Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. It really is the perfect time of year to hold your boo close. The long cold nights of winter are perfect for romantic retreats, dinners and dates and just simply cocooning together. Even if it’s a small token of your affection, don’t be caught off guard without a little gift. Here are some of our favourite things that will make your love’s heart beat a little faster. Something Beaded These beaded Namji Dolls are handmade and absolutely exquisite. Traditionally these would be given to a bride on their wedding day and are imbued with good energy to help with fertility. The Monkey Biz beaded animals are another fabulous gift. These are one-of-a-kind pieces created by women artisans in South Africa. Not only are they elevating South Africa’s beaded arts and bringing them to an international audience, Monkey Biz is also a not-for-profit that employs and trains women and reinvests funds directly into the community to better empower these women. Something Ceramic A vase or a delicate piece of ceramic or pottery is also a lovely gesture. Fill it with flowers, favourite teas or chocolates to present the perfect present. Everything Aglow Beautiful candles, accompanied by this handmade candle snuffer is a great way to set the mood of a room. Who doesn’t love candle light? Special Storage A pretty box not only is a lovely home accessory, adding texture and a dash of colour to your tabletops and shelves, they can also hold your most treasured things. With or without a gem inside, these boxes are a perfect way to say you treasure what your love does. Pampered Nothing is more pampering than breakfast in bed. A tray like this one is exotic, beautiful and romantic in its own rite and will make a fabulous accessory long after Valentine’s Day is gone. To romance! To long lie-ins in bed! To time spent with those that make your heart go pitter-pat!
We didn’t say much about it at the time, we were in such
a mad rush preparing, but Snob was lucky enough to
exhibit at the New York Now Gift Show this past August. It’s a fabulous show, one where only the cream of the crop get a booth. We’ve attended as guests in the past and always delight to see what the best of the best from around the world have to showcase. This is the place to go to see unique and beautiful home accessories and other giftware. This year we were there as partners with Zenza, you know, those gorgeous lights we’re always going on about? Here’s the mind-boggling part. With all these arbiters of style and beauty in attendance, it was us who were chosen as Best of New York Now! Yes,
our display and product was chosen as ‘Best of the Best’ by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) in their lighting category! It was quite the honour. essay writers But more than that, we’re just pleased that the amazing work of the artisans in Egypt are getting their due in the North American spotlight. Because truly, each piece is work of art. Hand-punctured with no stencil, means no two will ever by identical. Shop Zenza here.
Have you heard of MonkeyBiz? They are one of our favourite organizations to support. There aren’t many North American suppliers and we are so proud to be one of them. Not only do they create the most exquisite beaded figures and animals, they are also a not for profit themselves, generating income and skills training for women in South Africa. Did you know these were even one of Oprah’s favourite things? There is a strong tradition of beaded arts in South Africa, but in recent years it began to fall away. Not as many artisans were practising the beaded arts and the global marketplace wasn’t recognizing South Africa’s significant history and skill with this art-form. Enter MonkeyBiz founders Barbara Jackson and Shirley Fintz, ceramic artists in their own rite, who partnered to develop and showcase this amazing trade among women artists who have never had the opportunity to express themselves through their art. A few years later and MonkeyBiz and their amazing team of talented artisans have once again elevated the art and burst onto the international scene. Each piece is made entirely by hand and totally unique. Wire sculptures are created and then beaded with hundreds or thousands of seed beads, depending on the piece’s size. Each piece comes signed by the artist, making these works of art the perfect conversation piece in your home or to give as gifts. Check out our current selection here. So pleased some new ones are arriving shortly! If there is a particular colour scheme or size you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to email us or give us a shout and we’ll let you know what we anticipate to have in stock. And for those of you, totally smitten with the MonkeyBiz project, watch this lovely interview for more insight into their project and purpose.
We’ve made it through the winter! And with the new leaves, so are birds filling trees. As we unofficially welcome spring with the May long weekend, we also welcome cottage season and beautiful outdoor garden parties. We’ve got you covered with hostess gifts to bring up to the cabin and to all of spring and summer’s al fresco get-togethers. Our round-up of unique hostess gifts is here and we hope you’re as excited about it as we are. (Hint: these work equally well as a treat for yourself, should you be in need of fabulous pieces to make your dinner scene perfect.) These lovely shells can be purchased individually or in packs of five. They are beautiful scattered across a table or displayed together in a bowl. A sweet gift for those with summer homes on the water. Hand-woven place mats, vases and vessels are another pretty gift to give. My personal favourite is the woven vase embellished with seed beads. Can you believe they range from $20-$40? As with all our offerings, everything is handmade in Africa. This round-up absolutely features gifts for every budget and every personality. Take for instance, these ceramic cow platters. The perfect pressie for the barbequer on your list. These are full of funky character and available in a range of sizes. A great way to display charcuterie, a cheese plate, and yes serving meats straight off the grill. Priced by size from $60. Whether you bring the board full of artfully displayed nosh or present it naked, everyone loves a beautiful cutting board. They have so many uses and these ones are handmade in Africa using retired wine barrels from France. All are $30. I particularly love this heart-shaped board. Won’t you give a little foodie love? Not displayed here, but each comes with a leather cord to hang directly on the wall. So they can double as functional art. Nothing says summer like fresh berries. And this is the perfect platter to display them on. I love the old-fashioned ceramic truck. It’s so playful and evokes feelings of a bygone era. $65 An oversized basket full of breads, rolls, pastries and preserves will make the next day’s breakfast a happy one. We’ve got baskets galore in a range of sizes. Just give us a call and well find you something perfect. All of our baskets are artfully and meticulously woven by hand from natural fibres and grasses and start at $60. If you’re attending a birthday party and happen to be in charge of the cake, what better cake stand than an antique tonga stool? A century old, hand-carved from a continuous piece of wood, this gorgeous piece makes a fab tabletop accessory as well as occasional seating. From $195 This tonga stool is also a perfect size for those who need a hand with standing. Let the summer festivities begin!