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1 2015 Gift Guide | Books (Art, Crafts + Journals)

Continuing with our Holiday Gift Guide, here's part two of our book guide featuring a selection of a few art books, craft books and journals that we love.  Click here for part one.

Q&A a Day for Moms, A 5-Year Journal
by Potter Style
This five-year journal will help capture the countless milestones, simple joys, and unexpected challenges that come with being a Mom. The perfect gift to celebrate the birth of a child, Mother's Day, and other milestones in the relationship between a mother and child. Click here for more info.

Washi Tape Crafts, 110 Ways to Decorate Just About Anything
by Amy Anderson
There's a heap of projects in this book (110 to be exact) with step-by-step instructions, from custom photo frames to one-of-a-kind gifts. Techniques too, like precision tearing, wrapping, and weaving, to how to make bows, rosettes, and other shapes. Click here for more info.

Hello Tokyo, Handmade Projects and Fun Ideas for a Cute, Tokyo-Inspired Lifestyle
by Ebony Bizys
A super-cute book from craft-queen and blogger Ebony Bizys (aka Hello Sandwich).  Filled with simple, inventive projects and tips featuring step-by-step guides to help personalize a space, craft your own handmade stationery, customise clothing or create thoughtful, whimsical touches that add fun and sparkle to parties and get-togethers.  More info here.

The Time Chamber, A Magical Journey and Coloring Book
By Daria Song
This sequel to Korean artist Dari Song's international bestseller The Time Garden (over 350,000 copies in print) takes readers on a visual journey into a magical nightime world seen through the eyes of a fairy.  Click here for more info.

More Creative Lettering, Techniques & Tips from Top Artists
by Jenny Doh
This book features a talented group of artists offering their signature approach to techniques and tools and provide a selection of illustrative alphabets and samplers from whimsical donut lettering to faux calligraphy.  Click here for more info.

Lost Ocean, An Inky Adventure & Coloring Book
by Johanna Basford
Another beautiful new coloring book that takes you on a magical journey beneath the waves.  Through intricate pen-and-ink illustrations to complete, color, and embellish, you'll meet exotic fish, seahorses amd beautiful reefs and barnacle-studded shipwrecks. Click here for more info.

20 Ways to Draw a Chair, and 44 Other Interesting Everyday Things
by Lisa Solomon
A part of a new 20 Ways series from Quarry Books designed to offer artists, designers, and doodlers a fun and sophisticated collection of illustration fun. It is also "an ode to all of the sometimes over-looked items that surround us and make our living spaces uniquely ours" which Lisa knows so well after spending a year doing a drawing in her sketchbook everyday of something that was left on a table or countertop of her house. Click here for more info.


The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering: Create and Develop Your Own Style
by Valerie McKeehan
Learn the ABCs of the craft of chalk lettering in more than 60 lessons from basic letterforms to fun lettering styles like Bubble, Spooky and Vintage Circus, plus more advanced designs. With a review of basic tools and tips like how to sharpen a stick of chalk, the book even includes 3 built-in chalkboards. Click here for more info.

Beautiful Creatures, A Boundless Coloring Book Adventure
by Nicole Stocker
Color over the grey to bring your image to life in this elegantly simple coloring book.  A thoughtfully curated collection of striking images optimized for coloring, printed on-sided on acid-free, archival quality paper, perforated and watermarked for framing.  Click here for more info.

Design the Life You Love, A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Meaningful Future
by Ayse Birsel
Life, just like a design problem, is full of constraints-time, money, age, location, and circumstances. You can’t have everything, so you have to be creative to make what you want and what you need co-exist. Design the Life You Love is a joyful, inspirational guide to building the life you’ve always wanted, using the principles and creative process of an award-winning product designer. Through four steps that reveal hidden skills and wisdom, anyone can design a life they love! Click here for more info.


0 Happy Thanksgiving! Salted Honey Lavender Pie

Earlier this summer we invited Vancouver pie baker, Tina Lau of Tarte Populaire to share her infamous Salted Honey Lavendar Pie recipe in our Poppytalk Summer publication. And since it's Throwback Thursday (and Thanksgiving in the U.S.), we thought we'd bring the recipe to the blog —in case any of you may have missed this magical pie!  Magical? Yes, because once you take a bite you'll know what we mean. The fusion of the salt, mixed with the sweet of the honey and then the hint of lavender are other-worldy.  So so good!  And the crust! One of the best!

Thank you Tina for sharing this with us, and if you are in Vancouver and are a non-baker, you can actually order this pie and many other special fruit pies from her by simply shooting her an email!  Click here to visit her site or you can also see more of her creations on her IG account @tartepop. The recipe is just after the jump! Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends!


0 E28 Collection at Nineteen Ten

Designed for modern Vancouver living in mind, E 28 Collection integrates reclaimed butcher block wood and newly formed stainless steel for both beauty and durability. E 28 Collection features the Station Block, Main Bench and Prior Table, three distinct furniture pieces that each embody heritage feel through modern form.

Made in collaboration with Pacific Design Lab and Nineteen Ten Home Boutique, the E 28 Collection is designed for accessibility, versatility and full customizable. The base model for each piece comes with the naturally beautiful butcher block wood, freshly sanded with natural oil finish and custom formed steel is left raw and untreated. Customize to fit into your space by adding a dark wash for depth and detail in the wood or a coastal inspired white wash for a contemporary finish. The steel can be powder-coated for a fresh and clean finish.

0 Giving Back | Shop for Hope (Canadian Women's Foundation)

Santa Air Mail Bag, Buffalo Check Scented Candle

During the season of giving, it's always important to us to find ways to give back and this year we were excited to hear about Shop for Hope, a holiday product line launched by the Canadian Women’s Foundation in partnership with Winners and HomeSense. We love that 100 per cent of the net profits from  Shop for Hope  go to the Foundation’s investments in emergency shelters, programs that help women rebuild their lives from abuse, and prevention programs that teach young people how to stop violence – for good.


0 Our 2015 Holiday Cards

We've partnered with Staples Canada for the holiday season to offer custom gift ideas from their  new Copy & Print center.  We've always wanted to order a set of customized holiday cards for the season and for Poppytalk's 10 year anniversary this year, we thought a set of Corporate Holiday Cards would be a nice touch.  So we ordered and love how they turned out!  We ordered two different kinds, one with an image we uploaded and the other using their pre-made designs adding a custom message inside.