Friday, 2 November 2018

Our Top Secret Project


For the past week we've been whispering about a top secret project we've been working on. It's time for the big reveal! We (Amber & Marie) have teamed up with Karla (Marie's mom) to develop a new devotional project for Advent. Our hearts and souls have been poured into this, and we're excited about our new product!

Light: Advent Devotional

Each of us had been individually thinking about ways to make Advent more meaningful. (Advent is the period between the fourth Sunday before Christmas and Christmas Day.) We knew God was in this when Karla brought the idea to Marie and Amber and we discovered that each one of us had the same idea! With Karla's writing background (she is a published author and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Providence Theological Seminary), Marie's creativity and project management skills, and Amber's artistic and design gifts, together we had all the skills necessary to complete the project.

Our new venture is called Red Pine Press, and our first devotional series, Light, offers a fresh new way to experience God during Advent. Our devotions were designed to help us work through the issues that bubble up for most people at Christmas: overly busy schedules, stepping back from the consumer excess, and making time to truly prepare our hearts for the birth of our Saviour.

Please join us as we walk through Advent together and prepare our hearts for all of the wonder and goodness that the arrival of the Light, our Saviour, will bring.


The full set of 25 cards!


Each devotional set includes twenty-five 4x6" full colour cards, one for each day of Advent. They feature original artwork on one side and a devotional reading on the other. Each devotion contains a Bible reading, devotional, and an invitation (question) to help you explore the topic deeper.

We've also created a boxed set for the devotions. It includes a hand poured evergreen scented candle, oak stand for the cards, and an 8x10" art print. I just poured the evergreen candles yesterday - they smell divine. We've only have a few boxed sets, so order early if you'd like one. Both the boxed sets and card sets are available in our Etsy shop.

The boxed set featuring Sutchi (Amber's cat). Art print not pictured.


We hope our Advent devotions will be a source of light for you this Christmas season. If you'd like to walk the journey together, we'll have additional resources on instagram, facebook, and the Red Pine Press website.

It's amazing to think that before we ever spoke a word of this project out loud, we were each praying about it. And now, eight months later, our devotions are ready to share and we have stronger faith than before we even began. God is at work!

-Marie, Amber & Karla

P.S. Advent starts on December 2nd this year!

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Fall and Winter Craft Shows 2018


It's that time of year again! We've got a full schedule, and will be a part of some really exciting events this season!
Plus, stay tuned for an exciting announcement!


November


Beyond Craft Show & Sale
Thursday, November 8th, 6pm - 9pm
Friday, November 9th, 10am - 9pm
Saturday, November 10th, 10am - 6pm
Sunday, November 11th, 10am - 4pm
19 on the Park, Stouffville

We participated in the Beyond Craft Show & Sale for the first time last year, and we throughly enjoyed it! On opening night (Thursday, November 8th from 6-9pm) all the artisans are present and there are refreshments for everyone! We love the relaxed atmosphere of this show, and the fact that it raises money for local art exhibitions and educational programming! 

Springvale Harvest Market
Saturday, November 10th, 9am - 3pm
Springvale Church, Stouffville

2018 will mark our 4th year as vendors at the Springvale Harvest Market! We always have such a great time at this event, Springvale church is a wonderful community. You can get free entry into the market by bringing a non-perishable food donation, and all proceeds go the Stouffville Food Bank.

Pop-Up at Reesor's Market and Bakery
Saturday, November 17th, 10am - 3pm
Reesor's Market and Bakery, Stouffville

Pop-up's at Reesor's are always a blast! Come in for a coffee and muffin and get a head start on your Christmas shopping! We'll have candles (of course), holiday decor, and some discounted products that we've discontinued! 


December


York Makers Handcrafted Holiday Artisan Market
Saturday, December 1st, 10am - 4pm, 6pm - 10 pm
Sunday December 2nd, 9am - 3pm
Newmarket Old Town Hall, Newmarket

We're joining in a new York Makers Market this year! We've loved all the other markets we've done with them, so we're adding their Holiday Market to our repertoire. It is sure to be a festive weekend, filled with talented artisans and handmade goods galore! This one will be extra special with two days of shopping and a special VIP Night Market including hors d'oeuvres and cocktails from Cachet Restaurant + Bar.

Blossom and Bloom Holiday Market
Thursday, December 13th, 9am - 9pm
Friday, December 14th, 9am - 9pm
Upper Canada Mall, Newmarket

We are SO excited for this event! Two full days in Upper Canada Mall's centre court, which will be transformed into a super cozy, hygge-filled space! 

Pop-Up at Reesor's Market and Bakery
Thursday December 20th, 10am - 3pm
Reesor's Market and Bakery, Stouffville

This pop-up will be our final event of the holiday season! You can pop on over for some Christmas baking and last minute Christmas gifts!


As always, if you can't make it to the markets, or need candles in between, just send us a message at theevergreencollective@gmail.com and we'll make arrangements!



