#SMALLBIZ PROFILES: JENNIFER ARMSTRONG OF ECOLOVE

I create eco friendly, figure flattering women’s clothing that contribute to making the world a better place one garment at a time.  We use plant based certified fabrics and each item is handmade in Canada and hand dyed with low impact, non-toxic dyes.

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MAKER STORIES // LEANNE GRUENDING OF BYOND THE LOOKING GLASS GEMS

All of my designs are inspired by mantras, which are quotes from some of my most favourite books and each collection (jewelry season) is inspired by the book those quotes come from. I began with Alice in Wonderland (which is where my flamingo logo comes from) and and I just finished off The Alchemist for my Spring/Summer 2018 collection. Each collection has cohesive elements from the novel. For example, Alice in Wonderland was filled with light, innocent and loving stones like Rose Quartz, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Chrysocholla, Citrine, Amethyst with accent elements like hearts, teapots and charms with other whimsical elements. The Alchemist was filled with circular elements and tassels to compliment the plot of the novel with warm, adventurous stones like Sunstone, Turquoise, Citrine, Labradorite and Amazonite.

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#TWINNING: A GIFT GUIDE FOR THE GEMINIS

We all know that Gemini who's notoriously hard to buy for. Really, who can keep up with the sign of the twins? Passionate, dynamic, and creative, Geminis always keep you on your toes. They're a study in contrasts, the soul of every party, and a force to be reckoned with. Celebrate the crazy-amazing Geminis in your life with these artisanal finds from the local makers of the Nooks DANFORTH

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GETTING IT DONE: 3 TIPS FOR CRUSHING THE BIG TASKS

Every business owner has been there. Lists and lists of tasks that need doing, and the biggest, most important ones always seem to get shuffled to the bottom of the heap. It’s not intentional, it just seems that the busier we are, the more we procrastinate. According to author and psychiatrist Ned Hallowell, that’s exactly the case; “We procrastinate because we all have too much to do”. Although it seems counterintuitive, keeping busy with our day-to-day tasks is a common way to put off the bigger, scarier tasks that need doing. Often we do this because we’re uncertain of how to move forward, or simply dislike the task. So how do we break the cycle? Here are three tips to get you on the path to crushing those big tasks. 

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LIKE, COMMENT + SHARE: 6 WAYS YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES SUCCEED!

Most of us know by now that supporting small, local and artisan businesses is important. What you may not know is that shopping isn't the only way to support and give props to the businesses you love. Engaging with small businesses you enjoy on social media is a valuable tool for supporting and sharing the #smallbiz love. 

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