Friday, July 31, 2015

Cottage North Soapworks...and a bathroom makover.

Oh wow, I wish I could copy-paste the fragrence of this stop from my weekend adventures!

Found on Main Street in Port Dover, Ontario, Cottage North Soapworks produces all their own soaps, and carries a selection of other locally handcrafted items, including my own Li'l Bouquet jewellery, and a specially commissioned Li'l Art framed sculpture to fit with the colour pallet of their collection.

I LOVED the way they displayed my work, with "Is It Just Me, Or Are They Dancing? II" center stage just behind the sales desk, accompanied by a Li'l Bouquet "petal pouf" hydrangea necklace on the ceramic bust.

And here's the rest of the Li'l Bouquet jewellery collection in store.

In fact, the whole store is styled beautifully!  Full of soft, watery shades that remind you of the cottage, beach (which is just down the road by the way), and summer!

All those beautiful soaps, I couldn't resist picking up one myself, though oh so hard to choose!  There were "beach glass" ones that I loved (you can kind of see them on the center table, front left in the above picture), but I opted for this soft green soap with bicycle relief (as a nod to the hubby's cycling obsession!).  And isn't this just the cutest bird bath soap dish?!!

Go to Port Dover and stop into Cottage North Soapworks, a must see...and smell!

Cottage North Soapworks
359 Main Street
Port Dover, ON

P.S.  You may notice all the paint chips.  We've had to renovate our main bath (ceiling replacement), very difficult work that my husband has taken on all by himself (much appreciated)...the upside, I get to change up the decor!  As you see, I'm thinking teal for the walls, just not sure how light or dark to go. The floor tile is the same as the beige accent wall tile.  White subway tile, esspresso vanity, and a couple beautiful prints of my husband's photography.  On the one hand, I want to go light and spa-like, then on the other I want to go dark and rich!  Thoughts?

P.P.S.  So I decided to throw this one into the mix, "Pick Me II".  I may have to keep it for my new bathroom!  Hmmmm....does this mean I have to find a new home for "Itty Bitty Kitty"?...I'll keep you posted.

Subtle Details designed and handcrafted out of polymer clay by Karen Pasieka

Thursday, July 30, 2015


a sweet little shop with all you could dream of for accessories and so much more and Handmade in Canada!

That's my boy there, peering in the window of Curiosities.

This past weekend my husband and I took our two little boys to A Day Out With Thomas in St. Thomas, ON.  We had a blast, and stayed overnight in nearby London, ON, so of course I simply had to stop in and check out Curiosities!

Step inside to see their collection of my Li'l Bouquet "button blooms"  polymer clay and sterling silver necklaces they're carrying this spring/summer. I was so excited to see the display in store in person!...

Not only do they carry a beautiful selection of jewellery, handbags, decorative accessories, clothing, cards, and products for babies and children, I was delighted to hear that nearly every product line in store is made in Canada!  Here's a peek inside the shop...

There are an additional two rooms behind this one, each their own treasure trove.  When in London, Ontario, do yourself a favour and stop in to Curiosities!

174 1/2 Wortley Road
London, ON

Subtle Details designed and handcrafted out of polymer clay by Karen Pasieka