Sunday, 28 January 2018

Aloha Baby Quilt


Making baby quilts is something I really enjoy doing, but I have difficulty making enough time to finish them between my normal every day responsibilities. Because of this difficulty, I plan my smaller projects like making bunting and candles amidst my normal routines, and I schedule baby quilt-making for when I visit my family in Manitoba. My mom is an experienced and adept quilter. She's the one who taught me to sew and gifted me my very first sewing machine. When I make the trip to my small hometown in MB, I usually stay for at least five days, giving me enough time to catch up with family and friends but also have some serious quality quilting time with my mom. My parents' house has a cozy little sewing room complete with a fireplace, windows overlooking birds feeding in the backyard, enough counter space to set up two sewing machines, and a golden retriever named Sunny who doubles as a foot warmer. My mom and her quilting talents are a big help with my quilt layout nit-picking. As I'm arranging fabric for a quilt top I often look at it my layout and can tell that something isn't quite right, and my mom always knows exactly which blocks I should swap to make the quilt look perfect. 

See the Aloha Baby Quilt in our Etsy shop



My most recent baby quilt is a modern ombre pattern consisting of warm floral and cool blue fabrics. It is a baby sized quilt, measuring 30" by 38". Like all of our Evergreen quilts it is constructed of three layers: premium 100% cotton fabric on the pieced quilt top and coordinating backing, with natural 100% cotton batting in the middle (to keep it warm and cozy, but not heavy). A prewash with hypoallergenic baby laundry detergent has make it wonderfully soft and ready for cuddles! This quilt was handmade using sewing machine piecing and quilting techniques, and the binding was lovingly stitched by hand. 

The solid green binding adds visual interest with its contrasting colour

Linear quilting adds to the modern feel of the Aloha Baby Quilt


There is one more great feature of this quilt I ought to mention: it comes with a free baby onesie! It's not just any old baby onesie either, a fair trade certified and organic cotton baby onesie with a cute little pocket that matches the quilt! :) 



Fair trade certified organic cotton baby onesie


Thanks for reading about the newest addition to our shop! If you're interested in learning more, click here to see the listing on Etsy.

-Marie

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Fall/Winter Craft Shows

Here is where you can find us selling our handmade products in the coming weeks:

Sunday, September 17th 11:00 am to 4:30 pm, Toronto
Artisan Village Festival at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Saturday, September 23rd 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Aurora
Etsy: Made in Canada - York Region
**Only our candles will be available at this event**
*See our facebook page for free entry coupon*

Saturday, October 14th 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Breslau
28th Annual Breslau Craft Show
website / facebook event

Thursday, November 9th to Sunday, November 12th, Stouffville
Beyond Craft Show & Sale
**Only our candles will be available at this event**
*A portion of the sales go towards supporting the Latcham Gallery's exhibition and educational programming*
website / facebook event

Saturday, November 11th 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Stouffville
Springvale Harvest Market
website / facebook event

Friday, November 24th 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
and Saturday, November 25th 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Stouffville
The Hartman Christmas Artisan Market
website / facebook event

Friday, December 8th 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Aurora
Girls Night Out 2017
facebook event


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Canada 150+

I am Canadian. My family has been in Canada for 4 generations. Being a Canadian citizen is part of my identity. I love a lot of things about Canada, let me name just a few!




I love Canada’s diversity. I love that Canada is made up of so many beautiful people with different backgrounds. I love that Canadians can celebrate our differences and learn from them, but that we have a sense of solidarity through national pride- we’re all different, but we’re all Canadian; that’s what makes Canada the beautiful mosaic that it is.

One of the ways that I have greatly benefited from Canada’s multiculturalism is through cuisine. Growing up in a small town in Southern Manitoba, there was not a large variety of cuisine options. Other than generic pizza and burger joints, we had one Chinese food restaurant in town. Since I’ve moved to Toronto, I’ve had tons of opportunities to sample some of my old favourite cuisines (Mexican, Japanese, Indian, and Greek), and I’ve found a few new favourites as well (Jamaican, Ethiopian, Lebanese).

See Canadian mini fabric bunting on our Etsy shop 

Another thing I love about Canada is the diversity between the provinces; from the mountains of BC, to the fishing villages on the east coast (that I have yet to visit), and the wheat and canola fields as far as the eye can see in the prairies between. When I moved from Manitoba to Southern Ontario, I did not anticipate any differences, because it’s all Canada. I was wrong! There’s more diversity in Southern Ontario, a warmer climate, and you don’t get the same cheerful greetings from everyone you pass on the sidewalk as you do in Friendly Manitoba (just a little shout out to my homeland :) ).

The changing seasons we have in Canada bring me so much joy. I love them all! Spring, summer, fall, and call me crazy, but I even love winter! There is a big public garden close to my house, and as soon as the grass turns green in spring things start to bloom. I walk through it every week or so throughout the spring/summer/fall, and it looks different on every visit. The landscapers who planned it must have put so much thought and love into it, because there is always something new blooming! Here are a few photos from my walk through the garden today:










I’ve spent a lot of time talking about what Canada means to me today, but it’s important to remember the rich indigenous history in Canada. Indigenous peoples were living in Canada for 10,000 years before European colonials arrived. During this time the Indigenous population was able to satisfy all of their material and spiritual needs with the resources available to them in the nature they were surrounded by. The various indigenous cultures all share a deep connection to and respect for the earth, oral traditions, sacred spiritual ceremonies, and art traditions that continue to this day.




As we celebrate Canada 150+, I encourage you all to reflect on what you love and appreciate about this country, as well as the rich history that extends a lot further than 150 years ago.

    -Marie