Something Special for Mum

Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday, May 12th and we’ve got some great gift ideas to spoil your one-and-only Mumsie. Check out a few of our favourite ideas below, or pop into the shop this week and browse around. We hope to see you soon! xo

 

Simple, timeless earrings from local designer, Kara Yoo. Silver or 10K gold. $25 - $50.

Simple, timeless earrings from local designer, Kara Yoo. Silver or 10K gold. $25 – $50. 

From Fresco Towels. Exquisite patterns on super soft Turkish terry cloth. Great for bath or beach. $72.95.

From Fresco Towels. Exquisite patterns on super plush Turkish terry. Great for bath or beach. $72.95.

Necklaces from Iacoli & McAllister.  The brass tubes are adjustable so you can switch up the look. More styles in the shop. $60 - $88.

Necklaces from Iacoli & McAllister. The brass tubes are adjustable so you can switch up the look. More styles in the shop. $60 – $88.

Mini hammered cube earrings by Vanessa Lianne. Silver $52; Brass $45.

Mini hammered cube earrings by Vanessa Lianne. Silver $52; Brass $45.

Just in time for our warm weather. Wear is as a skirt or a dress; makes a great beach cover up. From Sundry. $145.

Just in time for our warm weather. Wear as a skirt or a dress; makes a great beach cover up. From Sundry. $145.

Super soft and cosy pieces made for lounging and lazy mornings. From Sundry. Hoodie $115; Drawstring lounge pans $110.

Super soft and cosy pieces made for lounging and lazy mornings. From Sundry. Hoodie $115; Drawstring lounge pans $110.

Lovely, easy to wear smocked dress from Lauren Moffatt. $210.

Lovely, easy to wear smocked dress from Lauren Moffatt. $210.

Leather purses designed and made in New York City by Baggu. Regular $145, on sale for $116.

Leather purses designed and made in New York City by Baggu. Regular $145, on sale for $116.

The Sleep Shirt. Based on a 19th century chemise found at London's Spitalfield's Market. Locally designed, made in Ontario. Keeping it simple; one size, one shape, two lengths. Short $195; Long $210.

The Sleep Shirt. Nothing could be more comfy to sleep in. Based on a 19th century chemise found at London’s Spitalfield’s Market. Locally designed, made in Ontario. Keeping it simple; one size, one shape, two lengths, unisex. Short $195; Long $210.

Wristlet pouches made from traditional hand-embroidered textiles. Fair trade, supporting women in rural Asia. Regular $98, on sale for $78.40.

Wristlet pouches made from traditional hand-embroidered textiles. Fair trade, supporting women in rural Asia. Regular $98, on sale for $78.40. 

Clever ceramic mugs made to look like time-weathered enamelware. Four colours available. $14.95.

Clever ceramic mugs that look like time-weathered enamelware. Four colours available. $14.95.

Handmade hanging planters from TW Pottery. $59 - $82.

Handmade hanging planters from TW Pottery. $59 – $82.

Gift Ideas Abounding!

It’s been a little crazy in the shop with holiday shoppers braving the cold and wet. But as I write this it’s actually looking quite lovely outside – there’s even a patch of blue poking out behind that little grey cloud. Hello, blue!

Anyhoo, below are some pics of recent arrivals that might be perfect for that special someone on your list. We are pretty much bursting at the seams with lovely items to give and receive. We hope to see you soon. xo

 

Get organized with these smart and practical chalkboard canisters. The flat lids make them great for stacking and the neutral colour scheme looks great in all kitchens.

Matchsticks in vintage apothecary bottles. Turn it over and the bottom of the bottles have been scored for striking the matches. So clever. So cute. 

Beautifully made ceramic teapots (and teacups and french butter dishes) from Calgary’s Juliana Rempel. We love the combination of the glazes with the red clay (sourced from Medicine Hat). No two are alike, all are beautiful. 

We are finally stocked up on pocket knives from our friends in Santa Fe. Wood marquetry inlays and turquoise adorn these beauties. Assorted patterns and colours available. We also have their bread knives with marquetry handles for the foodie on your gift list. 

Lovely leather pouches with embroidered feather and arrow motifs. Use as a wallet, a cosmetic case, a pencil case… did you know that crossed arrows are a symbol of friendship? Kinda sweet, we think.

Assorted tea towels from San Francisco’s Studio Patro. This one beautiful enough to frame – and wouldn’t it brighten anyone’s day? 

Locally made leather mittens by Bel. These babies are gorgeous – soft, sleek and minimal. And we all know mittens keep your hands warmer than gloves!

Assorted travel kits from Toronto’s Made&Found. Carrie meticulously dyes the fabrics (using all natural dyes) and then sews each bag, complete with interior pockets for smaller items. So well thought out.

Buttery soft leather wallets from Victoria’s Arraworks. Each wallet is ingeniously crafted from one continuous piece of leather. Available in black, natural, robin’s egg blue and dark teal (not shown).

Pendleton blankets in various patterns are back in stock as well. These blankets are keepers – you’ll have them for a lifetime and then pass them on. We’ve got full size blankets, smaller saddle blankets, and baby/lap blankets too! 

Fun, feminine and ethically made wristlet pouches and clutches from Jade Tribe. These bags are made from re-purposed, traditional textiles from Thailand and Laos. The women from the weaving villages that make them are fairly employed by Jade Tribe and benefit directly from their sales.

Good things update

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of September. I know many people are lamenting the passing of summer, but I have to say these first few days of Fall have been lovely. The seasons will change and time will march on, so go with the flow I say!

Speaking of change, there is much of that at Much&Little! Welcome aboard to the multi-talented Katie, our newest staff member; and sweet farewell to Grant (although somehow I think we’ll still be seeing you in the neighborhood or darkening our doors on occasion).

I’m fighting off a wee cold but carry on I must; holiday orders are to be placed, so sniffles begone! In the coming weeks and months there will be lots of new stuff in the shop, plus replenishment of our favourite items – we are very excited about it all!

It’s always a challenge to stay on top of these blog posts – any attempt at posting once a week has turned out to be more like once a month. But we are on Instagram, which I love – it’s a super quick way share what’s new, or just plain fun. If you have the app, look us up #muchlittleshop and start following! If we’re not blogging, we’re more than likely Instagramming!

Anyway… I did want to share about some wonderful new things in the shop. Below are the details and photos. This week I’ll be getting in a whole bunch of other goodies, so come on in and pay us a visit soon!

 

Local designer Ashley Watson makes the softest wallets from reclaimed leather garments. I personally own one and love it. Don’t expect these wallets to be stiff and structured. Soft and supple is the name of the game here. Each one is sewn one at a time by Ashley herself. We’ve got the larger button wallets for girls who have more stuff to stash, or the smaller tie wallets for simpler needs.

Inside detail of the smaller tie wallet. 

Inner detail of the larger button wallet; also has an exterior zippered pocket.

Amazing skincare from local, fair trade and organic Fable Naturals. We have their lipbalms (three flavours in a biodegradable cardboard tube); their body balm which is effective on dry areas as well as taming flyaways; and (my personal favourite) the sugar scrub. Use the scrub in the shower and you will have the smoothest, softest skin you can imagine – think baby’s bottom smooth. The scents are intoxicating – I can’t get enough of it!

From TW Pottery in Los Angeles. I’m in love with these earthy, imperfect vases and planters. They are weighty and quirky and one-of-a-kind. I think the vases would also make great utensil holders in my dream coast modern home!

Love these hanging planters with succulents nestled inside. Hmmmm, which glaze is my favourite?