Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Etsy Made in Canada - Manitoba 2016

We are excited to be at the Neeginan Centre for a second year! 
Please join us 
THIS SATURDAY September 24th 
for the Best of Etsy Manitoba in person!

Admission $5 with 50% going to Graffiti Art Program.
(Kids 12 and under are Free)

With over 60 Etsy shops in one place for you to shop from and no shipping fees, why not get some Christmas gifts off your list plus a few goodies for you! For a full list of vendors and to add this event to your calendar, head over to our Facebook Event Page

There will be many WESTies at the sale including:

Andi Designs
Anita Rex Designs
Annie and Dot Kids
Art On A Whimsy
Atomic Age Vintage Shop
Barbara and Cecile
Bitchin' Kitsch Kitchen
Bixipix feat. Stellar Ladybug Designs
Blacknot Farm
Blue Pendulum
Boreal Workshop Canada
Brook Drabot Glass
Canoe Ridge Pottery
Cold Pirate Design
Daisy Thirteen
Dawn M Teasdale
Eighty8 Eighty9
Everything Little W
Flatlanders Soap Co.
Flf Creations 
Forest Fawn Creations
Glam Her Bands
Green Light Collection
Heidi and Seek Boutique
Hoshii Designs
Imagine Yarn Finds
Just the Goods
Metamorphosis GW
Northern Fox Designs
Papillon Art Boutique
Parkhill Artistry
Pebble & Dime
Petite Prairie
Plum Perfection
Raiment ReSource
Real Swanky
RK Ceramics
Sarah Neville Studios
Silver Moose Arts
Sly Scarves
Sox 'n' Such
Square and co
TBL Boutique
The InkPAD Shop

We Are Bound Together/ Ecojoy Bags
Wild + Precious
Zococo Salon



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

WESTie Wednesday : featuring Everything Little W

WESTie Wednesday with Jessica of Everything Little W!

Welcome to WESTie Wednesday, where each week we get to know a proud WEST member and their Etsy shop! Learn about Jessica and her shop Everything Little W.

"I sell natural educational toys that encourage imaginative play, such as puppet theatres, wooden peg dolls, Waldorf-inspired dolls and doll clothes, chalkboard mats, hand kits, crayon rolls and art kits. My demographic is 1-10 years olds and anyone who has children in that age bracket in their lives, for whom they would buy gifts."

"I started creating 5 years ago after I had my daughter. I had been teaching full time until she came into our lives. After we fell into a routine, I found that I needed a creative outlet and chatted with a friend who was already selling. I started by selling through her, since my items worked well with hers. I went with her to craft markets and really enjoyed myself, so when it came time to develop more ideas, I knew I could do it! I chatted with my sister over the following summer, and we decided to start creating together, and so Everything Little was born!"

"We both designed and created our own items and I was in charge of getting them to the masses (sometimes a bit tough when we were separated by two provinces). Now it's just me and I've found my passion for using my educational background to help create toys that are imagination based and fun to play with, but also have some educational value. All of my dolls, chalkboard mats, theaters, pegs, etc. are created at my dining room table often after everyone else in the house has gone to bed. Each night I put in a movie or listen to a pod cast while sewing by machine or hand, or painting as I put together each and every toy with a lot of love and attention to detail." 

"As much as possible, I try to source my materials from Canadian retailers. For example, the carded wool used in all my dolls is a combination of roving sourced from a family run farm in Ontario (Egli's) and raw wool (which I clean and card) from a small farm out of Carman, MB. The doll skin is purchased from an Etsy seller out of BC, who gets it specially milled from the Netherlands. Most of my other fabrics are purchased from a small Canadian fabric shop (Funky Monkey Fabrics) out of Ontario. That being said, I also source from big box stores like Michaels and Fabricland for things like ribbon and thread."

We asked Jessica Why Etsy?” "I started my shop to try to reach a wider audience and expand my business."

Want to see more? Be sure to check out Everything Little W on social media:

Friday, September 9, 2016

Foodie Friday : Vegan Leek and Potato Soup

Quick Vegan Leek and Potato Soup for Busy People

- Peel and chop a few potatoes + slice a medium sized leek
- Place in covered bowl and microwave for 5 minutes- Pour into blender; cover with a non-dairy milk of your choice (I like almond milk); add fresh or dried thyme, salt, and a pinch of nutmeg to taste
- Blend until smooth (approx 1 minute, depending on your blender)
- Dish, garnish and serve! In this image, I've topped the soup with more dried thyme and a sprinkling of coconut bacon

VoilĂ ! Fresh, home made soup in 7 minutes or less, no joke Enjoy!

Recipe by Milena of Just the Goods

Friday, August 5, 2016

Foodie Friday : Homemade Salad Dressing for all that green goodness in the garden.

If you don't like the thought of buying mayonnaise or salad dressing that was made in a factory and filled with unpronouncable ingredients, this is a tried and true solution. July and August are when there is an abundance of salad fixings to buy at reasonable prices or even in your own garden. Today at my micro urban farm, I will be harvesting loads of swiss chard, spinach, kale, broccoli greens and beet greens. Time for salad!

This recipe is a family heirloom passed down through three generations. I never knew there was such a thing as mayonnaise until I was well into my 20's. For me this is what you put on potato salad, green salad and the best devilled eggs in the whole wide world!! That is, if you add a little bit of homegrown chives of course.

Grandma Snyder's Salad Dressing

Combine  4 tbsp. flour, 2 tsp salt, 2 tsp. dry mustard, 1 cup sugar in a deep saucepan.
Beat: 4 eggs, add 1 cup white vinegar, 1 cup water.  Add the liquid mixture to dry.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thick.  Add 1 tbsp. butter after cooking, more salt optional.
Leave to cool and place in a jar with a tight lid, keep refrigerated for up to a month.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Foodie Friday : Vegan Black Bean Salad

I love this salad for summer as it is colourful and full of flavour, protein and fiber. Even better, it keeps for a few days to take for lunch.

1 tin black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups frozen corn
1 cup chopped red pepper
1 cup celery chopped
1/2 cup cilantro
1-2 tbsp of olive oil
1 tbsp of lime or lemon juice
zucchini or cucumber if desired
Combine all the items in a bowl and leave to marinade for an hour, then serve. Please note the corn can just be added in and helps to keep the salad cooler on these hot days. Will keep beautifully for 2-3 days.
Recipe submitted by Nancy Blokland Pottery

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

Foodie Friday : Chocolate mint cookies

Step into the Real Swanky kitchen this Foodie Friday for the super easy recipe of these chocolate mint cookies!

Yields approx. 2 dozen

Ingredients I
1/2 cup vegan butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Ingredients II
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 tbsp almond milk
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 tsp peppermint extract
1/3 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350F.

In your mixer, cream together butter and powdered sugar for a few minutes, until fluffy.

Add in all of Ingredients II and continue to mix until a thick dough is sorted out.

Shape into a disc and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Dust some flour on your table.  Roll out to about 1/8" in thickness. I patted the dough down with my hands first, then finished rolling with a non stick rolling pin.

Use a little glass or biscuit cutter to get roughly 2 dozen cookies cut out. Bake for 10 minutes on the button, and place on a cooling rack when done. 

Top with ganache if you like. I've been a fan of VeganBaking's recipe for a minute.

Keep in the fridge or freezer in a zip bag or cookie tin 'til they're gone.