With Christmas on the way, thoughts come to mind of what I will buy for those on my list this year. I try to give a lot of thought to the gifts I give, and often think about the things that I love, and I assume that others will love them too….. of course, I know this isn’t always the case, but ………
I’ve found a few local (and Canadian made) products that I love and thought I’d put them here. The first of my favourite things are these slippers. Over the years I have bought many pairs as gifts and also for myself. I am wearing them right now, as I write this post. They are made by a lady here in Kelowna and sold at Mission Cleaners in the Mission Park Mall. They are like slippers your grandma might have made you when you were small but better, somehow…(sorry Grandma….actually I don’t remember my Grandma knitting me slippers, but blankets I do remember…..) Anyhoooo, they are great because they stay on well, and they are thick and cozy, and well, I just love them. Can’t explain it. If you’re a homemade slipper fan, check these out. If you don’t like them for yourself, or a friend, I’m a size 12 (a size 7 in slippers apparently).
So, on to number two. Last weekend, some friends got together for Christmas drinks and we exchanged a few little goodies. All of the things I received were awesome, of course, but this little thing was meant to come into my life. They are made by a little Canadian business run by a family in the town of Peace River, Alberta, called “Washdolly” . They are wonderfully soft cloths designed to remove your make-up with ease. And the best part is…they work! I, for one, have never been good at removing my make-up every night, and I hate using cold, oily make-up pads, and soap and water leaves my skin feeling dry. All you do with these washdollies is wet with warm water and wipe. They are lovely. Throw ’em in the wash with your regular laundry and walla….. ready for use again. Thank you, Shauna, for finding these…..I now can take my make-up off faithfully (only decades after I started wearing it….sigh) These would make a great gift for your teenage daughter instead of spending a zillion dollars on wipes, right? That’s what I’m thinking….. oh, and The Beauty Bar here in Kelowna sells ’em.
Number three favourite thing……local artists pottery. I met a lovely artist named Selena Sced who has just opened up a little shared studio space from which she works, called Grey Sage Studio (find her here: Grey Sage Studio). I am a lover of pottery, and especially mugs. I have 1400 mugs. Ha, no, not really, but I’m well on my way…… I am at the point where, if I want to buy another mug, my first thought is where am I going to hide it from Gary? Yes, he doesn’t quite share my same passion but he did once have a thing for napkins, and luggage…..so….. I’m ok, right? I don’t know what it is about mugs that I love….. the way they feel in your hand when having coffee, the endless designs and colours that could be used…..I really want to try designing on a mug one day….. Gary would probably leave me if I decided to try making pottery ( why not just another hobby??), so I won’t go that far, but perhaps one day i will try painting on a mug….I feel it coming……
Just a couple more favourite things before I end this post. Local Art. I have a couple of pieces of local art. I might loosely call myself an aesthete, as I have always had a love toward the beauty of art, music, etc and as I have begun to do more art, I am beginning to appreciate the time and effort put into making it. Gary and I have decided that when we build our new house, we will fill it with art from local artists, as there are soooooooo many here in the Okanagan. These are the first of those that will hang in our new house (I know, the hole isn’t even dug yet). I could not resist buying them, and they are only small, so will fit anywhere. They were done by printmaker/watercolour artist Wayne Wilson. He also shares space at the Grey Sage Studio. And he’s a nice guy. So check out that space if you are an art lover, as there are two other talented gals working and selling out of that space as well.
Last but certainly not the end of my many favourite things is this Aromatherapy Eye Pillow from Warm Buddy. These are made in Canada and you can buy them here in Kelowna at Green and Bear It in the Mission. I have one, have gifted many, and love them. They smell great, and are great for blocking out that early morning sunshine when you are trying to get a few more zzzzz’s (or even that afternoon light when you might be trying to nap) If you are lucky enough to get naps. If you are, I am a little jealous…. not a napper, but I wish I was…… I feel that coming too…..
Ok, folks, That’s it for now…. gotta get wrapping…….. enjoy the crazy busy bustling excitement of pre Christmas!