New Year’s Wishes

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.

Sarah xoxo

Oh, and by the way, the shop will closing at 3pm on New Year’s Eve and opening again on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Give a little, get a little!

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!

Beautiful Bags

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.

Pendleton Blankets

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!

Wood & Wool

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!

 

Breakfast in bed, anyone?

Soft and cosy wool scarves and hats with the perfect pom-pom from Nellie Z.

We’re having a party!

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 hello@muchandlittle.com if you can! Sarah xo

 

A room with a view

Measure

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!

Measure twice, cut once!

Beautifully crafted ceramics

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!

 

Adorable mini creamers with contrasting interior glaze.

Set of four stacking cups in a muslin bag. Such a cute gift idea. 

Footed bowls

Pinecone Camp Blog

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!

The ladder my handy hubbie made, adorned with mini Pendleton blankets.

Back of the store

An assortment of goods.

Handcrafted knives

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.

Handcrafted knives from New Mexico.

Candles from Sydney Hale Co.

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.

Hand poured soy candles.

Autumn Puppy

Looks like we aren’t the only ones enjoying the Fall foliage. Bruno, a 5 month old Charcoal Lab, seems to like it, too!

 

Bruno contemplating Fall.

Shop photos

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.

Pendleton baby/lap blankets. 32×40 inches.

Table of goodies

Pendleton Blankets are in!

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!

Pendleton Los Lunas blanket. 50×72 inches.

Highlights

Here’s a small sampling of wonderful items you can find in the store.

Selection of merchandise

A quirky selection of merchandise in the store.

First Customer

Friends and family have been coming by to visit the shop. It’s great to be located in such a welcoming neighbourhood.

First customer at the store

She really liked the rubber duckies

Opening Day!

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

New shipment of Bauer Pottery

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.

Bauer Pottery dinnerware

Iconic dinnerware from Bauer Pottery

CBC Interview

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:

CBC.ca | The Early Edition

Painting the Store

We’re getting ready to open sometime in mid-October. New stock is coming in every week!

Mark and Sarah renovating the store

Here we are after a painting session at much&little. The shelves are almost done.