Our loving local business journey continues this month with a wonderful woman named Piper Black.
Piper owns a small jewelry company called Moss & Stone. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Piper is originally from Errington, BC (just outside Parksville). My first thought upon discovering Moss & Stone was, does her stuff actually have moss and stone in it because that is super awesome if it does! Turns out, it doesn't, and the name was just a quick pick and the first thing that came to mind when a good friend asked what she would call her booming business. However, her work is still super awesome!
Piper began her home based venture in August 2016, unintentionally. Working in a local Victoria bakery, she was approached on numerous occasions on where one could find the necklaces she would wear to work, and one day she was approached about selling her pieces with a small collective group of artisans at Nourish Victoria, along with a few pieces stocked at Duchess & Duke. Soon she started regularly stocking her unique one of a kind items at Amelia Lee Boutique, still to this day.
Piper began making her own pieces after travelling and seeing minimalist jewelry that Victoria doesn't quite get. Being so small Victoria is usually slow to catch onto new trends, so Piper took it upon herself to create one of a kind items she couldn't find anywhere else. Slowly people started showing an interest in her unique designs, and her hobby quickly turned into a business.
Her products are made with jewelry grade clay, which she chose because it's lighter then other clay making it more comfortable to wear. Her classic, and most favourite, 5 sphere pieces are strung on a strand of vegan eco suede. Each piece is different (unless someone asks for her to replicate an existing product) and made with so much love. She considers the process of creating her beads and jewelry to be very meditating. A lot of hard work and meditation goes into every item she makes, so you know you're getting an amazing item made with so much love. She gets her inspiration from all her surroundings; she ties her pieces in with every season taking inspiration from cherry blossoms in the spring, to the beaches of Victoria in the summer. And every other piece of nature in her surroundings all year long. She even incorporates sand from her trips to Tofino into some of her clay spheres so you really can have a piece of our beautiful island from her work.
While she slowed down a bit in January, just like the rest of us went into hibernation mode during our incredibly cold and snowy winter, she's back at it working hard now that the days are longer and she can focus on expanding her clay work into more then just jewelry, but clay disks and ring holders, and maybe eventually display pieces.
She continues to do night markets with the rest of the small collective she is a part of at Nourish Victoria. You can also find her pieces regularly stocked at Amelia Lee Boutique in Victoria, and most recently she just sent of new stock to Haven Living in Port Alberni. If you follow Moss & Stone on Instagram (@mossandstone), you can see wonderful and new items she makes and also contact Piper directly if you'd like something made.
Piper was gracious enough to gift us with a few amazing pieces, including her classic 5 sphere necklace which really showcases the pastel colours of spring, along with some beautiful hand rolled marble beads on a gold chain and earrings to match! We were so grateful Piper took the time to meet with us and we hope she continues this amazing business of hers so we can stock up on more items soon!
Keep on Loving Local!
I'm obsessed with face masks.
I usually try to do a face mask at least once a week, if not more! I love the feeling it gives my skin after, like a baby's bumb. I will try all and any! I stock up on little packs of peel off masks, love clay masks, exfoliating masks, ALL THE MASKS! Even the fun ones when you put that cloth like wet mask on your face and you look like a burn victim. ALL THE MASKS!
And then I realized I could just make my own. Trial and error is the best part, like last week when I tried mixing arrowroot powder and French green clay and ended up with a weird dried up doughy mixture on my face. Was very mask-esq, but I wouldn't do it again.
Through my endless surfing of the webernet, I came across a DIY peel off face mask. With glue. Now I don't know about any of you, but the thought of using GLUE to clean my face was about as far away from appealing as one could possibly get. How can I clean my face with chemicals? Why would I want to clean my face with chemicals? Glue is glue for a reason. Not for my skin routine. So back to my webernetting I went.
I FINALLY found a DIY peel off mask (here) that didn't totally gross me out. In fact it's amazingly quick and simple, and you probably have everything you need in your cupboard! Well, depending on your vitamin routine. But it's all super inexpensive.
