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Editor’s gift guide 2014: Part II

More handmade gift ideas from Atlantic Canadian suppliers

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Artist Kat Frick Miller at the recent Halifax Crafters Winter Market.

Here’s the final installment of handmade gift ideas from local artisans, showcasing highlights from the Halifax Crafters Winter Market and the NSDCC Christmas Show.
Note: this post isn’t sponsored by anyone—I just love these items!


Marilyn Smulders is a long-time contributor of East Coast Living. When not writing for us, or working for NSCAD University, she creates screen-printed textiles in a range of delightful animal prints. At the recent Halifax Crafters sale, she had makeup bags, pillows and tote bags sporting her colourful patterns. She also reupholsters furniture with her fabric, including chairs, benches and ottomans. At the minute, I am coveting this bench for my front entryway. Find Marilyn’s wares in Halifax at Attica Furnishings, Kept and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia gallery shop.


I spotted these sumptuous handwoven blankets by Shediac, N.B.’s Janet Cameron (of Cameron Handwoven Textiles) at the recent NSDCC show. Her blankets are cozy and stylish, and come in a selection of contemporary patterns. If forced to choose, I think the chevron is my favourite.


Illustrator Kat Frick Miller was part of the Lunenburg County contingent at the recent Halifax Crafters Market. A recent artist residency at Gros Morne National Park helped inspire her whimsical watercolour prints that explore the fishery and rural-life themes. Find her items in Halifax at Kept, Inkwell Boutique, and in Lunenburg at Dots and Loops.


Stitched and needle-felted by hand, these beautiful feltscapes by textile artist Tacha Reed of Ellershouse, N.S. are crafted from recycled wool and are framed in rustic barnboard. Her Woodland Wool critters are adorable—you can find these at Inkwell Boutique in Halifax, Bread Gallery in Brooklyn, and Planters Sea Chest Gift Shop in Newport Landing.


I also have to include Quebec artist Raymond Biesinger, who displayed his prints recently at the Halifax Crafters market. His prints are creative and bold, and would make great gifts for history buffs. His silk-screened print “Europe 1919” can function like a Risk game and is made from several collaged historic maps.

Do you have any last-minute shopping to do? What exciting handmade things have you picked up lately?

P.S. Stay tuned for a special round up of this year’s top cookbooks by ECL food writer Simon Thibault.

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