A Good Sign

 

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The sun comes up. It is a good sign: a new day, a new beginning.

I love what is solid, tried and true but I also love new beginnings! I have to remind myself to look over my shoulder and see where I have been because I am always excited about new challenges and opportunities.

For a long time I have been wanting to add to our selection of kitchen articles and gifts.  But as I pondered our commitment to the concept of “The Handmade Kitchen” I wondered how we could do both.  I love creating things but my responsibilities for keeping the shelves at The Pantry stocked with goodies from all over the world limit my time for creative endeavors. Yet……

My friend Charmaine Stulp is my hair stylist. She has been making people feel beautiful about themselves for a long time. Yet… she, too, was yearning to explore her creative side further. Charmaine is my type of girl! She is happier in a lumber yard or home repair center than in a clothing store…unless it is a thrift shop.  So it wasn’t surprising when she announced a new business venture she was starting with another friend. Both of them are hair stylists, hence the name of their new business: Scissors to Saws.

One morning…the time for new beginnings…an idea came to me.  By partnering with local artisans, I could honour our commitment to “The Handmade Kitchen” and I could encourage creativity right here in Niagara. So if you have been by the store lately, you will have noticed new handcrafted and hand-painted gifts appearing on our shelves. The signs are the work of my friend Charmaine.  We will be reaching out to other local artisans but today I would like to introduce Charmaine and let you see some of her beautiful work.  You will be able to buy her signs off the shelf here at The Pantry, commission her to make you a personalized sign or attend one of her very fun workshops.

Our first line of signs is “bon appetit”. It doesn’t matter what your language is, everyone has an expression that means “Enjoy your Food!” The line of signs will also enable you to honour the mothers in your life with personalized messages like:

  • Everything Tastes Better at Grandma’s (or Oma’s or Nana’s or Nagymama…)
  • Mom’s Kitchen: Satisfied Tummies Since (insert the year she became a mom)

We have some great other new ideas that will be coming and we also hope to offer kits that will enable you to create at home. We will keep you posted!

Read more about “The Handmade Kitchen” Here.

Connect with “Scissors to Saws” Here.

 

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