All you need for this DIY peel off mask are Gelatine and Activated Charcoal.
1 packet Original Unflavoured Knox Gelatine
4 Capsules Activated Charcoal
3 TBSP Distilled Water
Using a small glass bowl, combined gelatine, charcoal, and water.
Mix all ingredients until well incorporated. Using a small saucepan, put the bowl into the saucepan with enough water to cover the sides of the bowl. Heat the mixture up until the gelatine dissolves. Remove from the pan and let it cool until it's cool enough to put onto your skin.
Using a paintbrush or make up brush, paint your face with the mixture. Avoid getting in into your hairline or on your eyebrows so you don't peel any hair out! Ouch!
You will have quite a bit left over, probably enough for 2 or 3 more masks, it's best to use fresh though, so if you have some girlfriends over, make a night of it! It will harden as it cools.
Let the mask harden on your face. It can take a while, so this isn't a quick mask. It could take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes depending on how thick you layered it on. And it will get VERY hard. Don't plan on making any phone calls during this face masking.
When the mask it completely dry, slowly peel it off your face. Mine came off in small bits and chunks so don't expect the entire thing to come off looking like a second skin! If it's too painful, use warm water and a washcloth to scrub it off.
After you've peeled off the mask, use a warm wet washcloth to scrub off any extra bits that didn't peel off, and to clean any residual charcoal off. The mask should be full of gross little bits that it's pulled out of your pores. If you want to see examples, Google it, I won't show you mine! Finish off with your favourite face oil to moisturize!
And there you have it! An easy DIY peel off mask you can make, and it doesn't take long either!
To have even more fun, give yourself a treat by having a spa day! DIY face mask combined with a hot bath using our bath salts, what could be better?
DISCLOSURE: Pulling the face mask off can be quite painful, especially if you've never done a peel off mask before. Always test new products on a small patch of skin first just to see if you have a bad reaction to it. You can also use this JUST on your t-zone where blackheads are more likely to occur, and avoid using it on super sensitive areas of the face like under eyes and on the cheeks. Redness can also occur, but again that's why it is best to test it on a smaller patch of skin first.
Artisanal Booty decided to get to know local small businesses, the little guys that do what we do! Home based entrepreneurs who sell special and unique hand made items.
This month we got to know a small home based business in Maple Ridge, BC, Glass & Brass Vintage!
Glass & Brass Vintage is owned by a wonderful stay at home mom named Angela (who I, Robyn, happened to go to middle school with). Angela was born and raised in Coquitlam, BC. After the birth of their son, they decided to move to East Maple Ridge so their son would have lots of room to run around and play.
Angela started her business off by making vintage tea cup saucer pedestals. After a broken saucer mishap, and her not being able to bear throwing it away, she began to make broken China jewelry. She soon expanded her business into making more contemporary jewelry, but always keeping a bit of vintage flair. Her inspiration for making jewelry mostly came from her having bad reactions to nickel based pieces, and wanting to make a line of jewelry that was nickel free, and affordable. Her love of vintage continues to shine through everything she makes.
Glass & Brass Vintage started up in April 2015, and her jewelry line up has been running strong for the last year. What started as just a small side project turned into a successful venture for this full time stay at home mom. While Angela does set up at markets in the lower mainland, her main source of business runs through her very successful Etsy shop, with over 800 sales to date! And several stores across Canada have began to sell her jewelry as well.
Angela's favourite product is her faux druzy earrings, "I have so many awesome colours but the gunmetal are my absolute favourite. You can dress them up or down. And with them being nickel free I can wear them loner than an hour which is great!" And I can concur, Angela was kind enough to send us a couple gunmetal faux druzy pieces of jewelry and I've been wearing my necklace almost everyday, it gives my plaid shirts a bit of pizazz and looks great with a little black dress!
You can find Glass & Brass Vintage on Facebook and Instagram, as well as on Etsy. Her prices are so affordable, ranging from $8 rings to $22 necklaces, there is something for everybody at an amazing price. You can also contact her for custom pieces.